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 seanbhudson
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy (visible particulates) orange color with a medium white head. A little bit of lacing.
Moderate aroma of orange blossom and blackberry.
Honey, orange, apricot and berries. A bit fake tasting. A wheat flavor throughout. Starts off sweet but finishes rather crisp and clean.
Light-medium body with slightly syrupy texture and light carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.
Good for a hot summer day. Fruit taste is a bit much for me but the dry finish makes you want to take another sip.
NOTES: BBCSD-0907-DanielleV

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden color with a very light haze, producing a fluffy 2-finger white head that retains for a good while before fading down to a small ring and leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smells of blackberries and orange with light hints of wheat and coriander in the back.

Taste reveals slightly sour notes of blackberry, lemon and grass that is balanced out with a subtle taste of corianader and wheat in the finish.

Light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Wasn't expecting much out of this one and by no means is it anything overly great, but for a nice hot day, these can actually be quite refreshing and easy to put away. Would have again as an outdoor summer beer.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Sam Adams Summer Pack is a summer staple at the Deshayes household. It has enough of a variety that if I buy it, nearly anyone who comes over will find something they will drink. However, I always had a beef with one "beer" that was in the pack - the Cherry Wheat. I can't think of a more disgusting concoction that was forced down your throat with every purchase. I think the Cherry Wheats of Summer Packs Past (say that three times fast) have gone to the back of the fridge never to be seen again or passed on to some idiot who was too drunk to notice what they were drinking.

Imagine my joy when Sam Adams dumped the Cherry Wheat and called in the rookie Blackberry Witbier to fill the vacancy in the summer pack!

Now, given it's a blackberry beer, there is some blackberry in it, but it's subtle enough where it's not overwhelming. The blackberries offer some tartness to the beer - definitely not fruity or sweetesy. There's some great malt in there too. Crisp would be a nice way of describing the overall feel of the beer.

The Witbier is a great summer beer as it's light and refreshing, especially on a hot day. Definitely an excellent substitute for the crap beer that was in there before....

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Photo of rodney45
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of colonial maple wood. (look it up)

S: It smells of plum and cherry... Maybe thats what blackberry really smells like, I guess I wouldnt know for sure, but my nose says cherry and plum. very nice smelling.

T: A lot of flavor up front. You get hit by the fruit tastes all at once, and they're heavy feeling too. Slowly you have some wheat creep up. All wheat finish, and then its a dry floral aftertaste that is satisfying.

M: Light, and crisp. Which is what a witbier should be.

D: This has session beer written all over it.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange gold slightly cloudy body with a crisp white head.
S: Mainly blackberry, but also apple and sparkling apple juice.
T: Orange, blackberries, some barley and dark slightly roasted fruits. Small amount of wheat.
M: Medium body, not too sticky or syrupy.
D: A good session or food beer. Probably one of the best of fruit-added witbiers I've had.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter amber color with decent head and minimal lacing.

S - You can really smell the blackberry, or at least I'm pretty sure what it is. Don't really remember what they taste like, but there is some berry-type fruit going on here. Very subtle citris hanging out there as well.

T - Not a huge fan of fruit beers but I really like this one. The blackberry taste is there, but not overpoweringly so. Nice grains in the middle. Finish was a little too empty and quick for me, either needed to finish completely clean or have some bite at the end. But still, very good.

M - Nice carbonation, slightly less than medium bodied.

D - I could drink quite a few of these. Good palate cleanser too if you are doing tastings.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden amber with a thin foamy white head and little lacing but lots of carbonation.
S: it definitely pull together a good fruity blueberry aroma with sweet malts and gentle hops barely coming through.
T: some bitter hoppyness hits first followed by a wonderful mix of blackberry, malts, and yeast. Unfortunately the yeast leaves a sour aftertaste mixing weirdly with the fruity taste.
M/D: light bubbly and semi astringent just in feel but good drinkability suiting well on hot days by the pool.

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Photo of njbcmatt
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. from a Summer Mix case. Poured into a tall hefe glass.

A- Surprisingly clear, nice golden color, this appears to be a well-filtered wit, foamy head that comes then goes

S- Smack you in the face blackberry aromas, pretty much overwhelms any other typical beery smells.

T- Nice, light, crisp, refreshing. Nicely balanced blackberry flavor. Wouldn't mind a little more carbonation, clean finish, doesn't linger.

M- A little too thin for me, I was expecting a little more body from the witbier backbone. If this was a blackberry lager, I'm not sure it would be much different.

D- I could put these down all day, especially on a hot beach or something. Too fruity for everyday drinking, but if you like fruity beers, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of Trappissed
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could taste the blackberry. I could taste the wheat. Unfortunately I also was getting a nasty medicinal aftertaste, mixed with some unspeakable flavor I can't really describe. Very carbonated mouthfeel. I wouldn't call this beer terrible, I just wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of philibum13
2.31/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I hate to quote man-laws, "do not fruit the beer," because I feel I contradict myself when I say I like Sam Cherry Wheat, Blue Moon w/orange, Shock Top, or Corona w/ lime, but I feel that Blackberry witbier goes a little too far. It ended up tasting too much like grape juice than it did a beer. Unlike Sam Cherry Wheat, which I feel puts just the right amount of cherry flavor in; any more and it would be too much. Sorry Jim, but this Sam was not for me.

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Photo of mempath
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bright, deep straw color. decent, ice white foamy head. nice. lacing.

smells of, yep, blackberries. not too fruity. almost sour in a good (aprihop) way

taste is good, not quite 'too' sweet. thankfully the sweetness is a quick tart blast then fades.

mouthfeel is well above average....crisp and creamy.

very drinkable alone or with this killer garlic and toasted apricot pit (poor man's almond) crostini i just made!

slight edit: upped the appearance and mouthfeel. a really admirable fruit brew.

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Photo of noknife83
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very surprising beer for me. I'll normally do not like fruit flavored beers, the cherry wheat that Sam Adams makes I can't stand. There was something different about this one though, maybe because it was blackberry flavored, maybe blackberry is more what my pallet likes, I don't know. But this was a very good beer. A great beer for a nice hot summer day sitting out in the pack patio. Just when I think to right off Sam Adams they surprise me.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color with a pinkish hue. The head was tall but whispy.

Smells like blackberries. Period.

This actually reminding me of a drink I used to enjoy as a kid, blackberry flavored New York Seltzer Water. This doesn't taste much like a witbier, but it is likable in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

Very crisp and refreshing feel to it. This is a good summer beer. The body resembles a wine cooler.

This is not my style, but it is an easy drinker and goes well with hot weather. It's not a good representation of the style, but ok nonetheless.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz.. the bro and I both had one and agree this is a pretty good "fruit" beer... but nearly no "witbier" characteristics remain.

3/4" white head atop a slightly cloudy lite orange brew...

The nose is a nice blackberry and little else..

Flavor is better... some grainy sweetness the blackberries to the front.. but for the most part, no base beer notes are identifiable.. The body is light and carbonation is medium/high with a lingering fruitiness...

I actually like this.. but make no mistake.. you are not drinking a witbier with blackberries.... you are drinking a blackberry beer... While I do like it... one bottle will always be my limit.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked up the Sam Adams summer sampler at Meijer. Leave it to Sam Adams to make a good fruit beer. (after the Cranberry Lambic fiasco, they owe us one) IMO fruit beers are too often desert beers. Not so in this case. Smell and taste have just the right amount of fruitiness. Well balanced, but fruity sweetness overides just enough. It's a good beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber bronze with a billion tiny suspended yeast particles visable and a decent slightly off white creamy head that leaves fine lacing on the glass. The nose is blackberry and mild spice. The flavors are bittersweet blackberries and wheat with just a touch of coriander spice. Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation. Another in the long line of fruit beers by SA, not my favorite.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Buy date is October 2009

Aroma - A slight bite but 95% of this beers nose is made of blackberry, which is nice.

Appearance - Cloudy yello with no real carbonation visible. The head wasn't to big and faded slowly.

Taste - Upfront there is a ton of sweet blackberry then things start to fall apart. The complete blackberry flavor profile is missing and instead you get this crashing muddled in between beer flavor. The finish has a flat graininess I had a tough time getting past.

Notes - Not what I would call bad just disappointing. I wanted this beer to be better than it was.

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Photo of berserker256
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase before December of 2009 the bottle says. It's the middle of August so I'm in the wheelhouse. I pour it into my pint glass. It developes a thick dense head like shaving cream. The body of the beer appears hazy and opaque and orange/gold in color. I can certainly pick up on some fruit odors. I detect, well, blackberries, of course, but also earthy grains and spices. All of the aromas mix together well. Tatses yeasty, fruity, earthy, but also clean. Kind of medium/heavy body, light carbonation, and semi-creamy. Nice fruity burps. pretty easy drinker.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, light orange with a thick white head, some lace.

S: Artificial blackberry and black cherry soda - the store brand from the 25 cent can machines when you were a kid.

T: Tastes a lot like berry soda, alcopop initially, light notes of wheat and honey in the end, bring it back to beer.

M: Crisp, clean for a fruit beer, no aftertaste, relatively refreshing, light-bodied.

D: Enough with the chemical flavorings Sam Adams, this is OK, but if it was fermented all with real fruit it would be a lot better, I've had fruit beers of amazing quality before.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is all blackberries with a little bit of Belgian yeast, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a fruity and tart blackberry flavor that is followed by a decent Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is thin as you would expect and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's more of a fruity beer than a Witbier, but it might be just a tad better than some of the other fruit infused wheat beers out there. Either way, it's not the type of beer I could drink regularly.

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Photo of CHickman
2.18/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours cloudy gold/amber color with a nice 1 inch fluffy head, and smelled of sweet berries, with a hint of malt and spice. Medium carbonation with a strong overall sweetness that overpowers everything else; powerful blackberry taste with crisp malt and hop flavor that finishes dry with a spicy note (cinnamon???), that had a metal taste to it which lingers in a negative way. It was too sweet for my liking and not one I would order at a bar.

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Photo of briman
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color, hazy, with a moderate white head that retains well.

Aroma is blackberry fruit, with some wheat in the background.

Flavor is mainly blackberries, with some wheat malt sneaking through. Fruit flavor lasts well into the finish, but is not overwhelming. No hop flavor, or bitterness to speak of.

Medium body, with fairly high carbonation. Good balance. Crisp, refreshing beer. Basically, this has the feel of just what you would look for in a summer beer.

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Photo of dustinTN
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice golden honey appearance, a little more opaque than expected. Medium head, little to no lacing.

Aroma is "whoa, blackberry!" VERY strong blackberry aroma. Like a blackberry soda or something. Perhaps a tiny bit of malt, but blackberry definitely dominates. I'm expecting "Mike's Hard Blackberry-ade" with the smell.

While the blackberry is definitely there and far from subtle (especially up front), the finish is balanced pretty well with a malty very slight bitterness. Some orange and even banana in the mix somewhere, too. Not bad.

Nice medium-light body, good carbonation. Summer beer, for certain (I enjoyed mine after a day of yard work on a very humid August day.)

Pretty drinkable, but wouldn't be my choice for a full night of overindulging.

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Photo of boothy443
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very amber semi transparent, with particulate floating in, head was dense and frothy

S- very pungent, but refreshing blackberry smell, can be a bit overwhelming at times.

T- Sweet taste, with blackberry notes coming threw very strongly at first but linger threw, fades into more traditional witbier notes however sweeter

M- Refreshing, not to heavy nor to light either, smooth gental wash over palate with minimal aftertaste

D- So recently i have been hearing more and more about these fruit, specifically berry and melon, infused beers when i happened to come across this product in local store. Was reluctant to purchase as i have herd about negative and positive, and when i hear fruit and beer i think lambic. I however was surprised. The beer was very drinkable and refreshing and adds a new dimension to the witbier class. Thumbs up from me.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours much like Sam summer, nice pale color with a decent head.

S- Blackberries from a mile away. Sweet, artificial, meethinks. Not sure if they use extract or real berries; smells like extract or artificial. Perhaps a bit too strong, smells like sno-cone blue raspberry.

T- Much milder than the aroma. Good, solid wit with a nice twist. The blackberries are faint but noticeable, this beer is pleasantly subduded. Reminds me of essence of lavender.

M- Pretty good mouthfeel, crisp enough to go down easily.

D- Moderate to fairly high, I wouldn't drink a bunch of these in a row, but I can see how some people could. A solid wit, although more of a fruit beer. Tasty, whatever style it is.... Although I prefer Long Trail's blackbeary wheat to this.

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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.35 out of 5 based on 1,634 ratings.
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