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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2009

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Photo of burnstar
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with with small to medium head. Aroma is wheaty- bananas and cloves. Easily noticeable, although not overpowering, blackberry note. Taste again is pretty typical wheat beer. Tangy with some spicy notes. Blackberries from the middle through the finish again mostly in the background. Mouthfeel somewhat light and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Overall this is pretty decent. I'm glad the blackberries are subtle in this one.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This cloudy, light-gold beer looks nice, but there is little to like about the head. Formation (~1/2 finger) and retention are minimal, but the lacing isn't bad. Carbonation is visible, even though the beer isn't very translucent.

The aroma is very sweet. There is definately a hint of blackberry, but it seems like it's only part of a mixture containing other berries. The malty sweetness is complimented nicely by some mild citrus and spice tones; there also seems to be a hint of yeast, too.

This beer does not taste as sweet as it smells. The wheat flavor is more manifest here than in the nose. The sweet berry flavors aren't quite as prominent, but they do compliment the finished product nicely. Spices are manifest in the aftertaste portion of the tasting.

I would rate the body as medium. It's not too thick, but the ingredients responsible for the sweetness increse the density a bit. The somewhat lively carbonation feels good on the tongue.

This might make a decent session beer as it is best enjoyed when sipped. You could try and pound these, but you might want to avoid doing that.

I'm pretty pleased with this beer. I usually don't like sweeter, fruity brews, but this one does a good job of capturing the sweetness without being too sweet. Unlike some other beers (Lienie's Berry Weis, for example), the sweetness doesn't come off as "artificial." As a Samuel Adams beer, I was expecting it to have a bit more of their trademark hoppiness. Though lacking this, it doesn't make it a bad beer. It's a decent "fruity" beer, but not great. Either way, it's another quality product from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of Drew966
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier pours yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I like the aroma, it captures a nice blackberry smell. The flavor isn't quite as satisfying, there is definitely a bit of blackberry in the flavor, but this is really an American style wheat with a just a touch of blackberry in the flavor. Not bad, I like the smell better than the flavor.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy Golden Yellow with a white fizzy head. FULL of yeast floaties. Must be an off bottle.

S - Sweet Fruity Blackberries, a little wheat

T - Blackberries and hops dominate with some spice and breadyness

M - Moderate body, good carbonation

D - Pretty easy drinker. Nicely balanced. Blackberries aren't actually overpowering, they are just hint. Kind of nice.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

The beer is a cloudy gold in color with a a horrible white head that is thin and lasts no time at all. There is very minimal lacing, if any.

It smells very sweet, the overwhelming smell is berries, though I wouldn't say blackberries. I also detect a hint of orange and spice.

The tatse is where this beer succeeds. It is a very mild sweet taste with a nice light spice at the end. This is a pretty good beer you can drink all night long.

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Photo of JMD
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy peach color with small white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Blackberries dominate the aroma. Some wheat and faint spice as well.

T: Same as the aroma. Juicy blackberries, wheat and peppery spices.

M: Moderate carbonation. Light and refreshing.

D: I generally don't like fruity beers, but this one is pretty good. Blackberry flavor is there, but not overpowering. I could easy put down a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of caminiti
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought it was a pretty good beer. Its not a style Im going back to, but I like some of the fruit beers once in a while (Cranberry, Blueberry, etc.). Poured into a pint glass stolen from somewhere, an odd yellow, with a decent head that went away quickly. Tasted like blackberry, though not overwhelming at all, actually light. kinda thin and light for mouthfeel, but overall a pretty good beer, one I would try again.

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Photo of bac37
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased in summer variety pack. ('09) Hesitant at first just by description but pleasantly surprised afterward. Pours darker than expected with nice lacing and mediocre head.

A - Pours hazy gold with heavy "fizz". Typical in color to traditional wheats.
S - Very fruity!
T - The blackberry is strong and upfront but leaves a pleasant after taste that isnt too overwhelming.
D - I could drink a few of these before i got turned off by the fruit flavor. Its definitely a nice change, but doesnt beat the traditional wheat.
M- Enough fruit flavor to make it noticeable but not too overwhelming. An all around nice addition to the summer variety pack!

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd been looking for this ever since I read about it in the last edition of Beer Advocate. I'm a big fan of fruity Wheat beers in the summer. Picked up a six of this during my latest visit to my local beverage store.
A - Pours a nice golden misty yellow. Not as unfiltered as I usually enjoy them but not unpleasant either.
S - The fruit in this is right up front. There is no mistaking the fact that there are some berries mixed with this brew.
T - It's pretty good, could use a little more Wheaty-ness, the taste is similar to a UFO Raspberry Hefe which is one of my other favorite summer brews.
D - I could drink this all day long. I put three of them back while grilling a nice stake this afternoon. I could easily drink these all day long (until I passed out) on a hot summer day.
M- Enough body to make it enjoyable. It's a well done brew from Sam Adams.

I don't think that enough people gave Sam's their due when it comes to their seasonal and imperial brew series they certainly are a step above.

I mentioned that his was similar to a UFO Raspeberry hefe, I would certainly take a UFO over this but I would drink either if given the opportunity.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy golden color with a huge, thick white head. The smell is all blackberries and can be smelled from quite a distance. My only complaint here is that the blackberry dominates the beer and reminds me of a malt-ernative beverage. I will say on a second sniff, there is a wheaty malt backbone, but the blackberry is doing everything it can to cover it up. The blackberry is immediately obvious on the palate; I was worried that like the smell it would be too dominant. However, that sweet berry front end transitions into a nice grainy malt finish and ends neutral, not overly sweet like I might have guessed. The mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side and the carbonation is less than what I was expecting but makes for a very drinkable beer. Overall, not a bad beer, one of the more successful berry beers I've had. Not something that I would make a regular purchase of, but a good summertime beer for a change of pace.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange look, small white head, good lace.

A deep off malt nose, a bit fruity.

The taste is really nice and refreshing, the witbier component, combined with the blackberry is very nicely done. Dry up front with sweetness and the berry flavor at the end.

Soft chalkiness in the mouth, heavier than expected, good finish. Very drinkable, very inviting. A fruit beer to keep around.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is Dec. 2009.

The pour is a hazy golden yellow with a finger and a half of white head. The head recedes quickly, but lacing is decent.

The nose is mostly composed of the berries and wheat with some of the traditional witbier spices (coriander, orange) making the undertones. The tastes has those flavours, but the berries take a back seat to the bready notes. There is some bitterness throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer. Drinkability is good; I could have a few.

Neither fruit beers nor wheat beers are my favourites, but I could see buying this again if there was nothing that looked more appealing.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange color. The pour prodiced a head of thick white foam with good retention. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - BERRIES! Aroma of ripe berries with hints of bread and citrus. The berry smell was like real fruit, not that artificial candy smell.

T - Bready and malty up front followed by a slight berry tartness. Pretty well balanced.

MF&D - For a guy that usually passes on the fruit infosed beer, this one actually held its own. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Not overly sweet. A good addition to the summer sampler pack.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy deep golden hue capped by a thick, slightly off-white mousse that fades away slowly to a nice crown that leaves decent Belgian-style lace behind on the walls of the glass.

Blackberries grab hold of the nose and don't let go; no other aromas seem to make themselves known.

Very light in body, with a bright, tingly carbonation that cleanses the palate nicely, providing a crisp dryness as the beer goes down. The blackberries take quite a backseat role on the palate, thankfully, appearing only as a nice support to the light, lemony flavor, with a bit of orange peel and just the faintest hint of coriander. A mild wheat presence shows itself underneath things, and a somewhat watery-yet-dry finish leaves behind a lemon-berry fade.

Refreshing, for sure, though the flavors are a little too down-played, and the blackberries overwhelm the aroma; a little more in the nose and just a touch more on the palate and this would be a real winner as far as wheat-based fruit beers go, as the blackberries are a nice addition and provide a very pleasant fruit character to the beer.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-honey body with lots of particles in suspension. Certainly a little darker than the average Witbier. On top, one finger of creamy, off-white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Lots of juicy blackberry over a bit of pale-ish malt and some subtle spiciness. The blackberries are more sweet than tart and somewhat grapey.

Taste: Not quite as berry-like in the flavor profile, but still rather grapey, spicy, and now somewhat sour. Underneath, there's a solid bready malt backbone to keep everything grounded. The aftertaste is grainy and slightly juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd call it about average for a Wit; nicely refreshing.

Verdict: While it's probably more of a Fruit Beer than a true Witbier, the end result is not particularly exciting regardless of style. Compared with the other year-round Sam Adams fruity wheat beer, Cherry Wheat, this is a much more pleasing proposition.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at a berfest and a beer dinner would never but but it wasnt that bad.

appearance: purplish tint

smell: like berries

taste: solid wit beer with slight berry flavor, not overpowering

mouthfeel: good carbonation and drinks thin

drinkability: overall it is what it is. If this helps people get into real beer than great.

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Photo of JRed
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden, transparent honey in color. Fruit, blackberry syrup in the nose. Tastes of blackberry syrup, malt extract, artificial cherry flavors. Light in body but annoying to the palate. Not a terrible beer but one that lacks realism. I expected some real ingredients from this large "craft" brewery, not some malt extract brew flavors.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy golden amber. It poured a nice white head that left a little lacing behind.
Aroma is predominantly what and blakcberry. It's simple and it is what it is.
Taste follows suit with a little bit of hops bitterness and malt underlying to add a little balance. Both flavors are very much in the background as this one relies heavily on the simplicity of the wheat backing and berry flavors, which bring out a little tartness as well as a decent sweetness that isn't over the top. There's a very mild spice underlying as well.
The mouthfeel was above average and not too thin. It was smooth, though not especially, and there was a light crispness as well. Body was light and carbonation moderate.
Overall, while this is a bit oversimplified for some beer geeks' tastes and a little unbalanced, it's a solid brew.

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Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a nice slightly hazy appearance with some visible streams of carbonation and golden color. On top there is a thick and fluffy bright white head. It hangs out for a bit but soon starts to fade fast down to a small ring of lace. There is some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice berry aroma as soon as you open the bottle. Light bready wheat notes are mixed in as well.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a light wheat base with light floral notes and mixed berry notes that have light sweetness. This gives way to some tart berry notes and a very slight acidity that dries out into the finish which is quick and clean. The body is light to medium with lively carbonation and texture.

Notes: Overall it's a nice light summery beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 10/09. Was a hazy light yellow in color. Slight carbonation and no lacing. Had a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into an almost no there collar.

The aroma was heavy blackberry and really nothing else. None of the usual witbier aromas. For a witbier, I'd score it low but for just a beer I found the aroma pleasing even if one sided. The taste however wasn't as good. The bitter of the blackberry really needed something else to offset it. Starts off with not much flavor and then the blackberry hits at the end and leaves a bitter fruit aftertaste. Need some spices or even sweet from the malt to counter.

Overall, a mess. Smells great but it doesn't carry through to the flavor. Too one dimensional with the blackberry and nothing to offset it. Don't recommend. One and done.


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Photo of tommy78
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Summer Styles case, this blackberry witbeer poured out of the bottle in a smooth manner. Initially, there was a good amount of head, which quickly dissipated into the beer. The smell was a strong berry aroma with some hop and spice. The taste was good, considering I'm not usually into wheat beers AND into fruity flavors in my beer. One can feel the berry taste as soon as it enters the palate. The mouthfeel was ordinary. I could have two to three of these in a sitting in terms of drinkability. I paired up the beer with a turkey-based chili and it surprisingly did well with it. Overall, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle dated dec. of 09. fresh as can be.
very hazy pour, no head and or lacing noted.
smelled of mild fruitiness mixed with a semi- sweet maltiness.
fairly strong hit of blackberries, a bit bitter with maybe a hint of skunkiness.
Really not liking the fruitiness of this one. Just not my bag I guess.

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Photo of natelocc787
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one is better than the cranberry wit but still lacking compared to others in it's class.

Blackberry is dominant partnered with yeasty, yeastyness. I think this brew would be better if some yeast was left out or perhaps another strain was used. Blackberry and raspberry extract with black currants and a biscuity. yeasty finish.

The fruit helps out for sure for this beer would be a beer gone bad without it. I personally don't think it's worth a try if you have other options. Keep it in the bottle, don't put it in a glass. Much better.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer. I got it because my gf and sister wanted to try it for the fourth of july.

Appearance- cloudy, orange coloring, good head

Smell- blackberry, malt

Taste- blackberry

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it

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Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber like color. There is a small head but it disappears quickly. The smell of blackberries is there from the start. The smell is not as subtle as I would have thought. The taste is blackberries with a hint of lemon. The blackberry taste is strong and stays throughout the bottle. Almost losses its beer characteristics to the blackberry. The mouthfeel is carbonated but dry. Overall it is a good beer to mix in on a hot summer day, but too many of them would give way to a candy like taste.

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