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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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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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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2.28/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.15/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 05:20:18 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 23:11:22 | More by buschbeer
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3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 23:35:39 | More by Goliath
Photo of etenbus


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

A vigorous pour built about 1/2 inch head at the top of my pint glass. This faded down to nothing after about 3-4 minutes. It pours a faded yellow. Some lacing on the glass as the minutes ticked by.

The aroma has that sour wheat smell, with a hint of blackberry, which is not very pronounced at all.

The taste is sourish, which is good, with a little hop presence at the end and a strong wheat backbone with, again, a hint of the fruit on the palate.

Mouthfeel is rounded and medium body.

Overall, this tastes like your typical quality product from Sam Adams, though not as striking as their Black Lager or Honey Porter. I'm not a huge witbier fan but this passes well for a summer quencher. So why release in February?

When will Sam Adams come out with a super-hopped APA?

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 04:56:52 | More by etenbus
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited when I got the e-mail about this beer. I like refreshing beers. Got a six pack the other week from the local beer store. The appearance was like a normal wheat beer, slight cloudiness. The smell was very faint blackberries. The taste is very good and not overpowering. Good beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:12:36 | More by oddfire
Photo of PSUBeerman


3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large tulip glass from a bottle.

It pours to a somewhat cloudy golden color. The head was white and thick, but dissipated rather quickly with a little lacing.

The aroma was fairly strong, the fruitiness is evident. May have had the smell of extracts.

The taste is definitely sweet. The blackberry is apparent, but not what I was expecting. It's a little tangy and spicy. Finishes off with some bitterness.

Because of the particular type of flavor, I am not sure I could drink many of these at a time. It was decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:18:23 | More by PSUBeerman
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to try this one for quite some time just because I beleive what Sam Adams does for beer is a good thing even if they miss the mark from time to time. The largest craft brewer in the nation can't be far off from doing things right.

Serving: 12 oz bottle pour into my Lindemans Fruit Lambic flute. Served just under room temp. July of 2009 "best by" date. Part of a mix-a-six.

A: Pours mostly clear gold with a fizzy white head. Spotty lace.

S: Blackberry, cough syrup, artificial, raisin, medicinal, bready.

T: Tart and dry-berry like. Not too sweet. Medicinal. Not nearly as much berry in the mouth as there is in the nose. Long berry notes. Wheaty.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly dryish finish left on the tongue.

D: Fairly drinkable. I can't see myself ever drinking more than one or two. I am not too big on fruit beers to begin with, but I am always up to give one a chance. This one doesn't disappoint, but it just doesn't capture my attention either.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:54:03 | More by jmw141
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

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

Purchased a six pack of Sam Adam's new offering, the Blackberry Witbier.The appearance is golden yellow without any haze. The aroma is completely blackberry. It has a tangy and sweet aroma that is pleasant, but perhaps a bit too strong. The taste hits up front with the blackberry, which is then quick to subside to a weak bitter taste. There is not a strong aftertaste. The mouthfeel has only a hint of carbonation, but the makes the beer have a crisp overall feel, which is refreshing. The drinkability is good. I could have a couple of these beers in a session and not get sick of them. Considering I am not a fan of many fruit beers, I enjoyed this offering. It could have been better, but overall an enjoyable refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 01:33:06 | More by Gosox8787
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3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a very small head, no lacing, and the head leaves rather abruptly.

Aroma has some berry characteristics to it, which is a plus. However, there isnt much else. The berry aroma isnt overwhelming, but is about the only aroma detectable. I would say there is a light grainiess to it aside from the fruity berries.

Flavor is okay. More blueberries reminiscent of Frankenberry cereal. Somewhat wheaty I suppose. Not overly sweet but on the sweet side.

Kind of candy-ish if you ask me. The berry flavors border on articifical but arent so sweet or fake that I would believe the flavor is artificial; just misued, perhaps.

This may be a nice summer quaffer, but I dont think I will purchase any more. Who know. I could see this as another "gateway" beer perhaps but this one is more of a novelty than a solid, full time beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 20:49:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a foamy, off-white, two finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of blackberry, artificial blackberry aroma.

T - It tasted of blackberry flavoring with hints of wheat. There wasn't much else. It was very sweet.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It was very sweet and the blackberry flavor was a bit much. It mellowed and became more drinkable as it warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:22:47 | More by zeff80
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2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, slightly pale yellow. Nice active carbonation, a dense, medium-sized white head, and an early ring around the rim looking appealing early on. Lace holds echelons all the way. Nice looking fruit ale indeed.

Crisp wheaty , yeasty berry smell carried up. by the bubbling. The berries smel pretty light and fresh at first whiff; but deeper , more pensive inhalation reveals a cough syrup. "Oh no, not again" I'm thinking, as I recall the Sam's Cherry Wheat giving me the okeydoke last year...

Dang. Again, we have what could be what is prolly top notch, refreshing American Wheat (we say "wheat", not "wit" here in the states, Mr Brewerand Patriot...). Unfortunately, there is an artificial-tasting fruit syrup added to it.
Guys at BBC: You can afford it. Get fresh, canned pureed, or frozen fruit in there.

Now that that is out of the way, I would like to add that this is not bad at all. There is the wheat, the fruit, and the clean tasting yeast, which I expect in such a brew. I do not understand the "wit", as I do not really pick up of much of the Belgian until it warms enough to catch the 5% ABV. The slight bitterness toward the end of the swallow helps offset the slushy syrup to clean it up. Just not enough.

I love BBC and all they stand for. Just wish they would use fresh fruit or the equivalent for their fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 03:24:37 | More by chiefydawg
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy light golden color with a small amount of head. No lacing to speak of. Quite a bit o' carbonation going on here. Looked like a typical Wit.

S- Straight up berries. I was thinking sherberty, creamy, fresh squeezed berries. Raspeberry-blueberry mix. Very fruity but not too tart.

T- Yikes. This was not what I was hoping for. Very medicinal. Cough-syrup like flavors. I would have expected something more faint and natural. Take out those flavors and you have a damn good witbier. I could see the appeal of this beer though.

M- Crisp, light bodied, easy to drink. Nothing over the top and filling.

D- This takes a hit due to the medicinal blackberry flavors. Might revisit this one in the hot summer months. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:23:14 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier is a cloudy gold ale with a white head that dissipates. The aroma is pure berry. Just berries. It is light bodied, quite bubbly, smooth and crispy. It tastes like an American Wheat. It really full of berries, slightly sweet and slightly acidic. It's a pretty unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 15:53:30 | More by yesyouam
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4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours with a nice head that takes some time to settle. Golden to bronze in color. Has some visible haze.
(S) Blackberry aroma. Reminiscent of the old school Otter Pops. Very sweet smelling.
(T) Wheat taste with a nice balance of blackberry. Some earthy tones to the flavor.
(M) Clean, crisp feel across the tongue.
(D) This would be a great summer, mowing the lawn, BBQing beer. Too bad it's February!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 02:18:34 | More by u2carew
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, opaque, yellow-gold, with two fingers of white head. Looks more like a hefe than a traditional wit. The head dissipated slowly, but left a decent amount of lacing. No visual indication of the blackberry nature, however.

Smell: Don't even need to put my nose to this one to smell the blackberries, but some blueberries seem present too. It's definitely a medicinal/artificial smell, however - almost certainly from the use of extract. Just a hint of coriander, orange, and other traditional wit elements in the background, but the berry scent dominates.

Taste: Tastes almost nothing like it smells. Tastes like, well, a wit. The use of wheat malt is dominant, with hints of the traditional spices to add a sweetness. No evidence of any blackberry flavor, save for the slightest tang at the end of the sip. A slightly medicinal, unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Too highly carbonated, which detracts from the flavor. Feels like a soda.

Drinkability: Tastes too much like cough medicine to be that drinkable. I don't really taste any of the berry in the beer...and the high carbonation makes it taste more like a wheat soda. All of the berry is in the smell. I usually like Sam Adams' offerings, and I'm a fan of their Cherry Wheat, which others have complained about due to its 'medicinal' nature, but this was disappointing and underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 23:43:59 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of blackberries and tangy wheat. The taste is more beery than the aroma. There is still a lot of berries, but a lot more wheat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there isn't really anything that differentiates it from the thousand other fruited wheat beers out there. I could drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 23:02:18 | More by KarlHungus
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2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle marked for july 2009

golden straw and honey color with amber tint. perhaps a faint haze, but not really as if it had any yeast in it. there certainly wasn't any sediment. fizzy head quickly fades to a wispy layer, and leaves a few big rings of lace.

aroma is lots of fresh berries. not much else.

flavor more tart than expected. lots of berry fruit again. hint of malt. trace of bitterness. some phenols and alcohol peek out in the end. moment of yeast in the aftertaste.

slightly watery and thin. carbonation is surprisingly mild and can be fluffy at times.

argh, i wish people had voted in the coffee stout instead of this.

also, they need to stop hijacking the style names. this is in no way a witbier of any sort, just as i hear the cranberry lambic is more undeserving of the "lambic" moniker than even the sweetest of lindeman's offerings. and let's not even get into their so-called "hefeweizen"...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:36:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small foamy head.

S- smells like a watered down American wheat ale with some berry sweetness.

T- seriously lacking in the flavor department. A slightly sweet, slightly yeasty, watered down wheat.

M- Thin and watery...

D- This would make a good "mowing the lawn on a hot summer day" beer. If this was classified a fruit beer it would score higher. As a witbier though, it's a serious disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 18:06:33 | More by JayNH
Photo of MuddyMo


4.63/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a variation on the Witbier style. But I don't feel that departure from tradition is necessarily a vice.

I am not a big fruit beer fan, so I approached this beer with some trepidation considering the SA history with the monstrosity that is Cherry Wheat or the dull Juicy Juice character of the Cranberry Lambic.

Poured into a pint glass it has a cloudy peach colored hue with a thin head that builds up for a bit with the sparkling carbonation then dissipates.

There is a distinct, pleasant, but not overpowering aroma of blackberry mixed in with bready grain.

On the palate, the blackberry is more subtle and well balanced with the hints of orange and coriander and a slight hop crispness.

This would be a great summer session beer and very accessible for those just beginning to venture away from the weak offerings of the American beer cartel.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 05:05:29 | More by MuddyMo
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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a dead pour. Decent color, yeah, but there's not much of a head there, not much going on.

Smells like an unfiltered wheat beer (NOT a wit) along with some very nice, sweet blackberries. No huge wheatmalt complexities or anything, but still a nice balance.

Tastes nice. Sweet wheat up front, moving into even sweet blackberries, and then ending on what tastes kind of like combination of cherrios and fruity pebbles--oats and fruit. Nothing synthetic or syrupy, and the combination between the fruit and the malt works well. A very nice, very ripe fruitiness kind of comes alive at the back of your tongue--it's like you just popped a couple berries into your mouth.

Good. Nothing spectacular, but all-around a solid fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 07:50:04 | More by mynie
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3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
12 oz brown bottle
July 2009 notched on the side label
Served in an Ommegang Witte glass

Pours a hazy and cloudy mustard yellow/orange. Decent to average head on top. One might expect a fluffy head from a real Witbier.

Without doubt, strong berry flavors are evident.

Zesty carbonation bubbles prickle the tongue. Strong blackberry and raspberry tartness with a lemon punch. A fruity beer for sure with a sour & acidic white grape juice thing going on.

This is one of those beers where you struggle with the accurate classification of the beer.

It's drinkable for sure, but is it a beer to revisit?

Probably not.

True to the original style?

Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 22:10:58 | More by Hibernator
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.