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

Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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1,467 Ratings
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Ratings: 1467
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.09%


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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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TMB0424

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear golden straw colored body with a good sized white head that quickly disappeared. Lots of carbonation rising up, with pretty good lacing.

Only aroma I'm picking up is of fake, artificial blackberries. Ugh.

Is this a beer? The artificial blackberries are in the taste as well, and it's way too sweet. Very malty finish, with hints of bread and yeast - but not much. The blackberry flavor just overpowers everything.

The carbonation in this brew, mixed with that fake fruit flavor, makes this feel more like a wine spritzer rather than a beer. It's medium to light bodied and crisp in the mouth - but it's not very enjoyable at all. That fake fruit, almost cough syrup-like flavor just doesn't do it for me. I'm glad I got this bottle for free is all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 16:53:15 | More by TMB0424
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Overlord

California

2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
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
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe, malted wheat, coriander, orange peel, and Oregon Marion blackberries. Hopped with Spalt Spalter. 176 kcal/12oz. OG=13 P, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a very lightly hazy (i.e-NOT cloudy at all) burnt orange, forming a modest white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose, of course, opens with some juicy blackberries. It's a little artifical but appetizing. Very subtle orange...kinda bubble gum nose honestly. Not picking up on coriander. Not much witbier yeast quality here. The taste is full frontal blackberry assault up front, with a thin cola-like stinging flimsy mouthfeel. Quite watery. Any orange peel and coriander are overwhelmed by the blackberries/bubblegum combo. The middle, finish, aftertaste are all covered by blackberries. As it warms, there is a bitter ruddiness in the aftertaste that easily sickens the stomach.

A one-trick pony. Not very appealing. This is not even close to being a witbier...totally flase advertising. Why not make a really good witbier and add a touch of blackberries? It's easy enough to do, one would think, especially when you have BBC's brewing prowess and wallet.

This tastes like I'm eating the entire potpourrie section of a grocery store. Disgusting. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 22:52:07 | More by Mitchster
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grayburn

South Carolina

2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Admittedly, this is not a style I regularly enjoy, but I really could not find many admirable qualitites in this beer.
The appearance is decent, a bit dark for a wit but not too bad, decent head that lasts well.
The smell and taste....ummm...weak blackberry vodka and soda....not my idea of a beer. More like a sour under-sweetened wine cooler.
The mouthfeel is thin but astringent from the fruit.
I could drink about half of this. Not my bag.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 21:54:36 | More by grayburn
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ProfessorHomer

New York

2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A blackberry witbeer - who'da thunk up this abomination? Almost undrinkale, IMO. In fact, I could not finish it.

This one belongs in the "failed experiment" bin at Sam Adams along with their Cranberry Lambic, Fake Cherry Wheat, and most of that "imperial" series. Also bet this one, like the Cherry Wheat, was made with sugary-sweet artificial blackberry syrup. Gak!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:19:24 | More by ProfessorHomer
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Bounty628

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Blackberry Witbier has an ABV of 5.50%, therefore, if you find this offering appealing you could utilize the brew as a nice session beer ideal for a summer cookout or something of the like.

The beer pours a very faint golden color that seems to show more translucence than it does haze. Sort of surprising for a wheat beer in that regard, this offering pours thinly and gives a visual impression that the beer is going to be really light in nature. There is basically now head upon the pour but there is a lot of bubbly carbonation working up and down inside the glass.

The smell leaves one with the idea of fakeness as there is more of a florally bouquet present in the nose than there is anything that jumps off the page as being of a blackberry nature. With a beer that is going to emphasize the blackberry characteristics, it would have been far better to accentuate this a bit more in the smell but instead what is left is something of a soapy nature reminiscent of the beauty aisle at the local pharmacy.

Surprisingly, the taste of this beer is just about as faint as the nose in terms of any high quality blackberry presence working its way into the offering. Though I am self-admittedly not a major fruit beer fan, I do feel as though if a brewery is going to create a fruit beer it must do justice to the fruit that it is calling its own. The taste of the beer screams of a very week wheat complexity with a subtle tossing in of something that tastes somewhat fruity, but does not immediately bring to mind the qualities or taste of blackberries. There is a very blasé appeal to the taste of Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier and it is unfortunate that the taste could not help to salvage this offering.

The mouthfeel follows the same critique of the other aspects of this beer as it is quite light and has an almost watery consistency to it. There is very little complexity to the beer with just about all aspects of the offering and indeed the mouthfeel is no different.

It could be argued that there is a moderately good drinkability factor to the Blackberry Witbier if you are in fact looking for a beer that might be a good lawn mower beer and are not looking for something that is going to overly impress the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:04:58 | More by Bounty628
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siraaron

Florida

2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tasted this along with the Coffee Stout for the America Votes on the next Sam Adams, and I sure as hell didn't vote for this.

I suppose it tastes like a blackberry and a wheat beer, but I am so perplexed why Sam Adams makes such quality brews and yet completely blows every fruit beer they do.

Unless you are a hardcore blackberry fan, a woman (most like fruit beers, not being sexist), or just adventurous, I would recommend against this beer. It has little body, an unattractive pour, tastes of sour blackberrys, and doesn't cut it.

The Coffee Stout was much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 23:01:28 | More by siraaron
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CHickman

New York

2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours cloudy gold/amber color with a nice 1 inch fluffy head, and smelled of sweet berries, with a hint of malt and spice. Medium carbonation with a strong overall sweetness that overpowers everything else; powerful blackberry taste with crisp malt and hop flavor that finishes dry with a spicy note (cinnamon???), that had a metal taste to it which lingers in a negative way. It was too sweet for my liking and not one I would order at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:12:39 | More by CHickman
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showell

Arizona

2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ummm... I like most Sam Adams beers, but I'm afraid this one isn't one of them. Looks fine. Medium amber and cloudy. Smell is like berry cough syrup. Honestly. With just a touch of malt. About the time I'd finished sampling the scent, the head was mostly gone. The flavor is a mixture of lager and cough syrup. A bit of malt with a sweet berry flavor in the background. The carbonation is about right I guess, for what it is. One will be enough if I can finish it. I suppose someone will like it. But to me it's just not very good. The flavors just don'[t mix. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:43:01 | More by showell
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dcook11

California

2.05/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-one finger head. Heavy carbonation. on the darker side for a witbier- dark amber.

S-Blueberries/blackberries even a hint of grape.

T-the fruit is very apparent. Gives it a medicine after taste that I am not a fan of.

M-okay

D- wouldn't have more then one.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 06:09:56 | More by dcook11
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diamondc

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a big failure except maybe on appearance. Even then why would they call it a witbier on the label when it's not even "white"'ish or hazy at all? There is a nice head and some decent lacing.

The smell is so artificial. Its some generic berry aroma you'd find in cheap Mexican candy.

Taste is artificial orange and blackberry flavors. A bit of wheat tanginess. Where is the spiciness that defines a witbier here? No malts or hops to found.

I must love self-torture cause I have a few gulps to the end. The offensive flavor kills the mouthfeel. I still have one more bottle from the variety pack to pawn off to one of my enemies.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:30:26 | More by diamondc
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear, light gold with little head. The nose is predominantly blackberry with a bit of wheat in the background. The taste is a bit of wheat over the palate giving way to a blackberry fade. It's got a thin mouthfeel. The beer may have been spoiled, there were chunks of sediment in the bottle. Sediment is expected in a hefeweizen but not in a witbier. Not sure what caused this or if I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 02:38:07 | More by B967ierhunter177
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WindyW

West Virginia

1.93/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My advice is to pass on this one.

A - It pours a peachy orange color, surprisingly clear for a wheat beer. I was expecting some haze. It's actually very pretty, really, but it doesn't have the cloudy look of a typical witbier. It SHOULD have a starch or yeast haze, which is missing.

S - Blackberry. Typically, I want my fruit beers to have some aroma of the malts and grains as well. This berry aroma is fairly aggressive and makes me wonder if the taste will be cloying.

T - Again, aggressive blackberry. There doesn't seem to be any interplay between the "beeriness" and the "berriness" of the brew at all. It starts blackberry, then there is a moment where you simply get the clean feel of carbonation, and then it finishes blackberry again. The one thing I do like about the way it was designed is that it has more of a *wild* blackberry flavor, which seems to be a product of the aftertaste of a light hop bitterness. Wild blackberries grow in abundance in my area and I cook with them A LOT in season (I even prefer them to fat, sweet, farmed blackberries), so I'm very familiar with their taste--this is right on. It's is a nice touch and a bit of complexity I missed in the first few sips. A witbier isn't supposed to finish bitter, though, so this also contributes to blowing the whole "witbier" thing, too. The tartness, characteristic of witbiers, works nicely with the blackberries. But since there is just nothing else there, this almost seems accidental. As much as I'm trying to taste the underlying flavor of the beer rather than the berry--or even the hint of coriander of other spices characteristic of this style--I can't really find anything. Maybe it's hidden in the watery middle, but the blackberry is just so in-my-face, I can't find it. This is like a wine cooler with an accurate fruit flavor, and with bitterness instead of sweetness.

M - Crisp, thin. A witbier should have medium/medium-light body and some creaminess, and that is missing. This is light-light-light.

D - This is very drinkable... if you are not looking to drink beer. Frankly, it might be a nice beverage on a hot day in the summer. It's refreshing, but it's not much of a witbier. Or beer in general. If you are prepared for that, by all means enjoy it. The taste is nice, kind of like sparkling fruit water with an underlying bitterness.

The bottom line is that there is no harmonizing the berry-ness with the beery-ness of this beverage. There is no balance at all. It's a good, accurate, non-cloying flavor, but there is just no witbier there.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 10:17:45 | More by WindyW
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Mardukk

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours and looks like a hazy wheat type beer.

Faint smell of blackberries and some malts.

Tastes like blackberries with little to no beer taste. Exceedingly bitter as well. Think a watery bitter blackberry cough syrup...horrid.

The mouth feel is too light for the style and the taste. Fizzy light blackberry.

I may not be able to finish this bottle, pretty much undrinkable due to the poor balancing of beer to blackberry.

The first complete swing and miss for Sam Adams that I've had....Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 22:57:43 | More by Mardukk
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Jesse13713

Ohio

1.83/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a bright golden yellow and then settles into darker gold. Tons of yeast floating around in this one. No lacing at all.

Smell - Smells of blackberries. Slightly tart. Hints of raspberries, also.

Taste - Tastes just like it smells. Very watered down, which was very disappointing. Tastes like watery freshly washed berries. Nothing extraordinary or special. A severe lack of intensity and taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very easily drinkable; but just boring and bland. Very light bodied. One of Sam Adams worst offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:53:16 | More by Jesse13713
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SAMCRO

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I haven't tried a Sam Adams beer since I tried the Cherry Wheat beer eight months ago (before I started to develop a taste for good beer) and so I thought I would give it a shot since I didn't think the Cherry Wheat was all that bad.
Was I wrong!
This beer tastes like a "berry" flavored bud light. Actually, I would say that it doesn't taste like a beer at all; it tastes like a Mikes Hard Berry malted beverage. I was definitely not impressed.
Poor head retention, you couldn't even smell the malts or grains because it was overpowered by what I assume is the artificial "berry" flavoring. The body was very light and if it didn't taste so awful it would be very drinkable (recommend to women who like Mikes?). It tastes very sugary. Definitely doesn't "taste" like beer. I could only drink one because it made me feel so nauseous, just like a malted wine cooler or a Mikes Hard would.
Do not recommend. Don't waste your money! I still have 5 left that I'll end up dumping down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 02:57:39 | More by SAMCRO
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largadeer

California

1.68/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle best by November 2010.

Hazy with an appropriately wheat-like color and a solid white cap, this would look spot-on but it's a bit dark for the style. Could be my imagination, but it seems like there's a faint shade of purple in the center.

Pretty medicinal blackberry aroma with some malted wheat and slight spiciness backing it. These fruit wheat beers usually end up smelling like cough syrup, and this one is no exception.

Bready up-front, fruity and medicinal thereafter. Citrus peel and coriander spiciness is present beneath the fruit, which clashes a bit with the tart berry flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and cloying between the chewy wheat malt, the fruit and the spices. Not particularly enjoyable, this one's going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:57:20 | More by largadeer
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jsh420

Illinois

1.53/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours clear??? gold with 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells like blackberry soda

tastes like blackberry soda

mouthfeel was a little flat

drinkability not good

what was sam adams thinking here - a very poor fruity example of the style - they should brew the longshot cranberry wit instead

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:29:54 | More by jsh420
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bobhits

Kentucky

1.38/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This is just not beer!

It looks like beer. Golden color, well carbonated though the head doesn't stay. A hint of hazy body but fairly clear.

It smells like some kind of fruity kids beverage. Just straight blackberry and sugar aromas.

It tastes like some awful mix of that kids drink and beer. Fruit adjunct flavors with a rather poor tasting grainy base beer.

It feels like a beer. Well carbonated and lively on the tongue. Rather drinkable if you can get past the flavor part.

Sam Adams cranks out more styles and more beers than just about anyone so I suppose we can give them slack for making a few bad ones, but this one just is down right terrible.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 21:37:43 | More by bobhits
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gmc234

Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'll admit I was disappointed when I learned the Blackberry Witbier had won over the coffee stout so I'll admit I'm a little biased in writing this review. However I decided to give the Blackberry Witbier another try and pick up a 6-pack. Plus, the purple labels are pretty unique.

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy gold, full white head. Looks like a witbier. Nice representation of the style.

Smell: An astringent berry smell. Quite unpleasant.

Taste: Medicinal, very much like cough syrup. Although I'm drinking it in January, this wouldn't be refreshing in the middle of summer.

Mouthfeel: medium body, difficult to keep in mouth very long due to the unpleasant taste.

Drinkability: Poor. I had a difficult time finishing 12 oz and was angry at myself for buying a six-pack.

Overall: I'm normally a huge fan of all things Sam Adams. Although many do not like the Cranberry Lambic or Cherry Wheat, I feel that they are have their place depending on the time of year (I really associate the Cranberry Lambic with the holidays). Perhaps Sam Adams was trying to create another fruit-forward refreshing offering for the summer months, but this is by far their worst offering. It just tastes too much like berry-flavored cough syrup. You may want to try a bottle for the novelty, but I wouldn't recommend wasting your money on a 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 14:34:17 | More by gmc234
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