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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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1,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 23
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of lordofthewiens


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

My wife likes thse kinds of beers, so I bought her a 6 pack. Of course, I had to try one. In a pilsner glass the beer was a hazy light orange color with a small white head. It had a sweet berry aroma. I knew it was blackberry, but I couldn't tell that from the aroma. The taste was a little more straightforward in that I could tell it was blackberry, but just barely. I think there was a little citrus also. It had a metallic feel to it. Not one I'd like to drink again; my wife got the remainder of the 6 pack.

03-11-2009 18:11:24 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of selecter70


2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

I grabbed a 6 pick of this, as I've had some nice luck of late with the Germania group...nice new Imperial Series! A cloudy pale gold pour with lots of fizzy bubbles produced a dense fluffy white head that bubbled away fairly quickly. The aroma was a bright blackberry (go figure!) with hints of raspberry & lemon but not in an overwhelming or cloyingly sweet way. There was a fizzy crisp bite at first sip, which was not expected. The overall feel was watery & like a blackberry seltzer with a slight bitter aftertaste. The lemon-blackberry flavor was mild & not too sweet, which was nice, but I'm still not sure about this one. Not a good witbier in my book, maybe a wheat lambic? Interesting summer beer, but that's it.

03-10-2009 22:29:41 | More by selecter70
Photo of Freshie


3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a cloudy pale gold. A nice wispy half finger head coats the edge of the glass.

The nose is berryful. With sweet aromas of malt grain. A little light on the nose though, even when warmed for 20 minutes out of the glass.

Taste is fruity, and clean. Some toasted malt flavors compliment the sweetness. A bit acidic in the aftertaste. The blackberry flavor is made more apparent as you drink, and stays on the palate. It is crisp though, and somewhat refreshing.

Not what I would call a strong witbier, or one indicative of the style, but a tasty brew nonetheless.

03-10-2009 02:05:51 | More by Freshie
Photo of jwinship83


2.48/5  rDev -24.6%

12oz bottle with 5.5% abv and best before july 2009 on the label

A- somewhat clear golden colored body under a miniscule white head that instantly becomes no more than a crown and leaves thin lines of lace on the sides of the glass. fierce looking carbonation rushing to the top of the glass

S- overpowering spell of blackberries. very intense. very little else. im not sure i like how this one is going.

T- the blackberry isnt as strong as in the nose, thank god, but everything else is just as weak. other than that it barely tastes like a wheat, let alone any beer at all.

M- way too much carbonation. way too much. stings the mouth.

D- never again. this beer has basically no redeeming qualities. the cap says it won a gold medal in 1986, the field must have been pretty weak back then.

03-10-2009 01:41:56 | More by jwinship83
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.73/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a moderate white fine-bubbled head. Great retention and lacing. I wish there was more yeasty haze to make it more wit-like in appearance.

It's a berry fest in this beeyatch! Loads of fresh fruits in the nose - strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Maybe a few mild hints of some coriander and white pepper. It certainly does smell good.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel, but the flavors are light and subtle. Taste is mostly tart blackberries, but there are some undercurrents of orange peel and wheat tangy crispness. A pretty good beer that would make a good summertime refresher.

03-10-2009 01:14:14 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

A- Golden yellow color, semi-cloudy, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered to a thin layer

S- Cherries, oranges, blackberries, sugary, sweet, bready, yeast

T- Blackberries, oranges, salty, light malts, wheat, spices, earthy

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, slightly fizzy, dry finish

D- Worth trying

Not really my type of beer but this might taste good on a hot summer day. I still can't believe this beat out the Coffee Stout in the 2008 taste test challenge (the Coffee Stout was 100 times better than this).

03-09-2009 23:44:45 | More by iceball585
Photo of hosehead83


3.9/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured into pint glass

Hazy golden color with two inch head

Aroma of wheat and subtle blackberry

Taste--Very drinkable and refreshing with faint blackberry sourness that cuts nicely through the wheat notes. Subtle and smooth, an interesting take on the traditional "citrus" approach to wheat or "witbiers". At 5.5ABV, would be a worthy summer session beer.

Certainly worth a try!

03-09-2009 17:49:24 | More by hosehead83
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - A few shades darker than a typical wit, yellow with a slight haze, though the beer remains mostly transparent. Quarter inch of white head falls quickly to a persisent thin white collar. No lacing.

S - A berry smell dominates things but I'm not sure if I would immediately associate it with blackberries if I didn't already know. Pleasant orange-like flavor from the wheat lingers nicely with the berries, and there is just a hint of some chalky phenols.

T - Immediately the blackberries come into play on the tongue accompanied by a gentle sweetness. Quickly the wheat malt follows on the fruit's heels adding a sour twang and a good deal of citrus flavor, particularly orange. Mid palate the berries still hang on but there is a strange and quick note of saltiness after the wheat malt begins to subside. I assume this must be some of the typical witbier spices coming out but even so it is vague. Quite a bit of earthiness wells up here as well, carrying all the way through to the finish. Fruit flavors mingle with hints of chalk and a mild bitterness late palate, with the bitterness and earthiness crossing paths in the aftertaste. The thing is, Blackberry Witbier doesn't really taste like a witbier at all. I was hoping for some coriander/citrus + blackberry, but it seems like nothing but fruit and wheat, aside from the strange and somewhat out of place saltiness.

M - Great mouthfeel, light to medium bodied with a great tight carbonation. Carbonation increased while in the mouth while simultaneously maintaining a borderline creamy feel.

D - It's not a great wit, certainly not a great flavored wit, but it is better than the vast majority of American Pale Wheats + fruit. In fact it's quite refreshing without being too challenging. A few bottle would go well with a day of work outside.

03-08-2009 08:52:19 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of nem2006


3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

Bought in a variety six pack with Irish Red and Black Lager. Pours a cloudy golden reddish color which testifies to the presence of fruit.

Smell is overwhelmed by the blackberry.

The blackberry is so strong that it is mostly blackberry with a hint of wheat as opposed to the other way around. At the very start there is the light to medium bodied wheat flavor typical in all witbiers.

I thought the blackberry was overwhelming. A little too heavy. I was hoping more of the wit would shine through.

03-08-2009 06:49:46 | More by nem2006
Photo of tmoneyba


3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured hazy pale color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeasty berry aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable soft beer, but only worth having once.

03-08-2009 02:36:39 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of therica


3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

I totally agree with tigg924's review, except we weren't that enthusiastic about it.

A= cloudy golden-yellow with a mild foaming head, profuse small bubbles rising.

S= whiffs of lavender (the raspberry), hops florals. Light sweet malt. Very pleasant and noticeable at times, other times difficult to find. Occasionally a little cheap-candy flavor in the nose, though.

T= not that far from a basic modest-quality witbier, the blackberry is merely an afterthought in the taste, a bit disappointing for us when we were expecting a bit more bold fruit-presence. It's more like an added flavoring. If the label didn't say blackberry you'd probably just think it was a floral wheat beer. Slightly metallic at times. Occasionally the "blackberry" tastes more like wild cherry. A very unsteady drinking experience.

M= rather clean, slightly dry, hints of the blackberry and lavender on the tongue, slight natural sweetness, pleasant.

D= very drinkable if you're not expecting a bold blackberry or a great witbier. Nothing exciting enough to seek out, though.

03-06-2009 08:14:55 | More by therica
Photo of tigg924


4.1/5  rDev +24.6%

Appearance: above average carbonation, big head, cloudy, orange-yellow in color

Smell: blackberries, and florals--perhaps lilacs or lavender

Taste: It matches the smell to a tee, with some wheat thrown in

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, slightly sweet with a sweeter finish

Drinkability: I like this beer. I believe it is a very drinkable wheat. This beer takes me back to a good vacation on the Olympic peninsula with lavender and blackberries all around--so there is some personal prejudice...I am glad I got a six and not just a single.

03-05-2009 16:08:55 | More by tigg924
Photo of alkemy


2.65/5  rDev -19.5%

I've gotta tell you, I was a little disappointed in this beer. Wheat beers are tops as far as I'm concerned, but this just didn't hit the spot for me. The pour was a cloudy light gold color with a nice tall head in my pint glass. I noticed an almost artificial blackberry smell. The blackberry was also pretty stout in the taste department. It felt nice and light in the mouth, but then I was forced to swallow and repeat. The citrusy wheat taste being crossed with blackberries just doesn't do it for me.

03-04-2009 23:09:37 | More by alkemy
Photo of unclejimbay


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.50 %

bottle>imperial pint glass, reviewed 3/3/09
A 4.0 - cloudy dark honey in color, more cloudy than their white ale, no noticebale sediment, EXCELLENT head, retention and lacing, tight consistent bubbles
S 4.0 - sweet and tart in smell, almost like a fruit candy, blackberry is present but more sweet aromas than straight up blackberry
T 3.5 - app and aroma exceeds taste, taste is okay, but I like the white ale better, this is not as complex as the white ale. The good part ofa witbier taste exists, somewhat mellow, not to tart, not to blackberry like some fruity beers can be...
MF 2.5 - medium-low carbo feel on mouthfeel, somewhat washed out on mouthfeel, cant place it all the way, strange body
D 3.5 - not my first pick in a witbier, but wouldn't tunr it down at any time...

03-04-2009 23:07:14 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Appearance: light orange, a bit hazy, white thick creamy head that lasts awhile leaving a thin lace.

Aroma: very strong blackberry aroma, very over powering. a mild grainy malt aroma slowly makes its way through the blackberry. mild hops

Taste: Pleasant wheat flavor followed right away by the blackberry kink of destroying it. As for hops it is lightly bittered and works well with the malt.

Mouthfeel: This beer is smooth! It feels like im drinking a cask out of a bottle, I wasn't expecting this. Lightly carbonated with a great aftertaste of wheat & blackberry.

Overall: This is a solid beer. The only complaint I have is the blackberry is just bit too over powering'. Other than that this beer is tasty, the malt shines through, the hops are just mild enough to notice, mouthfeel is amazing...but the blackberry is just overpowering.

**side note**
After drinking and reviewing this beer I read everyone elses reviews, as for mouthfeel I go something different then everyones. the place I went to get it most likely had it on the shelf for a long time. It might have conditionded differently. just a thought.

03-03-2009 19:03:51 | More by simmons
Photo of rowew


2.7/5  rDev -17.9%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Sam Adams bottle in purple. They missed the best by date in the notching machine.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange color, nice head with good retention, a bit of red in there too.

Smell: Lots of berry in the nose, but it comes across a bit artificial.

Taste: There is a bit of coriander and citrus, but it is overpowered by the berry flavors. It isn't horrible, but it does taste a bit fake, even if it isn't

Overall impression: I guess its drinkable, but the flavors are a bit cloying too me - I certainly won't be getting this again.

03-03-2009 01:31:45 | More by rowew
Photo of nick76


3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

The aroma definitely has has a berry fruitiness with detectable blackberries but not exclusively. There is also an adjunct quality to it. The appearance is hazy gold with a smaller head. The flavor is sweet but not cloying, it has plenty of berry but also lots of adjunct like malts without much in the way of wheat until the finish. The palate is smooth. Overall it is a nice beer with a couple of flaws but I like the idea here.

03-02-2009 12:04:44 | More by nick76
Photo of optiontwo


2.45/5  rDev -25.5%

12oz. poured into SA Boston Lager glass

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a half inch fizzy white head, decent lacing and good retention.

Smell: Fruity! As expected, but wow. This smells like a woman's perfume, or lotion. Blackberry and lots of floral notes. It's a little overwhelming, bordering noxious.

Taste: The fruit flavor is so prominent it's almost like juice, or maybe seltzer with a very slight biscuit quality in the background. I suppose that would be the wheat I'm tasting in the finish, although it may as well not be there because the blackberry flavor is so overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Not only does it taste like flavored seltzer, it feels like it too. Lots and lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's light bodied and low in ABV but it's way too sweet for my liking.

Overall: I would drink this over a Leinekugel's sunset wheat, but that doesn't say much. I wouldn't recommend this.

03-01-2009 21:18:12 | More by optiontwo
Photo of cjgator3


3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice off-white head that has good retention and a solid amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The first thing that immediately jumps out at you in the aroma is not surprisingly the blackberries with hints of wheat in the background. I am picking up on hints of grape as well. There is also an almost sugary sweetness in the aroma as well.

T- The taste features some wheat up front with the blackberry flavor lingering into the finish. The blackberries in the taste seem a bit more artificial than in the aroma. Like the aroma, I am picking up on hints of grape flavors as well.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty solid, a very nice body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier is a pretty decent beer that is worth a shot. It is not something I would purchase again, but not something I would turn down either.

02-28-2009 05:58:42 | More by cjgator3
Photo of neenerzig


4/5  rDev +21.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. Pours a hazy medium golden color. White head is about an inch thick or so when poured. Settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass and a nice surface coating a few minutes after being poured. Decent lace. Has a malty, sweet berry aroma along with a hint of wheat and a bit of spice. Has the sweet, malty and blackberry flavor upfront followed by some wheat, a slight hint of caramel, and again rounded out with a bit of spice. Has a very crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with high amounts of carbonation. Belching will almost certainly ensue if drank quickly. Easy to drink in a good way. I think I might have liked this a bit more the first time I had it, when I sampled it when it was in the contest against the coffee stout, but I liked it here as well. Another good, solid beer from Sam Adams.


02-28-2009 05:14:06 | More by neenerzig
Photo of prototypic


3.45/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: It's hazy and a nice gold color. It's not quite as cloudy as many wits, but there's a decent bit there. The head is white and only about a finger and a half deep. It didn't stick around very long and only left minimal lace behind.

Smell: The nose is average in all respects. That might even be a little generous. It's not very strong. The primary scent here is obviously blackberry. It's sweet smelling and not too bad. The problem is that doesn't really smell much like beer. There's some earthy and grainy notes that are standard in wits. Perhaps a little light malt is noted. I'm being somewhat generous here simply because it doesn't have a bad smell at all. It's just not very reminiscent of beer.

Taste: Definitely a step up here. It's a tad sugary and sweet initially. The blackberry flavor is easily the primary flavor. It is sweet and doesn't have a bad flavor at all. There's also a touch of citrus lemon and orange, but they take a backseat to the blackberry. It's earthy and grainy. It has a decent malt presence for what it is. There's a nice yeasty flavor that surprisingly adds quite a bit here. Gives it more of a "beer" edge. That's probably the x-factor here. There's a few light spices that are present. It's mostly corriander. Finishes a little spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is relatively light. This is probably the beer's strongest element here. Drinkability is above average. It's light and very easy to drink. The flavor's just not quite good enough to reach a higher level.

So, what's the verdict? Well, it's an above average beer. I want to like this beer more, but I don't. It's difficult to incorporate a fruit flavor into a beer and succeed. At least that's my view of the world. There are very, very few that pull it off. As far as this one goes, it's pretty decent. It has enough of a beer flavor to avoid being a complete disaster. It's worth a try, but it's not something I'd pick up regularly.

02-27-2009 02:28:58 | More by prototypic
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

A - Slightly cloudy light orange color with a large white head. Lacing is sparse.

S - Mild, bready aroma with just a hint of blackberry and some yeasty sourness also.

T - The flavor is mild with a noteable blackberry flavor up front, but not with the syrupy sweetness found in some fruit beers. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, without much of an aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a considerable amount of carbonation.

D - This one is pretty drinkable. I think it would be a refreshing warm weather beer, and it's one that I'd try again. As others have said, it's not a true witbier, but still good nonetheless.

02-26-2009 02:51:17 | More by gabe23
Photo of Liverpool08


2.8/5  rDev -14.9%

Just picked up a six-pack to try out.
Poured into a pint glass, cloudy burnt orange color. Initial scent of berry, then of the wheat, bready overtones. Sort of a dry mouth feel, definately easy to drink. Taste sort of reminds me of a blueberry ale. Yet this beer doesn't really have much flavor, kind of flat. Not one of SA's best. Just an average fruit beer.

02-25-2009 21:35:09 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of Psilo707


2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

One of the biggest heads I've ever had from a witbier (er, pseudo-witbier, since there are some hops in the gruit mixture), and definitely one of the largest from the Sam Adams brewery. A thick and solid lacing is slowly left behind that takes a little while to disappear. Smells like cherries, blackberries, and other assorted fruits. Not too much of a beer scent at all, but somewhat inviting.

Taste is less good than I was expecting. It seems there is an absense of something that would make this brew taste much more full and exciting. The blackberry fruit taste is decent and does the job on the 'literal' side of what it's supposed to, but it's overshadowed to me by the unhappy texture.

Mouthfeel is light, though that's what this one should probably have. Drinkability is low because of the taste.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed by this release, but it's not too bad. Just a mediocre fruity beer.

02-25-2009 02:00:50 | More by Psilo707
Photo of dohastmich


2.38/5  rDev -27.7%

A - Little/no head, could not tell this is a wheat beer by looking at it.

S - Sweet candy-esque

T - blackberry flavor reminiscent of jelly, weak wheat taste

M - high carbonation in my opinion

D - If anything, good for summer, however this would not be on my list

02-24-2009 01:30:55 | More by dohastmich
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