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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.

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 51
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Photo of Cavanaghty
1.76/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color. This white head with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell was mild, mostly pine and floral notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was grassy with odd floral and earthy flavors.

Overall: This was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted! The flavor was not well balanced at all, the earthy flavors were not pleasant at all. Sorry, but I cannot imagine how this one got through as a winner to be bottled. Maybe it's just me and my taste, but I will not waste my money again on this one.

Photo of LXIXME
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium sized slightly off white head settles above clear honey yellow colored beer.

Light aroma of wheat malts and something else, i guess it's the hibiscus flower.

The taste of this beer is on the lighter side with some of the wheat malt and hibiscus sharing the spotlight.

A light almost dryish aftertaste without much of the beers taste hanging around with this lighter bodied wheat.

A lighter tasting beer that didn't really scream "drink another" to me.

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of Sep 13

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & minimal lacing

S: Light cereal notes & a touch of apple peel

T: Cooked cereal & a touch of spelt , golden delicious apples, a touch of boozeyness up front along with dryness & pears . Pears & some hibiscus as this warms, then a bit of honey crisp apple. Finishes fruitty, slightly crisp & a bit of lemon zest breaking through at the end

MF: Slight carbonation, grainyness & light body

Drinks okay, not a great wheat beer but I could do a few when it's hot, despite a little booze bite up front

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 Treyliff
2.67/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a golden amber color with a nice thick and creamy white head, good retention leaves a few patches of lace behind

S- clean grain with some floral notes infused, not much else going on

T- strong malt profile up front with a tartness from the wheat, the hibiscus adds a light fruity aspect. Mid-palate transitions into sweet and syrupy that seems to overtake all of the floral notes. The sweetness lasts into the finish, continuing to mask the floral flavors

M- medium body with a creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth-yet-syrupy mouthfeel

O- for this to be a summer beer, it was just to sweet and sticky for me. It was still somewhat easy to drink but the longer I drank it, the more it started to taste like a mixed cocktail. The delicate floral flavors were just masked for the most part

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 JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed dark golden.. the head rises quickly and dies just as fast... a light cap allows for spotty lacing.

Nose has plenty of hibiscus present... the wheat beer base is also well represented.

Plenty of wheat again on the palate... the hibiscus is tart and accentuated by the residual maltiness...

Body is a touch thicker than I would have expected, but it is appreciated... Light medium with a good small bubble carbonation.

Decent beer... Not sure that I would ever buy it in a 6-pack, but the hibiscus works well as an educational tool.

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light wheat, minerally cloves, faintly floral. Flavor is light wheat with a mildly sweet bready malt and yeast. Finishes lightly floral with a bit more dry wheat ale flavor. The sweet malt was reminiscent of light lagers more than wheat ales. Light bodied, but pleasant carbonation. Pleasant combination of flavors, but too mildly flavored to be inspirational. The faint floral characteristics were nice and suggest that this could have been remarkable if the brewer would pull out the stops a bit more.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with faint hints of hibiscus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of hibiscus are a bit stronger and there is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but I didn't find the smell or taste to be overly interesting, although the addition of hibiscus prevented the taste from being bland.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color, large white head that fades quickly at first but slows down and leaves a lasting cap on top, no lacing though, would have expected at least some haze to this.

Smell has an interesting aroma, picking up sweet malt along with a large flowery presence, touches of light fruit like strawberry seem to be mixed in.

Taste is not as strong as the aroma was, no aspect really overwhelms the other, the hibiscus flower presence is fairly mute with the flavors, sweet malt is the primary aspect, hops aren't really here either, carbonation is medium high with a decent creaminess.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a hazed, dark gold color with a large fluffy cap of white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty decent.

Nose is sweet malt, snappy wheat and definitely some sort of floral hibiscus thing going on...not really like a hibiscus blossom, but more of a sweet/tart fruitiness.

Taste is pretty big on the floral fruitiness actually. I dont think it works overly well on this beer though...the malts are too dense and rich - honey-esque, leaving the crisp, clean wheat flavors I so love in an APWA in the dust. Mouthfeel is too cloying. Not drain pour bad, but not worth revisiting either.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Beer Flower Wheat from this years LongShot series last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. So far I haven't been impressed with this years LongShot winners, so I hope this one turns out to be the best of series, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an Weizen glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got the typical LongShot series label with a drawing of the winner with their name on it, I'm not a big fan of the name of this beer. It poured a hazy golden color that took on a dark orange hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty average looking beer, it wasn't bad looking, but it wasn't great looking either.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some wheaty and grainy malts that are a just a little bready. Up next comes a floral aroma that starts off earthy then goes to a nice floral hoppy aroma with a lighter amount of citrus and spice towards the end. The aroma was ok, it wasn't the greatest but it was unique.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter. It starts off with some wheat, grains and bready malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light earthy flavor follow by a nice floral taste. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a stale malt, grainy and bready aftertaste, It tasted Ok, but I found it to be pretty average and I wasn't into it.

M- Smooth, clean, slightly crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok and it was fairly true to style.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style. It had ok drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention so one is enough for me, I wouldn't want another one. I liked the mouthfeel the most, it was nice and fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste it was a little dull and it didn't keep me coming back for more. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I just wasn't a fan of this beer just like the other two beers in this years LongShot series, it was pretty disappointing as a whole and I have a hard time believing that these were the top three beers. I really liked last years series, I don't know if it made my expectations too high for this years, but either way I wasn't digging it. I hope Samuel Adams chooses some better winners next year.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well after having the DIPA this one is far from impressive. Just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a thick lace ring atop of a pretty boring bright orange tint yellow.
S - Well it does have a bit of grassy tones which I assume is from the flowers, but in a way it comes off more lager like with little wheat on the nose.
T - Well it's different it does have some skunky tones which may be from the flowers giving it a slightly herbal bittering taste. I am stumped as where the actual wheat comes in as it provides some grainy taste but doesn't balance the flowers one bit.
M - Light and grainy, easy to drink but awkwardly bitter.

Overall wish I skipped this one, the DIPA was decent and the strawberry lager was more than I expected but this beer is a flat out fail. I don't know how they got lager tones in a wheat beer so hopefully this guy "James S" does a better job at brewing other things.

Photo of spinrsx
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and floral notes. There is also a honey/apple sweetness. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not as much hibiscus as I would have expected. Quite drinkable but pretty boring.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus fruit, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer with some flavor and substance to pound down for a while.

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 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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Clear, dark-golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Slight amounts of rising effervescence. Settles pretty slowly, but not completely. Very sparse lacing.

S: Light buttery, wheaty malt nose with a little clove.

T: Wheat, hay, a little tea leaf, and an indistinct bitterness.

M: Light but a little syrupy. Slightly sweet with a slightly bitter finish.

D: Clean and easy drinking brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, but very slight lacing. Nose is wheaty and buttery with a little spice not. Wheat and hay with a hint of tea sweetness and a steely bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | 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 TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Beer flowers sounds like the strange plants growing around the edges of breweries' foundations... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises perfume-y flowers, very light wheat, and a tiny notion of grass way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some sweet biscuit, light clove, perfume-y orange peel, and a bit more wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet, sorta/kinda rich-ish feel. Overall, a decent enough beer, but one that's just too perfume-laden for my tastes.

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 1/2" head. Light lace develops.

Smell: a very faint floral aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: the wheat is very mild here along with a pale malt. Definite floral tones dominate from the hibiscus they used, with a hint of green grape in the background. Mild bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium beer. Crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste with a bit of lingering floral tones.

Overall: this is a definite steaming hot summer day type of beer to quench a thirst. But overall it is very mild, a bit too floral, and needs some more bitterness IMHO to kick it up a notch. It is unique so I can see why this was picked.

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 Tone
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, hint of hop oil, hint of citrus, and a hint of floral aromas. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, wheat, slight hops, hint of hop oil, slight pale malt, and a hint of floral flavor. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and decent feel. The floral notes make this a session beer refreshingly sharp.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a bright copper color, with soapy white head and plenty of lacework. Clarity is decent, has a slight chill haze.

SMELL: Bready and fruity, with some big time rose petal floral notes. Wheat malt and flowers. Earthy, expressive, this longshot knocks the aroma out of the park.

TASTE: Wheat malt and very flowery, with notes of edible flowers. Malt character adds a doughy breadyness. Mild bitterness, and the hibiscus used adds a unique slightly bitter flavor. Wheat and hop flavors work well, lending a citrus presence.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, by dries out considerably in the finish. Mild cardboard taste. Dry as hell in the finish, earthy floral notes carry on.

OVERALL: A nice experimental ale, the flavor is full of character. Bone dry, kind of different, and makes for a good drink on a warm spring evening.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of sweet sugary malts with a hint of spice and a non descript floral component. The flavor is sweet and malty upfront with a bit of orange marmalade coming on strong. A spicy twang pops through for a second but is beaten back by the onslaught of malty sweetness that lingers long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. Not too bad, but like I said a bit on the sweet side of things.

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