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

Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date clearly marked on bottle, reviewed bottle within fresh period. Poured into a tall clean glass.

A: One finger of white head that dissipates to a thin layer, very minimal lacing. The color is a bright yellow, and much of the sludge poured into the cup producing many floating chunks.

S: Sweet and fruity (like a jar of strawberry jam), a little blackberry, yeast, grain, and toast.

T: Yeasty wheat hits the tongue first followed closely by sweet blackberry jam and sweet malts. Some more toasty malts show through after the initial tastes have diminished. Very minimal hop presence. The long after taste is nice, with no off-flavors. Something like citrus makes an appearance as well.

M: Just the right carbonation making the mouthfeel sweet but not syrupy in the least. This beer is not full bodied, but it fills the mouth as the carbonation does its work.

D: Light and drinkable, but not watery or thin.

Overall: A all around pretty good beer, but not exceptional in any way. I would drink this again without hesitation, but I don't know if I would buy it. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Barely hazy gold with a decent initial head. Stringy lacing.

Smells a little spicy from the wheat and yeast with a little buttery undertone. Blackberry sweetness is obvious in the nose.

Taste is lightly wheaty; maybe too light. With an overly aggressive blackberry presence that makes it taste more like a grape soda than a beer. Too sweet and fruity in my opinion.

Feel is light, creamy and slightly crisp.

Overall it's not undrinkable, but not that enjoyable. It's on par with the Cherry Wheat, so if you're into that, you'll probably like this one too. Personally, I'll pass on it in the future.

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Photo of beertownbaron
4.04/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale golden in color, about a 1/2 inch of head, which quickly dissipates.

S- Smells sweet. Very fruity, like black raspberry ice cream. Also a hint of hops in the form of a flowery aroma.

T- A pretty sweet beer. The blackberry really comes through as the dominant trait. The blackberry fades away after sipping, leaving the taste of the witbier behind. Very nice balance of flavor.

M- A light beer thats a bit coarse. The carbonation is heavy, but appropriate and welcome in this kind of beer.

D- Pretty drinkable on the right occasion. This would go well with a Thanksgiving meal or a savory dish.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- dull light yellow color, not a lot of a head, decent lacing.

s- smelled bready, faintly blackberry, not too impressive

t- delciously tart blueberry in a heavy wheat setting. Sam adams does wheat great, and this is no exception.

m- thick, best served frigid. good beer to relax with and sip

d- great session beer. easy to drink a lot of; smooth with just enough tart

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange and yellow color with a finger and a half of head sitting at the top. The head disappears rather quickly, but there's still a nice circle of creamy foam sitting in the very center of my snifter. The amount of lacing on this was more than I was expecting. Small circles are stuck onto the side of my glass, with a few thin lines trickling down as well.

Smell: The blackberries are quite identifiable in the nose. This is a very fruity witbier indeed. Behind the fruit, which isn't subtle by any means, sits the wheat and malt base with a little spice from the yeast.

Taste: Right on par with the nose. A light blend of malt and wheat support the blackberry additions. There's a few herbal notes on the aftertaste as well. Between each sip you can enjoy the nice fruit flavors that side on the tongue and on your gums.

Mouthfeel: A thin to medium bodied beer with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a well put together beer by the Boston Beer Company. It isn't an incredibly complex witbier, but for the price, this is an easily cratable beer.

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Photo of gravytrain
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into glass with very little head, but did leave a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Aroma was bery pleasing with a definite berry aroma.

Taste - Wonderful. Had a very malty berry flavor that left a nice coating on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Very nice body with very little aftertaste other than the berry.

Drinkability - Easy drinker for a change of pace. Couldn't sit and drink them all day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with white haze and a medium foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of blackberry and wheat is sweeter then I had anticipated but still very much enjoyable. Taste is well enough balanced between sweet blackberries and medium wheat malt. Body is fuller then average with OK carbonation. Not bad overall thought I prefer my Wit without fruit.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium golden color with a one finger white head. Not much glass lacing going on.

S: The blackberry jumps right out in the nose with some bready sweetness and a thin hop smell.

T: Blackberry flavor is very prevalent, but is not overwhelming. I pick up some citrus flavors also along with a bready grainy malt bill but not overly sweet. Hops are slight at the back end as the beer finishes clean with a tart taste. Not bad.

M: A bit lacking, the beer is very light and it does not linger.

D: Fairly high, but I'm not sure how many I could handle. How sick of blackberry can you get?

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. The beer is far from sweet and not what I expected. The blackberry flavor was subtle yet pronounced enough to know it was there. Not bad, a good summer drinker.

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Photo of berley31
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured with an average-sized head that quickly turned into a mere thin film. No real lacing to speak of. Body is dark yellow and very hazy... almost cloudy, really.

S: Yep, there's blackberries all right. Not sickening though, which is a relief. Some orange in there as well.

T: Lots of blackberries in the taste, so very sweet. It's not cloying, but it's on the border. Hard to tell it's also a witbier, but I can detect a little of the orange/coriander that is so prominent to the style. Mostly berries, though.

M: Light-bodied, and slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: It's not bad at all, but I think it would get sickening if you had more than one (most of these beers would for me, anyway).

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Photo of blackenmn
2.74/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very light gold yellow with a thin quickly dissapearing head. Smelled of mild blackberry as expected with a bit of apple scent, kind of alot like sweet juice with a bit of mild earthy hop hiding in there.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted alot of highly carbonated blackberry tonic water with a mild herb/spice aspect to it. Definite carbonation presence on the tongue. Very light bodied with a very dry kind of bland finish, not too pleasant.

Drinkability:Very light bodied, and plain. The finish really turned me off on this thing. Probably wouldn't pick this up again. Blackberry was evident just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium straw color with a small, thick white head that stays for a while.

Smell: Smells like black berry jam, but also has hints of grains and slight floral hops.

Taste: Begins with little flavor- only a slight malt sweetness, and finishes with blackberry and bitter hops. The blackberry flavor is definitely noticeable, but not overpowering. Boston Brewing did a good job not making this one too fruity. Only real drawback- the malts and hops in this lack complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Nice, strong carbonation at the beginning.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer. As I said, Boston Brewing did a good job at maintaining a balance with this, as it easily could have been too fruity.

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Photo of wnh
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, sedimented amber-straw with a slightly chunky, lasting frothy white head. Decent lacing.

Blackberry and lemon juice aromas dominate, with a slight pungent spiciness on top of wheat bread, but there's something amiss. Blackberry flavor dominates the palate, with a subtle earthiness reminiscent of blackberry pie, particularly when a seed or two from the blackberry makes its way into the bite. Fades into crushed blackberry juice tartness, with a light lingering breadiness.

Light in body; round on the palate, with a slight aciditiy, and moderately drying.

Unfortunately, the beer quickly goes downhill, and a glance at the label reveals why: "Wheat ale brewed with blackberries and spices and natural flavor added." There's the culprit: natural flavor. And the more I drink, the more this beer reeks of artificiality. Perhaps not technically artificial, since it is "natural flavor," but "natural flavor" is foreign enough in beer to unwelcome, especially here. As a general concept, added flavor wouldn't hurt this beer so much if it weren't so painfully present and in the forefront throughout. The brewers managed to hit some great flavor notes, and hit them well, with the various parts of the beer melding together quite well, but my palate just can't see past that "natural flavor" to get around to liking this beer. Disappointing, and not recommended.

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Photo of Tee76
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured copper/amber color, with a lacy head. Very cloudy however

S:smells of blackberries

T: Very dry,almost reminded me of a fruity type of wine

M: Leaves a flat taste in your mouth as well as a dry feeling

D: A full bodied, decent beer with an above average taste.Like i said i felt like i was drinking a very dry fruity kind of wine or even a wine cooler, good for a beer or two but after that it goes down hill. Not what i expected from Sam Adams.

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Photo of grayburn
2.14/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Admittedly, this is not a style I regularly enjoy, but I really could not find many admirable qualitites in this beer.
The appearance is decent, a bit dark for a wit but not too bad, decent head that lasts well.
The smell and taste....ummm...weak blackberry vodka and soda....not my idea of a beer. More like a sour under-sweetened wine cooler.
The mouthfeel is thin but astringent from the fruit.
I could drink about half of this. Not my bag.

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Photo of thequeen711
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into the pint glass, only managed half of pint of beer, the other half was foam, took about a minute to die down. Light golden pour, nose of fruity berries. Taste is sour, and the blackberry leaves a strong aftertaste. This is not something I can enjoy enough to drink the entire bottle...I'm hoping it'll get better, now, after just 3 sips, it tastes like seltzer!!! OUCH.

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

Pours an appealing clear golden amber with a decent head, off-white, fairly fluffy and fairly persistent. Aroma is malty with a firm blackberry component that gets your attention but does not overwhelm the beery aroma. Flavor is like a good ale, and again the blackberry tone is firm but not too strong. Texture is smooth, refreshing, fizzy, lively.

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

Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier
bottle to glass

appearance- pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head

smell- the smell of blackberries is immediately noticeable.

taste- is mostly of just sweet blackberries. almost overpowering. some wheat malt in the back. a little bit of spice near the end.

mouthfeel- light and dry. med. bodied, good carb.

drinkability- i contemplated buying more, but im glad i didn't because i see that it's a pretty average fruit beer.

the taste of blackberries is way too strong. would be better if it were more of a witbier taste and more subtle blueberries. i could possibly have two or three in a sitting. i would drink again, but not anytime soon.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a fall seasonal sampler 6-pack along with black lager (yummm!) and Irish red. Not sure why this one is in the autumn sampler, its kind of the sore thumb in the pack. I consider this, and other wits to be good summer beers.

A- Orange, straw color with a slight haze. Light colored bubbly head with no retention or lacing.

S- Strong blackberries. Smells like a cup of yogurt. If I try hard I can pick out some earthy almost musty undertones.

T- Crisp. Smooth and yeasty at first which is followed by a blackberry tartness.

M- Medium body. Some prickly carbonation. A slightly dry finish. Very clean on the palate and crisp.

D- Im not big on fruity beers. This one isn't too bad, however. Its a pretty drinkable, crisp refreshing beer.

I wouldn't call this a good example of a wit, but as far as fruity beers go they did a nice job restraining themselves. It turns out to be a beer first with blackberry added, rather than vice versa like many other fruit beers.

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Photo of Strix
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden, decent head that fades to a ring.

Blackberries are the primary smell, albeit sort of a candy-pseudo blackberry. Slight wheat in the background.

Initially, this tastes a lot like blackberry-flavored mineral water, but then it sort of fades into a wheaty background.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

For what it is, this isn't bad at all. Fairly simple and easily drinkable. It wasn't amazing, but the light blackberry taste blends well with things. This is a solid effort; the 6-pack will not go to waste.

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Photo of Hunter
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy apricot-color brew, thin head, no lacing. Fine carbonation present but barely noticeable due to the haze (appropriate for the style, however).

Smell: the smell of berries hits up front, with background notes of wheat.

Taste: The fruitiness is much more delicate on the tongue than SA's Cherry Wheat beer, but it remains the dominating flavor. The wheat comes through finally in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and scouring.

Drinkability: This is a refreshing late summer brew, but it will doubtless not appeal to many. I can't help but feel despite the label's talk of Marion blackberries that the flavor is little more than the same sort of flavoring one can buy at any brewing stone. Still, not a bad brew.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Brewery Ommegang Witte goblet. Purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $1.50. "Best by" stamp of November 2009 on the side of the label.

A One inch near white head over a yelow/brown body that resembles a light caramel color, a cloudy body. 3.5

S Nice light fruit and wheat beer smell that is pleasant, inviting. 4.0

T/M Nice light fruit taste carries over from the smell and this has a welcomed smooth feel to it that I did not expect. 4.0

D Very good. This is refreshing, smooth, tasty. 4.5

Notes: another in the "Brewmaster's Collection" from Sam Adams. This one is solid.

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Photo of botham
2.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a golden amber with two fingers of off white, thick head that retains nicely and leaves moderate spider lacings.

aroma is of faint berries, with a light sweetness and a wheat malt base. little else for the nose with a restrained character and a lightly sweet overall character.

taste is more of the same with a distinct lack-of-sweetness that gives the overall profile an almost bitter fruit character. the wheat malt seems to get in the way of the fruit, hindering any possibility of an authentic fuit character. the fruit is restrained and treated as an afterthought next to the wheat malt, which is unfortunate. could be much better if not for the overdone wheat malt character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-dry texture and a finish of residual berries and wheat malt. simple on the palate.

drinkability is decent. when it comes to fruit beers, there are generally two categories: the beers that overdo the fruit and end up tasting like fruit juice, and those that underutilize the best qualities of the fruit and end up leaving a lot to be desired. a small number of fruit beers walk between the lines and use the fruit in a way that accentuates everything good about the flavors and offsets the downfalls with malts and hops (see the Cantillons, Sweetwater Blue, Flanders Reds, etc.). this one definitely underutilizes the fruit, backing away from showcasing the blackberries and ends up as a mildly bland and underwhelming fruit beer. Sam Adams usually does much better than this. dissapointing.

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Photo of theirishdago
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off I am kind of bias against the Wit's, so that being said, this beer wasn't that bad:

A- Cloudy, Ruby-orangeish, with a nice fluffy white head

S- Huge Blackberries on the nose

T- Slight blackberry,coriander you come to expect from all the wits, but this one not as strong, very subtle, maybe a touch vanilla

M- Very soft on the palate

F- Clean finish with no lingering aftertaste

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The head is pure white and bubbly.

S - The aroma of berries with the finishing touch of alcohol.

T - There is a real fruit flavor in this brew. However, I think the craftiness here that is so interesting is that the beer still tastes like beer.

M - The soft feel of the brew makes this go down fairly easy. The coarse feel that is evident is only felt on the perimeter of my mouth.

~ While I am not a fan of fruit beers I have to admit this is not at all bad. The fruit flavor is subtle enough that it doesn't overwhelm the true beer character.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier poured a hazy deep golden color with a thin white head comprised of tiny bubbles that left a thin lacing down the glass. This has a real open nose, as the blackberry scent bursts into your nose. It almost smells more like a hard liquor than beer. A little bit of breadiness in the background.

Thankfully the blackberry is not quite as strong in the taste department as it is in the aroma, but close. There's a mix of honey, blackberry, wheat, and citrus notes. It's harshly sweet, but a smooth beer with bitterness and a bit of a pucker at the end.

It has a medium body and a smooth mouthfeel, with the sour flavor laying on the tongue slightly. Inbetween a medium and high carbonation, but fairly drinkable.

While this may be a refreshing, tasty summer beer for some, I did not care much for this. The blackberry presence was much too strong for my liking, and seemed artificial. My fiancee, who enjoys Cherry Wheat, hasn't touched this beer since her first bottle for the same reasons. If the flavors were more subtle, it might seem more like a wit, instead of a Berliner Weisse.

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