Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier

Monday, August 24, 2009
By William Kammer
A fruity wheat beer with an awesome aroma and decent flavor. Overall a 7/10.

A fruity wheat beer with an awesome aroma and decent flavor. Overall a 7/10.

This blackberry witbier is an excellent wheat beer, if you’re into that sort of thing. Wheat beers are usually lighter in flavor than other brews, but this one makes up for the lightness of the wheat with the juicy blackberry aroma and flavor. Don’t worry, this is still a beer, but if you don’t like fruit in your beer: look away.

When you open up this bottle, the only thing you get when you smell it is a delicious berry aroma. With a berry aroma that’s so powerful, I expected the fruit flavor to overpower the taste, but it didn’t. Sam Adams was very good about getting the essence in the aroma without turning this into something that tasted like a cider. When you taste this, you can tell it’s a wheat beer, but there enough blackberry flavor to set it apart.

This is a great beer to pick up if you’re looking for something light and different. Some feel fruit is unwelcome in beer, and if that’s how you feel, then don’t pick this up. This beer doesn’t hide the fact that it’s fruity. It’s a little bit more mild than the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, which is good because the Cherry Wheat borders on tasting like cough medicine.

  • Look – 8: It’s a little dark for a wheat beer, and I’m sure that has something to do with the fruit involved.
  • Aroma – 10: The aroma of this beer does exactly what it is supposed to. When you first smell this, it’s the essence of blackberries.
  • Feel – 5: The feel could be better. It’s light and sticks to the inside of your mouth.
  • ABV – 5.5: This beer is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume.
  • Taste – 8: There are some very good flavors here; the balance of wheat and berry is exceptional. The score was lowered a bit, because the finish has a slightly unpleasant tangy bite.
  • OVERALL – 7: This is a good witbier that I will have occasionally buy when I’m in the mood for something fruity. As far as fruity wheat beer, this is a good one.

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