Sometimes I need to prove to certain friends of mine that I still drink some Samuel Adams products now and again. This is one of those times.
I still tend to go into drinking fruit beers with a little hesitation, as I don’t expect to like them that much. The warmer days in Florida do seem to help out their case as the outdoor air and sunshine somehow changes how I feel about them. Then again, being barefoot with my toes in the sand alone makes a lot of beers taste better to me. So since I was not close to the beach when I evaluated this one, I was a bit surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
I should not have been too taken aback since it was a Boston Beer Company brew. I may not love them all, but there is a consistent level of quality that I know will be there regardless of how my palate accepts it.
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Boston, Massachusetts)
Name: Blackberry Witbier
Style: Fruit Beer
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pilsner glass. $8.69 per 6-pack
Aroma: Noticeable fruit nose (though not sure that I would have guessed blackberry). Light wheat character with some slight spiciness (coriander) in back.
Appearance: Light gold (almost to full/deep gold) color. Three finger, off-white head that is thick with good retention and leaves a trail. Mostly clear with a slight haze and many bubbles visible.
Flavor: Nice sweetness with a hint of berry (just enough) and the slightest note of hops. Well balanced with nothing overpowering. A bit dry at finish, though not lingering.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with high carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy with the slightest bit of dryness.
Overall Impressions: Refreshing and easy drinking. Definitely glad I tried and was as good or better than expected. I would drink again as a good summer beer.