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

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BA SCORE
75
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1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 67 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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nem2006

Illinois

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
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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
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therica

Maryland

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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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alkemy

Ohio

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
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unclejimbay

Florida

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
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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
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rowew

Colorado

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
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nick76

Florida

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
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optiontwo

Minnesota

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
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cjgator3

Florida

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
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neenerzig

Ohio

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.

Eric

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

Ohio

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
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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
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

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
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Psilo707

California

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
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dohastmich

Pennsylvania

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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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

A weekend trip to the Sam Adams brewery should be capped off with a Sam Adams beer. I'll be trying this newest offering for the first time.

APPEARANCE: Pours a golden yellow into a Sam Adams glass. It's clear, not brilliant, but nowhere near hazy. A 2-finger high head forms on top which is incredibly dense and tight-bubbled - very reminiscent of a Belgian. It drops slowly, settling out to a full cap with an even thicker collar of foam around the outsides.

SMELL: The aroma is nearly all berries, not immediately identifiable as blackberry, but I'll buy it. It's slightly extracty sweet, though not overbearingly cloying. Behind it (barely) are some indicators of a Belgian yeast character and a twinge of alcohol. But that could be my subconscious talking after reading the label. Pale wheat forms the base of the beer, and that's exactly what it is - a base upon which all the other flavors (read: berry) pack themselves in and drown out the foundation.

TASTE: The taste starts rather unassuming. Promising! Maybe I'll be able to taste some of the wheat and yeast esters. Those hopes are quickly crushed as something resembling artificial berry candy intensifies across the palate. It holds off just enough so that you get a nice taste of a clean wheat beer, even if it's not quite Belgian. The berry flavor carries through onto the finish where it cleans itself up rather well. The berry in the aroma squashed out everything else like a boa constrictor overwhelming it's prey. But here in the taste, I'd say it's reduced at least to a bear hug. An improvement for certain.

MOUTHFEEL: It's definitely on the thinner side, but that's right around where it should be. The body approaches a silky smoothness without really reaching it. The carbonation is nice and tight, but feels a little low for where I'd like it.

DRINKABILITY: Not terrible, but if you're going to fruit a beer, it can really take on an artificial, cough syrupy taste - even when using real fruit. I'm not sure what this one has (I'd actually guess real fruit), but it hides a lot of the other qualities in this beer. And they seem pretty good too!

Ok, so this is the new Sam Adams beer. I'm sure it has it's target audience, and it's probably hitting it too. I can't help but wonder how the Coffee Stout would've done instead of this however. It's certainly the one I was hoping for, but this will have to do in it's place.

02-24-2009 00:33:14 | More by jmalex
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pwsoldier

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -30.7%

A - This is a wheat beer? It pours a clear amberish with a decent off-white head. Lacing is moderate.

S - Smells just as cheap and fake as the Cherry Wheat. Just replace the cherries with blackberries. Very faint wheat aromas as well.

T - Cheap, fake blackberry flavors dominate, with some malts and weak wheat flavors coming through as well. Very disappointing.

M - Fairly light-bodied, dry finish. Nothing to write home about here.

D - Absolutely horrid. This beer was a drainpour after I got halfway through it. There's another bottle that came with the mix pack and I'm not even going to bother with it. This is a rare disappointment from BBC.

02-23-2009 17:21:15 | More by pwsoldier
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -14%

Appears a clouded golden orange body with a large custard like creamy white head forming thick, decent retention noted. Lacing is coated evenly with each sip not bad. Aromatics offer a tart semi sour berrry note with citrus edges competing with eachother, along sided traditional Sam Adams house yeast breadiness. Flavor is again a bit sour with citrus and berry notes with a dry powdered yeast cake in the finish, spices are more prevalant in the flavor a bit of coriander and citrus peel. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a touch of cloying sweetness in the finish, did Sam Adams really need another fruity wheat beer? Overall a beer that doesn't do anything special for me I'll reach for the imperial series next.

02-23-2009 17:12:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Clear, dark gold color with no hint of wit haziness, medium white head with a little lace.
S: An obvious berry smell, I would not have said blackberries if not for the label. A slight spiciness in back but not a wit.
T: Tastes a little like a wit with a berry fruitiness on top. The wit spices are more apparent on the back of the tongue/ after you swallow. I was worried that the berries would make a sweet mess, thankfully that is not the case.
M: Highly carbed with a medium level of body (a little more than I would expect for the style).
D: A very nice summer beer, especially good for someone who is not a hop fan but doesn't want a big malty beer. Not sure I would purchase again, but I would happily drink one if a friend handed it to me. Not a true wit, but worth trying.

02-22-2009 20:58:25 | More by wspscott
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Overlord

California

2.15/5  rDev -34.7%

Not a witbier.

Pours a light orange. Smell is redolent of blackberry syrup. Wow, serious blackberry aroma, but more of a fruit extract, flavored soft drink sort of smell. Real blackberries aren't overwhelminglys sweet.

Mouthfeel is crazily carbonated. Really more like a carbonated soda. Chemical blackberriness. No real wit qualities at all. Probably perfect for a summer afternoon sorority mixer.

02-22-2009 05:21:49 | More by Overlord
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

Presentation: Classic Sam Adams: Best by date of July '09...nice little ditty on the bottle about the beer

Appearance: Nice hazy deep gold brew with a white cap which quickly recedes into a patchy film...would have liked a bit more retention here...

Smell: Wheat and yeasty overtones with a sharp berry kick as well...I have to admit, it smells a little like the Cherry Wheat, which scares me...

Taste: Well now this isn't too bad...there are mild, tart berries up front, backed with a fresh, zesty, almost raw wheaty quality...it's almost like a Leinie's Berry Weiss without the overly sweet characteristics, a bit more "real" tasting...this isnt' super deep, but it's quite refreshing and nice...it ends with a juicy hint of dark berry

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Not a "homerun" beer by any means, but definitely a solid offering; and to SA's credit, you're getting a Blackberry Witbier; thank God they've learned their lesson and didn't mislabel this as a lambic...anyway...I'm not typically one for fruit beers outside of lambics, but this one is really pretty nice; there's just a hint of fruit and it's got some real wheat character to it as well, well done.

PS, I noticed this after I'd been sipping on this beer awhile...after the beer's been out of your mouth for some time (i.e. when you're watching Pompey and Stoke City and forget to drink your beer) there's a kick of spicy clove that lingers in your mouth...it's just odd, cos it's not apparent at all when you're actually drinking the beer or immediately after it exits the palate.

02-22-2009 05:20:18 | More by BedetheVenerable
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -6.4%

The beer poured into my glass a yellow orange with very little head which disappeared rather quickly. As I put the glass to my nose I got a sour blackberry aroma. It tasted alright. The blackberry was not overpowering. It tasted just like it smelled. It seems heavily carbonated. It seems more like a summer libation. It didn't hit the spot on a snowy February day. I prefer Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

02-21-2009 23:11:22 | More by buschbeer
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Goliath

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a one inch bright white head sitting on top. Good retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is decent. The blackberry is very apparent and easily the dominant tone. A slight bit of wheat comes through, but I'm definitely not getting much traditional wheat beer quality which is definitely disappointing.

The taste is a flop. Blackberry, sure...wheat, sure...but where's the rest of the wit? Maybe a touch of citrus, but no real spice. Actually, it's like the cherry wheat except with blackberry. Maybe he just substituted fruit extracts to make it easier?

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Kind of syrupy too.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is unimpressive, and the beer is missing some really important qualities. They should have created a great wit, and added a hint of blackberry IMO instead of going all blackberry with a hint of wit.

02-20-2009 23:35:39 | More by Goliath
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.