Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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  • Country: United States
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Style: Fruit Beers Witbier
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  • PHM Grade: C-

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

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I picked up a Summer seasonal pack of Sam Adams (who by the way redesigned their website) the other day and finally got around to opening up a bottle. My first beer of choice was their Blackberry Witbier which was selected over as the 2008 winner of the Beer Lover’s Choice award over a Coffee Stout.

The Cherry Wheat is one of my favorite go-to brews, but unfortunately I have to say that Sam Adams sort of drops the ball on its remaining wheat beers. The White Ale, Coastal Wheat, Blackberry Wit, and Summer Ale all taste very similar with the exceptions of various spices and fruit ingredients. Checking out the profiles for each of these beers on their website, I found the grain bills to be exactly the same. Cherry Wheat is the exception since Munich-10 malt is utilized giving it a toasty quality closer to the Oktoberfest. I’m a little saddened to see this. In all honesty, I was hoping that each beer would somehow be a unique all the way down to the base malted used. Enough about my personal likes and dislikes and onto the beers which is currently getting warm.

Blackberry Witbier is exactly that…a sweet smelling fruit beer. I’d recommend it for those hot, sticky summer BBQ parties where having a couple drink options might be a good idea. There is a very noticeable blackberry aroma that wafts up during the pour. Characteristic of the Witbier style it has a substantial head, but lacks the yeast left in the bottle. Upon inspection I noticed that it looked filtered as the beer had a clear almost Pilsner-like color. I did not catch a hit of blue, red, or purple from the berries used.

The taste is smooth and easy. The wheat malts provide a creamy mouthfeel and the blackberries give a pleasant sweet taste to them. I will say that the berry addition/content is almost borderline too much. It reminds me of biting into a fresh blueberry muffin and getting only berries. The finish is laden with the blackberry flavor, but it does go down clean. I would urge all to drink this while it is nice and cold in order to keep it a quick refreshing beer more than anything.

I never thought I’d say this, but Sam Adams came up short on this one.

ABV 5.5%

Grade: C-

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier, 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
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Comments
  1. I didn’t like this beer. One of the few beers I’ve poured out. Tasted like grape seltzer water to me. And smelled that way too. This coming from a guy who thinks pretty highly of the Boston Beer Company, but I agree, they came up short on this one.

    Matt — June 2nd, 2010, 8:53 am
  2. I liked this beer (and loooove Hoegaarden, which you rated poorly) but couldn’t swallow the cherry wheat. The bottle I had tasted like drinking a jar full of maraschino cherry juice.

    Andrew — September 21st, 2010, 8:52 am
  3. Andrew,
    I too enjoy Hoegaarden (I would have graded it higher). Ironically, I think our opinions on this beer and Cherry Wheat are completely opposite. I found this beer tasted “fake” and love Cherry Wheat. What are your thoughts on the Coastal Wheat? Thanks for your comment and voicing your opinion…

    Tom — September 21st, 2010, 9:57 am
  4. Herein lies a beautiful thing … craft beer is all about different palates, conclusions and affinities. Where some see disarray, we see diversity, and diversity is everything.

    Personally I’ve had neither the Blackberry nor the Cherry Wheat. After drinking a Leinie’s Berry Weiss I concluded that sweet fruit juicy beer is not very high on my list. I’ll stick with the more subtle flavors of fruit beers like Dogfish Head’s Aprihop and Magic Hat #9.

    Taylor — September 21st, 2010, 10:03 am
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