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

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 676 | Ratings: 1,640
Photo of BigBarley
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours out in a lively way, leading to a respectable head with some active carbonation. The color is a rich, cloudy gold. Decent retention

S: The blackberry is immediately and undeniably identified as the dominant aroma, with a light toasty scent hovering just below. While it’s a pleasant scent, it’s very one-dimensional.

T: While the smell of blackberry is almost overpoweringly sweet, the taste seems to be balanced well with the right amount of bitterness. While initial taste is sweet enough, the after taste is almost completely without a hint of berry. Noticeable artificial sweetness that begins to lose its charm near the end of the first round.

M: This beer rolls easily on the tongue with moderate carbonation. It’s not what I’d call a heavy beer but it’s definitely got a thickness surpassing the average domestic.

O: Generally I don’t prefer too much sweetness in a beer, but the character of this brew demands it. Slightly artificial tasting, and definitely not a binge beer due to the sugary taste that lingers after the first round. Not an everyday choice, but I’d not turn it down if it were offered

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Photo of jondeelee
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blackberry Witbier smells almost exclusively of blackberries, though when mixed with the beer's other ingredients, the aroma comes off more Jolly Rancher-like than an actual berry scent. Very faint grain aromas lie deep beneath the berries.

On the tongue, berries are also immediately and heavily noticeable, dominating the flavors. Here the flavors are less candy-like, but still lean in that direction, and come across as a combination of blackberry and lollipop-grape. Grape Nuts cereal-like grains form the base, along with a small smattering of hops to help counter the sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors (though slightly heavier in favor of the grains), and fades quickly. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer does deliver in terms of tasting like blackberries, but I find the flavors too artificial and candy-like to warrant my regular consumption.

Random trivia: I visited the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston when the brewers were trying out Blackberry Witbier, along with a Coffee Stout, on visitors, asking them to vote for their favorite. The winner would get put into production. I voted for the stout (for the reasons listed above), and obviously my side lost. Shame, too; the stout was excellent.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint. From notes
A: hazy, reddish blue wheat based body. Some retention, but not much lacing.

S: Aroma of blackberries and subtle spices, fairly low in intensity.

T/M: the first sip is refreshing, and the wheat base works well with this fruit, but the blackberries are a bit one demential. Mouthfeel is silky and lingering finish is short.

O : Overall this is a some what decent beer, but too fruit and needs more balance.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying this one when it came out a few summers ago and enjoying it during a long hot day of gardening. Hopefully it's stood the test of time.

A - Pours a very hazy straw-gold with a one finger white head. Head dissipates quickly and there is minimal lacing.

S - Some wheat but mainly an artificial grape soda aspect to the aroma. Not very enticing so far.

T - Tart blackberry up front that rides out to a malty, slightly sweet wheat finish. Not as alarming as the nose led on.

M - Lightly bodied and a tad overcarbonated, but very crisp and refreshing.

D - Overall a pleasant, fruity wheat beer for the summer time, but nothing that really reminds me of a witbier. Not bad for what it is, though I probably wouldn't be buying it outside of the summer variety pack.

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Photo of TuffNut87
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With my German heritage and lifelong love of beer, I believe in the Rheinheitsgebot. This witbier brodened my horizons. It smells wonderful and looked good in a pilsner glass. Good carbonation and color. After a 90 degree day, this was one of the most enjoyable beers I have ever had. The wheat provided a crisp, clean foundation for the blueberry without being too sweet. It left a refreshing and clean aftertaste with no sweet fruitiness. Easy to drink more than one. Another reason to be glad that Sam Adams was a brewer and patriot!

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an October (2011) expiration date. Sampled on July 9, 2011. The pour is golden yellow with good clarity and short lived fizzy white head. The distinctive blackberry aroma is omnipresent with only a slight whiff of wheat, malts, and hops in there. The body is thin to medium. The taste is alive with blackberries, a little spice, and a light hopped ending. This would be a nice beer for a summertime bonfire but not something I would drink regularly.

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Photo of scohen
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour yields a two finger white head that dissipates in a minute or so. The beer itself is an orange-yellow color and clear.

Smell: strong berry smell, almost medicinal

Taste: The blackberry taste is a bit too overwhelming, some weak malts and a similarly weak, odd bitter flavor just manage to peak through. Not bad, but not terribly good either.

Mouthfeel: The best part of this beer. An excellent level of carbonation and drinkability.

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Photo of sullied
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy dark orange color, pours to a white head with a yellow/orange hue to it. Some bubbles present.

Smell - Sweet, citrus/berry smell

Taste - Similar to the smell although leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Not quite what is expected based on the smell, but not bad either. Good amount of blackberry and wheat taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth, leaves a semi-dry feeling

Overall - A good beer, though it leaves a bit to be desired.

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Photo of redfire89
4.11/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very hazy dark orange color only a few bubbles.
S- Citrus, spices, wheat and a subtle amount of blackberry aroma.
T- Just enough blackberry it's not too much and not too little.
M- Very sessionable, perfect for a hot summer day.
O- A very nice offering from Sam Adams, the wheat and blackberry flavor are just right.

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

2 bottles courtesy of the summer mix pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy golden particles suspended in the liquid. Some foam, eventually none. Blackberry smell jumps out and holds sway. Tartness opens the taste, and builds into a balanced fruit malt taste. Citrus close.

Good carbonation, nice blend, good use a fruit, blends nicely in the wit.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.42/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Classic Sam label. Very classy and simple.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger white foam head that dissipates into a thin foam film then ring. A medium amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell - Smells of blackberry and wheat with the blackberry very dominate. Has a sweet smell.

Taste - Tastes of blackberry that is not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. A nice wheat taste on the backend really help balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied with a slighly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and smooth with great flavor. Very refreshing.

One of my favorite fruit beers. I would highly recommend this beer. It is a solid way to get into the world of craft beers or different styles of beers for someone who is just getting thier feet wet.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: straw yellow, slight haze, bubbly 1/2" head which slowly redices to a cap. Lots of carbonation.

s: mostly wheat sweatness and a pleasent blackberry aroma, mild yeast

t: sweet upfront with blackberry. The blackberry profile is not overdone nor faint. Just right.

m: light bodied, slightly slick, mild soapyness

o: Fruit beers are not my cup of tea, but this is a refreshing beer I could throw back all day. Well done Sam!

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Photo of mjgooner13
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- hazy honey head has some bubbles coming up the sides.

S- you get the berries up front, but not all that strong or sweet which i liked...not much else in the nose, maybe some malty breadyness...

T- I get a generic sweetness, but nothing spectacular and this is followed by a medicinal berry flavor...not much else going on for me

M-pretty light bodied, easy drinking beer, could use a little more carbonation.

O- this beer isn't really doing it for me, the smell is the best part and even that is just about avg. This was light, a bland sweetness(if that makes sense) and when the berry flavor did show it up it reminds me of a cough syrup flavor

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a white head. Decently carbonated with plenty of bubbles. Head retention didn't last too long only a few short seconds.

I think Im in a blackberry bush on a hot summer day. The aroma is dominated by blackberries, but subtle notes of malts and hops are present.

Very smooth with some malty characteristics up front and then your taste buds get smacked with what seems like a bucket of blackberries. Its very refreshing just like I expected in a witbier. The finish is of some bitterness thanks to some added hops.

Not over done and it seems like Koch actually put in some time when he and his crew created this beer. Decent beer for a summer day.

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

This was surprisingly good compared to my admitted unfair preconceptions. Hazy golden color, head is not substantive, lasts a short time. a bit of lacing. Scent was best part, summer wheat and blackberries. A decent lawnmower beer. Taste was a bit off for me, it would have been better if it had tasted like it smelled. Mouthfeel was ok, a bit dry. Overall, a passable beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as cloudy yellowish color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The armoa of the beer is sweet and full of fruit. The subtle smell of wheat is in there too. The taste is sweet as well with a pretty good blackberry flavor. The aftertaste is a mix of the fruit and the grainy wheat flavors. The mouhfeel is light and might be a decent choice for summer drinking.

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Photo of curasowa
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, honey yellow color with 2 fingers of head that faded slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: You can smell the blackberries without even lifting the glass to your nose, but upon closer inspection there are notes of cooked veggies, yeast and a faint, funky sourness.

Taste: A thick layer of blackberry syrup hangs over all of the other flavors, with some drying malted wheat up front, a pretty thin middle and the a slightly harsh bitterness on the way out.

The Rest: A friend brought over a summer mix pack and the only two beers left were the Blackberry Wit's. Unfortunately, it confirmed my stereotype of fruits beers in that its a not very good base beer that tastes like they poured fruit syrup into it.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color with a small head. Strong blackberry smell. Tastes of blackberries but still tastes like a beer. Just a very berry version of a beer. Quite a bit of carbonation. Blackberry lingers long after the beer is swallowed. I like this beer because the blackberry doesn't taste artificial and it still tastes like a beer rather than a fruity drink. I have had this before this review and I continue to drink it during summer months. I think even a non fruit beer drinker could enjoy this, IMO.

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

Pours a pale orange color with a two finger white head. Retention is not very impressive and there is no lacing. The smell is of light wheat and artificial blackberries. Taste startw with the fruit sweetness and transitions to the wheat backbone. Mouthfeel is average for a wit, but the carbonation is a little aggressive. Overall this was a decent effort by Boston Beer Co, but I didn’t find it terribly impressive.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden in color with a weak off-white head. Looks to be very well carbonated. There is just a few spots of lacing. Smell mainly of black berries. Also some very faint wheat malts. You have to really dig for it though. The black berry aroma takes over the nose. In the taste the black berries are toned down. There is a little more wheat and some grainy characters with the black berries being more of middle/background. Almost the complete opposite of the nose. Did the flip flop shit on me. Finishes with a sour berry flavor. Mouth feel is medium to light body with crisp carbonation. A summer beer for sure. Very clean feel to it. Good beer over all. I kinda liked the opposites in the nose and taste. I'm ok with the overly obvious berry flavors and smells too. Even though they were a bit over to top. Didn't disappoint me like maui coconut porter. I think if the title of a beer names an ingredient, that ingredient should be obvious. All in all this is a very drinkable beer. Especially on a hot 105 degree day.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the 2011 summer pack, poured into a weizen glass.

Look: honey colored body with a slight bit of haze to it. Not quite as hazy as I would like from a witbier, but its getting there. Big carbonation bubbles float to the top forming a two finger head that dwindles to one finger before settling at one finger and retaining till the beer is done, leaving a little lacing.

Smell: for a brewery that I often criticize for lacking big, potent flavors, they went all out on this aroma for sure. Big, black berry aroma though nothing else. The blackberry drowns out anything else that could be there.

Taste: the blackberry that's overwhelming in the aroma is noticeably absent in the taste. Wheat with some bready malt and a little sweetness and a tart finish are what I get.

Feel: medium towards thin, heavy carbonation, and I wouldn't want more than one of this.

Overall: I don't think blackberry works with witbier all that well as I've yet to have a fruit-added witbier that does it for me. Varying the citrus peel is a good place to start if you're innovating this style but really its a case of "if its not broke, don't fix it." Might be a good introduction beer for people who don't actually like beer, but this is one that I will not be having again. Cheers.

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Photo of dkwolf
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy, golden amber. Thin (~ 1cm) head, quickly dissipating, with slight lacing. First aroma is of berry, with a hint of citrus. Taste is the same, subtle hint of blackberry, but quickly fading into a light citrus flavor. Feels thin, yet smooth. Overall, a decent beer; one I could enjoy with a steak dinner or over a game of cards with friends. I do wish the blackberry element had been slightly more pronounced, instead of appearing as an "also-ran."

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Photo of TechnoSquidEats
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love fruity beers (call me a woman) so I saw this and was excited. It is part of the Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection which has produced other beers such as Cherry Wheat, Cream Stout and Honey Porter.

A- a good frothy head, about 2 inches thick
S- Picked up some apple and the normal Belgian citrus tones
T- Blackberries are there but very faint, they state they didn't want the Blackberries to overpower the beer but I think they went in the opposite direction and didn't give it enough.
O- Not ridiculously impressed, not better than my everyday fall back beer. It is decent, seems to taste more like a normal Belgian which I would rather buy from someone who is known for their Witbeir. My main problem was the lack of blackberry.

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Photo of TStron
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- 2 inches of fluffy white head on a cloudy golden/pale orange body.

S- Sweet berries. A little bit of pineapple.

T- This beer tastes a little more bland that the smell implys. Very little hop presence. The black beery comes through a little but nothing very strong. Since some fruity beers can have a flavor and sweetness that gets annoying before the bottle ends I suppose this could be a good thing.

M- Very carbonated. Feels a little watered down but not terribly so. Very little sticky coating.

O- Nothing thats really impressing here but as a nice sessionable beer with some black berry flavor it works pretty well.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.35/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy yellowish body with a good size head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Artificial blackberries with some wheat.

T: Reminds me of blackberry flavored water. The finish is somewhat wheat like, but nothing impressive.

M: Light body; Medium carbonation; Lean or watery texture.

O: Was not impressed with this one and didn't think it was a good example of the style. I didn't hate it or think it's highly undrinkable, there's just better beers out there. I don't think I will get it again. I only had one, spouse had one and poured it out halfway through.

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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,640 ratings