Beer Review: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier
It would be an understatement to say that the creative minds over at the Samuel Adams brewery strive to create unique and specialized brews in an effort to both satisfy the consumer and to stay in front of ever emerging trends. Trying to sample even half of each year’s full stable of brews created by Jim Koch and company is a daunting, yet utterly necessary task. This past week I sampled Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier released as part of their fall collection and as usual the first great American craft beer company has done it again by creating a unique flavor profile that is both powerful and surprisingly drinkable. All too often craft brews can veer wildly out of balance. Typically they tend to possess either an overbearing showcase flavor or they just end up tasting like an IPA on steroids. However, the Blackberry Witbier is a fine example of how great the craft beer movement can be for consumers combining a strong blackberry flavor while remaining a medium to full body brew that can be followed by another beer rather than a tall palate cleansing glass of water. According to Jim koch, “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 and perfectly compliment the refreshing and crisp flavors of the witbier.” The balance of sweet blackberries combined with the Award winning Samuel Adams brew is excellent. Even though the blackberry flavor is extremely prominent in the profile the beer manages to avoid the pitfalls of either being cloyingly sweet or having an acidic tartness. Just like the vast majority of Samuel Adams specialty brews, the Blackberry Witbier won’t be around for long. If you’re familiar with the Sam Adams specialty beers that release each season then I don’t need to try and convince you of how good they are. However, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure, then make it a priority to go and try this fantastic libation and stay warm throughout the continually cooling winter months!
Price: 9.xx per six pack
Characteristics: Clean and crisp witbier combined with the powerful flavor of Marion blackberries .
Verdict: Buy Now!