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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%

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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Photo of Owl-Head


4.36/5  rDev +40.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 08:29:56 | More by Owl-Head
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.89/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 22:35:28 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of berliner07

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 14:07:54 | More by berliner07
Photo of Lillie1128


3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 7/19 at the brewery.

A - Pours a pale, clear yellow with a moderate white head. Kind of unattractive.

S - Smells pretty much just like berries and wheat

T - Clean and simple. Light and refreshing with just a hint of blackberry.

M - thin, with light carbonation

D - This is a session if I've ever seen one.

Ok, so there isn't too much to this beer, but I really do love it. It's totally simple and really tasty. It's awesome for a hot summer day. And it's low calorie...yay!

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 16:38:43 | More by Lillie1128
Photo of Buckettt


3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Extremely pale yellow, not much of a head to it, reminded me of an adjunct lager

S- Blackberry and caramel dominate, not much else to the nose.

T- A light blackberry flavor, very strong malt.

M- Crisp, light, a gentle bite.

O- Works as a simple session beer. Besides its blackberry note, it doesn't provide too much else tastewise. But if you like blackberry, like I do, it's simple and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 16:05:32 | More by Buckettt
Photo of nickthetick


3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a crystal clear yellow into an American shaker with a finger of white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a few bubbles on the glass.

S: you can smell a healthy does of blackberry with some light wheat and malt character.

T: the blackberry is right there but it taste a bit like an extract, but its not horrible. Wheat and white bread are there as is grassy notes.

MF: light body, clean, smooth, refreshing. A bit too light perhaps.

O: I could see my bmc friends drinking this in the summer and calling it "extravagant" and "exotic" but there is just not enough here for me. Too watery, extract blackberry/soda flavor, lacking in even a minor hop profile. Not a re-buy for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 00:19:18 | More by nickthetick
Photo of Prime16


2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very light in color.... carbonation minus the head looks like ginger-ale. White head that dissipates quickly.

S- Sweet - smells like blackberry soda.

T- Surprisingly not much blackberry taste with lingering wheat/grassy notes to it. Smells sweeter than it tastes.

M- The mouthfeel of a ginger-ale thats been left standing for a few hours. Carbonation and very thin.

O- Nothing against the beer or brewery, this beer is just not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 16:49:10 | More by Prime16
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden faintly orange with no head some lacing around the edges.

A lot of wheat and "beary" everything is light and crisp.

The blackberry and wheat are right up front and the wheat sweetness carries over through to a nice mildy hoppy finish. More of a crisp citrus zest to finish it off.

Very light body and I have found myself drinking a bunch of these. It has the right amount of wheat and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 03:20:46 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of IronCitySteve


2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in VT.

A: Pours a crisp yellow color with a small bright white foam head. Sufficient lacing throughout.

S: Very faint whiff of wheat and and berries. Not a ton hitting the nose, very clean smell.

T: Combination of wheat with some hint of blackberries. Nothing really stands out with this beer.

M: Lightly carbonated and a little thin.

D: This is probably a better beer to have in the middle of summer instead of on a dreary rainy fall day in VT. Not something I would personally seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 12:39:09 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw color in the glass with a slight white head, lots of bubble activity shooting up from bottom.

Blackberry dominates the nose with some subtle sweet grain in the backgound and a slight floral bouquet.

Carbonation stings the sides of the mouth with a verry slight blackberry tartness up front - little to no sweetness from the fruit, then finnishes with a rounded wheat flavor in the back. A verry nice fruit beer, as the blackberry is very subtle in taste and mainly used for it's tartness, with just a hint of sweetness coming through.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 13:48:52 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of tigg924


3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 16:00:53 | More by tigg924
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew, here. On tap in a pint glass.

A- Pale, pale, pale yellow. Not my favorite.

S- Blackberry in spades. Sugary, syrupy, and inviting.

T- Blackberry flavor, concentrated, but great.. blends surprisingly well with a pale wheat ale. The wheat adds some body behind the blackberry and makes it more than a 1-note brew. Fantastic!

M- Crisp, flavorful, if just a bit thin.

D- Insane... keep it coming!

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 23:59:51 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of cleeze


2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is week. Very pale, crystal clear golden color. Light fizzy head on it with thin lacing.

smell is of faint blackberry with the hint of the wheat

taste is average. expecting more blackberry. Litte blackberry and little dry is all i can say. nothing big

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 18:46:13 | More by cleeze
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was the first LT beer I tried and decided to give it another shot. Poured off the tap at the blue-collar dive turned hipster scene Esox in B-town. My pint was a nearly clear, muted yellow. Crystal clear and full of rising carbonation but very little bleach white head and it showed almost no retention. No lacing either. Aromas were very light, grainy wheat and subtle blackberry notes and not much else. The flavors were weak, wheat with generic berry flavor straggling behind. The flavor is artificial however and it lingered on my tongue. The mouthfeel is very watery. Refreshing? Yes. But this is berry-flavored Michelob. Poor example of a wheat and a poor example of a fruit beer. Would be a good picnic beer on a hot Southern day. But a lemonade would be better. I remembered it much better than this. A shame.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 15:19:47 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of IBUnit63


3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light honey color with average head out of the tap. Smells like a mild wheat beer with a nice aroma of blackberries; subtle. It is what it is - blackberry essence, light wheat beer and that's about it. That's not a bad thing, though - light carbonation; goes down pretty easily. Mild enough to drink more than a couple if the season's right; very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 04:35:46 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Applesauce1


2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the Blackberry Wheat at the Dead Authors Club in Boston.

Appearance: yellow with little head; didn't look like much
Smell: ok, i guess; fruitiness (smells a lot like those blackberry flavored carbonated waters you get at the grocery store)
Taste: umm, not much here, taste like blackberry flavored carbonated water; tastes kinds like kool-aid; not too impressive
Mouthfeel: goes down easy; light bodied
Drinkability: very easy to drink; very light

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 20:21:19 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of Alexmc2

New Hampshire

2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I started out drinking this at a happy hour near my work. I was happy to move on quickly. Overall, not a great example of either a wheat or a fruit beer. The fruit taste was mild, but noticable. The wheat taste was hurt by the fact that they filtered this beer well, so it ends up being very clear and you don't get the spice of the yeast used. Don't suggest you try it unless you are in love with Blackberries.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 19:35:44 | More by Alexmc2
Photo of TrickKnee


2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure what i expected out of this one but was not happy with the outcome. Color was very light, and clear, think almost a mass produced can beer that might be from Anheiser busch. Not much a berry taste of even a wheat taste at that. Would recommend only to someone who doesnt like beer that much. I.e. my girlfriend drank it and she hates beer, because it only had a very slight taste of anything. And this was on tap at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 14:47:20 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of shuriyukum


3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz. mug...

A- Crystal clear pale yellow color, can practically see right through it

S- Definite, sweet berry aroma. Some grainy notes.

T&M- No hops tase...very low IBU. Mostly fruity upfront and throughout ending with some malty notes. Crisp and refreshing.

D- A smooth, simple, fruity beer. Very fruity. :)

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 11:31:28 | More by shuriyukum
Photo of dbalsock


4.28/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the first beers I ever had, and was a staple for me for years, so I might have some bias. But, despite that, I also think it's one of the best fruit beers ever created. Much better on tap than in the bottle too, but I haven't had a bottle in a long time.

Appearance: looks like budweiser.

Smell: The blackberry is present, but not too intense, which is a relief. There is also a very present aroma of malted barley that adds more sweetness and balances the slight tart blackberry flavor. The malts in general taste better than most fruit beers... these don't remind me of bud light.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied mouthfeel with a teensy bitter quality. It also leaves a strange feeling in my mouth... not sure how to describe it... the world filmy comes to mind.

Drinkability: As long as I don't stop drinking long enough to let the filmy character take over, I could drink this all day and all night.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2006 13:16:56 | More by dbalsock
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow in color with a thin 1/4" head that quickly reduced to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops. Carbonation seemed very low. The aroma was sweet, most notably berries. The flavor consisted of berry, wheat, honey, and a hint of vanilla. This brew leans towards the sweet side, not refreshing at all.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly watery. Midly crisp at the start, and has a short sweet finish with berries and wheat. I finished most of the pint, but by the end I had enough. Drinkability way down here. Interesting to try, but not one I'll seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2005 11:56:36 | More by Gavage
Photo of packetknife


3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think summer can dramatically warp the feel & drinkability of a beer. More shortly..

On-tap at a local pool hall, poured in an iced pint, light golden crystalline pour with a small hole-ridden head. It was really weak on the nose, perhaps a bit of cereal-like dried fruit or something but that's it. Not offensive though. It tasted moderaly good compared to the smell with a light summer fruit taste, enough wheat to discern, no aftertaste. A bit on the thin side...

Problem is, or not a problem depending on your perspective, this is ~exactly~ the type of brew that is refreshing on hot summer days. It's easy, it's not offensive to anyone I was with, held well. I'll try it again in winter and see if I dislike it immensly by then.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2005 16:31:22 | More by packetknife
Photo of goodbyeohio


2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

piss colored, and pissy in its lack of carbonation and foam save a few bubbles from jarring.

cough-syrupy berry and some yeasty wheats in the nose.

metallic and sour flavor, a smoothness leads to a diet-tasting generic berry essence. aftertaste is waxy and bitter.

lagery in its complete emptiness. terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2005 21:43:58 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Woke up from hibernation with this one on 8/7/2004 at the Long Trail Brewing Company pub. 16-oz. pour in shaker glass.

Touted as a “light and crisp low carb (6 grams) summer quencher” on the pub’s beer menu, I was instantly put off by their base pandering. Clearing my mind of all prejudice, I set to task. Extremely light yellow to faint gold in hue, with huge bubbles scudding up through the crystalline liquid. Flimsy, sticking head throughout the session. Spring-like quality to the whole bouquet, with blackberry scent swimming around the edges of the chewy wheat. At taste, blackberry sweetness predominated, with a light wheat presence, which meant it wasn’t too soapy. Very crisp and fairly refreshing, with a snap to it.

Although I wonder about their need to promote it’s low-carb qualities, I found this to be a gratifying summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 19:47:03 | More by Truh
Photo of scottum


3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a straw amber with a more white than off-white head on top. Much better on tap over the bottled version of this brew. Worth a shot if you get a chance to taste a fresh keg. Nice and fruity and quite tasty, but lacking balance. Still, very drinkable though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2004 20:45:22 | More by scottum
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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.