Alright, it's that time of year again, Abita Strawberry is out and on the shelves across Louisiana and beyond. It's actually been out for a while but I just haven't felt the need to go get any. I guess after a few years of hype and anticipation it just doesn't have the same appeal as it once did. Or maybe it's my taste buds that just don't crave for it as much as a few years ago? At any rate I didn't dive right in and grab a case as soon as they hit the shelves, but sure enough it didn't take too long for a 6-pack to show up in the fridge courtesy of my roommate. Was I going to have one and write about it? Hell yeah I was.
First off, a new label! Here's my 2011 review and the old label, and the new one over to the right there. I feel like this 2012 version is pretty much identical to the 2011 version. Light bodied, clear golden color, lots of carbonation, and not so sweet as to be obnoxious. It's only 4.2% alcohol, so very much on the light side, in fact I'm pretty sure this is just the Abita Golden (also 4.2% alcohol) with the strawberry flavor.
I gave it a B+ last year, and while it's still a good beer I can't say it's that good. I guess my tastes have changed but this would be more like a B- beer to me now.
Give it a try for yourself though, if you haven't already. You'll be able to find it just about anywhere that sells beer!