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LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

LongShot Strawberry LagerLongShot Strawberry Lager

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-30-2013)
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json83

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

165 calories per bottle with 5.5% ABV. The strawberry sent is strong and the taste is definite. The aftertaste is a bit off with the strawberry taste not settling in compliment with the style - there is a minor bitter taste not working well with the strong strawberry. I was glad I tried but would not consider this a favorite. I could probably drink two before felling the desire for something else to help settle.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 00:03:12 | More by json83
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, orangish yellow. Head remains a thin lace. Quite a bit of sediment floating around.
Smell: Exactly like a strawberry Fruit Rollup.
Taste: Tart citrus and strawberry. Maybe a hint of banana.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated.

This would have been difficult to place as a lager in a blind taste test. However, the smell brought me back to childhood with the unmistakable tart, dried strawberry whiffs in Fruit Rollups. The taste is tart, and the aftertaste more so. It is predominately strawberry mixed with some citrus, and maybe the slightest touch of banana. There is so much sediment rolling around in the drink, and I find that quite inviting. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I would definitely drink it again. This is a very good, hot day treat. I'm not a fruit beer guy at all, but I really liked this, and really like the fact it was a homebrew. Congrats to the homebrewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:03:25 | More by TeamMathis
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August notched on the label.

Straw yellow colour, 1 inch head of foam.

The smell is ALL strawberries. Not my fav fruit by any means but I had zero hate against the smell of them.

The taste is certainly authentic. Strawberries....the beer is brewed with them so I expected it would taste of them and to be honest, I'd rather drink this than eat fresh strawberries. Weird, eh? For the like of me, I can't pull out any other flavours but I can't complain. For a fruit beer naming the fruit used, this is on the mark. A nice homebrew that Samuel Adams gave a chance for others to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 15:44:11 | More by Bitterbill
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy, lighter yellow color with some somewhat larger floaties in it. Small head that only retains a little while. Lacing is sparse.

S- Light, yet natural and pure strawberry scent is first and foremost. Smells surprisingly similar to a fresh strawberry that's been cut open. Small hints of classic lager malts towards the end of the scent.

T- Starts with a subdued version of the strawberry flavor from the scent. Light and fruity moves into some classic lager flavors, more on the light American lager side than say, a German lager. Ends very crisp with a slight lingering strawberry flavor.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and very drinkable. This is a good session beer as far as weight goes. The strawberry flavor is light enough to drink repeatedly if that's your flavor of choice.

Overall, much better than expected, and a pretty good beer. Wish I would have grabbed more than one of these because I doubt I can find it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:57:06 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Amber with a haze and some debris. Thin white head with medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and strawberries.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Taste of hops and malts with some light strawberry flavoring.

Overall: Good brew. Very refreshing, I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:45:38 | More by Cavanaghty
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottleneck reads

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A= Pours a very light yellow color with a lot of floaties throughout the beer. The head is a small white color with some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is strong of strawberries. Quite nice and refreshing to be honest. It smells like a bag of those freeze dried strawberries freshly opened. The lager smell comes through but there isn't anything interesting going on there.

T= The taste is a bit more subdued in the strawberry flavor but it comes through. It actually tastes like they used those freeze dried strawberries just because the sort of waxy chalky taste that comes through it. It's not bad but it isn't the totally fresh bright strawberries I got from the nose. Again it has the basic lager taste but it isn't really interesting so I'll save myself from painfully finding new ways to describe the flavor of "beer".

M= A nice mouth but I think a little more bright carbonation would be fun.

O= This isn't a bad beer by any means. In fact if this were avalible regularly I could see myself reaching for it early summer. As far an mind blowing or living up to my high expectations it seems little less exciting. A strawberry lager is what it's called and a strawberry lager is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:30:58 | More by jjanega08
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stella77artois

New York

3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Looked like a lager, a medium yellow with a fair amount of carbonation noticeable.

S - A healthy amount of strawberry up front. The dankness of a lager, subtle hints of hops, and a bit of citrus. Nice smelling beer, if not a bit simple.

T - Suprisingly tasty. The strawberry is certainly noticeable immediately, but it's not overpowering or too sweet. An almost perfect amount of strawberry for a beer that has the fruit in it's name, IMO. Didn't notice it much in the aroma, but malt is noticeable, as is a general fermenty taste.

F - Very refreshing as a quality lager should be. Easy going down and on the stomach. As noted on the bottle, I can certainly invision myself drinking one (or 5 on the golf course).

O - Suprisingly good beer. Flavorful lager that also quenches the thirst. I'd certainly buy this in a 6-pack if it were offered.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 15:19:58 | More by stella77artois
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe strawberries, pear, light bread, light honey, and light floral hops. Very nice aromas with big strawberry presence; and good strength. Taste of lightly tart strawberries, pear, cracker, bread, floral, light honey, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of strawberry, pear, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance of strawberry, malt, hop, and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruited lager style. Very nice balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:46:52 | More by superspak
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a little bit of an orange-red like hue. The brew is lightly hazed with many particulates floating about the brew. Upon pouring there is a one finger billowy white head that has a good level of retention slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet. The sweet is a massive dose of strawberry taking on an almost strawberry jam like smell. While sweet, the aroma is very authentic of strawberry with no artificial smells. Mixed with this aroma is a little bit of biscuit and honey overall giving a fantastically strawberry shortcake like smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a biscuity and quite sweet taste. The sweetness upfront, while composed mostly of strawberry, had other sweeter tastes of caramel as well. As the taste advances the caramel fades while the strawberry gets even stronger. With the increase in strawberry comes some flavors of a grassy hop and a little bit of lemon adding just a touch of sourness and bitterness to balance out the sweet leaving a nice taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker side for a lager of 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The combination of the two are rather nice for blending drinkability, with the sweet fruitiness of the beer while still upholding the lighter malt and the little bit of hop that is there at the end of the taste.

Overall – I think strawberry beers are some of the harder ones to craft and this one is pretty good. It has a good showing of strawberry without being artificial or cloying in nature and still maintaining a good level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:43:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found the Long Shot 6-er at the COOP last night... Getting around to them tonight. Pours with a long lasting 1 finger white head atop a slightly hazed golden brew. Nice lacing for the entire glass.

Nose smells like real strawberries and not artificial... sorta processed perhaps, like jam... but real strawberries... maybe some pale maltiness that carries the berry essence... no hops... smells pretty good.

Wow... again, surprisingly straight up strawberry essence... not much else going on.. just enough pale malt... a bit of something that I associate with "metallic flavor" on the finish.

Nice light body with good carbonation.

I was skeptical, but I like this one.

4/3.75/3.5/4/3.75

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 03:20:25 | More by JohnGalt1
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Some mild lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of strawberries here with some grassy notes in the background.

Taste: lightly grainy malt base with grass, biscuit, a hint of lemon zest, and a decent strawberry flavor that is more sweet than expected. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Long lasting strawberry aftertaste here.

Overall: not a bad fruit beer, but one of these is enough in a session. Good to drink on a hot day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:45:51 | More by Gavage
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving a small layer on top. Some small particles floating around the glass.

S- straight up strawberry. Reminiscent of a strawberry daiquiri, strawberry pie and strawberry purée. A little bit of a pie-crust-like malty sweetness. Smells just as a strawberry lager should.

T- sweet malty notes blends with strawberry flavors that turns slightly astringent mid-palate, the finish is dry with a tart strawberry flavor in the linger.

M- light body with medium carbonation, somewhat foamy mouthfeel with a slick finish

O- pretty refreshing beer for a hot day. Nothing extreme but its just what you would expect a strawberry liger to taste like. The tart notes of strawberry leave you wanting another sip, this one went down quite easily

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:36:19 | More by Treyliff
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mactrail

California

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber color in the tall PIlsener glass with a nice head. Sudsy mouthfeel and pleasant fruity aroma. Boston Brewing always gets that part right.

This does have a distinct strawberry flavor without much sweetness. There is some malty richness. This is yet another in the seemingly endless Sam Adams parade of light fruity brews. I don't think it's a bad strawberry flavor at all. The tart berry taste is just right. This is something of a novelty, but I can imagine having a couple cold ones for a summer afternoon.

From the 12 oz bottle from the seasonal six-pack bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 04:03:56 | More by mactrail
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Snagged all three of the longshot beers at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Daymn my pour has a shit ton of sediment floaties! Ew! Beer is overall a fairly bright yellow with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Lager yeast meets Strawberry puree, I am actually surprised how strong it smells and how little actual lager it smells of.
T - Really not loving this I am one of the few that like my fruit beers to taste of fruit and not beer. Very little strawberry flavor or tartness just a touch of sweet malts and no hops. If anything I am grateful it doesn't taste like corn.
M - Light to medium, leading toward refreshing. OK summer brew.

Overall it goes out to accomplish what its brewed as a lager with strawberry flavors. This is why I can't rate it too low since it excels in both balance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 05:08:30 | More by DrDemento456
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Tone

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh strawberries, pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, strawberries, slight sweet malt, sight wheat, hint of hops, and a hint of metallic flavor. Overall, better strawberry aroma than flavor. Good feel and blend, but the body is slightly lessened by the metallic flavor in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 12:50:53 | More by Tone
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy, light golden amber with a fine two finger head and lacing. Aroma of strawberries with a hint of sweet malt. Flavor is mildly sweet strawberry, light biscuit malt and light grassy hops transitioning quickly to drier lightly strawberry, slightly astringent grassy hop finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Both the strawberry and malt seem rather subdued, with a a bit of an abrupt, dry finish. Different and drinkable, but not intense enough flavors to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:24:03 | More by LiquidAmber
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Strawberries & grassyness

T: Strawberry tartness, grassyness & lemons up front. Green apple, dryness & tart strawberries as this warms. Finishes slightly tart with green apple & strawberry, plus dryness

MF: Light/medium body with fairly firm carbonation

Better than I thought it would be, but after a couple I would grow tired of this, just not in my wheelhouse

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:01:08 | More by russpowell
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of strawberry jam. Taste has some strawberry to it, but not overpowering, still has lager flavors as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer and a pretty good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:23:50 | More by tone77
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drink by August 2013. Poured into a 20oz shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, somewhat chunky amber color. Gigantic, fistful of head due to the aggressive pour... eventually falls to about three, and finally half. Head is pillowy, and the lacing is great. One of the best lagers I've seen.

Smell: Definitely strawberries in there, with a spicy hop note to make things a bit more interesting. Not much depth, but certainly pleasant.

Taste/feel: Definite lawn-mower type beer like the brewer intended it to be. Starts and finishes smooth with a slightly thicker than water consistency. There's a lot of strawberry in this beer, for sure, but it's a mild beer overall. There malts and trace of hops balance it all out pretty well. Virtually no bitterness to speak of.

A respectable beer. I do find it to be a bit light, but then again, that's what this beer's purpose is. A sexy looking beer with a pleasant aroma and flavor. The strawberry flavor lingers, and I enjoy it, as it doesn't taste artificial. Not a great beer by any means, but a tasty one... the ladies and BMC drinkers alike would enjoy sipping on this one, I think. A very good starter's beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 01:38:33 | More by Alextricity
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Man, the nose on this beer smells like my sister's Strawberry Shortcake doll when she was a kid, or something. Pretty powerful and all up in your nose, until the beer sits for a few minutes and it has toned down. Honestly makes me apprehensive about drinking it. And apparently, rightfully so. Way pungent and strong strawberry tones. Smacks me in my mouth and, ouch, I do not like. No real balance. At least until it sits for a bit, and like the nose, calms down. The whole thing seems to harken back to the days of fruit beers that purely focused on a fruit being a beer, and leaving it at that. This is consistent and thorough, but just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 02:57:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SMELL: Fresh, ripe strawberries. A bit of bready malt almost peaks through the candy sugar sweet strawberry aromatics.

TASTE: Strawberry jam, bready malts. Strawberry juice and fruit snacks come to mind instantly. A faint leafy bitterness, paired with a faint buttery toffee note. The fruity strawberry note is predominant.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, with a bit of tart strawberry in a sweeter finish.

OVERALL: For a strawberry lager, it doesn't get much better. Not everyone's cup of tea, but tasty for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:51:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with a decent sized white head, bubbles fade at a slightly quick rate and leave no lacing on the glass, surprisingly there are some floaties in the beer for what I would have expected to clear.

Smell is quite distinctively strawberry, quite the sweet fruit aroma, slight sweet malt backing, no hop presence that I can distinguish behind the strawberry.

Taste starts right out with the strawberry sweetness and finishes with it too, for as sweet as it is it isn't cloying although quite artificial, carbonation is nice and high which gives it more refreshing-ness than it deserves.

Overall, not a bad lawnmower beer and considering I'm drinking this on a day that has hit the low 90's, I'd rather be drinking this than the barleywine I have in my fridge (at least until I get the AC installed).

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:13:12 | More by deltatauhobbit
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong strawberry nose, flavor is tart strawberry. $8.99 for a mixed 6-pak from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:38:47 | More by jdhilt
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow with a small white head with good retention, spotty lace.

S: Strawberry Crush, it is nostalgic and a bit odd to smell in a beer, but fun.

T: Strawberry soda initially, but then the lager comes in, and it's just a strange transition. The flavours are nice enough, but they never gel.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, a little cloying, refreshing to a degree.

O: A fun little summer experiment, it is artificial, but enjoyable for a single purchase to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:58:31 | More by Halcyondays
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed cloudy gold in color, with a moderate cap of white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant strawberry essence
Taste-Pale malt, strawberries. Crisp, faintly sweet with citrus undertones. A nice, easy drinking, crisp, summertime quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 21:02:49 | More by hosehead83
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LongShot Strawberry Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.