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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
72
okay

653 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 33 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2002)
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Reviews by semihobo:
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semihobo

Michigan

1.85/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I drank a whole sixpack on a roadtrip in Vermont, and couldn't believe a respected brewer was putting this out. I got another at home to make sure, and yep, I didn't have a bad batch.

Now, I like fruit beers a lot, and definitely more than most BAs. This is an embarassment. Usually the biggest problem with fruit beer is that they are over the top, but that's better than missing low.

The bottle is great -- "Blackbeary" is cute with a picture of one bear stealing another bear's pie. Poured into a pint glass, is impossibly pale ... closer to clear than yellow, a very very pale shade. Reminds me a lot of Busch Light, I think I'll do a side-by-side test soon. Some big bubbles rising, at least this holds a decent head. The head is the only way I could tell this apart from a narsty macro light.

Smell is pleasant but weak. I smell the blackberries, wheat, they are good but barely there.

Starts off okay, the blackberries aren't too sweet or dominant and there's a little wheat and nothing else ... and it dies. Halfway through each taste, there ceases to be anything. I had a sad look on my face after each sip .. where'd it go? No aftertaste.

Pretty boring mouthfeel. Not exceptionally bad, but it needs more carbonation, more anything. This is especially true as it warms and the lack of everything becomes more notable.

Well I was surprised at how quickly I finished my beers, it was close to record speed for a beer I was tasting. This is due to the fact that there was nothing to get over or think about after a sip, and I was always hoping that the next sip would be the flavorful one. So in that sense, it's very drinkable, and this is a rare beer that actually is more thirst quenching in the heat than water. If I were dehydrated in the desert this would be the most drinkable beer ever, especially with the low carbonation, nothing gets in your way. However, there's nothing it offers in terms of long term drinkability ... nothing to find, nothing to analyze, nothing memorable. Just nothing. Especially because I love fruit beers and also enjoy wheats, I am disappointed. To top it all off, this was around $8 /sixpack at beer outlets with normally reasonable prices.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 22:22:20 | More by semihobo
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3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.