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

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 31
Gots: 104 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009

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Photo of jjanega08
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of DannyS
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.

Photo of mntlover
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of thain709
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of arguemaniac
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
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.


Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Oahu
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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.

Mmmm... Smelled like Blackberries and beer.

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.

Felt fine in the piehole.

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.

Photo of kkipple
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

Photo of SilentSabre
3.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of greenjeff4141
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of auxiliary
4.57/5  rDev +38.9%
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!

Photo of wedge
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.3/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow-orange straw color with nice white head and major lacing. Perfect Witbier style cloudiness.

S: Fresh blackberry scent and mildly spicy aroma.

T & M: Mildly sweet blackberry flavor and spiciness. Crisp light to medium bodied with a dry, slightly oily aftertaste.

I was worried after reading some of these reviews, but this is a great beer for the style. I am not a witbier fan, but I do enjoy berry flavored ales. This is exceptional for the style and I'll definitely try some again.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice 2 finger head with a slightly cloudy yellow orange color. Retention is AMAZING.

Smell is of blackberry, but any spice that lies underneath is fairly muted.

Taste has the bittersweet flavor of blackberry. I think a tart fruit could be added to provide a nice balance and interesting profile. Some mild wit spice is also used. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and refreshing with a little bit of an oilyness.

This is a fairly easy beer to drink. Nicely done, but there is room for improvement.

Photo of mattster
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of earthboundagain
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.16/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of YesFest
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
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...

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.