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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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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#43,769
Reviews:
676
Ratings:
1,637
pDev:
18.84%
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Ratings: 1,637 |  Reviews: 676
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +7.9%
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 spycow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +4.9%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -3.3%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of largadeer
1.71/5  rDev -48%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
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 -15.8%
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 +1.8%
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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