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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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Ratings: 729 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of oddfire
4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light straw color with a small to medium head. light lacing. Ok head retension.
S - Smells like a wheat beer with a hint of blackberry. There is a very slight citrus note.
T - This beer is light and crisp with a non overpowering blackberry flavour. There is a bready flavour which I think is good and makes it taste just right.
M - This beer feels pretty good while in your mouth. It doesn't feel syrupy or rough. It is smooth.
D - This is a great beer to drink on a hot day due to the refreshing sensation you get while drinking it. I like this beer anytime though. This is not a heavy or too sweet beer. It is a good American wheat. I will continue buying.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I remember drinking this beer when I was first getting into craft beer. I would have given it an A+, I just thought it was so great, a pretty hearty beer (as compared to BMC) with an awesome fruity kick to it.

However, as I've starting having more and more craft beer, including a lot of fruit beer, I really have to say I'm quite disappointed now, it's my least favorite in the variety packs.

It's a pretty clear yellow color with no head, it does have a great wheat & Blackberry aroma to it which is very appealing, and the taste seems almost watered down compared to say one of Dogfish Heads fruit beers. However on a hot summer day or when you're moving it's a great beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Golden yellow in color. Pours with a thin head then dissipates into nearly nothing. Just a bit of lacing at the edge of the glass. Very transparent. Mellow carbonation.
S) Blackberry is very aromatic. Enticing upon the pour and bold. Covers much of the brew's other aromas but a base of wheat can be detected.
T) Clean on the front end sliding into a robust blackberry and wheat. Finishes a bit dry with a linger fruity sweetness and wheaty grit.
M) Crisp from the CO2, a slight tannin feel or a residue in the aftertaste. This brew has a brightness to it.
D) A summer-day-mowing-the-lawn type of beer. Wait for summer and it will be just right.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift a friend brought back from the brewpub.

Pours a clear light yellow color with 1 finger of tight foamy white head that fades fast and leaves a very small amount of spotty lacing. Smells of berries, grain, and a slight hint of lemon. Tastes of fruit berries with some grainy wheat backing and a light hop presence in the finish. Light to medium in body with OK carbonation. Seems to be pretty watery, but still fruity with some crispness. Not really my thing, but refreshing and could be pretty easy to drink while out in the hot summer sun.

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Photo of jimj21
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the Long Trail Survival Pack. Bottled in December 2008. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is very clear and light yellow. A hard pour produces a one finger white head, which fades fairly quickly. Many streams of bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass. No lacing.

Smell is of light grain and berries. A swirl reveals more of a juicy aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very grainy with a bit of sweetness, but not to much. A bit of berry flavor as well. Light bodied. Finishes dry with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Carbonation provides a bit of crispness.

This is fairly drinkable and refreshing. Taste is a bit lacking, but overall, this would be nice on a hot, summer day.

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Photo of mjaskula
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours straw yellow and clear with a thick soapy white head that fades. Smells fruity as expected, though not overly stong. The taste a bit watery with some wheat and fruit flavors. Overall, not that great. Wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.25/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Hefe glass, celler temp.
Aroma: Earthy blackberry and wheat malt come through loud and clear.
Appearance: Very thin head, crystal clear yellow body
Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.
Taste: Blackberry flavor dominates, but very subdued sweetness. Wheat flavor and hops provide background. Sweetness on the tip of the tongue dries out by the end. No aftertaste.
Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable fruit beers I have had. I could easy do 3-4 pints of this. Wonderful fruit flavor without the cloying sweetness makes this one a great desert or regular beer.

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Photo of thain709
3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Color? What color? This beer is clear with a hint a golden...very clear...the head was gone quickly...no lacing

S - Pleasant smell of raspberries...no wheat/yeast nose

T - This tastes like Miller Lite with blackberry flavoring...the blackberry taste isn't overpowering...but there isn't any other flavor there

M - Crisp...good carbonation

D - Not one that I would crave...I wouldn't mind it in the summer when it's hot

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of all, holy clarity. I was expecting something a little darker but this looks like bud light with a better head. The color is straw yellow with lots of visible carbonation and a solid 1 cm head sitting on top that disappears within a couple of minutes. . Looks pretty refreshing.

More gentle whiffs of this beer are preferable. If you take it easy, you get a nice plum like blackberry aroma. But if you inhale just a bit stronger it's more like a malt liquor. Nothing overtly wrong, still pleasant, but nothing overtly tantalizing either.

Well.. the taste sort of ruined it. Very little malt flavor with no real mouthfeel benefits coming from the wheat. Sudsy and slightly acidic. Sort of like dropping a jolly rancher in Bud Light. This beer went downhill the second it entered my mouth.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a fairly clear, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with some retention and some lacing along the glass until the finish of the beer.

S: Smells slightly bready, but not too much of a smell overall.

T: A subtle, sweet blackberry taste with some sweet malts. Otherwise, there was not much of a taste to the beer either.

M: The mouthfeel was pretty good for the style. A fairly crisp, light, and refreshing mouthfeel that was nice on the palette and good for a summer beer.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a nice example of a summer beer. However, I felt that the taste could have used a little work. While the subtle blackberry notes were good enough, I felt that the sweet malts could have been a little more robust for a better tasting beer overall.

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Photo of JoshW
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have mixed feelings on this one..

Poured into standard pint glass, literally no head however this one was fiarly flat too.. No date on the bottle. Smell is very light malts and very light berry smell. Taste is watery and malty with the blackberries coming in at the end. Overall a little below average to me. Not good not bad.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a thickish white head. Aroma of cranberry and raspberry/general berry fruit juice. Flavor is pretty much the same sweet juice-like notes along with a hint of wheat. Meh, too artificially sugary. If this is supposed to be modeled after a lambic...well, it misses the mark quite a bit. If you're looking for a juice-beer, then this is perfect for you. Otherwise, I'd skip it. It's certainly drinkable but it's not anything special.
5/4/4/3/9 (2.5/5)

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Photo of yesyouam
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blackbeary Wheat is very pale with a small white head that vanishes quickly. It's quite sparkling. It looks like a Heineken! The aroma is sweet blackberry. It seemed rather artificial until I actually started drinking it. There is a light wheat aroma in the back. The berry doesn't dominate the taste-- it's actually kind of subtle. The bitterness is light and helps make the taste come to a quick, clean finish. It's a bit grassy and a bit citrusy. The flavor is pretty well-blended. There is something hollow about the wheat-- a very treble flavor. Overall, not bad!
(rated Jul 9, 2007)

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Photo of JayNH
2.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a light clear yellow with a large foamy head.

S- A carbonated berry smell. That's about it...

T- Bud light with a hint of fruit. Probably not even that much beer taste.

M- Extremely thin and watery. No body at all.

D- Drinkability is OK. It's like water with a splash of fruit beer in it. It's low cal and not bad working in the yard on a hot day. That's about it.

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Photo of treble
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from the bottle into a tall narrow glass. It's a wheat beer, yes, but it looked like colored water! When first poured, there was abundant carbonation visible in the glass and a white head about half and inch tall which dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Not sure if it's my imagination but its light gold color seems to have the ever slightest hint of a blueish, i keep looking at it against white items and i still cant tell if it's there or if it's in my head...

I could smell the tangy blackberries as i stuck nose in the glass, it was not strong but it was there alongside the malt. Not sweetly scented, more tang, I expected the beer to have a little bite to it.

Taste...watered down, a bit of an aftertaste on the tongue, another reviewer described it best when he compared this to baby medicine...like that grape tylenol. Not terrible, but not at all full of taste, save for that tang i did expect. Mouthfeel was very watery. Hey, the label says less that 6g of carbs....that explains a bit!

As far as drinkability, if you like the taste, it is definitely drinkable, it's the same consistency as water! I found myself just drinking the rest of the 6pack because they were there.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I get it; it's "blackbeary," not blackberry. Ha!

Pours see-through straw color with a fizzy white head. Decent retention for such a thin beer. Smells sort of like blackberry but more like a blue Slush Puppy from Tedeschi's.

Blackbeary wheat tastes like watered down Sweet Tarts. Very dry with champagne over carbonation. The blackberry flavor isn't bad, it just needs some beer to go with it.

Long Trail just moved this from a seasonal to year-round. Why?

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Photo of cleeze
2.97/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is week. Very pale, crystal clear golden color. Light fizzy head on it with thin lacing.

smell is of faint blackberry with the hint of the wheat

taste is average. expecting more blackberry. Litte blackberry and little dry is all i can say. nothing big

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Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -21.4%
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 wheelinshirt
1.42/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked this 12 oz bottle up at Abe's for the girlfriend. Cost $2. She loves fruit wheat beers so this seemed like a no brainer.

Appearance is crystal clear gold with some CO2 bubbles, pretty minimal head with poor retention. Blackberry? Wheat? I don't see either of these in the appearance. I was hoping for a cloudy Ruby or black. Very disappointing.

Smell was somewhat fruity but ina generic way. Not really anything else there. I'm beginning to think this is really a bottle of coors light with some berry flavor added or something.

Taste is at first a bit fruity, some honey, followed by water. Mouthfeel is also watery but not refreshing. Drinkability is poor because there really isn't anything in there that would really make you want to drink another. This really is a bad beer that you should avoid. No one should pay craft beer prices for beer of this quality.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another sample Billy Hoffman from Long Trail poured for me at George Pearce's glass shop tasting on Park Avenue. I was interested to try anything wheat related. My pallet pedigree does not have a large blackberry offerings, so I was game.

A: Poured an almost golden cleary with dashes of bubbles racing to the top of a finger plus tight head.

S: The nose was as fruity as I expected along with some honey. The blackberry was perhaps too much in the way that I could not get any yeast.
Berries and honey in the nose.

T: Quite watery with the fruit omnipresent. Some basic hops perhaps but more of a fruit juice than a beer.

M: Not unexpected, the finish is light bodied and over before you know it.

D: Good for a very hot day for people moving into beer. Overally lacked body and could be improved with recipe modifications.

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Photo of csmiley
2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Brad007 for this brew. Sounds interesting.

A - Pours crystal clear and pale yellow in color. Head was minimal and gone very quickly. Some lacing does remain in the glass but not much. Pretty average looking brew.

S - Dark berry is present at first. Could be a combination of blackberry and blueberry. Mild hints of malt and possibly wheat are in a very distant background. Very light in the aroma department. Even with vigorous agitation it's still hard to get much from this beer.

T - Blackberry definitely plays a big role in the flavor. A small amount of honey quickly follows. A heavy dose of sweetened tea finishes up the flavor. Not good at all.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Too watery for me. Finish is clean and almost too hard to even notice.

D - Drinkability is not very good for this one. The idea of a blackberry wheat beer sounds good but the execution for this particular attempt is pretty bad. Wheat is hard to pick out. It has the approximate mouthfeel of a glass of water (but isn't as refreshing). A crystal clear wheat beer? I don't think so. Suffice to say I'll not be having this one again.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.36/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The bottled date on the 12 oz. bottle reads 08-05-08.

A: It pours into my Widmer wheat beer glass with a crystal clear yellow body topped by two fingers of puffy white head. Lots of carbonation going on in the glass. The head dies down to a thin lace eventually, with a strange white island in the middle. I would expect something better from a wheat beer.

S: The dominant smell is a definite, though light, blackberry aroma. My first impression was that it smelled a little fake, the blackberry that is. Underneath that there is a very elusive and barely present wheat aroma. It needs to have the smell kicked up a few notches, since it currently promises absolutely nothing.

T: There is a very light, crisp and biting blackberry flavor that reflects the fake ass aroma. It lacks substance. It could be improved if the taste was just a little bolder. It seems like the aim of this beer is to satisfy people who want something other than beer.

M: Light bodied and watery mouthfeel backed up by a crisp carbonation. However, that is not what I look for in a wheat beer. It also leaves an unpleasant metallic feeling in the mouth after the swallow.

D: Not great. It lacks complexity and the mouthfeel ruins the drinkability of this beer.

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Photo of stewart124
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a pale yellow topped with a decent white head.

Smells of straw with a slight fruit note. I'm also picking up an earthy aroma.

Tastes is sweet but slightly tart with a crisp finish. Very refreshing on hopefully one of the last hot days of the year. Sweet esters and a clean finish. A barely noticable hop presence.

Light body and sweet aftertaste that leaves my mouth dry. The wheat and blackberry adds a good note to this otherwise bland summer-time wheat beer. This is one beer that I look for once the warmer days are around. It never fails to hit the spot.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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 orcasteve
2.81/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

weak in every sence of the word, the wheat is to light, i can berly taste the blackberrys, i am not enteirly convinced that i am not drinking water, i loved this beer in the past, maby this is a bad batch. i do detect sour at the end, at least their is somthing i can detect. i could down this like water or funnel this beer if i wanted to get trashed in a hury, not a top sheilf 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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