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

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BA SCORE
75
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1,575 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,575
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 25
Gots: 75 | 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 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
Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a rather hazy orange-gold color. The head is small at best, though there's some nice lacing. The blackberry aroma is hardly "subtle" or a mere "hint" as the label suggests--it dominates the nose. Fortunately, it's less strong to the taste, though try as I may, I can't detect any wit flavor components. But at least it is not cloyingly sweet like many fruit beers, with a light bitterness at the finish. Medium-light body make it a decent quaffing beer.

allengarvin, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of beerfairy
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle

A: Pours a nice frothy head, lots of bubbles but not much head retention after things settle and minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Very fragrant blackberries and citrus smell.

T: Very interesting, with the powerful smell I thought there would be a stronger fruit taste like Lieinies Berry Weiss. This is a good beer with a hint of berries in the taste. Goes down easy.

M: Slick mouthfeel with just a hint of carbonation.

D: I could drink a 6'er or so. Reminds me of their Cherry Wheat with the powerful fragrance yet subtle taste of the fruit in the beer.

beerfairy, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of RollingRocker
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bought this in the sampler pack was hesitant at first, not to keen with most "fruit infused" beers. smelled hoppy with a hint of berries. fairly descent head retention too. the taste wasn't at all what i expected, really thought the hop flavor would be overpowered by the berry flavoring. not much of an aftertaste neither. mouthfeel was pleasant not too much carbonation kinda rolled across my tongue. i'm a big fan of sam adams products and this wasn't spectacular but definitely a solid beer.

-RR

RollingRocker, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy orange. A lot darker than your typical witbier. Thin off white head. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Blackberry and blackberry puree. Touch of malt, but really not that much else on the aroma.

Flavor: Sweet, ripe, juicy, sugar coated blackberries. With a semblance of wheaty matliness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate to high carbonation. Spritzy feel.

Drinkability: Glad I got a single of this because it's not a wit in any way, shape or form. This is all fruit.

Bighuge, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of CMW
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange. Small head formation but retention is much better than expected. Very little lacing to speak of.

S - Nose is almost all fruit flavors with blackberries, orange, and lemon.

T - Blackberries are very present in the taste. Other citrus flavors are present too, but very little yeast. Not exactly what I would call a witbier.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - I can't say I care for this much. It tastes like a carbaonated juice box. While it is refreshing, the taste is not too pleasing.

CMW, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of selecter70
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

selecter70, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Freshie
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Freshie, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

jwinship83, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

twiggamortis420, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of iceball585
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

iceball585, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

hosehead83, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

PatrickJR, Mar 08, 2009
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
75 out of 100 based on 1,575 ratings.