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

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
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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1,637
pDev:
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Ratings: 1,637 |  Reviews: 676
Photo of thatguy3579
3.06/5  rDev -7%
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 -6.1%
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 -17.6%
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 -35.3%
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 -19.8%
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 -12.8%
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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Photo of zimm421
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy golden color with white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells of blackberry and wheat, a very subdued aroma, not much going on. The flavor is very laid back, almost nothing standing out. The blackberry does slightly come through in the end, but nothing to be impressed with.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing, with lots of active carbonation. It is fairly drinkable, but not something I will ever buy again. Only had it because it came in the summer sampler, honestly, not worth it.

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Photo of ScottyC
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy. Slight warm, orange color.

Smell: Definitely blackberries. Pretty much all you smell. Maybe a bit malty.

Taste: Certainly a very fruity beer. Pretty much dominates the beer. This is like drinking a Smirnoff, except not quite as sweet and has the mouthfeel of a beer.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easy because it's so light. Fruit does get to be a bit much as it warms up.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend likes this beer, and she doesn't like beer to begin with which is never a good start!

Pours a light golden color, good carbonation, head stays for a little bit.

The beer had a powerful nose of fruity berries, regular witbier notes missing.

Tastes like it smells, powerful fruit flavor in the beginning with nothing else, a crisp finish, though. Tastes like light beer with grape juice in it.

Mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation makes it refreshing.

You could probably drink one or two of these before you decide to upgrade to a better beer. Nothing offensive just not a true witbier. Oh well, I'd still rather buy these for my gf than those crappy corona lights she drinks, this one is at least drinkable!

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Photo of dewalt
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brewmaster's special doesn't really work as a fruit beer, or a wheat beer. It's an apricot-colored, hazy, fizzy brew. The nose promises berries, toasty grains, lemon and grape --but the taste doesn't deliver. Flavors of blackberry, citrus and biscuit are simple and unchallenging. A slightly soapy mouthfeel doesn't help. This is a perfectly nice beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of drpimento
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was wondering about this - an now I found out. Starts off not too bad: Pours with a light fine white head and some lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is like a wit beer but with serious blackberries. Flavor is where it takes a turn for the worse. I can pick up the wit thang in the background but the berry absolutely dominates and twists the stuff in a way that reminds me of crass comercialization. Body and carbonation is ok. Finish is like flavor. Not a session.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy, very pale, golden yellow color with a thin coating of velvety white lace and modest carbonation. Retention isn;t the best and there's little lasting lace.

S: Has a crisp, grainy sweet aroma with subtle notes of ripened blackberry and honey.

T: Flavor is very light, but fairly grainy and mellow up front, with a lightly toasted malt flavor. Some wheat malt and yeast funk creep in slightly before a faint blackberry juice flavor melds in to lighten up the taste even more. Relatively low tartness and a fruity, snappy finish.

M: Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly chewy from residual brewing ingredients suspended in the brew.

D: The blackberry is so light I wouldn't even constitute it as a "must-try" for blackberry fans. But, it is natural tasting and a pretty good companion to the light, smooth drinkability of a witbier, which SA has crafted pretty well. not bad, but I wouldn't buy any quantity on its own for myself.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color. There was about a finger of crisp white head that recedes rather quickly to leave a slight bit of lacing.

S: Has a sweet berry aroma. You can definitely pick out the blackberry in the smell. There is a sharp tartness in the aroma as well.

T: The taste is mellowed down from the aroma which is a good thing. I was expecting a fruit loop flavor, but the taste is fairly clean and crisp. The front of the sip has a slight sweetness that quickly changes to blackberry with a slightly bitter tart finish. Nothing over powering. Overall much better than I was expecting but nothing stellar. My expectations weren't too high after my last fruit experience from Sam Adams was the Cranberry Lambic.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a finger of head. Head retention is pretty good, as is lacing.

Scent is a really sweet scent of blackberries. Slightly syrupy in nature.

Blackberry flavoring is not as strong as I would have thought. Still somewhat syrup-like at the end. Lacks much of a wit's usual flavor as well. Somewhat wet finish.

The syrup nature of the flavoring isn't in your face, but still somewhat bothersome. Being reminded of cough syrup is not something I tend to look for in a beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck included in part of the summer 12 pack. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a hazy light gold with a decent off-white head.

Nose of berries, perfume, berries and light grains.

The taste closely tracks the smell. It is light and fruity with berry notes, a bit of grain. It is sweet and teeters on the edge of being cloying. Just enough dry finish to pull it back from the edge.

The mouth is crisp and workman like. It is a light refreshing beer, but I will limit myself to no more than one every once-in-awhile.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, on the darker side of golden. I love the color, but I wish the head would last longer.

Smell: Smells overwhelmingly of blackberries, to the exclusion of everything else.

Taste: A crisp, wheaty taste, with the blackberries surprisingly taking a backseat. I'm kind of happy about this, but maybe they should have been brought out a bit more, because they balance the wheat to the point of nearly neutralizing the flavor. It's still quite enjoyable, though.

Mouthfeel: Crisp but a little watery.

Drinkability: I have another one, but I'd rather drink something else after I'm done with this. Don't get me wrong, though: I will happily drink that other one... it just might be tomorrow when I do.

I don't like this as much as Cherry Wheat, but it's a worthy experiment on the part of the Boston Beer Company, and one I'm happy to have tasted.

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Photo of skenyon1811
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a pint.

A: Cloudy golden orange appearance. About an inch of head, that fell quickly to about quarter inch. Common of most wheats. Some lacing.

S: This has a very strong aroma, as soon as I poured it I could smell the sweet berry bouquet. Diving a little farther in you can smell the wheat as well. I like the uniqueness of it's aroma.

T: I like this beer in small sips. A small sip tastes like a good crisp wheat beer with berry notes. A big gulp tastes like beer and artificial grape flavoring. I get a slight sour taste at the end.

M: Super light and carbonated, kind of feels like a soda. I think it is too carbonated.

D: This beer does go down very easily, it might make you a little gassy though. I could see drinking a couple with some friends at a cook out.

This is a beer that could be a hit or miss beer. Give it a try though.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottler obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH. pours a hazy golden color with about an inch of off white head. scents of blackberries immediately hits the nose with the scents of malt and vanilla in the background. tastes of blackberries immediately hit the palate with vanilla and cracker taste from the malt. medium bodied and moderately carbonated. light and easy drink and very flavorful. Two Thumbs up!

Cheers!

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Photo of aknight
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong smell of blackberry sweetness with maybe a little wheat in the back. The taste is of an overly sweet blackberry. This is a fruity wheat beer and it accomplishes that but to my tastes this is a pretty one dimensional beer lacking any subtlety. Sub par compared to what I'm used to from Boston Beer.

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Photo of Fnord
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy pale yellow with a creamy white head.

Smell - Mostly smells like blackberries, all right, with a little wheat in the back.

Taste - Blackberries, obviously, plus wheat, coriander, and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick with high carbonation.

Notes - When I smelled it I was afraid this was going to be one-dimensional, but you can definitely taste some spices in it. It's far from complex, though. I don't regret trying it, but I don't intend to buy it again.

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Photo of aval89
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: dark orange, hazy. 1.5 finger head..

s: blackberry upfront, kinda citrusy, also a little wheat/grain

t: fake blackberry upfront, kinda citrusy, wheat hints...
finishes grainy with blackberry aftertaste on the palate

mf: smooth, light to medium carbonation

D: its easy to drink but not my cup of tea

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Photo of HalfFull
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours deep straw to golden in color with a careful half inch of white foam and shows a bit of haze and some suspended yeast. Decent retention and a moderate carbonation.

Nose is strong on berry notes and quite volatile. Subtle hints of wheat and barley are present but largely squashed by the fruit notes. Berry notes are pleasant yet overwhelm and dominate.

Light grain flavor initiates but is then hit by the powerful blackberry notes. Slightly sweet for the style yet works OK with the fruit flavors and fills the body a bit. Grainy flavors reveal themselves towards the finish as the fruit disperses briefly, only to return to a firmly carbonated cherry soda close.

Sweet and simple with classic witbier flavors buried in the fruit, enough so that I would call this a Fruit/Veg. Beer as for style. Decent drink if you favor the lopsided aroma and flavor of the beer.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier pours a bright golden/orange color and is extremely translucent. The head is white with good retention and lacing.

The smell has obvious notes of blackberry, and it is really hard to pick up on any other nuances.

Its tastes starts off with sweet notes and quickly turns into sour/tartness similar to fruit candy. These intial flavors remind me of blackberry soda. The finish has a twang similar to a saison style, which is the only taste recoganizable to anyother style of beer.

The mouthfeel is medium and decently creamy, but it does finish crisp. This allows it to be relatively easy to drink, especailly to other beers in this style or similar ones.

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier was a pleasant suprise for me as I typically turn my nose up at these styles. I think it is definitely worth a try for even the hoppiest of hop heads.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to be comparing this to Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat a little bit.

A - Pours an absolute hazy orange/brown into a pint glass. No visible sediment. 2 fingers of white head at the max, leaves a thin cap that barely coves the entire surface. Not much lacing to speak of. A lot better than Blackbeary, which looked like Bud Light.

S - A nice refreshing smell to this. Smells like a blackberry dessert; blackberry with a hint of vanilla or clove. Very sweet and appealing.

T - Blackbeary Wheat had a taste of seltzer first, blackberry second. This is just the opposite. Still very strong carbonation and notable hop bitterness, but that doesn't overpower the blackberry taste, which is definitely identifiable as blackberry in this brew. Tastes a little artificial, however.

MF - A little on the thick side. Slightly syrupy. Not disgusting, just a little extreme.

D - Not the most drinkable beer in the variety pack. For a fruit beer, I was expecting something a little lighter and easier to throw back. This has too much of a seltzer bite and heavy body to be a real pounder.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.14/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color, minimal head (maybe something with my glass).

Aroma, typical wheat aroma with defnite blackberry presence.

Taste is dominated by blackberry but it is very pleasant and not overdone.

mouthfeel is a bit thin, I would have preferred a bit more body.

Drinkability is very high, this would be a great session beer on a warm summer day.

Overall, highly enjoyable, not overly complex beer, a worthy addition to the beers of summer mix pack.

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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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