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 jjamadorphd
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Sam Adams offering that was pretty good...

Nice white, puffy head with good staying power. The usual cloudy witbier look, so nothing too out of the ordinary. I was impressed with the strong blackberry smell, slight tinge of hops to go along with it too. The aftertaste in these types of beer could be awful, but this one was wasn't too bad at all. What surprised me was the syrupy feel in my mouth, silky even. Overall, not one of the best Sam Adams, but decent for a summer-time offering.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a sizable, 3 finger head. Retention on the dense, frothy head is pretty good, lasting 3-4 minutes before lacing just ok. Really no color variation from a normal wheat beer, just maybe a touch darker.

S- Juicy blackberry scents come through and dominate this beer's smell. Berry flavor is somewhat sour, and complete drowns out almost all of the wheat and grain scents. There is a tiny hint of light wheat flavor on the back end.

T- Starts with an intermingling of blackberry and a heavy dose of wheat grain flavor. The juiciness in the scent is just not there in the taste. The wheat flavors are good, about what I expect from Sam Adams, but they just drown out most to all of the berry flavors. Ends with the lingering, light tones of the wheat.

M- High in carbonation and medium in body weight. The wheat really gives this beer a heavier feel, but also helps promote a certain amount of creaminess. The berry flavor, if more prominent, would make this a thirst quencher, but even with the low amount of berry flavor, this is still a summer feeling type of beer.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed in the amount of berry flavor delivered in the taste versus the sweet, juicy scent this beer has. Not a bad beer, but there are other fruit beers that are done better.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Opaque yellow appearance with mild head and little carbonation. Very fruity aroma. Th blackberry definitely comes out here. Smells like hot jello right before you put it in the fridge. Yeasty flavor that kind of clashes with the fruitiness of the beer. No outstanding depth. Unfortunately we didn't like it too much due to our opinion that the blackberry fruitiness clashes with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.75 A: Mildly hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy off-white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.0 S: Blackberry dominates the nose. That doesn't mean, however, that the blackberries are particularly strong. It's simply a case of the base beer not being able to compete with the fruit. The coriander is there, but the orange peel is a bit hard to find. It doesn't smell bad, but it's hard to think of it as beer and not a fruit drink.

3.25 T: Taste is about the same as the nose. Blackberry is the leading flavor. Corriander. The orange peel shows up in the taste. Otherwise, just a blackberry wheat fruit drink.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Silky smooth creaminess.

3.25 D: I'm tasty, but it's not much of a beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color that lacks some of the haziness I expect from a witbier. The head is a creamy one finger offwhite shade. As it recedes, it leaves a uniform ring of lacing on the glass.

S: Blackberries. To me, this one comes across as being 80% fruit beer and 20% wit. I do notice a touch of the latter qualities (orange peel, coriander, wheat), but let's be honest, this is pretty much a fruit beer. Aromatically good for that style, though.

T: At first, this displays a lot of blackberry flavors. The aforementioned sweetness washes out past the midtaste, being replaced by generic witbier qualities such as orange peel and coriander. Some blackberry flavors return in the aftertaste, along with a touch of diacetyl. It's not grossly chemical or sweet, though it's not real interesting.

M: Superbly lush and creamy. I'm surprised how soft the feel is, even for a witbier. The finish has plenty of lingering sweetness, but there's just enough astringency to dry it out past the threshold of 'excess sweetness'. Carbonation is surprisingly pleasant.

O: It's no Allagash White, that's for sure. But this is a grade-A panty dropper that has some mass appeal. I wouldn't be averse to buying this again for company - and I would easily choose this over, say, Blue Moon.

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Photo of jmendels
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An interesting beer, to say the least. I wasn't overly impressed but not completely discouraged after tasting this. It has the wheat flavours, coupled with the blackberry through out. It's worth a shot, even if to see what it tastes like. Personally, I felt underwhelmed but I can see the appeal.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours from bottle as a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly and leaves only a slight level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is quite sweet of berries. It is a mix of blackberry and raspberry with hint of a wheat background.

Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth mildly blackberry sweet flavor with some bready wheat mixed within. As the taste advances it starts taking on more sweetness of berries, both raspberry and blackberry. While it gets sweeter from the start to the middle, the sweetness fades slightly as it advances to the end. Oddly the blackberry flavor seems to get stronger as the sweetness fades with it leaving a semi-sweet but not overly sweet blackberry and light wheat flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light in its creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium to higher side. Both are suiting for the berry flavors of the brew, making it more refreshing and easier drinking.

Overall – An alright berry flavored brew. Not overly sweet, yet maintaining a decent berry flavoring.

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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 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 larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky purple with an airy head of bubbly foam.

Berries and spicy yeast.

Yeasty spice, blackberry, and toast.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, sweet.

Overall, a rather uneventful beer.

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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 Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Orange copper body with a thin layer of white airy quick vanishing head.  Subtle haze on the body with no real apparent carbonation. 

S:  An explosion of blackberries, subtle coriander, lemon juice, and hints of lavender. 

T/M:  Tart blackberry syrup, lavender, and very washed out spices. Cinnamon shows up in the throat after the carbonated semi dry finish. The wit flavors are hidden behind the assault of timidly bitter blackberries.  Acidity is really cut due to the syrupy fruit.  White watermelon rind, honey dew melon, rose petals show up as the beer warms.  Mouthfeel is silky and appropriately carbonated. 

O:  I love the idea but the wit was not broadcast as well as it should have been. Aggressive blackberry and under achieved wit flavors. Not a huge fan (as a witbier)but it's really easy drinking. I think my wife would love this. Something I wouldn't buy again for myself but maybe for the lovely lady at home.  Should have just marketed as a fruit beer. 

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to hand it to Sam Adams for being what is probably the most adventurous out of the big name brewers in America. Their Blackberry Witbier sounded like it would be a most interesting beer. After trying it, it passes as a decent fruit beer but it was nowhere near as interesting as I thought it could have been.

This brew pours an orange-amber color with a finger of foam that lasts for a little over 30 seconds. The aroma consists of a sweet, sugary smell with some hints of the aforementioned fruit, with some light grain aromas underneath it. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and had a slight slickness to it. The carbonation was a bit lower than expected. In regards to the flavor, the blackberry taste is pleasant and not overpowering although it is still the focal point here. The light grainy flavors lie almost hidden under the blackberry taste, and there is some dry citric hoppiness in the finish. This somewhat bitter dryness lingers on into the aftertaste where a some "fleshy" fruit notes are present as well. There is no alcoholic warmth present in the finish.

This ends up being a decent, inoffensive fruit beer that is pleasantly refreshing. Although labeled as a witbier, I didn't detect any notes that would lead me to belive that this was brewed with wheat. As a fruit beer, it does the job.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like blackberries. And I like Witbier. I'm not sure I like this particular beer.

Aroma is heavy and fruit laden. Very attractive pour, light amber with just a tinge of pinkish violet.

Flavor is strange to me. Kinda muddled. Fairly dry. Blackberries are present but don't quite fit.

Medium mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall, this beer was a miss. It just didn't quite work. I think it would have worked better if it were a little bit sweeter (some of the other viewers say this beer is too sweet, which I just don't get. Maybe I got a weird bottle?)

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light straw yellow body with a thick white head. I want it to be a bit more cloudy, but its pretty clear.

The smell actually isnt bad. Like other SA fruit flavored beers, its got an artificial candy sweet blackberry smell. base sweet Wit underneath is more wheat than yeast, but theres still a hint of banana shining through.

Tastes like blackberry candy. Syrupy sweet blackberry hard tack. The yeast just doesnt come out. It finishes clean and sweet, but I want more of something. Blackberries arent normally this sweet, honestly. I think thats the fault. A nice dry yet sweet blackberry flavor with a nice yeasty Wit would be fantastic, but the yeast is just lacking any kind of punch. Its more of a bready yeast than an estery yeast as well.

I like how it finishes tho, nice and clean with the blackberry flavors lingering.

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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 Maxwell
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy piss yellow with an ever so slight hint of blue that makes the beer seem like a grayed yellow, almost like a corn syrup. The head poured thin and cream white, but dissipates very quickly leaving a thin wall of lacing. The smell is a nice bouquet of light blackberry and light wheat with an interesting spice lying below. The wheat-stink is definitely the dominant smell though. The beer tastes thick with a lovely mix of the wheat malty-sweet and the more sour-sweet of the blackberries. Slight citrus seems to be hiding in the back of the flavor, and nicely rounds the beer giving it a ghost of a bitter hint. The aftertaste is a lovely light lingering of the berries in your mouth. Mouthfeel is a little strange with very fierce carbonation that leaves a burn on the tongue but other than that the mouth is very clean and slightly dry with a wetter feel on its roof. The beer is slightly creamy in feel with a good lighter beer feel hidden underneath the harsh carbonation. Overall this is a very decent more mass produced beer. It is actually one of my favorite berry-based beers, I think, as they got the berry taste wonderfully mixed with the witbier style and I don’t really care if they used real berries or berry syrup. This beer is worthy of a try.

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Photo of netrioter
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this bottle lying in the back of my friends fridge that was probably back there for a year or longer...

drank from said bottle

tasted like a beer after you had a shot of Leroux Blackberrt Brandy and you chased it with a Sam Adams

in saying was a good flavor and went down smooth....cant justify 9 dollars for a 6 pack of this but id try it again.

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Photo of pkalix
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

better taste than expected. nice wheat with fruity taste. doesnt seem to have the same old hop style as all the other sam adams brews and is slightly surprising. some bitterness in the aftertaste, but it was to be expected from this brand. i havent met a supremely astonishing taste character yet from this brewer....

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head.

Blackberries are definitely present in the aroma along with a little bit of lemon and coriander. Not bad at all.

Sweet citrus is front and center on the taste and I can definitely pick out blackberries. It doesn't taste artificial which is a plus considering this is a problem with some fruit beers. A little coriander and a soft wheat mouthfeel make this a pleasing drink.

Overall, not bad but pretty average all around. I'm not sure if I would seek it out again but it is refreshing and a decent brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I went to a local party store initially to pick up another 6-pack of Samuel Adams Summer Ale, but I walked out with Blackberry Witbier.

First thing I noticed when I got home was that this beer is unfiltered. Being fairly new to beer, I initially thought it was contaminated (derp). I cracked a bottle open, took a smell, and then a quick swig. It has a pleasant blackberry aroma -- as you'd expect -- as well as a slight taste of them as well. I've seen some of the reviewers comment that it's overpowering and that the beer is much too sweet, but I don't get that at all. As a matter of fact, less than half a bottle in my belly, and I couldn't really even taste the blackberry anymore.

The mouth feel of this beer is incredible due to it being unfiltered. If you take a sip and leave it on your tongue at all, it starts to foam up.

While Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier smells great and has a really nice mouth feel, it's really just an average beer ... especially after a few sips when the blackberry seems to disappear. Personally, I could never drink more than one bottle in a session ... Good, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma has a little bit of wheat, but what is really standing out is a very sweet blackberry component. The flavor is also full of extremely sweet, and somewhat cloying, blackberry fruit notes. There is some wheat, and maybe a hint of coriander, but the fruit is front and center. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy golden with a two-finger length white head. Tiny bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. Sweet blackberries dominate the smell. I can also pick up some of the faint malt aroma as well. Blackberry hits the mouth at the beginning with the clean wheat malt taste coming through at the back. There is little hop flavor. There is some coriander as well. The flavors complement each other well. The body is light to medium with adequate carbonation. It is smooth and refreshing. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. If you're looking to experiment with fruit beer, picking this up as a single isn't a bad idea.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale gold. Small white head. Nose is fruity with blackberry jam, faint grassy notes. Mouth is crisp with plenty of carbonation, but not too harsh. Lots of blackberry in the flavor, but not too sweet. Faint spice profile adds a slight spiciness that balances out the fruity sweetness well. Not bad. Refreshing beer.

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Photo of Celtics76
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a bit of a hiatus (due to purchasing a home), it's good to be back with a review.

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Hazy gold in appearance with a reasonable level of carbonation. Well, I expected more of a subtle blackberry flavor but that's not what I got. Many "beer nerds" won't like that, but I don't have a problem with it. I like beer, I like blackberries.

I would not, however, consider this a witbier. A pure fruit beer in my opinion like Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat.

Refreshing, flavorful and perfect after a long day of unloading boxes. I'm glad I tried it, will re-visit from time to time - 4s across the board.

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