A beer that I had high hopes for that just didn’t do it for me is Sam Adams Blackberry Wit. Usually Sam is the brewery that meets or exceeds expectations but with this one it fell short. Was hoping for a more prominent fresh blackberry flavor, but got a weak, somewhat artificial flavor. Of all the fruit beers out there this one would be right in the middle of the pack. Nothing that really wowed me, but still not terrible either. Think of a more bland blue moon with a tad of blackberry flavor.
“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.”
STYLE: Fruit/Wit Beer
Purchased at: Hy-Vee
Pour: Cloudy gold pour with a medium head.
Aroma: Wheat malt aroma with a hint of the blackberries.
Taste: Light on the berries with the sweetness of a white ale.
Recommendation: Tons of good fruit beers out there, I would go with Son of a Peach from RJ Rocker, Wheach from O’Fallon, Strawberry Harvest from Abita, or Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bills.