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Beer #98 – April 11, 2010: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

April 28, 2010

Forgive the partial glass in the photo… my wife actually started drinking this one, and decided it just wasn’t what she expected.  I made the “sacrifice” to drink the rest, and figured it was worthy of a review.

Beer: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

Brewery: Boston Beer Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Style: Witbier / Fruit Beer

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Pilsner Glass

Strength: 5.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Light, refreshing, definite flavor from the berries without being overly sweet unlike some other wine-cooler-like fruit beers.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Slightly hazy light golden hue with a small white head and visible bubbles rising in the glass.

Aroma: Prominent berry aroma, with slight hints of cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin and light, with moderate carbonation.

Taste: This beer starts with an iinitial berry jam sweetness, building into a chewy light grainy middle reminiscent of Wheaties, while the berries linger on (sort of like having berries on your breakfast cereal).  A slightly tart finish is a nod to the characteristic tartness of a more traditional witbier.  An interesting take on the style, though I prefer a well-made traditional witbier without the fruit.

Pairing: A “beery” alternative to sangria or fruity cocktails for a warm-weather happy hour!

Trivia: For the past few years, Sam Adams has held a “Beer Lover’s Choice Competition” to determine the next year-round style to be offered.  In 2008 tasting and voting, Blackberry Witbier beat out a Coffee Stout to become a regular offering in 2009.

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