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

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 142
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 7.21%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot Pack - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep, dark golden body with a large, white, sudsy head.

Smell: Lightly toasted wheat malt nose with a touch of sweetish toffee and a fruity-scented element from the hibiscus.

Taste: Malted wheat with a light, toasty edge to it and a slight overall breadiness. Toffee-like sweetness. The hibiscus adds an inviting, distinct fruitiness. Fairly neutral hop character with a minor bitterness. Fruity, lightly sweetish, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Though just a simple wheat ale, it was decidedly drinkable, given an interesting, agreeable twist with the inclusion of hibiscus. (761 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This pours a lovely amber color with big suds in the Affligem chalice. Champagne bubbles and lots of lacing. Not much aroma. Nice sudsy mouthfeel.

The sweeter style of American wheat beer, rather simple, and quite pleasant. Fortunately I don't taste too much of the hibiscus, so it just seems like a mellow, malty light beer to me. The aftertaste is herbal tea, and not so pleasurable. Overall it doesn't seem like an improvement over the wheat beer, but that American Pale style needs something to make it swing.

From the 12 oz bottle in the Longshot 2013 six pack bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego. (610 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.13/5  rDev -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. (462 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (614 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (581 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before September 2013 notched on the label.

It pours a clear yellow/orange with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to just a few islands.

It smells very grainy; I get wheat and another strongish aroma that must? be the hibiscus mentioned on the label. Never smelled that before and I'm too lazy to google it.

The taste is nice. Grainy from the wheat, a mild sweetness with a bit of a twang as well. Very unusual to me flavours here but I like.

On the low end of medium bodied with lightish carbonation, it's quaffable and enjoyable. The mixed 6 pack of LongShot brews did not disappoint. (611 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (903 characters)

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. (607 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,614 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a pink tint and a frothy one inch ivory head that lingers.

Fruity notes emerge initially, becoming almost candy sweet, with a solid backbone and a grainy finish in the aroma. Reminiscent of strawberries. Floral scents emerge as it warms.

Wheat and cracker-like malt dominate the flavor throughout. Underpinnings of citrus and berries add complexity. There's a bit of a rubbery taste at the finish, which is a touch peppery. Hibiscus becomes evident as a perfumey flavor.

Body is moderate and slightly oily, with moderate carbonation.

Strange fruit flavors and aroma are present. I'm not familiar with hibiscus as anaromatic or flavor profile, but the base beer is alright. (706 characters)

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LongShot Beer Flower Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.