Longshot A Dark Night In Munich - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
84
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 5.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 03-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark garnet with a nice khaki head, the head fades slowly and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Strong bready malts, toffee, and a floral hop note hiding in the back.

T- Very malt forward, bready and sweet. No real presence of hops but a bitter note from the roasted malt. Finish is sweet and a lot cleaner that what I was expecting given the sweetness of this.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Again, I was surprised by the clean finish, although as it warms some sugars do begin to build up on the palate.

O- A decent Dunkle, but not as drinkable as I like, it's not the 5.9% ABV that takes away form the drinkability but rather the mouthfeel. It just feel too heavy for the style. (697 characters)

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

In a pint glass this beer was a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head.

Mostly caramel aroma. Some spice. A little nutty.

Strong caramel malt taste, nice and sweet. A faint cinnamon taste. Tiny hint of hazelnut.

A smooth, easy-drinking beer.

Good Longshot choices this year! (286 characters)

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

A - Pours a nice clear deep amber with one finger of head. Head doesn't last too long and leaves very little lacing.

S - Smell is initially sweet, with some caramel, raisin and plum. After adjusting to the sweetness, a big bread aroma comes through.

T - Taste is similar to smell with more of a spice presence. Dark bread, plums and caramel. Pretty good.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of dry spiciness.

O - Pretty decent beer, but it doesn't really stand out in any way. (507 characters)

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

12oz brown bottle.

LOOK: Dark and tawny, decent lacing

SMELL: Brown bread, mineral, very malty, melanoidan-like, floral, clean

TASTE: Sweet, big bodied, coffee, dark bread, black currants, malty, faint alcohol, clean, herbal, nutty, toasted grain, semi-sweet finish

Pretty good, seem to have a bit too much body for my liking and the style and does take away from the drinkable potential here. Happy to try it but it is one and done. (437 characters)

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

From notes.

Poured a medium brown with a finger of light tan foam that faded, leaving minimal lacing. Smells of earthy malt, toffee and nuts. Taste is caramel malt, sweet, roasted elements coming in behind and a sense of doughiness and bread. Medium body, holds together. Mildly carbonated. Enjoyable beer. (307 characters)

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

A - Pours a chestnut brown color with a small tan head that dies down to a thin ring of lacing. Carbonation is light.

S - Malt forward, sweet roasted caramel and toffee, candied figs, bready, rum raisin aroma (without the alcohol edge).

T - The very first taste gives me the impression of nut bread mingled blended with roasted toffee and caramel. The flavors swirl around the palette and then finishing with a slight dark chocolate pine bitterness.

M - Body is medium, but on the light side.

O - If you're into German lagers, it's worth checking out. (555 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid dark lager. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and bread crust. Little in the way of hops. Clean. Sweet at the start but the balance ends up being neutral. Not much to say - not bad, not great, no real flaws, but it's not blowing my socks off. The two bottles that came in the Longshot 6 pack are enough to give me a feel for this down the middle lager. (356 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adam's Longshot Brewing Contest 6-pack. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark amber/copper color, almost no head, average carbonation.

S- Yeasty maltiness mixed with floral notes. Not too aromatic.

T- Some caramel malts, yeasty, slightly sweet and a little bit bitter.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, well-balanced.

O- Another quality beer from the Sam Adams Longshot 6-pack. Not nearly as much taste as the Five Crown Imperial Stout, hence the lower rating but not bad for the style. Could definitely use some more flavor and aroma, but not bad for a home-brew and you can't beat the price on the 6-pack. Next up the Derf's Secret Alt. (690 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby-tinged copper colored body with about middling clarity. The three finger light tan colored head fades quickly, but leaves plenty of interspersed lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, toffee, and toasted malts lead the way, with a solid noble aspect making itself known a bit later on. Not the strongest or most complex smell, but it works.

T: It's pretty simple here, toasted malts mixed with caramel, toffee, and hazelnut; finishing with a grassy, earthy note. Not very flavorful or heavy, but incredibly easy to drink, so I'll be a little kinder with the score. This would pair well with a Mexican dish, such as chicken enchiladas in mole sauce.

M: Lighter bodied with little dryness in the finish, and good carbonation. Can seem slightly watery at times.

O: Decent, but pretty nondescript. Luckily, it manages to have a superbly high drinkability factor, so it's good for those who don't want an extreme beer, or those who want something to go along with food. Even though this one is just pretty good, I'd like to think that the Longshot 6-pack has been a success overall. (1,119 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pourd one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein a garnet hued chesnut brown with a thick tan colored head atop.Clean aromas with a little mineral and toasted grain,not much toastiness and/or sweetness.Firm toast on the palate with mild caramel sweetness,not doughy or very rich but it is easy drinking.A little delicate but it's a decent dunkel. (349 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with and aggressive off white head.

Heavy on the bready malt smell, almost sourdough.

Bready malt taste with a little earth and grass notes.

Mouthfeel is soft and light on the carbonation.

A decent beer and a good homebrew. (250 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, reddish-brown color with over one finger of light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread and caramel stand out. Lesser chocolate is fleeting. Generally medium-dark, but with too much fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt that is refined and cola-like. Acidity is mild into the middle where flavors become drierand more roasty, peppery. Finish continues the drying trend; husky with a trace coffee edge.

M: Medium viscosity, oily suggesting lifelessness, with low carbonation.

D/O: Dunkels can sometimes hover indistinguishably near to their ale equivalents, but here the difference is not very difficult to detect. While its individual qualities are not particularly inspiring, they add up to a beer that is interesting, if not compelling. It seems to overshoot the intention of smoothness, ending up with a texture that is slippery yet tiresome. (933 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. This appears a chesnut brown with good clarity. Thin head that dissappeared towanrd the end and did not lace. The aroma has some malt and hints of sweetness. The taste starts off with mild malt with hints of vanilla followed by a good bread finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall, this is an easy drinking and flavorful Dunkel Lager. The balance is great and the body is nice. Definitely worth a try. (457 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Dark brown but not opaque, very light tan head is thick after a hard pour, let it sit for a solid minute turns to maybe a 1/4" at best.

Smell: Light light feel of hops, nothing to go crazy for.

Taste: This beer is a mix between your European pale ale that meets you brown ale. It is creamy not in texture but in taste and comes off nutty.

Mouth: Medium, I will give it that it has great after taste.

Overall: An easy drink, and even easier to like. I personally don't think it needs to be improved, it is your "everyday" beer if you know what I mean. Salud! (609 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another thoughtful tick from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut with russet highlights when held to the light. The head is light tan colored and leaves sparse lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is mild, but I get faint whiffs of brown bread, biscuits, lager.

The flavor picks things up a bit, with some grain, bread, a touch of alcohol, and a dry finish. Some fruit and nut characters emerge as the beer warms.

Light in body and pretty smooth sailing, with a lingering lag presence. A touch of bitterness in the finishes adds balance.

Overall, this was ok. (575 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark garnet-hued body with a pint-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Largely smelling of thick bread crusts with caramel and sulphured molasses, though not particularly aromatic, with supporting notes of banana, raisin, spice, and wheat.

Taste: Molasses atop toasted bread crusts with a background hint of nutty melted caramel. Moderate sweetness. A tang of wheat develops as fruity hints of banana and plump raisins rolls in. Light hop character, light bitterness leaving some malty sweetness to remain on the smooth, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I sure could go for an Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel right about now. (766 characters)

Photo of dananabanana
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent chestnut brown in color. 1-finger head with fairly strong lacing. Foam is off-white in color.

S: Vaguely sweet, but muddled. Hard to detect much of anything.

T: Definitely tastes like a darker, German beer. Faint traces of hops, apples, and a crusty dark loaf of bread.

M: Lightly carbonated. Surprisingly, it's refreshing for a darker beer.

O: Pretty decent offering from the Sam Adams Longshot pack. I think unfortunately, it's overshadowed by the other two beers in the six-pack, which are both excellent entries. (539 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very malty with caramel and faint hops.

T-The taste like the aroma is very malty with sweet caramel and a smooth moderately hopped finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad. Definitely a beer that fans of malty beers will enjoy. Worth a try. (473 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark shade of brown with a puffy, two finger slightly offwhite head, but the beer is actually transparent despite it's darkness....impressive.

S- very spicy aroma...feels like I'm getting some holiday spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, etc? Interesting

T- it's....interesting, I guess you could say. Getting some of that spicy flavor, and not much else...eh

M- body is very thin IMO....almost like water

O- not my cup of tea. Not a bad beer, I just don't like it...it is what it is. (538 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a smooth ¼ finger, throwing up a robust cascade of froth onto sides which leaves back a strong smattering of lace. The aroma smells grassy, lightly spicy, and citric, with some mineral notes. A sticky blend of caramel and toast comes out across the back. That mineral character really starts to control the nose after a while.

The taste is similar, with that same mineral flavor clinging to an herbal and citric bitterness, while toffee sweetness comes in off the edges, spreading a toasty feel into the finish where it lingers with some earthy pith.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth prickly feel up front which then gives way to more of a soft and bubbly carbonation that thins out the back of this maybe a little too much.
I wanted to like this more but just couldn’t get into like I wanted to. That mineral character overrides the flavor profiles and the body lacked sufficient crispness to it. This wasn’t one of the better Long Shots that I’ve had. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with some amber highlights. The off-white head is short and wispy, settles into a light cap.

The aroma has the traditional doughy munich malt scent. There is some toasted notes to go with a touch of caramel. Not a particularly strong aroma.

The taste is slightly grainy and spicy. Some dark toast from the roasted malt. Light caramel sweetness and a subtle peppery spice. Refreshing but not big on flavor.

The feel is light and crisp. Despite the roasted notes, the feel is quite clean. Great balance and quite drinkable.

An extremely drinkable beer but kinda missed on the munich qualities. I taste the roasted malt but not much of the doughy flavors associated with the style. (718 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle form a mixed Longshot box poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear brown in color and crimson in the light with a fleeting cap of foam and minimal lacing.

Aroma is a bit stale and nondescript. A good swirl, early on, does throw forth some malt and some chocolate spice notes. Unfortunately the carbonation is a bit too mild to support this character for long, though does offer a nice aroma with aggressive agitation.

Flavor of light chocolate and spice, bit of sublte caramel and some watered down brown sugar notes. Bit subdued as for malt structure and complexity, and a bit thick in body for the style.

Overall an enjoyable brew that seems a bit at odds with the style. Interesting though non-traditional hop character, overly full feel and dense character, lacking that clean delivery I was expecting. Likely American Hop derived. A fence straddler for sure. (886 characters)

Photo of tophers
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby in color with a creamy off-white head

Aroma is clean and has toast notes to it, along with sweet smells that smell almost apricot in nature.

Very mild bittering with no hop taste. Toast flavor along with melanodins mixed in.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery, and moderate carbonation.

Not complex enough for me. These Longshots this year were disappointing to me. Perhaps these just sat in my fridge for too long....or maybe it is me? Props to the homebrewers who brewed these though...quite the competition to win! (532 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body that glows at the base with a thin head that soon boils away.

S- The aroma has some Munich malt in the nose with a bit of a coffee malt hint but it is pretty clean in the nose.

T- The grainy flavor of pale malt has some pot caramel notes coming through as it opens and hints of roasted biscuit malt for a moment in the clean finish. There is a spicy hop hint in the aftertaste.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz.

O- This beer seems a bit thick and heavy but not much malt flavor or it is all muttled together. (599 characters)

Photo of greenjeff4141
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a root-beerish brown with very little head.

S: I had a lot of trouble picking up any smell at all from this. It only opened up after about an hour in the glass. A faint caramel, malt, a tad chocolatey. Not much else to note.

T: Pleasant. Malty, rich, a bit sweet and then a bit acidic. At first it tasted a bit sour, but it mellowed out as it breathed. A bit of bitterness in the finish and not much alcohol to note.

M: A sharp carbonation on the tip of the tongue, which surprised me from the lack of head. A tad oily and thick. Not bad though.

Overall, for what it is, a nice beer. Smooth, easy to drink and rich, but not too complex. I wish it just had something else to wow me, but drinkable nonetheless. Didn't get very excited about it. (759 characters)

Longshot A Dark Night In Munich from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.