LongShot Boysenberry Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Boysenberry WheatLongShot Boysenberry Wheat
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NeroFiddled on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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203
Ratings:
229
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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Photo of nortmand
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a white head and a reddish hue.

The smell is killer in this beer. An awesome banana/berry fruitiness. Not really in your face, but balanced and assertive enough.

Nice rounded berry flavor up front. Leaves a bitter soapy aftertaste. Soda sweetness aftertaste as well.

Full, soft body and fairly drinkable, but a bit sweet for too many.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy deep golden with two fingers of white head and a patchy lacing with some froth floating on top.

S - Strong aroma of boysenberries and that is about it. I love raspberries and blackberries so this is a very pleasant aroma.

T - Raspberries and blackberries. It starts sweet and then finishes slightly tart. Some wheat malt is in the background for a very nice balance.

M - Medium bodied with what feels like light carbonation. Very nicely balanced.

D - This would make for a great summer thirst quencher by the pool. I am glad Jim Koch did this competition a hope to see more Longshot beers in the future.

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