Abita Brewing has been rolling out their newest beer in the Select series, the Strawator, over the past week. According to Abita, “Strawator is a take on our most popular Harvest Series beer, Strawberry Harvest Lager. It is a strong golden lager made with malted barley and wheat. Despite being strong, it is still light in color. It is hopped with German Perle hops to give the beer a delicate hop flavor. After filtration, generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice is added, giving the beer a pleasant sweet taste and aroma, as well as a nice golden color and slight cloudiness.” Sounds to me that they added strawberry juice to their Andygator beer, which weighs in at the same 8.0% ABV, is the same color 8 on the Lovibond Scale and uses the same German Perle hops as Strawator. This one is draft only, so you have to look for it in restaurants and bars.
I had the opportunity to try it out last night at the Pelican House in Baton Rouge. My thoughts? Well, they weren’t kidding when they said “generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice.” This one is sweet. Overly sweet. So sweet, that after about 1/3 of the pint, I gave the rest away. This one just isn’t enjoyable to me. At all.
After a great effort with their Mayhawk, a Belgian-style golden ale with Louisiana mayhaw berries added, Strawator is a step back. Maybe if they dialed back that strawberry juice a bit (OK, a lot), I’d appreciate it more.
But don’t listen to me. Go grab a pint for yourself and let me know what you think.