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 beergod1
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well....Wit's are not a fav. beer of mine, and I don't like fruity beer. However, when a Light and a Blackberry wit come in a Sampler, I have to buy to get hold of a Latitude 48. Not a terrible tasting beer, just too sweet for my taste. Kind of like a Wine Cooler....but of course with a light hop/malt presence. Not Terrible, just not my cup

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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 aepb1
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow/golden, cloudy, big white head that stays well

S- Wow, berry with some wheat backbone

T- Some malts up front and flows into blackberry but at a much less level than the nose. Not as much "taste" when compared to the "nose" which is a disappointment because that nose was great!

M- Medium and decently carbonated

D- If I were to just smell it, I would love it everyday! Overall just not that over the top

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Photo of lou50rp
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a pale orange color with little head which disappears quickly.
Very little lacing. The smell was all blackberries. The taste was strong blackberries with a bit of citrus at the end. No hops. mouth feel was medium. one or two of these would be all I would want.
Nothing spectacular and will not be on my list of drinks for summer.

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Photo of aristeros
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug. Slight white head from a vigorous pour. Tart fruit and sweet malt in the nose. Blackberries, of course. Light citrus on the back end.

Sweet malt up front, immediately followed by a fist full of blackberries. Sweet and tart, overpowers the wheat and malts, unfortunately. Slight biscuit, no hops at all, slight wheat presence in the texture.

I'm about sick of blackberries by the end of the mug.

Disappointing as a wheat beer but a more complex malt profile or some more robust hop presence would have helped it a lot.

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

Poured aggressively, a big head can be made to billow above a hazy gold body. Strong aromas of tart berries and candies that span the assorted fruit spectrum. It smells interesting, to be sure, but the sweetness of the aromas becomes tedious after a while. Sweet berries overwhelm the front palate...and the middle...and the back. I have to be in a particular mood to enjoy something this sugary-tasting, otherwise it's a total no-go.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a slight orange-ish tint. There is a nice three finger foamy white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing whatsoever.

As the name would suggest the dominant aroma is that of blackberries, but there are hints of bubblegum and orange peel floating around as well. Unfortunately I get no real witbier spicyness.

The taste is mostly blackberries; sweet and tart, with no real witbier substance. Unfortunately, there is very little wheat malt and coriander in the flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and full with moderate to high carbonation (spot on for the style).

This beer is not exactly what I expected, but it is not terrible; not great but not terrible. For what it's worth the beer does seem to get better as it warms, it seems to take on more traditional witbier characteristics.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Sam Adams variety summer 12-pack.

Pour: Hazy yellow-orange color with two fingers of white head that retained decently and left a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Blackberries dominate the smell with an underlying wheat malt backbone, some yeasty notes, and no real hops to speak of.

Taste: Blackberries much more subdued in the flavor than in the smell. Starts off with a very light wheat malt sweetness and some bready notes, which gives way into a hint of blackberry in the back and no hop bitterness, though overall, pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down alright, but the blackberries get stronger with each sip in the aftertaste, and it becomes unpleasant toward the end.

Final Notes: Maybe good for those that love very sweet beer without hop character or as a dessert beer, but I don't really care for it and I won't be buying it by itself at any rate.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a slightly hazy straw with a minor bit of white head that dies away very quickly. The nose comprises a bushel's worth (at least) of berries, though whether or not they're blackberries is hard for me to say. Some bready bits congregate in the background, but don't say very much. The taste is composed of these elements as well, joined by a very light bitterness. Hm. The body is light, with a dry finish and a rather bubbly feel. Overall, not the best wit out there; the berries are strong yet vague, leaving me wanting something more, somewhere...

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy yellow orange color pour with a small fizzy white head , short lasting leaving some jagged lacing behind ,lively carbonation. Aroma of blsckberry slushie , grassy hops and orange zest . Flavor is wheaty , with some hints of spicy hops and lots of fruit , light body , thin mouthfeel , a good solid drinker but nothing here to bring me back for more .

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Photo of chickenflea
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Good aroma:more currant than blackberry. Excellent color. Medium head that dissipates withing 5 minutes. Typical mouthfeel for a wheat beer. Main disappointment is flavor which is just so so. Tastes better with food like Ritz crackers. Not that great by itself.

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Photo of mjurney
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Appearance]: Deep amber-golden color, very hazy, lots of beautiful bubbles, head looks awesome, leaves a really nice lacing on the glass.
[Smell]: Sour blackberries, a little grainy wheat.
[Taste]: Grainy wheat up front, mixture of sour blackberries/raspberries, touch of yeast at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, medium amount of carbonation, finish is crisp with some dryness.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is average. Not a true Witbier, but more like a fruit beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.64/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into the Sam Adams Boston Lager glass...maybe not perfect glasswear for a wit, but hey, sue me...So it pours a fairly cloudy golden-peach color, with a half-inch of creamy head that lasts a good while (thanks, nucleation site!).

Definitely a big aroma here, although not sure how to feel, as it's a sweet berry smell that has a kind of tainted character (label reads "Wheat ale brewed with blackberries and spices and NATURAL FLAVOR ADDED." (Those are my capital letters, but see??) This berry-ness is so overpowering that the beer lacks the characteristic aromas of a witbier. Some wheat can be detected, but maybe that's a combination of a little experience and a lot of imagination. Anyway, not all that promising.

At first, some nice flavor can be had, with a sweet blackberry succulence and a grainy wheat-bread earthiness going on, but then a very plastic-like flavor comes in the ruin everything. Something a little more organic and tea-like also comes in, and everything, the good and the good and in between, seems to swirl around in the finish before that totally dies off.

Too bad the flavor is an unimpressive wreck, as the creamy texture is quite wonderful. Soft, silky, round and with just enough carbonation, this would be even more appreciated if the beer tasted good.

Nah, it feels where it counts most: Taste. This beer has taste, no doubt, but not a very appealing one.

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Photo of Kallessin
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow and very hazy. Has a foamy fizzy white head that sticks around for a couple minutes, then settles to a thin film.

Smells mainly of citrusy wheat with a hint blackberry. Some sweetness and herbal hops underneath. Not a tone of aroma, but pleasant.

Has a very light fruity flavor with tangy citrus and blackberry, some bready wheat malt with a hint of peppery spiciness. Much like the aroma, it's pleasant but feels a little lacking in depth and character.

It's light bodied, smooth and dry with tingly carbonation.

This is a pretty decent beer. I really enjoyed the subtle blackberry mixed with the citrusy wheat flavors. Overall I felt it lacked a little something. If it's anything it's light and refreshing

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

Poured a fresh one of these into a clean pint glass.

A. This beer is a hazy light yellow with about 2 fingers of white foamy head. The head dropped into a cap after about 3-4 minutes.

S. This thing smells like a gigantic blackberry. I can't distinguish any other flavors.

T. Up front you can taste blackberries in a thick wheaty body. Not a bad flavor addition but it kinda reminds me of cereal. Not my type of beer but for what it is i would say its pretty good.

D. I could see these disappearing pretty quickly at a party. Whether or not I drink them is something else.

Worth a shot, pick it up you shouldn't be dissapointed.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle with a brewery freshness month of September. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass, it appears a slightly hazed straw yellow color with a bit of orange tint to it. Head is more than 2 fingers strong of white foam backed by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. As the head receeds, lace clings all about the glassware. The aroma of this beer is a big burst of blackberry fruitiness that is so bold I have a hard time believing this is not exaggerated or accented with an extract or artificial flavoring of some sort. Also in the nose is a bit of some other minor citrus notes, some candy-like character and a hint of sulfur. Taste is slightly fruity upfront from the berry but includes a tacky amount of wheat through the medium light, highly carbonated body. The flavor of this beer has an increasing amount of wheat character as it warms that becomes more sweet and also takes on a bit of some hefeweizen flavors of subtle banana and a bit of bubblegum through the back blended with the ongoing presence of the blackberries. The alcohol is a little more apparent than most for the style.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yellowish orange, cloudy, weak head and not much lacing. Not bad looking but not great either.

Smells of fruit with a touch of yeast and malt. A fairly appealing smell.

Taste would be better with a bit less blackberry, which dominates the taste, but does have some slight malty and wheat overtures.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Plenty of carbonation, but a smooth feel on the tongue and a decent finish.

Drinkability is average. This is the second sixer I've bought in the last six months, and that's about the right frequency. I like the idea of fruity beers, but this isn't one of my favorites, although it's certainly ok.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

still tapping into my sam summer variety

poured from bottle into a pint glass

A- very cloudy and hazy with a weak head. The orange color is impressive for the brew.

S- sour, sour berry smell. Some yeast compliments it. However the fruit takes over in the end. Very sweet and musty too

T- light but sweet flavor of berries is the underlying theme of the brew. Sour yeast mixed with fruit is the overall taste. Pretty tasty

M- crispy as all heck. Well carbonated too

D- a good brew for some warm days. I know that is said all too often, but it is drinkable. The berris are a good swing for a fruit type beer. I enjoy it

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Photo of dcook11
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-one finger head. Heavy carbonation. on the darker side for a witbier- dark amber.

S-Blueberries/blackberries even a hint of grape.

T-the fruit is very apparent. Gives it a medicine after taste that I am not a fan of.


D- wouldn't have more then one.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker-straw in color, with thin white head. Noticeably cloudy with moderate carbonation.

S: Smells strongly of that sweet berry smell you would expect from cough syrup.

T: Sweet fruit-candy flavor is most apparent. Also noticeable is some lemon, nut, and roasted flavors.

M: Feels fairly thin on the mouth and has low carbonation.

D: It's refreshing and flavorful, but a little too sweet. Despite the label's description, the fruit is subtle like a sledgehammer. The blackberry would work a lot better if it were dialed back a little.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the 12 OZ bottle into my new belgium goblet

A: lots of clarity (witbier- ??) and a super generous head. fully 4 fingers of foam from a hard pour. Head is almost eggshell white. brew is just a bit yellower than honey.

s: not much to the nose. a hint of blackberry, is all I notice.

t: well, not one of sam adam's best. This comes across as just a standard brew with a hint of blackberry. No real hopiness. I can appreicate maltiness behind the fruitiness, which takes this at least one point above the macro-brews.

m: not bad in this dept - no alcolhol bite. decent body with medium carbonation

D: I"m basically ambivalnet here. not bad, not good... will definitley finish all that I have! but will look to other brews next time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At a BBQ today.

Pouring a hazy amber orange, this is darker than a wit should be. There's an off-white head with nice retention and a little lacing. The nose is quite disappointing. Rather artificial blackberry character, medicinal in nature washes everything else out. Maybe some wheat is present, but there's some spice character as well. Just way too fruity, not enough yeast expression. The palate opens with the artificial fruit character dominating, medicinal in character. Then, the moderate spice character kicks in with a perplexing astringency on the finish. The spice character is definitely coriander seed in nature with that classic astringency I've learned to expect from it when used with a less than deft hand. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer dries on the finish with spice and artificial fruit noticeable. Disappointing stuff. I love a decent number of Sam Adams beers, but this certainly isn't one of them.

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Photo of showell
2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ummm... I like most Sam Adams beers, but I'm afraid this one isn't one of them. Looks fine. Medium amber and cloudy. Smell is like berry cough syrup. Honestly. With just a touch of malt. About the time I'd finished sampling the scent, the head was mostly gone. The flavor is a mixture of lager and cough syrup. A bit of malt with a sweet berry flavor in the background. The carbonation is about right I guess, for what it is. One will be enough if I can finish it. I suppose someone will like it. But to me it's just not very good. The flavors just don'[t mix. Sorry.

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Photo of charlzm
2.64/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed May 29th, 2010.

Lightly cloudy, moderately yellow beer with the typical Samuel Adams white head; relkatively small, not too densely packed and rapidly disappearing.

Aroma is blackberries and nothing else.

Taste is also primarily blackberry, but there is wheat tang as well. Slightly sweet with low to no bitterness. Simple, verging on the annoying in its lack of complexity.

Mouthfeel is slightly soft and with only the very slightest pinch of dryness.

As fruity wheat beers go, this isn't terrible, but it's not a style I especially enjoy, nor can I recommend this example. It took me an hour or so to finish one bottle.

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Photo of SAtaMi
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 3/4" head leaves quickly. A dirty blond color which is hazy.

Smell - A touch of blackberry wheat and Malt.

Taste - A nice wheat flavor with a touch of blackberry that is in know may overpowering the beer. It is a little sweeter then i expected.

Mouthfeel - Fresh and crisp with a slight tooth to it.

Drinkability - Its not a bad beer but as far as knocking back more then one or two seems a bit much. Its sweetness may be good for turning a wine cooler fan into a beer drinker.

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