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

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,620
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 37
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 mrfrancis
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a glowing, hazy gold with a puffy, soapy white head.

S: Aromas of buttered wheat toast, cream, and blackberry are present on the nose. It's exactly what would one expect from a so-called 'blackberry witbier.'

T: Notes of blackberry, cream, butter, wheat toast, lemon, and coriander can easily be detected. The finish is short, sweet, and straight-forward with a combination of wheat toast and blackberry notes.

M: Light bodied, grainy, and crisp with decent carbonation. It's drinkable, but is a little harsher than many other witbiers I've tried.

O: I recall trying this beer very shortly after it was released and being blown away by it. My intial impressions have changed in the past year or so. This beer seems to have become grittier and the blackberry flavor now seems a bit artificial. For what it is, it's not bad, but I wouldn't reach for it on a regular basis.

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Photo of 160Shillings
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: The aroma is wheat beer, blackberries, coriander and the faintest hint of citrus.

Appearance: almost no head is formed without any appreciable lacing. The color is yellow and the beer has a light wheat protein haze.

Flavor: The flavor is tart without any lactic acid. Wheat is definitely present. Blackberry flavor is dominant throughout, beginning to end. Coriander makes an appearance and citrus is very faint.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with appropriately high carbonation.

Overall Impression: This beer falls short of being true to Witbier style on several counts. The blackberry works well in this beer and adds to the total experience. Although this misses the mark as a Witbier, it is a very enjoyable beer and drinks well. It is one of my favorite Sam Adams beers.

Comments: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier may miss the mark for a Witbier, but it is a tasty, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with almost no head that is reduced to bubbles quickly

S: Blackberry, spices, and wheat are all the standouts

T: Same as the smell, starts off nice and fruity with notes of spice and the wheat. An almost artificially sweet blackberry finishes it off

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The blackberry taste is too artificial for my tastes, even if they did use real blackberries. Definitely a beer for beginners or women who enjoy sweet fruity beers

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy/bubbly light purple /amber color, trace head,
very little lacing

S: blackberry and malt

T: blackberry, light lemon zest, malt,
mild semi-dry finish

M: light/med body, big carbonation, semi-dry crisp mouth

O: This beer surprised me. Thought it would
be nasty, but quite nice.


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Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-hazy ochre color with about a finger of head that faded quickly

S-blackberry is the predominant smell along with a little malt

T-some light blackberry taste with not much else

M-good carbonation and finish

O-very drinkable but not a lot of complexity in this one

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel like I had this as part of a sample pack once upon as time but don't remember it. Having it now I can see how this would be pretty forgettable. The blackberry flavor in this has a bit of an artificial tinge, or what I associate with artificial flavor; the fruit flavor in sugary fruit candies. The witbier characteristics in this are pretty weak; inoffensive but weak and thin. I might give this a teeny bit more credit if this was listed as an American pale wheat ale but only slightly. There's a hint of coriander and orange peel if you're digging for them, but they're buried underneath the ineffective blackberry stuff going on.
Not interested in getting this again.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of Oct 2011. Pours a pale gold--clear with no haze and about one finger's worth of white head.

Aroma is blackberries, vanilla??, spices, pepper, and a grass/hay mixture.

Taste is kind of like blackberries and cream. Sweet malts and blackberries with cream that finishes with a little bit of a peppery kick. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet punctuated with some lively carbonation.

Overall, very respectable. Not a huge fan of fruit flavor beers, but no qualms with this one. Maybe a bit on the sweet side, but that's quibbling.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden blonde, clear, with a 1-finger head that quickly dissipates

S: Mild odor of caramel malts and berries, but not very strong

T: The overwhelming majority of the flavor is sweet malt. There's a background of wheat and blackberry (I don't like my fruit beer to be too fruity, and the amount of blackberry is probably about right, but the power of the malt is not well-balanced), and just a touch of hops that lingers on the palate.

M: Good crispness and carbonation, about what I've come to expect from this class of beer.

O: Pleasant, and good with a savory meal, but not good enough to drink on its own just for the pleasure of it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sammy A Blackberry Wit is very nice and I am not normally a fruity beer type. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger white foam head that dissipates into a thin foam film then ring. A medium amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing left behind. Smells of blackberry and wheat with the blackberry very dominate. Has a sweet smell. Tastes of blackberry that is not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. A nice wheat taste on the backend really help balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is Medium to light bodied with a slighly creamy mouthfeel. Probably one of my favorite fruit beers. I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy odd enough golden color with yeast particles floating around. Two head finger with great lacing for a wit.

The smell is sweet blueberries yet blended with the lemon zest and wheat.

Taste like no other witbier I have tried, yet. But they have done a fine job of blending the sweet blackberry flavor with the spiciness of a good witbier. Yeast, malts, and some bitter hops in the finish.

Lighter, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

I think this is an interesting twist at a witbier. I really enjoyed it because I had to step out of my box of for this beer. Blueberry is not often found this style. Yet the Boston brewing company has made this work.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass:

A - Transparent, straw golden with a thin white head of one finger. Dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing. Pretty generic and I expected a cloudy witbier.

S - Strong fruity aroma, don't know that I'd necessarily guess blackberry if I didn't know that's what it was. Smells very sweet, but it's intriguing. A bit spicy, even.

T - Nice spicy, fruity flavor. Blackberry, coriander, and even clove flavors. Nice bite from the wheat.

M - Highly carbonated and crisp. A bit thin, but I think it works well for this beer and the style.

D - Solid example for the style. Complex and drinkable, I'd come back to this one.

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Photo of Mac58
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Am intrigued by "fruit" beers and love blackberry so I had to try it. Poured into a pilsner glass and inhaled the blackberry aroma. As stated by others, not a lot of head, lacing minimal and dissapears rather quickly, but the taste was awesome! I agree it had a rather thin mouth-feel but it was refreshing and went great with some Mexican food I was having. I found this at World Market and I could see this as only being available in niche markets. I will buy this again if I can find it!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice, think, and perfectly white head. decent lace, however head retention is not great as it died down very quickly. Lots of thick sediment at bottom of pour which is not very attractive, color is nice golden color.

S- Sweet blackberry and cherry front note, very pronounced. Middle notes of green grapes. Finishes similar to back cherry jello smell. Has a Champaign feel to the smell

T- The taste is very berry flavored, pretty much overpowers the BEER aspect of it. It is not like a typical fruit wheat beer where the fruit flavor compliments the great wheat flavor, this fruit flavor really overpowers and has a slight artificial fruit taste.

M- Light, and bubbly. Does not have the creaminess that a wheat sometimes have, it is very sweet but thin.

O- If you like very fruity beers this is a nice drinkable beer. It is light and refreshing, however the fruit is very powerful. This is a great option for those who like beers that don't "taste like beers", or those looking for an alternative to the common beer with something fruity. Fruit is slightly artificial tasting to those who don't like diet coke (if you know what I mean).

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 08/24/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of blackberries, wheat, grain, bread, and a tiny bit of spice.

t - Tastes like blackberry seltzer water, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated.

o - Overall a pretty good witbier. The blackberries definitely come through and the taste reminded me of that blackberry seltzer water. Girlfriend liked it too, I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.78/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle freshness dated november 2011

First thing you notice is the strong aroma that says this is indeed blackberry flavored beer!

The color is the delightfuly hazy clouded yellow/orange of wheat ale.

There is no head in the pour and no lacing of the glass.

This is distinctly berry flavored and crisp. Perfect served ice cold on a hot Summer day. ( Hence , I suppose it's inclusion in the summer Variety pack!)

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Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Mostly clear amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread/wheat, blackberries, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with a touch of lemon and some blackberries. There is also a bit of a clove/coriander flavour. The beer finishes with a bready slightly spicy blackberry aftertaste.

Overall – One of the few fruit beers that I might be able to drink more than one of at a sitting. The fruit taste isn't too obnoxious.. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but I'm happy I gave this one a chance.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pils glass, the beer pours a golden copper color, with a very sparse, thin film of head. Very tart and sweet aromas, almost syrupy sweet, with a good baseline of toasted oats. Flavors are sharp and sugary, with a slightly tart berry flavor initially, and a roasty toasty cereal backbone. The beer is light and crisp, with a steady flow of medium to high carbonation throughout. The aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter tart, with fruity notes abundant. The finish is puckering and dry, with a slight cloying aspect. Great on a hot day.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a translucent golden color with visible carbonation. Head is rich and frothy, and bubbles down to a ring of foam around the edges.

Smell: Heavy on the blackberries. Just one notch lower is a beautiful lemon-infused sweet-bread tone. Very good mix here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The sourness from the blackberries jumps right out from the get-go and never really lets go. Some moderate breadiness tries to tame the beast, but does not succeed. A deceiving nose, as the taste is mostly grass and stale bread. Aftertaste is strangely similar to special brownies...unsettling.

Overall: It's not terrible; definitely not my cup of tea, but not terrible. Stick to straight ales and lagers, Sam.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with 1" of head. Decent retention. Smells of blackberries alone. Taste is wheat and yeast with just a hint of spice up front and blackberries come through and offer a decent sweetness to the finish. Nice carbonation, but watery and thin.

Rather weak witbier. The blackberries are a nice difference, but the beer is too light and thin.

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Photo of OCBeerBaron
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this to split with my wife after I have a Grenn Flash Le Freak.

A- Looks good, almost like a slight amber with some cloudyness. Weak head.

S- I figured it would smell like blackberries and of course it does. Pleasant smell but not something I'd like to smell in my beer all too often because it's a bit fruity for me to have it regularly.

T- It's a bit disappointing as this beer is a bit confused. Not the fruity wit style taste I expected. It's ok but I probably won't reach for it again.

M- has a decent carbonation feel but it's also a bit off as far as being a wit.

O- I won't be buying this one again... But I would gladly accept one offered to me as it's drinkable and has some nice berry aspects as expected.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours out in a lively way, leading to a respectable head with some active carbonation. The color is a rich, cloudy gold. Decent retention

S: The blackberry is immediately and undeniably identified as the dominant aroma, with a light toasty scent hovering just below. While it’s a pleasant scent, it’s very one-dimensional.

T: While the smell of blackberry is almost overpoweringly sweet, the taste seems to be balanced well with the right amount of bitterness. While initial taste is sweet enough, the after taste is almost completely without a hint of berry. Noticeable artificial sweetness that begins to lose its charm near the end of the first round.

M: This beer rolls easily on the tongue with moderate carbonation. It’s not what I’d call a heavy beer but it’s definitely got a thickness surpassing the average domestic.

O: Generally I don’t prefer too much sweetness in a beer, but the character of this brew demands it. Slightly artificial tasting, and definitely not a binge beer due to the sugary taste that lingers after the first round. Not an everyday choice, but I’d not turn it down if it were offered

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Photo of jondeelee
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blackberry Witbier smells almost exclusively of blackberries, though when mixed with the beer's other ingredients, the aroma comes off more Jolly Rancher-like than an actual berry scent. Very faint grain aromas lie deep beneath the berries.

On the tongue, berries are also immediately and heavily noticeable, dominating the flavors. Here the flavors are less candy-like, but still lean in that direction, and come across as a combination of blackberry and lollipop-grape. Grape Nuts cereal-like grains form the base, along with a small smattering of hops to help counter the sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors (though slightly heavier in favor of the grains), and fades quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer does deliver in terms of tasting like blackberries, but I find the flavors too artificial and candy-like to warrant my regular consumption.

Random trivia: I visited the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston when the brewers were trying out Blackberry Witbier, along with a Coffee Stout, on visitors, asking them to vote for their favorite. The winner would get put into production. I voted for the stout (for the reasons listed above), and obviously my side lost. Shame, too; the stout was excellent.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint. From notes
A: hazy, reddish blue wheat based body. Some retention, but not much lacing.

S: Aroma of blackberries and subtle spices, fairly low in intensity.

T/M: the first sip is refreshing, and the wheat base works well with this fruit, but the blackberries are a bit one demential. Mouthfeel is silky and lingering finish is short.

O : Overall this is a some what decent beer, but too fruit and needs more balance.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying this one when it came out a few summers ago and enjoying it during a long hot day of gardening. Hopefully it's stood the test of time.

A - Pours a very hazy straw-gold with a one finger white head. Head dissipates quickly and there is minimal lacing.

S - Some wheat but mainly an artificial grape soda aspect to the aroma. Not very enticing so far.

T - Tart blackberry up front that rides out to a malty, slightly sweet wheat finish. Not as alarming as the nose led on.

M - Lightly bodied and a tad overcarbonated, but very crisp and refreshing.

D - Overall a pleasant, fruity wheat beer for the summer time, but nothing that really reminds me of a witbier. Not bad for what it is, though I probably wouldn't be buying it outside of the summer variety pack.

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Photo of TuffNut87
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With my German heritage and lifelong love of beer, I believe in the Rheinheitsgebot. This witbier brodened my horizons. It smells wonderful and looked good in a pilsner glass. Good carbonation and color. After a 90 degree day, this was one of the most enjoyable beers I have ever had. The wheat provided a crisp, clean foundation for the blueberry without being too sweet. It left a refreshing and clean aftertaste with no sweet fruitiness. Easy to drink more than one. Another reason to be glad that Sam Adams was a brewer and patriot!

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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.