Strawberry Wheat Beer | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Strawberry Wheat BeerStrawberry Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This American Wheat Lager-style beer, with the subtle suggestion of real strawberries is the perfect pint of true refreshment.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

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Ratings: 526 |  Reviews: 200
Reviews by SickGnar:
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3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium to light copper with the barest hint of an orange hue. Totally clear (and nothing left in the bottom of the bottle) with plentiful bubbles rising to the small, slightly off-white cap of foam. It settles fast to a thick ring that retains well & tries to leave lacing that mostly fails to adhere. Not really the look I was expecting, but still alright.

S: Grainy, sort of wheaty, hint of biscuit, big does of sweet & low C malty processed breakfast cereal grain. Almost even is a bit of artificial strawberry soda-esque & cooked berries/strawberries. Ghost hint of softly citrus & subtly herbal hops. Overall effect has that captain crunch berries / fruity pebbles impression found in all too many fruit, wheat beers. Quite good strength and completely unattractive.

T: Sweet & husky grain (sort of funny combo) with a bit of steely malt, some doughy wheat, and a bit of biscuit. Strawberry flavor backs off a bit. It comes through in the middle with a baked strawberry character and a faint hint of acid. Herbal hop character & bitterness is more forward with just a hint of citrus. As the beer warms, the herbal note grows considerably & becomes astringent white the other flavors fall apart and a soapy aspect emerges.

M: A ways under medium body with carbonation providing much of the mouthfeel. It avoids being fizzy, but is quite perky & brisk. The finish gets astringent & thin if it warms. Drink it cold as the hot weather quencher it was surely meant to be and the feel is okay.

D: Another hot weather fruity & sweet wheat beer quencher. And not even all that fruity or wheaty. I bet it is fairly good after doing some yard work – served best reasonably chilled. All in all it isn’t terrible, but it does not stand out from the pack.

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Photo of TB2012
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.04/5  rDev -5%

Photo of steelerguy
2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours crystal clear with a small head that fades quickly. There can't be much wheat in this beer with such poor head retention.

S - Some caramel malt with a hint of artificial strawberry smell.

T - Tastes like a light lager mixed with Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill. A little toasted grain flavor which is not unpleasant but it is all overwhelmed with a tart and artificial strawberry flavor.

M - Crisp, clean, until the tartness makes you pucker.

D - Not very drinkable unless you are desperate for a "beer".

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my pint an amber/orange color with a slight hint of red. A small bubbly white head that quickly falls to a ring around the top. Aromas of wheat husk and roasted grain mingle with a strawberry juice aroma. The melding of scents is nice with the strawberry not being too overpowering.

First sip brings a slightly abrasive wheat husk maltiness that's also a bit toasty. Sweet strawberry flavor flows in and adds a nice boost to what would otherwise be another boring american pale wheat ale. A crisp, clean ale with a touch of strawberry essence. Pretty standard wheat based fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is good with a sturdy body and prickly carbonation. Goes down with easy going refreshment. A nice summer brew when you want something light and laid back. This wouldn't be something I'd normally choose but it's an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of sellmeagod
1.83/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This fruit beer is for fans of light beers and no desire to drink a real beer. Weak in every way.

The false strawberry flavor permeates but is not even strong enough to mask the ultra weak wheat style. A boring garbage beer that never comes into its own flavor. So light and so nothing.

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Photo of heddar33
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Todd
2.43/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Light amber with a touch of haze. Thin eggshell colored fizzy head. Not much lace or retention action going on. Acid in the "strawberry flavor" perhaps?

Bland, hints of metal, with a very faint strawberry extract aroma.

Fizzy and light mouthfeel leads to a rather acidic, sharp, fruity faux-strawberry, half-chewed bubble-gum flavor. Some lemon/lime, salt and leaf characters towards the finish, which is over in a quick flash on the palate, leaving a dry palate. Wheat twang and crispness. If there's any hops character it's masked by the sharpness of this beer. Malts? Maybe traces of grain underneath, but the strawberries dominate this brew. As much as this is an uncommon and interesting fruit to use, the acidic and faux-strawberry character is a bit annoying, making for a very unbalanced brew. I'm not impressed, but a fruit beer freak might wanna give this a try.

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Photo of shapudding
4.35/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice hazy, caramel and reddish-brown color with no head. Amazing aroma of fresh strawberries, makes you think of summer. Light carbination. At the first sip you get a burst of strawberry, and then you are left feeling as though you just ate a piece of bubbalicious bubblegum. Kind of brings you back to gradeschool! Clean and watery, very refreshing. Good and summery session beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep reddish amber color with a small light tan head. The head is quick to fade out and makes no lacing at all.

Smell: It has a very mild cherry and berry like sweetness coming though a light white bready maltiness. Overall it reminds me of a store bought almond ring coffee cake.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a light thin feel with a balance of mild fruit and wheat. It seems somewhat dry and slightly tart. This finishes with some very light hop bitterness.

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Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Adam7m
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: A typical wheat beer froth, it seems to stick around a bit as well. Hazy straw amber color … sort of murky looking.

Smell: Smells a little bit like strawberry soda … extract. A neutral malt and yeast are in the back.

Taste: Odd strawberry fruit flavor, the wheat leaves a mild twang and there is sweetness all around from the wheat and feigned by the fruit flavor. Hops are extremely small on the palate with a lasting strawberry flavor in the finish.

Notes: A fruit beer is a fruit beer is a fruit beer … this one of those fruit beers.

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Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"wheat beer with strawberry flavor added" says the label of this 12 oz bottle. Not exactly encouraging news. The pour produces a quite attractive brew, with a clear amber body(must be filtered) with lots of carbonation going on in the glass. One finger of tightknit offwhite head towers over the body and leaves a lasting cap and some sheet lacing. Aroma is buttered biscuit with strawberry jam. Some caramel and toasted wheat add interesting notes. Mouthfeel is odd, beginning watery, but moving into light medium as it warms. Moderate carbonation.
Taste begins with sickly sweet strawberry jam, but the berries quickly fade. Caramel sweetness emerges and is offset with an anstringent wet grass bitterness. The strawberry flavor briefly reenters the profile, but has a processed character, as opposed to the fresh berry taste of a Melbourne Brothers fruit ale Slight toasty wheat just adds to the muddle.
I might try one of these again, simply for the unusual strawberry jam accent. Just an average American fruit beer, overall.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: strawberries and wheat

Taste: strawberries dominant at the beginning and the end..wheat is present throughout and there is a touch of hops in the middle.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter middle and a sweetish end, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nice and light summer beer that I might have again. The strawberry is present but does not dominate the beer. I have had better fruit beers and way worse. Not a beer to spend the night drinking, but certainly one in the middle of a tasting would be refreshing.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -45.3%

Photo of DDCMember
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-12 oz. bottle poured into mug.

A: Pinkish/Copper color. Very thin head.

S: More wheat than strawberry. Not overwhelming.

T: Just like the smell; malty with a hint of strawberry.

M: Light body. Little Carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Glad I only bought a 6'er of it though, probably won't purchase again. This was the 1st strawberry flavored beer that I've ever tried.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slightly hazed by no means cloudy or unfiltered has a orange light copper tint to it with a nice sized creamy white head leaving on specks of lacing with each consecutive sip. The sharp wheat tones with a bit of biscuity bready malt character and then there's enough of the strawberry in the actual aroma. Taste is creamy textured good drink one for dessert but there sharp sweetness of the wheat and the strawberry finish doesn't sit well in my stomach it's just one of those flavors, all and all not bad tasting just a bit astringently sweet harsh on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel body is thin untextured except for the fizzy carbonation also adding to the cloyingly over carbonated beer like this. Drinkability I'm just not into it Lancaster's other beers are much more pleasant and agreeing toward my tastes.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of aengleman
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jferrara35
5/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Strawberry Wheat Beer from Lancaster Brewing Company
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