oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an amber color that lacks some of the haziness I expect from a witbier. The head is a creamy one finger offwhite shade. As it recedes, it leaves a uniform ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Blackberries. To me, this one comes across as being 80% fruit beer and 20% wit. I do notice a touch of the latter qualities (orange peel, coriander, wheat), but let’s be honest, this is pretty much a fruit beer. Aromatically good for that style, though.
T: At first, this displays a lot of blackberry flavors. The aforementioned sweetness washes out past the midtaste, being replaced by generic witbier qualities such as orange peel and coriander. Some blackberry flavors return in the aftertaste, along with a touch of diacetyl. It’s not grossly chemical or sweet, though it’s not real interesting.
M: Superbly lush and creamy. I’m surprised how soft the feel is, even for a witbier. The finish has plenty of lingering sweetness, but there’s just enough astringency to dry it out past the threshold of ’excess sweetness’. Carbonation is surprisingly pleasant.
O: It’s no Allagash White, that’s for sure. But this is a grade-A panty dropper that has some mass appeal. I wouldn’t be averse to buying this again for company - and I would easily choose this over, say, Blue Moon.
Pours a hazy yellowishcolor. Aromas of berries and some sweet malt. Flavor is a subdued berry taste, and a nice touch of hops. Jabah (509) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
This beer is growing on me. It’s not really that fruity as a lot of others like Cherry Wheat or some blueberry wheats that are out there. The flavor of blackberrys is there for sure, just not overwhelming...seems like the perfect amount. This brew doesn’t have that same bittery aftertaste that a lot of Sammy Adams’ beers have. I am finding that the Brewmaster Collections are usually better than the typical ole shwaggy reg Samual Adams. A good dinner beer, or when looking for something on the lighter side. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint.
2.75 A: Mildly hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy off-white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
3.0 S: Blackberry dominates the nose. That doesn’t mean, however, that the blackberries are particularly strong. It’s simply a case of the base beer not being able to compete with the fruit. The coriander is there, but the orange peel is a bit hard to find. It doesn’t smell bad, but it’s hard to think of it as beer and not a fruit drink.
3.25 T: Taste is about the same as the nose. Blackberry is the leading flavor. Corriander. The orange peel shows up in the taste. Otherwise, just a blackberry wheat fruit drink.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Silky smooth creaminess.
3.25 D: I’m tasty, but it’s not much of a beer.
DavoleBomb, May 29, 2013 WABeerFiend (413) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler in late 2013.
A: Light orange color. Opaque. No head.
S: Loads of blackberries.
T: Sweet blackberries, wheat.
O: The blackberries were overwhelming in this one. They did not go well with the wheat. This wit wasn’t balanced very well. slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"(tap) 8/08 the blackberries complement the (fairly nicely done on it’s own) wit beer base well. Not my favorite style, but this one had a nice look, nose and flavor. I am disappointed that it won the long shot competition, however. It was competing with a coffee stout last year, and while the stout was voted for at a rate of 7 or 8 to 1, that apparently was not the case elsewhere in the country as the wit will now go into production and the stout (I gave it an A) sadly will not. i’ll pick up the wit, though. bottle 3/09 - sampled after an Alesmith beer (a weaker one)...still a mistake. this one is not measuring up. still not real bad, but quite average. The blackberry saves it, because it has just a touch of whatever it is I dislike in the nose of the cranberry lambic."
gschrade (1094) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste blackberry, wheat. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 22, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-19-13-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours from bottle as a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly and leaves only a slight level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is quite sweet of berries. It is a mix of blackberry and raspberry with hint of a wheat background.
Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth mildly blackberry sweet flavor with some bready wheat mixed within. As the taste advances it starts taking on more sweetness of berries, both raspberry and blackberry. While it gets sweeter from the start to the middle, the sweetness fades slightly as it advances to the end. Oddly the blackberry flavor seems to get stronger as the sweetness fades with it leaving a semi-sweet but not overly sweet blackberry and light wheat flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light in its creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium to higher side. Both are suiting for the berry flavors of the brew, making it more refreshing and easier drinking.
Overall – An alright berry flavored brew. Not overly sweet, yet maintaining a decent berry flavoring. Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 25, 2014
Pours a reddish yellow color. Aroma and taste are weak berries and very thin bodied. generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
The body has a nice slightly hazy appearance with some visible streams of carbonation and golden color. On top there is a thick and fluffy bright white head. It hangs out for a bit but soon starts to fade fast down to a small ring of lace. There is some slick lacing on the glass. There is a nice berry aroma as soon as you open the bottle. Light bready wheat notes are mixed in as well. The flavor has a light wheat base with light floral notes and mixed berry notes that have light sweetness. This gives way to some tart berry notes and a very slight acidity that dries out into the finish which is quick and clean. The body is light to medium with lively carbonation and texture.
berkshirejohn (6611) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
12oz bottle from Orchard Fresh, Orchard Park, NY. A hazy straw colour with a thin white head; berry aroma with some malt in the background; clean berry taste, but rather sweet. Drinkable but nothing more.