Longshot Grätzer | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Franziskaner on 04-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
17.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot 6-Pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Grätzer grats out a yellow-hued body, just a bit of haziness to it, and a smallish, though sustained, white head.

Smell: A shy but noted smokiness overlaying the malted wheat given a small share of spiced grains. A little supportive lemon and savory herb notes. It's subtle, but like tits, smoked malts are timeless, guys.

Taste: Fastly sweetish wheat malts thinned by an inclusion of still mineral water. Light lemon, a fleeting hint of burley tobacco, and, then, the gentle smokiness. Reasonably light bitterness and a character seeming of continental hops. Things slacken on the back half, leaving some mild pilsnery maltiness on the drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though some creaminess noted from the wheat. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Restrained but quaint, a nice, light smoked ale.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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 WVbeergeek
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clouded wheat beer, pours sunshine golden haze with a bright eggshell white head forming thick fine effervescent carbonation bubbles with speckled even layered lacing.

The aromatics bring out a nice tart lemon character with a bit of lactic acid almost greek yogurt like accent that I enjoy. Catching a touch of campfire and sharp wheat notes on the nose.

The flavor has a great lighter smoked character perfect summer beer to go with a smoke on the back porch in the summer. Rolling tartness, wheat notes, chalky yeast and finish of light smoked meat pair this with some cedar smoked salmon off the grill with some kind of grilled asparagus that would really produced some warped urine later on.

Mouthfeel dry finish mild acidity by no means overtly sour, tart lactic dry finish. I enjoy this texture on the palate sturdy carbonation carries it well alcohol is negligible incredibly easy drinking at 4.4% abv.

Overall, just imagine a summer light ale with mucho flavor, this is what we have here I hope Sam Adams takes some notes from this home brewer and releases something along these lines.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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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Longshot Grätzer from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.54 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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