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

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 32
Gots: 98 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (part of a "Summer Styles" variety pack) poured into a mug.

Pours a slightly clouded golden color with with a lot of suspended particles in the beer kept agitated by heavy carbonation. Minimal head and lacing.

The first whiff registers a lot of sweet fruity smell, including blackberry (imagine that), but also plum, cherry, and orange peel. Not getting the spicy goodness that one normally associates with a witbier.

Taste is more or less consistent with the smell, with a strong presence of blackberry and other fruity sweetness. Spices are more pronounced than the nose but still underdeveloped for what I consider a real witbier.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but not really watery, per se. Medium-high carbonation is on the verge of being offensive. Although the beer is light and carbonated, it's a little too sweet to be very drinkable.

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

12oz bottle

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier was hazy golden in color with a white head. The head was two fingers thick to start, but soon became a thin layer that remained to the end, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was dominated by blackberries. It tasted lightly of blackberries upfront with spices and bitterness coming through towards the semi-dry finish. It was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's a decent enough brew and better than expected, but not something I would go out of my way for.

Photo of albern
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweetish lawn mower beer that is refreshing, light, fruity, and easy to drink. The beer pours a clear golden color with just a hint of purple from the blackberry extract. There isn't much of a head, no lacing either. The nose is fruits, presumably blackberry, blueberry, maybe some other berry aromas too.

The wheat beer underneath is pretty mediocre, nothing special. This is just light beer with lots of blueberry or blackberry notes throughout. The beer is very smooth, and although the label mentions spices, I can't really detect any. There's nothing to not like in this beer, it is simple, unoffensive, and that is about all you can say. There is barely any hop bite, or spicey anything in the finish. It is pure water in the mouth and very little aftertaste. The beer is just plain light and berry flavored, don't look for anything more here.

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

Smell is malty sweet and spicy with a berrry undertone. Pours to a slightly hazy deep bright yellow with a nice foamy two finger head. Taste is classic sweet and sour witbier, sweet up front, sour in the middle and a bitter,slightly dry finish. Great use of blackberry that has almost the same characteristics exept for the bitterness. The blackberry taste is most evident on the sweetness up front, pairs well on the sour middle and fades with the bitter finally. Carbonation is good but not really evident or noticable with this flavored brew. When I picked this up I thought it might be to "berry-y" but its not. Another good go to brew from Sam's. Hopefully they replace the cranberry lambric in the holiday pack with this one for a solid holiday assortment.

Photo of skrib09
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a light amber, pretty hazy, with a crispy head that disappeared rather quickly.

subtle notes of berry, some spice, a little sweet malt nose as well.

relatively straightforward fruit and spice flavors. no hoppiness coming through but a hint of a malt base.

crispy and light mouthfeel, probably refreshing on a hot day. drinkable brew for sure.

Photo of ujsplace
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Faded orange, with minimal head and lacing.

S: Blackberries, mild hops and malt.

T: Blackberries up front, mildly tangy hop finish. Mild alcohol is left behind on the tongue...

M: Thin, light and carbonated.

D: I can see why this would be included in the Samuel Adams summer pack. This is an occasional type of beer for me. With that said,it is a very drinkable beer that would be going down easy while hanging out by the pool in the summer...

Photo of ATSJer
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Temp served cool
From bottle to a glass

Appearance: A nice smooth pour which produces a thin ¼ inch white head that fades fairly quickly. There are several streams of carbonation, and the brew itself is a beautiful dark gold. As I looked at the color I noticed that it was cloudy as per the beer style but it wasn't an even cloud, in fact it seemed that the cloudiness was produced by a lot of particulate. The head dissipates to a thin ring but leaves a light lacing on the glass.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was a sweet floral scent evenly balanced with the hop spice, there was also some light hints of citrus that smelled more of orange peel, and I could smell some other spices in the brew that were not hops, but they balanced well with the hops but on the sweeter spice of things. I don't specifically smell blackberries but they might be part of the sweetness and the floral scent that I noticed first. There was also no alcohol smell.

Taste: This is a light tasting mildly hoppy light bodied brew, the spices are abundant but are not offensive. I notice some sweetness on my tongue but it is layered under the spice, the finish is a bittersweet refreshing flavor that lingers for a few moments on the palate. There is no wonder that this is considered a summer time brew. In that the flavor is light and refreshing while still complex enough so that your mouth doesn't get bored when drinking.

Mouthfeel: Clean, sharp with a dry finish; the moderate carbonation fizzes a bit on the tongue but does not distract. The feeling is thin but not really watery which feels crisp and pleasant. I could not feel any of the particulate that I saw in the brew.

Drinkability: This is an extremely drinkable brew, it is light but not watery, the taste is fresh and clean the sweetness offsets the mild bitterness allowing this brew to go down easy. The carbonation does cause some minor bloating and the bitterness hangs for a moment but those are minor issues of dislike for myself. This is a nice light bodied brew without being a light beer, and I could easily see this being an afternoon Bar-B-Q session beer.

Photo of wingman14
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a frothy white head that fades fast. The smell is mostly blackberry, sweet notes, some other fruit smells. The taste is sweet start with a nice blackberry flavor, but finishes with a club soda like aftertaste. Tastes almost like carbonated flavored water-beer. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, a good amount of carbonation that can get annoying. This starts out as an enjoyable beer, but the beer is one sided. This isn't one that is super drinkable, nice for a hot summer day, but a bit disappointing. Worth checking out for fruit beer fans, but not necessarily a strong witbier.

Photo of semihobo
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, drink by Jan 2010.

No head, great apricot/peach body, extremely hazy.

Sweet, natural fruit smell. Not sure I can pin it down as blackberry exactly, but not artificial or cloying. Some lemony wheat.

Gently tart fruit up front, middle and finish are great, citrusy straw and wheat. Mellow, rich yeastiness lingers. Almost imperceptible hops bittering on the finish - would benefit from more.

Creamy mouthfeel... on the path to lush but not there yet. Light to medium body.

Not mindblowing, but a good wit and good use of fruit. Wish it didn't need have natural flavor added. Two in the summer sampler is about right, not sure I'd session this or buy it in six-packs, but it's fine.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden peach colour with a white frothy head. Some lacing.

Smells like rasperries, blackberries and a bit of apple juice. Unfortunately not the typical spicy witbier smell i was expecting.

Tastes very much like blackberries with a slight spiciness, too bad the blackberries are too overpowering and doesn't taste much like a witbier. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, maybe the blackberries?

A nice smooth mouthfeel, a wonderful refreshing beer for a hot summer day, but I'd rather just have a regular witbier.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is a solid offering from ole sammy. As for a witbier, I think it misses in the spice realm, but the blackberry is refreshing and not overwhelming. Good, slight hazed golden look to it. Frothy head. I like it and would it again.
Easy drinking, although gets a bit old toward the end. Slightly monotonous that I would suppose is from lack of spice.

Photo of lazyslacker
3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer. The fruitiness was interesting.

Appearance - Poured into pint glass, the color is somewhere between straw and orange. Slightly hazy. Off-white head about 3/4 of an inch thick, which dissipated almost completely after a few minutes. Very little lacing. Upon first pouring it a lot of carbonation is apparent.

Smell - Less blackberry-ish than I wanted it to be, though I don't have a great nose so I should hardly be the final authority on this. As it warmed up over the course of drinking it both the smell and the taste became more strongly of fruit and blackberries. Wheat smell was almost as strong as the fruity smell.

Taste - After being disappointed with the smell, the taste was very good. Starts off as most wheat beers, very crisp and fruity. Extra fruity for this beer. Almost like wine or soda, it's so fruity. It's also fairly sweet, though not too much so. Not tangy or bitter like some lambics and ciders, though. Finishes nicely and more dryly than I would expect, which is good and keeps it drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Not bad, but a little too carbonated for my taste.

Drinkability - If it werent for the carbonation it would be very drinkable, but even so it's still pretty drinkable. Not too sweet, which would be the deal-breaker for me.

Overall I'd say a very good beer by Sam Adams. Based on what I've tasted of other beers of similar styles, I'd say the Blackberry Witbier is very representative of its style while still standing out, thanks to the strong presence of blackberries. Refreshing; a good summer beer. The only real negative thing I can say about it is it's a little too carbonated for me, but, again, that's typical of this style.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like blackberries, and I like witbier. It's a good combination for me. On to the beer:

Semi-hazy, paler gold color, with a smooth head on top. Aroma...very fruity...blackberry dominant. Some coriander is present in the nose as well. Sugar cookies too. The flavor is a mix of subtle blackberry with subtle witbier. Buttery sugar cookies with a touch of coriandor and blackberry....I can live with that. A touch moee carbonation than smooth. A good summer beer.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'll be a bit honest, I'm not a big fan of fruit/veggie beers or wheat beers but this was a little better than I expected. It was a hot day and I for some strange reason or another was craving a refreshing wheat beer. A buddy of mine gave me a "5 pack" cause he didn't like it so I thought I'd give one a try. Poured into a Sam's Perfect pint, it gave a better look than I expected. Slightly darker than a golden pale and much more clear than I expected. There was only a slight haze to it and it had a white fizzy head that dissapeared pretty quickly. Very little lacing on the glass of this one. It smelled pretty good. You can smell undertones of wheat, but the smell of sweet berries (I'm guessing mostly blackberries) are much stronger. The first initial sip was quite pleasant, very refreshing and sweet. But the taste seems to become blander and blander with each sip. I didn't enjoy the mouthfeel, a little fizzy for my liking, and I would consider it under average for drinkability as well. Honestly though it was much more enjoyable than I though it would be. I cracked this one open expecting the worst, but it was ok overall, worth a try.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very nice orange-gold color. A little hazy like a wit should be. A small creamy white head that dies off fast.

S - Berries. Not necessarily blackberries but a sweet berry aroma dominates and there is a very slight hint of grainy undetones. Very nice, not artificial at first but it does get a little cough syrupy as it gets warmer. The initial impression is that I'm drinking a fruit beer and not a fruit soda or cocktail so that's a plus.

T/M - Medium-Light bodied and it feels more carbonated than it looks. The berry is definitely there but so is unmalted wheat. The grain is more pronounced than I expected from the aroma and there is a slightly harsh bitter finish.

D - Not bad considering the slew of fruit beers on the market that are malt liquor swill mixed with concentrate or flavorings to add a fruit flavor. I really hate fruit beers and this isn't something I would keep on hand regularly but considering the style it is due some respect.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ap. Nice cloudy golden color with an orange cast to it. Small and very short-lived head.
Sm. Smells berry berry good. Nice crisp blackberry smell, with maybe a little lemon.
Ta. Follows the smell, good fresh and slightly sweet berry taste that lingers. No real bitterness to the finish at all.
Mf. Light, smooth, not much carbonation, nice coating and feel.
Dr. A very drinkable beer for a summertime evening. I wouldn't do more than one of these though, it's more taste adventure than an everyday thirst quencher.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with excellent carbonation and a nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell: blueberries

Taste: Tastes like blueberries until I swallow. The aftertaste is more like a blackberry. I really can't taste any hops or malt.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but with a nice tingling sensation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because it's weak but it's more like a regular blueberry drink than a beer.

This would be a fun beer to try, especially for someone who doesn't like beer. Since I like real beer, I'll probably not buy this weak girls' "beer" again.

Photo of Contagion
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It comes in the standard Sam Adams brown bottle. You have their standard label with Samuel Adams prominent in the middle. Blackberry Witbier is in a purple banner. There is a picture of Sam Adams at the bottom hoisting a frothy mug of beer. At the top of the label it boasts this is part of their Brewmaster's Collection.

There is a beautiful golden honey color with just a touch of orange to it. It's clear with just a touch of cloudiness to it, which is unusual for a witbier in my experience. The head that formed was thin and white. It faded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass and there was no lacing.

The scent was kind of weak, but was dominated by the scent of blackberries. A faint yeast and floral hop smell was detectable. There was no citrus or spiciness that is normally associated with a witbier. The flavor was mostly that of blackberries, that tasted almost like artificial flavoring. There was almost no wheat flavor and there wasn't any spiciness at all. There was a slight bitter hop finish to it.

This is light bodied beer, with a nice carbonation level. There is no coating of the mouth.

I'm not a fan of fruit beers, and in all reality that is what this is. Most of the characteristics one associates with a witbier are missing from it. As a fruit beer, it was kind of lacking as well. The berry taste wasn't as dominant as it should have been. It wasn't a bad beer; I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Photo of SaintPeter
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.9% ABV, as stated on bottle

Big white head that dies slowly leaving lots of lacing. Excellent head retention. Very fizzy. Light gold in color, hazy.

Aroma is of blackberry with a wit backbone. Not too sweet, tart. Resembles flavored surf wax (sex wax).

Sweet blackberry taste with a certain tartness. Well balanced, not too fruity. Blackberry finish.

Ultra smooth mouthfeel, slick, with a tingle in the aftertaste. More body than the average fruit beer. Spiciness of wheat yeast really cuts down on the fruitiness and tones down the blackberries. The blackberries do not taste artificial, a somewhat difficult thing to do with a fruit beer. One of the best fruit beers I have ever tasted.

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

Got a sixer of this from Shop Rite Liquors in Rochelle Park.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow body with a one-finger, white head with very good retention and lacing.

S: A nice, bittersweet, blackberry smell with some slight, sweet wheat notes with slight honey.

T: A nice, subtle blackberry taste with a complimenting sweet malt taste. A fairly dry finish, most likely due to the blackberries, with some slight honey notes in the aftertaste.

M: A light-bodied, crisp beer that was very refreshing. A nice beer for the warmer months.

D: A great mouthfeel and taste combo makes this beer very drinkable. A very good warm month beer and definitely a solid blackberry brew.

Photo of greengorilla
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer out of 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. It was a golden color with an orangish hue. It was pretty clear for a witbier. There was less than a finger of foam with no lacing.

It definetly smelled like blackberries.

The blackberries came through in the taste too.

The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing. There was not much carbonation at all.

It was drinkable, but I probably won't buy this beer again. I bought this one in a summer mix pack, so I only got two. My wife tasted it and liked it, so she will get the other bottle.

Photo of Casey10
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a 1 and 1/2 finger head when poured into chalice

S - Can definateley smell the blackberries

T - okay, wife likes it alot though

M - Watery okay

D okay beer could drink some if had to. On the plus side my wife likes this lighter style so its a definate plus for her

Photo of SpdKilz
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice golden color - a bit hazy. Lots of head - kind of a gusher.

Smell - You can definitely smell the blackberries. Nice fruity aroma; sweet smelling.

Taste - For how this beer smells, it does not taste as it would seem. There is a hint of sweetness and the berry flavor, however it is not overly prominent (aka not sickening sweet).

Mouthfeel - Honestly, a bit watery. Nothing special here. Average mouthfeel at best.

Drinkability - Relatively easy to drink. The balance of flavors and sweetness make this a nice beer to sip. This is a much better attempt than the Cherry Wheat in my opinion, and I would not be against drinking a couple of these in one sitting.

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

Enjoyed in my sam adams pint glass.

A: I couldn't pour this whole beer in the glass right away because the head just exploded out of the glass. Frothy white over a very hazy dark orange and yellow. Good retention and lacing.
S: Heavy blackberries and raspberries, can't get much passed these overwhelming fruits. They are pleasant, though.
T/M: Heavy carbonation, and drinks like a framboise. Tangy blackberries. There are some currants in the very back, but they are brief. Medium body. The flavors are really competitive on the palate, with grains, blackberries, and tartness all battling it out for dominance.
D: This would be a good dessert beer. I sense very few witbier qualities in here, though.

Photo of burnstar
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with with small to medium head. Aroma is wheaty- bananas and cloves. Easily noticeable, although not overpowering, blackberry note. Taste again is pretty typical wheat beer. Tangy with some spicy notes. Blackberries from the middle through the finish again mostly in the background. Mouthfeel somewhat light and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Overall this is pretty decent. I'm glad the blackberries are subtle in this one.

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.