Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #703
Ranked #46,559
3.32 | pDev: 18.98%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews: 676 | Ratings: 1,640
Reviews by mdfb79:
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3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 08/24/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of blackberries, wheat, grain, bread, and a tiny bit of spice.

t - Tastes like blackberry seltzer water, wheat, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A bit too carbonated.

o - Overall a pretty good witbier. The blackberries definitely come through and the taste reminded me of that blackberry seltzer water. Girlfriend liked it too, I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of oelergud
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap and the usual SA label.
Straw golden body with a creamy lemon tinted head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.
Light berry scent with grain notes and fresh wheat like character.
Fresh and light flavor. Berries, grainy wheat, some yeast and a light bubbly aftertaste with a bit of lemon.
Light body with a mild lemon bite.
Good drinkbility.


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Photo of Strix
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden, decent head that fades to a ring.

Blackberries are the primary smell, albeit sort of a candy-pseudo blackberry. Slight wheat in the background.

Initially, this tastes a lot like blackberry-flavored mineral water, but then it sort of fades into a wheaty background.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

For what it is, this isn't bad at all. Fairly simple and easily drinkable. It wasn't amazing, but the light blackberry taste blends well with things. This is a solid effort; the 6-pack will not go to waste.

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Photo of samie85
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed 4/14.

A-Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a two finger white head.

S-Blackberries is really all I'm getting with maybe the slightest hint of wheat.

T-Aroma is misleading in regards to actual taste. I'm getting a dry grainy note that is the predominant flavor going on here with some blackberries.

M-Carbonation on this one is almost disruptive to the taste. The blackberry notes are so subtle that the carbonation blurs their prescence.

D-Not a bad beer per se, but not one I'll be likely to revisit in the future.

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mitchster
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe, malted wheat, coriander, orange peel, and Oregon Marion blackberries. Hopped with Spalt Spalter. 176 kcal/12oz. OG=13 P, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a very lightly hazy (i.e-NOT cloudy at all) burnt orange, forming a modest white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose, of course, opens with some juicy blackberries. It's a little artifical but appetizing. Very subtle orange...kinda bubble gum nose honestly. Not picking up on coriander. Not much witbier yeast quality here. The taste is full frontal blackberry assault up front, with a thin cola-like stinging flimsy mouthfeel. Quite watery. Any orange peel and coriander are overwhelmed by the blackberries/bubblegum combo. The middle, finish, aftertaste are all covered by blackberries. As it warms, there is a bitter ruddiness in the aftertaste that easily sickens the stomach.

A one-trick pony. Not very appealing. This is not even close to being a witbier...totally flase advertising. Why not make a really good witbier and add a touch of blackberries? It's easy enough to do, one would think, especially when you have BBC's brewing prowess and wallet.

This tastes like I'm eating the entire potpourrie section of a grocery store. Disgusting. Skip it.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium golden color with a one finger white head. Not much glass lacing going on.

S: The blackberry jumps right out in the nose with some bready sweetness and a thin hop smell.

T: Blackberry flavor is very prevalent, but is not overwhelming. I pick up some citrus flavors also along with a bready grainy malt bill but not overly sweet. Hops are slight at the back end as the beer finishes clean with a tart taste. Not bad.

M: A bit lacking, the beer is very light and it does not linger.

D: Fairly high, but I'm not sure how many I could handle. How sick of blackberry can you get?

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. The beer is far from sweet and not what I expected. The blackberry flavor was subtle yet pronounced enough to know it was there. Not bad, a good summer drinker.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of greenmonstah
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip

A - Cloudy yellow-orange with little head. Poor retention.

S - Lots of blackberry, but not an artificial aroma like you can sometimes get. Smells like real fresh blackberries. A bit of wheat in the background.

T - Taste is a sharp fruityness. A sharper blackberry than is present in the nose. Whereas the aroma makes me think fresh berries, this makes me think artificial berry substrate. Some wheat weirdness in the background.

M - Light to medium body, very clean finish. Good carbonation.

O - Overall, I love the smell but the taste is a bit off. This is a fine beer for a hot summer day, but that's the only time I would drink it.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck included in part of the summer 12 pack. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a hazy light gold with a decent off-white head.

Nose of berries, perfume, berries and light grains.

The taste closely tracks the smell. It is light and fruity with berry notes, a bit of grain. It is sweet and teeters on the edge of being cloying. Just enough dry finish to pull it back from the edge.

The mouth is crisp and workman like. It is a light refreshing beer, but I will limit myself to no more than one every once-in-awhile.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh bottle into my pint glass. I'm a sucker for fruit beers that aren't overdone so I liked this. I occasionally like a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and thought this was a lot more dry and a lot lighter in artificial flavor. It tasted like a nice balance of hops and malt with just a bit of blackberry. Mouthfeel was medium and drinkability was very easy. I could session this which is saying a lot for a fruit beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: very light golden orange color with a finger of rapidly dissipating white foam. I understand that adding blackberry could cause the color to darken, but it's not very white for a witbier. Still, not un-appetizing or anything.

Smell: a light, slightly sour berry aroma. It kind of reminds me of a Craigmill Scottish gruit. It's only slightly identifiable as blackberry. As a witbier, it's not normal, but it is interesting in its own right.

Taste: again, I'm reminded of Craigmill Grozet or somesuch. It is not bad, but it reminds me neither of witbier nor blackberries. It is still worth a try, however.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a hefty level of carbonation. Pretty creamy, considering; I rather like this aspect of the brew.

Drinkability: as a light wheat beer, Blackberry Witbier is not hard to drink. It's a bit difficult to classify, style-wise, but overall is not a bad beer.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of Tballz420
4.34/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light gold colored body. Fairly big white head disappears pretty quickly. Still leaves some lace behind. The scent is your typical wit smell, with a nice dose of blackberries. Same for the taste: nice refreshing belgian wheat backed by a nicely blended blackberry finish. Nice fairly full and soft mouth. Very refreshing. I'm not normally huge on wits, but this one i really enjoy.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier pours a slightly hazy straw-golden color with a white head. The nose is fruity and reminds me of grape Kool-Aid. There is also a bit of wheat and clove underneath, but not much.

The flavor also shows notes of sweet blackberry. The wheat flavors are understated. There flavor is crisp with a quick finish. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation, both of which seem to fit the style.

Overall, this is a nice summery thirst-quencher, good for drinking and not thinking too much about.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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