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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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314 Reviews

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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 DirtyPenny
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Light, crystal clear blonde with a scanty head that disappears quickly after the pour.

S: Tart blackberry, pale malt and a faint whiff of grassy hops.

T: Pale malt swirled with , you guessed it, a touch of blackberry. Berry flavor was a little weak. Finishes with a pleasant but mild touch of wheat.

M: Light with lots of carbonation.

O: Eh. There's nothing really remarkable about Blackbeary Wheat. Probably a good summer afternoon beer with its low ABV and light body, but there are better fruit/wheat beers out there.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass: presents as clear straw with white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a bit of a lacing on the glass. As a wheat beer i think a bit more wheat type appearance would be appreciated, similar to their belgian white.

Smell is mainly a clean, mild blackberry with hints of pale and wheat malt scents.

Taste is very mild in both blackberry and wheat, malt flavors. I remember the taste of this beer very differently at the brewery, more umph from the wheat/malt and fruit.

MOuthfeell is pretty well balanced, the sweetness is cleaned up nicely by the mild bitterness.

Overall, I just remember this beer differently on tap, more defined and intense flavors. Its still nicely made, but just a little clean for my preference.

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

Poured a 3/4" white head. Clear straw yellow. Smell has the slightest hint of a fruit danish. Taste is actually much more subtle on the fruit than I expected, and in fact if I hadn't seen the label said blackberry I'm not sure I would have guessed that was the fruit. Taste has a slight edge on BMC mass-produced beers and the fruit addition is comparable to pretty much a blueberry beer. There's a mild bitter finish.

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Photo of Buckettt
3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Basically a beery blackberry soda. Light and refreshing, tastes better than it smells but doesn't really bring the blackberry flavor out nearly enough for my taste. Fairly bland overall. Not much yeasty wheat character at all. Quenching picnic fare for a hot day, nothing all that interesting in the end though. Pretty average. Watery body, clean finish. As another reviewer said, not likely to appeal to the BA crowd very much. Just too boring!

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear hay yellow with a low almost whispy white

S - Some blue berries but not as much as you might think. More like the berries at the bottom of the barrel.

T - some slightly sweet sour berry aftertastes but more or less the main taste is just a generic APA or AAL. Overall neither fruity or distinctive

M - slightly fizzy slightly frothy. Not watery fortunately. Overall average

D - Mostly chose the beer to tick Vermont off my list of states I've tried beer from. I've had a few blackberry beers that I thought were good in the past. This sadly wasn't one of them.

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Photo of Kinsman
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden straw colored body with a moderate effervescent pure white head that faded all too quickly. Is this really even a wheat beer? Where is my cloudy body and big fluffy white head?

Plenty of blackberry on the aroma and light hints of honey. Fruitiness disguises any other aromas.

Taste is definitely not as fruity as expected which presents a problem. Normally I like my fruit/vegetable/pumpkin etc... beers to be well balanced with the fruit being just part of complex body of flavors but this one should use more fruit to coverup a rather bland malt profile. I'm enjoying the blackberry flavors that are present but there just isn't enough. Grainy and bland malt flavors and a lack of any traditional wheat beer flavors really make this a disappointment. As expected hops are making a no show and the yeast fails to produce much flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a slightly dry finish and a light bodied feel. Overall, I expect better from Long Trail. I really enjoy most of their beers but Blackbeary Wheat clearly is not made to appeal to dedicated craft beer crowd (the geeks if that's the term you like). Could be so much better but it just isn't.

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Photo of atr2605
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours soft yellow with a quickly dissipating white head
S- Pretty weak aroma, you get average malt aroma with some blackberry and maybe a hint of citrus
T- pretty clean crisp taste with blackberry more noticable in the finish. Not alot going on in complexity here
M- pretty light bodied, definitely meant to be a session beer
O- Pretty average fruit beer. Honestly I was most impressed that the blackberry wasn't overwhelming. I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin finger of white head and lots of visible carbonation. The head fades quickly leaving no lace behind.

S - The aroma is full of blackberry sweetness. There is just a touch of wheat in the background, but the blackberry dominates.

T - Starts off with lots of sweet blackberry flavor, and a bit of tartness. Just a bit sugary. Through the middle, just a hint of wheat comes through, but again, the blackberry dominates. The finish is again full of blackberry with just a bit of tartness that lingers.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, but also quite watery and thin. The finish is pretty empty with just a touch of tartness.

D - Very drinkable, though very empty. There is not much going on other than some blackberry flavor. There is almost no wheat that comes through, or any other flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very pedestrian yellow color with a robust white head that doesn't last very long.
S: Light sweetness with some hints of blackberry juice.
T: Very light malt flavor that has some light hints of blackberry flavor but really doesnt expand much on that.
M/O: Very crisp but light. Not too complex but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Wamesit
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a very light gold. Thin white head.

S - Appealing natural berry aroma. Perhaps a light trace of bisquity malts and wheat.

T - Watery berry taste that is not as strong as the aroma would suggest. Wheat and malt make up the body. They presence of tartness gives off a hint of hop bitterness but I am fairly certain it is but an illusion.

M - Light, i.e. water. Strong carbonation that dies quickly.

O - Very light and boring beer. I suppose it would quench thirst on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Prime16
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a light golden color with a thin white head just covering the top of the beer. Pretty clear and clean looking beer with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma has a blackberry and grape like aroma to it. It has an aroma a bit like a sweeter grape juice but with a little more blackberry to it. Don't get much else to it besides the fruity and sweet flavor.

The taste shows a lot of the blackberry flavor throughout it as well. Like the aroma, I get a bit of a sweet, grape juice like flavor to it as well. The fruit flavors show a lot of sweetness to it through the finish, almost like a juice. Very light grainy, wheat flavor coming through under all the blackberry.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being average. Drinkability isn't great for me, there just isn't that much to it besides a fruity, extract like flavor. It's very sweet as well and almost drinks like a very light and carbonated juice.

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Photo of heavy216
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 finger head, heavy lacing, pale ginger ale color many bubbles

S: smells like a wine cooler

T/M: strong carbonation. not much blackberry flavor? kind of plain

D: taste like a normal lite beer (even though its not) with a hint of fruit

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Photo of e11iott
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, didn't lasted very long, medium lacing, very light in color.

S: Not an over powerful blackberry smell, followed by wheat aroma.

T/M: Tasted like generic seltzer flavored beer that was stored next to blackberries. Highly carbonated.

D: Not a big fan of this one, alcohol was low, so was taste, was expecting more flavor since it was a fruit beer.

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Photo of tchenery
2/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It looks like Bud Light. Very clear with little color at all.

It smells funky. It smells like sour concert beer.

It tastes like light, drinkable lager beer. It's slightly thicker and sticks to your teeth a bit and has that wheat twinge, but not much. The fruit that's there is faint, very faint and hardly recognizable as blackberry.

Mouthfeel is probably the only thing this beer has going for it.

It tastes like bubblicious bubble gum.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appears very pale, light straw color. thin whispy head. smells like an adjuct lager with a bit of wheat and berry.

taste has just a touch of wheat, with black berry flavor that is not too strong.

body is thin and fizzy. easy to drink, just not very great tasting. very odd choice to include in a winter variety pack, as this seems like a summer beer, thirst quencher type.

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Photo of SickGnar
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Rather light in color, pale golden leaning toward pale yellow and crystal clear. Short white head that fell fast and left no lacing.

S: Blackberries. Almost cloying - it distinctly makes me think of jam. Fruit is stronger than the beer, it still isn't what you would call pungent. If I really try I can pull out some grainy sweetness and maybe some bready wheat.

T: Fruit lessons and the beer strengthens. Even some hops, though non-distinct. Bittering without much definition. Malts are bready / crackery whear beer. Okay, but not special. Flavors do not seem to meld well and it has an almost odd bitter-sweet finish.

M: Light to medium light body with CO2 just a hair over medium. Kinda a thin, but the carbonation seems to work for what it is. Fluffs the mouthfeel and helps carry the sweetness, and probably drives that berry odor.

D: Give this one away to the lady friends. A touch cloying in the berry sweet aspect. And, not really a clash, but the flavors & aromas does always get along amicably. It doesn't scream it, yet this one seems to be an extract fruit beer.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

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Photo of Tripphop
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed one because I liked the label. Pours a light golden color, little head, not impressive. Smell is weak, light biscuity malt with subtle fruit notes. Flavor is light and crisp, a little touch of tart berry on the finish, minimal sweetness and an earthy berry bite in the aftertaste that is much like eating a fresh blackberry. Expected a more wheaty beer, it is refreshingly light and crisp though, with a dry, tart finish. Not one I would make a daily drinker, but as far as the fruit beers go, this is not too shabby.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow - weird, I thought this would be purple or something. Foamy white head eventually dissolves to a ring and thin cap, zero lacing.

Blackbeary - err - blackberry in the scent. I'm pretty sure this doesn't use the actual fruit, the smell is pretty artificial but not bad. Not much else to it though.

Blackberry flavor mostly dominates the taste as well but it's stronger in the nose; pretty sugary sweet. The flavors of the finish are mostly macro-esque - grains, oats, bread. Slightly garbage-y.

Light, slightly spiky mouthfeel.

Not too bad, not too great. Pretty bland, even the blackberry fades over time not leaving much else.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a three inch, tight, creamy white head. Head eventually settles into a foamy, quarter inch cap. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose expresses a citrus quality intermingled with berries and a light wheat character. Taste is somewhat bland and watery - the berry flavor is all but gone, with a faint wheat malt presence coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a watery consistency and a lively carbonation. Not a terrible offering, but there's just much going on here. I wouldn't pass one up if offered, but all and all, it's a fairly lackluster beer.

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