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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Boysenberry WheatLongShot Boysenberry Wheat

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BA SCORE
83
good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.35% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 01-20-2007)
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Reviews by semihobo:
Photo of semihobo
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Best by June 07.

Not that cloudy for an unfiltered brew, head packs up and leaves after about 5 minutes. Dark gold, which I like on an APWA.

I poured this and then tried to take care of a chore for a minute, but the smell wafted over and beckoned me back. Very strong. Just fruit, maybe a little sugar from the malts but that's it on the nose. I'm not sure I would know a boysenberry if I smelled it, but this smells somewhat like genuine fruit, not just a chemical.

Ken, the brewer in question, is right on with his description: "Refreshing light taste and cereal crispness from the wheat malt." Check. "Rich, fresh fruitiness balanced by a citrus note from the hops." Check. Truth in advertising in beer? Sweet. A minor soapy note, but otherwise this one is cereal wheat and berries all the way to the finish line.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, light and bubbly. Finish is very smooth, with a briefly lingering wheat note.

I could drink a few of these -- I bet a lot of people could, and I'm surprised there isn't a widely available beer quite like this one. A nice fruity twist on a staid style... impressive. Long Trail Blackbeary Wheat, pay attention!!

semihobo, Apr 06, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

My first taste of anything boysenberry and I have come out very impressed.Poured a dull hazed light golden with a tight formed sticky craterous white head that settled into a creamy-like mass,fresh fruit essense in the nose obviously boysenberry with an underlying toasty wheat malt base with a faint hint of herbal hop wich is more pronounced on the palate.A fruit beer with some depth in my estmation the fruitiness sticks out up front but after awhile you notice the nuances going on toasty cracked wheat malt with a decent sharp hoppy finish wich makes it even more refreshing and keeps it from becoming overly sweet and one dimensional a trait found very sporadicaly in fruity wheat ales.Wow I liked it alot its very refreshing a great summertime brew and it is not one dimensional to say the least,very nice job.

oberon, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of JMD71
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Sampled & reviewed on 2/2/07:

Ap: Pour raises a fingers worth of rocky foam. Brilliant hazy, old gold color. Sparkling.

Ar: Very fruity! Sitting a foot away from the glass, the aroma floods out of the bottle. The boysenberry aroma dominates. Very perfumy. Almost smells like raspberry yogurt.. Too fruity. No balance of malts or hops evident.

Ta: As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the fruitiness . Lots of bubblegum, too. It's a bit much for my palette. Can't taste much beyond the perfumy fruitiness. Light malt body & no evident hop profile, although it would be light anyway for the style. Tastes kind of fake to me. Not like fresh fruit.

Mo: Light. It is refreshing & cleansing, as well as crisp & dry.

Dr: Medium. The chemical fruitiness makes this a 1 & out beer. Should have gone easy on the boysenberry flavor. It is fairly light & easy drinking though if looking for that.

Comments: Ok, but WAY too fruity. This is beer, not candy or fruit juice. This is not a winner for me by a LongShot....

JMD71, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

This is the first time the employee homebrew contest has been included in Sam Adams's LongShot contest. Boston Beer is a pretty passionate company to be pushing their employees with some hands-on training at home--they all got homebrew kits. Cheers to Ken Smith for the win.

A broad three fingers of head is cradled by the liquid. Great head retention as the lace drops patches of stickiness down the glass. Remarkably smooth and crisp with a medium body. Hazed, yellow-beige color. A fresh, but not cloying, berry aroma; very clean with a crisp grain bite in the aft. One-two snap of mildly tart berry and clean graininess from the wheat. Temperate hop bitterness shows great balance, especially when the berry flavor goes a pinch to the sweet side. Solid malt backbone middle to end, with a good amount of flavor to play with, as the berry character is slow to leave. Semi-dry finish.

Wow, this beer is amazing. There's no doubt why the judges picked this one. Perhaps one of the best new fruit beers to come out this decade. Couple this beer with a tropical fruit tart and some vanilla bean ice cream and you will have bliss.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%

Another one out of the Longshot six pack. Pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow with a half inch of fizzy white head. Aromas start off with crisp wheat grain along with a big berry syrup scent that has candy like qualities to it. Berry juice dominates and not much else gets through.

First sip brings a crisp, dry wheat grain maltiness that is immediately hit with a blast of boysenberry flavor. To mixed it tastes like mixed berries and has a candy flavor to it. Flows down with just a hint of hops on the finish that's also slightly chalky with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy from the carbonation. Goes down easily and I can't say it is not refreshing. Still, this one doesn't make me want to come back for more. A pretty good wheat based fruit brew but nothing about it is particularly memorable.

orbitalr0x, May 01, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

I think this is a great idea from SA. I've enjoyed all the offerings. This beer is a hazy yellow/orange color with a medium head that stays. It has a sweet, fruity aroma. It has a very sweet taste that is saved by a little citrus tang, otherwise I would consider it to be too sweet. A pleasant beer, fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of warriorsoul
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Nice to see SA reward some well developed homebrewers for this mixed sixer.
Figured to start with this one.
A honey color with a full finger of bright white head...a thin layer sticks around for the duration of the pint with very spotty lacing.
A Boysenberry punch to the nose...some sweet pale malt with lingering nostrils.
Taste is what you'd expect...pretty big fruit presence. It is one fruit that comes across w/ some perfume aftertaste that does not go over so well for me.
At least this is not a sweet beer...the wheat really helps to dry up the mouthfeel. Slightly bitter with some floral hops.
Mouthfeel is one of the best attributes of the beer...adds some real depth to the offering.
Suffers in the drinkability for me personally, but not due to any off flavors...just not my favorite fruit to begin with.

warriorsoul, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

poured into my tall Blue Moon wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Cloudy,golden color with a 1" white creamy head dissapating down to a constiant 1/2 later of foam.Very lively carbination,many strings of tiny bubbles tightly knitted racing to the top of the glass.

Good strong berry aromas, but not overbearing,a sweet honeyness to the smell,a bit of a melon aroma. Very clean and inviting. The berry aroma is like smelling a jar of jelly.

Lots of berry tastes,strong but not overwhelming,a sweet honey taste. Grassy,light citrus flavors.a nicely balanced taste that's very pleasing.

Light and creamy with a slight grainyness. Very drinkable goes down very smooth and easy. Hope this is around in the summer,very sessionable.

jcdiflorio, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

Appears a semi cloudy golden orange hue with a large off white cream tinted head appears like a floating creamy biscuit above the rim of my pint glass, nice. Aroma is strong with berry tartness much like a jar of jelly with the seeds still intact, complemented with biscuit malts and some mild acidity noted from the wheat malts added overall enjoyable aromatics. Flavor leaves more to be desired with not so much overly sweet berries but just an ordinary American Wheat base, biscuit dry finish too much yeasty cake powder notes in the finish barely noticeable hops. Better than the average fruit infused American wheat but it's not a style I'm about. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with some flowing protein texture going on from the wheat and yeast combo, overall a moderate carbonation level after a few sips the boysenesque tones become cloying to me. Drinkability not so much for me I want a hoppy American Wheat but this is a well made brew and I can promise you it's interesting an worth a try just it's still a fruit beer.

WVbeergeek, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a hazy apricot colored body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin soapy white head.

S- This beer has the smell of boysenberry crunch cereal even during the pour. The smell is a bit chemical but not to bad.

T- The taste of slightly bitter berry notes has a soft pale malt and slightly sweet cereal taste to it. The soft note of cranberries has a hint of red lifesavers to it with some soft sweet field corn notes. There is a soft spice that comes through in the finish as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy.

D- This beer doesn't have much depth of flavor and it taste a bit chemical when it comes to the fruit. I found the first few sips interesting but then I just go tired of that in your face fruit flavors.

rhoadsrage, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

I wasn't really looking forward to trying this. I don't usually like fruit beers.
This one works.
Nice white head that slowly melts to white covering lacing.
Aroma is almost like boysenberry jelly but a little fresher.
Taste is fresh boysenberry with wheats drying and spicy ending.
Good job, Ken Smith.
This is fresh, flavorful, and refreshing.

IntriqKen, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Pretty topaz gold color and tight white head. Not a lot of retention but the head never completely fades. Lacing dots the glass. Smell is loaded with semi-sweet berries. Seems boysenberries go rather well with beer. That was always my favorite flavor of jam. Granted the main aroma is the thick berries, it is creamy, crisply wheaty and bready. The fruitiness is surprisingly dank. Taste is more of the aromas. Not a wide range of things going on but a good fruity summer beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Perhaps a little suede-like. Very drinkable indeeed.

Good refreshing fruity fruit beer.

tastybeer, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

Created by Ken Smith 2006 Homebrew winner.

AP: A very active and bubbly hazy plae gold color with a thick and totally evenpure-white head that is at least 1/4" deep. Really good retention qualities are displayed. Leaves large chunks of sticky lacing clung to the glass.

Nose: dominated by the boysenberry-fruit smell with subtle whiffs of citrusy and herbalized hop and malt. A tartness tingles the nose.

Taste: A light-wheat malt flavor with a very authentic tasting boysenberry effect with a citrus and herbal hop flavor underneath. There is a tart and leafy-hop sensation lingering in the aftertaste.

MF: Very full bodied feel,extra nice for the style. Feels SMooooth and creamy thanks to the well-retained thick head. Very enjoyable.

DA: This is really not my favorite style, no matter, this was impressive. Really amazing feel. One of the bes fruit-beers I've had. Nice job Ken.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +6%

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a large white foamy head that leaves good lacing. The smell isn't too pungent,but you can make out sweet malt and some fruitiness,berries. The taste is very flavorful with bread yeast,berries,sweet malt,and lemon. I'm not one for fruit beers,but this is pretty good. The m/f is light and well balanced. A pretty good beer that's the best long shot beer from Sam's.

jmz62565, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of asabreed
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by June 2007.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color, though I wish it were unfiltered so it would be even more so. Head fades slightly quickly though leaves a fat around the base, with also some surprisingly spidery though thin lacing reaching all around the top of the glass.

Smell: Strong perfumey and medicinal boysenberry aromas, which unfortunately shadow much of the potential for the aromas coming from the wheat. Way too much of the fruit here overall.

Taste: Too much fruit, and though it doesn't seem like it's so syrupy you can't drink it, there's a bit too much artificiality masking both the flavors of the wheat (which are pretty much hidden), and the flavors of real ripe berries, which could certainly help this and be lessened in the final ingredients. Even the finish, though long, is all berry flavor, and is entirely too much.

Mouthfeel: The thing that's done correctly with this brew, as it's full, creamy, and has enough carbonation to make me crave the other wheat flavors and aromas that are too obfuscated by the boysenberry flavors and aromas.

Drinkability: You know, I really don't dig fruit beers I suppose (though Lambics are another story), and this lets me know why. Interesting enough for a one-timer, but as my girlfriend's coming to visit in a few weeks, I know she likes these and will probably save it for her. Good try overall, but for me this one falls fairly flat.

asabreed, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

Picked up a Longshot sixer at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pour: a lightly cloudy tangerine orange under a few fingers of white foam leaving spotty lacing.

Nose: smells like wild berry skittles up front, juicy and sweet with a dry wheaty finish.

Taste: again, very fruity and sweet up front with loads of juicy dark berries - boysenberries of course, but I can't say I've ever eaten a boysenberry. Husky wheat malt and dry yeast balance some of the sweetness. This reminds me very much of a "Tripppelberry Wheat" brewed by Barley Bros in Lake Havasu City, AZ where I go every Spring Break (3 more weeks!) so those positive connotations help.

Feel: light and crisp, refreshing

Drinkability/Overall: A well-executed example of an oft-attempted, rarely successful style - the fruited wheat. Probably too sweet for the macho snobs out there, but a refreshing and tasty beer that reminds me of much warmer weather that I'm stuck with for the time being. Wish I could buy it by the 6 alone.

Golden2wenty1, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Samuel Adams LongShot Boysenberry Wheat was brewed by Ken Smith, a Samuel Adams employee!

It's a typical fruit flavored wheat beer "with Boysenberry flavor". Boysenberries are an unusual berry, originally bred around 1920 by a man named Boysen. He combined raspberries, blackberries, and Logan berries. Logan berries, of course, were derived from a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry by a man named Logan around 1830 - talk about in-breeding!

It pours the typical hazy golden body beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The retention is very good, and it leaves dozens of large spots and splashes behind.

Distinctive Boysenberry is found in the nose, and not much else! It's perfumey and sweet and welcoming.

Boysenberry also dominates the flavor, revealing more blackberry at first, and then some sweet red raspberry. It's juicy, slightly tart, and pulp-like in its fruitiness. It's certainly sweetish, but not over-done as it's well-balanced within its wheatish malt frame, and backed by a firm bitterness.

It is kind of artificial though, I have to say, as real fruit just couldn't put out such a bold aroma and flavor. It is what it is, for many reasons, and I don't find it to be a draw-back.

Refreshing and exciting! I think it would be a great summer beer, but it'll be out of code by then. And I'm not so sure that it would pair well with food, although it might make a great reduction. Perhaps with some Belgian waffles? Definitely bold; and certainly worth trying if you like fruit beers.

NeroFiddled, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a small, wispy white head. Decent carbonation. Nice aroma of sweet berries and a mild blend of very light malt and wheat. Palate is very fruity, with boysenberry and raspberry up front over a fairly dry, wheaty base. Finish is lightly sweet and refreshing. Body is nice and light, rather quenching. Overall a tasty beer, although it would probably be more suitable for a spring afternoon than a cold evening in February.

ElGordo, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: One and half finger head, which stuck around longer than I anticipated. Beer is reminiscent of most wheats, very hazy golden to light brown color.

Smell: Honestly, I do not think the aroma here is very enticing. I'm definitely picking wheat malts, but also a strong whiff of blueberry, rasberry, and possibly even strawberry. It's not exactly offensive, but it does not really smell good.

Taste: It actually tastes much better than it smells. It's pretty good. Nice blend of wheat malt and berries. The berry taste does not offend me like I thought it would. Alcohol is not apparent and it's got a nice feel to it. There is a shot of bitterness that hits as an aftertaste. Can't really determine whether that's from the berries or not.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Very light taste to this beer and it goes down easy. I could drink a number of this on a hot, summer day. Very drinkable. Overall, a solid effort. I honestly was not expecting much after first smelling it. I'm pleasantly surprised.

prototypic, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev 0%

My my, what nice lacing on this one. Head retention, considering its a wheat could be a little better. The aroma is almost overpowering boysenberry. Kind of reminds me of those smelly markers from elementary school. The taste is quite fruity, but where most fruit beers go wrong in being overly sweet, this one isn't. There is a slight wheat backbone, although I'd like a little mroe flavor out of it. Overall, a good fruit beer, but personally nothing I'd seek out.

tempest, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

cliff1066, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

I have had a few beers that might be classified in the "Fruit" category, but mostly, it seems that brewers want the extract, the essence to shine in a compliment the malt uderpinnings of the beer.

I tried this without prejudice. I thought the smell was a bit too much, but the taste is pure fruit that has a sweetness, giving way to the wheat-bread flavor. I have to admit it balances quite well, and there is a nice layer of complexity based upon this transition form fruit to wheat. And that is saying a bunch for a beer that is a traditionally one dimensional thirst quencher. Just for instance, its a bit more flavorful and in your face than the LongTrail BlackBeary Wheat. Not better, just more in your face.

I couldn't see having to many of these, but then again, you only get two in the longshot sixpack. problem solved.

andjusticeforale, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured a cloudy amber with a thick, foamy head. Lacing is thick and clumpy. Very strong berry aroma and that's all; I couldn't detect any hop presence. Taste also exhibits a strong berry flavor with a light sour note; not bad, but not exactly to my taste. Second and third quaffs reveal a mild sweetness that creeps up on the palate. Finish is cool and crisp with lots of carbonation.

In my opinion, the boysenberry aroma and flavor are too prevalent in this beer. While good, the intense flavors create an unbalanced brew. I may add a slice of lemon to the second Boysenberry Wheat from the LongShot six pack to see if that tempers the flavor somewhat.

hammer09, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

BBD of June. This pours an effervescent, slightlty hazed honey/apricot with 4 fingers of fluffy offwhite head. Very good lacing& head retention, was looking for the effervesence to persist a little, otherwise a 5 in this category

S: Tartness & lots of berries (raspberry & blueberry)

T: Sweet berries and a nice wheat malt backgound up front. As this warms I'm getting tartness & a little lemony hops. Finsishes tart, a little dry & just ahint of berrys, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drinks very easy, the tartness of this beer really offsets the berrys & makes this very quaffable, but I'm sure would grow old after 2 unless the mercury was up in the 80s (40s instead) . Not a huge fan of fruitty beers, but this works, a very pleasant suprise!

russpowell, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.