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

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1,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Hunter

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy apricot-color brew, thin head, no lacing. Fine carbonation present but barely noticeable due to the haze (appropriate for the style, however).

Smell: the smell of berries hits up front, with background notes of wheat.

Taste: The fruitiness is much more delicate on the tongue than SA's Cherry Wheat beer, but it remains the dominating flavor. The wheat comes through finally in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and scouring.

Drinkability: This is a refreshing late summer brew, but it will doubtless not appeal to many. I can't help but feel despite the label's talk of Marion blackberries that the flavor is little more than the same sort of flavoring one can buy at any brewing stone. Still, not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:24:59 | More by Hunter
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adamette

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Brewery Ommegang Witte goblet. Purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $1.50. "Best by" stamp of November 2009 on the side of the label.

A One inch near white head over a yelow/brown body that resembles a light caramel color, a cloudy body. 3.5

S Nice light fruit and wheat beer smell that is pleasant, inviting. 4.0

T/M Nice light fruit taste carries over from the smell and this has a welcomed smooth feel to it that I did not expect. 4.0

D Very good. This is refreshing, smooth, tasty. 4.5

Notes: another in the "Brewmaster's Collection" from Sam Adams. This one is solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:41:53 | More by adamette
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botham

Illinois

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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theirishdago

Michigan

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

First off I am kind of bias against the Wit's, so that being said, this beer wasn't that bad:

A- Cloudy, Ruby-orangeish, with a nice fluffy white head

S- Huge Blackberries on the nose

T- Slight blackberry,coriander you come to expect from all the wits, but this one not as strong, very subtle, maybe a touch vanilla

M- Very soft on the palate

F- Clean finish with no lingering aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 15:09:22 | More by theirishdago
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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

A - Cloudy orange body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The head is pure white and bubbly.

S - The aroma of berries with the finishing touch of alcohol.

T - There is a real fruit flavor in this brew. However, I think the craftiness here that is so interesting is that the beer still tastes like beer.

M - The soft feel of the brew makes this go down fairly easy. The coarse feel that is evident is only felt on the perimeter of my mouth.

~ While I am not a fan of fruit beers I have to admit this is not at all bad. The fruit flavor is subtle enough that it doesn't overwhelm the true beer character.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 02:09:15 | More by cdkrenz
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squirrelpirate

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier poured a hazy deep golden color with a thin white head comprised of tiny bubbles that left a thin lacing down the glass. This has a real open nose, as the blackberry scent bursts into your nose. It almost smells more like a hard liquor than beer. A little bit of breadiness in the background.

Thankfully the blackberry is not quite as strong in the taste department as it is in the aroma, but close. There's a mix of honey, blackberry, wheat, and citrus notes. It's harshly sweet, but a smooth beer with bitterness and a bit of a pucker at the end.

It has a medium body and a smooth mouthfeel, with the sour flavor laying on the tongue slightly. Inbetween a medium and high carbonation, but fairly drinkable.

While this may be a refreshing, tasty summer beer for some, I did not care much for this. The blackberry presence was much too strong for my liking, and seemed artificial. My fiancee, who enjoys Cherry Wheat, hasn't touched this beer since her first bottle for the same reasons. If the flavors were more subtle, it might seem more like a wit, instead of a Berliner Weisse.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:33:46 | More by squirrelpirate
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techtatu

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice rustic orange color with a cream colored head about 2 fingers width. The smell is blackberries all the way and you can barely smell the barley and hops. At first sip you get hit with a heavy flavor of blackberry and follows up with a nice bitter after taste. Not quite a desert beer like cherry wheat but still a good flavored beer.

Definitely something I would share with first time beer drinkers that love that berry flavor. Plus, also a beer that would be appropriate for summer to autumn. One key note though, gotta serve it extra cold, because if you don't, it taste like cough syrup with a bitter after taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 17:45:06 | More by techtatu
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oldpinecone

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Bleh...

Pours a nice goldish amberish color with a 2 fingers white head and sub par lacing.

Smell is pretty fruity a hint of flowers as well.

Taste is too fruity and sweet for my taste. Very strong berry flavor. Like a watery smoothy.

A bit watery for my liking as well though it did have nice carbonation.

i guess this beer might go good with desert or cheese or something. Overall this is an eh beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:30:15 | More by oldpinecone
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seanbhudson

California

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours a cloudy (visible particulates) orange color with a medium white head. A little bit of lacing.
AROMA:
Moderate aroma of orange blossom and blackberry.
FLAVOR:
Honey, orange, apricot and berries. A bit fake tasting. A wheat flavor throughout. Starts off sweet but finishes rather crisp and clean.
MOUTHFEEL:
Light-medium body with slightly syrupy texture and light carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.
DRINKABILITY:
Good for a hot summer day. Fruit taste is a bit much for me but the dry finish makes you want to take another sip.
NOTES: BBCSD-0907-DanielleV

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 17:59:01 | More by seanbhudson
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden color with a very light haze, producing a fluffy 2-finger white head that retains for a good while before fading down to a small ring and leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smells of blackberries and orange with light hints of wheat and coriander in the back.

Taste reveals slightly sour notes of blackberry, lemon and grass that is balanced out with a subtle taste of corianader and wheat in the finish.

Light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Wasn't expecting much out of this one and by no means is it anything overly great, but for a nice hot day, these can actually be quite refreshing and easy to put away. Would have again as an outdoor summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:36:10 | More by Vengeance526
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Sam Adams Summer Pack is a summer staple at the Deshayes household. It has enough of a variety that if I buy it, nearly anyone who comes over will find something they will drink. However, I always had a beef with one "beer" that was in the pack - the Cherry Wheat. I can't think of a more disgusting concoction that was forced down your throat with every purchase. I think the Cherry Wheats of Summer Packs Past (say that three times fast) have gone to the back of the fridge never to be seen again or passed on to some idiot who was too drunk to notice what they were drinking.

Imagine my joy when Sam Adams dumped the Cherry Wheat and called in the rookie Blackberry Witbier to fill the vacancy in the summer pack!

Now, given it's a blackberry beer, there is some blackberry in it, but it's subtle enough where it's not overwhelming. The blackberries offer some tartness to the beer - definitely not fruity or sweetesy. There's some great malt in there too. Crisp would be a nice way of describing the overall feel of the beer.

The Witbier is a great summer beer as it's light and refreshing, especially on a hot day. Definitely an excellent substitute for the crap beer that was in there before....

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 19:45:03 | More by taxguyjase
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rodney45

New York

4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of colonial maple wood. (look it up)

S: It smells of plum and cherry... Maybe thats what blackberry really smells like, I guess I wouldnt know for sure, but my nose says cherry and plum. very nice smelling.

T: A lot of flavor up front. You get hit by the fruit tastes all at once, and they're heavy feeling too. Slowly you have some wheat creep up. All wheat finish, and then its a dry floral aftertaste that is satisfying.

M: Light, and crisp. Which is what a witbier should be.

D: This has session beer written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 04:30:41 | More by rodney45
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lhaqq

California

4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold slightly cloudy body with a crisp white head.
S: Mainly blackberry, but also apple and sparkling apple juice.
T: Orange, blackberries, some barley and dark slightly roasted fruits. Small amount of wheat.
M: Medium body, not too sticky or syrupy.
D: A good session or food beer. Probably one of the best of fruit-added witbiers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 07:37:14 | More by lhaqq
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter amber color with decent head and minimal lacing.

S - You can really smell the blackberry, or at least I'm pretty sure what it is. Don't really remember what they taste like, but there is some berry-type fruit going on here. Very subtle citris hanging out there as well.

T - Not a huge fan of fruit beers but I really like this one. The blackberry taste is there, but not overpoweringly so. Nice grains in the middle. Finish was a little too empty and quick for me, either needed to finish completely clean or have some bite at the end. But still, very good.

M - Nice carbonation, slightly less than medium bodied.

D - I could drink quite a few of these. Good palate cleanser too if you are doing tastings.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 19:47:23 | More by AgentZero
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden amber with a thin foamy white head and little lacing but lots of carbonation.
S: it definitely pull together a good fruity blueberry aroma with sweet malts and gentle hops barely coming through.
T: some bitter hoppyness hits first followed by a wonderful mix of blackberry, malts, and yeast. Unfortunately the yeast leaves a sour aftertaste mixing weirdly with the fruity taste.
M/D: light bubbly and semi astringent just in feel but good drinkability suiting well on hot days by the pool.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 00:57:31 | More by Kemmerlin
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njbcmatt

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. from a Summer Mix case. Poured into a tall hefe glass.

A- Surprisingly clear, nice golden color, this appears to be a well-filtered wit, foamy head that comes then goes

S- Smack you in the face blackberry aromas, pretty much overwhelms any other typical beery smells.

T- Nice, light, crisp, refreshing. Nicely balanced blackberry flavor. Wouldn't mind a little more carbonation, clean finish, doesn't linger.

M- A little too thin for me, I was expecting a little more body from the witbier backbone. If this was a blackberry lager, I'm not sure it would be much different.

D- I could put these down all day, especially on a hot beach or something. Too fruity for everyday drinking, but if you like fruity beers, you'll probably enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 21:06:19 | More by njbcmatt
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Trappissed

California

2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could taste the blackberry. I could taste the wheat. Unfortunately I also was getting a nasty medicinal aftertaste, mixed with some unspeakable flavor I can't really describe. Very carbonated mouthfeel. I wouldn't call this beer terrible, I just wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:59:44 | More by Trappissed
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philibum13

Delaware

2.25/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I hate to quote man-laws, "do not fruit the beer," because I feel I contradict myself when I say I like Sam Cherry Wheat, Blue Moon w/orange, Shock Top, or Corona w/ lime, but I feel that Blackberry witbier goes a little too far. It ended up tasting too much like grape juice than it did a beer. Unlike Sam Cherry Wheat, which I feel puts just the right amount of cherry flavor in; any more and it would be too much. Sorry Jim, but this Sam was not for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 23:47:21 | More by philibum13
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bright, deep straw color. decent, ice white foamy head. nice. lacing.

smells of, yep, blackberries. not too fruity. almost sour in a good (aprihop) way

taste is good, not quite 'too' sweet. thankfully the sweetness is a quick tart blast then fades.

mouthfeel is well above average....crisp and creamy.

very drinkable alone or with this killer garlic and toasted apricot pit (poor man's almond) crostini i just made!

slight edit: upped the appearance and mouthfeel. a really admirable fruit brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 21:24:21 | More by mempath
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noknife83

California

4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very surprising beer for me. I'll normally do not like fruit flavored beers, the cherry wheat that Sam Adams makes I can't stand. There was something different about this one though, maybe because it was blackberry flavored, maybe blackberry is more what my pallet likes, I don't know. But this was a very good beer. A great beer for a nice hot summer day sitting out in the pack patio. Just when I think to right off Sam Adams they surprise me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 18:50:17 | More by noknife83
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color with a pinkish hue. The head was tall but whispy.

Smells like blackberries. Period.

This actually reminding me of a drink I used to enjoy as a kid, blackberry flavored New York Seltzer Water. This doesn't taste much like a witbier, but it is likable in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

Very crisp and refreshing feel to it. This is a good summer beer. The body resembles a wine cooler.

This is not my style, but it is an easy drinker and goes well with hot weather. It's not a good representation of the style, but ok nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 02:51:34 | More by Vonerichs
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz.. the bro and I both had one and agree this is a pretty good "fruit" beer... but nearly no "witbier" characteristics remain.

3/4" white head atop a slightly cloudy lite orange brew...

The nose is a nice blackberry and little else..

Flavor is better... some grainy sweetness the blackberries to the front.. but for the most part, no base beer notes are identifiable.. The body is light and carbonation is medium/high with a lingering fruitiness...

I actually like this.. but make no mistake.. you are not drinking a witbier with blackberries.... you are drinking a blackberry beer... While I do like it... one bottle will always be my limit.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 06:18:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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flaminghomer

Indiana

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked up the Sam Adams summer sampler at Meijer. Leave it to Sam Adams to make a good fruit beer. (after the Cranberry Lambic fiasco, they owe us one) IMO fruit beers are too often desert beers. Not so in this case. Smell and taste have just the right amount of fruitiness. Well balanced, but fruity sweetness overides just enough. It's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 06:12:21 | More by flaminghomer
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biggred1

Indiana

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

Amber bronze with a billion tiny suspended yeast particles visable and a decent slightly off white creamy head that leaves fine lacing on the glass. The nose is blackberry and mild spice. The flavors are bittersweet blackberries and wheat with just a touch of coriander spice. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. Another in the long line of fruit beers by SA, not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:57:20 | More by biggred1
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Buy date is October 2009

Aroma - A slight bite but 95% of this beers nose is made of blackberry, which is nice.

Appearance - Cloudy yello with no real carbonation visible. The head wasn't to big and faded slowly.

Taste - Upfront there is a ton of sweet blackberry then things start to fall apart. The complete blackberry flavor profile is missing and instead you get this crashing muddled in between beer flavor. The finish has a flat graininess I had a tough time getting past.

Notes - Not what I would call bad just disappointing. I wanted this beer to be better than it was.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 23:28:23 | More by jwhawkins81
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