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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Ratings: 724 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear light gold color. Decent white head that hung around a bit. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is mostly berry with a faint hint of wheat malt. Taste is some sweet malt and berry combination, not really a wheat ale per-say. It's got a clean finish that ends with mostly fruitiness. Not a bad tasting beer all in all.

Easy to drink, very light bodied and of course extremely sessionable due to the low ABV.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty tones, and a small fruitiness. In the taste, again like aroma, small fruit notes and a dry wheat. A smooth and light to medium mouthfeel, with a dryer wheat with small fruit in the aftertaste. Looks like a lager, kind of has lager notes in aroma and taste. Fruit notes are not the big.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was the first LT beer I tried and decided to give it another shot. Poured off the tap at the blue-collar dive turned hipster scene Esox in B-town. My pint was a nearly clear, muted yellow. Crystal clear and full of rising carbonation but very little bleach white head and it showed almost no retention. No lacing either. Aromas were very light, grainy wheat and subtle blackberry notes and not much else. The flavors were weak, wheat with generic berry flavor straggling behind. The flavor is artificial however and it lingered on my tongue. The mouthfeel is very watery. Refreshing? Yes. But this is berry-flavored Michelob. Poor example of a wheat and a poor example of a fruit beer. Would be a good picnic beer on a hot Southern day. But a lemonade would be better. I remembered it much better than this. A shame.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
1.58/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a gross yellow color with slight brownish tones.

S: Smells fruity, very mellow, not a good aroma. You would expect a semi-decent beer from the smell, but it disappoints.

T: Taste is way off kilter. No balance. No recognition of a wheat beer. Dreadful. I have a hard time tasting the blackberries due to the bad taste left in my mouth. I've had fresh blackberries and this reminds me nothing of them.

M: Thin, wheat beer I suppose. Lingers in the back of the throat for too long...tastes like vomit. Not a huge fan of the wheat beers.

D: Wouldn't drink it if I were you. Wheat beers are hard to balance nicely, and this beer clearly doesn't.

Don't drink it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a light, yellowish amber color with lively carbonation which made a slight dome, reducing to a thin, weak lace.

S: Smells slightly fruity, with noticeable berry notes, but also a sort of run of the mill canned lager smell.

T: Taste is not overpowering, but has some slightly sticky berry flavors combined with a fizzy wheat flavor. There's a slight, unwelcome acidity, and no real hope presence, but the flavor is light and refreshing.

M: Mouthfeel is very light and slightly sticky in the finish.

D: Very low ABV and light flavor would make this highly drinkable as a session or refresher beer after some outdoor activity. However, there's nothing of interest enough to keep me going back for another.

This would make for a great lawnmower beer, or something that would go down with no qualms on a really hot day. I'd have to reach for something else if those parameters were not set, though.

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Photo of Soozy
2.12/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had a six pack of these over the course of last weekend.

Poured a small, one finger head. Very light color and filtered; could easily see right through it.

All I could smell was blackberries, a bit overwhelming, but somewhat promising nonetheless.

This was a crisp, light beer with a strong artificial blackberry flavor finish. I compared it to Robitussin.

Light carbonation, exactly what I expected from the appearance, not bad.

I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting. I noticed that the label boasted <6grams of carbs and I wasn't sure if they were being sarcastic until I tasted it. I feel that this is a decent light beer, but really just wasn't for me.

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Photo of iceball585
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow color, clear, thin white fluffy head that lowered to a thin cover, a few carbonation bubbles rising

S- Berries, sugary, light malts, wheat, grains

T- Blackberries, raspberries, sweet, grains, light malts, hint of hops

M- Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, tart, lingering aftertaste

D- Worth buying again

This beer is slightly lacking in flavor. I wish the flavor and auroma was just a bit stronger.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Pours a clear, clean, lucid, honey-colored hue with rising carbonation, no head, and very minimal lacing...
Wheat-laden aroma with slight hints of blackberries in the mix, not too strong of a smell, light and unassertive...
Crisp, refreshing taste with only a mild, subtle hint of blackberries...
Like Long Trail's Pomegranate Wheat, the fruit/vegetable essence is only mild and not very apparent...
All in all, a refreshing, light beer, but nothing to write home about...

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Photo of yelterdow
2.82/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From this year's Summer Survival Pack. Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Hmmm... a filtered wheat ale, flavored with blackberries. I'm interested to try this. It pours completely clear, and about as light (and noisy) as... I'm sorry... Rolling Rock. Pale yellow and thin, the two finger snow white head crackles away within moments. No lacing here at all.

Smell- Fermented blackberries are king, and not much else. Some sugars are coming through as the beer warms up. After 15 minutes, this smells like Mott's apple juice.

Taste- Unfortunately, this tastes to me like a macro lager (nondescript in its malt/hop flavor profile) flavored with blackberry juice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial prickly attack on the tip of the tongue is rough, hell let me shake your hand first. It calms down and improves greatly in seconds and becomes quite smooth. For the style, I would love to have some balance with the other ingredients, especially some wheat and hops. This is too pedestrian on offering for a great brewery like Long Trail... it could be so much more.

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

It pours a crystal clear, pale and muted yellow. A finger of loose white head drops in a flash. Lacing is...well, it's not there.

In the aroma, there comes light, tart grain, bready and yeasty. A vague metallic fruitiness is a distant memory.

Upon tasting, a soft push of pale toasted malt and a wheaty bite precede a general yeasty dough note. The fruit is berry but not notably specific. Barely baked biscuit and a muted crispness presage a rounded and airy finish that, at last, serves up some definitive berry, but blueberry more than anything. There's not a lot going on, but it could be worse, I guess, or not, depending.

Light bodied, the wheaty tang and plentiful carbonation liven the palate a bit, but not enough.

It's indistinct, sparse, and thin, but hey, every now and then there's a spark of interesting flavor. Unfortunately, there's never any real ignition. The light character and crisp wheat make it fairly satisfying, but not overly so. That said, now that I've given it a shot, I'll be moving along, thank you kindly.

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Photo of TeddyBG
2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: macro yellow that pours with very little head and zero retention or lacing.

S: raspberry juice. That is all.

T: slight raspberry flavor with a very bitter finish, but not a good hop bitterness. Just plain bitter.

M: Harsh. Very carbonated. Not enjoyable.

D: These came with the summer sampler and I will have a difficult time finishing the rest. Just not refreshing or flavorful.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle- Slightly hazy yellow pour topped with a fizzy white cap. The nose is grainy and has some pale malts as well as a slight fruity component, which can be attributed to the blackberries, but it is pretty weak. Sweet grainy straw flavour with sugars and pale malts, with only a touch of fruit and slight bitterness. Fizzy, watery, grainy. Below average.

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Photo of Newsman
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm...while I like the notion of a blackberry wheat beer, I think this one failed to deliver. Pours a clear yellow -- this is a filtered wheat beer -- with a modest head and little retention or lacing. No real fruit smell whatsoever, just some faint yeast and malt. Taste was...boring, frankly. There's a bare hint of something fruity in there, but overall the impression was more of a commercial lager beer -- crisp, but with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation makes for a more fizzy mouthfeel. All that said, it's certainly as drinkable as any cold, pale beer on a hot day, but I'm not going to be searching this one out any time soon.

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

Grabbed a six pack this week to help beat the heat on a couple of these sweltering nights. Figured it might be a refreshing beer. Poured into pint glasses. Bright yellow color, large white head that comes and goes in a heartbeat, and minimal carbonation. There was a tiny hint of fruit in the smell. The first sip hits you with some blackberry, I guess, if that's what blackberry tastes like. Very subtle, bordering on weak. A very thin and watery beer. Not a lot of "wheat" characteristics at all present. It would have been nicer if this beer had a bit more backbone and then maybe I would have enjoyed the berry flavor a bit more. It just reminded me of fruit flavored lager. On a hot night, it was a refreshing beer, but that's it's only redeeming quality. Could have just had some lemonade instead. Needs improvement.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected more out of this one, especially from Long Trail. I was expecting a berry flavor that would come about a 1/3rd of the way to a Lambic, but no! The Blackberry flavor was weak. The body was also a bit watery for Long Trail, grainy, and thin malts dominated the rest. All in all, a good hot weather quencher, but that's about it. Usually they can take strong flavors and blend them into a drinkable and subtle brew, but they fell a tad short this time. Back To Double Bag!

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Photo of maximum12
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Possibly the palest beer I have ever laid eyes on, yellow seems to be giving it too much credit for color. Pale, very pale, almost clear. The bubbles in this beer are rising towards the top at roughly 73MPH. Up my nose goes distinct wheat, faint fruitiness (the blackberry?) & a nose-wrinkling, indefinable funk. That doesn't smell promising.

Sip. Not offensive, but the funk is still there. Not much else. A faint hint of the berries & a rather unpleasant crusty taste. Rather like a tap line that hasn't been cleaned in a good long time.

Not a very good beer. That's OK. If I liked everything, how could I ever choose just one to drink?

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

A: Poured a very clear pale gold with a thin white head that quickly recessed. Visible carbonation was very strong.

S: very fruity bursting with fresh berries which overpowes any yeasty aroma.

T: The dominant flavor was fruity with sugar coated berries and was clean and sharp. The flavor was almost juice like with hardly any other distinguishable character. Not well balanced as the berries overpowered and took away the beer quality making this drink like a kids juice box.

M: light, fizzy and very sweet on the tongue.

D: To sweet and fruity to drink much more then one at a time.

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Photo of TheTrevor
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a straw-color with small head and a lot of visible carbonation in the glass. The smell is very subtle with a little bit of fruitiness and some wheat. The taste is very watery with some not entrirely pleasant wheat tastes and a bit of blackberry taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is very watery and carbonated, and reminds me of seltzer water. I suppose this beer is pretty drinkable if you can get over the large amount of carbonation, but I'm not really sure why anyone would want to. I grabbed this beer on a whim and I was thoroughly disappointed.

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Photo of bboven
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium yellow body, clear with almost no head and no lacing. Looks like a macro.

Smells like one, too. I'm getting faint fruit , a bit of wheat, and a lot of corn. Must be a DMS issue.

Not a whole lot of flavor. There's no blackberry, just a bit of corn. Again, tastes like any macro.

Highly carbonated, slightly drying.

really not that impressed with this beer. I like everything else I've tried from Long Trail, so this is disappointing.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light honey color with average head out of the tap. Smells like a mild wheat beer with a nice aroma of blackberries; subtle. It is what it is - blackberry essence, light wheat beer and that's about it. That's not a bad thing, though - light carbonation; goes down pretty easily. Mild enough to drink more than a couple if the season's right; very smooth.

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Photo of fitzy84
2.2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one in their sample. Well the appearance was a little dull for me. It just looks so watery from the get go that I had little hope in the beverage. The appearance lacked any vitality but the head was decently sized. I noticed the carbonation was strong, but the yellow color is too light. The smell lacked flavor; I could barely smell any of the ingredients this drink was supposed to have. The general smell of wheat was apparent but where were the blackberries? The taste did have a hint of the blackberries but this was more wheat tasting than fruity. An average carbonation does make this a thirst quencher, but with such dullness the mouthfeel begins to lack its potential punch. Overall, a bit disappointing.

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Photo of Poppypitbull
3.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received a Long Trail Winter Survival pack for a house warming gift. I am a fan of their beer even though it's not an "awesome" beer along the lines of the Belgians, I do think it's dependable and good.
I poured this into a mug and immediately smelled the aroma of berries. I was anticipating a berryfilled flavor but I was VERY let down. It tasted rather plain like a basic lite beer or something. I still liked it, don't get me wrong. But smelling the berries and taking the first sip, there was a MAJOR difference overall.
Still not a bad brew by any means but it needs to up the blackberry total to get more flavor.

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Photo of sudz42
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A friend pulled this out last summer he swears by it for its refreshing low abv. Desperate for a light beer the other night, picked up a 6 and I'll probably give the last 5 to my buddy.

It's light, it doesn't really taste like blackberry, more like carbonated water with essence in it like poland spring cherry etc.

I just can't get behind this beer which is too bad because it's in the 'fridge.

I'd get Beck's next time.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer with fruits flavors are generally not my favorite, and this doesn't help. Pours crystal clear yellow in color almost like a macro lager, quite carbonated too but slightly less so. Smells like artifical berry flavor, tastes a bit better, not overwhelmingly fruity but it's not a exciting flavor either. Thin watery mouthfeel. Overall, a big average. Macro people and folks into fruity tasting stuff may liek this but overall it's dull. It was in a mix pack, I'll chug the rest down first before I get to the better stuff.

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Photo of marcpal
2.09/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Long Trail sampler pack. 12oz bottle poured heartily into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow wheaty appearane. Thin had that fades to no head quickly. Continual carbonation.

S: Fruit aroma comes a bit later after an almost skunked wheat smell up front.

T: Blackberry and fruits are evident but the wheat is all that really hangs on. There is no depth to the flavor at all- leaves quickly.

M: Extremely thin and overly bubbly. Not pleasant.

D: Awfully light which makes it drinkable but not all that enjoyable.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.07 out of 5 based on 724 ratings.
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