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LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 151
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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 Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


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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 boilermakerbrew
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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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 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 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 emyers
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of json83
4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

165 calories per bottle with 5.5% ABV. The strawberry sent is strong and the taste is definite. The aftertaste is a bit off with the strawberry taste not settling in compliment with the style - there is a minor bitter taste not working well with the strong strawberry. I was glad I tried but would not consider this a favorite. I could probably drink two before felling the desire for something else to help settle.

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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 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 StaveHooks
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a honey golden color with an off-white milky cap. Good retention and lacing.

S - Strawberry candy aroma, strawberry wafers, fruit roll up, light grainy malts underneath,

T - Follows the nose with strawberry hard candy, sweet but not cloying, some grassy hops adds a light bitterness and there's some tartness as well. Pale malts, are light and crisp. Finishes slightly tart with some faint astringency.

M - Light and somewhat creamy, good amount of stingy carbonation, light bodied.

Judging from the name I didn't have high hopes, but this is better than I expected. This is more of a candy strawberry flavored brew.The candy fruit flavor is nice and not totally artificial. A descent summer brew.

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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 bmwats
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 Cavanaghty
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Amber with a haze and some debris. Thin white head with medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops and strawberries.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Taste of hops and malts with some light strawberry flavoring.

Overall: Good brew. Very refreshing, I would have this one again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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).

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