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 / Vegetable 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.

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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 512
Photo of q33jeff
1.44/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

AROMA: Barely fruity, something other than strawberry.
LOOK: Pours Hazy light orange,
TASTE: Blah. Not too pasty.
FEEL: a bit flat, sour, stale. Nothing special

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Photo of HomeBrewer211
1.57/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Put simply, I expected more from this beer.

I poured my bottle into a pint glass and found very little lacing.
The color was a light light amber. But I've never put much stock in color.

The aroma was very weak, nearly undetectable.
The flavor and mouthfeel is where this beer really falls short. With a strawberry wheat, I look for more of the strawberry to come through. I could hardly tell that this beer is either a wheat or a strawberry. There are so many more worth while beers that this better off left to the
non-beer advocate

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Photo of PEBKAC
1.58/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at BCTC09. I just had to write a review of my terrible experience with this beer. It just layed about leagues below anything else I had to drink that day.

Way too generous pour into my Duvel glass. Pours a murky & oily pinkish amber with a wisp of off-white head.

Smell seems innocent enough. Mixed berries, dusty wheat, & a little steel.

Taste just goes all wrong. Berry punch, a touch sour/tart, acidic upfront, but halfway through all I notice is the ugly margarine. So greasy & disgusting. Heavy, yet still quite frothy. Try & try, every proceeding sip gets more & more dominated by oil & butter.

Just horrible. I'm amazed that I kept the contents of my stomach in check throughout the terrible experience. I saw some people mixing this with the milk stout & having a better time of it. Those were some very tolerable people.

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Photo of Seanibus
1.76/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A rare clinker for Lancaster, which normally does good work.

Pours a reddish golden with a slight head. The smell is, as promised, strawberry-ish, but it smelled artificial, or like frozen puree. The taste is even worse, like licking an artificially-flavored strawberry Popsicle. The flavor is so overwhelming that any trace of malt, wheat or hops is simply blasted off the palate. To make matters worse, the flavor becomes even more overpowering as the beer warms and opens in the glass. I stated thinking "Hm, this is OK but not great," but by half way through the flavor was so cloying that it became nearly undrinkable.

This is a serious avoid unless you have a mad passion for strawberry puree.

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Photo of ajwillys
1.82/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Clear amber with a strawberry tint. Pours a white head with good lacing.
S - Strawberry jam. Odors you'd expect from a sour beer... gym sock?
T - This is not good. Watered down strawberry kool-aid. Little to no wheat flavor, maybe even a bit malty.
M - Carbonation is high, but appropriate. Good mouthfeel.
D - Drinkability severely hampered by the terrible taste.

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Photo of sellmeagod
1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
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 BuddyPal
1.89/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am amazed that with all the refined palates reviewing this beer no one in the first couple pages that I read mentioned the big Sarsaparilla note up front. It's root beer, folks. I love this brewery, but this is a non-starter for me. A&W does it better.

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Photo of jwc215
1.96/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured amberish/orange with a creamy white head that thinned, but was fairly well retained and left some lacing.
The smell reminiscent of strawberry juice. That's about it.
The taste was very acidic. Reminded me of chewing on a stale battery. Eventually, some hints of something neutralized it a bit, but the acidity stayed.
In the mouth, there was some creaminess that almost saved it, but the stale acid flavor remained.
It was not easy putting this away. A neighbor gave it to me to try. I gave him an Allagash White. He got the good end of the switch. This was acidic and lacked any flavor outside of some strawberry-juicelike flavor that did seem to vanish as the drink progressed.

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Photo of eyefeelgood
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is not a lot to say about this one. Very little strawberry flavor is able to get through a very weak wheat beer. No aroma, no complexity, no second chance. And to make is worse, this was on tap at the brewery, I can't imagine how nondescript it must be from a bottle.

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Photo of KMcG
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: light, clear golden color with small carbonation bubbles. The 1 finger head quickly reduced to hardly any foam. 

Smell: slight strawberry and yeast.  The yeast smell is dank, a little old and basement like. 

Taste: grainy wheat, somewhat bitter, and the end flavor is exactly Captian Crunch Berries. That flavor is quite fresh in my mind, since I just had a taste of Crunch Berries yesterday - we bought it for a vacation treat for my son. Hence, the strawberry taste is unnatural. I also pick up a slight metallic bite. 

Drinkability: the strawberry is overwhelming, it is really fizzy, and light. 

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Photo of 410Joe
2.01/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Horrible horrible horrible

nose: primarily of wheat, like rotten flour, with a slight slight hint of strawberry

Mouthfeel: thin, like water, with very little carbonation

head/color: amber brown with a thin, but lasting head

taste: mostly a wheat taste, like undercooked wheat bread, with sour strawberry flavors.

Overall: I don't know if i got a bad bottle, but i thought this beer was absolutely terrible. The wheat flavoring way over powers what little slight strawberry taste there is. I normally like wheat/fruit beers, but this one was just plain bad. It tasted like what i would imagine shredded wheat cereal with miller lite instead of milk and a few strawberries thrown in would taste like.

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Photo of guinnessfan
2.14/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle from my wife's case.

A: Nice reddish golden color toped off by a nice two finger head. No lacing nor head involved.

S: Weird, fake berry scent, mixed with a hint of acid/vinegar.

T: Similar to smell, not good. A sickening sweetness.

M: Nice carbonation, bubbles flowing constantly. Thin and slightly oily.

D: Too damn sweet in a fake or man-made sweetness way. Kinda acidic too. Not easy to choke down. Not a good experience at all.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ba Review # 62
Served On: 9/11/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass

Another one from the LBC mixed pack that looks like a barn (clever).

Look: Poured a clear lighter copper color with a 1 finger head of white rocky foam.

Smell: Biscuity malts with some faint strawberry mixed in. This almost smelled like a flavored lager rather than a wheat beer. Oh well.

Taste: This beer basically tasted like a lager with artificial strawberry flavoring added. I’m note sure where the wheat comes in. I guess there could be some spicy clove notes, but are completely overpowered by the god-awful strawberry chemical taste.

This was a real disappointment. The label has Wilkes-Barre, PA on it, which is nowhere near Lancaster. I would say this is another contract brew from The Lion Brewery – better known for their quasi-macro brands like Stegmaier and Lions Head.
I think LBC could have accomplished so much more with the whole strawberry wheat concept, judging by all their other offerings.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a rather clear copper color with a small head that dissipates very quickly to nothing.

S - It smells like a strawberry Pop Tart...

T - It tastes like fruity pebbles, like a weak strawberry soda, there is a yeasty twinge that makes my mouth cringe and minuscule hop presence.

M - Dry and crisp, light mouthfeel.

D - I am disappointed in this beer and it would be a chore to drink it again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.24/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Transparent Rose colored body with thin white head. Head quickly fades to a collar-which has great retention. Leaves behind little lacing in the glass.

S- Intense smell of sugary sweetener with a strawberry overtone. Deep in the background of that pungent smell is a hint of wheat.

T- Artificial sugary strawberries-almost like a fruity cereal. Finish is very clean and dry.

M- Medium to low carbonation. Body is similar to a diet soft drink.

D- This is hard to drink. Its cloying and hard to swallow. This is odd because I like to havea good fruity wheat beer on occasion. This on is just not for me. I'm sure Lancaster put a lot of work into making this a good beer but I don't like it. I will not have this again.

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Photo of CHickman
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours hazy amber copper in color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that faded quickly; decent spotty lacing.

Smells of grains, sweet malt, toast, light caramel and faint strawberry; this is a very odd aroma for a wheat beer, especially a fruit and wheat beer. It smells more like oats and toasted grains than a wheat beer.

Tastes of toasted grains, malt, oats and toast up front, followed by a slight sweet strawberry hint, and then a dry finish with a mix of grass, wheat and biscuit. After the flavor fades there is a tart taste like a raspberry or sour apple that lingers with the grainy flavor, and I have to say I didn't really care for the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and crisp with a slight sour pucker, along with a medium body and very light carbonation.

It's unique and a different beer, but not enjoyable to me. It was not well executed as far as the flavor goes and just didn't do it for me. I plowed through all three that came with the Beer of the Month Club because they were light and drinkable, but again to me they were not enjoyable.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a perfectly clear golden orange color. It has a small half inch of white head resting on top. The head disappears almost as fast as it came, and there is no lace left behind on the glass.

S - It smells of wheat, berries (not fresh), and some yeast. There is some funkiness to it too. The smell really isn't working for me.

T - Tastes of malt and watered down strawberry juice. I not getting very much wheat. There is a little bit of hop presence in the back end. Lingering berry in the finish.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, it's like drinking a beer juice.

O - The drinkability here isn't so good. I'm just not very into the flavor here. It is like your average fruit beer, malty with some fruit juice concentrate, and a very low hop profile. It's just not my thing.

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Photo of KFaulkner
2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a pinkish hue, a nice color and good head formation upon pouring into a pint glass. That's pretty much where the fun ends though.

The smell is a very slightly-sweet version of an American macro, like Keystone Light. When the beer first hit my tounge, I sensed the strawberry but it wasn't overwhelming or overly sweet, which was good. There is hardly any feeling of this being a wheat beer though, without the yeasty, unfiltered flavor of other wheat beers I enjoy. The disappointment I experienced is probablly unique to me in that regard, but then strawberry is also an unusual fruit for brewing.

The mouthfeel is watery and bland, and in fact upon swallowing the beer, I felt like I just swallowed a mouthful of water.

All in all, I was unhappy with this beer given its potential as being something unique and different. I love wheat beer and I love strawberry's. Unfortunately, for me, this beer shows that two rights sometimes make a wrong.

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Photo of steelerguy
2.33/5  rDev -27%
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 wahhmaster
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, light tan color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a faint, wheaty smell but there really isn't a lot going on in this department.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter. Ends with a wheaty sweetness backed by an artificial, strawberry jam flavor. All in all, this is a weakly flavored, artificial tasting fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-tasting and crisply carbonated.

Overall: A pretty sorry fruit beer overall. While it is certainly refreshing and very drinkable, you could do much better for a lot cheaper. Skip this one if you can.

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Photo of ithacabaron
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Slightly cloudy light amber pour, with a middling head. Eh.

Aroma is potent Smucker's Strawberry Jam, slightly artificial, and diabetes-inducing sweet. Not that attractive a smell, if only because it's so in your face, overwhelming the slightly grainy tones of the malt.

Taste is noticeably less strawberried than the nose, and here, the makings of a farily inoffensive amber come through here. Nothing to signal that this is a wheat. Crispness from the hops on the finish is a little forward here, and unexpected. Slightly chalky on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fine, but there's enough other odd things going on here that this never really even factors into the enjoyment of the brew.

Drinkability suffers from all the above flaws. I think one is fine to have.

All in all, this is fruit flavor with beer added, not beer with fruit flavor added. From what I've been told, this is better on tap, like many small breweries' fruit beers. I'll at least give it another shake with that serving method. As for the bottle? Well, I can't recommend this one, sorry.

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Photo of mobyfann
2.39/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Paid $24.50 or so for the mixed case via Lancaster county...

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a large white head, exceptional retention and a dozen or so lacing effects, almost a perfect pour. The aroma is mainly a faint smell of strawberries and that's it.

It's heavily carbonated with heavy emphasis on strawberries, and as for the wheat, it is non-existant in this one. The beer is heavy on the palette and a hard time to drink through the entire delivery. The drinkability is lost with the above to comments, it's like a poorly made mixed drink at the bar.

Final Thought: I am not impressed with this beer, but the other three mainstream brews from this brewery are well worth it, just not this one!

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Photo of gopens44
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looked a lot like the color of new motor oil (certainly not the consistency of oil - let's be clear on that!), with an immediate 1 1/2" head that went away pretty quick.

Smelled a little of strawberry, but the strawberry smell was quickly overwhelmed with the more traditional smells of a wheat beer.

Unimpressive taste, as the strawberry taste itself tasted more like candy corn, and had a syrupy back taste. If you took out the strawberry taste, it probably wouldn't have been too bad - I'll have to try some unflavored Lancaster offerings.

Mouth feel was a bit watery but held a decent amount of carbonation

Not exceedingly drinkable, but mainly due to my disappointment in the lack of a good demure fruit beer taste, like that of my favorite blueberry beers. Probably better than Pete's but I still won't rush out to buy more in the near future.

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Photo of dnjmed
2.42/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out into a pilsner glass. looks clear and amber or a red gold. smells very faintly of strawberries but more funky than anything else. i think this is the combo of the wheat and some citrus which is surprising as it's supposed to be strawberry.

tastes watery with some wheat beer going on. not getting much strawberry.

mouthfeel is a bit watery.

underwhelming, but still drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
2.43/5  rDev -23.8%
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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