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

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Samuel Adams Blackberry WitbierSamuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

Brewed by:
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 BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Oct '09 notched on label.

A - Sudsy and dense white one-finger head on a totally cloudy but particle-absent slightly golden yellow color. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Strong blackberry aroma that dominates everything else. Detectable notes of sweet malts and wheat while some agitation brought out some floral and fruity hop nuances. A very small orange-citrusy smell and a low level of spicing.

T - A blackberry wheat balance is the most prominent aspect (as it should be by the title) of this beer - very tasty - but is backed up well by a bit of a hop dryness in post swallow. Finishes with a strong, but not offensively so, spiciness. The flavor isn't sugary or syrupy like most "summer fruit beers" are. It's very delicious.

M - A strong carbonation bite finishes out this light-bodied wit. Nothing much to speak of.

D - It's a very good summer beer that tastes great, doesn't leave much to be desired, and goes down well with out tasting sugary or fake. I could demolish a six-er around a warm summer night campfire easily.

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Photo of mazingblue
4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to glass.

A: A cloudy yellow-orange color with a 3/4 inch head. I read some of the other reviews about the head disapating quickly. I had no such problem. Head remained in the glass for 3-5 min and always had a thin layer of froth on top. Nice lacing around the glass.

S: Exceptional smell upon pouring. Truly amazing. Smell lingered, but gentler than initial pour.

T: Great blackberry taste. Not sure what spices are involved in this one...just says there are on the bottle.

M: Good mouthfeel. Fruit lingers in mouth after swallow. Not very tingly...low carbonation?

D: I am not one for fruity beers, but I could drink a few of these. I am kind of thinking this beer would taste good with Leinekugel's Summer Shandy.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very hazy light gold colored body. Fairly big white head disappears pretty quickly. Still leaves some lace behind. The scent is your typical wit smell, with a nice dose of blackberries. Same for the taste: nice refreshing belgian wheat backed by a nicely blended blackberry finish. Nice fairly full and soft mouth. Very refreshing. I'm not normally huge on wits, but this one i really enjoy.

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Photo of tj4288
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into chilled pilsner glass

a- murky orange, medium carbonation, decent head that disapates quickly leaving some lacing, tons of sediment

s- VERY berry yet not too strong or off-putting, some other fruits as well, possibly cherry and citrus

t- berry is not overpowering in taste, berry comes out in aftertaste, very enjoyable taste

m- medium carbonation, light, crisp

d- very good drinkability for a fruity beer.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
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 Dadoftwogirls
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better flavored beers. Pours and looks great. Aroma is pleasing and adds to anticipation of tasting it. To me it has just the right combination of balance. Taste of wheat that gives way to the berries without being sweet or overpowering. The berry flavor just barely lingers on the palate. This would make a great summertime beer on a hot day. Recommended.

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

A: Yellow-orange straw color with nice white head and major lacing. Perfect Witbier style cloudiness.

S: Fresh blackberry scent and mildly spicy aroma.

T & M: Mildly sweet blackberry flavor and spiciness. Crisp light to medium bodied with a dry, slightly oily aftertaste.

I was worried after reading some of these reviews, but this is a great beer for the style. I am not a witbier fan, but I do enjoy berry flavored ales. This is exceptional for the style and I'll definitely try some again.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 BringusKilkenney
4.27/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

has a great golden amber appearance with a nice white soapy head.

The smell is good can pick up hops and blackberries both.

Taste has nice hop bit really smooth and bready with good blackberry background very tasty beer. some carbonation but not to much goes down smooth and easy to just drink and enjoy i really recommend trying this.

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Photo of eb1993nj
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of kels
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not typically a wit drinker, but I LOVE blackberries. I had to give this one a try. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy bright apricot color with a short, white 1 inch head that fades quickly to a lasting skim. Light, filmy lacing follows and bubbles of carbonation continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Surprisingly filled with a definite but not overpowering blackberry scent, kind of like blackberry jam. Some powdery sugar and light biscuity malts accompany.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really great carbonation spreads the flavors throughout the palate well. Mouth is light and slightly creamy. Blackberry is much subtler in the taste than in the nose. Lends a light tartness to the aftertaste, which also has a bit of sweet spice. The breadiness of the malts is very nice and really gives the taste some substance. Not as much yeast present in this as I usually find in wits (which is fine by me).

Drinkability: Very high - I definitely could enjoy several of these. Would make a great summer beer when there are fresh blackberries around to enjoy it with.

I'm actually really impressed because I know some people really hated this beer. I don't try a lot of Sam Adams (I think I take it for granted), but this encourages me to try more. It's really refreshing and light with satisfying subtlety that I don't get in most of my beers. After my initial review I grabbed some blackberries from my fridge, ate some, then took a drink. Definitely highlights the blackberry in the beer even more as well. Nice job, SA.

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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