Blackbeary Wheat | Long Trail Brewing Co.

Blackbeary WheatBlackbeary Wheat
729 Ratings
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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Ratings: 729 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Hojaminbag
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Blackberry wheat has a very clear golden body and small, thin looking white head.

The aroma has a cereal character to it with a slight fruit-like tartness.

The main problem with this beer is that I am not sure I would be able to identify it as a wheat beer if I tasted it blind. Aside from the fact that I don't taste wheat, the body is thinner than I would expect and it is filtered. With that said, the flavor is not bad (I don't want to empty my glass in to the sink) it is just weak. A hint of cereal from the grain is followed by a slightly tart flavor that reminds me of smartees candy. That's all.

As I said before, the mouthfeel is too thin for a good wheat beer, and it is rather highly carbonation.

One thing I will say for this beer is that it is not something that you sip; a few of these go back very quickly (especially if you had some beer you really wanted to drink and you just wanted to get these puppies out of the way).

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Very pale yellow, not much of a head and no lacing. Off to a bad start.

S: What smell?

T: Nothing offensive, nothing spectacular. Some pleasant blackberry is about the only thing to speak of until the understated wheaty aftertaste.

M: Thin and fizzy. Disappointing for a wheat beer. Makes me wonder if it's really a wheat at all.

D: Despite the subpar qualities that dominate this beer, it is quite drinkable with the only deterring factor being the desire to drink something better.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This must have been filtered like seventeen times. Transparent, extremely carbonated, and the head comes and goes. Looks like bud light.

S - I like the smell. Smells like blackberrys, which is better than I can say for the taste. Very little beer smell to this though.

T - Blackberry Seltzer. Extremely carbonated, which interferes with the blackberry taste. The initial blackberry taste is quickly washed away. I don't taste any evidence of this being a wheat beer, or even a beer for the matter.

MF - Extremely carbonated. Very light though, so it's rather refreshing.

D - I'm going to be glad when this is beer is over.

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Photo of Amalak
3.94/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It's a nice gold, with some bubbles. It has an average head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent lace.
S- Very fruity scent to it.
T- Like the scent, it's very crisp and has a spicy fruit taste to it, kind of like what a cider gatorade would taste like. Interesting.

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Photo of mempath
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

for the style, nice deep 'pale' straw color with a lean, muscular head...LOOKS substantial

like other similar fruit-wheats, the smell is a nice balance of both the style and the fruit source. even at it's best, wheat brews aren't my favorite to drink or sniff, but on occasion can be a pleasant surprise. so far this one is.

actually, before the taste hits, i notice the mouthfeel, the creamy but thin quality with some dosage of carbonation. not bad, but there is no explosion of flavor here. much dissipates as quick as the head and requires another quick swallow. not a bad thing. but nothing to savor per least nothing cloying here.

therefore, it's quite drinkable as a session, esp. if somethin salty or spicy is involved. or dark chocolate.

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Photo of BigBry
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was the beer of the week selection when we went out to dinner at Friday's in Buffalo.
Bottle: Poured yellow in color, white foam that quickly disappeared, tiniest bit of lacing. Some sweet, but artificial berry-like smell. Very mild flavor, tart almost sour, more of the same berry taste. Some metalic-like finish. Thin body, bubbly carbonation. Not very impressed, there are lots of way better examples. But there is a cute cartoon bear (and pun) on the label.
I thought maybe it was just me, but reading other reviews, I guess I am not too far off base.

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Photo of KenC411
2.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear straw beer with a minor head that hangs over the beer.

Smell: Sweet smell of berry and the hint of grain and straw.

Taste: Some hints of blackberry, but mostly watery and a bit of bitter twang. Reminded me of berry flavored seltzer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bubbly. Crisp.

Drinkability: If pressed, I would drink, but I wouldn't buy this beer on my own. I'm upset because the label of a bear stealing a pie and about to be hit by a rolling pin really excited me, and I really wanted to like this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, straw gold in color, medium carbonation, no head

Smell: blackberries and wheat

Taste: wheat, grass, and a big dose of blackberries towards the end towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: A nice light lager with a good, but not overpowering taste. Not the most complex beer. A summer treat and a favorite from Long Trail. This is an excellent camping beer that I could have six of in the summer and a couple in other seasons.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle won at a WHALES Homebrewing Club meeting - thanks guys! Poured into an Ithaca Beer Company pint glass.

A - Pours crystal clear pale yellow with one finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing is nonexistent.

S - a bit of wheat malt aroma, not much else

T - very clean tasting, with a very thin body and almost no residual sweetness. Extremely dry finish. Blackberry flavor doesn't poke through very much. No noticable hop flavor or bitterness.

M - Nicely carbonated, and very crisp.

D - So dry that it leaves you thirsty for more.

Overall, a good, clean summer beer. Would have liked to see a little flavor, be it from the blackberries, yeast, wheat malt... just something.

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Photo of jgasparine
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Poured a pale (filtered) yellow color, with some active carbonation visible from the sides of the glass... the white foamy head quickly evaporated, giving way to a little, tiny, bit of lacing.

S- Aromas of blackberry and honey dominate the nose, with some restrained grassy notes. Not picking any hop aroma here...

T- Very mild flavors of tart wheat combine with bigger flavors of blackberry... but this blackberry seems synthetic... no hops bitterness here (as expected). I am picking up some restrained honey flavors. The finish is very short lived. Overall, the taste reminds me of Blackberry flavored seltzer water...

M- Thin body with spritzy carbonation... leaves a lot to be desired... and bolsters the seltzer water analogy.

D- I consumed just enough to give this beer a fair assessment... and poured the rest of the bottle down the drain. I'm sure there's someone out there that likes this stuff in the bottle, but I'm not one of them...

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Photo of mdale13
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Far too pale and sickly yellow for my liking. Not very impressed. Thin white head poured into a pint.

S- Blackberries.

T- Blackberries throughout, though obviously an artificial flavor. Mixes well with the wheat, as most fruits do.

M- A tad watery and thin.

D- Goes down very easily. I drank 4 of the 6 pack in one sitting.

Other- not my favorite fruit beer (in fact I am still in search for that) but not bad. Good on a summer day.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.99/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew, here. On tap in a pint glass.

A- Pale, pale, pale yellow. Not my favorite.

S- Blackberry in spades. Sugary, syrupy, and inviting.

T- Blackberry flavor, concentrated, but great.. blends surprisingly well with a pale wheat ale. The wheat adds some body behind the blackberry and makes it more than a 1-note brew. Fantastic!

M- Crisp, flavorful, if just a bit thin.

D- Insane... keep it coming!

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Photo of mnrider
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours clear straw yellow with two finger white head which goes away at once. No lacing.

S: Blackberry is fairly strong. Faint hops.

T/M: tastes like a fruit drink with too much carbonation. However this brew is crisp and refreshing.

D: Not to great. Good for the dog days of summer. Light with a low ABV %.


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Photo of TommyW
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, light yellow body with a nice white head.

S- Note of berry with some grain/grass.

T- There is a nice mix between the slight berry taste and the wheat. The finish is fairly crisp.

M- Nice carbonation on a light body.

D- A nice hot-weather beer; quenches the thirst well.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light almost clear yellow color with a very little head. The smell is of wheat and some blackberries . The taste is rather weak, there is a grain taste with only a hint of blackberries near the very end of the taste. The mouthfeel is a moderate carbonation. Overall it is an average drinkable beer nothing to make you dislike it, but overall very weak and not complex.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
1.15/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a bright bubbley white heading that disappears to nothing.Slight lacing throughout.

Smell is the feintest of berry,a slight yeasty aroma.

Taste hits you with berry but is immedialtely stolen by little more than a cough syrup taste that stings the tongue. A slight taste of honey as well.

Mouth is light bodied,overcarbonated with a slight berriness that is more like a cough syrup that stings the tongue and lingeries for a quite awhile.

Drinkability is not good unless you like the taste of berry seltzer water with a touch of alcohol.

I must say this was my first drainpour ever.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall ale glass. Finger or two of light tan foam above an medium amber ale. Smells malty and slightly fruity. Tastes more like blueberry ale than blackberry ale. Good amout of carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel. I appreicate the refreshing quality of the beer and it has definate drinkability.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown long neck bottle. Best by date on box and bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours rather thin with a crystal clear, pale golden-blond body; a puffy white head lasts for a few seconds with no retention.

Why do the majority of fruit beers have that lager skunk? Noticeable hop presence provides a clean spice behind the fruity/brandy-like sweetness. Some lingering tartness clashes with notes of grain.

A mouth full of grainy malt, and far less berry notes than expected. Light body with a crisp mouthfeel. Slight bitterness in the finish with a fruity aftertaste. Clean hop profile with a bitterness that seems to overpower the berry flavors.

Great mouthfeel, and surprisingly clean and crisp. Not extremely drinkable, but a better thirst quencher than most of this style. From the label on the beer, you expect this to be a nice sweet pucker, but it is misleading. Perhaps if they bragged about something else and mentioned the berries as a side note, my first impression would be more accurate. Either way, this brew could use a sweeter/maltier platform for the berries to dance on. Could be great with a fruit-based salad with legumes and a berry vinaigrette, or even a light berry dessert. But probably best on it's own. The funky profile might throw off any serious food pairings.


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Photo of indiapaleale
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, first off, spell check hates the word BlackBEARy. Second, I am definitely not the target audience for a fruit flavored wheat beer, however I am always willing to try something new and this found its way into my beer fridge.

Pours a very light, straw color. Sort of surprising, I guess I was thinking that the blackberry would add a little something as far as color goes but nope, this one looks like a very pale wheat ale with about a finger's worth of white fluff on top.

The smell on this is like some sort of fruit syrup. Its tart and its sweet but it is not necessarily "blackbeary" to me. Its more like a black cherry soda kind of smell, it also block out all the other smells that could possibly come from this beer.

First big sip and its very light, crisp, refreshing...etc. However the taste is not something I'd go looking for in a beer. Its a very light beer with this essence of fruit (cherry, raspberry, blackberry?). Its not like that will make a difference to someone who loves this beer as they are likely looking for a non-offensive fruit beer thats easy to drink, especially during the summertime...cuz that is exactly what this is.

I love blackberries and I'd love it if a brewery could do something with them other than flavor an already existing beer of make a light beer more appealing to non-beer drinkers. A big, bold blackberry stout would be great. Someone do that!

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Photo of mltobin
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At a friends house for a barbeque, someone had purchased a sixer of Blackbeary from Long Trail, which I had not yet tried.

Appearance is a light yellow, looks kinda like a pils, more so than what I would expect from a wheat beer. It has a very thin white head that quickly changes into a ring. There are bubbles rising from bottom to top, as if it was ginger ale or something of the like.
It smells sweet, notes of corn, sugar, and faint blackberry. Upon taking my first taste, more of that blackberry noted on the label is coming out. It went down fairly easy and the mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Drinkability is so-so, I decided against having any more of these that were waiting in the fridge. This particular beer seems best suited for someone who enjoys "hard lemonade" and other offerings in that niche category.

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Photo of capra12
2.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of a snifter glass reviewed on 6/27/09.
Appearance- 2 1/2 fingers of head that dissapates quickly. The color a clear yellow with peach colored accents.

Smell- fresh blackberries as well as fermented berries.

Taste-Opens with a dull and light wheat taste. In the middle the carbonation amplifies the wheat. As the end approaches the blackberries come into play but only briefly and does not carryover into the after taste for long.

Mouthfeel- very light bodied and crispy. The carbonation is brief from middle to end.

Drinkability- This is a beer which I would not go out of my way to drink but I would drink it if it was the only craft beer.

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Photo of wampahoofus
2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very light yellow (one of the lightest I have seen in a while). Lots of carbonation with very little head retention.

Smell is very fruity. The berries come through strongly.

The taste does not remind me much of beer. I do not taste any of the malt, no hops, just berries. This reminds me of one of those flavored "malt beverages". This beer is very light. Just sweetness and berries. That is about it.

This beer does not offer much. Lovers of light beers who go for sweet and fruity will like it. This came as part of a variety pack. This was the worst in the pack. The others were OK.

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Photo of CheckMate
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained from Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH. Pale yellow in color and crystal clear with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch off white head. The berry dominates the smell with a triscuit cracker like undertone. The taste is similar to that of a Wheat Thin cracker with slight tinge of berry. Initially, the wheat taste is very dominate, but after a few sips the berry taste becomes a little bit more pronounced. Light and crisp mouth feel. A good choice of beer for a hot day. Simple and hits the spot.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail- Blackbeary Wheat

A- Light faint yellow with a small filmy head. Patchy lacing and no carbonation.
S- Sweet lemony wheat with blackberries.
T- Good sweet blackberries/ mulberries with a light lemony touch.
M- Juicy sweet and fruity. Very light though.

Overall- Light and watery but fruity enough to make this a good refeshing summer beer.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 729 ratings
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