Blackbeary Wheat | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew combines 2-Row Pilsen malt, a hint of Crystal malt, and of course, plenty of malted wheat. A hint of blackberry at the finish makes this beer a real thirst quencher! For the health conscious, Blackbeary Wheat has less than 6 grams of carbs and only 110 calories per bottle!

10 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is underrated on BA, no doubt. pours a brightly bubbling golden color with a short white head. smell can be a little off-putting at first, with a decaying berry kind of weird fermenty smell. i think it smells like fresh summer beer, but thats just me. flavor is what its all about, and this tastes good. lots of light wheat malt and a healthy dose of fresh berries on the back end. not as all sweet, i think its an amazingly well balanced fruit beer. in a summer beer, mouthfeel is a huge factor, and i like the lighter body and active carbonation of this easy drinker. its one after the other all day with these. you need a beer like that sometimes. good stuff in my book.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured out without much of a hazy which is what makes a wheat beer so special in my opinion. It was yellowish gold in color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has some light hints of berry on the nose and wheat. The taste of the beer is a little fruity but a little bland also. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little watery and just not enough body. Overall It's just too light I think.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of blackberries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled by flavors of blackberries, which seem a bit artificial and are slightly tart (and not sweet). There are some hints of wheat.
M: It feels very light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is extremely easy to drink and makes for a good selection on a hot summer day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Usually I'm a big fan of the Long Trail beers, this one, not so much. Is way too weak of a beer, barely any taste or body to it. The blackberries are barely noticeable and as a wheat beer it fails as well. LT should go back to the drawing board for this one as this one is a miss.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.88/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small thin white head with little retention. Aroma is sweet with blackcurrant being very hard to distinguish. Taste is also very sweet with some malt and some very subtle blackcurrant. Body is way too thin and this beer generally lacks character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail's crisp and refreshing Blackbeary Wheat offers just a hint of fruitiness, and it's much more of a summer quencher than it is a fruit beer. It's crystal clear yellow body is capped by a decent head of bright white froth that holds shortly before dropping; and it's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and standard carbonation. The delicate touch of sweet fruit lends interest to it's otherwise basic 'wheat' nose; and it adds a bit of character to it's delicate malt flavor. It's very lightly hopped as not much is needed to balance it; and it finishes dry and refreshing with a light note of residual fruit that fades quickly away. It's extremely easy to drink but I'm not sure there's enough character there to keep it interesting beyond one or two. Still, on a hot summer's day that first one will be quite quenching! Kudos!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: The beer is a very pale straw yellow color with an extremely thin white head that fades instantly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pungent berries, a little hops and some wheat.

T: The berry flavor jumps out first, but it’s not overly sweet as some beers in this style tend to be. A decent grainy wheat flavor follows up. There’s a faint bit of hops and the malt character is very thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a little bit of breadiness.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn’t find it very tasty, but it’s not as bad as many other beers in the style that I’ve had. It goes down easy and isn’t filling at all. This is yet another fruity beer trying hard not to taste like beer, so it’s one that may get non-beer drinkers to drink beer. Overall though I didn’t think it was very good.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pale golden amber in the wine glass, with a modest head that doesn't stick around too long. Pleasant fizz in the mouth. Faint aroma of something like grape jelly. Not much fruit flavor, though there is a tart mouthfeel. Finally, exhaling, there is a nose of some old juice. Very generic fruitiness with a bitter seedy flavor at the end. It's like they took the flavor out of the fruit and left you with the seeds and stems.

The fruit doesn't amount to much, if this is supposed to be a fruit beer. It's not interesting or refreshing enough to be a good quaff. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of blackberries over a lighter note of wheat with just a hint of lemon/citrus.

T: Light to moderate flavors of tart blackberries (though an almost artificial flavor) with lighter flavors of wheat.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and would be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes (11/25)

A: Pours a clear golden color, very little head and not much lacing.

S: Smells like berries, and not much else. Very sweet.

T: I get a berry flavor, but then it disappears and I am left with a bland beer with very little flavor at all. The nose got my hopes up slightly, but the taste did not follow through for me.

M/D: Very light with good carbonation. Overall, a disappointment, they seemed to miss the mark with this one.

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Photo of billab914
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a light golden color with a thin white head just covering the top of the beer. Pretty clear and clean looking beer with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma has a blackberry and grape like aroma to it. It has an aroma a bit like a sweeter grape juice but with a little more blackberry to it. Don't get much else to it besides the fruity and sweet flavor.

The taste shows a lot of the blackberry flavor throughout it as well. Like the aroma, I get a bit of a sweet, grape juice like flavor to it as well. The fruit flavors show a lot of sweetness to it through the finish, almost like a juice. Very light grainy, wheat flavor coming through under all the blackberry.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being average. Drinkability isn't great for me, there just isn't that much to it besides a fruity, extract like flavor. It's very sweet as well and almost drinks like a very light and carbonated juice.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in a mixed six, enjoyed chilled from a wheat glass.

The color is very pale golden with thick 2 finger collar of wheat cloudy head, the bead is fine, retention is decent and carbonation is visible as clarity is good. The smell is kind of sweet, but not overly so with slight berry tinge and light malt aspect, not bad however it smells kind of like it may be extract like a fruit tea. The feel is very good with light body and mild sweetness and moderately high carbonation. The mild yeast and slightly clean malt feel is quenching which is nice.

The flavor starts out with a wheat taste which is slightly sweet which leads to the berry element which is balanced well here. The yeast is pretty clean which allows the wheat and fruit to be the prominent flavors. Overall I enjoyed this as a nice refreshing wheat.I give it better than average in most categories because it achieves the goal of the brewer - light quaffable wheat with a subtle berry flavor to compliment.

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Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can read small print through my pint glass. This may be the lightest, clearest beer I've ever seen. LOTS of upwardly mobile bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Maintains the paler shade of white head--Pretty good lace.

No blackberry aroma; very little smell of any kind; reminds of children's aspirin???

Rather dry with a touch of unidentifiable berry. No hop, no malt, no wheat. Why am I drinking this? Bland. The aftertaste is lightly sour.

This is not an awful beer, but it is not very flavorful so the experience is poor.

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Photo of Jason
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with "Bottled On" freshness date.

A- Crystal clear pale yellow color, thin white lace. Very light in color ...

S- Sweet-tart berry aroma, hint of beery grain as well.

T&M- Light bodied and semi-dry, crisp with a grain front. Twang of wheat goes well with the berry flavor. Faint malt show off its only beer quality ... ghost like hops barely are seen.

D- A great hot weather quencher, that is about it.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No boostin', yo! This actually came in a CAN from Pinocchio's, f'real, f'real! I am the first to review in this serving type, which is not terribly unusual, but it is part of New CANned Beer Sunday.

From the CAN: "Take a Hike! Trail Friendly CAN".

The Crack startled me as it was another Craft CAN filled to the brim and foaming up as soon as it was opened. I went with an initial inverted Glug, resulting in two fingers of massive, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled faintly of berries and I remember this being a knock against this beer - not enough Ooomph in terms of its fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light, not watery, but close and the lightness of the fruit combined nicely with the inherent tang of the wheat, but I just felt like it had been dialed down from what it could have been. Finish was dry and refreshing, which may be appropriate for the beach, but I just was not feelin' it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden hue with a bright white head forms speckled scattered lacing as the spritzy head dwindles. Aroma light biscuit malt and some sharp wheat with a touch of blackberry tartness. A typical American fruit infused wheat ale, this is probably a blackberry flavoring added it's not overly sweet, which is a good thing. Light biscuit malts and a sharp slight citrus wheat tanginess comes together with the berry acidity and tart components to make a decent but boring one dimensional flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation tickles the back of the throat the finish is heavy with carbonation in the back of the throat it pretty much clears the palate of the flavor. Drinkability yes it's a true sessio beer but I wouldn't be entertained with the flavors offered here to stick with this one for more than a beer or two.

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Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, very light yellow color with more than a finger of big bubbly white foam. Head fades to just a thin film across the top of the beer that is supported by nearly nonstop bubbles. Nose is dominated by the berry aroma with a little bit of the wheat coming through as it warms and sulfur playing in the back. Taste is mostly fruit in the front, wheat comes through a bit in the thin body and high carb level.

This beer would be best suited for a post grass cutting marathon. That wasn't my situation today so I am not really that thrilled about it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Bert's
Slightly hazy deep yellow color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Berry and spicy cereal grains on the nose. Sweet berry dominates the flavor with a bit of bready spicy maltiness to almost balance it. Feels more like a wine cooler than a beer, but cleanly fermented and tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just looking at the label, I kind of had a feeling like I was setting myself up for a fall. But oh well. I am doing this for the sake of growing my palate.

Pours a crystal clear straw with no head. This is a wheat beer, right? Nose is like Captain Crunch cereal. Really. I am not stretching this. Captain Crunch. With the berries. Flavor is like...Captain Crunch Berries in my beer. I might not even make it to two sips here. This is ridiculous. I am sorry. But this could quite possibly be the worst fruit beer I have had...or the worst in a long time. Feel. This feels like a host of macros plaguing my tongue. Drinkable? Sure. If you just want to have a load of boring beer. No great berry character. Obvious artificial flavoring. Drain Pour. Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of jwc215
2.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured VERY light gold - none of the cloudiness associated with wheat beers- like tainted water - The head was white and fluffy to begin with - but then faded to barely a whisp.
The smell was not what I was expected. In place of blackberry or wheat, there was a slight hop aroma. It was faint - more of a musty, thought not necessarily skunky aroma.
The taste was unimpressive. Thin, watery and an attempt at a blackberry taste that just wasn't there.
I suppose it could be a refreshing brew on a hot, summer day, but not with that underachieved taste of something I couldn't quite put my finger on. A had a bit of tang to it.
I usually like Long Trail - have been satisfied by the other styles (at least four come to mind). This one didn't do anything for me (other than finishing it quickly - it wasn't terrible enough to not finish - and move on).

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Photo of Billolick
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle without freshness dating given. Pours clear, very light amber, near white, minimal head, that quickly departs, leaving no trace of lacing. Nose is just a hint of powdered sugar. This is a light liguid, with a trace of beer like qualities, including some faint notes of fruity berries. Pricey, slightly fruity, lawn mower beer....

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Instantly aromatic, the blackberry smell wafts out from the time I crack the crown, sweetness fills the air.
Crystal clear, pale gold appearance, likeable layer of bone-white foam.
Berries and honey in the nose.
Nicely textured, ably balanced, meets the mouth happily. Berry flavor doesn't sustain on the palate, though, plays a minor role in the taste. Light bodied, short finish. Tastes more like a hybrid wheat ale and pilsner, with a touch of honey and fruit.
Good summertime quaffer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow in color with a thin 1/4" head that quickly reduced to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops. Carbonation seemed very low. The aroma was sweet, most notably berries. The flavor consisted of berry, wheat, honey, and a hint of vanilla. This brew leans towards the sweet side, not refreshing at all.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly watery. Midly crisp at the start, and has a short sweet finish with berries and wheat. I finished most of the pint, but by the end I had enough. Drinkability way down here. Interesting to try, but not one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of tempest
2.23/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I won't fault Long Trail for making this beer. Nearly every brewery has some light fruity thing, however, most are better than this one. It's overcarbonated, the blackberry is light and the wheat flavor is a touch sour and unpleasant. This tastes like something from BMC. Maybe this bottle is from last year, but probably not. It probably just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to woodychandler for his large supply of beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of blueberries. Taste is also of blueberry, although not sweet, some wheat tartness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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