LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.59/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-25-2014 08:59:40 | More by woodychandler
3.45/5 rDev +2.1%
"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
05-25-2014 03:06:32 | More by Jadjunk
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
3.58/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-22-2013 23:23:50 | More by tone77
3.95/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
09-26-2013 22:57:06 | More by boilermakerbrew
3.43/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-16-2013 03:24:31 | More by BeerWithMike
3.79/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
09-15-2013 15:19:58 | More by stella77artois
3.39/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-03-2013 23:08:04 | More by mvanaskie13
LongShot Strawberry Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.