Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #703
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
76
Ranked #46,560
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 18.98%
Reviews:
676
Ratings:
1,640
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Year-round
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Reviews: 676 | Ratings: 1,640
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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Photo of NaLoGra
3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber color, good head, minimal lacing.

S - Dominated by blackberries, not much else there.

T - Very strong blackberry flavor upfront, then settles into a wheat aftertaste.

M - Very light and carbonated.

O - Overall, good beer. If you're looking for blackberry, look no further. I would prefer over Abita Purple Haze anyday.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down to a ring and a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of blackberries. There is a bit of wheat in the background but the blackberries dominate. I am kinda enjoying it though.

T - Starts off with blackberry flavor right from the get-go. There is a bit more wheat flavor in the background than in the aroma, but the blackberries are still the main focus here. Through the middle, some spices and heavier traditional witbier flavors (spices and wheat). The finish is a mix of blackberries and a touch of wheat with lingering sweetness.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweetness is really present and is also in potent in the finish and lingers afterwards. Refreshing feel overall.

D - Very drinkable. Not going to say it is the most balanced beer out there, but the blackberry flavor is nice and I am really enjoying the flavor.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer that got me into craft beer. Finally got a chance to review this beer, my uncle had some in his fridge and with his blessing I helped myself.

A-Cloudy orange-yellow, two finger head, not much lacing left behind.

S-Blackberries and some wheat.

T-Lots of blackberries, mainly the only thing noticeable in this beer. However some of the wheat flavors do come out. No bitterness whatsoever

M-Very light and not much carbonation

O-When I first had this beer (about a year and a half ago) I though it was the best thing out there. I've found better since then, but this still a great introduction beer and highly sessionable.

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass. Funny, I thought I'd reviewed this before!

This brew pours a slightly hazy deeper golden color crested with two fingers of head. Lacing and retention are good. The aroma is awesome, some realistic blackberry notes over a firm wheat backbone. The taste on this brew is smooth blackberries (not too sweet, not too tart) with some slight citrus aspects and an easygoing wheat backbone.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's very smooth and highly carbonated. The drinkability, of course, is off the charts. That's what a well-done fruit addition will do. A great fruit beer from Sam Adams and one that I'm glad is widely available. Berry much better than Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of clayphilly
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this summer 2010. Bought a case to drink for the hottest week in Philadelphia. Fruity beer, palpable dark berries flavor, but also balanced undertones- that is to say, not overly sweet like most fruit beers. Definitely not a typical beer taste- would be a great transition beer for first-timers. Reminds me of a one-dimensional version of Delirium Tremens.

Notes:
-24 bottle case
-6th and moore distributor, Philly 2010 summer

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow and hazy. Not that this is bad by any stretch, but as many might notice this isn't all that common a pour for a witbier. Slight foam.

S - Smells like blackberries. Not much wheat smell. Very pleasant.

T - A light fruit beer is what I'm tasting. The finish is sweet with blackberry, but other than that there is a faint taste of wheat. Its good, but a little watered down to me.

M - Very light bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink a few. And in warmer months it would make for a nice brew.

I like the Sam's Cherry Wheat much more than this one. It is a decent beer, but not a choice witbier.

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Photo of rsween22
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was a nice seasonal type beer by Sam Adams. It had a bit of a thick mouthfeel with a definate berry finish to it without much alcohol aftertaste.
Poured with a nice lacing but not much head on the top of the glass.

Perfect beer for an outdoor get together when its 90 degrees outside.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A blackberry witbeer - who'da thunk up this abomination? Almost undrinkale, IMO. In fact, I could not finish it.

This one belongs in the "failed experiment" bin at Sam Adams along with their Cranberry Lambic, Fake Cherry Wheat, and most of that "imperial" series. Also bet this one, like the Cherry Wheat, was made with sugary-sweet artificial blackberry syrup. Gak!

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Photo of ChristianBlack
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on sale. Isn't that now why people buy Sam Adams.

Good color. I can of expected a dark cherry or berry type color based on the fact that they probably use extract. It had okay lacing and a decent head.

Smelled berry and wheat.

The taste was a bit too sweet for me. It had the wheat backbone, but a little too much berry sweetness.

Good carbonation and a wheat mouthfeel.

Overall, this was a good fruit wit.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: Deeply cloudy gold-amber. A little drab purple tone as well. Small head.

S: Bright with candy aromas. Banana, berries, wheat.

T: Nice wheat beer with subtle blackberry back tones. For what it is, it is really good. A little too much like a wine cooler or mineral water for me.

M: Thin, highly carbonated.

D: A couple on a sunny day could be nice. Not something I would actively pursue, though, unless you really like fruity beers.

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Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Sam Adams' Blackberry Witbier is murky3 dull yellow, perhaps the faintest hint of lialiac White head leaves scattered lace.

Smell is just like a Clearly Candian berry seltzer. Dry minerality and and a bit of marrion berry.

Taste is pretty similar, there's enough berry to provide some depth of flavor, but its mild, and not overly sweet or tart. Could hot summer day type of beer, just a hint of fruit. Not terribly exciting, but this is a beer style that I consider to be easy to do poorly and hard to do not poorly, which they did.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, it' inoffensive and refreshing, but not something I'd see out or go for again.

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Photo of dhannes
4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
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 KajII
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured yellow-orange in color with a large fizzy white head that had virtually no lacing.The aroma was that of light bready malts moderately sweet with a heavy blackberry odor. It tasted of sweet malts with a strong blackberry finish that only lasted a short time. Mouthfeel was light with a watery texture. Overall not a bad beer but not a great one either.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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 bierschmecktgut
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into white wine glass. Hazy amber gold with a nice frothy head and decent lacing. Carbonation is not evident.

Smells especially of ripe berries, very pleasant. A few swirls have released some malt and subtle hops, maybe williamette.

The taste is less than the aroma hints at, sweet malt is the winner at the front and on the swallow but still balanced with some bitterness. A witbeer spiciness is there and comes later in the back of the nose along with some orange peel on the back of the tongue.

Very crisp with a medium/light body with no after taste or syrupy coating. Goes down pretty smooth - much like other wheat/wit beers.

Surprisingly refreshing for a fruit-labeled witbeer. Will make an effort to grab again in the future.

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Photo of david18
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine brought a sixpack of this over for the Super Bowl. It is definitely not a style I gravitate towards but of course I had to try it. Sam Adams makes pretty much every style out there and, like many, this one is solid but not outstanding.

Color is a gold to orange with a decent and fizzy head. The carbonation stays around for a while.

Smell was pretty interesting. You could definitely smell the wheat elements as well as the blackberry.

The flavor was not as much berry as I would have guessed which, for me, is a positive. Overall, not a great flavor but not bad.

If you like this style of beer it's very drinkable because of the balance of flavors and the low alcohol by volume.

Not my favorite but pretty much exactly what I had expected, which says a lot for this brewer.

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Photo of wcintula
2.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first beer poured into my Noble Pils pilsner glass. Pours with a thin head that quickly recedes above a slightly hazy golden-orange body. The smell is like a dry raspberry/blackberry seltzer. Throw in a slight malt sweetness and some hop bitterness and there's your taste. It's pretty gassy and prickly on the tongue. Decent at best, not something I'd consider worthy of the Brewmaster's Collection.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.86/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a bright golden yellow and then settles into darker gold. Tons of yeast floating around in this one. No lacing at all.

Smell - Smells of blackberries. Slightly tart. Hints of raspberries, also.

Taste - Tastes just like it smells. Very watered down, which was very disappointing. Tastes like watery freshly washed berries. Nothing extraordinary or special. A severe lack of intensity and taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very easily drinkable; but just boring and bland. Very light bodied. One of Sam Adams worst offerings.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden with a large head. Minor, simple lace. Not much there.

Scent of berries (duh), yeast, and kind of weirdly soapy. Hmm.

Flavor is light, with a little spiciness and a subtle (not overpowering) blackberry.

Not altogether bad, but not among my Sam Adams favorites.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i really love wheat beers. this one is right up in there. smooth with a nice berry finish. in the past i drove about 8 miles to a store that carried this, however they just built a store close to my house that carries the blackberry witbier. this makes me very happy- the beer itself is very refreshing and delicious, its one of my altime favorites.

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Photo of gatorguy
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been trying more witbiers lately, odd for the season I know, but it's a craving I had. Sam Adam's blackberry witbier hit a chord with me. It has a nice balance between the berry and spices, and it has that crisp wheat taste. Smell is dominated by blackberry, but is not overpowering. Pours a classic hazy white-yellow that is common with witbiers, with a nice finger and a half white head that has lacing. Drinkability is good, but it is a bit dry and would make it hard to down more than a few at a time. Taste, has stated, was good. I personally found it very appealing, even if it wasn't the best witbier I've had. Overall I would definitely get more of these, very nice brew.

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Photo of fdw3
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, translucent yellow with an off-white head that leaves some lacing across the glass. No floating sediment.

Aroma is a nice spiced berry scent, but I can't say it smells like blackberries. Taste is unique with a distinct berry taste that lacks sweetness. Finishes with spice notes fading into a comparatively strong wheat flavor.

Carbonation is average, body is light, and mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability is slightly lower than other witbiers as the berry scent/flavor can eventually become irritating.

OVERALL: A nice, dry take on the witbier that I enjoyed and would recommend in limited quantities.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Sam Adams better wheat beers. Take that with a grain of salt because Sam Adams doesn't make amazing wheat beers (with the exception of the Summer Ale and Winter Lager, if of course you even consider the Winter Lager a wheat beer). With that being said, it was a good beer. I didn't find the blackberry to be too overpowering, but it was very present. I think it was a good balance, definitely not as overpowering as the cherry wheat is. The color is very pretty, it's cloudy and tan, but also has a hint of that purple blackberry color. Smell isn't anything special. Taste was good though, as I said, not too overpowering. The wheat is there and is balanced nicely with the blackberry.

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