Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.78/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a golden amber with two fingers of off white, thick head that retains nicely and leaves moderate spider lacings.
aroma is of faint berries, with a light sweetness and a wheat malt base. little else for the nose with a restrained character and a lightly sweet overall character.
taste is more of the same with a distinct lack-of-sweetness that gives the overall profile an almost bitter fruit character. the wheat malt seems to get in the way of the fruit, hindering any possibility of an authentic fuit character. the fruit is restrained and treated as an afterthought next to the wheat malt, which is unfortunate. could be much better if not for the overdone wheat malt character.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-dry texture and a finish of residual berries and wheat malt. simple on the palate.
drinkability is decent. when it comes to fruit beers, there are generally two categories: the beers that overdo the fruit and end up tasting like fruit juice, and those that underutilize the best qualities of the fruit and end up leaving a lot to be desired. a small number of fruit beers walk between the lines and use the fruit in a way that accentuates everything good about the flavors and offsets the downfalls with malts and hops (see the Cantillons, Sweetwater Blue, Flanders Reds, etc.). this one definitely underutilizes the fruit, backing away from showcasing the blackberries and ends up as a mildly bland and underwhelming fruit beer. Sam Adams usually does much better than this. dissapointing.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2009 16:13:32 | More by botham
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