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Longshot Grätzer - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Franziskaner on 04-22-2014)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy before August 2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the smoke is pretty subtle all around.

UCLABrewN84, May 09, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Texasfan549, May 10, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Back from the dead, the conjoined efforts of the Boston Beer Company and Cesar Marron resurrect this seldom seen style with the old-world charm of sourness, meatiness and a bready wrap.

Pouring a hazy canary-yellow color, the glass lights up when tilted to the light. A frothy and somewhat gelatinous head rises to greet the rim while showing off its impressive and well-defined lace.

Tangy with one whiff and smoky the next- its lemony upstart is soothed by notions of campfire. Wheaty with a bready undertow, other scents complement the beer with green apple, lime, and mild white wine. A peppery note rises as the mouth moves in for that first sip.

Sweet with light bread and confectioner's sugar, it doesn't take long for the acidity to break apart the malt and leave the middle tasting tart- almost sour. The late taste of mesquite not only balances, but changes to beer to something savory and 'meaty' even as an undercurrent of lemons play out underneath.

Light in body, the wheaty structure gives the ale a creamy and zesty lift simultaneously. But eventually the beer's acids and peppery character dissolve the malt texture and leave the palate clean, refreshed; even with a linger of smoke acting retroactively.

Wishing that the taste were more acute, I look for a dive into full-on Berlinerweiss for improvement. This could also tame the smoky current that seems to wonder the palate aimlessly.

BEERchitect, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +17.3%

jaydoc, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Knapp85, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot 6-Pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Grätzer grats out a yellow-hued body, just a bit of haziness to it, and a smallish, though sustained, white head.

Smell: A shy but noted smokiness overlaying the malted wheat given a small share of spiced grains. A little supportive lemon and savory herb notes. It's subtle, but like tits, smoked malts are timeless, guys.

Taste: Fastly sweetish wheat malts thinned by an inclusion of still mineral water. Light lemon, a fleeting hint of burley tobacco, and, then, the gentle smokiness. Reasonably light bitterness and a character seeming of continental hops. Things slacken on the back half, leaving some mild pilsnery maltiness on the drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though some creaminess noted from the wheat. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Restrained but quaint, a nice, light smoked ale.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale hazy gold, thin ring of white foam and a patchy skim across the top.

Slight smoke in the aroma, mellow and woody.

Taste is lightly crackery, mild wheat, lightly tart, mild smoke. It's ok, a little bland. Light bodied, the carbonation ebbs away fairly quickly. Overall it was worth a try, but a little too bland.

emerge077, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clouded wheat beer, pours sunshine golden haze with a bright eggshell white head forming thick fine effervescent carbonation bubbles with speckled even layered lacing.

The aromatics bring out a nice tart lemon character with a bit of lactic acid almost greek yogurt like accent that I enjoy. Catching a touch of campfire and sharp wheat notes on the nose.

The flavor has a great lighter smoked character perfect summer beer to go with a smoke on the back porch in the summer. Rolling tartness, wheat notes, chalky yeast and finish of light smoked meat pair this with some cedar smoked salmon off the grill with some kind of grilled asparagus that would really produced some warped urine later on.

Mouthfeel dry finish mild acidity by no means overtly sour, tart lactic dry finish. I enjoy this texture on the palate sturdy carbonation carries it well alcohol is negligible incredibly easy drinking at 4.4% abv.

Overall, just imagine a summer light ale with mucho flavor, this is what we have here I hope Sam Adams takes some notes from this home brewer and releases something along these lines.

WVbeergeek, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Kegatron, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller fizzy head that disappears almost instantly. touch of lacing, slight hazed lemony yellow pilsner color.

Nose brings plenty of smoke, like a smoked cheese big smoked cheese, but not an intense smoke, a touch of smoldering log, but not really a campfire smoke. Under that, mostly as my nose gets used to the smoke, is a hint of a toasty wheaty like malt.

Taste brings more mild smoke, again like a smoked cheese flavor, a little smoldering log, touch of creamy flavor, I think a little wheat, creamy and toasty wheat. Mild sweet grainy malt, toasty malt, etc. Again not a crazy intense smoke, milder smoke. Finish is drier but a little creamy feeling, mild smoke again lingering, a touch of a fruity yeast note I think, and little wheat like flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb.

Overall OK, lighter smoke which was needed to not send this overboard, nice creamy like wheat and toasty grain malt with a decent smoked cheese note, fairly flavorful without going overboard. However, just didn't have a whole lot going on, as if they lost something extra when they scaled it up.

jlindros, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

oriolesfan4, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/smoke earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced pale malt, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/smoke earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of pale malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant gratzer style ale. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a pale straw color with a chill haze. White head forms and recedes to a fine layer.

AROMA: Lemon citrus and hints of tobacco. Also a noticeable wisp of smoke. Faint banana like fruitiness and certainly becoming more smokey as it warms.

TASTE: Flavors of wheat, lemon, smoke and clove all play together in a refreshing manner. Reminds me of a good witbier, just smoked. There is a faint spice note and complimentary tartness.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied ale sporting a crisp carbonation. Cleaner finish though some smoke and citrus lingers on. Fairly dry feel with a dry clove spice.

OVERALL: An impressive smoked wheat beer and deserving of its Longshot achievement. This is a great summer drink, but I could always go for one of these. Really good stuff.

Stinkypuss, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

LXIXME, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

tdm168, May 10, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +10%

dmorgan310, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

harpus, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy light straw color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever because its fed by a constant stream of carb bubbles. Aromas of spice, bready, wheat, and light yeast and smokey phenols. The flavor is Lightly sweet sugary malt with a touch of spice and a bit of smokey charcoal to counter. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Decent enough beer, but not something that excited me or anything I would reach for again.

johnnnniee, May 14, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium straw amber with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, mild wheat and some slight campfire smoke. Flavor is mild semi-sweet malt, nicely integrated smoke, mild citrus and wheat. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A lightly smoked, pleasant rendition of this old style. Tamer, less tart and with more pedestrian sweet malt than the Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie reconstruction, it was still an interesting and nice drinking light beer. The smoke element was distinctive, but light. I enjoyed this one. Could have been quite remarkable with a little more intensity.

LiquidAmber, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Boone757, May 22, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

cjgator3, May 22, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love to see modern brewers doing very old or at least obscure styles, and this beer certainly fits in that not many would expect a hazy pale gold beer when hearing the word "smoke" in any variation referring to it. That's what I've got here, though, and with lots of brightness shining through the thick haze. The head only forms a thick layer on top of the beers, but it keeps. Less than a modicum of lacing tries to come down behind it.
Smoke is light in the aroma, but there, with lightly tart, lemony sort of notes. Malts are lightly bready with the wheat, not exceptionally dry but leaning that way with an almost vinous note. A bit of peach and pear, along with green apple, come in too. It ends up being more tart than anything, ultimately.
Smoke is stronger on the tongue, and tartness backs way down for an interesting sweetness. There's actually a hint of some heat lurking. It gives the impression, at one moment, of being almost sour, very meaty smoke comes in and rides into the finish, and a very interesting powdered sugar effect comes in off the sourness and overtakes it. All in all, I must say this is one of the most interesting and off-centered brews I've ever had.
The body is light but verges almost into medium territory, but doesn't quite. It shouldn't though, and the light body is one of the delightful oddities. It has a solid crispness, though it's not quite stolid to the end. It eases into the carbonation and levels out. Smoothness is moderate, not quite able to take full effect but pretty good.

Brenden, May 10, 2014
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Longshot Grätzer from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.