Longshot Grätzer | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot GrätzerLongshot Grätzer

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Franziskaner on 04-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. There isn't much in the way of good retention. Tiny wisps of lacing are left behind.

S: Primarily, I notice a lot of smoke. Unfortunately, it's more hammy than woody (not what I want from a smoked beer). I get faint touches of lemon and grass, too. These two elements could stand to be bolder in order to stand up to the smoke better.

T: Just like the nose indicated, the smoky notes dominate. And also just like the nose indicated, it more resembles a ham flavor instead of a (desired) dry woodiness. It becomes a touch more lemony after a few sips, but it's not enough. Another thing I could use is more hoppiness to balance out some of the sweetness.

M: No real complaints about the body: it's nicely full for 4.4%, yet still light enough to chug. There's also a nice creaminess to the texture. Carbonation is average, maybe a bit below that. As always, I could use more dryness, but I'll refrain from bitching any more.

O: I always get a Longshot six pack every year - even if they're not the best beers, they're always fun to try. While this one isn't particularly good, it's also unique in that I've never had a gratzer before. Ergo I can't hate this one - still, I think it would be much better with more hoppiness, more lemon tartness, and a drier, more subtle smoke.

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Longshot Grätzer from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 119 ratings