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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Boysenberry WheatLongShot Boysenberry Wheat
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LongShot Boysenberry WheatLongShot Boysenberry Wheat

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 203
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Hefeweizen glass. Unusually frothy white head, semi opaque body.

Smells of Berry Berry Kicks. black cherry, blueberry, pineapple, sour wheat.

This beer really tastes like Berry Berry Kicks. Not to say it isn’t appetizing, I love Kicks. A tad bit artificial tasting, but not any more then say Magic Hat # 9, so not unpalatably so. Begins a lot like most Wheats, lively with a little sour wheat flavors, soon a splash of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries take over. The fading taste is more of the same, with some detection of the floral "American Wheat" characteristics, like Sunset Wheat. This flavoring blends with the boysenberry and melds very well, making them hardly distinguishable. Hardly any bittering detectable.

A drink I could have with a light meal in the summer, maybe a chicken salad or alike. Would become too sweet as a session brew.

I think this beer could have benefited from a more robust yeast, one which added a little more presence. The boysenberry flavoring concept is good nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

This is the first time the employee homebrew contest has been included in Sam Adams's LongShot contest. Boston Beer is a pretty passionate company to be pushing their employees with some hands-on training at home--they all got homebrew kits. Cheers to Ken Smith for the win.

A broad three fingers of head is cradled by the liquid. Great head retention as the lace drops patches of stickiness down the glass. Remarkably smooth and crisp with a medium body. Hazed, yellow-beige color. A fresh, but not cloying, berry aroma; very clean with a crisp grain bite in the aft. One-two snap of mildly tart berry and clean graininess from the wheat. Temperate hop bitterness shows great balance, especially when the berry flavor goes a pinch to the sweet side. Solid malt backbone middle to end, with a good amount of flavor to play with, as the berry character is slow to leave. Semi-dry finish.

Wow, this beer is amazing. There's no doubt why the judges picked this one. Perhaps one of the best new fruit beers to come out this decade. Couple this beer with a tropical fruit tart and some vanilla bean ice cream and you will have bliss.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy pale golden colour with a big foamy white head that leaves a bunch of patches of itself along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet from the berries but is cut into nicely by the wheat and grain for a good balance. It's simple, but most importantly the berry aroma is not overpowering.

Flavour of course hits on the berry characteristic again and is also balanced again by the wheat here. While I can't say that I know exactly what boysenberry tastes like, I did get some distinct blackberry flavour at times that even hit on a bit of tartness toward the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and nice and crisp.

The relative tameness of the berry flavour combined with a nice, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel make this one a potential candidate for a second summer brew from the BBC in my mind. LongShot is two for two thusfar and from what I've head I've saved the best (Old Ale) for last...

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a lumpy layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet fruity nose. Flavor sweet boysenberry, hops are balancing, clean finish. Would make a good summer beer. $7.49 6-pak, 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange...big frothy white head

S-Sweet raspberries, blackberries and even a little blueberry impression...citrus is noted as welll....mandarin oranges and tangerines...very fragrant

T-From the nose I expected this to be sickly sweet and syruppy but it is not....surprisingly this includes the berry flavor but it is not immense....it is very flavorful but not overdone. A little wheat maltiness is evident as well.

M-On the high side of light bodied...medium-to-low carbonation...

D-This is a nice change of pace and as mentioned not oversweet like some....it has a nice berry flavor and is relatively refreshing....with that said I would not want more than a couple of thse at one sitting...recommended but not for more than a couple

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy, hazy light and bright copper colour, with a big and thick frothy head. lots of lace as i drink. big berry aroma...having never had a boysenberry, it smells like a cross of black cherry and blueberry aromas. a nice smelling beer. upon tasting, it comes across nicely balanced between berry flavours and the wheat aspects. i thought from the nose that this would be a lot more sickly sweet. nothing really sticks out, which is good. there is some grainy notes and nice little bitter bite in the end. mouthfeel is somewhat prickly. overall the body of this brew seems full but about right for a slightly higher ABV wheat. quite drinkable; even more so if you like fruit flavoured wheats...and even more so if you like them to quench a thirst on a warm day. this is a nice beer. i'll be revisiting the whole longshot six pack soon.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-orange. Thin and creamy dirty white head. The froth sticks around for a while and leaves some nice patches of lace down the glass walls. Very nice aroma. Very fresh and forward in nature. I get a lot of blackberry and boysenberry. Plus a little wheatiness. The flavor it pretty bold with its fruit tones. Again, blackberry is big. Tart and sweet. There's also a crisp wheat malt tanginess. A little bit of noble hop character. This is a nice fruit beer. Hope it's still being made in the summertime.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy golden orange body, mellow carbonation bubbles, topped by a big foamy snow white rocky head with exceptional lacing.

Nose is all sweet beery, er, berry (talk about Freudian slips). You tell me its boysenberry, I'll believe you.

Berry sweetness arrives at the very start, and between that and the wheat and malt foundation is definitely below ground level. The wheat does assert itself after the initial beery burst, enough to establish this as a beer and not some malternative wandering off the street. The berry takes back control, and holds on, riding over a mild hop snap at the swallow. That hop snap is really not quite enough though, and the berry could have used a bit more balance in the aftertaste.

Nice light mouthfeel makes it appropriate for spring/summer (assuming we actually experience those seasons for more than a couple days this year). Drinkability is ok for the first one, but after one I'd be looking for a hoppy pils or ipa to rebalance my tongue.

Both American wheats and fruit beers are more miss than hit with me, but this isn't bad. If you're into those styles, give it a try.

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Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden in color. Moderately firm pour produces a fluffy off-white head of medium duration, along with fairly sticky, visually enticing lace. Berries all over this, from three feet away it's like a waitress dropped a boysenberry syrup dispenser on a hot summer day with a good breeze blowing it right up my schnozz, andthat could well be a good thing if you like that sorta thing - you definitely wouldn't mistake it for either "Ebulum" or an American Hop Bomb. Smooth, medium-bodied, and quite malty straightaway. Slight bitterness lingers, along with some pale, biscuity malt. Wheat? Yeah, it's in there, from the nose to the first, second, and third sip, there's plenty of what you'd expect from the style ("APWA" - ahem). Sweetish, with notes of bubblegum and Mr. Bubble brand bathsoap - don't ask, it's an old childhood trauma : D The wheat malt really holds this together in the end, adding a great, grainy texture to a sweetish, perfumey brew. The hop bite isn't lacking as such, but your dedicated Hophead (and there are a lot of 'em nowadays) will definitely have to wash his mouth out with a 120 Minute IPA before his palate is back to normal after a bottle of this! Lighter in body and readily drinkable, and although I described it as "sweetish" this is neither outright sweet nor cloying. A solid brew, and well-brewed by the folks at BBC. Congratulations Ken!

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of anything boysenberry and I have come out very impressed.Poured a dull hazed light golden with a tight formed sticky craterous white head that settled into a creamy-like mass,fresh fruit essense in the nose obviously boysenberry with an underlying toasty wheat malt base with a faint hint of herbal hop wich is more pronounced on the palate.A fruit beer with some depth in my estmation the fruitiness sticks out up front but after awhile you notice the nuances going on toasty cracked wheat malt with a decent sharp hoppy finish wich makes it even more refreshing and keeps it from becoming overly sweet and one dimensional a trait found very sporadicaly in fruity wheat ales.Wow I liked it alot its very refreshing a great summertime brew and it is not one dimensional to say the least,very nice job.

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Photo of shirfan
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold with a large-bubbled, medium-thick layer of foam.

HUGE aroma of berries. Sweet and fruit-laden, almost at goumet soda pop level, with just a hint of wheat in the background.

Smooth mouthfeel with a cereal-like flavor. Wheat is a little stronger here, berries slightly weaker. Sweetness is not overboard, in fact there's a touch of dry chalkiness in the finish.

A slightly artificial, raspberry Bubble-Yum flavor detracts a little from what would be otherwise very well done.

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Photo of chilidog
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last of the Longshots and I saved thisone for the right time, meaning a good sun filled spring day with a work well done day behind.

It poured a hazed golden with a big bubbled white head that faded to a memory.
The aroma or nose was a real treat. Lots of berry and alittle sour apple back-up.
The taste was tart citric hop with strong berry lean. Hop and malts are a well balanced backdrop.
The beer drank crisp and clean, a real treat on its own.
If they do six pack thisone, someday, im sure thisone could help make pretty good pancakes..oh ya!!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange color with a medium thick and fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing. Sweet berry and malt aroma. Light, crisp body with a tart fruit character. Boysenberry is propped up by some malt and wheat flavors. The finish is clean and fruity with touches of wheat and mild hops. Overall the beer is slightly above average, and despite not being a brew I would seek out again, it is nice to see a mainstream brewer introducing unique styles like this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams LongShot Boysenberry Wheat was brewed by Ken Smith, a Samuel Adams employee!

It's a typical fruit flavored wheat beer "with Boysenberry flavor". Boysenberries are an unusual berry, originally bred around 1920 by a man named Boysen. He combined raspberries, blackberries, and Logan berries. Logan berries, of course, were derived from a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry by a man named Logan around 1830 - talk about in-breeding!

It pours the typical hazy golden body beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The retention is very good, and it leaves dozens of large spots and splashes behind.

Distinctive Boysenberry is found in the nose, and not much else! It's perfumey and sweet and welcoming.

Boysenberry also dominates the flavor, revealing more blackberry at first, and then some sweet red raspberry. It's juicy, slightly tart, and pulp-like in its fruitiness. It's certainly sweetish, but not over-done as it's well-balanced within its wheatish malt frame, and backed by a firm bitterness.

It is kind of artificial though, I have to say, as real fruit just couldn't put out such a bold aroma and flavor. It is what it is, for many reasons, and I don't find it to be a draw-back.

Refreshing and exciting! I think it would be a great summer beer, but it'll be out of code by then. And I'm not so sure that it would pair well with food, although it might make a great reduction. Perhaps with some Belgian waffles? Definitely bold; and certainly worth trying if you like fruit beers.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another offering I would like to try in the summer months. It pours a nice infiltered golden lemon with a pillow head and very nice lacing. Smell is defintely fruity, but not overly sweet or biting. I picked up a hint of peach also. Taste is similar in quality to the smell...fruity, peachy with light whaety undertones. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Drinkability is very nice...light in character with a pleasant smooth quality...very easy to drink.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the three Longshot beers in the sixer case. Nice packaging.
Cloudy, deep gold. Big puff of white head, sticking around for the full duraion of the beer, giving off a powerful aroma of berry-ness. I'm none too familiar with the elusive boysenberry, but it comes across as something like a berry smoothie. Blackberry-like, kinda cherry-ish, with a little banana, but that could be the yeast. Some cookie-like, doughy yeast character, ths one smells much like Sam's Cherry Wheat. It kinda tastes like it too, with a full feeling on the tongue. Lighter carbonation seems to barely move the brew across the palate, probably allowing it a thicker feel than it actually has. Cherry Wheat is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine, so I actually enjoy this. (Sam's cream stout and cherry wheat black and tans are delicious) The fruit is very prominent, but the beery aspects seem to carry through well enough. Like a support system for boysenberries with a drinking problem. Just when you feel like you might be drinking a chick beer, the finish comes along and provides you with some wheaty sourness and light floral hoppage. A nice little charge of carbonation right in the end, lightening things up and priming you for another sip. Pretty good, though I don't think I'd want more than one in a sitting..

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a semi cloudy golden orange hue with a large off white cream tinted head appears like a floating creamy biscuit above the rim of my pint glass, nice. Aroma is strong with berry tartness much like a jar of jelly with the seeds still intact, complemented with biscuit malts and some mild acidity noted from the wheat malts added overall enjoyable aromatics. Flavor leaves more to be desired with not so much overly sweet berries but just an ordinary American Wheat base, biscuit dry finish too much yeasty cake powder notes in the finish barely noticeable hops. Better than the average fruit infused American wheat but it's not a style I'm about. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with some flowing protein texture going on from the wheat and yeast combo, overall a moderate carbonation level after a few sips the boysenesque tones become cloying to me. Drinkability not so much for me I want a hoppy American Wheat but this is a well made brew and I can promise you it's interesting an worth a try just it's still a fruit beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light golden color with a soft fluffy and well disciplined 1/8th inch head, tender minimal lacing. The nose is what the label says--pure boysenberry and nothing else; sniffs of boysenberry jelly pasted on wheat toast. Inviting. The taste is more of that berry type with hints of wheat malts, all sorts of berry offerings and a cereal crispy palate. Mild carbonation, light bodied. The body reveals slender noble hops, blackberry and dark wheat bread. More flavorings of yeast, blackberries and sweet fruity juice as this brew warms up. Very refreshing and lip smacking, would love to quaff one on a 93 degree warm summer afternoon! Go for it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer parts company with the 12 ounce bottle a slightly hazy golden yellow with a majestic creamy crown of white, as it settles, the lacing forms a tight skirt around the glass. Nose is sweet with malt and the berries provide a candy like backing, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start has a decent malt profile, with the over ripe fruit sweetness a pleasing plus, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish continues the sweetness, the hops light but pleasing, the aftertaste dry, and a fine drinking beer, different, but a pleasure to sample.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a low white ringed head and nice carbonation. Prominent boysenberry fruit aroma and flavor without being overly extract-like. Nice wheat malt balance in the mouth with a light citric character. Medium bodied and smooth for a fruit beer.

Solid (for a Fruit Beer) !

Per Label: "2006 American Homebrew Contest Winner" & "Ken Smith, CO" & "Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble Hops"

Enjoy Before: June '07 (notched)
Tasted: 04/22/07

($7.99 / mixed 6-pack of 3 diff beers "Longshot Pack")

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy straw color, a thin cover of off-white bubbles. Eh...

Aroma - a sharp, citric fruitiness, like a raspberry-grape mix. Not much there representing the style but it is a nice nose nonetheless.

Taste - wheat base with an immediate boysenberry flavor. Not sweet like I thought it might be - it leans more to the tart side. A brief show of hops to even things out nicely. The swallow lets the hops and fruit tartness come together in tasty fashion. The 'beeriness' is a little outdone by the berries, but I like it!

Mouthfeel - moderate to moderately light body, crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - distinctive but not so sessionable. Still, a cool one for a beer tasting or just to try something made with boysenberries.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew, this one. Pours a pale orangeish color bordering on yellow, with a gigantic meringue of a frothy white head. Lacing is prominent. Couldn't ask for a better looking beer.

Aroma is offputting for me. Remember those Crayola scented markers you used to use in elementary school? Well this beer smells exactly like the purple one. I think it was supposed to be grape. Quite artificially fragrant, and unpleasantly so.

Fortunately, it redeems itself on the palate. Once it has been allowed to warm up a bit, some nice malty sweetness comes through, along with what I would assume to be some slightly artificial tasting boysenberry. Having never eaten a boysenberry in my life, I believe I can safely assume that is what I taste. Finish is tart.

Mouthfeel is fine. Pretty smooth, with nice carbonation. Although this beer is quite light, I couldn't rate its drinkability too highly, due to the fact that it smells like a marker. Overall, an interesting experiment, and I salute the brewers' tenacity.

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Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a tall white head that fades into a thick and creamy lace. Ripe boysenberry dominates the aroma along with fainter notes of fresh wheat. Boysenberry is also a big player in the taste offering both a sweetness and a nice tartness blended with a crisp wheat flavor and a touch of citrusy hops. Nicely done—would be a wonderful summertime brew.

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Photo of luvND
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: 12 oz bottle with the brewers pic, nice

A: Great 2 finger head that actually laces and holds really well. Hazy orange, not really cloudy like a hardcore wheat, but hazy

S: Man, this is really great. I'm not a fruit beer guy but this has a really nice fruity, fresh, clean nose that isn't too sweet. Love the aroma.

T: Sweet up front with a nice bitterness and very well balanced hop character in the aft. Whats really nice is that the fruity berry flavor comes through without being fake or overdone.

M: Aveage, appropriate for style

D: Maybe 2 or 3 tops. A fruit beer is still a fruit beer.

Notes: This will be a fantastic summer refresher. I cant wait to mow the lawn and pop one of these. Right up there with Aprihop from DFH in the fruit beer category.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, slightly hazy golden color. Good sized head atop. Big berry aroma. Slight spiciness to it. Quite perfumey. Berry flavor dominates with a crisp, drying malt taste. Nice mix of sweet yet dry to it. Very fruity-almost overshadows anything else about it. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but the sweetness of the berries is still a bit overpowering. More then one or 2 would be too much for me. Still a very decent effort.

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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 229 ratings