Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat

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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 58 | 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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Ratings: 700 | Reviews: 317
Reviews by John:
Photo of John
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This fruit/American wheat style ale is light straw in color. A minimal head is produced with the initial pour. Aroma is lightly sprinkled with blackberries and faint grain/cereal. Berry tartness greets with the first sip along with some light wheat grain. The finish is dry and crisp. Admittedly, I am not a fan of these light wheat beers. However, even the wife, who typically enjoys this style in the summer, thought this was rather weak.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer to drink when you're really hot and thirsty, and you don't really care what it tastes like. It's a clear yellow color with a small head. Aroma is minimal, some malt and wheat. It had a sweet, fruity taste, was also a little bit bread-like. Nothing very exciting, and not a particularly good example of a fruit beer.

Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body was a clear pale yellow color with a thin white head. Its head just covered the body and left only minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma had a pleasant bouquet of sweet wild berries with some notes of grain and wheat malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a semi-sweet blackberry flavor up front that is held in check buy the twang of the wheat. These two flavors are balanced nicely and work very well together. Hop flavor is very mild offering only a very slight herbal flavor and almost no bitterness. The taste thins towards the finish, which is crisp and slightly dry. Its body is light with a crisp refreshing texture and an average to fizzy carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a nice solid flavor with an easy to drink body that makes for a nice hot weather refresher.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.63/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden with lots of soda-like carbonation. Head comes and goes like a Budweiser. Smells of berries and skunk, not much else.

Taste is of berries again, and maybe a hint of malt. Not much else to speak of. Very watery mouthfeel with tons of big bubble carbonation, like soda, as previously stated. It is very crisp I guess and maybe would be okay on an extremely hot day. But that's what pale ales are for.

I only tried this because my girlfriend bought it and is into fruity beers. Not my cup of tea. Actually, she was dissapointed as well.

Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with "Bottled On" freshness date.

A- Crystal clear pale yellow color, thin white lace. Very light in color ...

S- Sweet-tart berry aroma, hint of beery grain as well.

T&M- Light bodied and semi-dry, crisp with a grain front. Twang of wheat goes well with the berry flavor. Faint malt show off its only beer quality ... ghost like hops barely are seen.

D- A great hot weather quencher, that is about it.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.27/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely among my top favorite fruit beers, mostly because the blackberry taste is distinct but not overwhelming. I think blackberry is a unique flavor for a fruit beer which makes this brew all the more tasty!

It pours a translucent golden color with a white foamy head. It smells of blackberries, like the taste, strong but not overwhelming. The flavor is both sweet and mildly tart. The initial taste is blackberries followed by a wheat beer flavor but the blackberry taste lingers.

It feels slightly carbonated in your mouth, typical of a wheat beer. This beer is very drinkable, like most fruit beers it goes down easily and is gone before you realize it. Refreshing during a hot summer day, it's a must-have summer brew if you enjoy fruit beer varieties.

Photo of Billolick
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle without freshness dating given. Pours clear, very light amber, near white, minimal head, that quickly departs, leaving no trace of lacing. Nose is just a hint of powdered sugar. This is a light liguid, with a trace of beer like qualities, including some faint notes of fruity berries. Pricey, slightly fruity, lawn mower beer....

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of fruity beers, but this is definitely one of the more drinkable ones I have tried. The fruit taste isn't too overpowering, and the aftertaste isn't too heavy. It's a shame that many people only visit Vermont in Ski season and miss out on this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, straw gold in color, medium carbonation, no head

Smell: blackberries and wheat

Taste: wheat, grass, and a big dose of blackberries towards the end towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: A nice light lager with a good, but not overpowering taste. Not the most complex beer. A summer treat and a favorite from Long Trail. This is an excellent camping beer that I could have six of in the summer and a couple in other seasons.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the aroma on this beer. Don't be misled, though. Very little blackberry flavor is evident. It poured a clear golden color and was very clean. This is a beer I could drink for hours during the summertime. Very light and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day.

The label is pretty humorous, too.

Like I said in my review of the brewery, I wish we could get this beer in Virginia.

Edited 1/21/03

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a large bowled wheat glass from a 12oz brown long necked bottle with a crimped on cap.Liked the Ma and Pa bears on the label,recieved this on a trade from Sudsdog.

Clear,straw/light golden color 2" thick fluffy white head,dissapating a bit quick leaving a coating of foam.Very livey carbination many constiant streams of tiny bubbles getting larger as they race to the surface.

Clean fresh aromas slightly tart,subtle yeast aromas American wheat yeast i would guess.Bisquity,slightly doughy.A good moderate blackberry aroma,pleasing not overbearing.

Clean with fruity tartness a pleasing blackberry taste,not overdone.I seem to get a lot of hints of melon like tastes.No real wheat beer character more like a flavored lager. Tastes about the same throughout finishes like it starts.

Light airy mouthfeel,crisp,pleasing. Refreshing beer great for a hot summer day. Got to drink this out on the deck today. A good beer for the ladies my sis-in-law wheatgirl would enjoy this beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I remember drinking this beer when I was first getting into craft beer. I would have given it an A+, I just thought it was so great, a pretty hearty beer (as compared to BMC) with an awesome fruity kick to it.

However, as I've starting having more and more craft beer, including a lot of fruit beer, I really have to say I'm quite disappointed now, it's my least favorite in the variety packs.

It's a pretty clear yellow color with no head, it does have a great wheat & Blackberry aroma to it which is very appealing, and the taste seems almost watered down compared to say one of Dogfish Heads fruit beers. However on a hot summer day or when you're moving it's a great beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge served into a standard pint glass. bottled on 07/29/10.

pours a rather watery looking, very clear, pale straw yellow color with about a one finger of white head. faded quickly to a ring, then eventually to nothing, poor retention. hardly any lace. looks somewhat similar to a macro.

not a huge aroma. whiffs of medicinal black berry, and very faint wheat and grains. nothing offensive however, which most fruit wheat beers cant say.

a light taste as well. some light tart blackberry blends nicely with some grains and wheat.

light body, carbonation, although fizzy, is still fine and feels nice. a touch watery at times.

very nice drinkability, great for hot summer days. i would buy this again, im just in no hurry. this would be a nice beer for women or people just making the switch from macro to craft.

Photo of far333
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light all around. Light color, light aroma, light flavor. Color was as if someone put a drip of yellow egg coloring liquid into tap water. Head was low and white and left the scene quickly. Aroma was of blackberry, but nothing else. Flavor was of light, sweet blackberry, but nothing else. Wouldn't even have guessed that it was a wheat. No malt or hop profile. Watery mouthfeel, a bit of fizzy carbonation. Disappointing selection.

Photo of yankeeheel
2.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me just say up front that I am a big fan of Long Trail ales, but this is a dog going down the wrong path. The beer looks and smells as if you took some blackberry flavoring and dumped it in a bud, miller lite, etc...

The taste is unremarkable at best. The berry quickly leaves and there is no discernable wheat texture or taste. Mouthfeel is akin to tap water.

There are some really good fruit ales out there, this isn't one of them.

Photo of BadBadger
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Long Trail's Blackbeary Wheat pours a clear golden color (and I do mean clear. I almost thought of a glass of purified water). The head is moderate and lasts for only a short time. The smell is faintly of fruity blackbeary's, not much else. The taste is weak, being only a slight blackbeary flavoring. The mouhfeel is weak, watery, thin. I am a bit bummed about this brew, I had higher expectations. This is not a beer I can recommend, it tastes like an artificialy flavored bud (however, do not let this offering from Long Trail stop you from giving their Double Bag a try. Now that is a fine and tasty brew).

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden hue with a bright white head forms speckled scattered lacing as the spritzy head dwindles. Aroma light biscuit malt and some sharp wheat with a touch of blackberry tartness. A typical American fruit infused wheat ale, this is probably a blackberry flavoring added it's not overly sweet, which is a good thing. Light biscuit malts and a sharp slight citrus wheat tanginess comes together with the berry acidity and tart components to make a decent but boring one dimensional flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation tickles the back of the throat the finish is heavy with carbonation in the back of the throat it pretty much clears the palate of the flavor. Drinkability yes it's a true sessio beer but I wouldn't be entertained with the flavors offered here to stick with this one for more than a beer or two.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A " fruit beer " has got to have a subtle flavor for me. I got this fresh from Vermont-bottled date on the carton was 4-12-2007! This one hits the mark. Aroma-Light sweetness. Mouthfeel- The Blackberry is present but not overbearing and I can get that bite of the Wheat malt. Finishes clean Light, refreshing, quaffable even. This beer gets good marks for the flavor profile of the fruit and Long Trail makes great beers. Cheers

Photo of poop_brew
4.54/5  rDev +46%
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

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just above average in every way. The smell has just ahint of blackberrys and the taste is of blackberrys and wheat with a light clean finish. The mouthfeel is thin and light, nothing but better than average. It is however a very easy drinking beer and would be very good and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I should start this off by saying, I'm not much of a fan of fruit beers, and this beer did nothing to change my opinion. It poured a very light yellow, with a fairly abundant white head that dissipated very quickly. The smell was very sweet with the blackberries dominating. The taste; well I didn't find that there was much of one. There was a hint of blackberry, thankfully not as strong as the smell, and then there was some malt, but nothing all that interesting. I was hoping for some nice yeasty and wheaty flavor, but I didn?t find it. This particular bottle also seemed a bit flat, and didn't give much for mouth feel. All in all this was a very light bodied, sweet beer, that was fairly crisp and somewhat refreshing, but just not my thing.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes (11/25)

A: Pours a clear golden color, very little head and not much lacing.

S: Smells like berries, and not much else. Very sweet.

T: I get a berry flavor, but then it disappears and I am left with a bland beer with very little flavor at all. The nose got my hopes up slightly, but the taste did not follow through for me.

M/D: Very light with good carbonation. Overall, a disappointment, they seemed to miss the mark with this one.

Photo of dacrza1
1.65/5  rDev -46.9%
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....

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail- Blackbeary Wheat

A- Light faint yellow with a small filmy head. Patchy lacing and no carbonation.
S- Sweet lemony wheat with blackberries.
T- Good sweet blackberries/ mulberries with a light lemony touch.
M- Juicy sweet and fruity. Very light though.

Overall- Light and watery but fruity enough to make this a good refeshing summer beer.

Photo of jmz62565
1.68/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This pours a light yellow with a large white foamy head. The color looks like something out of the human bladder. The smell has a very light blackberry and vegatable aroma. The taste is a small amount of blackberry along with a touch of malt sweetness and nothing else. This is the reason I don't like fruit beers. The m/f is light and weak. Although I really like other Long Trail beers,this is terrible.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.