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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The first of this year’s winners, Dave Anderson, works in the packaging department at Sam Adams. His submission, a Strawberry Lager, is described as “a bright and fresh wheat beer, with a strong strawberry character balanced with toffee and citrus notes – the brewer’s vision of the perfect summertime beer to enjoy after a round of golf on a hot day. Brewed with fresh strawberries, this beer pours a bright golden color and imparts a malty sweetness with hints of lemon and earthiness. Strawberry Lager finishes with a wonderful intensive strawberry flavor without being overwhelming and leaves a lingering creamy sweetness on the palate.”


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a straw color ridden with chunky yeast particles. The head is a two finger white shade. It’s nicely creamy and retains acceptably. TONS of lacing on the glass, too. But still...the body’s a mess. S: The strawberry notes come through strongly at first. When allowed to open up, slight (balanced) diacetyl and noble hopping comes through, as well. The first few whiffs, though, were ridiculously sweet - almost like it was a strawberry soda instead of a beer. T: It’s got a little more balance than I expected. The first part is where the fruit qualities reside; after that, it morphs into a pre-pro pilsner, displaying notes of noble hops, biscuity malt/yeast, and mild adjunct. Some strawberry sweetness returns in the finish, a bit excessively at times. Nonetheless a successful warm weather refresher, nor does it strike me as being disgustingly artificial. M: Not as dry as I like my lagers, but it’s a fruit beer. It could be a bit less cloying on the back end at least. Still, I like its drinkability. Completely under-carbonated, though. O: On occasion, I’m a sucker for a good lager. And also on occasion, I’m a sucker for a good fruit beer. This fulfills both quotas reasonably well. At the end of the day, it’s rock-solid mindless refreshment, no more, no less.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2013 Longshot.
12oz bottle. Pours clear yellow color, floaties left behind in the bottle. Aroma of strawberry cereal. Wheat and dried berries. Taste is full of strawberry cereal. Good strawberry character, not too syrupy in any way, not lumpy puree either. Flavor of clean berries, nice cereal malt. Lingering strawberry notes on the palate. Better than I expected. And it’s a fruited Lager?? Perhaps the BEST strawberry beer I’ve tasted! (3707)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcox90 (1819) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2013
12 oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours light gold with a hint of pink. One finger foamy white head. Smattering of lace. Strawberry and wheat aroma and taste. Thin palate with an odd strawberry aftertaste. Meh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
12oz. bottle. Fruity, citric and lightly malty aroma, with notes of strawberry (really?!), wheat and cereal grain, orange and caramel. Hazy light-medium golden amber color, with some suspended particles and a fine, uneven, subsiding head of white. Flavor profile is full of strawberry, again as advertised, with a fair amount of sweetness up front and hints of caramel and honey, but turning maltier and drying out a bit, with a very light bitterness and a kiss of lemon citrus on the finish. As this is a lager, finishes fairly clean and crisp, plenty of fine, active effervescence which helps quite a lot, and with a light-medium body. This sounded much worse than it turned out to be. I guess a homebrewer would know what makes a fruit beer tasty and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Flute. Nice smell of strawberry’s and cream. Almost reminds me of some ice cream. A nice tasting and refreshing beer. The strawberry’s aren’t overwhelming and it finishes with a pleasant creamy taste. Not the prettiest beer, somewhat clear gold. Has flecks of I’m guessing strawberry’s.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (7747) - Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
5/19/13. 12oz bottle from Gainesville... Tipple’s, was it? Bold strawberry candy aroma and flavor, strawberry, sweetness, pale malts, and a touch of bitterness. Eh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdrinker79 (1946) - Idaho, USA - MAY 18, 2013
12 oz. bottle- Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white two finger head. Aroma is fresh picked strawberries, this is the cleanest smelling fruit beer I think I have had. The taste is strawberry shortcake, with whipped cream on top, only with real strawberries and less sweet than it sounds. You could pound down a few of these in the summer, but would eventually have to switch to something more dry on the palate. I enjoyed this, especially the aroma, it won’t win any awards, besides the Longshot one of course, but this is tasty, another example of raters being biased against a beer because it contains fruit.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
travita (4727) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. The look is clear, golden in color, with an ok white head. The smell is strawberry look aid like, very artificial, and not beer appealing. The taste is the same crap.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle: Color: Golden amber with a pillowy white head. Aroma: Fruit, very distinct strawberry. Flavor: Light, refreshing almost juice like quality. It tastes of vanilla and strawberries. Overall pretty decent beer/ would prefer a stronger flavor.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pale, nearly clear gold pour with a thin, white head. Aroma of perfumy strawberry, hints of cereal, lemon and floury grain, but basically all strawberry. Flavor is all strawberry up front, follwed by some odd planty notes (hops?), butterscotch, and some sorta trainwreck to the finish. LIght, dry body with a medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Meh, it starts off ok, but get progressively worse. Not a big fan, but it really was pretty unlikely to be something I would like anyway. Strawberry Wheat Lager???


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