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:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a large white foamy head that leaves good lacing. The smell isn't too pungent,but you can make out sweet malt and some fruitiness,berries. The taste is very flavorful with bread yeast,berries,sweet malt,and lemon. I'm not one for fruit beers,but this is pretty good. The m/f is light and well balanced. A pretty good beer that's the best long shot beer from Sam's.

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

Longshot Boysenberry Wheat by Ken Smith
12 oz brown bottle
Best before June 2007 clearly notched on the side label
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a mustard yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. A fluffy head on top forms quickly and leaves nice trails of sticky lacings.

The nose screams berry & fruit madness. So fruity and pleasant. I keep going back for additional whiffs.

Tight, crisp grainy flavors lay down the base and then a berry madness explodes on the palate. Think of a nice blend of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and boysenberries. Dry wheat flavors have a presence and request more sipping. Overall this brew is quite fruity, juicy and refreshing.

Arguably one of the better fruit flavored ales I've ever had. I can only imagine how much more fulfilling this beer would be in the middle of summer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't really looking forward to trying this. I don't usually like fruit beers.
This one works.
Nice white head that slowly melts to white covering lacing.
Aroma is almost like boysenberry jelly but a little fresher.
Taste is fresh boysenberry with wheats drying and spicy ending.
Good job, Ken Smith.
This is fresh, flavorful, and refreshing.

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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 Mdog
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy gold with a good head.

Smell: Like pancakes with boysenberry syrup on Sunday morning.

Taste: Lots of berry flavor, however it tastes a little too candy-like. Kind of like sweet tarts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Drinkable but too candylike for me.

Beer #2 from the Longshot pack. This is an interesting beer since I haven't had many fruit-infused beers but it tastes too much like candy for me.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with best before date of June 07. Pours a clody medium amber with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Smells of what else - berries but with a very nice underlying wheat malt with the standard banana and clove - it works together well. Upon tasting the berry flavor is not nearly as present as the aroma makes you think. It is noticeable but what really comes through is a rich slightly more flavorful wit. It is slightly spritzy and very easy drinking. A nice summer beer. Another winner in the Longshot collection.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Cadyfatcat
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Phatz
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dull pale yellow with a white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Extremely aromatic. It has a big Boysenberry nose. Raspberry and Black Berry.

Taste: Lightly tart with hints of sweet wheat, malt and a dryness in that back end. It is straightforward and more restrained in the flavor than the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Very soft feel. Apropos to style.

Drinkability: It is an easy summer workday beer, or a transition beer for someone who likes the extra fruit flavors. Tasty yes, exceptional … well … it is not quite my cup-o-tea but it is very well made. Hats off to the brewer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of malty
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dim gold color with a bright white 1/2" head.

Scents of fresh and a tad bit tart boysenberry. Reminds me of the 'Smarties' candies. Sweet malts and a nice yeasty component also. The berry scent is apparent from across the table from me.

Even though there is a definite boysenberry flavor at the beginning, it's a bit attenuated from what you’d expect from its presence in the smell. A hefty wheat malts balances the fruit to which you can really taste the soft, sweet and slightly rustic wheat malts. I swore I might be in for a boysenberry overload when I first smelled this ale, but the wheat malt balance is spot-on.

Mouthfeel is superb. Playful ultra-fine carbonation keeps this baby dancing gently over my tongue. Fluffy and airy medium body with a sweet fruity flavorful finish.

Drinkability is great. From everything I described so far, I have to say I'll be buying more of this. I could easily drink 2-3 of these in a session.

Overall an expertly crafted and masterfully balanced fruit-wheat beer. This style is sometime massacred from an overly sweet approach, which usually destroys the attempt of making a well balanced ale which showcases the wheat malts and the fruit equally. This one really hit the spot. I would love to get a hold of this fresh in the warmer months. A fantastic wheat beer for sure!

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Photo of Higravity
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Is this intereting, yes, but is it an every couple of beer kind of things, no. I like the boysenberry in the way htat is not quite expected and it changes up the wheat with fruit category, but like the mulberry fruit I grew up on this is not a fruit that you really want to taste over and over again. The look and the feel of the beer were damn near flawless but the taste and the smell, well. Nice prize to the winner on the label but I don't think this is a winner in the long run for Sammy-boy.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark wheat color, with good lacing and a small head. Sweet raspberryish nose, rather one dimensional. Not as sweet a taste as I'd feared, more not very interesting: breakfast-cereal-fruitiness, sweet but not too much, with no appreciable wheat flavors or anything else interesting.

At least the other two beers this year were good. This is just...uninteresting.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Slightly murky light yellow body with a quarter inch of white head. Smells like sweet berries (presumably boysenberry), reminds me of a fruit snack. Berry sweetness dominates the flavor, but does not overwealm. Reminds me in some ways of a berry soda, but with a fuller (but still rather light) body. Appart from being a bit one-dimensional, this beer is actually really enjoyable and extremely drinkable. Definitely looking forward to the other bottle I have from the Long Shot sixpack, and wouldn't stop me from buying the pack again.

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Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 HossMcGraw
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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 ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 umustdrink
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Long Shot ranking:

1. Boysenberry Wheat
2. Old Ale
3. Dortmunder Export

A - Cloudy orange color. Head is fluffy and white. Lots of lacing.

S - Strong fragrant berry aroma with hints of wheat. Smells like berries in cream.

T - A nice creamy taste with a tinge of berries. Good hop presence. And after you swallow you get a nice berry flavor. This beer is NOT TOO SWEET!

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and (creamy). Good carbonation presence.

D - One of the very few fruit beers that aren't too sweet. Tastes awesome. Very nicely done. I'd say it's on par with Wisconsin Belgian Red.

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Photo of shirfan
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a foggy hazy and carbonated Arnold Palmer honey gold. Almost a finger of fine white head dwindles to a surface map of froth. Flares of lacing occasion the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, spicy peppery hops encompass a tangy wheat and yeast pairing. Very berry boysenberry fruit sweetness the air as well. A quite distant bit of caramel floats in the background.

Upon tasting, a slightly sweet wheat tanginess joins a mild caramel and poignant and earthy berry fruit element. Doughy yeastiness leads to more berry essence, and the grain revisits with a crisp, dry nip. The finish belongs to the peppery hops, with a lingering, almost claming bitterness. It's a bit heavy on the berry, and that means boysenberry, apparently, but it is refreshing if nothing else.

Light bodied, it has a crisp but somewhat thin presence on the palate.

Boy oh boy, that's some boysenberry! Still, it's crisp, dry, refreshing, and easy to drink. It's almost got me wishing for a hot day to really enjoy it in its element. One notable downside is the berry is likely too vivid for the other more subtle ingredients. But that's not the biggest flaw a beer could have, right? It's very drinkable, and apparently worthy of the honor it received, despite its minor flaws.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love these series of beers, it is like a dream come true, to have sam adams brew your beer recipe.
this wounder wheat purs a hazy copper color and where it is light struck it is very orangish, nice little head that drops down to a think haze.
the aroma is wounderful loft out of that glass with wheat and peaches, boisenberries, and a hint of apple.
the flavor is wheaty, with a pronunce but not over powering fruit essence, it has hnts of peaches, and a diffinent boisenberry, drops off with a hint of hopspice lingering.
great wheat, give it a shot.

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Photo of torchedpunk
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked the Long Shot up by chance when it passed my eye at the store, I have to admit when I realized what the cardboard mini six-pack box was, i got a little giddy.

From a 12oz bottle

Appearance- Looks clear compared to most wheat beers, but had a nice light color as expected, though I can't say I didn't hope a little that it would be a light purple.

Smell- The best part about this beer is the smell. Amazing in all ways, it smells like boysenberries and wheat beer, perfect accents of that banana aroma from wheat, but that exceptional fruity scent that is untouchable.

Taste- An outstanding mix of fruit and wheat beer. I can't imagine how this was achieved at such perfection. The taste is amazingly balanced and even offers that slight bit of twang on your tongue like a sweet berry should.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, and refreshing, all the great aspects of a wheat. Nice yeast with a steady flow of carbonation.

Drinkability- I don't know how much of this i could drink because it only came with two bottles which I shared one. But I'd say this beer could easily replace Sammy's Cranberry Lambic in the winter batch. I'd probably stop at two at most, but I would love to see my Malt Beverage friends put down the Smirnoff triple black and pick up some of these well crafted delights.

This is the best beer in the pack, the most creative that I’ve drank in a while. I am more then impressed and I recommend that every one who reads this on BA to pick up the long shot before it's gone, unless you’re in north Jersey then leave it because I'm going to be going back for more.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass. Part of the Long Shot mix pack from Sam Adams.

Cloudy light amber color with an off white smooth one finger head that holds for a long time. Solid layers of lacing down the glass.

The berry aroma pretty much dominates all the other smells. A hint of wheat is detectable.

A husky malt base starts off the drink, slowly giving way to the sweet berry flavor. The berry quickly fades and returns to the grainy malts. The slightest touch of hops can be detected on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied with higher carbonation, and still have a smooth mouthfeel. The finish is mostly grain with a hint of fruit.

Not bad at all, I can see why this one was one of the top brews in the Sam Adams Long Shot competition. I find most American Pale Wheat Ales to be lower on the drinkablity scale, but this one is pretty easy to drink. The berry isn't to powerful either. Recommended.

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LongShot Boysenberry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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