LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 149
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bobhits
1.09/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow...I can smell the strawberry aroma the second the cap comes off....over done anyone?

Pours like a golden lager.

Strawberry....sugar. Nothing else.

All I can taste is strawberry until there's a weird sorta beer like finish.

Light kinda drinkable if you ignore the flavor.

Drain pour. This is awful, terrible. (316 characters)

Photo of millertime416
2.17/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Sorry but this beer is a joke. Obviously sam adams dropped a good deal of artificial strawberry flavoring into a mediocre wheat beer or pale lager. The label says that it was brewed with fresh strawberries and, while it smells as such, there is not even the slightest hue of red. I'm not kidding, if you took one strawberry and dropped it in a 5 gallon carboy you would get 10 times the "reddish" color of this brew

A: Looks like your typical wheat ale, yellow with a slight orange hue. Very little carbonation and a decent amount of sediment.

S: Strawberry fields forever...

T: Like a strawberry...with some bitterness. Too much bitterness, the strawberry craves for some tartness.

M: Thinish

O: Fake, very fake. Very drinkable but not enjoyable. I mean I knew Sam Adams couldn't afford to brew a mass produced fruit beer, but this is way too fake. I wish they could have respected the home brewer enough to say "we can't afford to brew your recipe in large quantities."

...strawberry fields forever (1,006 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A Beatles song comes to mind here..."Yellow Submarine"...I don't know why... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of white foam. A middling school of floaties swims about with a synchronization I can only describe as post-modern. The nose comprises slightly plastic-y strawberries and some light sweet biscuit (which seems to have dried out overnight). The taste holds notes of watered-down artificial strawberry and sweet biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, another example illustrating the apparent fact that brewing a quality fruit beer ain't easy. (668 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strawberries, very light malts, some lager yeast and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong strawberry sweetness. Then some mild breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a very thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and doesn’t bring much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, even if you’re looking for a fruit beer there are better choices than this one. (815 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of the mixed 6 pack. 12oz bottle. 5.5% ABV. Pours out to a clear, spritzy light golden, forming a tall poofy off white head with superior retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The aroma is strawberry at an arm's length, but when the nose is put in the glass one gets subtle wheat and hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied and spritzy. The taste is a recap of the aroma with lots of strawberries, a subtle tartness, very mild and very non-descript metallic bitterness, a metallic note in the finish and fake strawberry flavor (like Frankenberry cereal) in the aftertaste. Easy to drink, but I really wouldn't want more than 1 or 2 of these. The combination of the strawberries, tartness and aftertaste starts to taste like strawberry daquiri spit-up. (801 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot Pack - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Golden body that would've been clean save for the chunky cloud of floaters.

Smell: Strawberries, to no one's surprise, smelling rather sweetish with a definite candy quality about it. Minor influences of the malt.

Taste: Sweet, candyish strawberry flavoring through and through with just the quickest, littlest hints underneath of malt and, maybe, yeast to remind you there's a beer present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium carbonation.

Overall: Maybe shame on me for saying this, but, this is one of those 'for the ladies' brews. Actually, let me revise that: it's 'one for the ladies and Dave Andersons'. (728 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow with a thin white head.

The smell was fresh strawberries and nothing else.

The flavor is pretty much light strawberry with not much in the way of beer flavor. The strawberry flavor isn't bad, it tastes fairly authentic and isn't overly sweet, but still dominates the beer completely.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and fizzy.

If you love strawberries this is for you, if you want beer get something else. (443 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head, slowly fading with some light lacing. Aroma is strawberry, some light biscuit malt and grains. Taste same as aroma, mostly biscuit malt and grains with light bitter tones. A light body, crisp with good carbonation. There are some light notes of strawberry flavor on the end. Could use a bit more strawberry but still a good refreshing summer brew. (401 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Strawberry Lager from this years LongShot Series last week for $1,89 at The Lager Mill. I'm working my way though this years LongShot Series and this was the next one that I randomly grabbed, I have yet to have a Strawberry Lager that I liked, so let's see if this one can win me over. Notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got the typical LongShot label with a drawing of the winner with their name on it. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down a thing ring that left some nice lacing behind. This was a nice looking Lager, but it was just a little hazy for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by tons of strawberrys being the first to show up, at first I get a big strawberry preserve like aroma that develops into a strawberry hard candy like aroma, Up next comes a light citrus aroma with some creamy and bready malt aromas. The aroma was average, but I thought the lack of balance with the sweet and pungent strawberry aromas really hurt the aroma of this beer, the strawberry was too intense.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma but much lighter and balanced, it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some grainy, sweet malt, and bread flavors that make for a typical Lager base. The strawberry flavors are just about at the right level and aren't too overpowering and they don't taste artificial. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a slight bit of tartness instead with a grain, sweet malts, and strawberry like aftertaste. The taste was Ok, it was better and more balanced than the aroma.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it seemed to be fairly true to style.

Overall I wasn't really into this beer and I thought it was an average example of the style, it wasn't the worst Strawberry beer I've had, but it didn't win me over either. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the flavors didn't do the best job at holding my attention, so I think one would be enough for me, I don't feel the need to have another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it worked nicely with this beer and it was fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, the strawberrys were just way too dominant for my liking and it made the aroma really unbalanced. All in all this beer was ok, but it just wasn't for me and it hasn't broken the trend of disappointing strawberry beers for me. I would say this beer was pretty similar to Abita's Strawberry Lager and I think they are just about on the same Level. This was my second beer from this years LongShot series and another one that I just wasn't into, I hope this last one is pretty good because because so far I'm not a fan of this years LongShot Series. (3,100 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of strawberry candy and a light sweet malt somewhere back there. The flavor is sweet berries of straw with a light lager beneath it. Little to no hop aroma or flavor. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. Kind of one dimensional, reminded me of a wine cooler at times, but I've had worse. (432 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty big white head settles into a small biscuity mound above a clear bright golden colored beer that is filled with little suspended particles.

Floral strawberry aroma with a slight bit of grain malts sneaking in there. As this beer sits some the aroma seems to lessen.

A light strawberry kool-aid taste is shared with a light inert grain maltiness.

A dryish aftertaste that holds a little bit of the strawberry taste with it on this light bodied beer.

Not bad if you like strawberries, but I think Sea Dog does this better. (531 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a billowing white head. Very aggressive carbonation.

Smell: A lot of strawberry up front along with some lightly toasted bready notes and a hint of spicy hops. This could smell very refreshing, but the strawberry seems a bit artificial to me and I'm having trouble getting past that.

Taste: The malt bill comes through a little more here, with bready malt, toasted biscuit notes, and a very mild caramel sweetness. Strawberry is still prominent, but not as prominent as in the nose (and thankfully it doesn't come off as quite as artificial here either). Ultimately there really isn't a whole lot going on flavor-wise in this one, but it's very refreshing, and the strawberry adds a unique touch.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth with a high carbonation level. I'm also getting a faint acidity, which I'm liking quite a bit.

Overall: Certainly a refreshing beer, but there really isn't anything keeping my interest. I don't see myself purchasing this again. (1,071 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a straw color ridden with chunky yeast particles. The head is a two finger white shade. It's nicely creamy and retains acceptably. TONS of lacing on the glass, too. But still...the body's a mess.

S: The strawberry notes come through strongly at first. When allowed to open up, slight (balanced) diacetyl and noble hopping comes through, as well. The first few whiffs, though, were ridiculously sweet - almost like it was a strawberry soda instead of a beer.

T: It's got a little more balance than I expected. The first part is where the fruit qualities reside; after that, it morphs into a pre-pro pilsner, displaying notes of noble hops, biscuity malt/yeast, and mild adjunct. Some strawberry sweetness returns in the finish, a bit excessively at times. Nonetheless a successful warm weather refresher, nor does it strike me as being disgustingly artificial.

M: Not as dry as I like my lagers, but it's a fruit beer. It could be a bit less cloying on the back end at least. Still, I like its drinkability. Completely under-carbonated, though.

O: On occasion, I'm a sucker for a good lager. And also on occasion, I'm a sucker for a good fruit beer. This fulfills both quotas reasonably well. At the end of the day, it's rock-solid mindless refreshment, no more, no less. (1,316 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a slight blanket of foam on the surface. Pretty nice beer ring lacing.

S: Strawberry is very prominent, also some light grain.

T: Sourdough bread, and a little strawberry soda.

M: Light body, has a very soda water-y character to it. Feels very carbonated. Kind of an off-putting, bitter, out-of-place aftertaste.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere fair enough. Dark golden hue, decent foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is strawberry and grain...nothing else. Sourdough bread and strawberry soda, with a synthetic, steely, bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (720 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed gold color with a modest white head. Little floaties abound detracts from the appearance, big time.

Nose is huge strawberry soda aromas, no way this is all from natural strawberry editions.

Taste is too strawberry soda-esque...and the malt not as light, crisp and grainy as it probably should be. I dont know, its not as refreshing as I thought and the strawberry flavors are artificial tasting. I was hoping it would similar to Abita's Strawberry Harvest....not so much. (509 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a golden honey color with almost 2 fingers of a slightly off white frothy head. Body is hazy with quite a bit of suspended sediment floating in the glass. Left some patch lacing.

Smell: Sweet strawberry aroma dominates the nose. It blurs the line between artificial and natural smelling strawberries. Underneath that there's some light cracker malt, and floral notes. Not complex at all, but still pleasant.

Taste: Light sweetness upfront which carries through to the finish. Again, are the dominant flavor. There's some slight graininess and a hint of grassy hops from base beer, but they're overpowered by the berry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Slight lingering artificial berry aftertaste.

Overall: Slightly better than most fruited lagers or wheat beers out there, but still nothing memorable. I enjoyed this and the other bottle in the Longshot 6 pack, but can't see myself wanting to go out and get it again. (978 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold, not much pink or reddish hues, head is 1/2" thick and light tan, dissipating to a thin top.

Smell is strawberry forward, hard to decipher if it is a syrupy scent as their is decent tartness noted.

Taste is crisp, strawberry fruitiness, tart flavors with a solid toasted malt flavor following. Subtle malt flavors are noted but not sweet - good interesting balance to the stronger strawberry.

Mouthfeel is drying, overall medium with solid lager carbonation.

Overall, interesting brew, too fruity for my taste but decent malt flavors. (583 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: unfiltered honey body, 1 finger white head,
nice lacing

S: fresh strawberries, light earthy grain

T: same as nose, mild grassy veg finish

M: light/med body, dry/crisp mouth

O: Surprised me; still prefer strawberry ale/lambics
but this is quite nice.

GOOD; GIVE IT A TRY! (279 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with plenty of tiny yeast particles suspended. The white head is short with tight bubbles, leaves a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is all strawberry. It seems natural, nice overripe berry. Not much else there.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Big overripe strawberry flavor. I can pick up a solid bready flavor from the malt. Light lemon gives the beer a drying character in the finish.

The feel is moderate, thicker than expected. Sweet on the palate but finishes dry. Not very clean or crisp for a lager.

Overall a decent fruit beer. I like the strawberry flavor. The base beer seems to be a tad thick. (649 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a sediment ridden golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that gently settles down to a thin cap

S: Lots of strawberry up front, along with a light citrus fruitiness and malts

T: Starts off with a blast of strawberries followed up by a light maltiness. Get some citrus as well, but it is well overpowered by the strawberries. Very clean and surprisingly not too artificial

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice little summer fruit beer that is definitely refreshing, but a little one-dimensional. Recommended for those who enjoy fruity beers and strawberries (601 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a hint of pink and a frothy one inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, levine spotty lacing.

Grain and strawberries form the initial aroma. Seems fairly sweet, honey-like.

Flavor is grainy and citrusy, with a fairly crisp finish, and strawberry emerges in the aftertaste. Lemon and orange complement the strawberry flavor nicely. The malt backbone is slightly bready.

Body is slightly watery, with carbonation on the high aside, providing a sense of refreshment.

Very clean, refreshing beer. Strawberry doesn't totally overwhelm. It's a bit sweet, but it's a strawberry lager... (613 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled tonight (9/16/13) and chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Pours a darker gold in color with a small 1-finger white fizzy head. Some lacing was seen when sipped. The smell of fresh strawberries is straight forward when poured and with some grain. Very nice aroma. The taste is of course the same with a slight bitter finish. Carbonation was above average hence the streaming bubbles seen rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. Overall, it wasn't bad. (475 characters)

Photo of oi_scout_jessie
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This poured a light orange color and looked cloudy. Mostly due to the sediment that was floating around from the ingredients. It had a really thin white head, and the lacing was even thinner. The lacing did stick around though.

Smell: This had a really sweet and fruity smell to it. And I could definitely sense the strawberry smell.

Taste: It was a very refreshing beer, especially on a hot day like this. It had a good strawberry taste to it and was also very tarty.

Mouthfeel: It had nice, crisp carbonation, and a light body.

Overall: Let me start off by saying that this was my first ‘Fruit Beer.’ So I have nothing to compare this to. But, as it stands, it was a good beer. A real smooth and thirst-quenching brew. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I feel that they used mostly artificial flavoring to give it that strawberry taste. As for the aftermath, it left a tarty aftertaste. (929 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Dave wanted to create a refreshing summertime beer, something that he could enjoy after a round of golf on a hot day. This lager has a bright and fresh strawberry character balanced with toffee and citrus notes." Brewed in the style of a fruit lager. This is one of the Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2012 winners, released amongst 2 other beers in the variety 6 pack. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, foamy pastel white head over a pale amber body. Clarity is impeded by flecked pulpy sediment and a moderate haze. Carbonation is plentiful and energetic. Retention is above average and lacing is light and streaked. 3.5

(Smell) Very syrupy strawberry pulp body with a moderate tartness in tow, akin to strawberry fruit snacks. Very clean but very sweet. Potency is high. 3.25

(Taste) Sugary sweet strawberry fruit snack sweetness, a balancing tartness over a very clean pale and caramel malt body. Enjoyable but perhaps a bit strong on the strawberry angle for some, although I appreciate the balance of tart strawberry character that makes the collective strawberry less artificial tasting, it comes off almost like a mild Berliner Weisse with strawberry syrup added. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, soft, smooth. Carbonation generates a softer, fluffier texture for a clean, yet filling mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is sweet over tart. Alcohol presence is low and there are few off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Pretty heavy on the strawberry. This would certainly find approval in the macro market and some craft beer drinkers may appreciate this as well, for although it is quite a sweet beer, it manages to present the underripe, tart aspects of strawberries for a better balance and improved drinkability. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2012: Strawberry Lager
/5.00 (1,970 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (282 characters)

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LongShot Strawberry Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.