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

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Ratings: 1,611
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 33
Gots: 107 | 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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3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 3/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, berries, and a slight vomit aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild tartness and thankfully no vomit flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not something I would go for again.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazed and a light orange-tinted color. White head.

S: Plenty of the blackberry and some spices.

T: Lots of blackberry flavors, as well as the pale wheat malt underneath.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Pretty decent drinkability, especially once summertime rolls around. I don't normally like fruit beers, but I've enjoyed both this and the Cranberry Wit from Sam Adams. They're doing something right, aka not overloading the fruit.

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of blackberries in the nose; these become sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit sweet and has lots of blackberry flavors and only some hints of the underlying wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is easy to drink and might appeal to some type of people (such as those that like sweet fruity lambics), I thought that the blackberry taste seemed a little too pronounced and artificial.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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

I first tried this beer as part of a taste-off at the National Homebrewer's Conference in Cincinnati back in June '08. Participants were asked to choose between this one or the coffee Irish Stout. Although I prefered the stout, I guess the overwhelming support was for the Blackberry Witbier. It's not the first time I've been over ruled.

The beer begins with a creamy golden-straw hue. The froathy head formation definately finds the Witbier roots, but the color seems darker with the pilsner grains that the lighter canary-yellow hue that I expect. The head disipates to a film and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very fruity, spicy, and berry-like. A pilsner malty backbone gives a hint of sweet breads and simple sugars. Light acidity tickles the nose. Though the fruity-berry notes give this beer something extra, I wouldn't have picked out the blackberries if the lable hadn't told me.

Flavors are true to the aromas. The fruity, spicy, berry flavors are upfront and dominate the beer. The pilsner malt presence gives a nice base to the flavors while complimenting with sugar-cookies, light breads, and confectionate sugars. The tastes are a bit over-simplified but not offensive in any way.

An initial creamy mouthfeel is soon overtaken by by the acidic citrus, fruity notes. These clean the palate and make the beer crisp and clean, but hurts the softer textures that are most appreciated by classic Witbiers.

The beer fares pretty well. It's not what I'll reach for in a Witbier, but I expect the beer to be a hit with the Blue Moon crowd.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with white haze and a medium foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of blackberry and wheat is sweeter then I had anticipated but still very much enjoyable. Taste is well enough balanced between sweet blackberries and medium wheat malt. Body is fuller then average with OK carbonation. Not bad overall thought I prefer my Wit without fruit.

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as cloudy yellowish color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The armoa of the beer is sweet and full of fruit. The subtle smell of wheat is in there too. The taste is sweet as well with a pretty good blackberry flavor. The aftertaste is a mix of the fruit and the grainy wheat flavors. The mouhfeel is light and might be a decent choice for summer drinking.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Precisely midway between honey gold and tangerine orange. Backlighting with sunshine reveals no haziness whatsoever, which is a shame. An acceptable looking slice of ivory colored foam sits atop the beer, although it isn't very generous when it comes to glass deposition.

Blackberries are easily appreciated in the nose, which is a definite plus. On the other hand, a witbier ought to smell like a witbier, even if only a little. There's a wee whiff of untoasted grain and a slight tang from the citrus peel, but no coriander that I can detect. Better than average seems about right.

Flavor follows aroma, in that Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier tastes like a fruit beer rather than a witbier. Sorry, but when a brewery puts the word 'witbier' on the label, there are certain expectations that must be met. Even as a fruit ale, this offering struggles to be good.

The base beer tastes grainy, as if the other flavors are covering up for something that's less than well-brewed (and that might take a major turn for the worse once warming has occured). The blackberry flavor is somewhat extract-like. That's unexpected, since actual Oregon-grown berries were used.

Sweet, bitter and tart are all present. However, they seem to be at odds with one another rather than complementary. Orange peel and coriander are now appreciated. It doesn't much matter because SABW still doesn't taste like a classic wit. Maybe because it isn't.

Medium-fullness for the style helps the mouthfeel pull itself to an above average perch. The slightly buzzy bubbles are just well-buried enough not to annoy. An impending gut ache tells me that there's quite a bit of fructose in this sucker.

Given a choice between Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier and Sam Adams White Ale, I'd go with the latter 10 times out of 10. Even though this offering sounds good on paper, it doesn't come together well at all. Make sure you try one before springing for six.

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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

I grabbed this one off the shelf the other day purely because I had not tried it before. That being said, it could have been worse. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/11/2009.

The pour was light, about what I would have expected. Clear, light amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Small lacing and nothing at all really remaining after about a minute. Light aroma with hint of fruit mixed in with lots of wheat and grain notes. Carried over into the flavor almost exactly. Light in every sense of the word. Light fruit notes, light grain and a touch of grass like flavor in the finish. It was loaded with carbonation and went down like water. Overall not bad, but I have had better for sure.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very refreshing all season fruit beer. it pours just a tiny bit dusty, mostly blonde, with maybe the faintest purple hue and an average white head on top thats gone in a few minutes. the nose is a little strange, with the fruit sweetness not really coming through at all, and the yeast and wheat malt being more dominant. not until the flavor can you tell its a fruit beer, the blackberry is strong and forward, without being too sweet at all. its summery and fresh, while being wintery and preserved at the same time, i like this beer because its one of the few in the genre that i think retains its drinkability for all 12 months. the finish is a little dry, with the yeast imparting just a hint of citrusy acidity and pep. nice feel, light in body with strong carbonation. its refreshing and satisfying and i much prefer this to most other fruity infused wheat beers out there.

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from old notes.

A: The beer pours a sort of yellowish color, interesting since it's supposed to be a blackberry witbier...

S: The blackberry aroma is there, but that is about all you can smell. I don't get much, if any, of the actual witbier, unfortunately. It also seems to have a sense of "fakeness" about it.

T: Blackberries are less noticeable on the flavor, but the witbier base isn't all that intense either. Some grain and malt flavor but not much of the usual orange peel and coriander flavor.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: A let down from the old standby Sam Adams. Not one of the better offerings.

Photo of largadeer
1.71/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle best by November 2010.

Hazy with an appropriately wheat-like color and a solid white cap, this would look spot-on but it's a bit dark for the style. Could be my imagination, but it seems like there's a faint shade of purple in the center.

Pretty medicinal blackberry aroma with some malted wheat and slight spiciness backing it. These fruit wheat beers usually end up smelling like cough syrup, and this one is no exception.

Bready up-front, fruity and medicinal thereafter. Citrus peel and coriander spiciness is present beneath the fruit, which clashes a bit with the tart berry flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and cloying between the chewy wheat malt, the fruit and the spices. Not particularly enjoyable, this one's going down the drain.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a fizzy, large, off-white head.

Smell: Plump, handpicked blackberry nose ahead of notes smelling of toasty wheat malt and a few scant drops of clover honey.

Taste: Crisp malted wheat and a taste of bready barley with a light honeyish sweetness. Hints of citrus and coriander preclude the pervasive blackberry flavor. Touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes semi-dry and gently effervescent with a tangy mix of wheat and berries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine beer to usher in spring with. Surprisingly refreshing and pleasant, considering how BBC's other fruit beer (Grape Pale Ale, Cranberry Lambic, and Cherry Wheat) all were total flops for me.

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a foamy, off-white, two finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of blackberry, artificial blackberry aroma.

T - It tasted of blackberry flavoring with hints of wheat. There wasn't much else. It was very sweet.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It was very sweet and the blackberry flavor was a bit much. It mellowed and became more drinkable as it warmed up.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a slightly hazy straw with a minor bit of white head that dies away very quickly. The nose comprises a bushel's worth (at least) of berries, though whether or not they're blackberries is hard for me to say. Some bready bits congregate in the background, but don't say very much. The taste is composed of these elements as well, joined by a very light bitterness. Hm. The body is light, with a dry finish and a rather bubbly feel. Overall, not the best wit out there; the berries are strong yet vague, leaving me wanting something more, somewhere...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier pours a hazy apricot colored body beneath a short head of white froth. When held to the light it's a glowing golden color and you can make out your fingers through the glass, but without detail. The head retention is limited and it drops readily to a thin collar. Lacing is wide but sparse, mainly made up of small spots with a few craggy lines here and there.

In the aroma it's clearly berrylike, but with a sugary edge. There's no tartness. There's a mild spiciness, which may be due to the blackberries as well as to the yeast and other spices.

The mouthfeel is medium; and it's very delicately zesty with a creamy edge, leaving it smooth with a mild bristle on the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with the fruit appearing up-front, followed by a combination of wheaty malt and underlying spice. It finishes with a swirl of fruit and spice that die down softly, and then lingers gently with a hint of grassy and floral hops.

At first the fruit is more apparent, but as it warms, the malt widens and becomes the stage on which the fruit and spice twirl. I was initially expecting a fruit beer, follwed by the idea that it would be a witbier with just a tiny hint of fruit. In fact, it falls right in between. It's not overdone, and you could have more than one, although I'm not sure how many occassions it would really fit in at. Still, it's pleasant and enjoyable. Nicely done!

Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a very hazy, golden body. Poor retention and moderate lace.

S - Strong berry aroma with musty yeast aroma. Some wheat spice as well.

T - Lots of berry flavor up front with light, sweet malt. Creamy wheat in the middle with some spicy yeast notes. The finish is spicy with lots of wheat flavor and moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a strong and enjoyable fruit character. The base witbier is nothing spectacular and the hop level in the finish might be a bit excessive, but overall this is a pretty decent, fruity summer beer.

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