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LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.2%

nmann08, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
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'.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Knapp85, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

TMoney2591, May 04, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zeff80, May 10, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 30, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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

russpowell, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

drabmuh, May 19, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

mactrail, May 05, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -11.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Halcyondays, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Gavage, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

oriolesfan4, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, May 03, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have had this and its two companions sitting in my reefer for over a year! It just seemed like they would get shunted to the side in favor of CANs or any other bright, shiny objects that came into my view. I have now dedicated myself to eradicating the backlog of bottles in my life and these suddenly came due.

From the bottle: "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."

Employing a gentle pour, I got a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of strawberries and cereal, grainy, lightly malty. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was slightly tangy, undoubtedly a by-product of the strawberries. It was light, crisp, clean and the strawberry flavors did not overwhelm the light flavors of the lager. Strawberry is one of those tastes that is hit-or-miss, unlike raspberry, where you can simply expect a tartness each and every time. In this instance, it was pleasant. Finish was semi-dry, but I was getting neither the toffee nor the citrus notes mentioned on the neck label. Congratulations, Dave, but I would not want more than one of these.

woodychandler, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

superspak, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, May 04, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

LXIXME, Apr 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

rab53, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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LongShot Strawberry Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.