Part of the Brewmaster’s Collection, the Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier is a “Wheat beer brewed with blackberries and spices and natural flavor added”. It weighs in at 5.5% ABV.
Only a specific blackberry could bring the subtle flavor that we wanted for this brew. These Marion blackberries from Oregon give a hint of blackberry in the aroma and taste perfectly complement the refreshing and crisp flavors of the witbier. Cheers!
Blackberry Witbier pours a hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissolving head. Carbonation is present and has to fight for space amongst the massive sediment that this beer pours with.
The nose is that of sweet fruit. I was reminded of Welch’s grape juice, but I imagine that this was the blackberry that I was smelling. Being that I not very well versed in the world of blackberries, this is only an assumption.
The name “Blackberry Witbier” is slightly misleading in terms of the taste of this brew. When I think of witbiers I think of Belgian yeasts strains and the noticeable flavors that accompany them (banana, candi sugars, bubblegum, etc.), but none of those are present here. A mildly tart fruit flavor hits the palette at the forefront of the flavor, before making way for a slightly spicy after taste. The fruit (blackberry) flavor isn’t nearly as distinct as I was expecting and I was kind of upset by the fact.
As you would expect from a witbier/wheat, the SA Blackberry Witbier is a light, easy-drinking beer. The mouthfeel is thin and the beer goes down smooth. There is no burn, no clinginess and leaves only a slight dryness in the mouth.
Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier is a unique take on a well known style of beer. Sadly, it doesn’t quite live up to what I’ve come to expect from the witbier style. However, if you’re a big fan of blackberries you might enjoy it more than I did.
Overall: 5.5 out of 10
As a WITBIER: 3.5 out of 10