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

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 49
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-31-2013)
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Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -10.4%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
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.

Samp01, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.4%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

malfunxion, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -3%

nebula1999, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
3.25/5  rDev -3%

gonzo000, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Vogt52, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of TheBeerDad
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

TheBeerDad, May 31, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Jadjunk, May 25, 2014
Photo of Mark88
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Mark88, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -3%

BeerLover99, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of chefhatt
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

chefhatt, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

NonicPanic, Dec 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

h4ger, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

soonerlight, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Pencible, Oct 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of c1377
4.24/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

c1377, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

mvanaskie13, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Yoda22, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Dicers, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Kcman91
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Kcman91, Sep 07, 2013
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LongShot Beer Flower Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.