Longshot Grätzer | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
17.56%
 
 
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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Longshot Grätzer from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.53 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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