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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 34 | 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 TheTrevor

New York

2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a straw-color with small head and a lot of visible carbonation in the glass. The smell is very subtle with a little bit of fruitiness and some wheat. The taste is very watery with some not entrirely pleasant wheat tastes and a bit of blackberry taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is very watery and carbonated, and reminds me of seltzer water. I suppose this beer is pretty drinkable if you can get over the large amount of carbonation, but I'm not really sure why anyone would want to. I grabbed this beer on a whim and I was thoroughly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 17:49:15 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of bboven


2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium yellow body, clear with almost no head and no lacing. Looks like a macro.

Smells like one, too. I'm getting faint fruit , a bit of wheat, and a lot of corn. Must be a DMS issue.

Not a whole lot of flavor. There's no blackberry, just a bit of corn. Again, tastes like any macro.

Highly carbonated, slightly drying.

really not that impressed with this beer. I like everything else I've tried from Long Trail, so this is disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:37:40 | More by bboven
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 fitzy84


2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one in their sample. Well the appearance was a little dull for me. It just looks so watery from the get go that I had little hope in the beverage. The appearance lacked any vitality but the head was decently sized. I noticed the carbonation was strong, but the yellow color is too light. The smell lacked flavor; I could barely smell any of the ingredients this drink was supposed to have. The general smell of wheat was apparent but where were the blackberries? The taste did have a hint of the blackberries but this was more wheat tasting than fruity. An average carbonation does make this a thirst quencher, but with such dullness the mouthfeel begins to lack its potential punch. Overall, a bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:21:11 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Poppypitbull

New Jersey

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

I received a Long Trail Winter Survival pack for a house warming gift. I am a fan of their beer even though it's not an "awesome" beer along the lines of the Belgians, I do think it's dependable and good.
I poured this into a mug and immediately smelled the aroma of berries. I was anticipating a berryfilled flavor but I was VERY let down. It tasted rather plain like a basic lite beer or something. I still liked it, don't get me wrong. But smelling the berries and taking the first sip, there was a MAJOR difference overall.
Still not a bad brew by any means but it needs to up the blackberry total to get more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 14:32:10 | More by Poppypitbull
Photo of sudz42


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

A friend pulled this out last summer he swears by it for its refreshing low abv. Desperate for a light beer the other night, picked up a 6 and I'll probably give the last 5 to my buddy.

It's light, it doesn't really taste like blackberry, more like carbonated water with essence in it like poland spring cherry etc.

I just can't get behind this beer which is too bad because it's in the 'fridge.

I'd get Beck's next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 19:32:59 | More by sudz42
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer with fruits flavors are generally not my favorite, and this doesn't help. Pours crystal clear yellow in color almost like a macro lager, quite carbonated too but slightly less so. Smells like artifical berry flavor, tastes a bit better, not overwhelmingly fruity but it's not a exciting flavor either. Thin watery mouthfeel. Overall, a big average. Macro people and folks into fruity tasting stuff may liek this but overall it's dull. It was in a mix pack, I'll chug the rest down first before I get to the better stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 04:47:08 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Long Trail sampler pack. 12oz bottle poured heartily into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow wheaty appearane. Thin had that fades to no head quickly. Continual carbonation.

S: Fruit aroma comes a bit later after an almost skunked wheat smell up front.

T: Blackberry and fruits are evident but the wheat is all that really hangs on. There is no depth to the flavor at all- leaves quickly.

M: Extremely thin and overly bubbly. Not pleasant.

D: Awfully light which makes it drinkable but not all that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:58:55 | More by marcpal
Photo of RblWthACoz


2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 23:25:50 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of animal69


2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

next up was their flavored wheat ; pours an almost transparent yellow w/ a thin head which dissipates rather quickly leaving little lacing in my nonic ; a sour apple/pear smell, thats it ; a tart rather thin flavor, some hop bite, there is very little of any kind of taste here, an indiscernible mixture of juice maybe, i don't really care for flavored brews, but this one is so weak the flavor isn't the problem ; a very light bubbly beer w/ little residual flavor ; perhaps it would be more drinkable if it was stronger...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:32:54 | More by animal69
Photo of dcosmas


3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank straight out of bottle. Long Trail stamps the bottling date on the case, which is nice.

Smells fruity with a hint of wheat, but tastes the opposite: light and wheaty with a hint of fruit. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but the taste is subdued enough to make this one a good, drinkable summer beer. Feels sparkly on the tongue; goes down easily. It makes a good fruity beer for people who don't like fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 18:25:10 | More by dcosmas
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into nonic.

A: Pours a very light straw yellow. Clearly filtered. 1.5 finger head with decent lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Faint bready aromoas.

T: Huge disappointment. Doesn't taste like blackberries. Doesn't taste like anything, really.

M: A little heavier than it looks like it will be, but it works well for this style.

D: This would be drinkable if you enjoyed the taste, which I didn't.

Several subsequent re-tastings have proved a little better, but only really cold and from the bottle. And that was only to finish off the rest of the 6-pack. I wouldn't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 13:57:30 | More by Boppar
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured with little head that left a little tracing. Very pale yellowish color, not unlike that of a macro, very clear, not hazy at all like other wheat beers.

Smell- The aspect of this beer that truly stands out. Nose is your basic wheat beer, wheat, little yeast, in the nose with a floral overlay of blackberry. Very tasty smelling.

Taste- While the berry is fairly apparent in the nose its much more masked in the taste, also the nose indicates a sweet smell, a suprisingly un-sweet beer. Berries are still there, but they are hidden behind a fairly un-inspiring brew.

Mouthfeel- Pleasantly crisp and rather refreshing, would be a great summer beer.

Drinkability- I would order this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 20:23:36 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of matty


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

Very pale colored beer with faint aroma of blackberries.Taste is wheat with an aftertaste of light blackberries.Nice freshness and decent drinkability.I would purchase this product again and recommend it to my friends.Overall a decent drinking experience!!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 07:10:40 | More by matty
Photo of erosier


3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting wheat beer. It pours a nice golden yellow with a pure white head. It has a very faint blackberry aroma that is more overwhelmed by the wheat smell. The taste is very much the same. It has a very weak blackberry taste. I was kind of disappointed by the very faint taste, but that's the way it is. It finished clean with a faint wheat aftertaste. Not too bad a beer at all, but I would have wanted more taste for a fruity wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 13:48:05 | More by erosier
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear as day, just a drop of yellow color, and a minimal white head that dissapeared instantly. Didn't look much like a beer. Smell was pleasant, for the most part I could only detect smell of blackberries, but I might have picked up some malty presence as well. The taste was pretty much all sweet, syrupy blackberry. There was a light splash of hops to try to round out the sugary flavor, but it didn't quite do the trick. The beer was well carbonated with a very light mouthfeel. The taste, plus the mouthfeel, left me feeling like I was drinking flavored seltzer, not beer. It was so light and fruity that I could have theoretically drank 10 of them on the spot, but I definately didn't want to. I would pass on this one, there are better fruit beers out there, if that's your thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 18:21:07 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of mobud


2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Yellow with a slight green hue. Zero head but very active carbonation.

S- They nose is overwhelmed by the berries used in this beer. The wheat element is there, but is not able to get around the Blackberries in this beer.

T- The berries in this beer stomp all over your tastebuds . I really can not feel any beer in this sample.

M- Very thin.

D- This is a good "lawnmower beer" for people who don't like the taste of beer. A little alcohol and a whole lot of fruit taste are the main selling point on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 15:33:16 | More by mobud
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks light and refreshing. Pours a very, very pale straw with a thin, beaten-egg-white head that drops quickly.

S - Smells like berries. Raspberries to me, but maybe blackberries smell similar.

T - Initial impression is watery, with a clear berry flavour. Reminds me of those flavoured water drinks, but with a beery touch. A touch of hop bitterness for balance. Flavour profile is low overall, but without the booziness that often comes out in low-flavour beers.

M - Sharp and spritzy with an extremely light body. Quite dry.

D - Definitely a guzzler. For what it is, a light, fruity drink with a touch more sophistication than cooler, it's not bad. Obviously not a lot of complexity or anything.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 01:28:17 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of BDIMike


3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little disappointed with this beer. It is not a bad beer, but I come to expect a lot out of Long Trail beers. Long Trail is one of my favorite Northeastean craft brewers. The Blackberry Wheat, however, is average. Every aspect of this beer is average, except the smell. A very nice blackberry smell releases after the pour. The smell, however, does not show through on the taste...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 02:07:47 | More by BDIMike
Photo of albern


2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very average beer and not much of a fruity one at that. This is light all the way around: light colored, light bodied, light on the fruits, and light on taste. The smell is fruity, perhaps blueberry, grapes, in addition to the blackberry. The beer is watery and bland with a slight bubble gum taste that it imparts. As the beer warms, some of the wheatiness comes through in the form of a flat nut-like taste. The beer pours with some head and some retention and the color is very pale for a fruity beer. You can do much better than LT if you're searching for a fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 22:16:35 | More by albern
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part four of four from the Summer Survival Pack. A good beer to drink fast. But not flavourful enough to sip and savour. Pours with a small head no retention and lacing. Has a clear golden color.

Smells of wheat, berries, ans sweet honeydew.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. Tastes of fruits, a touch of wheat and rather sweet. Not bad but not worth another look.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 06:28:30 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of MTNboy


3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this one out of the Long Trail Summer Sample Pack. Usually I am a big fan of long trail but this time I was a little disappointed maybe because I hold them to a higher standard. This beer was OK as far as beer goes but not much of a fruit beer though.

Appearance- Average, Pale straw colored body that forms a mediocre head.

Smell- I could honestly smell the wheat over the blackberry aroma but the fruit smell was there. Pretty plain for the most part.

Taste- Once again it was pretty average. I did not even think there was much blackberry or wheat taste to this beer. It had a little bit of all the flavors a beer like this should but they were somewhat neutral. So I guess you could sat it was balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very light and easy to drink.

Drinkability- A good party and summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 12:49:43 | More by MTNboy
Photo of BBM

New York

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

Poured a clear golden/amber color, with a decent white head. A sweet, fruity aroma enters the nose.

This is a pretty balanced fruit beer. Yes, it's fruity, sweet, and a bit too soda pop-like, but the wheat backbone does a good job of containing much of the soft drink comparisons. There is not sour or skunky aftertaste, and the mouthfeel is carbonated and light. Basically this is a better version of Magic Hat's #9.

It's refreshing as a change of pace beer, not sure I'd make it a regular drinker, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 15:26:42 | More by BBM
Photo of BlueHammer


4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely among my top favorite fruit beers, mostly because the blackberry taste is distinct but not overwhelming. I think blackberry is a unique flavor for a fruit beer which makes this brew all the more tasty!

It pours a translucent golden color with a white foamy head. It smells of blackberries, like the taste, strong but not overwhelming. The flavor is both sweet and mildly tart. The initial taste is blackberries followed by a wheat beer flavor but the blackberry taste lingers.

It feels slightly carbonated in your mouth, typical of a wheat beer. This beer is very drinkable, like most fruit beers it goes down easily and is gone before you realize it. Refreshing during a hot summer day, it's a must-have summer brew if you enjoy fruit beer varieties.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 14:26:22 | More by BlueHammer
Photo of KevinB

New York

3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Heff glass, revealed a sparkling gold body with a foamy niveous head that settled down very quickly. Nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.
Aroma is overwhelmingly blackberry, it smelled liked black raspberry ice cream, with hints of malt and wheat, lovely on a hot summer night.
Taste is surprisingly less blackberry and more wheat flavor with fruity notes.
Mouthfeel is clean , crisp and refreshing, a light bodied beer with a slightly dry aftertaste. Perfect for the summertime.
Overall this is good tasting beer. I am usually hesitant to drink fruity beers, because so many of them over do the fake flavor, this one has it down just right , nice smell, mild flavor, tastes natural, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 03:51:50 | More by KevinB
Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.