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

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75
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1,515 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,515
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- cloudy and golden yellow in color off the pour, very thin head, very murky and cloudy in the body

Smell- strong smell of berries definitely come slaming out at you right away, very nice inviting smell probably one of the strongest points of the beer is that first aroma, slight wheat can be noticed as well

Taste- not overall as sweet as you expect from the nose but still a pretty decent strong essence of berry, full berry flavor and wheat, the berry makes itself heard on this one but its still light enough to not be overpowering a bit,

Mouthfeel- Decently carbonated, light and smooth feel on the palate

Drinkability- while I think this is a decent representation of the style its not my favorite, its one that is definitely too sweet in a way for me to see myself drinking maybe one or max two of after dinner or after a meal, definitely more a summer time choice for me, an okay beer not something ill look for two often as i think if i was in mood for one of this style from them the cherry wheat is still a better pick

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 05:01:14 | More by Stunner97
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Glowing amber haze with a large yet quickly fading, basically white head. Aroma is loaded with a mix of syrupy and fresh raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and perhaps pomegranate all mixed together. Other aromas include, lightly buttered grains, a little spice, lemon syrup and a some tart wheatiness. Tastes matches with the added dry bitterness and a touch of sour. Texture is slick and also meringue-like. Its worth swirling around a little before you gulp it down. This is indeed very drinkable.

A decent refreshing spring/summer beer. Its way more 'blackberry' than wheat, and certainly enjoyable if you like berries.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:01:14 | More by tastybeer
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: Hazy blondish, as I would expect. A modest head, it forms well, but doesn't retain as nicely. Some spotty lacing is left, but it's quite minimal.

S: Soft citrus, wheat scents, a mild malt base and the delicate scent of blackberry. I don't detect much for coriander, admittedly, but the other aromas come together nicely. Not too much of a 'breakfast cereal' quality to it that I can sometimes get from such a style, but the blackberries may just be making it seem more tart.

T: More pronounced blackberry flavours, and here I can detect a little coriander, but the citrus (at least orange) flavours are milder, with just a little zest. Soft, fruity, but flavourful enough to hold its own. Not too bad.

M + D: Body sits somewhere on the lighter side of medium, with a softer carbonation and a hint of dryness. It goes down very easily, and doesn't seem to even be 5.5% ABV. It's almost juicy enough that it gets quaffed pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 03:17:07 | More by Proteus93
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer turns out to be a bit better than I expected. Golden and with a slightly pinkish cast and a fairly short head. Very nice clean, fresh aroma of freh blackberries, yeast, and crisp wheat as well as a touch of orange peel. The taste isn't nearly so clean and fresh and vibrant as the aroma, but still, better than expected and not at all artificial tasting. Probably lighter in flavor than it should be, and heavy on coriander and a bit seedy. Could be juicier and more vibrant. Somewhat soft up front in the mouth but finishes crisper. I would drink this again- it's not sweet and quite refreshing and the blackberry is surprisingly decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:25:09 | More by Georgiabeer
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malty

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best before Aug 09 notched on side of label.

Pours a hazy golden peach with suspended yeast visible. The bright white dense head sits 1/2" after settling a while. Nice rings of lace all the way down.

This thing smelled of blackberries from 2 ft. away once I popped the cap. The chalice is sitting on my desk 3 ft. away and I still can smell the dark fruit. This thing is all about the blackberries; sweet and a tad sour.

The flavor of the blackberries is not as sweet as I was anticipating from the smell. As a matter of (fact/opinion) the blackberry flavor dissipates a few seconds after the swallow. A salty flavor creeps up way in the back of the throat midway through my 12 oz. bottle. A very strange combination of sweet smell, with a tad bit of sourness with a salty finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Fine playful carbonation keeps the airy and light/medium body moving.

Drinkability is OK. I'd opt to grab a different selection due to the salty lingering finish.

This is a well-crafter brew of which I commend the unique qualities I've mentioned above. I'm certain fruity beer lovers will gravitate toward this during hot summer days. I'll stay away though.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:25:28 | More by malty
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HardTarget

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Light haze in a dark straw colored glass that holds a thin halo of white foam

S) Nice fresh berry smell, mildly artificial but very pleasant. Sweet jam like quality too.

T) Flavor is more subdued than the nose would lead you to believe. The berry flavor is there with a dry Spree like sweetness. There is a little rough wheat in the finish, but no coriander noted.

M) Feels a bit watery, low carbonation and body, mild grit texture.

D) A nice fruit flavored beer. Not a lot of beer going on, almost a malternative overall quality that will please some of the people all of the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 07:02:42 | More by HardTarget
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a hazy orange color with a small sheet of head with no lacing or retention.
S= lots of blackberry surupy kinda smell. Very little but you can detect corriander but no orange.
T= candy blackberry taste and the little corriander. Not too bad but the flavors are really watery and at first I got the throw up taste I got with the cranberry lambic. Watery but not bad
M= smooth and coating.
D= pretty good. Doesn't taste like much. I imagine this is what a lollipop with a blackberry flavor soaked in water would taste like.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:25:00 | More by jjanega08
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

12oz bottle from Hannaford. Pours a hazy amber-yellow body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Blackberry dominates the aroma, with hints of spice and citrus in the background. Blackberry is rather dominant in the flavor as well, with a meshing with hints of cloves, orange, lemon zest... Medium in both mouthfeel and carbonation. Not the most drinkable example of the style, but quaffable enough. One thing comes to mind initially - Clearly Canadian soda. That said, it's a decent enough beer if you want something sweet and fruity.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 22:52:58 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

Poured into my one and only Sam Adam's Boston Lager glass. It's a light golden amber color, plenty of good carbonation which creates a rather thick, sea-foamy and clumpy, well-retained head. This puppy sticks around forever!

The aroma is exactly what i would expect from this brew, a dense wheatie malt colides with dank, dark fruits up front. The surprise is a very herbal and musty yeast edge that adds a certain complexity that some "wheatie" beers can lack.

The feel is crispy but with the dense foamy head, pretty smooth too. Medium bodied with a refreshing finish.

A fruit beer with decent complexity keeps things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 15:07:51 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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BierFan

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

A big off-white head caps off the hazy orange/yellow brew. The added blackberry doesn't dominate the flavor like fruits usually do when they're added to a beer. Instead the blackberry really plays well with the flavors that one would expect from a witbier.

I expected this to be a fruity mess of a beer but it's surprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:16:05 | More by BierFan
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MTNboy

Germany

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am very disappointed with this beer to be honest. It is alright but not anywhere as good as I hoped. It has a sweet slightly berry smell. It has a corny taste with just a little bit of berry essence but much. It is a little bit sharp. I had to pour it hard to get the amount of head that got with some average lacing. The body is bronze amber. It has a smooth and medium mouthfeel. There is not much for carbonation at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 18:53:47 | More by MTNboy
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DannyS

New York

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

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Light orange color with a slightly off-white pillow of head on top, retained decently, left a bit of lacing.

S - Bright blackberry aroma with the malt and hops playing background.

T - Once again, Blackberries come up immediately, with the other sweet malt and hops flavors starting to assert themselves after sipping for a while. Finishes clean with a bit of fruity aftertaste.

M - Fairly average, but good. Felt slightly weighty and had good carbonation.

D - It's a bit sweet to have more than one, but is still easy drinking.

Overall - Kind of forgettable, but an enjoyable little foray into the fruity side of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:47:52 | More by DannyS
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with lots of small bubbles rising to a thumb sized head that falls fast. Some sparce lace around the glass but no much

Aroma is fruity blackberry dominates could there be blue berries also kind of smells like it. Says they use blackberries from Oregon but i smell artificial berry flavor. Well its fruity any way some malt underneath it all lightly toasty not much spice in nose but lots of fruit.

Taste is surprise berry up front linger berry in the finish also. Some wheat notes also along with dry toast. Kind of wanting this one to rock like blackberries but this is like most fruit beers one sided. Some spice shows up in finish coriander mainly.

Mouthfeel is light crisp smooth carbonation. Nothing wrong with feel really.

Drinkability is well wont be buying this one again. If you like nice sweet fruity beers go grab some though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 20:07:33 | More by mntlover
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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

A - A cloudy golden straw body...a one inch white head that doesn't stick around...OK lacing

S - Solid smell...blackberry aroma

T - Blackberries are present right up front...after a while malt and bread notes become more present...while the blackberries are still there...a slight metallic aftertaste

M - Light bodied...sour

D - This is a good summer beer...solid on the fruit it's portraying...not bad for a free bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 00:09:12 | More by thain709
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arguemaniac

Virginia

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

A solid, tasty wit with a sharp, peppery spice that becomes increasingly intense towards the finish. The blackberry flavor is well balanced and fairly rounded without too much of that synthetic, cloying character that you find in many fruit-flavored wheat beers.

Enjoyable and interesting, but still pretty easygoing.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 05:09:46 | More by arguemaniac
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:13:05 | More by mikesgroove
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Oahu

Nevada

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a sixer from Lee's Discount Liquors here in Las Vegas. Apparently a part of Sam Adams "Brewmaster's Collection." Thought it might be a good gateway beer for friends and the wife.

Appearance
A good enough looking beer, if it had a blackberry tinge in color, I couldn't tell. Yellow/Golden all the way. Low-Moderate carbonation.

Smell
Mmmm... Smelled like Blackberries and beer.

Taste
The Blackberry flavor is really balanced. Definitely there, not overwhelming at all. It's the beer flavor that bothered me, I'm not a huge fan of sour beer, and this had a gueze like sourness that I really did not enjoy. The rest of the flavors were decent, it was the light sourness that kept me from really liking this one.

Mouthfeel
Felt fine in the piehole.

Drinkability
There is nothing that would keep me from downing seven or eight of these. In fact, I suspect if this was the fourth rather than the only beer I had tonight, I would like it a whole lot more and I wouldn't be wondering who to give the other six to.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 04:23:34 | More by Oahu
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a single of this coming off a weekend Imperial Stout-binge, it seemed easy and girly and just what I wanted.

A. Have to say, this looks pretty nice. A fat, even, dense off white head billows up and almost overwhelms my trusty Sam Adams glass. Lots of active carbonation here means it lasts a while, and the cloudy, rich yellow certainly works well. Good lacing. Very pretty.

S. Pretty spicy... lots of coriander going on here, more than I'd like. Celery-like. Vanilla? A bit vegetal and malty. And then: Loads of blackberry! I mean, it's a bit much... I dunno... is almost a primary smell rather then complementary... not really my bag, but at least you get what is advertised.

T. Spicy, dry, fruity flavor but not generally sweet... refreshing in a weird way, because I can't get over the idea that this has celery juice in it. It's just excessive. Grainy, ultimately sour malt finishes this off.

M. Here we go. Dry, crisp, cool, easy. Nothing wrong here, except for the finish, which is sour, grainy, and unpleasant.

D. You know, on a hot day this might go down better... it just needs tweaking in my opinion. I like blackberries... I just don't like how they came out in this beer.

Worth the $1.75 to try it...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:17:33 | More by kkipple
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I saw this today for the first time and had to grab a 6er. It poured up a slightly cloudy orange colour with an enormous white head that stayed in place for several minutes, so it certainly gets points for head retention. Smell was 75/25 blackberries and biscuity malt; nothing else. Taste was light malt, some spices not immediately identifiable, and then modest blackberry on the finish. The blackberry is certainly much more assertive to the nose than to the palate. Mouthfeel seemed okay, given the style, but I *would* have liked a bit more CO2, as this was nearly bereft of any at all. Drinkability is average, I suppose. A good beer, all in all, but nothing really special. Glad I tried it. I'll try it again this summer when it's 94F outside.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 22:42:22 | More by SilentSabre
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greenjeff4141

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't care for this one too much. Strong malt with blackberry and spice. As the beer warmed up the taste seemed to get more bitter and maltier. Wasn't too easy to drink, maybe good for one but not two. I didn't feel it was a witbier, didn't compare to a Hoegaarden or other classic style. Seemed gimmicky to me. Give it a shot if you llke lambics or fruit flavors otherwise save yourself the time and money.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 02:10:35 | More by greenjeff4141
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a cherry reddish auburn gold with one-finger white head. Smell is mostly tart blackberries and grape - akin to a light red wine w/o the oakiness. There isn't too much else going on thanks to the heavy berry smells. A light-bodied and smooth beer that almost is watery at times. This is a good drink depending on your tastes. It has an immense fruit flavor that overpowers anything else other than the sweetness (there is a barely noticeable crisp backbite). If you are not a fan of sweet or fruity drinks, this will not be for you. If you a traditional witbier drinker I'd refrain also, b/c the spices and citric/lemon tartness associated w/ wits is covered up by the berry/heavier fruits. I enjoyed this beer though, but will add that more than one or two and I'd start to get sick.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 18:01:21 | More by clayrock81
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dbmcrorie

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visual:
It poured a hazy golden yellow and agitated easily to leave a two-finger head with an off-white color. The cloudiness was spot on for traditional witbier style. The head disappeared slowly but left a bubbly cap till the end with a less-than-normal lace around the glass.

Aroma:
At first, a slight hint of skunk hit my nose reminiscent of lagers left in the sun. But later on, the smell disappeared so I couldn't tell if it was just this batch, this bottle, or if it was normal.

A sweet, grain-like aroma is the main nose followed by a floral bouquet from the hops as well as hints of coriander and spice. Tart berry notes make a pleasant finish.

Taste:
Though most witbiers I am used to are more medium bodied, this feels a bit lighter with a soft mouth-feel. The front of the tongue is introduced to spices and grains as a slight bitterness rolls to the back. At first, the tartness of the blackberries create a bit of a pucker in your mouth but finish well with a sweet, berry aftertaste that lingers.

Overall:
I must say, it is not my favorite nor am I overly impressed. However, it is an enjoyable and drinkable beer that seems appropriate for the end of summer/beginning of fall. It seems it would be best paired with fruit and pastries or a light salad.

**07-29-09 UPDATE**

Just cracked a fresh bottle of this from a SA Summer Mixed Pack. And the aroma doesn't have the skunk like last time. In fact, it is extremely juicy and sweet/tart of blackberries.

The taste is about like I remembered, only a bit less husky and the blackberry notes are much more pronounced. Much more enjoyable.

Cheers again!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 05:13:27 | More by dbmcrorie
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Poued a hazy golden color with th a nice head that settled. lots of lace onthe glas.

smell - All blackberrieshre, nice sweet smell here.

taste - Very nice beer for the hot day. Refresing inda on the Medium-kight side. Lots of berrieshere.

mouthfeel - Medium-lightm crisp and clean.

drinkability - Easy rinking beer, could drink a lot of these. Sam Adams did it again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:22:01 | More by auxiliary
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wedge

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-orange with a two-finger head that settles to a frothy cap. Aromas of blackberry sweetness, coriander, and a little spiciness. Sweet berry tartness and an underlying tangy wheat graininess. Medium-light and a little drying.

Not bad. Aside from some coriander here and there, this is more of a straight-up fruit beer than anything else. Not as subtle with the berries as the bottle says, but not bad as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 20:23:47 | More by wedge
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy honey gold body with a creamy vanilla medium sized head. Good sticky lacing.

Aroma has vague spice(pepper and coriander), toasted wheat, and twangy blackberry.

Crisp carbonation enlivens the light medium body but there's some thinness here.

Taste has a bready wheat malt twang and a hint of yeast. Slight spiciness is barely noticed and seems to be coriander. Subtle berry tartness is natural enough and not overdone.

Quite drinkable but still a bit pedestrian. Far superior to their Cherry Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 15:05:56 | More by merlin48
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,515 ratings.