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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 702
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 18.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This brew combines 2-Row Pilsen malt, a hint of Crystal malt, and of course, plenty of malted wheat. A hint of blackberry at the finish makes this beer a real thirst quencher! For the health conscious, Blackbeary Wheat has less than 6 grams of carbs and only 110 calories per bottle!

10 IBU
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Reviews: 314 | Hads: 702
Photo of tylerbart86
3.91/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light, almost seltzer water taste, in a good way. Refreshing on a summer day. Not sweet, with a blackberry aftertaste. Not a potent beer bye any means but tasty, light and refreshing.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

06/05/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC, on tap. This is a whisper of a beer. The berries are hiding behind the wheat beer character that is disguised as an alcoholic beverage. As an adult beverage this one may disappoint, but as a refresher, hit it & again, as it will quench. It won't inspire poetry or launch a thousand ships, but it may just hit the spot if it's summer & your thirsty...& have to drive home...but just one.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

A: slight hazy; straw colored; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin ring; no lacing;

S: sour, with a little blackberry in the background;

T: I was surprised at the amount of sweet blackberry that came through; balanced combination of light malt and hops behind it; very light bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: unexpectedly good for a fruit beer, although admittedly the bar is set rather low;

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Photo of illpass78
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright gold with a very slight hazy character. Not as hazy as most wheat beers I've had. Tiny white head that is gone fast. Not much lacing at all.

Aroma: It smells like a cell phone. Just kidding. The nose is pretty subtle on this one. The blackberry is way in the background. It smells clean and slightly sweet, and vaguely grassy, but it's mostly neutral.

Taste: Nice, clean, light wheat ale taste with blackberry sweetness on the finish. Very easy drinking, light, and refreshing. The blackberries are more of an accent on the finish than an overwhelming presence, which is probably good. Like the ad copy says, the blackberry is mostly noticeable on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It has the depth of an easy-drinking summer beer, which it is. Not a sipper. This is a beer for BBQ's, hot afternoons, ballgames and other assorted fun weekend warrior goings-on.

Overall: You've probably got a friend who likes dumb fruit macros like Bud Light Lime and whatever Raspberita is and whathaveyou. I'd say hand them one of these; it's approachable and fun and has some nice crafty appeal. It's nothing mind-blowing but it's a fine day beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.65/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

DATE REVIEWED: June 7, 2014... GLASSWARE: Lindemans flute... OCCASION: Gatsby 2012....bring it on, Baz!...APPEARANCE: crystal clear, faintly tinted in yellow, with rapid effervescence; thick yet bubbly white head...odd, misshapen lacing... AROMA: pungent, offish skunky funk that suggests a fruity failure--not saying any more than this... PALATE: soft, bubbly, thin and drinkable--almost refreshing, but more like weakly flavored water... TASTE: mostly acquiescent light beer malt tendencies, with a tinge of blackberry--rather flat... OVERALLL: a weak, cleansing, warm weather wheat that doesn't distinguish itself; such a slight turn of berry that only faintly offers flavor, and what is offered is annoying....

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Photo of HuskyHawk
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow into a pint glass. This is now announced as discontinued, so this is my farewell bottle. No noticeable hop or malt profile, but the blackberries remain restrained and it finishes dry and crisp. Ideal for a hot summer day. Very drinkable and refreshing. If we are honest, this beer, at 110 calories and 4% abv, is light years better than any mass produced light beer. It's better than some new session IPAs too and many other fruit/wheat craft beers. Sadly it lacks the hops to sell anymore and so must be retired. I wonder what will take its place as a bridge beer.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Fizzy head that fades almost no lacing. Must be filtered as this is perfectly transparent.

S: Blackberries

T: Sweet blackberries and grainy. Very little hop or malt presence.

M: Very light and sweet.

O: Keeping in mind that I do not like fruit beers; this one does what its set out to do. I could easily drink 5 of these without feeling a thing as it doesn't even feel like 4% abv. On a hot day, this would be extremely refreshing.

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Photo of Owl-Head
4.33/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

As far as flavored wheat beers go this one was almost too good. Long Trail has definitely nailed this recipe. Very good as a post skiing or hiking beer, or even for after eating. I suggest it be served around 40 degrees. It seems to be as good out of the tap/ in a glass as it is in a bottle, so don't worry about that, but make sure you haven't had a dark beer before this (it diminishes the taste). Really one of the better flavored beers I've ever had and 100% worth taking sip of if you're just coming from a fun outdoor sport

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Photo of BTVflatlander
2.67/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I have to be honest and begin with a disclaimer: I hate Blackbeary Wheat. I really do. And, don't get me wrong, I really appreciate a good Long Trail Ale, as well as many of their other offerings.

A: Piss yellow & clear.

S: Kind of like Bud Light if you threw some berries in.

T: Same as above. Way too light.

M: Good enough.

O: Like I said, I'm biased. To me, Blackbeary Wheat is just the beer that flatlander college students at UVM drink to look cool because they can't stomach a Long Trail Ale. This seems to me a poor example of a poorly made, light beer masquerading as something refined and special. And, like I said, don't get me wrong, I had my Long Trail phase. And I would never turn down their Ale, Double Bag, or anything else--except for this. Try it for yourself, but if you are looking for a respectable, well-made craft beer, I'd look elsewhere.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the bottle out of the Long Trail summer mix pack. The concept of fruit beer...is frankly a bit feminine inherently to me, but I like this one, its a bit of a guilty pleasure. The blackberry finish is not too strong, and barely sweet. Nice on a cooler August afternoon. The color is darker for a wheat, nothing special with that or the mouthfeel. One of Long Trail's more original and better offerings.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
3.79/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

nice light summertime drinker used to be seasonal

but I think you can get it year round now

the berry is light after taste not beat you over the head wine cooler sweet

does down and comes out just like water does

try it out if your into fruit

the label is cool too if that matters to you

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a huge white head and pretty good clarity.

As promised, blackberries are the key ester on the nose along with grainy barley malts and a clean, crisp hop feel.

The body is light but creamy.

The taste also expresses itself loudly with blackberries, which I happen to love, grains, herbs, a hint of citrus, and a clean finish. Very nice for the style.

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Photo of VictorWisc
1.7/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A part of a mixed LT case. Would not buy again.

The short of it is that this beer does not have enough of a flavor to be a drain pour. Fermi described someone's argument that "it was not even wrong" and this is how I feel about this beer. Chilled enough, it will pass for a refresher, but don't mistake that for a recommendation.

The pale yellow-orange liquid pours nicely, with moderate, quickly dissipating head, moderate carbonation. The smell is somewhat offputting with a distinct but faint presence of rotten fruit. The odor is likely stronger when the beer is not chilled to 38F, but I'd be hard-pressed to describe it as "aroma". This only gets worse when you taste it. Although not overwhelming, the constant presence of musty black-grape flavor is distracting and bothersome, but is clearly meant to be a "feature". The rest of the flavor is missing in action -- taste more like flavored mineral water with a drop of cheap vodka. In some parallel universe it may give Leinie a run for its money--but not in mine (and I can't drink Leinie with a straight face). This alone would make me think twice about buying LT. I was initially unimpressed with LT festival samples but wanted to give them a full try. This appears to be the worst of mediocre lineup.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pale golden amber in the wine glass, with a modest head that doesn't stick around too long. Pleasant fizz in the mouth. Faint aroma of something like grape jelly. Not much fruit flavor, though there is a tart mouthfeel. Finally, exhaling, there is a nose of some old juice. Very generic fruitiness with a bitter seedy flavor at the end. It's like they took the flavor out of the fruit and left you with the seeds and stems.

The fruit doesn't amount to much, if this is supposed to be a fruit beer. It's not interesting or refreshing enough to be a good quaff. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC

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Photo of Huffs
2.67/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass and developed a full, airy head, which was white to off white. Lacing was good and foam lasted for a short time. Aroma was fruity and sweet with slight gum notes. Appearence was clear and golden. Tast was sweet and fruity, like berries, Mouthfeel was light and clean

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Photo of Jonada
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Freshness date not legible. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, very light pale yellow color. Less than a finger of a fizzy white head that dissipated almost instantly.

Smell: Grain, wheat, blackberry, some sweet malt

Taste: Blackberry (somewhat artificial) is really the most prominent flavor. Underneath that there are hints of wheat, grain, and cereal. The grain is much less prominent on the palate than the aroma, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Goes down easy, and pretty refreshing.

Overall: Pretty decent for what it is. Not a whole lot of flavor going on, but what flavor is there isn't bad. I'd grab this over a mass produced light lager any day.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.86/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Long Trail Brewing Co. - Blackbeary Wheat - 16fl oz on tap

I find myself going back to this brew once in a while at a nearby restaurant because they have it on tap and it tastes quite a bit better than in the bottle.

Look - Pours light yellow and completely clear with a negligible soapy head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Unmistakable wheat and blackberry fruitiness. Bready. Some spice.

Taste - Carbonated, light wheat followed by bready yeast. Crisp and refreshing. Blackberry is there but not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sticky fruity but the sweetness element fades, creating a very refreshing and drinkable experience.

Overall - For a light, refreshing brew, this brew is one of the best. This is my go-to brew when I can get it over lighter alternatives that lack depth and flavor. I definitely prefer this on-tap.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours kristelweiss clear and yellow, like some very clean dehydrated pee. The head on top is huge and snow white, with finely packed bubbles, but a lumpy exterior. The beer’s body is as clean as a hospital, with a light torrent of carbonation bubbles working their way to the top of the glass. The lacing on the edges of the glass is medium to thick, sticky, and quite patchy. On the nose, the beer smells of damp wheat with a light spice note, and plenty of tart and syrupy sweet blackberry smells. On the tongue, the beer tastes cleanly of wheat bread and sweet black berries. The beer begins with damp and bitter bland wheat before opening into a more welcoming biscuity flavor with a very light spice from the yeast, and then crescendoing with the syrupy blackberry taste that is sweet and pleasing. The close of the beer is far more pleasant than the opening, with light lingering wheat flavors, and a very light sweet tang of blackberries. In the mouth, the beer feels very clean, and of a lighter body, with some very nice velvety carbonation bubbles, and a refreshing kick in the back of the throat. The mouth is left a little dry and sticky, strangely, but the throat is left feeling quite refreshed. Overall, this is a light fruit beer that I really don’t mind drinking a lot of. Longtrails website says this beer originated from the concept of Belgiums lambic beers, but I see it as far more akin to a crisp kellerweiss, and I think they should start marketing it that way. The beer is great for a summer day when you want something a little sweet to refresh the tongue.

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Photo of berliner07
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pour. Very, very light. Not surprising. Berry odor comes forth, but not very distinctive. The mouthfeel is extremely thin. The malt flavors are nice for a light wheat beer. Just enough to keep it interesting. For me, the Berry flavor isnt distinct enough. wish it had a more unique flavor. but the base beer is very nice.

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Photo of poop_brew
4.54/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - I drank from a can most recently but have seen the beer poured on tap as well, it looks pretty standard with a minimal head and light, wheat color
Smell - You would definitely know it was berry just by the smell
Taste - One of my favorite summer beers because of the blackberry, but it is not overpowering and does not make it a 'girly' beer
Mouthfeel - light, airy, perfect carbonation... but not unlike other similar summer brews
Overall - It is a staple and a go-to. Nothing incredibly unique but it would definitely be a treat for visitors and I enjoy it more than other 'fruity' beers

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of blackberries over a lighter note of wheat with just a hint of lemon/citrus.

T: Light to moderate flavors of tart blackberries (though an almost artificial flavor) with lighter flavors of wheat.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and would be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of neophilus
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden straw colored crystal clear brew. Aroma has bready malt up front, a hint of soapiness.

Grainy wheat flavor dominates. Dry and Crisp. Blackberries are there in the aftertaste but don't lend any sweetness. Was hoping for some more darker fruit flavors and residual sweetness.

There is a bitter edge to the beer, sharp on the tongue. Cleans up nicely after itself. Seems like a good upgrade for the light beer drinking crowd, both for clean flavor profile as well as low ABV.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to woodychandler for his large supply of beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of blueberries. Taste is also of blueberry, although not sweet, some wheat tartness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Kooz
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a plain yellow, little head. Average.

Smelled sweet wih plenty of blackberry. No alcohol smell, which is a good sign.

I was xpecting something closer to cough syrup. This had a nice sweetness to it both in the first sip and in the aftertaste. Not a ton of depth, but for what it is, it's tasty. One of the better fruit beers I've tried.

Good mouthfeel, plenty of body. Foamy to the point of creamy. Very nice.

I was very surprised by this beer. They kept it simple and didn't try to make it too complex. It's a straightforward fruit beer, and it's a good one. Maybe a step behind Sam's Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of KB24
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow and clear. One finger white head disappears quickly. Moderate carbonation.
S - Light and flowery. Just a hint of the blackberry.
T - Very light and shallow, not much depth. It's like I'm searching for more flavors, or the taste is just not complete. The blackberry hint in the smell seems to be missing.
M - Crisp, nice carbonation. Easy to drink.
O - A nice wheat beer on a hot day, but left me wanting a little more flavor.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.