Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of OverToad
4.85/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been awaiting the arrival of the beer a while now and was happy to see it at my local Krogers. I'm not a big fan of their Cherry Wheat, but then again I'm not a fan of cherry anything.

Beer has a golden color when poured with a nice 1/2 head. Hint of Blackberry smell and other spices. First sip and I detected a hint of sweat blackberries followed by a tart finish. I'm really liking this brew a lot. I know many are still sore that this beat out the heavy Coffee Stout, but every since I moved to Texas with the more hot summers and chilly winters, the days of heavy beers are gone for me. This is one refreshing beer and the only fruit beer I like.

Samuel Adams has a huge winner in this brew.

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Photo of Cagden
4.84/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, golden color with little to no head. Blackberry comes through in the smell. Taste is a slightly bitter hop bite with wonderful, fresh blackberries in the mix. I am new to the Witbier style, but this seems very refreshing enough. A good one for Summer, because of those gorgeous Oregon blackberries coming through. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Overall, a good hot weather quencher with lovely fruit notes. Makes me long to try more Witbiers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.78/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle freshness dated november 2011

First thing you notice is the strong aroma that says this is indeed blackberry flavored beer!

The color is the delightfuly hazy clouded yellow/orange of wheat ale.

There is no head in the pour and no lacing of the glass.

This is distinctly berry flavored and crisp. Perfect served ice cold on a hot Summer day. ( Hence , I suppose it's inclusion in the summer Variety pack!)

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Photo of DanRam
4.73/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a bottle into a glass, this beer is a gold color that looks like honey. It smells sweet: extremely fruity with a hint of wheat. Sam Adams has a habit of getting things right when it comes to micro-brewed beer. The taste is extremely accurate. Sweet blackberries and fruit with the right amount of wheaty beer taste.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.67/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle it is a deep Dark cloudy yellow amber beer with lots of Lacing and a 1/2 inch head that leaves quickly.
Smells of Wheat Cereal and Blackberries a very pleasent smell.
Taste is very Creamy wheat cereal and lots of nice Blackberry hints nicely balenced with hops.
In your Mouth the flavor is very nice and very refreshing.
This is a very easy drinking Beer and Sam Adams has made a winner in this one. If you like Wit Biers give this one a try I think you will like it!

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Photo of twi1609372
4.64/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good entry from Samuel Adams. The smell is bright and in style. The taste is definitely blackberry, it's even on the palate and consistent. This is a moderate body, on the robust end for the style, slightly sweet, somewhat bitter. This is very drinkable and an enjoyable beer. This is meant to be enjoyed, appreciated, not chugged.

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Photo of gwiereng
4.64/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to see a couple of really negative reviews for this beer. My fiancee bought me a six-pack of it to try since it was a Sam Adams she'd never seen before, and I've really been enjoying it. The blackberry taste is nice, and not overwhelmingly fruity. I think what I like best is that it's got a great aftertaste, and is--to me--very drinkable. I could have (and have had) several in an evening. I will definitely be buying more.

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Photo of Experimentacious
4.62/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally a fruit beer (besides Dogfish Head Berliner-Weisse Festina Peche) where the natural fruit flavor ACCENTS the nature of the beer and doesn't RUIN it. Sea Dog Brewing Co, take notes from this one.

A- Light straw color, a different shade than most wits.

S- At least the blackberries smell natural and not of nauseating syrup extract. Light malts and almost very faint hops detected, that's ok in a witbier though.

T- Bounces over the tongue from light malt crispness to blackberry goodness (I HATE fruit beers mind you) faint hop bitterness, maybe I'm wishful tasting. Not overly sweet, not really sweet at all once you roll it around.

M- Acidic and astringent, crisp, not overpowering. This beer slaps down the awful Cherry Wheat and the terrible Cranberry Lambic.

D- I could drink a 6-pack in an afternoon... That would be a waste of a great beer, however. Perfect for spring, summer, in the shower, or with a slice of lemon pie.

I'm a homebrewer and I made a Blood Orange Hefeweizen from "Extreme Brewing" by Sam C. from Dogfish Head, and this Blackberry Wit is almost as good. This is suprising, considering all of Sam Adams fruit beers have been terrible. There is indeed hope for fruited beer and this is the blueprint, Nay, the Blackberryprint. Awesome Beer, Great Job!

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im usually not a big fan of lambics and ciders and fruit ales, but wow is this good! I got one of the old Sam Adams variety packs, and gave it a try, and was I ever shocked. The beer itself is light, hearty and not too fruity. The alcohol is hiden by the fruit taste and not bitter or too sweet.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.57/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Poued a hazy golden color with th a nice head that settled. lots of lace onthe glas.

smell - All blackberrieshre, nice sweet smell here.

taste - Very nice beer for the hot day. Refresing inda on the Medium-kight side. Lots of berrieshere.

mouthfeel - Medium-lightm crisp and clean.

drinkability - Easy rinking beer, could drink a lot of these. Sam Adams did it again. Cheers!

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Photo of MuddyMo
4.57/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a variation on the Witbier style. But I don't feel that departure from tradition is necessarily a vice.

I am not a big fruit beer fan, so I approached this beer with some trepidation considering the SA history with the monstrosity that is Cherry Wheat or the dull Juicy Juice character of the Cranberry Lambic.

Poured into a pint glass it has a cloudy peach colored hue with a thin head that builds up for a bit with the sparkling carbonation then dissipates.

There is a distinct, pleasant, but not overpowering aroma of blackberry mixed in with bready grain.

On the palate, the blackberry is more subtle and well balanced with the hints of orange and coriander and a slight hop crispness.

This would be a great summer session beer and very accessible for those just beginning to venture away from the weak offerings of the American beer cartel.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.54/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a nice golden color with a nice one inch white head and it lay down to a nice thin lace around the edge. Very nice smell of fresh blackberry. A nice taste of blackberry, not overpowering and not fruity at all. I think it is a very well balanced beer and in my opion a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of mvmalesci
4.52/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bottle to stein...

A: Nice and hazy. Translucent yellow not very typical for a wit beer

S: Wheat beers with a hint of berries and spice.

T: Very well balanced for a wheat/fruit beer. An excellent berry taste mixed with a wit beer

M: Medium carbonation with a refreshing and spicy and quite refreshing beer.

D: Different from typical wits, but I enjoy every six pack I can get my hands on. The berry taste is refreshing and not overwhelmingly sweet...Cheers

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Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy odd enough golden color with yeast particles floating around. Two head finger with great lacing for a wit.

The smell is sweet blueberries yet blended with the lemon zest and wheat.

Taste like no other witbier I have tried, yet. But they have done a fine job of blending the sweet blackberry flavor with the spiciness of a good witbier. Yeast, malts, and some bitter hops in the finish.

Lighter, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

I think this is an interesting twist at a witbier. I really enjoyed it because I had to step out of my box of for this beer. Blueberry is not often found this style. Yet the Boston brewing company has made this work.

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Photo of TheZakOne
4.49/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a decent amount of head.

Upon pouring the smell of blackberry smacks you right in the face. Quite appealing in my opinion.

Tastes very sweet and berry like. Little bit of a malty undertone. Perfect.

Very nice feel in the mouth. Not to heavy or thin. Just right.

Very drinkable. I was tempted to run back to the store and pick up more but decided against it only due to work the next morning.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.47/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit of a cloudy, straw color. Moderate sized head that fades after a bit.

S: Light malts and hops alongside of a fruitiness. Does not smell like cough syrup, the scent of blackberries are natural. Very good sign here.

T: A light malt crispness followed by the sweetness of blackberries, which are not overpowering at all. Very smooth. Leaves you wanting to take another drink.

M: Crisp mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a good beer to enjoy, but easily more than one can be drank in a sitting.

Very refreshing brew from Samuel Adams, and their best beer made with fruit.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.44/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy light brown. Sort of orange in color.
S - Blackberry's straight up with a wheat smell backbone.
T - Easily one of my favorite Samuel's. Blackberry and kind of dry like the Cherry so it goes down smooth and makes you want more.
M - Slight creamy but really smooth. Not as dry as a corona but nicely sweet.
D - I bought a case of this once and split it with a friend. I was able to drink my 12 in a few days while he never finished his since he didn't care for it. To each his own.

If I could find this in six pack form like the Cherry for the 9 dollar price tag I would be all about it but it's not really around this area anymore. Would totally drink it again if I saw it.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.42/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Classic Sam label. Very classy and simple.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger white foam head that dissipates into a thin foam film then ring. A medium amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell - Smells of blackberry and wheat with the blackberry very dominate. Has a sweet smell.

Taste - Tastes of blackberry that is not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. A nice wheat taste on the backend really help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied with a slighly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and smooth with great flavor. Very refreshing.

One of my favorite fruit beers. I would highly recommend this beer. It is a solid way to get into the world of craft beers or different styles of beers for someone who is just getting thier feet wet.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.42/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

Pours a dark amber with about a 1.5 finger white fluffy head into my pint glass.

The nose is heavy of blackberries just from popping the top of the bottle before pouring. It's very pleasant but quite strong. The smell is of fresh blackberries versus some manufactured syrupy concoction. There is a little metallic scent to the beer as well, but not predominant in any sense of the word. The taste gets more malty as the beer warms.

The taste is wheaty and malty, a little bitter. The berries themselves in the taste are quite a bit lighter, which is a more pleasant taste than the very strong scent would suggest. The beer is quite crisp and has a drying finish.

The berries definitely come through in the aftertaste, and as I mentioned before, the finish is crisp.

The drinkability on this one is high, similar to the cherry wheat, but without the medicinal taste. The taste is much sharper on this without being overwhelming.

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.41/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very light amber color, small head and didn't last exceptionally long.

S: Can clearly smell the blackberry and I love it.

T: Can taste both hoppy-ness and blackberry in the aftertaste, blackberry is not overused either, very good.

M: Good carbonation, feels fine.

D: Above average.

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Photo of dhannes
4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Samuel Adams' perfect pint.

A=Light golden color, appetizing.

S=fruity smell, but not too strong.

T=I enjoyed this...not too strong, nor too light...a bit of an artificial tast, however.

M=Very nice for the style.

D=Can drink 1-2 of these in a row...may get sick of them after that.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Oct '09 notched on label.

A - Sudsy and dense white one-finger head on a totally cloudy but particle-absent slightly golden yellow color. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Strong blackberry aroma that dominates everything else. Detectable notes of sweet malts and wheat while some agitation brought out some floral and fruity hop nuances. A very small orange-citrusy smell and a low level of spicing.

T - A blackberry wheat balance is the most prominent aspect (as it should be by the title) of this beer - very tasty - but is backed up well by a bit of a hop dryness in post swallow. Finishes with a strong, but not offensively so, spiciness. The flavor isn't sugary or syrupy like most "summer fruit beers" are. It's very delicious.

M - A strong carbonation bite finishes out this light-bodied wit. Nothing much to speak of.

D - It's a very good summer beer that tastes great, doesn't leave much to be desired, and goes down well with out tasting sugary or fake. I could demolish a six-er around a warm summer night campfire easily.

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Photo of mazingblue
4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to glass.

A: A cloudy yellow-orange color with a 3/4 inch head. I read some of the other reviews about the head disapating quickly. I had no such problem. Head remained in the glass for 3-5 min and always had a thin layer of froth on top. Nice lacing around the glass.

S: Exceptional smell upon pouring. Truly amazing. Smell lingered, but gentler than initial pour.

T: Great blackberry taste. Not sure what spices are involved in this one...just says there are on the bottle.

M: Good mouthfeel. Fruit lingers in mouth after swallow. Not very tingly...low carbonation?

D: I am not one for fruity beers, but I could drink a few of these. I am kind of thinking this beer would taste good with Leinekugel's Summer Shandy.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
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 tj4288
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into chilled pilsner glass

a- murky orange, medium carbonation, decent head that disapates quickly leaving some lacing, tons of sediment

s- VERY berry yet not too strong or off-putting, some other fruits as well, possibly cherry and citrus

t- berry is not overpowering in taste, berry comes out in aftertaste, very enjoyable taste

m- medium carbonation, light, crisp

d- very good drinkability for a fruity beer.

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