July 22, 2009

Samual Adams Blackberry Witbier

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Tonight, Bruce of Back to the Batcave has finished his quest for the glass. For tonight I review his 12th beer to give him full enabler status. Congratulations Bruce, I will announce a special presentation time (Iím thinking FridayÖ at the pub!) The final beer is Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier by the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams).

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It comes in the standard Sam Adams brown bottle. You have their standard label with Samuel Adams prominent in the middle. Blackberry Witbier is in a purple banner. There is a picture of Sam Adams at the bottom hoisting a frothy mug of beer. At the top of the label it boasts this is part of their Brewmasterís Collection.

There is a beautiful golden honey color with just a touch of orange to it. Itís clear with just a touch of cloudiness to it, which is unusual for a witbier in my experience. The head that formed was thin and white. It faded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass and there was no lacing.

The scent was kind of weak, but was dominated by the scent of blackberries. A faint yeast and floral hop smell was detectable. There was no citrus or spiciness that is normally associated with a witbier. The flavor was mostly that of blackberries, that tasted almost like artificial flavoring. There was almost no wheat flavor and there wasnít any spiciness at all. There was a slight bitter hop finish to it.

This is light bodied beer, with a nice carbonation level. There is no coating of the mouth.

Iím not a fan of fruit beers, and in all reality that is what this is. Most of the characteristics one associates with a witbier are missing from it. As a fruit beer, it was kind of lacking as well. The berry taste wasnít as dominant as it should have been. It wasnít a bad beer; I wouldnít go out of my way for it. I give it 4 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at July 22, 2009 07:08 PM | TrackBack

Seems like I tried this one and found it to be grossly sweet.
Actually their cherry wheat isn't bad, but I think that's about the only "fruity" beer I've tried so far that I kind of liked.

Posted by: Shadoglare at July 23, 2009 07:21 AM