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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Franziskaner on 04-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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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Photo of kaufmaal
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow with a white head that fades to a thin layer. Some good-sized bubbles, too, though not rapidly heading northward. A fair scent of toasty wood and smoke, some citrus, a hint of basil. This one is a sweeter-tasting beer at the start, and then it sours and leaves a more bitter finish. It's slightly viscous, but clean. The wheat is a noticeable flavor, as is ginger. Unfortunately, the smokiness is buried after a few sips, and so it begins to taste more like a slightly fizzy, thin-tasting, farm-house pale ale.

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Photo of guityler83
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pillowy two finger head, bright white in color with tight fine bubbles. Nice coating of lacing as the foam slowly fell. Golden yellow color with mild haze. A constant stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Moderate smokey phenols with a bready malt undertone. Reminds me of smelling a shirt the day after sitting by a camp fire. No hop aroma, but there is a little bit of sweetness from the malt.

T: Moderate smoke character with a wheat and bready malt flavor. A very rustic vibe with a mild sweetness that reminds me of a kolsch. Very clean and drinkable. Bitterness is very low and the balance is on the malt side.

M: Crisp and clean drinkability. Body is moderate with carbonation being on the higher side.

O: A nice smokey character with good drinkability and a bit of sweetness. Not something I would drink regularly, but this was nice. Good job Cesar!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy before August 2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the smoke is pretty subtle all around.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy light straw color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever because its fed by a constant stream of carb bubbles. Aromas of spice, bready, wheat, and light yeast and smokey phenols. The flavor is Lightly sweet sugary malt with a touch of spice and a bit of smokey charcoal to counter. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Decent enough beer, but not something that excited me or anything I would reach for again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Gratzer from their Longshot series. This is the last beer I have yet to try of the three different beers that are in this years LongShot six pack, i'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. Best by August. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and in typical Longshot fashion it has the face of the winner. It poured a slightly hazy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the smoke being the first to show up and it imparts a smokey campfire like aroma followed by the malts which impart s sweet malt, wheat, slightly grainy and bready aromas followed by some typical orange rind and coriander like aromas. This beer had a nice aroma, there was some nice balance to it.

T- The taste starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the smoke still being the first to show up and it still impart a campfire like aspect and it's followed by the malts that impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the wheat and bready flavors seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the those typical Belgian wit bier flavors with some coriander and orange rind like flavors showing up. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a Belgian wit bier like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I didn't think the smoke complimented the Belgian Wit Bier base.

M- Smooth a little clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a solid example of Gratzer, this is the first one I've had one and while I thought it was solid, I don't think I'm too into the style since I don't think the smoke and the Belgian Wit bier base worked that great together and I think just as a smoked beer I would say it's right around average. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, a little clean, crisp and not filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and I think one would be enough for me since I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row, but I think this would be nice to have in the spring or early fall. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, when it came to the the taste neither the malt base or the smokey aspect were too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was how the smokey aspect worked with the Belgian Wit Bier base, it just didn't meld together that great and I felt like the orange rind and coriander aspect clashed with the smoke. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this one, it left me wishing that the flavors worked together better and i thought that made it a little rough around the edges. This is isn't my favorite smoked beer or my favorite Longshot beer, I just don't think it's too memorable. As a whole i wasn't too impressed with this years LongShot series and I thought the American Stout was the best beer in the Six pack with the Pineapple IPA was my least favorite by a good amount, the 2012 Longshot six pack is still far and away my favorite year for this series. I appreciate the effort, but this one just wasn't for me, better luck next time.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orangish yellow. Decent lace remains.
Smell: Smoked, slightly skunky lemon.
Taste: Smoked, lemon, maybe biscuit.

This was underwhelming. The second underwhelmer out of this year's Longshot batch. The smokey character is certainly decent and improves with warmth. Other than that, both smell and taste is lemon and hint of biscuit. I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Back from the dead, the conjoined efforts of the Boston Beer Company and Cesar Marron resurrect this seldom seen style with the old-world charm of sourness, meatiness and a bready wrap.

Pouring a hazy canary-yellow color, the glass lights up when tilted to the light. A frothy and somewhat gelatinous head rises to greet the rim while showing off its impressive and well-defined lace.

Tangy with one whiff and smoky the next- its lemony upstart is soothed by notions of campfire. Wheaty with a bready undertow, other scents complement the beer with green apple, lime, and mild white wine. A peppery note rises as the mouth moves in for that first sip.

Sweet with light bread and confectioner's sugar, it doesn't take long for the acidity to break apart the malt and leave the middle tasting tart- almost sour. The late taste of mesquite not only balances, but changes to beer to something savory and 'meaty' even as an undercurrent of lemons play out underneath.

Light in body, the wheaty structure gives the ale a creamy and zesty lift simultaneously. But eventually the beer's acids and peppery character dissolve the malt texture and leave the palate clean, refreshed; even with a linger of smoke acting retroactively.

Wishing that the taste were more acute, I look for a dive into full-on Berlinerweiss for improvement. This could also tame the smoky current that seems to wonder the palate aimlessly.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy lemon haze in color, with a bright white cap of foam.
Aroma-Faint pale malt, barely-there smokiness
Taste-Surprising but welcome dose of smoked malt followed closely by herbal hop notes. Looks can be deceiving as this light-bodied brew delivers a lot of subtle character and tasty flavor. Sessionable with very interesting taste. A perfect match for grilled brats or Cajun blackened fish.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love to see modern brewers doing very old or at least obscure styles, and this beer certainly fits in that not many would expect a hazy pale gold beer when hearing the word "smoke" in any variation referring to it. That's what I've got here, though, and with lots of brightness shining through the thick haze. The head only forms a thick layer on top of the beers, but it keeps. Less than a modicum of lacing tries to come down behind it.
Smoke is light in the aroma, but there, with lightly tart, lemony sort of notes. Malts are lightly bready with the wheat, not exceptionally dry but leaning that way with an almost vinous note. A bit of peach and pear, along with green apple, come in too. It ends up being more tart than anything, ultimately.
Smoke is stronger on the tongue, and tartness backs way down for an interesting sweetness. There's actually a hint of some heat lurking. It gives the impression, at one moment, of being almost sour, very meaty smoke comes in and rides into the finish, and a very interesting powdered sugar effect comes in off the sourness and overtakes it. All in all, I must say this is one of the most interesting and off-centered brews I've ever had.
The body is light but verges almost into medium territory, but doesn't quite. It shouldn't though, and the light body is one of the delightful oddities. It has a solid crispness, though it's not quite stolid to the end. It eases into the carbonation and levels out. Smoothness is moderate, not quite able to take full effect but pretty good.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint

A- pours a hazy pale yellow with some golden hue, paper thin foamy white head retains decently after the pour, leaving no lace behind

S- smoky peat, campfire, crisp wheat, woodsy/earthy, slightly spicy hop

T- subtle, but smoky malt flavor gives notes of smoked pork, campfire smoke, charcoal & smoked peat. Saaz hops gives a slight spicy character that continues into a dry smoky finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- a good mix of drinkability and smoke that doesn't overpower

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller fizzy head that disappears almost instantly. touch of lacing, slight hazed lemony yellow pilsner color.

Nose brings plenty of smoke, like a smoked cheese big smoked cheese, but not an intense smoke, a touch of smoldering log, but not really a campfire smoke. Under that, mostly as my nose gets used to the smoke, is a hint of a toasty wheaty like malt.

Taste brings more mild smoke, again like a smoked cheese flavor, a little smoldering log, touch of creamy flavor, I think a little wheat, creamy and toasty wheat. Mild sweet grainy malt, toasty malt, etc. Again not a crazy intense smoke, milder smoke. Finish is drier but a little creamy feeling, mild smoke again lingering, a touch of a fruity yeast note I think, and little wheat like flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb.

Overall OK, lighter smoke which was needed to not send this overboard, nice creamy like wheat and toasty grain malt with a decent smoked cheese note, fairly flavorful without going overboard. However, just didn't have a whole lot going on, as if they lost something extra when they scaled it up.

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Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy orange body with white soda pop head that quickly dissipates. I've never had a gratzer before and I find it very intriguing. Aromas call to mind how I imagine ancient offerings of burnt grains smelled to the nostrils of the gods. Very smokey with a big whiff of wheatiness. I also get small hints of celery and carrot greens. The flavor is straight up smoked wheat through and through, with a sweetness that reminds me of apricot jam spread over wheat toast. The body is a little thin, as the soda-like head suggested. Overall, this is a novelty beer of such unique character that everyone should try it at least once even though they probably won't want to have several back-to-back. I really have nothing to compare this to and so my scores are less useful than my actual comments.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/smoke earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced pale malt, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/smoke earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apple, wheat, cracker, bread, wood smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of pale malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant gratzer style ale. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of pale malt, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy wheaty off-yellow color with an initial crown of white. The head fell off and a glaze of foam remains on top.

Rubbery smoke, Germanesque wheat malt, and a wee bit of spice from the Saaz. Somewhat medicinal, but nice. Quaint aromas that don't take it too far. Simple.

Wet smokiness, tamed by the wheat malts, which factor in nicely. Saaz hop prickle, accentuated by clove esters. Maybe a hint of backing lemon. Somewhat sweet. Finishes with faint tartness, like white grape skins. Saaz hop, also, helps the release. Smoke really builds as the beer warms. Better dimension in the smoke than the nose could capture. No longer overly medicinal.

Powdery carb dries up a lighter body. Drinkability is great.

A reliable Grätzer. Good summertime enjoyment drinking.

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Photo of emerge077
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale hazy gold, thin ring of white foam and a patchy skim across the top.

Slight smoke in the aroma, mellow and woody.

Taste is lightly crackery, mild wheat, lightly tart, mild smoke. It's ok, a little bland. Light bodied, the carbonation ebbs away fairly quickly. Overall it was worth a try, but a little too bland.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium straw amber with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, mild wheat and some slight campfire smoke. Flavor is mild semi-sweet malt, nicely integrated smoke, mild citrus and wheat. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A lightly smoked, pleasant rendition of this old style. Tamer, less tart and with more pedestrian sweet malt than the Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie reconstruction, it was still an interesting and nice drinking light beer. The smoke element was distinctive, but light. I enjoyed this one. Could have been quite remarkable with a little more intensity.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moderately hazy with a pale golden color. A half inch head of tightly woven foam rests on top,but most of it fades. A trace of Brussels lacing is present. Aroma of pale wheat with a slightly sweet faint overly ripe banana note. The flavor provides a nice burst of smokiness that dominates the front of the pale. You get a rush of pale wheat and then on the fade a deep campfire like smokey fade. I wish there was a bit of the smokiness in the aroma to join it as it catches you off guard. The body is light and crisp.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It may be a Longshot, but I'll give it a shot as I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "This traditional smoked wheat beer's unique flavor comes from a combination of the smoky sweetness from the heirloom smoked malt and the spicy and herbal notes from Saaz hops."; "Created by: Cesar Marron".

I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Marron for not getting to his beer until now, but no time like the present! First, a Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour. Whoops! A moment of inattention as the bottle slipped into the glass & I had a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly faded to wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5), but since the Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon prefers 24-karat clarity, I was left on my own. Goody! More for me, since I looove Smoked Beers! The nose was REALLY smoky on this one! It was enough to cause the smoke alarm to go off in my kitchen once I had enough poured into the glass to allow its smell to waft into the sensors. Mouthfeel was medium. I'm glad that I drank Bonfire Blonde just before this one. Where B.B. was really intense, this was more subtle in terms of its inherent smokiness. I have done smoked tastings before and people that normally crinkle their noses at the thought actually like this level of smoke. For me, it was a little on the light side, but unlike B.B., this one was more sweet than tangy, more towards Korean BBQ beef. Jesus H. Kee-rist! I am becoming ravenously hungry in thinking about all of this. I generally liked smoked foods with smoked beers & here, I might have gone with smoked oysters or smoked mussels for a saltiness to offset the sweetness in this beer. Finish had a light, sweet smokiness that lingered well past the swallow. My sinus cavity seemed to be filled with the scent of smoke, so it is clearly time for a break & some lunch before my next review. Grazie, Cesar!

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thick, creamy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is grainy and floral, with a touch of spice and light smoke.

Flavor reveals more smoke dominance, with lightly fruity and herbal hop character complementing a grainy malt backbone. It's very light and refreshing.

Body is moderate to a touch thin, with moderate carbonation.

Interesting brew. Perfect for a hot day, but the smoke adds some complexity. Would be nice with bbq.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A hazy, straw color with about a one finger head that leaves some foamy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a bit bready with an underlying char and a hint of lemon.

The taste is of smoky bitterness up front with some underlying sweetness and a lingering bitter and slightly astringent note.

The mouthfeel is quite nice with a bit of creaminess and plenty of carbonation.

Overall, there is less smoke coming through than I wad expecting although is is an interesting

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy straw color. White head with a film of retention. Random lines of lacing, spread out.

Aroma: Smoked meats, malts.

Taste: A grainy, sweet malt beginning, then hammered by smoked meats. A pleasant, grilled cook-out kind of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle BB Aug 2014 at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma – citrusy
Head large (5 cm), white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor lightly smoked malt, crisp ending; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, carbonation lively

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.625. Final weighted score: 3.75
A very pleasing entry from SA Longshot series. This resembles a gose but is slightly smokier. The smoke produces an illusion of salt at the end, or maybe it’s the hops, but whichever, it’s darn good. If SA produced this regularly, I’d buy it.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very light mostly clear, and slightly cloudy/hazy golden color. Has a nice white, fluffy head that is well over an inch thick when first poured. Starts to slightly settle quickly and shrinks to about 2/3 of an inch 3 minutes or so after first being poured. Eventually settles to a good solid 1/4 inch head with good retention. Decent lacing Aromas of wheat and some smoked malt is present along with a hint of banana and hints of lemony citrus. Has a pale, slightly smoked, bready malt sweetness upfront that gives way to a lemon citrus zest and a hint of banana and just a slight touch of green apple tart. Rounded out with a very mild hint of hop bitterness. has a somewhat dry and sour finish. An interesting flavor profile to be sure. goo balance of flavors too. Certainly not what I expected from a smoked beer. Has a crisp, but mostly smooth and frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has good drinkability, especially on a very warm and humid spring night here in Cleveland!


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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Lightly smokey with some lemon and herbal hops. Not too complex, the smoke is definitely the show

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the light smoke, reminiscent of salty smoked pork/bacon. Goes into some light herbal notes with a bit of lemony fruitiness. Finishes with some lingering smoke

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice smoked wheat beer with a definite focus on smoke while not getting cloying or overly smokey. Very easy to drink and would go great with BBQ or smoked meats

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