Pros: Very light, refreshing, great taste, not too fruity. Made by Long Trail!
Cons: Somewhat difficult to find.
Long Trail Brewing Co. is situated in the heart of Vermont, not far from Killington and Pico ski resorts. Some of you may have read my review on Long Trail Brewery (the actual brewery and pub/eatery) and from that, you will see that I am very enthusiastic and devoted fan of Long Trail Ale.
Growing up in Vermont, just 30 miles from the brewery, this ale was found throughout my town at nearly all times of the year, despite the claim that it is a "seasonal" ale, supposedly only available in the summer. Now that I no longer live in Vermont, I have a tough time finding it anywhere, regardless of the season.
Long Trail Blackberry Wheat is without question, my favorite Long Trail beer. I enjoy several microbrewed beers, but I have not found one as appealing as Long Trail to date.
Blackberry Wheat, as the name implies, is a wheat ale. With most wheat ales, you would expect to find a dull, cloudy, or even opaque body. Blackberry Wheat is extremely clear and bright. It has a very strong yellow/gold tone to it, but remains transparent. With the exception of Long Trail Blackberry Wheat, I do not drink wheat ales because of the strong hop flavor, and just the general unappealing taste.
This ale does have a light hoppy taste, but it is not by any means overwhelming, and in fact, I have found it to be "just right." The beer finishes with a fruity flavor, namely, the blackberry. It finishes well, leaving a nice long lasting taste in the mouth.
I have read the other reviews on this ale, and the most recent review suggests that this ale does not make a good companion to most food, or even snacks for that matter. I respectfully disagree as I find this to be a nice compliment to many foods. I would not recommend pairing this beer with a steak, but I would certainly enjoy it with a burger, a chicken sandwich, or other typical bar food. I think it makes a great beer to go along with chips, dips, etc...
The beer is extremely light and refreshing. As I noted above, it is a "seasonal" ale. I believe Long Trail only produces the ale in the spring and summer, which makes it difficult to find in the colder months, but this ale tastes best on a hot day.
You can pick up a 6-pack for $6-$7 in a lot of large liquor stores. It is somewhat difficult to find, specifically, out of New England, but I have been able to find it in New Jersey at several locations.
In the event that you should travel to Vermont, I would absolutely recommend stopping at the brewery. You can drink the freshest ale and have a good lunch/dinner to go along with it.