LongShot Strawberry Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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 BEERMILER12
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SerialTicker
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drink by August 2013. Poured into a 20oz shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, somewhat chunky amber color. Gigantic, fistful of head due to the aggressive pour... eventually falls to about three, and finally half. Head is pillowy, and the lacing is great. One of the best lagers I've seen.

Smell: Definitely strawberries in there, with a spicy hop note to make things a bit more interesting. Not much depth, but certainly pleasant.

Taste/feel: Definite lawn-mower type beer like the brewer intended it to be. Starts and finishes smooth with a slightly thicker than water consistency. There's a lot of strawberry in this beer, for sure, but it's a mild beer overall. There malts and trace of hops balance it all out pretty well. Virtually no bitterness to speak of.

A respectable beer. I do find it to be a bit light, but then again, that's what this beer's purpose is. A sexy looking beer with a pleasant aroma and flavor. The strawberry flavor lingers, and I enjoy it, as it doesn't taste artificial. Not a great beer by any means, but a tasty one... the ladies and BMC drinkers alike would enjoy sipping on this one, I think. A very good starter's beer.

Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

Photo of bobhits
1.09/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow...I can smell the strawberry aroma the second the cap comes off....over done anyone?

Pours like a golden lager.

Strawberry....sugar. Nothing else.

All I can taste is strawberry until there's a weird sorta beer like finish.

Light kinda drinkable if you ignore the flavor.

Drain pour. This is awful, terrible.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly, leaving a small layer on top. Some small particles floating around the glass.

S- straight up strawberry. Reminiscent of a strawberry daiquiri, strawberry pie and strawberry purée. A little bit of a pie-crust-like malty sweetness. Smells just as a strawberry lager should.

T- sweet malty notes blends with strawberry flavors that turns slightly astringent mid-palate, the finish is dry with a tart strawberry flavor in the linger.

M- light body with medium carbonation, somewhat foamy mouthfeel with a slick finish

O- pretty refreshing beer for a hot day. Nothing extreme but its just what you would expect a strawberry liger to taste like. The tart notes of strawberry leave you wanting another sip, this one went down quite easily

Photo of jjanega08
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottleneck reads

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A= Pours a very light yellow color with a lot of floaties throughout the beer. The head is a small white color with some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is strong of strawberries. Quite nice and refreshing to be honest. It smells like a bag of those freeze dried strawberries freshly opened. The lager smell comes through but there isn't anything interesting going on there.

T= The taste is a bit more subdued in the strawberry flavor but it comes through. It actually tastes like they used those freeze dried strawberries just because the sort of waxy chalky taste that comes through it. It's not bad but it isn't the totally fresh bright strawberries I got from the nose. Again it has the basic lager taste but it isn't really interesting so I'll save myself from painfully finding new ways to describe the flavor of "beer".

M= A nice mouth but I think a little more bright carbonation would be fun.

O= This isn't a bad beer by any means. In fact if this were avalible regularly I could see myself reaching for it early summer. As far an mind blowing or living up to my high expectations it seems little less exciting. A strawberry lager is what it's called and a strawberry lager is what it is.

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of oi_scout_jessie
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This poured a light orange color and looked cloudy. Mostly due to the sediment that was floating around from the ingredients. It had a really thin white head, and the lacing was even thinner. The lacing did stick around though.

Smell: This had a really sweet and fruity smell to it. And I could definitely sense the strawberry smell.

Taste: It was a very refreshing beer, especially on a hot day like this. It had a good strawberry taste to it and was also very tarty.

Mouthfeel: It had nice, crisp carbonation, and a light body.

Overall: Let me start off by saying that this was my first ‘Fruit Beer.’ So I have nothing to compare this to. But, as it stands, it was a good beer. A real smooth and thirst-quenching brew. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I feel that they used mostly artificial flavoring to give it that strawberry taste. As for the aftermath, it left a tarty aftertaste.

Photo of Jonada
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a golden honey color with almost 2 fingers of a slightly off white frothy head. Body is hazy with quite a bit of suspended sediment floating in the glass. Left some patch lacing.

Smell: Sweet strawberry aroma dominates the nose. It blurs the line between artificial and natural smelling strawberries. Underneath that there's some light cracker malt, and floral notes. Not complex at all, but still pleasant.

Taste: Light sweetness upfront which carries through to the finish. Again, are the dominant flavor. There's some slight graininess and a hint of grassy hops from base beer, but they're overpowered by the berry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Slight lingering artificial berry aftertaste.

Overall: Slightly better than most fruited lagers or wheat beers out there, but still nothing memorable. I enjoyed this and the other bottle in the Longshot 6 pack, but can't see myself wanting to go out and get it again.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, orangish yellow. Head remains a thin lace. Quite a bit of sediment floating around.
Smell: Exactly like a strawberry Fruit Rollup.
Taste: Tart citrus and strawberry. Maybe a hint of banana.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated.

This would have been difficult to place as a lager in a blind taste test. However, the smell brought me back to childhood with the unmistakable tart, dried strawberry whiffs in Fruit Rollups. The taste is tart, and the aftertaste more so. It is predominately strawberry mixed with some citrus, and maybe the slightest touch of banana. There is so much sediment rolling around in the drink, and I find that quite inviting. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I would definitely drink it again. This is a very good, hot day treat. I'm not a fruit beer guy at all, but I really liked this, and really like the fact it was a homebrew. Congrats to the homebrewer.

Photo of hosehead83
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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'.

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of millertime416
2.17/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Sorry but this beer is a joke. Obviously sam adams dropped a good deal of artificial strawberry flavoring into a mediocre wheat beer or pale lager. The label says that it was brewed with fresh strawberries and, while it smells as such, there is not even the slightest hue of red. I'm not kidding, if you took one strawberry and dropped it in a 5 gallon carboy you would get 10 times the "reddish" color of this brew

A: Looks like your typical wheat ale, yellow with a slight orange hue. Very little carbonation and a decent amount of sediment.

S: Strawberry fields forever...

T: Like a strawberry...with some bitterness. Too much bitterness, the strawberry craves for some tartness.

M: Thinish

O: Fake, very fake. Very drinkable but not enjoyable. I mean I knew Sam Adams couldn't afford to brew a mass produced fruit beer, but this is way too fake. I wish they could have respected the home brewer enough to say "we can't afford to brew your recipe in large quantities."

...strawberry fields forever

Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

4/3.75/3.5/4/3.75

LongShot Strawberry Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.