Some of my favorite beers have had a roasted, nutty character to their
taste, so when I found Abita Pecan Harvest I assumed it probably would
as well. After all, the label clearly states that this beer is made with
real Louisiana pecans that have been “toasted to perfection.” That very
well may be, but it doesn’t change the fact the beer is otherwise
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
I had high hopes upon my initial pouring of Abita Pecan Harvest since it
poured silky smooth and formed a perfectly-proportioned, off-white,
foamy head which left significant lacing on the glass. It has a
beautiful dark copper, clear body with very little carbonation notable.
The aroma was virtually non-existent, or at least not nearly as strong
as I would have liked. It was not unlike an Oktoberfestbier in that it
was fairly malty but quite weak. No specific ingredients were detectable
from the nose alone.
I’ve noticed that a beer’s aroma and its taste are almost directly
proportional and such is the case of Abita Pecan Harvest. Since it
didn’t have much of a smell, it didn’t come as much surprise to me that
it didn’t have much of a taste, either. I initially chalked this up to
drinking the beer too cold so I let the second serving warm a little
before imbibing, but to no avail.
There isn’t much to say about this beer as far as taste because it’s so
plain and watery. Much like the scent, the taste is a lot like an
Oktoberfestbier in that it’s only mildly flavored with some malts.
Despite the label’s promotion of the beer being brewed with real pecans I
didn’t find the beer had much of a nutty taste at all. In fact, I have
tried many American brown ales that had a stronger, nuttier flavor than
what is available here. Not that the taste is bad at all, but there just
isn’t much to enjoy here.
Since this beer was so lightly carbonated and had such a weak, watery
flavor, its smooth finish is only natural. Drinking Abita Pecan Harvest
is no challenge at all, and is one of the few compliments I can honestly
give this beer.
Neither the bottle, the box, nor the brewer’s website listed the beer’s
alcohol by volume percentage nor the number of calories contained per
serving. This beer seemed to be fairly light in weight and potency and
after drinking two bottles in a fairly short time frame, I didn’t feel
buzzed or overwhelmed at all. It almost drinks like a light beer in a
way (which isn’t necessarily a compliment).
I didn’t know what to expect out of Abita Pecan Harvest, but it
certainly wasn’t a bland, watery, lightweight beer. If anything I was
prepared for a heavy, spicy beer or a mild brown ale. I’m not sure what
exact style this is, although I’d consider it something of an
Oktoberfestbier. If it had been just a little more flavorful it might
have been worthwhile, but as it stands it’s uninspiring.