Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday Night Suds - Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier

This week's (belated) Sunday Night Suds review looks at the Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier.

[Programming Note - This will be IYH the last belated Sunday Night Suds post. I hope to return to the regular format next week].

Over the winter, the proprietor in my favorite beer store, who knows my like for Samuel Adams mentioned to me that he had just gotten in the Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier. I was tempted to purchase it, but was unable to find it on the Star-K list. I then sent the Star-K an email about it, but never heard received a response from them.

This week I was looking to get rid of some bottles from a prior Samuel Adams mix box which I had been holding onto while I waited for an answer from the Star-K as to whether they were kosher. Since the bottles were nearing their expiration date and the Star-K had not responded to multiple e-mails about them, I decided to check the latest LOC. While the two I had been holding were still not on the list (and are now in the trash), I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Blackberry Witbier was now approved. Two days later I was in a gas station on my way up to camp when I saw it sitting in a fridge - a six pack of Blackberry Witbier! I knew that I had to try it.

I drove up to camp and put two in the fridge to have with my daf after supper. By the time I returned they were truly ice cold and ... bitter. I was a little disappointed, but I was not ready to give up. Instead, I put the cup down and continued my learning. I picked it up again about ten minutes later and it was remarkably sweeter. While certainly not room temperature, the lack of an ice chill had drastically improved the flavor.

So what does it taste like when its "a little cold?" Not very much like a witbier. It actually taste like an American Wheat more than a witbier, with a little bit of a berry bite. I tried one again two days later with burgers and I was surprised that the flavors actually worked as the lack of chill mellowed out the fruit notes.

I will continue experimenting with this brew and b'n report back in later posts...

Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K. However, this is yet another Samuel Adams brew which does not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like to verify that the Blackberry Witbier is on the LOC issued by the Star-K, please click here

To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Blackberry Witbier, please follow this link - . As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

Finally, if you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).

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Alfred L. Heisken said...

I just bought the Wit and was frantically trying to find out if I could have a taste before Shabbos. It wasn't on the Star-K list but I googled it and found myself here. Thank you so much!

p.s. I, too, have a picture of myself with good ol' Sam at the brewery.

Neil T said...

Glad to help make your shabbos.

In the future, the link in this post above will take you to the Sam Adams LOC from the Star-K. The Blackberry Witbier is on the list.

Andrew said...

I saw a July 2009 Star K letter on the web with the Blackberry Witbier on it last week, now I can't find it anymore.

I am not a big fan of this beer. It has no head and tastes worse as it gets warmer. Fruit flavored beers should be in the same category as wine coolers. I'll stick to Sam Adams' awesome Heffeweisen.

Neil T said...

It seems that the Star-K site has a glitch as the LOC for Sam Adams which is up on the site is the November 2007 letter (when the Blackberry Witbier had not yet been produced). The July 2009 letter has the Witbier on it and will hopefully be re-posted by the Star-K soon.

I can't say I am a big fan of all fruity beers, but the ones with a subtle fruit taste (like this one) do appeal to me.

Hirsh said...

Neil...the Star K also doesn't cover the Bonfire Rauchbier. Do you know if that one is kosher as well??

Todah rabbah,

Neil T said...

The Bonfire Rauchbier was added to the Star-K Loc in late August. It is also listed on the Labor Day 2011 updated list - see here