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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat

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699 Ratings

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 54 | 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 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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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Very sweet and fruity. A little to much so.

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of blackberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled by flavors of blackberries, which seem a bit artificial and are slightly tart (and not sweet). There are some hints of wheat.
M: It feels very light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is extremely easy to drink and makes for a good selection on a hot summer day.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.88/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small thin white head with little retention. Aroma is sweet with blackcurrant being very hard to distinguish. Taste is also very sweet with some malt and some very subtle blackcurrant. Body is way too thin and this beer generally lacks character.

Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out without much of a hazy which is what makes a wheat beer so special in my opinion. It was yellowish gold in color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has some light hints of berry on the nose and wheat. The taste of the beer is a little fruity but a little bland also. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little watery and just not enough body. Overall It's just too light I think.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is underrated on BA, no doubt. pours a brightly bubbling golden color with a short white head. smell can be a little off-putting at first, with a decaying berry kind of weird fermenty smell. i think it smells like fresh summer beer, but thats just me. flavor is what its all about, and this tastes good. lots of light wheat malt and a healthy dose of fresh berries on the back end. not as all sweet, i think its an amazingly well balanced fruit beer. in a summer beer, mouthfeel is a huge factor, and i like the lighter body and active carbonation of this easy drinker. its one after the other all day with these. you need a beer like that sometimes. good stuff in my book.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail's crisp and refreshing Blackbeary Wheat offers just a hint of fruitiness, and it's much more of a summer quencher than it is a fruit beer. It's crystal clear yellow body is capped by a decent head of bright white froth that holds shortly before dropping; and it's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and standard carbonation. The delicate touch of sweet fruit lends interest to it's otherwise basic 'wheat' nose; and it adds a bit of character to it's delicate malt flavor. It's very lightly hopped as not much is needed to balance it; and it finishes dry and refreshing with a light note of residual fruit that fades quickly away. It's extremely easy to drink but I'm not sure there's enough character there to keep it interesting beyond one or two. Still, on a hot summer's day that first one will be quite quenching! Kudos!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale straw yellow color with an extremely thin white head that fades instantly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pungent berries, a little hops and some wheat.

T: The berry flavor jumps out first, but it’s not overly sweet as some beers in this style tend to be. A decent grainy wheat flavor follows up. There’s a faint bit of hops and the malt character is very thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a little bit of breadiness.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn’t find it very tasty, but it’s not as bad as many other beers in the style that I’ve had. It goes down easy and isn’t filling at all. This is yet another fruity beer trying hard not to taste like beer, so it’s one that may get non-beer drinkers to drink beer. Overall though I didn’t think it was very good.

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 RblWthACoz
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just looking at the label, I kind of had a feeling like I was setting myself up for a fall. But oh well. I am doing this for the sake of growing my palate.

Pours a crystal clear straw with no head. This is a wheat beer, right? Nose is like Captain Crunch cereal. Really. I am not stretching this. Captain Crunch. With the berries. Flavor is like...Captain Crunch Berries in my beer. I might not even make it to two sips here. This is ridiculous. I am sorry. But this could quite possibly be the worst fruit beer I have had...or the worst in a long time. Feel. This feels like a host of macros plaguing my tongue. Drinkable? Sure. If you just want to have a load of boring beer. No great berry character. Obvious artificial flavoring. Drain Pour. Avoid like the plague.

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 Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in a mixed six, enjoyed chilled from a wheat glass.

The color is very pale golden with thick 2 finger collar of wheat cloudy head, the bead is fine, retention is decent and carbonation is visible as clarity is good. The smell is kind of sweet, but not overly so with slight berry tinge and light malt aspect, not bad however it smells kind of like it may be extract like a fruit tea. The feel is very good with light body and mild sweetness and moderately high carbonation. The mild yeast and slightly clean malt feel is quenching which is nice.

The flavor starts out with a wheat taste which is slightly sweet which leads to the berry element which is balanced well here. The yeast is pretty clean which allows the wheat and fruit to be the prominent flavors. Overall I enjoyed this as a nice refreshing wheat.I give it better than average in most categories because it achieves the goal of the brewer - light quaffable wheat with a subtle berry flavor to compliment.

Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of DrunkinYogi
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Instantly aromatic, the blackberry smell wafts out from the time I crack the crown, sweetness fills the air.
Crystal clear, pale gold appearance, likeable layer of bone-white foam.
Berries and honey in the nose.
Nicely textured, ably balanced, meets the mouth happily. Berry flavor doesn't sustain on the palate, though, plays a minor role in the taste. Light bodied, short finish. Tastes more like a hybrid wheat ale and pilsner, with a touch of honey and fruit.
Good summertime quaffer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Usually I'm a big fan of the Long Trail beers, this one, not so much. Is way too weak of a beer, barely any taste or body to it. The blackberries are barely noticeable and as a wheat beer it fails as well. LT should go back to the drawing board for this one as this one is a miss.

Photo of jwc215
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured VERY light gold - none of the cloudiness associated with wheat beers- like tainted water - The head was white and fluffy to begin with - but then faded to barely a whisp.
The smell was not what I was expected. In place of blackberry or wheat, there was a slight hop aroma. It was faint - more of a musty, thought not necessarily skunky aroma.
The taste was unimpressive. Thin, watery and an attempt at a blackberry taste that just wasn't there.
I suppose it could be a refreshing brew on a hot, summer day, but not with that underachieved taste of something I couldn't quite put my finger on. A had a bit of tang to it.
I usually like Long Trail - have been satisfied by the other styles (at least four come to mind). This one didn't do anything for me (other than finishing it quickly - it wasn't terrible enough to not finish - and move on).

Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can read small print through my pint glass. This may be the lightest, clearest beer I've ever seen. LOTS of upwardly mobile bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Maintains the paler shade of white head--Pretty good lace.

No blackberry aroma; very little smell of any kind; reminds of children's aspirin???

Rather dry with a touch of unidentifiable berry. No hop, no malt, no wheat. Why am I drinking this? Bland. The aftertaste is lightly sour.

This is not an awful beer, but it is not very flavorful so the experience is poor.

Photo of WesWes
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is light and grainy. It has a wheat zing to it with a weak blackberry scent. The taste is average. It's light and refreshing. There has a wheat taste with a very weak blackberry flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very average fruit beer. My advice: add more fruit and increase the ratio of wheat malts to pale base grains. There is hardly any flavor here. If this didn't say blackberry on the bottle I never would have known.

Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.