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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out as a hazy golden color, the head was minimal from the start and was gone by mid glass. The smell was strong with strawberry with a little bit of the wheat coming through in the distance. The taste was very light, surprised at how strong the aroma was for such a lack of flavor. The mouthfeel was decent. This beer is average to say the least not really worth another attempt.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was one of the better beers in the mixed 12 pack. I'm not too huge into fruit beers, but this one had a nice subtle fruit flavor to it and was really drinkable and not too sweet like some make the mistake of doing. Medium bodied and really drinkable, pretty surprisingly good little beer.

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3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of raspberry syrup.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of sweet raspberries, and tastes like a Jolly Rancher candy.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but is too sweet to be refreshing. It tastes a lot like a candy.

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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a hint of red strawberry; the head fizzes away rather quickly without leaving much more than a few dots behind

Smell: Not so crazy about the aroma - clearly strawberry, but more like strawberry jello than the fresh fruit

Taste: Although there also is a strawberry jello taste to this beer, it is surprisingly inoffensive and there is actually a hint of the real McCoy; not much of a flavor progression after the swallow, but that is to be expected

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with somewhat fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting to be thoroughly disgusted by this but I could actually see myself drinking this on a very hot day...if there was nothing else in the fridge

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle pours a hazy amber-orange body with a short-lived creamy white head. It maintains a thin collar but leaves no lace. The nose displays a mild strawberry (but isn't all strawberry mild?) and wheat malt. It's welcoming, and certainly not overdone as some fruit beers can be. Light bodied with a fine and mild carbonation, it's smooth across the palate. The flavor combines the wheat malt and mild strawberry extract found in the aroma with a gentle bitterness. It finishes with some residual maltiness, but it's not sweet.

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3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GOt this thanks to Noslenwerd,another one to try to get my wife to like.

A: Pours a semi creamy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, and a decent number of bubbles rising from the etch in the bottom of my SA Perfect Pint glass through the semi clear slightly hazy golden orange wheat color.

N: A really light aroma, with some light wheat aromas, slight syrupy sweet malts, hints of fruit with a strawberry undertone, slight ale like crispness with those syrupy malts and lots of wheat.

T: Hmmm, not what I was expecting. It actually has quite a bit of toasty malt flavors. A nice wheat malt, with definite strawberry flavor but the "fruit" isn't over the top. It's more like that strawberry syrup I used to have as a kid that would make strawberry milk. The sweet toasty malt flavors are really nice actually. Quite crisp and refreshing, with some nice sweet malty flavors and hints of sweet strawberry. Reading some of the other reviews it seemed to be over the top in Strawberry with not much malt, so perhaps I got a new batch, or this has been sitting a while (which I'm sure it has) and has mellowed quite a bit.

M: Medium to lighter body, with decent carbonation but could use a little more carbonation, especially for the style.

F: Finishes slighty dry with some of that lingering syrupy malty ale flavor. A little lingering strawberry as well, like strawberry syrup. Otherwise it's mostly clean on the finish, nothing really lingering too long and just lets you get ready for the next sip. I went at this beer with low expectations, but for a beer that is designed to keep clean and crisp and not in your face, they did a decent job.

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2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with some lighter hints of ruby red and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film near the center and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a very mild smell, there are light aromas of wheat with some artificial strawberry sweetness.

T: Upfront the flavor of this beer is all wheat but the strawberry flavors come out in the finish. Unfortunately the strawberry tastes artificial and not like the natural sweetness

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, best served very cold on a hot summer day/evening. I wish the flavor and the smell of the strawberry was more natural. Quenches your thirst.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kumquat orange with no hint of strawberry red. A vigorous pour resulted in a feisty cap that had to be slurped to be contained. The pastel orange foam looks decent enough and is starting to deposit a passable amount of lace... that has no sticktoitiveness in the end.

The nose is faintly fruity with a modest amount of musky hoppiness. I might have been able to guess Hallertau, but would have whiffed on Cascade. Where's the strawberry? The brewery says that SWB contains the 'subtle suggestion' of strawberry. If the aroma is any guide, it's more like the 'unsubstantiated rumor'.

If you like wheat lagers with barely any fruit flavor, then hop aboard the Strawberry Wheat Beer train. The base beer is a rather blase vehicle that contributes a hint of toasted wheat graininess. The hops (again, Hallertau especially) provide a surprising amount of bitterness that seems out of place.

I'm able to appreciate the 'subtle suggestion' of strawberries, but I'm not 100% convinced that I could have identified the exact fruit if blinded. If I could humbly suggest a few changes, the list might look like this: less bitterness, more Cascade hop flavor and more strawberry flavor. Not exactly a complete overhaul.

The mouthfeel is actually pretty nice. It's light-medium for the style with a pleasing amount of smoothness and an agreeable amount of carbonation. No light fizziness here.

I've been impressed with two of the four Lancaster offerings that I've had so far (Gold Star Pilsner and Milk Stout). Strawberry Wheat Beer isn't horrible, but fruited wheat lagers don't easily impress lovers of big beer. That's okay. I fully understand that lovers of big beer don't pay the bills.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very effervescent beer with a light head that quickly dissipated. The color is a light gold and the beer itself is quite clear, unexpected but not out of bounds, for a wheat beer. The nose is the first indication that when they say "Strawberry", they ain't kiddin', Jack! In addition to the intense strawberry smell, there is also an underlying grassy scent. This is an intensely sweet beer with strawberries throughout. It has a thin mouthfeel, but the strawberry really hits at the finish and then pleasantly lingers.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a light amber color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: What an unappealing nose. Pure sugary sweetness without any discernible strawberry aromas, nor much in the way of wheat.

T: I was not expecting much, given the aromas, but the flavor of this beer is fairly good. A lot of sweet strawberries with a mild tartness on the finish.

M: This one is light in body with a low-to-moderate carbonation.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this beer, but it is on the sweet side. I couldn't drink much more than a few ounces of this beer, but it's not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Strawberry Wheat Beer from Lancaster Brewing Company
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