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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The blackberries we use in Samuel Adams® Blackberry Witbier are perfect for this brew. They deliver a subtle sweetness that balances the traditional citrus flavors from the witbier. The blackberries used in Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier are sourced from family farms, located at the foot of the Oregon Trail and Cascade Mountains in Western Oregon, where they have been growing some of the best blackberries in the world for centuries. By bringing the blackberries, orange and coriander together with an appealing malt character and a spiciness from the hops, we’ve brewed a flavorful beer with a smooth finish that’s both sweet and tart. Samuel Adams® Blackberry Witbier is brewed with two-row Harrington and Metcalfe malted barley and generous portions of malted wheat. The malted barley and malted wheat provide the beer with its light body while the coriander and orange give the beer its citrus like aromas. We’ve also added some Oregon Marion blackberries, to give the brew a perfect balance between its subtly sweet and tart flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Sampled at Sam Adams R&D Brewery in Boston. Poured hazy gold in color with a small head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of berries, wheat and some fruity esters. Taste is pretty much the same. Body was a little thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Sampled at the brewery tasting event. Cloudy golden color with a white head and good cover. Strong blackberry aroma, sweet dark fruit juice cocktail. Light on the tongue, smooth wheat with a biting coriander spiciness and intensely sweet blackberry syrup finish. This was my pick although it is just barely too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Name: Blackberry Wit
Date: 08/09/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste

Appearance: hazy pale yellow, frothy white head, lots of lace,
Aroma: sweet fruity blackbery aroma with a touch of spicyness,
Flavor: sweet blackbery flavor with a touch of citrus, light bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Sampled at Grape & Gourmet. Pours cloudy golden in color with thin white head. Aroma sweet and blackberry. Taste wheat and nothing else with dry and light blackberry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Sampled at Grape & Gourmet. Hazy gold with a thin white head. Really nice nose, bursting with blackberry. Flavor, not so much. Dry wheatiness, a bit of citrus - where did all the berry go? Still actually pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. Sam Adams Rep was at the Winking Lizard last night giving out samples and ballots to vote. Very cool! Poured a nice golden color. Lively carbonation. Sweet smell of blackberries. Flavor was sweet up front and a bit of a bitter funk on the back end. I am not a fan of fruit beers and this one, while good for the masses, was a bit overly carbonated for me. Tasted like a flavored seltzer water. Gee...Guess what one I voted for? Hah...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[Draft @ Sam Adams R&D Brewery] Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a thin ring of white bubbles around the glass. Aroma of blackberries, citrus fruits, orange peel, and a touch of caramel. Taste of orange peel, citrus fruits, sweeter blackberries, and a non-descript finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
spauldib (1) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2008 does not count
Sample at Sam Adams Boston. Strong berry aroma and flavor but low on the spices. I expected more of a witbier character and didn’t pick up much as far as spices/yeast. Not bad for a regular fruit ale but I think it masks the witbier character I hoped for. I ended up choosing the other sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Sample at the 2008 VT Brewers Fest - Poured a pale yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma is quite strong of blackberries and not much else. Flavor is also strong of blackberries, but with a bit of the Wit spicing mixed in. OK, not great... fruit beers are not really my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
had sample at selins grove brewfest: aroma was avinous with lots of blackberry. poured light and hazy as you would expect a wit beer to pour. flavor was less intense than the aroma, but the same, big vinous berrry flavors, which I thought were somewhat muddled with the coriander. mean bodied and lots of carbonation. I didn’t vote for this one.

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