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LongShot Weizenbock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 02-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 263 | Reviews: 243
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2008.

Large creamy colored head. Well carbonated. Dark and cloudy, cola colored. Smells of licorice, root beer, and bubblegum. Tastes of sweet bananas and root beer. Lots of phenols. Somewhat tart and astringent in the finish. Medium body, coats the tongue. Alcohol hidden.

Ended up with a headache almost immediately after finishing this, not sure if this was the cause (was the first and only drink of the night) but gave the other five away just in case.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall, Weihenstephan wheat glass...
Appears a murky, dark amber with ruby edges when held to the light. A fluffy, 3 finger, off white cap slowly fades into a velvet cap that floats atop of the brew for the whole duration. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toasted wheat, cloves, and cocoa powder with a touch of biscuits and alcohol making this one of the closest American examples of Aventinus that I've found.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with wheat, caramel, cloves, and a touch of bananas mix together nicely. A very tasty version of the style.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, chewy, with sweet brown sugar and cloves rousing the palate with tasty goodness.
Damn...now, that's a good beer(and a good Weizenbock). Too bad it's not part of the regular lineup. I'd surely buy it.

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown/amber with a 3/4" head. The head falls slowly to a cap and leaves behind nice lacing. Lots of bubble gum, yeast, roasted malts in the nose...some clove as well. Fruit, light chocolate or roast qualities..bubble gum yeastiness and even a little banana and clove spiciness in the finish along with an almost sour twang - all the right qualities. Medium bodied - low to mid level of carbonation. Very good.

Photo of yesyouam
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams LongShot Weizenbock is a cloudy brown lager with a thin, leathery beige head with some oily bubbles. It leaves good lacing. It has a burly, grainy aroma that's the slightest bit sweet. There are grassy hops and a woody spice in the nose. It's pretty full bodied; fluffy, crunchy on the palate. It's the slightest bit sweet on the tongue. There is a definite prune flavor. The bitterness is dark chocolate and some kind of berry. It's like a brownie with gravy on it. Not for the faint of heart. This will put hair on your chest. Tastes rather like an ale.
(rated Apr 10, 2008)

Photo of brewbucker
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original tasting - Feb 18, 2008. Pours a dark murky brown with a medium head. The aroma is a real smack in the face. Big clove, bubblegum, ripened fruits and spicy malt. Wonderful. Flavor is malts, spice, clove, banana. What a surprise this was. Thank you Mr. Kibzey.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its good I tried this after the grape pale ale. Pours murky brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Nose is ripe banana, clove, brown sugar, toast; like a fresh banana bread. Thick mouthfeel. Great taste. Again like a banana bread, but with spicy hops, molasses, and bubblegum yeast esters. Did not expect such a good beer.

Photo of hoplover82
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear brown color with a thin, off white head that dissapears to never return.

Typacle dark fruits in the nose. Alcohol comes through too much in the nose.

Also the alcohol comes through too much in the flavor too.

Not very drinkable, it's too sweet.

This not a good rendition of the style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/1/08. Bottle. Pours brown with a huge tan head. Leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma of wheat, bubblegum. Taste of more wheat, bubblegum, spices, molasses, and honey (very faint). I got a slight alcohol burn in the finish...A complex brew! Very refreshing too. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of schellsbeer
1.76/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Fruit and Beer...No way.

That being said, I can't stand this beer. Horrible. Give me an IPA, Porter, or Stout any day of the week, month or year.

Sorry, but this stuff is junk. I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Fruit. Funky weirdness. Raisins. Prunes. (hello grandpa?) YUCK.

Beer needs to be made from Malt, Barley and Hops with the major contributing factor coming from these 3 THINGS.

Sorry to the Brewer...this stuff is just nasty. I will never seek out another Weizenbock....Period.

If I wanted a fermented fruit cake, I would take the one that has been passed under the Christmas tree for the past several years. WOW!!

Photo of dfillius
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of tannish head with okay head retention. Dark and chill-hazy and coffee colored liquid. Maybe mocha colored.

S: Sweet raisin/date, and cocoa powder, very strong ale fruity complexity (while drinking this, the bock part of the name made me think this was a lager, but research has now shown me that all weizenbocks are ales). Plum flavor, with some chocolate as well. I'm having a hard time smelling this and not drinking it.

T: Mmmm! Chocolate covered raisin, the fancy kind, not raisinets. This is one of the tastiest beers I've had this year. The malt complexity threatens to overwhelm, but stops just short of the edge.

M: Very smooth and very complementary flavors.

D: Wow! I want more! Solid. Each period of time between drinks involves me saying "Man that was good wasn't it?" then slipping into a time of disbelief which I can only dispel with another drink, and the cycle starts over again.

Photo of HardTarget
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bruised amber glass holds a halo of tan that fails to lace.

S: Esters are heady, purple grape, banana, lilac. Sweet creamy malt promises sugary depth.

T: Well balanced with a grainy wheat base with a banana peel coat and a slightly alcoholic finish.

M: Low carbonation keeps everything civil and easy going. Slight grit in an overall smooth texture.

D: Easy to down, the heady alcohol didn't slow me a bit. Good stuff, cheer to Sam Adams for this great program.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a nice cloudy brown color.

Smell is of some dark malts with a hint of chocolate and lot of banana phenol.

Taste is of banana and a little bit of chocolate malt. There is a caramel malt sweetness as well. There is a mild citrusy/grassy flavor on the finish.

Mouthfel is crisp and smooth and slightly creamy.

Not bad. This beer is a little past the best by date, but it hasn't really suffered.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, one of the Longshot beers was bound to be good as the Grape Pale Ale wasn't cutting it, but this one is very good. A very hearty beer with a high ABV, some nice spices can be tasted, mostly cinnamon. It reminded me of an Old Fezziwig, which is a very good thing. I would definitely like to try this beer again.

Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is dark brown almost cola looking with a red/tan hue. The head is tan and foamy but the lace is minimal.

Smell- It has a good fruity and wheaty aroma like a wheat beer should. It has a great caramel malt bock scent too.

Taste- It has a heavier taste than your usual weizen but lighter than a bock. It has a dry fruit like raisin taste.

Mouthfeel- The upper end of medium bodied.

Drinkability- It has a warming feeling.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a cloudy dark amber/light brown with a thick off-white head. The aroma is very clove-like and moderately sweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is quite yeasty, clove-like with a bittersweetness. The beer finishes tart with just a hint of alcohol. The body is full and carbonation moderate. Overall the beer is well done, finish might be a bit too tart.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown orange color with a finger dollop of creamy light tan head. Retains very solidly, leaving some huge sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very thick smelling with notes of wheat, orange peel, banana, clove, and an underlying waft of heat.

The taste is a beefy mix of orange citrus, yeasty bananas, spicy clove, with a firm wheat base under it all, and a tingle of hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and beefy feel, yet the alcohol presence is pretty well hid.

Solid take on a Weizenbock here, that while being complex and brawny, stills keeps the alcohol in check and remains fairly quaffable. A winner from the most recent Longshot competition.

Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown body with amber highlights and a healthy and creamy ivory head that settles nicely with good retention

Aroma: Sweet bananas and herbal cloves over a nutty and earthy malt base

Taste: Similar to the aroma, banana, dark fruit, and cloves dominate here. However, the nuttiness and roasty malt come out more in the taste than in the nose. Pleasantly, that 7.2% booze comes through every now and then in the back

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium to high carbonation for good contrast

Drinkability: Even with a somewhat high ABV and its strong flavors, I could easily throw one or two of these into a session

Verdict: Complex and unique, Rodney has really brewed up something special here

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky chestnut with razor-thin amber trim. Yet more evidence that unfiltered beer looks much better than filtered beer. The khaki cap filled more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating slowly. Extensive sheets of lace put the finishing touches on a lovely looking weizenbock.

The nose nails the style. It's mildly brown malty and delivers plenty of the usual bruised banana and zesty clove. Although a little more power would be nice, it's hard to argue with the nasal profile.

There are better weizenbocks out there. Having said that, this BBC LongShot brew is delicious. It's probably a little sweeter than the style average, though that's rarely a criticism in my book. Besides, sweet is nicely complemented by bitter and spicy.

Specific flavors include brown bread covered with a thick layer of fruit marmalade, loads of overripe banana, and a perfect amount of ground clove. Rodney must have used an estery, high-quality yeast strain. For comparison's sake, the (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is an impressive 3.0/4.0. The next highest flavor score was a serious consideration.

The mouthfeel keeps the quality train rolling right along. It's at least medium, maybe even medium-full, and has a lush creaminess that is becoming more lush and creamy as time passes and the beer gains a few degrees.

In my considered opinion, Boston Beer Company needs a bottled weizenbock, even if it's only a seasonal release. LongShot Weizenbock is the perfect candidate because it doesn't need a recipe change, it just needs a new name and a new label. I would love to see Sam Adams Weizenbock alongside sixers of Boston Lager and Boston Ale in local beer stores.

Photo of Dusty278
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours dark brown with a little lacing.

S - Smells good. Banana and a little spicy.

T - I haven't had many weizenbocks to my recollection but this one isn't to my taste. The cloves here are overbearing as well as the heat.

M - A nice, even mouthfeel.

D - After finishing this bottle, I do not see my self having another.

Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a muddy copper color. About a one inch tan head, retains well, setting into moderate lace.

Aroma is banana and cloves to start, but moving more towards dark fruit & vanilla as it warms. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet and malty with some wheat and dark fruits coming through. Has elements not unlike banana bread. Not bitter, but alchohol pokes through in the aftertaste.

Medium-to-full body, moderate carbonation. Creamy, but not coating. Balance seems fine, alcohol does not overpower. Overall, a really nice effort...and certainly what I would call a comfort beer.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy chestnut body with a creamy crown of ecru foam that retains great and leaves wide, flat bands of lacing on the glass.

The nose is bready with a gigontic (I meant to spell it that way, for emphasis)clovey blast of sharp banana. Sharp banana? Isn't that an oxymoron, or something? Whatever the deal is, i'm sticking with that... and a little fresh nutmeg and maybe cinnamon.

The drink tastes rich and sweet with plenty of banana and a dash of toasted wheat bread with a savory chocolatey finish.

Feels nice and smooth with enough carbonation to give the medium body some softness. Great drinkability.

Photo of fitzy84
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a dark black color with good amber tints to it. Somewhat thin, creamy head with creamy lacing on the sides. Definitely a dark fruity smell such as plums, grapes even some banana, mixed with a yeasty and malty consistency. Generally sweet taste of fruity flavors (the banana is more specific) and sugary tones. Mouthfeel is particularly strong. Pretty light and creamy. Overall, not too bad at all.

Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shame on me for waiting so long. I've had that pack forever and drank all but one of each (Grape Pale). Saved the last for review and never seemed to get around to it. Finally did and here goes.

3 finger anitque-white tempurpedic head. very small tight bubbles.

Deep brown cloudy translucent chestnut color.

Strong candied yam fruity aroma. caramel. bright confectioner's suger smell. a little alcohol. overripe fruit. fig perhaps.

ultra malty and sweet. big toffee. Skor bar. a little non-bitter hoppy tang. alcohol when swished with real intention. clove spice. there's a tangy fruit/spice flavor i can't quite get my palate around to describe.

finish is sticky and clingy. super malty with some carbonated tingle

i'm not an officionado of Weizenbocks but this one seemed tasty. more carbonated than I would expect but that's just me talking. I normally associate big malt and overripe-fruit beer with a dopplebock. Meaning leaning more toward that buttery, viscous, creamy, oily, low-carbonation style. This is rather tingly and spritely in the carbonation dept.

Was a tasty sensory adventure but I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis for around-the-house consumption.

Photo of RedChrome
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky medium brown colored beer. Half inch off white head took three to four minutes to subside. Streams of small carbonation. Tiny lace spots.

A blend of ester fruit aromas with a light alcohol presence on top. Pears, pineapples, banana, and a minimal apple note. Minor malt and hops.

A blend of fruit flavors carries over from the nose. Pear and apple are dominant, with light hints of banana. Malt is more pronounced in the taste then the aroma.

A shade on the watery side. Decent carbonation effect shift flavors as the taste clings.

A good beer. Would go well with a marinated steak. Another solid example of the great home brewers across America. Worth it to try the LongShot pack.

Photo of burnstar
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a nice big off-white head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma has a sweet caramel backbone along with the spicy wheat with cloves. Taste has a nice rounded sweetness. Wheat banana and clove notes. Tastes meld nicely. A bit of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and creamy. Nice and pretty drinkable if a bit heavy. Quite good overall, especially considering this was originally a homebrew.

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LongShot Weizenbock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.