LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.28/5 rDev -3%
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.
05-12-2013 02:37:45 | More by StoutHunter
3.39/5 rDev +0.3%
A: unfiltered honey body, 1 finger white head,
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!
01-10-2014 23:53:19 | More by BeerLover99
3.44/5 rDev +1.8%
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...
05-20-2013 01:56:48 | More by barczar
3.13/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
04-08-2013 16:50:38 | More by bashiba
3.3/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
06-18-2013 04:27:57 | More by bmwats
3.33/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-03-2013 19:13:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.46/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-28-2013 21:02:49 | More by hosehead83
3.44/5 rDev +1.8%
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
05-30-2013 02:23:03 | More by BEERMILER12
3.51/5 rDev +3.8%
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).
06-01-2013 00:13:12 | More by deltatauhobbit
LongShot Strawberry Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.