Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.44/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to AngieBaby for supplying this for our little reunion. This brew was poured from the bottle into generic pint glasses, putting forth a ruddy burnt sienna coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of dirty snow colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Crisp waves of lacing were left edged around each rim. A light haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active and pervasive. The nose gave sweetness of blackberry, raspberry, fermented green apples, brown sugar, clean wheatiness, wheat and white flour, sunflower seed and pollen, generic ale yeastiness, gentle grassy hops, and granite. Our first impression was that this was a highly refreshing beer for the style, with just the right amount of fruity sweetness to match the malted base. As we sipped, the taste opened up with immediate tart and sugary sweetness of blackberry, plum, and blueberry fruitiness, raw honey, wheaty and pale maltiness, pine bark, aluminum metallics, and phenolic clove. The middle continued forward with wet and mineral-laden wheaty wash, oily citric peel and pith bite, pine nut creaminess, icy metallics, and heavy yeast burden. The finish showed notes of more wheat, sorghum flour, dried maple leafiness, cheap adjuncts, mineral water, brassy coin, aloe, dried cranberries, and phenolic plastic and clove. The aftertaste breathed of fogged glass, light dusty mustiness, muscat grapes, tart berry mash, flashes of Jolly Rancher cloy, medicinals and plastic, orange flesh, bitter wheat bite, metallic yeastiness, and the softest piney stickiness. The body was lightly medium, and the carbonation was high, giving intense prickle to the hard palate if left in the mouth for too long to taste. The first few sips gave excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, but this faded quickly along with the head, and as the beer came to temperature. The mouth was left wet and tingling, with eventual astringency brushed across the back of the throat. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank quite well.
Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew was its drinkability. Again, in line with our first thoughts on the first sip, this was a surprisingly refreshing brew. We tend to preconceive our thoughts about the “macro” craft producers, but for what it is, they did a nice job here. While this isn’t going to win any awards in our book, they kept it seasonal, fresh, and light enough to keep it flowing. That’s where this beer functions well. The flavored and aromatic inclusions were decent represented in the final product, and blended nicely enough, but you’re going to be drinking this one more for the experience and company of close friends than you are for anything groundbreaking on the palate or brain.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 13:57:52 | More by TheBrewo
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