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Blackbeary Wheat - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 55 | 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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Ratings: 699 | Reviews: 316
Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a pale yellow color, but was not cloudy indicating the wheat beer was filtered. The smell was very strong with a blackberry nose, almost as if it had syrup added. The taste was pretty average, clean but with a definite blackberry taste. This beer is somewhat sweet which supports my syrup theory rather than actual blackberries. The mouthfeel is thin, but not unpleasant. If the blackberry taste doesn't bother you, this beer is very drinkable. Overall I enjoy one of these beers on a warm afternoon; I would rather it be unfiltered but that is a personal preference.


Photo of mcarroll10177
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just above average in every way. The smell has just ahint of blackberrys and the taste is of blackberrys and wheat with a light clean finish. The mouthfeel is thin and light, nothing but better than average. It is however a very easy drinking beer and would be very good and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of shirfan
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light gold, crystal clear filtration. A fairly large fluffy white head.

Aroma: Plain "beer" macrolager with only a hint of berry.

Taste is crisp, clean and light. Wheat flavor is there but it doesn't stand out. Blackberries are *really* mild. If I sampled this blind, I might not even detect them, other than a vague fruit quality.

Really light, a good quencher but that's about it. The bear pictured on the Summer Variety pack with his lawnmower can keep this stuff for when he's done.

Photo of tzieser
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a 12 oz bottle

a- light golden color with a whispy head. nothing special here.

s- smells of wheat and barley with aromas of blackberries. smells good.

t- initial refreshing wheat and barley flavor. watery, but this helps the beer taste more refreshing. the blackberry flavor is not overdone as with most fruit beers (for that, i am thankful). i dont know why so many people gave this one lower scores, it's not something i'd drink regularly, but on a hot day while working on my boat, it was amazing. definatly worth a shot during the summer.

d- i could drink tons of these as long as its hot out

overall, i dont get why everyone doesnt like this. i'm suprised i did, because i dont really like fruit beers, but this one balances things nicely.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very crisp and clean looking golden colour with a small sized thin bubbly head that dissolves almost immediately and leaves nary a mark on the glass.

Aroma is sweet, with blackberries of course in the mix along with a good amount of wheat and a grassy, grainy feel as well.

The flavour hits on the aromas, but pulls a bit more of the blackberry qualities into the mix. Sweetness increases from the aroma, as does a bit of tartness, which isn't as apparent in the aroma. Good flavour overall, and although the fruit flavouring is fairly tame, it could be toned down just a touch more for a bit more balance. Mouthfeel is very crisp and light bodied.

This is a nice summer thirst quencher for the most part. A couple of minor tweaks as noted could make it much more of a summer staple. As it is, I'd call it drinkable but a bit middle of the pack or ever so slightly above in terms of the summer offerings out there, but still fairly nice overall.

Photo of mnj21655
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from a "Summer Survival Pack" bottled on 3/16/07

Poured a perfectly clear very light gold with near two fingers of highly carbonated bone white head that quickly disappeared. After the head was gone it looked like I was drinking apple juice. Smells like, and this is a huge surprise, some blackberries, and lots of wheat. Tastes first of wheat which is then followed by a bit of blackberries which linger into the finish but are joined by a resurgent wheat flavor. The longer I drink this beer the more pronounced the blackberry flavor becomes, at first it was quite subdued, by the end of the bottle it was dominant. Mouthfeel is ok. Considering there isn't much of a standard in this "style" I'll just rate on my opinion. Body was light, extremely light. This could very well have been flavored water. Carbonation was excesssive at first but disappated and by the time I finished (just a matter of minutes) it was at a low to moderate level. In terms of drinkability this beer isn't all that bad. It's inoffensive for sure and actually quite refreshing on a hot summer's day. Despite my rating I really didn't mind this beer. I probably won't seek this out but if its offered to me I won't turn it down.

Photo of tempest
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I won't fault Long Trail for making this beer. Nearly every brewery has some light fruity thing, however, most are better than this one. It's overcarbonated, the blackberry is light and the wheat flavor is a touch sour and unpleasant. This tastes like something from BMC. Maybe this bottle is from last year, but probably not. It probably just doesn't taste good.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Light yellow crystal-clear body with a quarter inch of white head. Smell hints at blackberry. Tastes like blackberry with hints of diacetyl and malt. Flavor is kind of weak though, slightly watery. Light watery mouthfeel with some carbonation present but not too much. Fairly drinkable thirst quencher, but nothing special...

Photo of cro250klr
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical lawnmower beer yellow. A decent white head is formed and laces till the end. Not a bad smell. Light blackberry aroma, not very overpowering. Taste is OK. Very light abv is accented by by the berry taste.
Funny, though I wouldn't write home about this one, I'd still take it over many of the other grass beer offerings. Not much malt or hop to speak of, but that berry taste does something for this beer.
There's no doubt you can make a session out of this one. It has a clean aftertaste and isn't all that filling.
Pretty hard to find, but if your in the Vermont area, I'd suggest giving this one a try.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A " fruit beer " has got to have a subtle flavor for me. I got this fresh from Vermont-bottled date on the carton was 4-12-2007! This one hits the mark. Aroma-Light sweetness. Mouthfeel- The Blackberry is present but not overbearing and I can get that bite of the Wheat malt. Finishes clean Light, refreshing, quaffable even. This beer gets good marks for the flavor profile of the fruit and Long Trail makes great beers. Cheers

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of fruity beers, but this is definitely one of the more drinkable ones I have tried. The fruit taste isn't too overpowering, and the aftertaste isn't too heavy. It's a shame that many people only visit Vermont in Ski season and miss out on this one.

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

poured into a large bowled wheat glass from a 12oz brown long necked bottle with a crimped on cap.Liked the Ma and Pa bears on the label,recieved this on a trade from Sudsdog.

Clear,straw/light golden color 2" thick fluffy white head,dissapating a bit quick leaving a coating of foam.Very livey carbination many constiant streams of tiny bubbles getting larger as they race to the surface.

Clean fresh aromas slightly tart,subtle yeast aromas American wheat yeast i would guess.Bisquity,slightly doughy.A good moderate blackberry aroma,pleasing not overbearing.

Clean with fruity tartness a pleasing blackberry taste,not overdone.I seem to get a lot of hints of melon like tastes.No real wheat beer character more like a flavored lager. Tastes about the same throughout finishes like it starts.

Light airy mouthfeel,crisp,pleasing. Refreshing beer great for a hot summer day. Got to drink this out on the deck today. A good beer for the ladies my sis-in-law wheatgirl would enjoy this beer.

Photo of flexabull
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a bright clear gold color, with a faint head.

Aromas are doughy, sweet, and with a hint of blackberries.

This beer has really subtle flavors. There really isn't much going on here... it's not an unpleasant beer, it's just rather bland.

There is a hint of blackberry noticed, and a tart tangy crisp finish. But there isn't much else.

Mouthfeel is thin, and watery.

Drinkability is ok. It's easy to drink, but that's mostly because this is pretty mild and bland. Not offensive, but not very interesting either.

Thanks for the throw in bottle mmrngjckt.

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

Totally see through. Has kind of a weak yellow color, which while doesn't appear to be a strong beer, is not unappetizing. Very light, loads of carbonation. Really looks like a sunnier B/M/C beer.

Very sweet berry smell with undertones of wheat. Slightly sour.

Strong but pleasant blueberry kick. The wheat creates a nice base for the sweeter berries. Slight pucker as it warms up.

Bubbly and actually very thirst quenching. It's lagery, watery. Good for what it is, which is a beer for non-beer drinkers. It will go down nicely on a summer day. It's slight, but decent. A gimmick beer, to be sure, but a competent one at that.

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 Doomcifer
1.63/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden with lots of soda-like carbonation. Head comes and goes like a Budweiser. Smells of berries and skunk, not much else.

Taste is of berries again, and maybe a hint of malt. Not much else to speak of. Very watery mouthfeel with tons of big bubble carbonation, like soda, as previously stated. It is very crisp I guess and maybe would be okay on an extremely hot day. But that's what pale ales are for.

I only tried this because my girlfriend bought it and is into fruity beers. Not my cup of tea. Actually, she was dissapointed as well.

Photo of kkosmoski
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from standard 12 oz. longneck into a pint glass.

Pale gold in color with a small, stark white head that did not stay around too long. Filtration must have been used, as this is a crystal clear wheat beer. The aroma of this beer was pleasing, with blackberry jumping out and a slight malty smell. The taste was somewhat boring. There was a subtle lightly toasted malt character to it accompanied by wheat. Midway through, some berry tartness showed up, and it finished with slight blackberry in the aftertaste. Hop presence almost undetectable. The mouthfeel of this beer was very light, and I could sit down and have a few due to the light character of this beer. This is probably a beer that was brewed to cater to the crossover macro drinkers, as it kind of reminded me of a macro lager even though it is an ale. Not bad for a refreshing summer beer.

Photo of Applesauce1
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of RedChrome
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour produced a clear, very light golden color. Minimal white head disappeard almost instantly. A few large carbonation bubble creep slowly up. Light bits of lacing.

Smell has a mixed blend of scents that hit the nose first. A blend of both toasted wheat, and blackberry extract. Neither scent is strong enough to be appealing and combine for a confusing scent.

First sip provided a very watery taste with only a finish of blackberry flavor. A very weak taste that tries to cover up a lack of flavor with a taste of fruit.

A very watery body leaves me wanting. No real carbonation pickup to help the flavor spread.

Sadly a poor effeort from a brewery I normally enjoy. This taste like the brewers came up with a name and are still trying to come up with a beer that fits. Would pair with any bland vegetables. Can't even recommend giving it a try.

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 lordofthewiens
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer to drink when you're really hot and thirsty, and you don't really care what it tastes like. It's a clear yellow color with a small head. Aroma is minimal, some malt and wheat. It had a sweet, fruity taste, was also a little bit bread-like. Nothing very exciting, and not a particularly good example of a fruit beer.

Photo of Alexmc2
2.09/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brewery about 1 month ago and served in a standard tumbler.

A: The beer is quite pale with little visible carbonation and no head, basically slightly fizzy colored water.

S: There is a slight malt aroma and a wee hint of berry but not much else.

T: The ale has a very subtle berry flavor that finishes long and is very dry. That lasting flavor finishes somewhat bitter as well. As for hops and malts, look elsewhere.

M: The fruit is a little to subtle and tart to be truly enjoyable.

D: The ale has a very light flavor, maybe good for a post lawn-mowing session, otherwise it is way too bland.

Photo of Naes
1.93/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours out a pale golden color. It is very clear with an almost nonexistent white head.
The aroma is also almost nonexistent. It just has a trace amount of berry smell.
The flavor starts out similar to a berry soda, then the wheat and yeast surface to remind you that you are indeed drinking beer.
Mouth feel is light in body and has a lot of carbonation.

Photo of LordHarris
3.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very light, almost close to a bud or Coors, small amount of head upon pouring. Definitely does not give the look of a wheat beer.

Smell: Smell is good, a combination of light amount of hops, and a light amount of Blackberry, very nice.

Taste: Taste here is good, if you don't care for a strong fruit beer, this is the beer for you, because the only taste of the fruit, is at the very end of your sip.

Mouthfeel: Very light, once again doesn't make you believe this is a wheat beer, its not a bad feel or anything, its just does not give you the feel a wheat beer should.

Drinkablity: This beer is pretty easy to drink, it never gets old and is never too filling.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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