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

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1,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,588
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 27
Gots: 84 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009)
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Photo of mattster
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 Fluid Ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a light cream head with little retention; turns to lace atop a golden brown hazy brew.

First smell is of dark berries and banana; blackberry smell overrides the banana smell; Berry taste is also prominent on palate. I don't taste any spice, but the wheat is pretty prominent.

Mouth feel is nice, with good bubbles that don't attack in a harsh manner. Pretty smooth finish. Would I have another? While I'm not a huge fan of fruit brews, this is well balanced. Lightly sweet and great flavor. Sure, pour me another.

mattster, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice orange appearance but very clear, a lot of carbonation. Thin white head with almost no retention.

S: Blackberry with a faint hint of wet wheat bread.

T: Starts with a light blackberry kick, but flows into a wheat malt character. Not a lot of bite, but has a clean finish, with a light blackberry aftertaste.

M: Medium body, with a strong presence on the palate. Very carbonated and it dances in your mouth.

D: Not overly fruity, for this style. Also the taste is of natural fruit, instead of some cheap artificial additive. Balance is not bad and this is a drinkable brew.

earthboundagain, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/31/2009 (Bottle BB July 2009):

Pours a very clear, dark yellow colored body, with a big foamy white head, lasting, rocky. Very strong sickly sweet blackberry aroma, syrupy smelling but fresh smelling too. Fresh subtle blackberry taste, lots of malt. Grainy tasting. Somewhat nutty aftertaste with a lingering sweet berry-ness. Lightly carbonated body. Letting warm up a bit..Sweet maltiness. An okay refreshing fruit beer.

jujubeast6000, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of YesFest
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice-shapped pint glass (not exactly sure if that's a good way to describe it, but oh well). Appearence is pale and hazy. Actually looks pretty apetizing. Not much head or lacing to speak of.

Smells strong of blackberries, with a touch of hefe...

Taste... It delivers what it promises. Blackberries all over the palate. This might sound insane, but for the relative lack of hops, blackberry seems to balance out the efficient malting quite nicely. Either that, or they found a hop blend that fits perfectly with the blackberry flavor profile... I have to say, I'm a fan...

Mouthfeel is nice and evenly flavorful during the sip. Suprisingly adequate after the finish for how light tasting this is.

Drinkability is so-so, I guess if you're not that into blackberry (which I am) this is not going to be that drinkable (which it is).

I was tempted to prejudge this brew as rediculous effort to waste brewing resourses simply to nerd out and appeal to the geek-mafia... But it seems Boston Brewing has done a pretty good thing here...

YesFest, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I agitate the 12-ounce bottle before decrowning and am rewarded with a brew that pours hazy orange-tinted golden. The beer is capped with a fast-fading white head that soon dissolves into a thin-collared skim that leaves wispy lacing on the inside of my weizen glass.

The aroma is potently fruity and tangy-sweet with loads of juicy blackberries on a lightly toasted wheat backbone. A bit of mellow spice, perhaps coriander, adds a touch of contrast to the berry-fest before me.

The taste is also quite berry-juicy fruity, and the wheaty base-layer makes a return appearance, only now its relevant graininess is much less toasted, but is instead softer, sweeter, and more mellow. As the drink progresses, the berryfruit sweetens to jam-like proprotions, pushing hard toward achieving the unfortunate level of "cloying".

The drink is lightly-carbonated, smooth, and medium-bodied, and I think one will be plenty for me.

cvstrickland, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S = Citrus and hints of blackberry.

T = There was a mixture of orange peel, straw, and a decent amount of blackberry. The finish was rather weak and bland, but there were still the hints of blackberry and straw.

MF = Body was a little thin and carbonation was above moderate. Crisp and clean.

Overall, nothing really outstanding about this offering. However, if you like blackberry flavors, then give this one a try.

Riverwarrior, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical pale straw-coloured wheat with a hint of cloudiness. A one-finger head that soon dissipates and minimal lacing. The sweet wheat nose is augmented by the berry aroma, but I wouldn't have known it was blackberries if I hadn't seen the label. Once on the tongue though the blackberry flavour is unmistakable and pleasingly subtle, especially in the finish when the vapours waft up to the nasal passages.

I don't generally care for wheat beers - I got this one as a sample from a beer rep. I think the purists might look down their nose a little at this beer, but it has its appeal.

omnigrits, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Kromes
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a thin head. Smells like blackberry or cherry cobbler. The aromas were kind of strong and overwhelming. The taste was of belgian white (of course), yeast, coriander, orange peel and then a strong blackberry or cherry flavor in the dry finish. I'm not a big fan of the cherry wheat and this beer reminded me of that. There was a watery feeling to this beer also.

Kromes, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of aibkstaff
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with a subtle slick white head. It's partly cloudy, and looks very bubbly. Smells like berries. Tastes like berries. I think the berry flavor is too much. After a couple sips I cant tell if it's berries im tasting or something else. There is definitely an under lying taste i cant put my finger on, and it's weird. The mouth feel is good. Very light crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is so so. I wont have more than one in a row.

aibkstaff, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-amber body with clean white head and light-medium lacing. My olfactory system is bombarded with an overpowering fruit aroma like berry-flavored children's multivitamins that have been crushed up, and then maybe mixed with cereal, as the malt barely manages to show through. Taste is again dominated by a fairly overwhelming amount of berry sweetness followed by a dry cereal-grain finish. I hate to be so critical of a beer, and maybe I've gotten a bad batch, or am just missing something, but the flavor is borderline-offensive. Mouthfeel makes up for it a bit, as it's got a little volume and decent carbonation. As for drinkability, I'd say moderate, as I can objectively view this as what might be a refreshing, fruity brew. That being said, I do have a personal issue with the aroma and flavor of the beer. In all honesty, I won't be picking this one up again.

endincolorado, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of untamedbeer
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was underwhelmed with the aroma. Slight blackberry hints, but almost get a coppery twang to the smell.

Taste was better than the aroma. Blackberry is quite apparent, but tastes a bit syrupy. Flavor isn't bad, but resembles a lager a bit too much for me.

Overall, not a bad beer, especially for a fruity beer, of which I am rarely impressed. It has it's place, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

untamedbeer, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a pale golden yellow with a very small white head that goes away quickly. Not much belgian lace. Aroma is full of fruit, not necesarrily blackberry but fruity like a wheat ale from the yeast. Flavor is very sickly fruity, not balanced. Some graininess. Mouthfeel is rather thin. OK for a game of beer pong but not one I would order again.

bigbelcher, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity blackberry essence aroma. It's just like any other fruit beer, but with a bit of witbier spice thrown in. The taste is decent as well. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a sweet blackberry taste. It's tastes like blackberry extract; very fake. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average tasting fruit beer. There's nothing exceptional going on here.

WesWes, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass pours a crisp pale orange with a thin head that lasts as a thin layer for a few minutes than diminishes to a ring. The aroma is an interesting blend of sweet fruits, blueberries and bubblegum, almost like grape gum in a way. The taste is a kick of sweetness with blueberry and pale malt presence and a slight hop presence in the finish. The beer is appropriately light and crisp with smooth carbonation. This is certainly an interesting variation on the style, one that could be enjoyable on a hot summer day.

atsprings, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, a hint of hops, and then a big blackberry aroma that reminds me of the cherry wheat they do.
T: Somewhat like the cherry wheat, but this is more of a wheat body to it. Nice sweet thick wheat base, then hints of hops, and then the blackberry flavoring over it.
M: Very sweet, crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, especially for a fruit beer. I like this one a lot, but I also enjoy their cherry wheat.

erosier, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A bright, hazy yellow-orange color with a fairly large, foamy and creamy off-white head. Retention is pretty nice, as is lacing. Carbonation appears to be quite lively.

S: Sweet blackberry aroma is present, and comes across as rather natural. Some yeasty, spicy notes as well.

T: Some solid blackberry flavor initially. Mostly sweet, with fleeting tartness at times. A wheaty, yeasty backbone is accompanied by some grassy/floral hop flavor. Bitterness is low, as expected.

M: A bit light and somewhat watery. A tight, tingly fizziness to the carbonation. Fairly refreshing, although a bit too sweet to really do well in this category.

D: Easy to drink, and it avoids tasting artificial, which is a plus. A touch too watery and sweet for my tastes, but this is another solid offering from Sam Adams.

Clydesdale, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of smcolw
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent initial, but it dies far too quickly. Some spotty lace. Hazy. Neutral gold color.

Cold raspberry aroma with a wheat bite. Lemon zest smell here as well.

Light flavored until the swallow, which is sour with the lightest amount of berry. One of the thinner beers I've ever had; it's also a little spritzy. Short aftertaste. All in all, a very ordinary beer.

smcolw, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a fizzy, large, off-white head.

Smell: Plump, handpicked blackberry nose ahead of notes smelling of toasty wheat malt and a few scant drops of clover honey.

Taste: Crisp malted wheat and a taste of bready barley with a light honeyish sweetness. Hints of citrus and coriander preclude the pervasive blackberry flavor. Touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes semi-dry and gently effervescent with a tangy mix of wheat and berries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine beer to usher in spring with. Surprisingly refreshing and pleasant, considering how BBC's other fruit beer (Grape Pale Ale, Cranberry Lambic, and Cherry Wheat) all were total flops for me.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of xenolithic
4.43/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

Pours a dark amber with about a 1.5 finger white fluffy head into my pint glass.

The nose is heavy of blackberries just from popping the top of the bottle before pouring. It's very pleasant but quite strong. The smell is of fresh blackberries versus some manufactured syrupy concoction. There is a little metallic scent to the beer as well, but not predominant in any sense of the word. The taste gets more malty as the beer warms.

The taste is wheaty and malty, a little bitter. The berries themselves in the taste are quite a bit lighter, which is a more pleasant taste than the very strong scent would suggest. The beer is quite crisp and has a drying finish.

The berries definitely come through in the aftertaste, and as I mentioned before, the finish is crisp.

The drinkability on this one is high, similar to the cherry wheat, but without the medicinal taste. The taste is much sharper on this without being overwhelming.

xenolithic, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Limberg316
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of Sam Adams and was excited to see something new. I'm going to preface this by warning that I'm not the biggest fan of fruit beers.

It poured rather cleanly with a slight dark gold look to it with a minimum of cloudiness which I was a little dissappointed with. Almost no head to the beer...again a little dissappointing. It had a slightly sour smell with the wheat and blackberry mixing and was not at all unpleasant. It was fairly balanced on flavor, not too fruity or too lacking. In terms of drinkability, it was an easier beer than some but I wouldn't recommend more than 2 or three in one sitting.

Limberg316, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer as part of a taste-off at the National Homebrewer's Conference in Cincinnati back in June '08. Participants were asked to choose between this one or the coffee Irish Stout. Although I prefered the stout, I guess the overwhelming support was for the Blackberry Witbier. It's not the first time I've been over ruled.

The beer begins with a creamy golden-straw hue. The froathy head formation definately finds the Witbier roots, but the color seems darker with the pilsner grains that the lighter canary-yellow hue that I expect. The head disipates to a film and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very fruity, spicy, and berry-like. A pilsner malty backbone gives a hint of sweet breads and simple sugars. Light acidity tickles the nose. Though the fruity-berry notes give this beer something extra, I wouldn't have picked out the blackberries if the lable hadn't told me.

Flavors are true to the aromas. The fruity, spicy, berry flavors are upfront and dominate the beer. The pilsner malt presence gives a nice base to the flavors while complimenting with sugar-cookies, light breads, and confectionate sugars. The tastes are a bit over-simplified but not offensive in any way.

An initial creamy mouthfeel is soon overtaken by by the acidic citrus, fruity notes. These clean the palate and make the beer crisp and clean, but hurts the softer textures that are most appreciated by classic Witbiers.

The beer fares pretty well. It's not what I'll reach for in a Witbier, but I expect the beer to be a hit with the Blue Moon crowd.

BEERchitect, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Sam Cherry Wheat is one of my summer staples, so I was expecting good things from this. The pour was nice with a golden color and decent head that was fairly sticky. Smelled something like what I was expecting, maybe a little more sweet and bitter than the mellow that I was expecting, but not bad at all. The blackberry taste however was a bit overwhelming. Reminded me of what Coors would taste like mixed with blackberry juice.

stingrayvr6, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Dodt
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

made a journey to the nearest six pack store. i was a little surprised to find this in the fridge case.
poured from a bottle , honey color in appearance. mild blackberry aroma , with a taste of both honey and blackberry. it has a smooth mouth feel.
in conclusion this beer is another quality addition to the sam adams brew master collection.

Dodt, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of APNumber3
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams glass. Color is hazy golden with 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is heavy on the blackberries.

Taste is sweet with blackberriers and grape up front. This is followed by some faint, licorice like bitterness. The finish is dry, yet sweet with hints of honey and some more blackberry.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth.

Overall - I'm not really a fan of fruit beers. But this was a pleasant surprise. The blackberry flavor is strong, yet not overpowering. This is a refreshing beer. Great for a hot day. Much better than SA Cherry Wheat also.

APNumber3, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of rdub
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh bottle into my pint glass. I'm a sucker for fruit beers that aren't overdone so I liked this. I occasionally like a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and thought this was a lot more dry and a lot lighter in artificial flavor. It tasted like a nice balance of hops and malt with just a bit of blackberry. Mouthfeel was medium and drinkability was very easy. I could session this which is saying a lot for a fruit beer.

rdub, Mar 14, 2009
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,588 ratings.