Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.95/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
From a 12 oz bottle scored "best by October 2010", into a pint glass. Hazy yellowish color with thin whitish head that fades at a moderately rapid pace. Nose of faint berries and fainter bread. Light flavor of blackberry, more artificial than natural. Light sweetness predominates; there are really no other flavors (hops, malt) to compete. Tastes more like "flavored beer X" rather than a beer that could stand on its own merits. Mouth is crisp and light with light carbonation, possibly this brew's strongest point. Drinkability is OK overall, a bit too sweet for mass consumption, but otherwise nearly sessionable.
Overall: Another "meh" flavored beer from SA. Not bad but not good either.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2010 23:45:37 | More by jettjon
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3.21/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw with a brilliantly white large bubbled head, about 2 fingers. Dissipated quickly, no lacing, and only a few residual bubbles.
S - smell is fruity, lots of blackberry on the nose. spicy yeast bouquet, faint medicinal and metallic notes. malt shows up last in the nose with a bready biscuity undertone.
T - I am surprised by the taste, and I only say that as I usually drink this cold and fast for this review I let it warm up... its always a refreshing brew, but letting it warm up was actually detrimental to taste. Anywhoo... the warmed subject is a yeasty mess. usually yeast forward beer is not appealing. Blackberry is there in the front and lingers in the finish, but is not as prevalent as it was in the nose. Malt might be there but its a wash. I think the thing that attracts me to this brew is that it is cold, crisp, and tart... take the cold out and the crisp and tart qualities fall off real quick.
M - The mouthfeel on this to me is perfect for the style, crisp, dry, tart, ample carbonation, goes down quick... and when it is actually cold, I cannot stop going back for more.
O - I went into this review having drank this many times in the past. This is one of my favorite summer thirst quenching shelf beers. I usually don't give it the chance to warm up, but for the sake of the review I let it warm up from my fridge a little. The sub par taste really shines through when warm, still I think this is outstanding as a refreshing summer brew enjoyed cold, but compared to some of the great witbiers brewed locally to me, I do not think this is a good example of the style, blackberry or not.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 23:16:56 | More by MaineBrewing
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,515 ratings.