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LongShot Beer Flower Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 51
Photo of Gmann
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is a bit musty and fruity. Some honey notes.

The taste has a buttery flavor which is not all that pleasant. Some bitterness and floral flavors from the hibiscus. Some general fruitiness. The buttery flavor just kills this beer for me.

The feel is light almost watery and has tingly carbonation. Drinks sweet on the palate and has a light bitterness in the finish.

This is kind of a dud of a beer. The buttery flavor needs to go.

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patbrown2
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Hibiscus alone is not going to carry the day. A summer beer that still left you wanting for something a little more complex.

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange with a large lasting white head. Aroma and taste is sweet citrus, light wheat and banana notes, fruity with some floral essence and mild bitterness. A light to medium body, crisp, refreshing on the palate with light carbonation. Some sweet malt, wheat, floral essence and light fruity and mild bitterness on the end. A nicely balanced brew, refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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: "With the hoy summer months and fun gatherings in mind, James brewed a refreshing wheat [...] beer with an exotic kick. This beer is smooth and light bodied with the delicate flavors of hibiscus."

Once more, I employed a very gentle pour, but I still managed to produce a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was solid gold (SRM = 5), which of course signaled the entrance of the Unholy Trio of Croesus, Midas and Mammon. nose had a flowery, perfume-y, honey-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin with a soda pop-like fizziness. The taste was light, perfume-like in its sweetness, but fairly innocuous. Finish was semi-dry, light, spritzy, Summer-like, but for me, a big ho-hum. Sorry, James. Congratulations on your win, but I just am not a fan.

Photo of gonzo000
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of pat_usher
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of TheBeerDad
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"With the hot summer months and fun gatherings in mind, James brewed a refreshing wheat beer with an exotic kick. This beer is smooth and light bodied with the delicate flavors of hibiscus." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale with Hibiscus flowers. One of three beers produced for the 2012 Longshot American Homebrew Contest 6 pack. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foamy head of a pearl white complexion over a pale amber body with a moderate haziness. Retention is average, lacing is light and streaked. 3.25

(Smell) Clean wheat malt alongside a thin cereal grain sweetness. A mild pinch of pepper spice and honey add a touch of complexity. The hibiscus generates a mildly herbaceous, slightly vegetal bitterness to pair, otherwise there is little hop aroma or perceived bitterness. Very clean and mildly potent. 3.25

(Taste) Half lightly toasted caramel grain, half malted wheat builds a soft, yet simple body with an appropriate level of sweetness. Subtly joined with a dash of coriander, it finishes clean with a mellow sweetness and a mildly bitter herbal, tea-like finish. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, smooth, slightly fluffy. Carbonation generates a modest frothiness for a fuller body. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over spicy and herbal bitterness. Alcohol presence is very low and there are very few off-characters. 3.25

(Overall) Beer Flower Wheat is fairly simple, borderline pedestrian which can be expected of the style. The hibiscus doesn't impact the flavor much aside from generating a slightly more tea-like herbal flavor, most notable in the finish. Perhaps decent by the style, but I found it too plain to be enjoyable. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2012: Beer Flower Wheat

Photo of Mark88
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chefhatt
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this beer and it has a pale orange color body with a very small head. The smell is kinda fruity like banana. The taste has a banana flavor to it, no hops and some malt but not much, also is kinda sour. I was hoping for more floral notes. The mouthfeel is kinda watery and overall ok.

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of h4ger
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of soonerlight
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of c1377
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose is perfect, but dissapates somewhat as you get near the bottom of the glass.
The mouthfeel is velvety and almost thin.
The bittering is not overdone and does not linger.
Great for spring, summer, fall, and Christmas!

I really wish I could have purchased this in a 6pack, because this brew is worth sampling at different temperatures... It is highly drinkable... far more very refreshing than even lemonade on a hot day.
It is the only "longshot" I would purchase over and over.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to light copper, head is off white, 1/2 inch thick at first, then dissipates to a thin ring, no lacing.

Smell is light malt sweetness, some hints of bread, and maybe sour or fruity note. Hard to pinpoint the hibiscus.

Taste is pretty neutral, some very light malt flavors, not off or adjunct noted, wheat is thin, shows up more in the form of bread, hops are not strong in taste but noted in the bitterness; hibiscus may be showing as some lighter sour or fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is biting on the tongue, either overcarbonated or stronger but flavorless hops creating this sensation.

Overall, a neutral beer, i'd like a bit more wheat flavor. I understand hop flavors are most likely subdued or low for hibiscus flavoring to become apparent but I'm not finding it easily.

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LongShot Beer Flower Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.