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

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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 feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloud and gold, effervescent carbonation, big white head.

Aroma, fresh and fruity, blackberries, for sure, with delicate spice...pretty nice.

Bubblegum....and blackberry. Light, drinkable, but forgettable. Soft, drinkable, but not very pleasant. What's missing here, why am I not liking it?
Maybe blackberry shouldn't be in a witbier? I don't mind blueberries in a hefe weizen, but this...? Dry in some spots, sweet in others, a touch tart, but the flavor neither stands out nor meshes well.

A one and I'm done. Good thing I've only got one.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly clouded golden amber hue. Nice head that was bone white with moderate retention. Spirited lacing with mild carbonation.

S- Mild wheat grain and spicy undertones with a faint blackberry aroma. I think they were trying to achieve a mild hint of blackberry as opposed to fruiting the crap out of it like some other witbier's and heffs.

T- Spiced cinnamon and faint blackberry taste with grainy earth tones.

M/D- This one just did not do it for me overall. I realize what they are trying to do but overall I think it missed the mark for me. I was expecting more body and a bolder flavor.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy goldenrod hue with a white one finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Strong blackberry in the aroma, very syrupy and sweet. The malts have a bit of a dry grainy characteristic.

More of the syrupy-sweet blackberry, which contrasts well with the tart wheat flavors. Very highly carbonated. Light bodied, so it feels a little fizzy on the tongue.

Refreshing, but a marginal witbier. Good if you like berried wheat beers.

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

Appearance: Hazy golden amber with a small, persistent white head, lots of scattered, sticky lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: The blackberry notes are very prominent, and moderately sweet, with a cordial-like aroma. Strong vanilla notes are present as well, and there are hints of coriander.

Taste: Opens with a wave of wheat malt, and rather understated blackberry notes. Certainly this is far removed from any malternative characteristics. There is a bit of spiciness as well. Classic wheat malt notes and restrained blackberry flavors dominate the taste from start to finish. There is not much that is reminiscent of the Witbier style. The taste draws to a close with a mild bitter note, which lingers at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and a bit dry.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting and certainly an uncommon twist on the Witbier stylw.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce longneck bottle with raised lettering and a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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

Tough to review because I don't care for the beer style very much, subjectively.

Pours medium amber with white head.

Nose is potent with big berry aromas and yeasty bread.

Palate is sour fruity, easily blackberry and maybe blueberry mixed together, lightly malty sweet, and finishes sweet also.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger of head that recedes to a nice foam. Pale ambe hue with a mix of sunshine yellow. Decent bubbling. Well incoporated aroma of fruit, mostly blackberries. The taste has some tart blackberries and some toasted malt and maybe some dried, yeasty bananas. Very clean, but fruity, malty, and yeasty. Grea summer session beer.

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

Spice and blackberry hints in the smell. Murky, which I like, but a lack of head is disappointing. The notes are very interesting, not quite enough for what I want. But very unique taste. The palate stays a bit but not a lot. Goes down very smoothly. Glad I bought this.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Schells Weizen glass.

Pours a 2 finger head. Kind of think but sticks around for a good duration. Leaves thick splattered lace. Color is a slightly hazy sunset orange.

Aroma: I am feelin' the blackberries here. Very nice touch. The obvious wheat. Some hints of grapes.

Taste is heavy on the blackberries but I like it. Lemons and zest. Nothing wrong with this beer, just nothing to complex.

Mouthfeel is a little crisp, but that fades quickly. Then it becomes pretty clean. Easy to drink. Leaves a sticky blackberry aftertaste. Fairly-light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall, a damn good summer beer. I enjoyed this on a nice Fargo day and wanted more and more. I have a feeling I will be having this in my fridge all the time this summer. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of russpowell
2.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

BBD of Aug 09, pours apricot with a pinky of cream colored head into my Hoegaarten glass. Hazes a bit, average head retention & lacing

S: Berries, lemons & tartness

T: Lemons, soapyness & hints of strawberries up front. Slight caramel notes, some blackberry, a bit of metallic hops & more soap. finishes semi-tart with lemon, the soapiness finally fades!

MF: Light bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation, the soapyness just drags this down...

Drank okay, just didn't work on any level IMO, due to the soapyness

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange, but no visible sediment, lively bubbles and head. Appearance reminds me more of a Hefeweizen than a Witbier.

Smell: Blackberry, similar to a wine cooler. Smell is a little too one dimensional and mild, but pleasing nonetheless.

Taste: Slightly sour orange and coriander upfront but the blackberry quickly becomes noticeable. The blackberry is evident but not overdone. Nice balance overall. Slight peppery aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation, fuller than expected.

Drinkability: Very refreshing. Unique Wit and actually prefer it to most standard Wits I have had, including the Sam Adams White Ale.

Better than expected. Nice job Jim!

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

A: A hazy yellow/light gold with a frothy white head that retains decently and leaves some lace, although not too much.

S: Sweet blackberries with a spiced undertone. Pretty robust, but the berries are a tad bit intense.

T&M: Upfront blackberry flavor fades to a pale wheat malt with some spice mixed in. Nothing to write home about, actually pretty bland for a witbier. The fruit isn't overdone, which is a good thing, but the rest of the beer is certainly underdone. Body is medium with a zesty carbonation and creamy feel. A nice feel for the style.

D: Well, for a fruity witbier it goes down with relative ease. Not sure I'd drink more than 1 or 2 of these, but it ain't bad. Much better than Cherry Wheat or Cranberry Lambic--maybe this was SA's attempt to make a fruit beer for the beer geek crowd?

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

12oz. bottle poured into oversized wine glass. pours a slightly dark yellow golden color with a bunch of cloudiness and a little bit of sediment. white head with decent retention. very nice sticky lacing on the glass.

the aroma is strictly blackberries and cough syrup, nothing else really stands out to me.

the taste is also mostly blackberries, however, much better than the aroma. there is also a nice grainy taste going on with maybe a faint taste of some other kinds of fruits.

light body. kinda watery mouthfeel. moderate carbonation.

pretty drinkable, kinda reminds me of a smirnoff or something. prolly wouldnt recommend this to someone, unless its a chick, or someone really into fruit beers.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pils glass. Looks nice, foamy head, cloudy overall. Smells like sweet-tarts. The purple kind of sweet tart. Kinda weird. Tastes more like real blackberries. The citrus flavors that weizen style yeasts poop out always mix with berries oddly, kinda making it taste different than anything that exists in nature. Still, I kinda like this one. Blackberries are my fav. Can't see myself buying a whole sixpack of this though. Kinda done with it by the end. How ironic... to be done, at the very end of the beer.

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Photo of elniko
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my new Weihenstephan glass. Bottle marked with August 2009 best by date.

A: A little darker amber than typical witbier. Half finger head with some nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Overwhelmingly blackberry smelling, I like blackberries but it is almost too much. Nose is almost too sweet.

T & M: The blackberry does not overwhelm taste however, it is almost a little on the thin side in the taste and mouthfeel department. I don't get any of the other typical witbier characteristics, no spiciness that I noted.

D: Drinkable but on a hot summer day there are some other fruity witbiers that I would rather have.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A = Lightly hazy orange with an almost white, small head made up of small uniform bubbles.

S = Cough syrup, wet hay which is starting to rot, quite unpleasant.

T = Thankfully the taste of this is much better than the smell even if not great. I get some good blackberry and tropical fruits along with a solid witbier backbone with some banana and fresh grains, unfortunately past mid-palate and moving into the finish there is a sickly sweet taste almost like Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, pleasant light but steady carbonation level.

D = This is a decent beer to drink on the patio on a warm Spring day, not much more than that though.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy amber colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is sweet and strongly of blackberries. Spicy smell mostly black pepper. Smells slightly sour. Not much more to it than that, blackberry really takes over.

The taste starts out sweet and sour with a wheat malt aftertaste. Lots of blackberry flavor this is mostly sour and a lot like Berliner Weisse.

Mouthfeel is OK.

More sour than expected, I can take this or leave it.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before September 2009.

A: Hazy orange with a bigger than expected head.

S: About 75% blackberries and 25% bananas.

T: Blackberries are a lot more subdued than I would have expected based on the smell, mostly lurking in the background. On the other hand, tartness is also subdued. It's almost as if the two cancel each other out. Aftertase is dominated by blackberries.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

D: When I first tried this beer during the Beer Lover's Choice competition, I didn't care for it. When I made a mix-and-match six-pack today, I decided to give it a second chance. I'm pleasantly surprised with how it came together to become a decent summer beer. I still would have preferred the coffee stout, though.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite what the berries may lead you to believe, this is a quality beer by Sam Adams.

A: A darker golden color lends this beer a nice character.

S: Blackberries galore, along with other spices and some hops. Definite malt character

T: The taste is surprisingly reserved for a fruit beer. The blackberries dominate the smell but have a reserved role in the taste. They add a bit of a tart that wouldn't otherwise be there to compliment the hops. There's also plenty of malt to go around.

M: About medium, not too much carbonation, which I like.

D: I went back and changed my rating on this after comparing to more fruit beers. This stuff is really quit drinkable.

I got this beer as part of a Sam Adams sampler and was so impressed that I bought a 6-pack. I'm really digging this particular beer. It's pretty drinkable, and the blackberries make it just overall very pleasant to drink without ruining it. I've tried some other fruit beers where the fruit just ruins whatever else is in the brew, and this is not the case with the Sam Adams.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazed and a light orange-tinted color. White head.

S: Plenty of the blackberry and some spices.

T: Lots of blackberry flavors, as well as the pale wheat malt underneath.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Pretty decent drinkability, especially once summertime rolls around. I don't normally like fruit beers, but I've enjoyed both this and the Cranberry Wit from Sam Adams. They're doing something right, aka not overloading the fruit.

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

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale orange with a paperwhite 1 finger high foam head that displayed a good retention. A faint carbonation and a broken foamy spiderweb lacing coats the glass.

S: fresh blackberries with a some light sugary notes. Slighty fruity, moderatly strong in strength the aroma was simple and sweet.

T: tart with fruity blackberries that was acidic, with a nice freshness, bearing just the right amount of accent to highlight, rather then smoother the drink with fruitiness. Slightly tart with a dry finish, the flavor was well mannered, never overbearing, and easy enough to consume.

M: a nice tingle of carbonation around the tongues edges. The body was light, while finishing with a tart dry fade.

D: Nice drinkability and one of the few fruit (berry) beers that you can consume in multiples. Nicely accented and one that would quench the thirst on a hot summer day.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.32/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: light copper, cloudy, decent head retention

S: blackberry aroma

T: initial blackberry taste that lingers in the mouth, also has a wheat character

MF: good level of carbonation, smooth finish

Drinkability: a good beer to drink in the hot summer months. although i tend to shy away from fruit beers, this one i enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of drizzam
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Label states this particular brew is best if purchased before August 2009. Poured with a creamy one finger head...fluffy white with excellent head retention. The brew itself is a cloudy light copper color.

Smell - I'm definitely smelling the blackberries coming through on this one. A hint of wheat but the berries seem to overwhelm that scent.

Taste - The taste doesn't really mimic the volatility of the scent. The blackberry notes are somewhat muted, but the wheat does come through on the swallow. Usually a witbier is going to be a bit spicy, and I'm really not getting that with this on. No coriander that I would expect...or any other background spice.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Thin, light bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Really doesn't leave an aftertaste. This is an excellent brew for the Summer months. I can see downing a few after mountain biking or at a grill-out. The low ABV lends to it's sessionability. Sam Adams did a decent job on this one, even though it seems a bit out of the witbier category.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- cloudy and golden yellow in color off the pour, very thin head, very murky and cloudy in the body

Smell- strong smell of berries definitely come slaming out at you right away, very nice inviting smell probably one of the strongest points of the beer is that first aroma, slight wheat can be noticed as well

Taste- not overall as sweet as you expect from the nose but still a pretty decent strong essence of berry, full berry flavor and wheat, the berry makes itself heard on this one but its still light enough to not be overpowering a bit,

Mouthfeel- Decently carbonated, light and smooth feel on the palate

Drinkability- while I think this is a decent representation of the style its not my favorite, its one that is definitely too sweet in a way for me to see myself drinking maybe one or max two of after dinner or after a meal, definitely more a summer time choice for me, an okay beer not something ill look for two often as i think if i was in mood for one of this style from them the cherry wheat is still a better pick

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Photo of tastybeer
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing amber haze with a large yet quickly fading, basically white head. Aroma is loaded with a mix of syrupy and fresh raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and perhaps pomegranate all mixed together. Other aromas include, lightly buttered grains, a little spice, lemon syrup and a some tart wheatiness. Tastes matches with the added dry bitterness and a touch of sour. Texture is slick and also meringue-like. Its worth swirling around a little before you gulp it down. This is indeed very drinkable.

A decent refreshing spring/summer beer. Its way more 'blackberry' than wheat, and certainly enjoyable if you like berries.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy blondish, as I would expect. A modest head, it forms well, but doesn't retain as nicely. Some spotty lacing is left, but it's quite minimal.

S: Soft citrus, wheat scents, a mild malt base and the delicate scent of blackberry. I don't detect much for coriander, admittedly, but the other aromas come together nicely. Not too much of a 'breakfast cereal' quality to it that I can sometimes get from such a style, but the blackberries may just be making it seem more tart.

T: More pronounced blackberry flavours, and here I can detect a little coriander, but the citrus (at least orange) flavours are milder, with just a little zest. Soft, fruity, but flavourful enough to hold its own. Not too bad.

M + D: Body sits somewhere on the lighter side of medium, with a softer carbonation and a hint of dryness. It goes down very easily, and doesn't seem to even be 5.5% ABV. It's almost juicy enough that it gets quaffed pretty quickly.

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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