Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009

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Reviews by 1Adam12:
Photo of 1Adam12
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with a small head. Strong blackberry smell. Tastes of blackberries but still tastes like a beer. Just a very berry version of a beer. Quite a bit of carbonation. Blackberry lingers long after the beer is swallowed. I like this beer because the blackberry doesn't taste artificial and it still tastes like a beer rather than a fruity drink. I have had this before this review and I continue to drink it during summer months. I think even a non fruit beer drinker could enjoy this, IMO.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this brew when I tried it. I had purchased it for my wife - she tends to like the fruity foo-foo beers. It turned out to be a nice surprise.

The brew is a solid witbier at it's core with decent blackberry flavoring. Texture is typical of almost all of the Sam Adams brews but matches well with the other textures in the beer. Overall, it's a great desert beer that also works well with poultry. I don't know that I could do more than one in a sitting.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife likes thse kinds of beers, so I bought her a 6 pack. Of course, I had to try one. In a pilsner glass the beer was a hazy light orange color with a small white head. It had a sweet berry aroma. I knew it was blackberry, but I couldn't tell that from the aroma. The taste was a little more straightforward in that I could tell it was blackberry, but just barely. I think there was a little citrus also. It had a metallic feel to it. Not one I'd like to drink again; my wife got the remainder of the 6 pack.

Photo of twi1609372
4.64/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good entry from Samuel Adams. The smell is bright and in style. The taste is definitely blackberry, it's even on the palate and consistent. This is a moderate body, on the robust end for the style, slightly sweet, somewhat bitter. This is very drinkable and an enjoyable beer. This is meant to be enjoyed, appreciated, not chugged.

Photo of marvin213
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour leads to caution on my part--I don't want to overflow the pint glass. The head fizzles to a bulbous top, and slowly dissipates. The immediate post-pour head atop the translucent light orange liquid looks darn good, really.

The smell is kinda wierd. It's like I smell carbon dioxide, as the fizz predominates. I smell the blackberry faintly in the background of gas particles escaping from pressure. Still, it's a witbier and, to me anyway, they smell better than your average ale.

Like most Sam Adams beers, it's better than average regarding taste as well. Ya know it's neat and all because it's fruity and tart (it is a witbier), but I can't help but wonder if somebody like DFH could do it better. Right now, I'm reminded of how much I'd like to find the Au Courant. Back to this one: I dig the fruit-feel fizz more than the taste, but it's still not "good."

The mouthfeel is neat, oddly, without really leaving me wanting more. Again, the beer's bubbly aspect consumes its being. It's like I feel the beer more than I taste it. I mean that as a totally objective comment.

Worth drinking like most beers are worth drinking. What else can I say about that?

Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a nice slightly hazy appearance with some visible streams of carbonation and golden color. On top there is a thick and fluffy bright white head. It hangs out for a bit but soon starts to fade fast down to a small ring of lace. There is some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice berry aroma as soon as you open the bottle. Light bready wheat notes are mixed in as well.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a light wheat base with light floral notes and mixed berry notes that have light sweetness. This gives way to some tart berry notes and a very slight acidity that dries out into the finish which is quick and clean. The body is light to medium with lively carbonation and texture.

Notes: Overall it's a nice light summery beer.

Photo of mtyrrell
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy brown orange color, with a small head that quickly recedes, and lots of carbonation rising up.

S- Sweet smell, with strong berry smell, citrus, and wheat

T- Very strong blackberry taste, not as authentic as I had hoped, kind of syrupy, and hints of cirtus and wheat

M- Pretty carbonated, smooth, and tart

D- There are much better options for a good fruit brew, but I did enjoy drinking this beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy honey gold body with a creamy vanilla medium sized head. Good sticky lacing.

Aroma has vague spice(pepper and coriander), toasted wheat, and twangy blackberry.

Crisp carbonation enlivens the light medium body but there's some thinness here.

Taste has a bready wheat malt twang and a hint of yeast. Slight spiciness is barely noticed and seems to be coriander. Subtle berry tartness is natural enough and not overdone.

Quite drinkable but still a bit pedestrian. Far superior to their Cherry Wheat.

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with "purchase before" dating notched on the side of the label. Pours cloudy darker apricot, with an eggshell head and leaving mostly a thick collar and spots of blobby lacing. Obvious ripe fruit in the nose, sugary berries. Pleasant summer brew, berries prominant and carry through start to finish. MOre of a fruit beer then a wit, as I dont pick up much of anything in the way of wit characteristics. NOt a bad brew to help wash down a summer lunch, or would be an obvious choice to accompany a fruity dessert. Worth a try in warm weather.

Photo of nem2006
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a variety six pack with Irish Red and Black Lager. Pours a cloudy golden reddish color which testifies to the presence of fruit.

Smell is overwhelmed by the blackberry.

The blackberry is so strong that it is mostly blackberry with a hint of wheat as opposed to the other way around. At the very start there is the light to medium bodied wheat flavor typical in all witbiers.

I thought the blackberry was overwhelming. A little too heavy. I was hoping more of the wit would shine through.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: above average carbonation, big head, cloudy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: blackberries, and florals--perhaps lilacs or lavender

Taste: It matches the smell to a tee, with some wheat thrown in

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, slightly sweet with a sweeter finish

Drinkability: I like this beer. I believe it is a very drinkable wheat. This beer takes me back to a good vacation on the Olympic peninsula with lavender and blackberries all around--so there is some personal prejudice...I am glad I got a six and not just a single.

Photo of Mora2000
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a little bit of wheat, but what is really standing out is a very sweet blackberry component. The flavor is also full of extremely sweet, and somewhat cloying, blackberry fruit notes. There is some wheat, and maybe a hint of coriander, but the fruit is front and center. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mattster
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a light cream head with little retention; turns to lace atop a golden brown hazy brew.

First smell is of dark berries and banana; blackberry smell overrides the banana smell; Berry taste is also prominent on palate. I don't taste any spice, but the wheat is pretty prominent.

Mouth feel is nice, with good bubbles that don't attack in a harsh manner. Pretty smooth finish. Would I have another? While I'm not a huge fan of fruit brews, this is well balanced. Lightly sweet and great flavor. Sure, pour me another.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange, but no visible sediment, lively bubbles and head. Appearance reminds me more of a Hefeweizen than a Witbier.

Smell: Blackberry, similar to a wine cooler. Smell is a little too one dimensional and mild, but pleasing nonetheless.

Taste: Slightly sour orange and coriander upfront but the blackberry quickly becomes noticeable. The blackberry is evident but not overdone. Nice balance overall. Slight peppery aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation, fuller than expected.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. Unique Wit and actually prefer it to most standard Wits I have had, including the Sam Adams White Ale.

Better than expected. Nice job Jim!

Photo of jondeelee
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blackberry Witbier smells almost exclusively of blackberries, though when mixed with the beer's other ingredients, the aroma comes off more Jolly Rancher-like than an actual berry scent. Very faint grain aromas lie deep beneath the berries.

On the tongue, berries are also immediately and heavily noticeable, dominating the flavors. Here the flavors are less candy-like, but still lean in that direction, and come across as a combination of blackberry and lollipop-grape. Grape Nuts cereal-like grains form the base, along with a small smattering of hops to help counter the sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors (though slightly heavier in favor of the grains), and fades quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer does deliver in terms of tasting like blackberries, but I find the flavors too artificial and candy-like to warrant my regular consumption.

Random trivia: I visited the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston when the brewers were trying out Blackberry Witbier, along with a Coffee Stout, on visitors, asking them to vote for their favorite. The winner would get put into production. I voted for the stout (for the reasons listed above), and obviously my side lost. Shame, too; the stout was excellent.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into oversized wine glass. pours a slightly dark yellow golden color with a bunch of cloudiness and a little bit of sediment. white head with decent retention. very nice sticky lacing on the glass.

the aroma is strictly blackberries and cough syrup, nothing else really stands out to me.

the taste is also mostly blackberries, however, much better than the aroma. there is also a nice grainy taste going on with maybe a faint taste of some other kinds of fruits.

light body. kinda watery mouthfeel. moderate carbonation.

pretty drinkable, kinda reminds me of a smirnoff or something. prolly wouldnt recommend this to someone, unless its a chick, or someone really into fruit beers.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend likes this beer, and she doesn't like beer to begin with which is never a good start!

Pours a light golden color, good carbonation, head stays for a little bit.

The beer had a powerful nose of fruity berries, regular witbier notes missing.

Tastes like it smells, powerful fruit flavor in the beginning with nothing else, a crisp finish, though. Tastes like light beer with grape juice in it.

Mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation makes it refreshing.

You could probably drink one or two of these before you decide to upgrade to a better beer. Nothing offensive just not a true witbier. Oh well, I'd still rather buy these for my gf than those crappy corona lights she drinks, this one is at least drinkable!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Was worried this was going to pour like the cranberry lambic, actually looked like a decent beer, slight amber appearance. Aroma was nice, blackberries for sure.

Taste, kind of fell apart, again, too much fruit taste, just wanted a little bit, no hops, just a a fruit beer that you're glad you only tried in a variety pack. At least its better than the lambic.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded golden orange body with a large custard like creamy white head forming thick, decent retention noted. Lacing is coated evenly with each sip not bad. Aromatics offer a tart semi sour berrry note with citrus edges competing with eachother, along sided traditional Sam Adams house yeast breadiness. Flavor is again a bit sour with citrus and berry notes with a dry powdered yeast cake in the finish, spices are more prevalant in the flavor a bit of coriander and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a touch of cloying sweetness in the finish, did Sam Adams really need another fruity wheat beer? Overall a beer that doesn't do anything special for me I'll reach for the imperial series next.

Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle a few months past best by date but kept under constant refrigeration. Pours a hazy amber hue with a small, weak head. Medium-light body. Slightly acidic rather than soft, particularly in the finish.
The aromas are mostly fruity and berry-like with a light malty backbone and a hint of spice. Flavors are similar -- fruity, spicy, berry flavors dominate while the malt adds some light bread background -- but the more generic berry aroma seems more specifically blackberry upon tasting. A bit too sweet for me, but about as expected on this count. Somewhat unappealing aftertaste.

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy golden amber. It poured a nice white head that left a little lacing behind.
Aroma is predominantly what and blakcberry. It's simple and it is what it is.
Taste follows suit with a little bit of hops bitterness and malt underlying to add a little balance. Both flavors are very much in the background as this one relies heavily on the simplicity of the wheat backing and berry flavors, which bring out a little tartness as well as a decent sweetness that isn't over the top. There's a very mild spice underlying as well.
The mouthfeel was above average and not too thin. It was smooth, though not especially, and there was a light crispness as well. Body was light and carbonation moderate.
Overall, while this is a bit oversimplified for some beer geeks' tastes and a little unbalanced, it's a solid brew.

Photo of dohastmich
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Little/no head, could not tell this is a wheat beer by looking at it.

S - Sweet candy-esque

T - blackberry flavor reminiscent of jelly, weak wheat taste

M - high carbonation in my opinion

D - If anything, good for summer, however this would not be on my list

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes (11/24)

A: Pours a hazy light orange color. A smallish white head dissipates quickly to spotty foam on top. Little lacing down the sides.

N: The berry aroma is obvious, but there really isn't much else. Kind of one dimensional.

T: Tastes more like a fruit beer than a witbier. The berry taste hits you upfront but then dissipates. It has a slightly fake flavor to it, but still pleasing.

M/D: Medium bodied and easy drinking. A little too sweet for me, but not terrible. Just not one for me.

Photo of dacrza1
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Situation: Relaxing with the boys after bringing home a second shower door from Lowe's...
Glassware: Unibroue Blanche de Chambly...
Appearance: nice, light yellow-orange body, with soft effervescence; mildly cloudy; white head is thin and settles quickly; not sure what to make of the view...
Aroma: tart blackberry, yes; orange citrus, coriander and light wheat malts are secondary accents--light, less than intriguing...
Palate: light to medium fizz; zesty tongue appeal; wheat malt present at exhale; it seems that many Sam Adams brews possess this body--not necessarily a bad thing...
Taste: fruity blackberry is not as subtle as advertised; fizziness creates a gassy, ginger ale experience; lost here in between styles...
Overall: for the record: at the PSU BrewFest last year (RIP 2009--still going to enjoy the trip, and thanks brother Jer!) we all voted for the Stout; unfortunately, the wit won over the populace; disappointment aside, the beer flirts with something fun, but comes up short, as most non-lambic fruit ales do...

Photo of tastybeer
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing amber haze with a large yet quickly fading, basically white head. Aroma is loaded with a mix of syrupy and fresh raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and perhaps pomegranate all mixed together. Other aromas include, lightly buttered grains, a little spice, lemon syrup and a some tart wheatiness. Tastes matches with the added dry bitterness and a touch of sour. Texture is slick and also meringue-like. Its worth swirling around a little before you gulp it down. This is indeed very drinkable.

A decent refreshing spring/summer beer. Its way more 'blackberry' than wheat, and certainly enjoyable if you like berries.

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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.