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

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 17
Gots: 62 | 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:
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2.1/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Blackberry Witbier has an ABV of 5.50%, therefore, if you find this offering appealing you could utilize the brew as a nice session beer ideal for a summer cookout or something of the like.

The beer pours a very faint golden color that seems to show more translucence than it does haze. Sort of surprising for a wheat beer in that regard, this offering pours thinly and gives a visual impression that the beer is going to be really light in nature. There is basically now head upon the pour but there is a lot of bubbly carbonation working up and down inside the glass.

The smell leaves one with the idea of fakeness as there is more of a florally bouquet present in the nose than there is anything that jumps off the page as being of a blackberry nature. With a beer that is going to emphasize the blackberry characteristics, it would have been far better to accentuate this a bit more in the smell but instead what is left is something of a soapy nature reminiscent of the beauty aisle at the local pharmacy.

Surprisingly, the taste of this beer is just about as faint as the nose in terms of any high quality blackberry presence working its way into the offering. Though I am self-admittedly not a major fruit beer fan, I do feel as though if a brewery is going to create a fruit beer it must do justice to the fruit that it is calling its own. The taste of the beer screams of a very week wheat complexity with a subtle tossing in of something that tastes somewhat fruity, but does not immediately bring to mind the qualities or taste of blackberries. There is a very blasé appeal to the taste of Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier and it is unfortunate that the taste could not help to salvage this offering.

The mouthfeel follows the same critique of the other aspects of this beer as it is quite light and has an almost watery consistency to it. There is very little complexity to the beer with just about all aspects of the offering and indeed the mouthfeel is no different.

It could be argued that there is a moderately good drinkability factor to the Blackberry Witbier if you are in fact looking for a beer that might be a good lawn mower beer and are not looking for something that is going to overly impress the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:04:58 | More by Bounty628
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a hazy, straw/gold pour with a thin layer of bubbles on top. This is the last half of a bottle Mrs. BH13 didn't want so some carbonation has already escaped. Still, there's a strand or two of lace about.

Aroma - some blackberry aroma in there, but much soapiness too, or maybe I should say shampooiness. My wife uses a variety of flowery shampoos and her shower smells like this.

Taste - it's a thin berryish flavor. It could be blueberry as easily as blackberry. I think more fruit is in order. From my wild blackberry picking days in NC, I was expecting a darker, more intense fruitiness and didn't get it. For all my knocking of the aromas soapiness, it's probably that alone that convinces me that this is indeed blackberry. Blueberry beers generally have a more candy smell, this doesn't. There is a touch of tartness on the swallow, and a breath of wheat on the finish. It's okay but I'm kinda glad the missus drank 1.5 of the two singles I bought.

Mouthfeel - a sense of smoothness, slightly lighter than usual carbonation. Medium body, good levels for a wit.

Drinkability - in certain settings I could handle this, but not always. Not one I'd pick for regular inclusion to the SA lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:15:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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New York

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

12 ouncer, with "purchase before" dating notched on the side of the label. Pours cloudy darker apricot, with an eggshell head and leaving mostly a thick collar and spots of blobby lacing. Obvious ripe fruit in the nose, sugary berries. Pleasant summer brew, berries prominant and carry through start to finish. MOre of a fruit beer then a wit, as I dont pick up much of anything in the way of wit characteristics. NOt a bad brew to help wash down a summer lunch, or would be an obvious choice to accompany a fruity dessert. Worth a try in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 23:56:42 | More by Billolick
Photo of packetknife


3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two.five years away from BA and I miss it. A variety of Samuel Adams appeared before me and this was my first new beer since 2006.

This poured nicely with a short off-white head and cleanly laced down the glass. I found the aroma quite pleasing with strong Blackberry and Black Currant tones but not overpowering. The taste was light but pleasantly fruity, again not overpowering. Enough carbonation and just a bit too thin for a witbier. Very drinkable in the end and a welcome return to new beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:37:51 | More by packetknife
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy shade of honey gold. A small, bubbly head recedes in an instant.

The smell of tart berries jumps out of the glass. Wheat, yeast, and spices play a backing role.

A gentle hop character gives way to lemon, blackberry and wheat. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit too fizzy. Finishes tart, wheaty and dry.

This isn't going to be a go-to beverage for me, but it is a well done fruity witbier. Definitely drinkable, but nothing I'd rush out to buy.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 15:49:38 | More by IMincedTheKing
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3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and honey colored. Head is pretty and white but doesn't last all that well. Not much lacing.

A syrupy blackberry scent dominates the nose; it does not smell artificial, but does have the extra sweetness of cooked fruit vs. raw fruit, if that makes sense. coriander and citrus are also present, but overpowered. Smells like candy.

The taste, fortunately, is a lot more balanced. Some bitter hops at first, surprising but nice, then the typical witbier notes of citrus and spice, then the sweetness of the blackberry mostly in the finish. A little bit of astringency that I could do without.

A crisp body and creamy but assertive carbonation bring the spice out and give it a pleasant feel.

It's not a great beer, but it's pretty drinkable due to the good mouthfeel and inoffensiveness of flavor. Glad to see it in the summer mix pack instead of the cherry wheat, which I always gave away (though this is, admittedly, because I loathe cherries in all forms but raw, not because I believe this is empirically a better beer).

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 07:12:46 | More by thryn
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky orangish color with a nice 1-2 finger foam head.

S: Definitely a sweet smell to it, blackberry (duh) are most predominant. Very vague hints of wheat, covered up by the blackberry.

T: Taste is bready and sweet with blackberries. Too sweet for my liking. Has a mild hop kick to it on the back end, but nothing real prevalant.

M: Leaves a light feeling on the palate, nothing really there though.

D: Very easy to drink in the summer. I did not really enjoy nor dislike this beer. Has a "HI-C" type flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 11:30:56 | More by IronCitySteve
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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light hazy amber with a white foamy head. Leaves very little lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness with a pronounced tangy blackberry aroma. Smells sortof like their cherry wheat, just with blackberry, which is better IMO.

T/M - Not nearly as sweet as the smell. No cloying sweetness like their cherry wheat. Mouthfeel is a little dry, but nothing bad. Maltiness is light, and there is little/no hop character, but the fruitiness adds a good amount of tart.

D - A solid beer. Nothing special, but can drink alot of it easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:10:00 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of white head that had good retention. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has just a faint berry aroma. Not much in the way of witbier aroma. Maybe a little wheat aroma sneaks in but overall a very underwhelming aroma. Mild blackberry flavor, some cereal grains, very weak flavor. A grainy aftertaste. Has a light body and abundant carbonation. Overall a very underwhelming beer. I would of liked to have more of the blackberry flavor to come through as well as a stronger witbier base. I did not find it particular refreshing either.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:07:47 | More by morimech
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4.7/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle it is a deep Dark cloudy yellow amber beer with lots of Lacing and a 1/2 inch head that leaves quickly.
Smells of Wheat Cereal and Blackberries a very pleasent smell.
Taste is very Creamy wheat cereal and lots of nice Blackberry hints nicely balenced with hops.
In your Mouth the flavor is very nice and very refreshing.
This is a very easy drinking Beer and Sam Adams has made a winner in this one. If you like Wit Biers give this one a try I think you will like it!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:31:33 | More by Schmidts
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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep dark gold with a thin white head, decent carbonation.

Smell- Lots of cereal and oatmeal aromas with the faintest whiffs of blackberry. the Aroma is better in a weizen glass after it breathes a little. the blackberry comes through more.

Taste- The Wheat beer part of this comes through alot more with creamy cereal tastes and the mildest hints of banana. The blackberry comes through in a subtle way, but honestly it left me wanting a more defined blackberry flavor like there divine cherry wheat.

Mouthfeel- the flavor fills the mouth nicely but is short lived, leaving only a few faint notes of cereal on the palate. Very smooth though.

Drinkability- Given the weather one could really enjoy quite a few of these. They marry well with a number of dishes, or work well as an aperitif.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:47:38 | More by Seru1
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3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a hint of purple in the mix, produced a white foamy head that had decent retention and some lacing

S - The aromas of grains, blackberries, and spices

T - The taste of this beer had a good amount of grainy flavor, followed by some blackberry, and a bit of spiceness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a good beer, being a fan of blackberries I would have liked to have had that stepped up a bit more, but it is still a sweet thrist quincher

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:58:13 | More by cvfish
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2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy golden/amber color with a decent size head. Laces around the glass afterward.

Smell was big blackberry, wheat, grapes, small tones of malts underneath. A little too sugary in my book though.

Taste was sweet, spicy, and a little bitterness to start. Some wheat malts and fruit hit the palate to take some of the edge off the sweetness.

Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation. Finished like a seltzer almost.

It's an ok beer, but it would of been better if the sugary part of the beer was toned down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 14:24:57 | More by necoadam
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3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by date notched on front label. Purchased as part of a 24-pack summer sampler for $25.22 at Sam's Club.

A: The color is atypical for a witbier, possibly due to the blackbeery extract. The hue is dark honey yellow with nearly white 1-2 finger head with average retention and scattered lace.

S: Plenty of berry aroma with a little wheat tang.

T: Strong on the berry flavor and wheat with very little in the way of typical coriander spice or hops. The berry flavor is not overbearing and is refreshing, but it doesn't make this brew more of a witbier.

M: Solid medium body with ample carbonation and strong berry aftertaste.

D: Certainly not SA's worst fruit beer (see Cranberry Lambic) but this is still undoubtedly a fruit beer as it retains very few characteristics of a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 05:25:59 | More by argock
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2.17/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Im new here so forgive me if i didnt do this correctly.

The smell was very powerful. As soon as i poured the beer it was putting off a strongly sweet aroma, almost scared me off from drinking it.

The taste was shockingly better than expected, similar to the cherry wheat if you've familiar with it. The blackberry taste was slight but seemed to leave an undesired after taste.

This was an easy beer to drink, however im glad there are only 2 in the summer styles mixed 12 pack

not recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 01:04:41 | More by Nobody420
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3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy light gold. The head fairly small white head with little lacing.

S- Smells of typical of witbier...wheat and coriander with some blackberries.

T- Flavor is much more lighter than the nose. Reminds me a lot of the White Ale with a candy blackberry taste.

M- Light in body and quite a bit of carbonation. Seems a bit watery.

D- Easy to drink just not my favorite. If you like sweeter brews this one is for you. I'll pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:55:25 | More by nrbw23
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with brilliant white head. Smell: pale and wheat malt, sweet berry, a little yeastiness. Taste: wheat malt, an odd tangy/musty pale malt + leafy hop. Some blackberry flavor... it's being obscured by whatever spice is in here, but it starts to come thru at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel: light bodied, active carbonation. Ehh, this doesn't really showcase blackberries. For a berry wheat beer, I'd much rather have a purple haze, which itself isn't amazing, so definitely a miss from SA. This is year-round instead of the bock or dipa? Lame.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:00:14 | More by babaracas
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber cloudiness with about 2 fingers of head from the pour which sticks around for a little while leaving a little lace in the glass

S - Very interesting - smells like blue hawaian punch and malt. Strangely inviting

T - Blackberry is very present which is no suprise

M - Very creamy feel and some light carbonation

D - Not sure if I could have many of these due to it being somewhat boring after the initial suprise of the taste. A good Sam Adams beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:05:39 | More by beerman207
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3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy orange color with a white head.

Smell was reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch or Fruit Punch-flavored Capri Sun.

Taste was interesting. Wildberry flavor was fairly understated. Had kind of strange resiny aftertaste though that I didn't like.

Mouthfeel seemed kind of flat, lacked carbonation.

Not a bad beer. Just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:30:18 | More by PaleAlien2
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier pours a slightly hazy straw-golden color with a white head. The nose is fruity and reminds me of grape Kool-Aid. There is also a bit of wheat and clove underneath, but not much.

The flavor also shows notes of sweet blackberry. The wheat flavors are understated. There flavor is crisp with a quick finish. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation, both of which seem to fit the style.

Overall, this is a nice summery thirst-quencher, good for drinking and not thinking too much about.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 02:15:19 | More by Spidey13
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

has a great golden amber appearance with a nice white soapy head.

The smell is good can pick up hops and blackberries both.

Taste has nice hop bit really smooth and bready with good blackberry background very tasty beer. some carbonation but not to much goes down smooth and easy to just drink and enjoy i really recommend trying this.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:58:08 | More by BringusKilkenney
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4.4/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light amber color, small head and didn't last exceptionally long.

S: Can clearly smell the blackberry and I love it.

T: Can taste both hoppy-ness and blackberry in the aftertaste, blackberry is not overused either, very good.

M: Good carbonation, feels fine.

D: Above average.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 23:36:43 | More by imanidiot777
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3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light hazy straw color with moderate head that dissipates quickly. Obviously this beer is filtered. Not completely filtered, but this is a wit, so low marks just for that. A tip to breweries....Don't filter beers that don't need it.

S - Berry smell is pretty predominate, and very little corriander and orange peel pushing through. Crazy things can happen with Belgian style beers, lending them to wide interpretation so no big deal here.

T - Breweries can screw up fruit beers easily by overpowering the palate with that fruit flavor. Not too bad here...it could be a little lighter but its not a blast of berry. So that was nice.

M - Nothing to speak of here. Again, a filtered wit....so low marks there. Its an easy quaffer with no real backbone to it...also unlike a wit so low marks here.

D - Very drinkable as should be a wit. Categorizing it as a "chick beer" would be easy, but this is a nice summer beer for the feminine man too. No, just kidding its fine.

Overall, I find SA brews hit and miss. This one certainly isn't a total flop. I like it, but I wish they just didn't filter it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:03:38 | More by HalenRush
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy peach hued beer which is slightly lighter than most witbeers.

The blackberry aroma is very much present along with the wheat and phenols of the style. Smells rather sweet but not in a bad way.

Taste is less blackberry than the nose with a good sweetness that also is matched well with a slight tart quality.

A heavier mouthfeel than most witbeers yet still on the light side of things. A good refreshing beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 15:57:24 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Oct '09 notched on label.

A - Sudsy and dense white one-finger head on a totally cloudy but particle-absent slightly golden yellow color. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Strong blackberry aroma that dominates everything else. Detectable notes of sweet malts and wheat while some agitation brought out some floral and fruity hop nuances. A very small orange-citrusy smell and a low level of spicing.

T - A blackberry wheat balance is the most prominent aspect (as it should be by the title) of this beer - very tasty - but is backed up well by a bit of a hop dryness in post swallow. Finishes with a strong, but not offensively so, spiciness. The flavor isn't sugary or syrupy like most "summer fruit beers" are. It's very delicious.

M - A strong carbonation bite finishes out this light-bodied wit. Nothing much to speak of.

D - It's a very good summer beer that tastes great, doesn't leave much to be desired, and goes down well with out tasting sugary or fake. I could demolish a six-er around a warm summer night campfire easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 04:30:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.