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

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

Brewed by:
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 ZeroSignal
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy straw with a two to three finger white head, decent retention, nice lacing.

S - Berries up front, light notes of bread

T&M - Berries again, certainly blackberry; some wheat "fluffiness" in the feel. Feels a little thin, but refreshing.

D - Drinkability is the strong suit of this beer. An excellent hot weather drinker, nice fruity flavors, nothing overpowering. Certainly not my favorite in the style, but easy on the taste buds.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
2.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all, it says the style is whitbeer, but lets call it what it is, alcoholic vitamin water.

Appearance is pale bubbly, 1/2 finger of head that quickly dissapears, leaves almost no lacing.

Smell, a little tiny bit of malt, tiny bit of fruit

Taste: Mostly water, then some overly sweet yet somehow bland blackberry flavor, a dash of alcohol, and a smattering of sugary malt

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, very clean finish
Drinkability is good, this is a very refreshing vitamin water drink

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like sugary sweet blackberries and creamy yeast and bready malt.
T: It tasted like sweet berries and light citrus, with bready malt and creamy yeast. The flavoring seemed somewhat artificial, but it had a very mellow aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very light and refreshing beer that was quite easy to drink. Like Blue Moon with berries added, and cleaner. I don't know if I'll ever crave this again, but it was nice to try once. I just wish it tasted more naturally sweet and blackberry-tastic.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color with a slight head and some nice lacing.

Smell: The blackberries really are upfront and overpowering, but nothing wrong with that.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Big surprise, the taste of blackberries is dominant! Way dominant! Nice flavor throughout. The mouthfeel is a bit "stingy" upfront, then eases in the middle and finishes smoothly.

Drinkability: If you like blackberries and don't mind fruit in your beer, then by all means try this one on for size. Would think this one would go great with smoked meats, as the sweetness of this beer would be a perfect compliment or just drink after a meal for a nightcap.

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Photo of jt31914
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold color with one finger of head and frothy carbonation.

S: Wheat, blackberry, it is almost like juice.

T: Berry and wheat, not too bad mellow with very fruity finish.

M/D: Very drinkable, somewhat acrid and acidic, but overall pretty unique and good witbier.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a murky rusty orange with no foam to speak of, just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - nice wheat and berry aroma

T - same as aroma, wheat and berry flavor, seems to be some sort of metallic flavor in the finish that is offputting

M/D - medium bodied with decent carbonation, really nice aroma and ok flavor, just not one i'd go for again

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Photo of beergod1
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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 of...beer.

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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 aepb1
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -1.5%
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 -14%
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 +6.4%
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 -4.3%
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 -11.6%
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 -3.3%
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 -8.8%
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 -7%
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 -8.2%
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 -19.8%
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 -2.4%
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 +1.8%
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 -0.9%
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 -1.2%
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 +16.1%
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 -37.4%
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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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,637 ratings
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