LongShot Boysenberry Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

A good brew to throw at your girfriend when wanting her to understand craft brew. But, then again, she would then drink all of your craft beer. Know what, better keep this one to yourself. The beer takes on a soda-pop (grape) sweetness, but with a true American Wheat texture and earthy, yeasty-ness. Though a little thin and scrbbed on the palate, the sweet, fruity, drinkability makes the beer desirable. The alcohols are completely hidden, and the moderate mouthfeel remains unwaivering from sip to finish. Although I understand the success of the brew, I wouldn't likely drink this often. Thanks again Clvand0

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a light fluffy head that persists well and leaves some shards of lace

Smell: Berry juice flavor, rather artificial and powdery with a touch of banana underneath

Taste: Starts out with a kid's fruit juice flavor which becomes a bit less sweet after the swallow; slight hoppy bitterness on the sides of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light and prickly

Drinkability: Interesting for a few sips but not something I would want to try again

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a foamy, one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of berries and that's it.

T - The berry taste hits you from the start. The wheat and yeast presence is also noticeable.

M - It was rather soft and not very crisp. Not bad, just unusual for a wheat beer.

D - This was pretty good. It was just a little too fruity for my taste.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with the sweet and tart smell of boysenberry and citrus, along with some wheat and hops.

T: Just like with the smell, the sweet and tart boysenberry flavor dominates the taste and is backed up by a decent wheat flavor. There’s a very mild hops presence and the malt character is thin. It tastes a lot like the Cherry Wheat only with the boysenberry flavor instead of the cherry flavor. The after-taste maintains the fruity sweetness.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty but like a lot of other beers that boast a fruit flavor, it seems like a chick beer, goes down ok, not very filling. It’s not bad but this one just is not my kind of beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of June. This pours an effervescent, slightlty hazed honey/apricot with 4 fingers of fluffy offwhite head. Very good lacing& head retention, was looking for the effervesence to persist a little, otherwise a 5 in this category

S: Tartness & lots of berries (raspberry & blueberry)

T: Sweet berries and a nice wheat malt backgound up front. As this warms I'm getting tartness & a little lemony hops. Finsishes tart, a little dry & just ahint of berrys, very quenching

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drinks very easy, the tartness of this beer really offsets the berrys & makes this very quaffable, but I'm sure would grow old after 2 unless the mercury was up in the 80s (40s instead) . Not a huge fan of fruitty beers, but this works, a very pleasant suprise!

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

hazy with a nice one inch head that faded to leave a ring around the putside of the glass.

Aroma was light, nothing really jumping out at you, but once it settled in was actually fairly decent. Lots of yeasty and grain like aroma, however there was a definate fruitiness to it. Something sweet lingering in the back that you just could not place., it was like a Hefe mixed with fruit, Actually very good. Nice grain flavors making up the bulk of it, however the berry was very evident, not somethign you had to go searching for. Left a nice finish as well. Very sweet finish.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 4-15-2007. I am actually pretty excited to finally have gotten my hands on the Long Shot series. This is the first bottle I tried.

Pours a slightly fogged gold with an amber touch. Almost no head. Nose is basically all berries, but not overpowering in how it comes across. There is also a bit of a floral aspect to it as well. Flavor is kind of interesting really. There is a definite presence of berries,but less so of the wheat character. There is also what I want to describe as a soapy character to the flavor pattern as well. Feel is nice and smooth. Fairly thin on the liquid feel, but not watery by any means. Drinkable, yes. Very well crafted, but seems a bit off balance with the berries. I am very glad to be able to have tried it! Kudos to Ken Smith and the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a thick head that descends to a creamy cover. Some lacing sticks to glass, especially at the start.

The smell is of fresh boysenberries. It has a background of wheat that gives an impression of being a boysenberry pie.

Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the aroma. The boysenberry is there, and some of the wheat, but rather thin. It does have something controlling the sweetness that I'll take for the hops, but it sort of dilutes the flavor. Some carbonated water in the mix does not help much, either. The taste is rather artificial (unlike the aroma). Finishes rather abruptly with a hint of metallic notes.

It's farily creamy, but too much carbonated water to make it anything more than decent in the mouthfeel.

Despite the aroma, which is nice and true to form, I can't say that this impressed me much. At best, it's towards the front of a line of boring fruit wheat ales. Still, too artificial and one-dimensional. Might be okay as a summer refresher, but so many are...

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange with a 1" head. The head lingers a bit.

Smell: loads of berry sweetness and wheat tones are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: strong berry flavors that don't seem artificial at all along with wheat, soft bitterness, and a hint of clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Light in body. A brief berry filled aftertaste tingles the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: a nice refreshing fruit flavored beer. Easily quaffable and this does not get tiring or boring at all. I could have had a few of these in a single session.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My my, what nice lacing on this one. Head retention, considering its a wheat could be a little better. The aroma is almost overpowering boysenberry. Kind of reminds me of those smelly markers from elementary school. The taste is quite fruity, but where most fruit beers go wrong in being overly sweet, this one isn't. There is a slight wheat backbone, although I'd like a little mroe flavor out of it. Overall, a good fruit beer, but personally nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a 1" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful boysenberry scent along with a crisp pale and wheat malt aroma; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor with a nice boysenberry finish. It has a solid fruit content, but nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking brew and a nice take on the fruit wheat style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My least favorite of this year's longshot series. That being said, this isn't a terrible brew by any means. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a pure white head. The smell is enticing fresh fruit over light wheat. The taste lets me down, though after the promising start. Too sweet, too much fruit, too extracted tasting. At least it tastes real and not artificial, and it does have a freshnesss about it that is appealing. The mouthfeel is a little too light, but not bad. Decent carbonation and crispness. This one is a little out of balance. Cut back on the extract (or use whole fruit), and ramp up the body a tad to make it more drinkable. A little work would make this a nice brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in the glass this is a cloudy amber colored beer with a very strong snow-white head.

Exceedingly strong fruit aroma it isn't necessary to do anything to smell it except be in the same room. Quite strong sweetness and berry aroma from the glass, despite which you can still smell the wheat in it. This has a distinct berry pie smell to it, so that makes me suspect there is vanilla added. There is a certain tart scent to this too either from the berries or from lemon juice bakers sometimes add to berry pies. This is very much like a slice of pie in a glass.

The taste begins tart and a little bitter, a little bit of a surprise considering how sweet it smells, there is a distinct wheat cracker after taste here. As you drink this the sweetness is held firmly in check by the unusually strong hop bitterness in this beer, this has about the same bitterness level as a herbal ESB. The flavor of this is best summed up as herbal English style hops and berries.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad wheat beer at all, this one follows the plain of using a stout dose of hops in a beer style where that is not normally done like the strongly hopped Gumballhead. Would I buy this as a regular beer? Probably not I have Belgian Wit and Hefeweiss to cover the wheat beer slot.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos to my new buddy who buys good beer to drink for guests and doesn't himself - this must've sat in his fridge forever. Not the greatest beer to sample because it had been stored in a fridge, but it is a wheat and not a stout or something, so it shouldn't be that bad.

Poured into a pint glass (no weizen glass today) and received a very cloudy orange body with a good one-finger head and minor lacings. I am not sure what exactly a boysenberry is, but this had a definite berry smell (much closer to blue than razz) with some minor bread malt or something (yeasty). The berries hit the tastebuds first, but they did it smoothly, not sharp. In fact, the berry is about the only thing you really taste, as this is a fluffy, light-bodied beer with minimal hop and malt presence, but one that goes down extremely smooth and fruity (and a little sweet). I thought this was a grat beer, although I could see some beer "snobs" dismissing it as a dessert beer or fruit beer. I wish this could be put in SA's regular rotation I enjoyed it that much.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to phatz for opening up this bottle after our home bottling session...
Appears a transparent pale gold with a fluffy, white cap that sticks around for a while before fading out into a mild film and collar. Lots of sticky streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of blackberry, rasperry, mulberry, sugary grape jelly, and some crisp wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with light wheat and sugar mixed with the blackberry. I've only had boysenberries a few times, even with all of the years that I used to work in a local produce department. This pretty much sums up the flavor of them though.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, fruity, sweet up front, crisp, along with a berry aftertaste.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy, rustic orange with a off white head.

S: a huge and massive fresh blueberry aroma with light pancake batter.

T: The initial flavor was soft, fresh blueberries for flavor with a clean tartness that ends quickly. Very fruity, and sweet flavor and balanced nicely against a wheat backbone. The flavor was clean and crisp with a refrained fruitiness that doesn't overpower the beer perception.

M: light and thin, but crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: Clean and fairly well refrained for a fruit beer otherwise labeled as a wheat. Still to fruity for multiples but a thirst quencher in the hot summer days none the less.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a hazy apricot colored body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin soapy white head.

S- This beer has the smell of boysenberry crunch cereal even during the pour. The smell is a bit chemical but not to bad.

T- The taste of slightly bitter berry notes has a soft pale malt and slightly sweet cereal taste to it. The soft note of cranberries has a hint of red lifesavers to it with some soft sweet field corn notes. There is a soft spice that comes through in the finish as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel is very light and fizzy.

D- This beer doesn't have much depth of flavor and it taste a bit chemical when it comes to the fruit. I found the first few sips interesting but then I just go tired of that in your face fruit flavors.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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 bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle says best before June 2007. It pours a hazy gold color with an inch frothy white head. The beer smells like boysenberries, and not much else from what I can tell. But it does smell pretty nice to me. However, it doesn't taste as nice. It tastes like berries and some grain/wheat, but also has a soapy taste in the finish that I didn't care for. Mouthfeel is light and not watery at all, but also has a bit too much carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad, but would be better if it wasn't for the soapy taste and carbonation. Overall not too bad, but not very good either.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased as part of a Longshot 6-pack from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head holds on admirably, with lots of sticky frothy lace. Aroma is pungeant and piercing, so intense to wave the "artificially flavored" flag proudly. Taste is lightly sweet wheat upfront, quickly shouted down by the berry, which dominates the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel is somewhat gritty on the tongue, for better or worse, and drinkability is really just quashed for me by this one being just too too fruit and not enought wheat. It's like they needed a chick beer to sell this 6-pack or something...

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light amber color with that typical wheat carbonation. The head lacked a little strength and the haze I was looking for. The aroma was a great blend of fruit and beer. Crystal and pale malts with some great boysenberry. The taste is just the same. Not overwhelming in the fruit department, and not too little so you forget theres fruit even in your beer. Malt was upfront and true to the ol' American wheat. A little yeasty at the finish. Just a great palate to this beer. And since the fruit wasn't overpowering, I could drink this all day. What a great fruit beer.

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