LongShot Cranberry Wit - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by guinness33:
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy golden colour with hints of, well, cranberry colour mixed in. Head is mid-sized and pillowy and leaves a decent amount of residue on the glass.
The aroma is fairly faint at first, with only a hint of cranberry coming through, but after warming just a touch a more powerful cranberry scent comes through, along with some orange and a bit of spice. There's almost a Sam Summer meets a much, much tamer Harpoon Winter Warmer going on here (I do not like the WW at all but think I would enjoy it with the spices toned down a bit, and that is very much what I see being done here).
Flavour is more of the same: cranberry of course leads and dominates (but tamely) throughout, and spices become a bit more pronounced, with definitive cinnamon flavours popping up here and there, plus some orange notes at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of pop to it and is just about where it should be for the style.
It took me a few sips to warm up to this one. Wasn't crazy about it at first but it really grew on me. I don't know that it's particularly memorable beer but maybe that's a good thing for a fruit-based beer as it never gets too over the top with flavour, which is a trap many others fall into. I'm not a fan of the regular Samuel Adams fruit beers. At all. The LongShot fruit beers have all been pretty good, including this one. It's definitely got both an autumn/early winter feel to it as well as a New England vibe. I would love to see something like this beer replace the "Lambic" that's in the Winter Classics pack year in and year out. Try this one out. It may surprise you. Nice job.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2009 01:27:19 | More by guinness33
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3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I've had this bottle in the fridge for such a long time, finally got around to reviewing it. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer is amber and hazy with a pinkish tinge to it, soft white head, medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is sweet with mild vegetalness.
Beer is spicy / sweet with some fruitiness and a grainy finish. Maybe it always tasted like this but I'm not a fan. I got the review but I sort of regretted it. I did drink the whole thing though, wouldn't have it again.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 21:19:19 | More by drabmuh
LongShot Cranberry Wit from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.