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: Rotating

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

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.22/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a thin finger of white head and lots of visible carbonation. The head fades quickly leaving no lace behind.

S - The aroma is full of blackberry sweetness. There is just a touch of wheat in the background, but the blackberry dominates.

T - Starts off with lots of sweet blackberry flavor, and a bit of tartness. Just a bit sugary. Through the middle, just a hint of wheat comes through, but again, the blackberry dominates. The finish is again full of blackberry with just a bit of tartness that lingers.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, but also quite watery and thin. The finish is pretty empty with just a touch of tartness.

D - Very drinkable, though very empty. There is not much going on other than some blackberry flavor. There is almost no wheat that comes through, or any other flavor.

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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 pzrhsau
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very pedestrian yellow color with a robust white head that doesn't last very long.
S: Light sweetness with some hints of blackberry juice.
T: Very light malt flavor that has some light hints of blackberry flavor but really doesnt expand much on that.
M/O: Very crisp but light. Not too complex but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Wamesit
2.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a very light gold. Thin white head.

S - Appealing natural berry aroma. Perhaps a light trace of bisquity malts and wheat.

T - Watery berry taste that is not as strong as the aroma would suggest. Wheat and malt make up the body. They presence of tartness gives off a hint of hop bitterness but I am fairly certain it is but an illusion.

M - Light, i.e. water. Strong carbonation that dies quickly.

O - Very light and boring beer. I suppose it would quench thirst on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Prime16
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very light in color.... carbonation minus the head looks like ginger-ale. White head that dissipates quickly.

S- Sweet - smells like blackberry soda.

T- Surprisingly not much blackberry taste with lingering wheat/grassy notes to it. Smells sweeter than it tastes.

M- The mouthfeel of a ginger-ale thats been left standing for a few hours. Carbonation and very thin.

O- Nothing against the beer or brewery, this beer is just not my style.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden faintly orange with no head some lacing around the edges.

A lot of wheat and "beary" everything is light and crisp.

The blackberry and wheat are right up front and the wheat sweetness carries over through to a nice mildy hoppy finish. More of a crisp citrus zest to finish it off.

Very light body and I have found myself drinking a bunch of these. It has the right amount of wheat and flavor.

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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 heavy216
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle. 2 finger head, heavy lacing, pale ginger ale color many bubbles

S: smells like a wine cooler

T/M: strong carbonation. not much blackberry flavor? kind of plain

D: taste like a normal lite beer (even though its not) with a hint of fruit

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Photo of e11iott
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, didn't lasted very long, medium lacing, very light in color.

S: Not an over powerful blackberry smell, followed by wheat aroma.

T/M: Tasted like generic seltzer flavored beer that was stored next to blackberries. Highly carbonated.

D: Not a big fan of this one, alcohol was low, so was taste, was expecting more flavor since it was a fruit beer.

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Photo of tchenery
2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It looks like Bud Light. Very clear with little color at all.

It smells funky. It smells like sour concert beer.

It tastes like light, drinkable lager beer. It's slightly thicker and sticks to your teeth a bit and has that wheat twinge, but not much. The fruit that's there is faint, very faint and hardly recognizable as blackberry.

Mouthfeel is probably the only thing this beer has going for it.

It tastes like bubblicious bubble gum.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appears very pale, light straw color. thin whispy head. smells like an adjuct lager with a bit of wheat and berry.

taste has just a touch of wheat, with black berry flavor that is not too strong.

body is thin and fizzy. easy to drink, just not very great tasting. very odd choice to include in a winter variety pack, as this seems like a summer beer, thirst quencher type.

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

A: Rather light in color, pale golden leaning toward pale yellow and crystal clear. Short white head that fell fast and left no lacing.

S: Blackberries. Almost cloying - it distinctly makes me think of jam. Fruit is stronger than the beer, it still isn't what you would call pungent. If I really try I can pull out some grainy sweetness and maybe some bready wheat.

T: Fruit lessons and the beer strengthens. Even some hops, though non-distinct. Bittering without much definition. Malts are bready / crackery whear beer. Okay, but not special. Flavors do not seem to meld well and it has an almost odd bitter-sweet finish.

M: Light to medium light body with CO2 just a hair over medium. Kinda a thin, but the carbonation seems to work for what it is. Fluffs the mouthfeel and helps carry the sweetness, and probably drives that berry odor.

D: Give this one away to the lady friends. A touch cloying in the berry sweet aspect. And, not really a clash, but the flavors & aromas does always get along amicably. It doesn't scream it, yet this one seems to be an extract fruit beer.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

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Photo of Tripphop
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed one because I liked the label. Pours a light golden color, little head, not impressive. Smell is weak, light biscuity malt with subtle fruit notes. Flavor is light and crisp, a little touch of tart berry on the finish, minimal sweetness and an earthy berry bite in the aftertaste that is much like eating a fresh blackberry. Expected a more wheaty beer, it is refreshingly light and crisp though, with a dry, tart finish. Not one I would make a daily drinker, but as far as the fruit beers go, this is not too shabby.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow - weird, I thought this would be purple or something. Foamy white head eventually dissolves to a ring and thin cap, zero lacing.

Blackbeary - err - blackberry in the scent. I'm pretty sure this doesn't use the actual fruit, the smell is pretty artificial but not bad. Not much else to it though.

Blackberry flavor mostly dominates the taste as well but it's stronger in the nose; pretty sugary sweet. The flavors of the finish are mostly macro-esque - grains, oats, bread. Slightly garbage-y.

Light, slightly spiky mouthfeel.

Not too bad, not too great. Pretty bland, even the blackberry fades over time not leaving much else.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a three inch, tight, creamy white head. Head eventually settles into a foamy, quarter inch cap. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose expresses a citrus quality intermingled with berries and a light wheat character. Taste is somewhat bland and watery - the berry flavor is all but gone, with a faint wheat malt presence coming out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a watery consistency and a lively carbonation. Not a terrible offering, but there's just much going on here. I wouldn't pass one up if offered, but all and all, it's a fairly lackluster beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold/yellow color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Decanted continually. Broken rings of lacing.

S- Sweet wheat malt, hay and grass. Definitely blueberries; fresh and sweet.

T: Blackberries much more prominent than the nose. Bready wheat malt in the middle. Fizzy and light finish with lingering blueberry flavor.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Sweet, crisp and refreshing.

D: Sweet blueberry flavor wears on me a bit, but without that flavor, there is little else.

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Photo of larryi86
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Clear golden color with a white finger head.

S- Sweet malts, wheat, and blackberries.

T- Very close to the smell, blackberries are add a nice flavor to the beer and are not too overpowering.

M- Light, but not to the point where it is watery, smooth, crisp.

D- This is a nice fruit beer and I would probably buy this again when spring rolls around. I feel that if it was not for the blackberry flavor this would be a very boring beer.

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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 afksports
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Happy Sunday people! Watching the Eagles lose sucks. So it was time to crack a random not-so-good beer. Fitting that it's black-"bear"-y I suppose. This one causes some beerface.

This beer is light, not even that wheaty, clear, and without much head or lacing to speak of. It's just... like a Corona or something. It smells like a sweet fruit, so blackberry is accurate enough - although it could just as well be blueberry. The taste is about the same, with water being the main taste that comes through, along with a hint of hops, and maybe some corn. I don't even really taste the wheat. It's amazing that for something at 4.0% abv there can be so much difference from a NG Belgian Red of the same style. This is definitely not that drinkable, and its light body does not impress.

Overall, the best part about this beer is the label. Which is kind of cute. Unlike Jay Cutler.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.07/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle from a Long Trail variety pack. Pours golden hue with a soda like carbonation. Sweet, fruity aroma. Taste is similar. There is nothing much motre to write about. It is more like a wine cooler than a beer. I did not like this brew at all.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.22/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a beer mug. Doesn't look anything like a "wheat:" thin head, crystal clear, very light yellow in color.

Smell is... Blackberry! Lots of it! There is a little hint of corn and some slight bread notes under the thick blackberry veneer.

Taste is... Blackberry! Lots of it! Honestly though, the best way for me to describe this beer is the mixing of Miller Lite with Blackberry Seltzer water. It has the effervescent feel in the mouth, and it has that tacked-on flavoring aspect as well. Nothing very "beer-worthy" to report on, except perhaps the flavors of corn.

Mouthfeel is as described above: Thin, bubbly, watery.

Drinkability is high. If you don't mind the flavor, these go down easier than water. I am also writing this on our first 20 degree day of the season here in the NorthCountry, and this is definitely a summer beer. In the middle of the summer, on a hot day, riding a boat, I could probably down a 12 pack of these without even knowing it.

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Photo of nickmoerr
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a Friday. Drank a few out of a sixer and didnt really feel anything. Was not impressed with this beer! Didnt hate or love it. It just didn't do anything for me. I guess this would be a craft to drink throughout the night without getting messed up.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge served into a standard pint glass. bottled on 07/29/10.

pours a rather watery looking, very clear, pale straw yellow color with about a one finger of white head. faded quickly to a ring, then eventually to nothing, poor retention. hardly any lace. looks somewhat similar to a macro.

not a huge aroma. whiffs of medicinal black berry, and very faint wheat and grains. nothing offensive however, which most fruit wheat beers cant say.

a light taste as well. some light tart blackberry blends nicely with some grains and wheat.

light body, carbonation, although fizzy, is still fine and feels nice. a touch watery at times.

very nice drinkability, great for hot summer days. i would buy this again, im just in no hurry. this would be a nice beer for women or people just making the switch from macro to craft.

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Photo of Shefus
4.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this tasty beverage from a bottle into my mouth, you could taste the blackberry then the wheat, very tasty. I would defiantly buy a 6 pack just to drink for a good tasty time. It is also very smooth, if you cant drink beer good and have money, just buy like 20 of these and slam em for a good time

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in VT.

A: Pours a crisp yellow color with a small bright white foam head. Sufficient lacing throughout.

S: Very faint whiff of wheat and and berries. Not a ton hitting the nose, very clean smell.

T: Combination of wheat with some hint of blackberries. Nothing really stands out with this beer.

M: Lightly carbonated and a little thin.

D: This is probably a better beer to have in the middle of summer instead of on a dreary rainy fall day in VT. Not something I would personally seek out.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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