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
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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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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 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 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 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 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
3.36/5.00

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 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.

Photo of Mitchster
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased as part of the miexed 6-pack. No specs per the website or bottle other than this is a wheat ale brewed with hibiscus flowers and is 5.8% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale golden forming a tall poofy off white head with very good retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is on a very non-descript standard american wheat. No phenols, no DMS, no grain or hop aromas...just kinda a beer "smell" with hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is really not that brisk, more smooth with a medium body. The taste is rather non-descript as well, one thinks "beer" and "fruit" and "grain" but that is about it. Subtle vanilla presence. Slight yeast bite. Very mild to non-existent bitterness. I've had hibiscus and this doesn't really taste like it to me. The finish is kinda blah and leaves a slick coating on the tongue...peculiar.

Rather boring and bland. I wouldn't choose to buy this again. This years longshot was a complete dud compared to prior years.

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 Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades fast at first to leave a persistent smell white head that fades over a time period of ~ 5 min to leave a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and flowery. There are aromas of a more melon nature with big honeydew smell. Along with this aromas are some other light sweet smells of a caramel and honey nature. The floral nature is of a hibiscus and slightly hay like nature, producing and overall rather sweet and floral smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and honey sweet flavor. As the taste advances more and more floral flavors come to the tongue. The flora flavors are largely of a hibiscus nature, but contain some other nondescript light floral and grassy flavors (jasmine maybe) as well. Some caramel sweetness as well as some banana and bread come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. The hibiscus gets quite potent more toward the end, combining with some lighter fruit and yeasty flavors to leave a sweet and floral flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess as well as in terms of its carbonation. Both are rather appropriate for balancing the more easy drinking nature with the sweet and floral flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather hibiscus and sweet flavored brew. A bit on the different side and rather tasty for its style. Well worth a try if you are feeling like something a little of the different and flowery side.

Photo of nickfl
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head disappears quickly and leaves little lace. An aroma of sweet malt and floral notes. Lots of hybiscus up front in the flavor with notes of caramel and toasty malt in the middle. Finishes with more hybiscus and a touch of banana lurking in the background. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish. Not bad, the hybiscus seems like a gererally positive addition to the base beer,methought it doesn't allow much wheat beer character to shine through.

Photo of json83
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

174 calories per bottle with 5.8% ABV. Has the smooth taste of the wheat beer that settles with a light flower taste. It settles in your mouth very well. It's well made but the flower combination wouldn't make this a top pick for me. I don't regret buying it and would have again if see, it's not one I would go out of my way for though - I think I'm just not a big fan of the style.

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 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 RblWthACoz
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I held on to this one for a while before trying it. Maybe because I just love American wheat ales oh so much.

This is a mild wheat beer. It's consistent, sure. Nothing much interesting going on with it. It's kind of just "there" with not much going on. Eh. Could have done without it really. Nice enough to try though.

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 superspak
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, hibiscus, wheat, bread, honey, grass, herbal, light pepper, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance between malt and floral notes; with solid strength. Taste of big hibiscus, pear, lemon, apple, wheat, bread, honey, herbal, light clove, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, hibiscus, wheat, bread, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance of fruity notes with hibiscus and bready malt; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid wheat ale. Good balance of malt and hibiscus flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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 jjanega08
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sept notched on the side of the bottle

A= Pours a nice golden amber color with a thick two fingers of head on it that rises and falls rather slowly with nice steady lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell has a sort of sugary sweet hibiscus smell to it. I've had hibiscus and I've had hibiscus in a syrup and this smells like the latter. A bit of wheat comes through as well.

T= The taste is still dominated by the sugary sweet hibiscus flower with a light wheat coming from behind it.

M= A nice amount of carbonation.

O= This is a solid beer. I actually liked it quite a bit. The hibiscus is weird and a little fake tasting but it's good still. If you've had hibiscus preserved in syrup this is probably something that is nostalgic for you.

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 StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle to SN IPA glass

A -Pours a hazy amber/orange with a finger of white foam. Good retention with speckled lacing.

S - Sweet wheat malt, grainy and bready, honey sweetness, floral and grassy hops.

T - Starts off with grainy backed wheat, grassy hops, lemons, some chalkiness in the middle, doughy bread, light bitterness. Finishes clean with hints of lactic lemon tartness.

M - Soft and creamy carbonation, medium feel, clean finish.

A basic wheat with some light tartness. Sweet and chalky in the middle but cleans up on the finish. Drinks good.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight floral hibiscus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and fruity flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a mild floral smell and fairly refreshing but subdued flavors.

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of milled grain. Taste begins with some fresh flower flavor, then a syrupy grainy middle, and a dry tart finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an interesting tasting beer, though not something I would probably buy again.

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.

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