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LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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'.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
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.


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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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