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

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 31
Gots: 104 | 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 natelocc787
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is better than the cranberry wit but still lacking compared to others in it's class.

Blackberry is dominant partnered with yeasty, yeastyness. I think this brew would be better if some yeast was left out or perhaps another strain was used. Blackberry and raspberry extract with black currants and a biscuity. yeasty finish.

The fruit helps out for sure for this beer would be a beer gone bad without it. I personally don't think it's worth a try if you have other options. Keep it in the bottle, don't put it in a glass. Much better.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer. I got it because my gf and sister wanted to try it for the fourth of july.

Appearance- cloudy, orange coloring, good head

Smell- blackberry, malt

Taste- blackberry

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it

Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber like color. There is a small head but it disappears quickly. The smell of blackberries is there from the start. The smell is not as subtle as I would have thought. The taste is blackberries with a hint of lemon. The blackberry taste is strong and stays throughout the bottle. Almost losses its beer characteristics to the blackberry. The mouthfeel is carbonated but dry. Overall it is a good beer to mix in on a hot summer day, but too many of them would give way to a candy like taste.

Photo of epicness
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber/orange. No lacing and the head dissipated quickly.

S - Of course it smells like blackberries (Even though I was somewhat surprised that it did.) Seems like a little bit of citrus, more specifically lemon.

T - A lot of blackberry up front which fades into the background but takes a backseat to the lemon. The blackberry taste does stay throughout the entire experience.

M - Medium to heavy carbonation with a light body. Really thin feeling, but bubbly due to the carbonation.

D - It's a drinkable beer. Not something I'd like to drink all the time or even occasionally. It was just... okay.

Photo of Rayek
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber with active carbonation. A dense dirty white cap starts strong, but doesn't retain for very long. Leaves no lace.

S: Heavy on the blackberry syrup out of the gate. In the back are the aromas of biscuits and lemon.

T: Starts out with a sourdough biscuit quality. The blackberry from the aroma quickly fades into the background, but stays throughout the experience. It has an almost Kool-Aid like flavor. A tart lemon bitterness provides balance. Finshes very dry, with lingering fruit flavors.

M: The grainy body has a nice level of carbonation.

D: This beer was OK, but not great to me. The syrupy fruit flavor didn't really work in my mind, but the beer was somewhat refreshing.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Pour clean & clear amber color with faint blackberry scent. Had nice crisp but not overpowering blackberry flavor.

I thought it was a good beer, but overall I was disappointed. I thought the style was more similar to a hefewiezen not a witbier. I was expecting something more than this from Sam Adams.

Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight blackberry nose. Flavor is wheat with some sweetness from the blackberry. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Cloudy yellow/orange colored beer with a very bubbly off-white head that fizzes away slowly, leaving a rim around the glass but nothing sticks as lacing.
S: Well, it smells like blackberries, of course. But it's somewhat artificial-seeming, and it overpowers the nice wheatiness which provides the "witty" part of this witbier, so to speak. It's not cloyingly sweet, which is nice, but there's just too much blackberry, really.
T: Not as strong as the smell and it favors the wheats, thankfully. Most of the blackberry flavor is up front, but the finish is more mellow and strawy, with a bit of orange flavor and some spices, as well.
M: Not bad, a bit heavy on the carbonation feel, though.
D: Fine. This one was drinkable enough, but I'd rather reach for a different witbier afterwards.

Photo of hermesch
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy wheat with a decent head, but that didn't last too long. Big berry aroma up front, and I was concerned I might be in for a tart fruit beer, however upon tasting I got that quintessential Sam Adams malt profile and somewhat sticky mouthfeel, and the berry was a little too lost for my liking.

I could drink alot of these, but probably wouldn't. An average pour.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear golden color with a white head that settled to a light layer and left a few spots of lacing.
The smell is yeast and malt with the addition of blackberries.
The taste is quite nice as the blackberry flavor is blended well with a good tasting witbier.
Light/medium bodied with a refreshing feel.
This went down easy on a warm afternoon, but I wouldn't drink it all night.

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

Hazy, orangish-gold color, nice puffy eggshell colored head. Good retention and not much lacing. Overall a bit on the dark side for a wit.

The bottle says it's subtle, but I get a pretty big berry aroma. Maybe a hint of orange and some earthy wheat twang to this as well.

Taste is also big on berry, but not so much. A nice wheat malt and spice are also present, with the berry taking over in the finish. Finishes on the dry side with essence of blackberry hanging on for a while.

Light bodied, strong on carbonation. Very drinkable but not really to the witbier style. How could it be with blackberries in it? It seems the berries hide just about all aspects of this beer that would make it a wit.

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

Appearance: Gold, nice carbonation-bubble streams, good head.

Smell: Coriander, spices, blackberries.

Taste: I like it, starts out bready, gives some spices and a black pepper taste, ends with light blackberry flavor.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these on a hot day.

First up from the Sam Adams summer pack, I enjoyed the blackberry wit. Mostly I was happy that they didn't just dump some blackberries into their White Ale. I might pick up a 6er of this if I want a change.

Photo of KenC411
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy honey colored beer with a thin head that leaves lacing on the side. The head disappears in about a minute.

Smell: Malt and blackberry, reminds me of blackberry pie, which I love. Excellently fragrant.

Taste: Sweet flavor followed by the taste of blackberry, ending with a hint of orange.

Mouthfeel: Its light and crisp, but I would want it to be thicker. Maybe its because it smells like pie, and I love pie. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

Drinkability: A dessert beer. Sip and enjoy, but more than one might overwhelm you.

Photo of RJLarse
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Brewmaster's Summer Collection series, 6 beers, 4 bottles per case. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color with just a hint of haze. Thin white head breaks down quickly to nothing.

Smells like a glass of berry Koolaid. Kind of a one-dimensional smell.

Taste is like weak and watery berry Koolaid, with a mild bitterness. Perhaps just a hint of malted grain if you use your imagination.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean.

It is as drinkable as watery Koolaid, and who couldn't chug one of those down on a hot day. It's light and refreshing. Very drinkable, but I doubt I would seek this beer out, or even choose it over a run of the mill wit (like Blue Moon), with a little orange slice, on a hot day.

Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange-yellow with lots of sediment, a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of blackberry, wheat, and a touch of citrus.

taste is tart, blackberry, and wheat, ends a little dry and tart.

pretty tasty for a beer with fruit in it.

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

Poured some from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clouded honey/gold, and with a steady pour it produces a poor head with equally poor retention. Leaves some very broken, splashy lacing, classic Wit appearance, just a bit darker. Smells of bright citrus blackberry, a bit of cherry, fruitiness is a bit strong but otherwise fresh & inviting. Following the bright fruitiness is some very subtle undertones of saltine cracker & biscuit, overall a strong melted cherry popsicle aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of fresh fruitiness, blackberry, and blueberry, not as strong as in the aroma though, which is nice. Following is a lightly lingering wheat, grainy flavor, and some orange zest, I could only detect a tad bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel compliments the flavors perfectly, you get crispness first, than a bit of chewiness & smoothness comes in. About medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - As lite & refreshing as this beer is, Id probably only enjoy a couple 12oz bottles on a very hot day. It's still very good though, I loved how refreshing it is, and how the mouthfeel compliments the flavor profile, the appearance was lacking a bit though, but Id buy it once in a while I guess. Not a seeker but I think it's definitely worth a try. Cheers!

Photo of hdofu
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't pick this up looking for a sweet beer as it is mostly bitter. Has a tiny bit of a sweet blackberry flavor with quite a bit of the blackberry aftertaste. All the other flavors present are common go the witbeir style. The color is is golden with a slight white head. Smell is oh so strong of blackberry. Not the most drinkable beer do to bitterness but slightly above average

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.

Photo of Buggies
2.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Nice finger length head which diminishes to a this fizzy one.

S: Smell is of blackberry which dominates. If it is blackberry... smells like one of the many raspberry wheats you find out there.

T: The same... tastes more like a fruit beer than a wit I think.

Nothing about this is really interesting. It tastes OK, but I personally wouldn't buy it to drink for myself again. Might be a nice beer to use with the "intro to craft" friends and family though.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of this brew when I tried it. I had purchased it for my wife - she tends to like the fruity foo-foo beers. It turned out to be a nice surprise.

The brew is a solid witbier at it's core with decent blackberry flavoring. Texture is typical of almost all of the Sam Adams brews but matches well with the other textures in the beer. Overall, it's a great desert beer that also works well with poultry. I don't know that I could do more than one in a sitting.

Photo of wcudwight
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear bright golden in color. 2 finger white head that quickly settles to firm film on top. Wonderful blackberry aroma with some of the wit spiciness.
Flavor mirrors the aroma with the blackberry taking center stage. The wit flavors of orange peel and corander kind of linger in the background and take a supporting role. Pretty tasty with it not being too sweet nor too bitter.
Good crisp dry mouthfeel.
I'm picky when it comes to witbiers and fruit beers, so I was a bit skeptical about this one. But I like it and it's something I could drink from time to time.

Photo of bwhite105
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a. opaque yellow blond
s. flowery, fruity. smells like a blackberry (surprising).
t. gross.
m. gross
drinkability. not

I love most all of the Sam Adams beer. This is an exception. It is gross. Do not try it unless you absolutely love wheat beers. Not worth the $8 for a six pack.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold with orange hues. Lots of prickle all through the beer and on the glass. Light foam head and a good bit of lacing, but all of the prickle is pounding into the surface and breaking it apart. A little of the head sticks on the glass. Blackberry nose and dull or blunt grain tones that come across like melted snow or wet chalk. The attack is gentle and sweet. The blackberry is definitely understated, which tends to be a plus in fruit beers for me. The grain rips through the mouth at first, but then calms down and provides an appealing flavor that you might call a "traditional wheat beer flavor." The blackberry adds a pleasant accompaniment to the grains that dictate the late part of the flavor heading towards the finish. The finish ends up on the syrupy sweet side of the tracks but the aftertaste eventually dries out in the mouth.

Photo of Murchmac
3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin white head that stays with it, yellow highlights with a cloudy honey body. Really liked the look of this beer, Like Ms. Penelope from Trading Places.

Beautiful berry smell, rich at first, but then nothing. Kinda like Pork belly prices, they've been dropping all morning.

Crisp, nice berry flavor, light body, sweet malt taste. My God! The Dukes are going to corner the entire frozen orange juice market!

Great on a hot summers day, lemony sweet aftertaste. I didn't think i'd like this one, but I did. In Philadelphia, this beers worth 50 bucks.

Photo of Bounty628
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.

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.