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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 3/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, berries, and a slight vomit aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild tartness and thankfully no vomit flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not something I would go for again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very refreshing all season fruit beer. it pours just a tiny bit dusty, mostly blonde, with maybe the faintest purple hue and an average white head on top thats gone in a few minutes. the nose is a little strange, with the fruit sweetness not really coming through at all, and the yeast and wheat malt being more dominant. not until the flavor can you tell its a fruit beer, the blackberry is strong and forward, without being too sweet at all. its summery and fresh, while being wintery and preserved at the same time, i like this beer because its one of the few in the genre that i think retains its drinkability for all 12 months. the finish is a little dry, with the yeast imparting just a hint of citrusy acidity and pep. nice feel, light in body with strong carbonation. its refreshing and satisfying and i much prefer this to most other fruity infused wheat beers out there.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as cloudy yellowish color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The armoa of the beer is sweet and full of fruit. The subtle smell of wheat is in there too. The taste is sweet as well with a pretty good blackberry flavor. The aftertaste is a mix of the fruit and the grainy wheat flavors. The mouhfeel is light and might be a decent choice for summer drinking.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of blackberries in the nose; these become sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit sweet and has lots of blackberry flavors and only some hints of the underlying wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer is easy to drink and might appeal to some type of people (such as those that like sweet fruity lambics), I thought that the blackberry taste seemed a little too pronounced and artificial.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this 6 pack at my local beer store, didn't even know Sam Adams had a new flavor out there.

A little underwhelmed by this, was just way too thin for me. Reminded me a lot of that Longshot Grape Pale Ale they had a few years ago. Just not much of a witbier and not much blackberry flavor. The result is a watery thin beer with a smidgen of blackberry on the swallow. Not offensive at all and easy to drink, but nothing fantastic either... I was expecting a little more from Sam Adams here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer as part of a taste-off at the National Homebrewer's Conference in Cincinnati back in June '08. Participants were asked to choose between this one or the coffee Irish Stout. Although I prefered the stout, I guess the overwhelming support was for the Blackberry Witbier. It's not the first time I've been over ruled.

The beer begins with a creamy golden-straw hue. The froathy head formation definately finds the Witbier roots, but the color seems darker with the pilsner grains that the lighter canary-yellow hue that I expect. The head disipates to a film and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very fruity, spicy, and berry-like. A pilsner malty backbone gives a hint of sweet breads and simple sugars. Light acidity tickles the nose. Though the fruity-berry notes give this beer something extra, I wouldn't have picked out the blackberries if the lable hadn't told me.

Flavors are true to the aromas. The fruity, spicy, berry flavors are upfront and dominate the beer. The pilsner malt presence gives a nice base to the flavors while complimenting with sugar-cookies, light breads, and confectionate sugars. The tastes are a bit over-simplified but not offensive in any way.

An initial creamy mouthfeel is soon overtaken by by the acidic citrus, fruity notes. These clean the palate and make the beer crisp and clean, but hurts the softer textures that are most appreciated by classic Witbiers.

The beer fares pretty well. It's not what I'll reach for in a Witbier, but I expect the beer to be a hit with the Blue Moon crowd.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head with some cream and of moderate thickness. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Estery. Fresh. Berries (shocker).

T: Simple: clean no BS open to a barley/berry body. Well balanced with a lovely crisp finish. Simple but good. Not a fault per se.

Mf: A bit too wet, but coarse in the right places.

Dr: Excellent price for the quality.

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Photo of largadeer
1.71/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle best by November 2010.

Hazy with an appropriately wheat-like color and a solid white cap, this would look spot-on but it's a bit dark for the style. Could be my imagination, but it seems like there's a faint shade of purple in the center.

Pretty medicinal blackberry aroma with some malted wheat and slight spiciness backing it. These fruit wheat beers usually end up smelling like cough syrup, and this one is no exception.

Bready up-front, fruity and medicinal thereafter. Citrus peel and coriander spiciness is present beneath the fruit, which clashes a bit with the tart berry flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and cloying between the chewy wheat malt, the fruit and the spices. Not particularly enjoyable, this one's going down the drain.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with white haze and a medium foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of blackberry and wheat is sweeter then I had anticipated but still very much enjoyable. Taste is well enough balanced between sweet blackberries and medium wheat malt. Body is fuller then average with OK carbonation. Not bad overall thought I prefer my Wit without fruit.

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Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a foamy, off-white, two finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of blackberry, artificial blackberry aroma.

T - It tasted of blackberry flavoring with hints of wheat. There wasn't much else. It was very sweet.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It was very sweet and the blackberry flavor was a bit much. It mellowed and became more drinkable as it warmed up.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazed and a light orange-tinted color. White head.

S: Plenty of the blackberry and some spices.

T: Lots of blackberry flavors, as well as the pale wheat malt underneath.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Pretty decent drinkability, especially once summertime rolls around. I don't normally like fruit beers, but I've enjoyed both this and the Cranberry Wit from Sam Adams. They're doing something right, aka not overloading the fruit.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Schells Weizen glass.

Pours a 2 finger head. Kind of think but sticks around for a good duration. Leaves thick splattered lace. Color is a slightly hazy sunset orange.

Aroma: I am feelin' the blackberries here. Very nice touch. The obvious wheat. Some hints of grapes.

Taste is heavy on the blackberries but I like it. Lemons and zest. Nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing to complex.

Mouthfeel is a little crisp, but that fades quickly. Then it becomes pretty clean. Easy to drink. Leaves a sticky blackberry aftertaste. Fairly-light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall, a damn good summer beer. I enjoyed this on a nice Fargo day and wanted more and more. I have a feeling I will be having this in my fridge all the time this summer. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a very hazy, golden body. Poor retention and moderate lace.

S - Strong berry aroma with musty yeast aroma. Some wheat spice as well.

T - Lots of berry flavor up front with light, sweet malt. Creamy wheat in the middle with some spicy yeast notes. The finish is spicy with lots of wheat flavor and moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a strong and enjoyable fruit character. The base witbier is nothing spectacular and the hop level in the finish might be a bit excessive, but overall this is a pretty decent, fruity summer beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier pours a hazy apricot colored body beneath a short head of white froth. When held to the light it's a glowing golden color and you can make out your fingers through the glass, but without detail. The head retention is limited and it drops readily to a thin collar. Lacing is wide but sparse, mainly made up of small spots with a few craggy lines here and there.

In the aroma it's clearly berrylike, but with a sugary edge. There's no tartness. There's a mild spiciness, which may be due to the blackberries as well as to the yeast and other spices.

The mouthfeel is medium; and it's very delicately zesty with a creamy edge, leaving it smooth with a mild bristle on the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with the fruit appearing up-front, followed by a combination of wheaty malt and underlying spice. It finishes with a swirl of fruit and spice that die down softly, and then lingers gently with a hint of grassy and floral hops.

At first the fruit is more apparent, but as it warms, the malt widens and becomes the stage on which the fruit and spice twirl. I was initially expecting a fruit beer, follwed by the idea that it would be a witbier with just a tiny hint of fruit. In fact, it falls right in between. It's not overdone, and you could have more than one, although I'm not sure how many occassions it would really fit in at. Still, it's pleasant and enjoyable. Nicely done!

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Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle a few months past best by date but kept under constant refrigeration. Pours a hazy amber hue with a small, weak head. Medium-light body. Slightly acidic rather than soft, particularly in the finish.
The aromas are mostly fruity and berry-like with a light malty backbone and a hint of spice. Flavors are similar -- fruity, spicy, berry flavors dominate while the malt adds some light bread background -- but the more generic berry aroma seems more specifically blackberry upon tasting. A bit too sweet for me, but about as expected on this count. Somewhat unappealing aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all blackberries with a little bit of Belgian yeast, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a fruity and tart blackberry flavor that is followed by a decent Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is thin as you would expect and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's more of a fruity beer than a Witbier, but it might be just a tad better than some of the other fruit infused wheat beers out there. Either way, it's not the type of beer I could drink regularly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a fizzy, large, off-white head.

Smell: Plump, handpicked blackberry nose ahead of notes smelling of toasty wheat malt and a few scant drops of clover honey.

Taste: Crisp malted wheat and a taste of bready barley with a light honeyish sweetness. Hints of citrus and coriander preclude the pervasive blackberry flavor. Touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes semi-dry and gently effervescent with a tangy mix of wheat and berries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine beer to usher in spring with. Surprisingly refreshing and pleasant, considering how BBC's other fruit beer (Grape Pale Ale, Cranberry Lambic, and Cherry Wheat) all were total flops for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Precisely midway between honey gold and tangerine orange. Backlighting with sunshine reveals no haziness whatsoever, which is a shame. An acceptable looking slice of ivory colored foam sits atop the beer, although it isn't very generous when it comes to glass deposition.

Blackberries are easily appreciated in the nose, which is a definite plus. On the other hand, a witbier ought to smell like a witbier, even if only a little. There's a wee whiff of untoasted grain and a slight tang from the citrus peel, but no coriander that I can detect. Better than average seems about right.

Flavor follows aroma, in that Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier tastes like a fruit beer rather than a witbier. Sorry, but when a brewery puts the word 'witbier' on the label, there are certain expectations that must be met. Even as a fruit ale, this offering struggles to be good.

The base beer tastes grainy, as if the other flavors are covering up for something that's less than well-brewed (and that might take a major turn for the worse once warming has occured). The blackberry flavor is somewhat extract-like. That's unexpected, since actual Oregon-grown berries were used.

Sweet, bitter and tart are all present. However, they seem to be at odds with one another rather than complementary. Orange peel and coriander are now appreciated. It doesn't much matter because SABW still doesn't taste like a classic wit. Maybe because it isn't.

Medium-fullness for the style helps the mouthfeel pull itself to an above average perch. The slightly buzzy bubbles are just well-buried enough not to annoy. An impending gut ache tells me that there's quite a bit of fructose in this sucker.

Given a choice between Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier and Sam Adams White Ale, I'd go with the latter 10 times out of 10. Even though this offering sounds good on paper, it doesn't come together well at all. Make sure you try one before springing for six.

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Photo of russpowell
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

BBD of Aug 09, pours apricot with a pinky of cream colored head into my Hoegaarten glass. Hazes a bit, average head retention & lacing

S: Berries, lemons & tartness

T: Lemons, soapyness & hints of strawberries up front. Slight caramel notes, some blackberry, a bit of metallic hops & more soap. finishes semi-tart with lemon, the soapiness finally fades!

MF: Light bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation, the soapyness just drags this down...

Drank okay, just didn't work on any level IMO, due to the soapyness

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes (11/24)

A: Pours a hazy light orange color. A smallish white head dissipates quickly to spotty foam on top. Little lacing down the sides.

N: The berry aroma is obvious, but there really isn't much else. Kind of one dimensional.

T: Tastes more like a fruit beer than a witbier. The berry taste hits you upfront but then dissipates. It has a slightly fake flavor to it, but still pleasing.

M/D: Medium bodied and easy drinking. A little too sweet for me, but not terrible. Just not one for me.

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Photo of smcolw
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent initial, but it dies far too quickly. Some spotty lace. Hazy. Neutral gold color.

Cold raspberry aroma with a wheat bite. Lemon zest smell here as well.

Light flavored until the swallow, which is sour with the lightest amount of berry. One of the thinner beers I've ever had; it's also a little spritzy. Short aftertaste. All in all, a very ordinary beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed this one off the shelf the other day purely because I had not tried it before. That being said, it could have been worse. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/11/2009.

The pour was light, about what I would have expected. Clear, light amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Small lacing and nothing at all really remaining after about a minute. Light aroma with hint of fruit mixed in with lots of wheat and grain notes. Carried over into the flavor almost exactly. Light in every sense of the word. Light fruit notes, light grain and a touch of grass like flavor in the finish. It was loaded with carbonation and went down like water. Overall not bad, but I have had better for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label indicates Brewmaster's collection - Blackberry Witbier 5.5% abv best before July 09. I am not sure if this is the same recipe. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a tumbler.

A - Slowly poured into the center of the glass it appears gently hazed w/ a dark golden shade. The cap is thick creamy and approximately 2.5 fingers w/ fine pin sized beading.

S - A prominent blackberry aroma w/ a mellow sweet malted wheat odor. It has a real fruit nose like opening a pack of berries from the produce aisle.

M - full malt texture and berry sweetness w/ a slight dry vinous note and mild spice

The flavor of wheat is the first the tongue receives, A mildly sweet blackberry essence is in the background , but not much yeast flavor mainly wheat and fruit - the spice is there, but muted in comparison to most wits. The fruit slightly echoes the tartness of biting a seed of a blackberry w/ wheat sweet malty flavor blends but the true wit taste isn't there.

D - A refreshing beer w/ mild fruit and enough taste to be worthy of the title blackberry wit. I guess it has more wit than ordinary wheat aspects since there is a spicy dry finish. I consider it a good beer, but only average drinkability overall

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Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another from old notes.

A: The beer pours a sort of yellowish color, interesting since it's supposed to be a blackberry witbier...

S: The blackberry aroma is there, but that is about all you can smell. I don't get much, if any, of the actual witbier, unfortunately. It also seems to have a sense of "fakeness" about it.

T: Blackberries are less noticeable on the flavor, but the witbier base isn't all that intense either. Some grain and malt flavor but not much of the usual orange peel and coriander flavor.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: A let down from the old standby Sam Adams. Not one of the better offerings.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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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