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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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Photo of andersony17
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single gift from a friend.

A - Simple and nice bottle label. Pour with a light foam head, A dark red-orange color.

S - The smell from the bottle is of strawberries, but from the glass is a wheaty aroma lacking the strawberry scent.

TM - Tastes and feels of a wheat beer with a kick of strawberry at the end. An odd wheat aftertaste but not bitter.

O - I like it, good dessert beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale ruby amber with a quarter inch of foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is simply syrupy strawberry aromas. The taste is heavy syrupy strawberries. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, but in the finish there is a thicker, more syrup-like feel.

This is a drinkable beer, but it's a little to sweet and syrupy. It's very obvious that the strawberry flavor was added and that this was not brewed with real strawberries. Each swallow leaves a slight sugary coating on the palate. I probably wouldn't seek this out had it not come in a mix pack.

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Photo of armock
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Mt Pocono Beverage in Mt Pocono, PA.

A - Poured a copper color with a thin off white head with no lacing

S - Is of wheat and strawberries but not nearly as good as one would expect

T - Like the smell wheat and strawberries but it has a flavored syrup taste to it

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

O - Now I'm really pissed about the PA case laws because now I have five more of these to drink down this beer just isn't enjoyable not worth picking up

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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 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 bubseymour
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle at a restaurant so appearance and smell I marked as average as its hard to judge that straight from bottle.

T: Decent flavor, standard lager-like taste with hint of strawberry.

M: Okay mouthfeel, crsip, light and very nice, especially for a nice hot day.

O: A pretty average strawberry flavored beer and an easy drinker. One that I could definitely drink a couple in the heat and be content.

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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 suspect
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear, very light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white 1-finger head that dissipates very quickly. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Light wheat smell with some strawberry as well. Not strong, not offensive either.

T: Decent flavor, nice wheat-sweetness up front, subtle strawberry finish. Slight bitter finish from some slight hop presence.

M: Okay mouthfeel, crsip, light and very nice, especially for a nice hot day.

O: A pretty good fruit beer, a decent wheat beer and one that I could definitely drink a sixer of these on a nice hot day.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: small head, golden orange, very active carbonation; no lacing
S: pale strawberry; like a strawberry soda
T: like a weak strawberry soda; clearly light ABV; sweet, very little hops; at least it's not offensive (and that is a compliment--I generally don't like wheat beers); the flavor is very thin
M: perky

This would be a good beer to have in cases where you're thinking a cider or hard lemonade would be appropriate

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Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer in a chalice. I know that a chalice is completely wrong for this beer, but the guys on "New Brew Thursday" podcast say that a chalice can be used for every beer. This was because the bar only had chilled pilsner glasses... and you shouldn't drink beer from chilled glasses.

In the first half of the pour there was no head. I was more aggressive with the pour and there was very minimal head after that.

I got very little from the nose. It smelled like a stock wheat beer. I was hoping to get straw-beeries smell, but there were no straw-beeries.

On the first taste I only picked up wheat beer. As I pulled air over the beer in my mouth I finally got the taste of straw-beeries. A little of the after taste also had the beeries flavor.

I'd say the beer is nice for when it is warm out, but it really isn't special.

After drinking the beer, I noted that the label said "Strawberry Flavor Added." That was disappointing... they should have used real strawberries to bring out better flavors.

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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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Photo of NaLoGra
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Unfiltered, hazy, light brown-red. Small head.

S- Smells very much like strawberry, as you would imagine, with slight hints of wheat.

T- Tastes honestly like a strawberry milkshake. Forgot I was even drinking alcohol. Very flavorful, strawberry flavor definitely overpowers the wheat.

M- Very light and smooth, great to sip on.

O- Nice beer, would have again during the day outside for sure, probably while eating fruit...

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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 vette2006c5r
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rich amber color with decent size head. The smell is strong of wheat and a bit sweet from the strawberry. The taste has a nice grainy taste from the wheat, then the sweetness from the strawberry, but it has a bit of bite from the strawberry. The flavor could be a little more stronger, it quickly dissipate from the palate. Overall a good overall beer, plus if I liked strawberries probably even better.

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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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Photo of alleykatking
4.09/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden orange color with hints of a pinkish tone to it. One finger white head shows low retention. Light spotty lace left on the glass.

S- Wheat comes through first in the nose. This is followed up with a nice balance of strawberry. A little artifical smelling but this doesn't destroy the aroma in the slightest. A nice balance between the wheat and strawberry.

T- There is once again only two parts to this beer which is wheat and strawberry (shocker). The strawberry places a bigger flavor than the wheat and acts as the underbody to the beer as a whole. Wheat acts as a secondary flavor which balanced out the strawberry. To me it had a light strawberry milk flavor to it without the milk heavy flavor.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Strawberry and wheat are left not only on the palate but follow through long into the aftertaste. No real alcohol flavor at all and shows very light drying on the palate. No off flavors shown while drinking. This beer is balanced perfect for the style it said it was.

O- This beer was exactly what it said it was. Strawberry forward with a wheat backing...and this is what it said it was going to be. ABV isn't high and you really couldn't taste it at all in the beer while drinking. Overall if you want a beer that is strawberry forward(not heavy) masterpiece flavor and drinkability wise then try this one out.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit I'm slightly impartial to this beer as I grew up near Lancaster. However, I do give honest reviews (see profile on other Lancaster beers).

Although others don't seem too found of this brew, I certainly think it's fantastic.

Not one usually for fruit beers, this is my one exception.

Pours a nice light lager color.

Smell is wonderful. Bountiful strawberry scenets mixed in perfectly with the beer.

Taste and smooth and rich. Perfectly balanced.

Easy drinking beer, perfect for summer meals with corn on the cob!

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Photo of fdw3
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange-amber with a thin white head with little retention and little lacing. Smells of wine and sweet wheat; probably a mixture between the malt and the strawberry component (which I couldn't isolate). Tastes predominantly of wheat with faint notes of sweet strawberry. Body is light and relatively watery, and carbonation is moderate.

I'm not sure why everyone hates this beer quite so much. Strawberry wheat is much more wheat than strawberry and in that respect, it honestly doesn't compete with other fruit beers. It's a decent wheat beer with a touch of strawberry -- nothing more, nothing less. Not bad, but refreshing.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy gold orange into a american shaker with very little head that went away quickly and didn't leave any lacing.

S: there is strawberry and a little wheat and that's about all I get from this beer.

T: the strawberry does complement the wheat in the taste rather well but the whole body of this beer is based a little to much on the strawberry.

MF: watery and light but refreshing.

D: I'd pass this beer up again but not if it where free or came in a mix pack. A good one for my beer disliking girlfriend.

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Photo of DDCMember
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Ty1erC
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: slightly hazy, pink-ish/copper-ish in color. little retention, thin lacing.

s: wheat and sweet strawberries (although faint).

t: malt, with a strawberry finish.

m: light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

d: a very drinkable beer, but not all that interesting.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

orange color, smells of strawberry wine cooler. like a strawberry soda or seltzer crossed with a wine cooler. Nice aftertaste, but not my favorite.

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Photo of mralphabet
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Amber colored with a touch of red, about a finger worth of head that settles quickly to nothing, no lacing.

S: Malty, little wheat and a little strawberry, nothing overwhelming on any counts.

T: Just like the smell here.... malty wheaty and a little hint of strawberry... Feels a little like jam added to the beer. The taste is pretty balanced between the malt and strawberry. Aftertaste is light with very little aftertaste, maybe hint of wheat in the finish. Not bad.

M: Very light and crisp....

D: Overall not bad.... Low ABV makes it a very sessionable beer, but nothing to run out for, but if you like these kinds of beers it is worth a shot.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
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 chefhatt
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i poured it, had a alight amber color body with a small head, which dissappeared quickly to a thin lace around the top of body. A very light smell of strawberry and malts, no hops. It has a nice taste of strawberry and a little bit of wheat. Has great mouth feel and is very drinkable. Other than that not much going on with beer.

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