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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 40 | 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

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Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a fairly clear, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with some retention and some lacing along the glass until the finish of the beer.

S: Smells slightly bready, but not too much of a smell overall.

T: A subtle, sweet blackberry taste with some sweet malts. Otherwise, there was not much of a taste to the beer either.

M: The mouthfeel was pretty good for the style. A fairly crisp, light, and refreshing mouthfeel that was nice on the palette and good for a summer beer.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a nice example of a summer beer. However, I felt that the taste could have used a little work. While the subtle blackberry notes were good enough, I felt that the sweet malts could have been a little more robust for a better tasting beer overall.

12-28-2008 20:57:02 | More by maddogruss
Photo of JoshW


2.9/5  rDev -6.8%

I have mixed feelings on this one..

Poured into standard pint glass, literally no head however this one was fiarly flat too.. No date on the bottle. Smell is very light malts and very light berry smell. Taste is watery and malty with the blackberries coming in at the end. Overall a little below average to me. Not good not bad.

12-28-2008 03:29:10 | More by JoshW
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a thickish white head. Aroma of cranberry and raspberry/general berry fruit juice. Flavor is pretty much the same sweet juice-like notes along with a hint of wheat. Meh, too artificially sugary. If this is supposed to be modeled after a lambic...well, it misses the mark quite a bit. If you're looking for a juice-beer, then this is perfect for you. Otherwise, I'd skip it. It's certainly drinkable but it's not anything special.
5/4/4/3/9 (2.5/5)

12-20-2008 20:10:47 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of yesyouam

New York

2.95/5  rDev -5.1%

Blackbeary Wheat is very pale with a small white head that vanishes quickly. It's quite sparkling. It looks like a Heineken! The aroma is sweet blackberry. It seemed rather artificial until I actually started drinking it. There is a light wheat aroma in the back. The berry doesn't dominate the taste-- it's actually kind of subtle. The bitterness is light and helps make the taste come to a quick, clean finish. It's a bit grassy and a bit citrusy. The flavor is pretty well-blended. There is something hollow about the wheat-- a very treble flavor. Overall, not bad!
(rated Jul 9, 2007)

12-15-2008 14:29:06 | More by yesyouam
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

2.8/5  rDev -10%

A- pours a light clear yellow with a large foamy head.

S- A carbonated berry smell. That's about it...

T- Bud light with a hint of fruit. Probably not even that much beer taste.

M- Extremely thin and watery. No body at all.

D- Drinkability is OK. It's like water with a splash of fruit beer in it. It's low cal and not bad working in the yard on a hot day. That's about it.

12-12-2008 20:51:48 | More by JayNH
Photo of treble

New York

2.85/5  rDev -8.4%

I poured this beer from the bottle into a tall narrow glass. It's a wheat beer, yes, but it looked like colored water! When first poured, there was abundant carbonation visible in the glass and a white head about half and inch tall which dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Not sure if it's my imagination but its light gold color seems to have the ever slightest hint of a blueish, i keep looking at it against white items and i still cant tell if it's there or if it's in my head...

I could smell the tangy blackberries as i stuck nose in the glass, it was not strong but it was there alongside the malt. Not sweetly scented, more tang, I expected the beer to have a little bite to it.

Taste...watered down, a bit of an aftertaste on the tongue, another reviewer described it best when he compared this to baby medicine...like that grape tylenol. Not terrible, but not at all full of taste, save for that tang i did expect. Mouthfeel was very watery. Hey, the label says less that 6g of carbs....that explains a bit!

As far as drinkability, if you like the taste, it is definitely drinkable, it's the same consistency as water! I found myself just drinking the rest of the 6pack because they were there.

12-11-2008 19:52:00 | More by treble
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.6/5  rDev -16.4%

I get it; it's "blackbeary," not blackberry. Ha!

Pours see-through straw color with a fizzy white head. Decent retention for such a thin beer. Smells sort of like blackberry but more like a blue Slush Puppy from Tedeschi's.

Blackbeary wheat tastes like watered down Sweet Tarts. Very dry with champagne over carbonation. The blackberry flavor isn't bad, it just needs some beer to go with it.

Long Trail just moved this from a seasonal to year-round. Why?

12-11-2008 19:43:16 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of cleeze


2.98/5  rDev -4.2%

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

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


2.4/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

11-07-2008 01:01:08 | More by smcolw
Photo of wheelinshirt


1.43/5  rDev -54%

Picked this 12 oz bottle up at Abe's for the girlfriend. Cost $2. She loves fruit wheat beers so this seemed like a no brainer.

Appearance is crystal clear gold with some CO2 bubbles, pretty minimal head with poor retention. Blackberry? Wheat? I don't see either of these in the appearance. I was hoping for a cloudy Ruby or black. Very disappointing.

Smell was somewhat fruity but ina generic way. Not really anything else there. I'm beginning to think this is really a bottle of coors light with some berry flavor added or something.

Taste is at first a bit fruity, some honey, followed by water. Mouthfeel is also watery but not refreshing. Drinkability is poor because there really isn't anything in there that would really make you want to drink another. This really is a bad beer that you should avoid. No one should pay craft beer prices for beer of this quality.

11-05-2008 23:09:15 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.1/5  rDev -0.3%

Another sample Billy Hoffman from Long Trail poured for me at George Pearce's glass shop tasting on Park Avenue. I was interested to try anything wheat related. My pallet pedigree does not have a large blackberry offerings, so I was game.

A: Poured an almost golden cleary with dashes of bubbles racing to the top of a finger plus tight head.

S: The nose was as fruity as I expected along with some honey. The blackberry was perhaps too much in the way that I could not get any yeast.
Berries and honey in the nose.

T: Quite watery with the fruit omnipresent. Some basic hops perhaps but more of a fruit juice than a beer.

M: Not unexpected, the finish is light bodied and over before you know it.

D: Good for a very hot day for people moving into beer. Overally lacked body and could be improved with recipe modifications.

10-26-2008 18:41:01 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of csmiley


2.17/5  rDev -30.2%

Thanks to Brad007 for this brew. Sounds interesting.

A - Pours crystal clear and pale yellow in color. Head was minimal and gone very quickly. Some lacing does remain in the glass but not much. Pretty average looking brew.

S - Dark berry is present at first. Could be a combination of blackberry and blueberry. Mild hints of malt and possibly wheat are in a very distant background. Very light in the aroma department. Even with vigorous agitation it's still hard to get much from this beer.

T - Blackberry definitely plays a big role in the flavor. A small amount of honey quickly follows. A heavy dose of sweetened tea finishes up the flavor. Not good at all.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Too watery for me. Finish is clean and almost too hard to even notice.

D - Drinkability is not very good for this one. The idea of a blackberry wheat beer sounds good but the execution for this particular attempt is pretty bad. Wheat is hard to pick out. It has the approximate mouthfeel of a glass of water (but isn't as refreshing). A crystal clear wheat beer? I don't think so. Suffice to say I'll not be having this one again.

10-20-2008 01:30:29 | More by csmiley
Photo of MusicaleMike


2.35/5  rDev -24.4%

The bottled date on the 12 oz. bottle reads 08-05-08.

A: It pours into my Widmer wheat beer glass with a crystal clear yellow body topped by two fingers of puffy white head. Lots of carbonation going on in the glass. The head dies down to a thin lace eventually, with a strange white island in the middle. I would expect something better from a wheat beer.

S: The dominant smell is a definite, though light, blackberry aroma. My first impression was that it smelled a little fake, the blackberry that is. Underneath that there is a very elusive and barely present wheat aroma. It needs to have the smell kicked up a few notches, since it currently promises absolutely nothing.

T: There is a very light, crisp and biting blackberry flavor that reflects the fake ass aroma. It lacks substance. It could be improved if the taste was just a little bolder. It seems like the aim of this beer is to satisfy people who want something other than beer.

M: Light bodied and watery mouthfeel backed up by a crisp carbonation. However, that is not what I look for in a wheat beer. It also leaves an unpleasant metallic feeling in the mouth after the swallow.

D: Not great. It lacks complexity and the mouthfeel ruins the drinkability of this beer.

10-03-2008 06:59:56 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of stewart124


3.65/5  rDev +17.4%

This pours a pale yellow topped with a decent white head.

Smells of straw with a slight fruit note. I'm also picking up an earthy aroma.

Tastes is sweet but slightly tart with a crisp finish. Very refreshing on hopefully one of the last hot days of the year. Sweet esters and a clean finish. A barely noticable hop presence.

Light body and sweet aftertaste that leaves my mouth dry. The wheat and blackberry adds a good note to this otherwise bland summer-time wheat beer. This is one beer that I look for once the warmer days are around. It never fails to hit the spot.

09-23-2008 01:26:58 | More by stewart124
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.63/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

09-21-2008 19:43:01 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -8.4%

weak in every sence of the word, the wheat is to light, i can berly taste the blackberrys, i am not enteirly convinced that i am not drinking water, i loved this beer in the past, maby this is a bad batch. i do detect sour at the end, at least their is somthing i can detect. i could down this like water or funnel this beer if i wanted to get trashed in a hury, not a top sheilf beer

09-21-2008 17:31:11 | More by orcasteve
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.6/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours yellow with a fizzy white head and minimal, spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet wheat, some berry essence, and light grain. Higher points for smell because it could have been over the top but isn't. Nothing in the scent (negative) that makes you pause before drinking.

Well, we can all read a label. Blackberry essence behind the sweet wheat flavors and light grain. Barely any bitterness, with a little tart edge in the finish. I will say that this could have been a disaster, but it is not. They put just enough berry in there to know it is there, but did not push it forward and over the top. Good job fellas.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, but in a refreshing way. This is very drinkable, a hot weather beer that I see, if memory strikes me, in cooler weather seasons (maybe they are just cleaning out the cooler). Glad I tried one from a friend's fridge, as I don't think I would seek this out for purchase. But no the worst I've had either. It's ok.

09-21-2008 14:21:52 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of treehugger02010


2.95/5  rDev -5.1%

I got this beer from the Long Trail variety case at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Clear gold body with a small white head, lots of bubbles, poor retention, poor lacing.
Smell: Watery, nothing at all.
Taste: Watery, bits of blackberry.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Average.
Don't drink and review.

09-17-2008 17:11:21 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.55/5  rDev +14.1%

Picked this up in a 6'er from my local Wegmans when I was looking for something new.

Poured a pale golden with a thin white frothy head. Head retention was short, no lacing.

Smells fresh! Smells of sweet berries and mild malt, light cereal grains.

Taste is fresh, blackberry sweetness with a light malt profile and fresh water. A refreshing beer flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice, a bit more carbonation is needed but this isn't bad. Refreshing and smooth.

Drinkability is good. Better than I thought it would but. I could drink another but this stlye really isn't my bag.

09-16-2008 22:12:54 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of generallee

New York

3.98/5  rDev +28%

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.

08-27-2008 18:48:19 | More by generallee
Photo of changeup45


2.98/5  rDev -4.2%

I was surprised by a couple things with this beer. First of all the color was clear golden with a medium head and a little bit of lace. Since this was a blackberry beer I thought it might be darker... The taste is that of berries (surprised?) sweet in the middle turning rather bland at the end. Lighter than I thought it would be. All in all it's not a bad beer but nothing to great either.

08-23-2008 21:20:43 | More by changeup45
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +3.9%

Clear light gold color. Decent white head that hung around a bit. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is mostly berry with a faint hint of wheat malt. Taste is some sweet malt and berry combination, not really a wheat ale per-say. It's got a clean finish that ends with mostly fruitiness. Not a bad tasting beer all in all.

Easy to drink, very light bodied and of course extremely sessionable due to the low ABV.

08-23-2008 18:46:17 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.4/5  rDev -22.8%

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty tones, and a small fruitiness. In the taste, again like aroma, small fruit notes and a dry wheat. A smooth and light to medium mouthfeel, with a dryer wheat with small fruit in the aftertaste. Looks like a lager, kind of has lager notes in aroma and taste. Fruit notes are not the big.

08-21-2008 12:27:36 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of thekevlarkid


2.65/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

08-20-2008 15:19:47 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of kiddynamite920


1.63/5  rDev -47.6%

A: Pours a gross yellow color with slight brownish tones.

S: Smells fruity, very mellow, not a good aroma. You would expect a semi-decent beer from the smell, but it disappoints.

T: Taste is way off kilter. No balance. No recognition of a wheat beer. Dreadful. I have a hard time tasting the blackberries due to the bad taste left in my mouth. I've had fresh blackberries and this reminds me nothing of them.

M: Thin, wheat beer I suppose. Lingers in the back of the throat for too long...tastes like vomit. Not a huge fan of the wheat beers.

D: Wouldn't drink it if I were you. Wheat beers are hard to balance nicely, and this beer clearly doesn't.

Don't drink it.

08-15-2008 06:10:20 | More by kiddynamite920
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