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: 728 |  Reviews: 319
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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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 animal69
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

next up was their flavored wheat ; pours an almost transparent yellow w/ a thin head which dissipates rather quickly leaving little lacing in my nonic ; a sour apple/pear smell, thats it ; a tart rather thin flavor, some hop bite, there is very little of any kind of taste here, an indiscernible mixture of juice maybe, i don't really care for flavored brews, but this one is so weak the flavor isn't the problem ; a very light bubbly beer w/ little residual flavor ; perhaps it would be more drinkable if it was stronger...

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Photo of dcosmas
3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank straight out of bottle. Long Trail stamps the bottling date on the case, which is nice.

Smells fruity with a hint of wheat, but tastes the opposite: light and wheaty with a hint of fruit. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but the taste is subdued enough to make this one a good, drinkable summer beer. Feels sparkly on the tongue; goes down easily. It makes a good fruity beer for people who don't like fruity beer.

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Photo of Boppar
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into nonic.

A: Pours a very light straw yellow. Clearly filtered. 1.5 finger head with decent lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Faint bready aromoas.

T: Huge disappointment. Doesn't taste like blackberries. Doesn't taste like anything, really.

M: A little heavier than it looks like it will be, but it works well for this style.

D: This would be drinkable if you enjoyed the taste, which I didn't.

Several subsequent re-tastings have proved a little better, but only really cold and from the bottle. And that was only to finish off the rest of the 6-pack. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.39/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured with little head that left a little tracing. Very pale yellowish color, not unlike that of a macro, very clear, not hazy at all like other wheat beers.

Smell- The aspect of this beer that truly stands out. Nose is your basic wheat beer, wheat, little yeast, in the nose with a floral overlay of blackberry. Very tasty smelling.

Taste- While the berry is fairly apparent in the nose its much more masked in the taste, also the nose indicates a sweet smell, a suprisingly un-sweet beer. Berries are still there, but they are hidden behind a fairly un-inspiring brew.

Mouthfeel- Pleasantly crisp and rather refreshing, would be a great summer beer.

Drinkability- I would order this again.

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

Very pale colored beer with faint aroma of blackberries.Taste is wheat with an aftertaste of light blackberries.Nice freshness and decent drinkability.I would purchase this product again and recommend it to my friends.Overall a decent drinking experience!!

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Photo of erosier
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting wheat beer. It pours a nice golden yellow with a pure white head. It has a very faint blackberry aroma that is more overwhelmed by the wheat smell. The taste is very much the same. It has a very weak blackberry taste. I was kind of disappointed by the very faint taste, but that's the way it is. It finished clean with a faint wheat aftertaste. Not too bad a beer at all, but I would have wanted more taste for a fruity wheat beer.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear as day, just a drop of yellow color, and a minimal white head that dissapeared instantly. Didn't look much like a beer. Smell was pleasant, for the most part I could only detect smell of blackberries, but I might have picked up some malty presence as well. The taste was pretty much all sweet, syrupy blackberry. There was a light splash of hops to try to round out the sugary flavor, but it didn't quite do the trick. The beer was well carbonated with a very light mouthfeel. The taste, plus the mouthfeel, left me feeling like I was drinking flavored seltzer, not beer. It was so light and fruity that I could have theoretically drank 10 of them on the spot, but I definately didn't want to. I would pass on this one, there are better fruit beers out there, if that's your thing.

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Photo of mobud
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Yellow with a slight green hue. Zero head but very active carbonation.

S- They nose is overwhelmed by the berries used in this beer. The wheat element is there, but is not able to get around the Blackberries in this beer.

T- The berries in this beer stomp all over your tastebuds . I really can not feel any beer in this sample.

M- Very thin.

D- This is a good "lawnmower beer" for people who don't like the taste of beer. A little alcohol and a whole lot of fruit taste are the main selling point on this beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks light and refreshing. Pours a very, very pale straw with a thin, beaten-egg-white head that drops quickly.

S - Smells like berries. Raspberries to me, but maybe blackberries smell similar.

T - Initial impression is watery, with a clear berry flavour. Reminds me of those flavoured water drinks, but with a beery touch. A touch of hop bitterness for balance. Flavour profile is low overall, but without the booziness that often comes out in low-flavour beers.

M - Sharp and spritzy with an extremely light body. Quite dry.

D - Definitely a guzzler. For what it is, a light, fruity drink with a touch more sophistication than cooler, it's not bad. Obviously not a lot of complexity or anything.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little disappointed with this beer. It is not a bad beer, but I come to expect a lot out of Long Trail beers. Long Trail is one of my favorite Northeastean craft brewers. The Blackberry Wheat, however, is average. Every aspect of this beer is average, except the smell. A very nice blackberry smell releases after the pour. The smell, however, does not show through on the taste...

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

This is a very average beer and not much of a fruity one at that. This is light all the way around: light colored, light bodied, light on the fruits, and light on taste. The smell is fruity, perhaps blueberry, grapes, in addition to the blackberry. The beer is watery and bland with a slight bubble gum taste that it imparts. As the beer warms, some of the wheatiness comes through in the form of a flat nut-like taste. The beer pours with some head and some retention and the color is very pale for a fruity beer. You can do much better than LT if you're searching for a fruity beer.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part four of four from the Summer Survival Pack. A good beer to drink fast. But not flavourful enough to sip and savour. Pours with a small head no retention and lacing. Has a clear golden color.

Smells of wheat, berries, ans sweet honeydew.

The mouth feel is light and crisp. Tastes of fruits, a touch of wheat and rather sweet. Not bad but not worth another look.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this one out of the Long Trail Summer Sample Pack. Usually I am a big fan of long trail but this time I was a little disappointed maybe because I hold them to a higher standard. This beer was OK as far as beer goes but not much of a fruit beer though.

Appearance- Average, Pale straw colored body that forms a mediocre head.

Smell- I could honestly smell the wheat over the blackberry aroma but the fruit smell was there. Pretty plain for the most part.

Taste- Once again it was pretty average. I did not even think there was much blackberry or wheat taste to this beer. It had a little bit of all the flavors a beer like this should but they were somewhat neutral. So I guess you could sat it was balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very light and easy to drink.

Drinkability- A good party and summer beer.

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Photo of BBM
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden/amber color, with a decent white head. A sweet, fruity aroma enters the nose.

This is a pretty balanced fruit beer. Yes, it's fruity, sweet, and a bit too soda pop-like, but the wheat backbone does a good job of containing much of the soft drink comparisons. There is not sour or skunky aftertaste, and the mouthfeel is carbonated and light. Basically this is a better version of Magic Hat's #9.

It's refreshing as a change of pace beer, not sure I'd make it a regular drinker, though.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.27/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely among my top favorite fruit beers, mostly because the blackberry taste is distinct but not overwhelming. I think blackberry is a unique flavor for a fruit beer which makes this brew all the more tasty!

It pours a translucent golden color with a white foamy head. It smells of blackberries, like the taste, strong but not overwhelming. The flavor is both sweet and mildly tart. The initial taste is blackberries followed by a wheat beer flavor but the blackberry taste lingers.

It feels slightly carbonated in your mouth, typical of a wheat beer. This beer is very drinkable, like most fruit beers it goes down easily and is gone before you realize it. Refreshing during a hot summer day, it's a must-have summer brew if you enjoy fruit beer varieties.

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Photo of KevinB
3.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Heff glass, revealed a sparkling gold body with a foamy niveous head that settled down very quickly. Nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.
Aroma is overwhelmingly blackberry, it smelled liked black raspberry ice cream, with hints of malt and wheat, lovely on a hot summer night.
Taste is surprisingly less blackberry and more wheat flavor with fruity notes.
Mouthfeel is clean , crisp and refreshing, a light bodied beer with a slightly dry aftertaste. Perfect for the summertime.
Overall this is good tasting beer. I am usually hesitant to drink fruity beers, because so many of them over do the fake flavor, this one has it down just right , nice smell, mild flavor, tastes natural, very drinkable.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Nottle is inked with 051607 and 60611. Hopefully first is brew or bottle date, and second is a batch or something.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" white head over the clear light golden (yellow?) brew. Head is gone pretty quick down to a filmy layer of small bubbles, with minimal lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity wheat, with some slightly off vegetal notes. Taste continues what the nose indicated, but fewer off notions. Mouthfeel is very clean, and drinkability is quite good, with high thirstquenchability. A brew I wouldn't throw out of my fridge, but also not one I'd be filling the fridge with.

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Photo of gamblor21
4.27/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happens to be one of my favorite beers. Spring time in Vermont would not be the same. Golden Wheat beer in color. Can easily taste the blackberry's in the beer. Is great in warm weather. Does not leave an oily feel in your mouth. Easy to drink as many as you want in a day. Hardest thing is finding it outside the New England area

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a pale straw color with almost no head at all. The brew is crystal clear and very few bubbles are in the beer column. Aroma is strong in sweet fruity blackberries, with a soft wheat behind it. Not a lot going on, but there is truth in advertising. The flavor is more focused on the wheat than the berries, but the berry is still prevalent. The wheat comes across very neutral. I find the flavor to be somewhat reserved. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a solid carbonation. This one certainly is a fruit beer and I can imagine the market for it. This one is very neutral in the beer base with a pretty mild fruit. I feel that the blackberry could have been a touch more pervasive in the flavor. This is a very easy drinking brew. It is something that will appeal to a wide variety of folks that might not drink many other brews. I enjoy it, but it just feels like it is holding back a little in order to have wider appeal.

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

Overall, this is a nice hot weather beer or a good gateway beer for someone who is used to BMC.

A:Crystal clear with nice white head that fades away fast with no lacing. Filtered because I don't think they wanted to scare people with a cloudy beer.

S: Aroma of berry. If I was blindfolded I could not tell what kind of berry.

T: Clean lager type taste with subtle berry flavor. Again, if I was blindfolded I could not identify the type of berry.

M: Light and refreshing

D: A good average thirst quenching summer beer.

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Blackbeary Wheat from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.07 out of 5 based on 728 ratings.
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