Longshot Grätzer | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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119 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 28
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 malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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 relynnjr
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of A-Sox
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of dogtato
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of emtox
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ChaseBacon
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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 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
brew.

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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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