LongShot Dortmunder Style Export | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Dortmunder Style ExportLongShot Dortmunder Style Export

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

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 203
Reviews by JMD71:
Photo of JMD71
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap: Hard pour raises 1/2 finger of bubbly head. Head receded immediately. Very light golden color with almost no visible carbonation. Sparkling, translucent.

Ar: Deep malty aroma with a slight fruitiness. Noble hops noted in the background. Slight toasty notes. Maltiness very appetizing

Ta: Wow, wonderful flavor! I truly enjoy this. The malt foundation stands out with the toasty notes prevalent. Noble hops add nice flavor without being overly bitter.

Mo: Very light & crisp. Refreshing. Although the carbonation appeared low, it is perfect for the style.

Dr: Very drinkable! Light, smooth. Easy going down & would be an excellent session beer.

Comments: Congrats, Bruce! This is excellent IMO. I wish I had the talent to brew this recipe. The Sam Adams brewers did a great job with this. I'd like to see this part of Sam's regular lineup.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man you sure dont see the Dortmunder style much I was glad to see BBC give recognition to this beer and homebrewer.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear medium gold with a fluffy tight white head,very good clarity to this brew.Toasty dry aromas somewhat grainy and herbal with hints of honey sweetness,quite dry on the palate lightly toasted and grainy with a near perfect amount of honey-like sweetness with a big herbal smack in the finish.A damn fine lager beer very sturdy and far from being bland,this is top notch stuff in my book.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Cheers to Bruce Scott for the win with his Lager. It's great to see a Lager win in any competition because the style seldom gets the respect it deserves (unless you attend our Night of the Lagers @ American Beer Fest on June 15).

A quick-to-drop white head leaves a bubbly lace in its wake, which, surprisingly, puts a few rings on the glass, showing that it actually does have good head retention. Slight haze with a pale golden color. Hoppy aroma of fresh-cut grass, white tea and lemon essence. Some pale maltiness in the nose as well. Refreshingly smooth crispness off of a moderate body. Clean, malty palate; grainy up front with a mild, doughy biscuit flavor middle to end. Hops come in with a sharp bitterness to set things straight, and slowly leave with a light tea and spicy herbal flavor. Clean for the most part, with a touch of nutty yeast in the middle. Finishes a bit grainy and semi-dry.

Other than the clarity, this beer ended up being quite the stellar Lager. Crisp, clean, and refreshing--what else is there to ask for? Oh yeah, and it's flavorful. Pair this one with a pot of Edam and Swiss cheese fondue and an array of sausages.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this mixed six pack recently after hearing about it here. No reason to pass it up either! The Dortmunder pours into my glass a nice goldenrod yellow with a small bubbly white head and lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with a sweet grainy aspect along with light biscuit notes. Plenty of noble hops are in the mix as well..pretty clean and straightforward.

First sip brings a smooth, sweet graininess that has a touch of biscuit to it as well. It's followed by a sturdy noble hop presence that adds some bitterness. A bit of caramel, the brew finishes with a spicy edge and a lingering sweetness. Overall, a pretty tasty Dortmunder.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side. Good steady carbonation and quite refreshing. Would make a good summertime brew, although I'd probably stick with Great Lakes Dortmunder. Cheers to Sam Adams for giving a few lucky homebrewers the chance to have a commercially produced brew!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pretty gold color with a medium head that retains well. It has a malty aroma. Taste is like the aroma: biscuit mostly. Some hops show up late, and they are quite nice. I think this is a nice crisp and refreshing beer, one that I would like to drink again.

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Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that retains well and leaves a decent lacing. Smell of straw and faint grassy hops. A bit of straw in the taste, sweet honey, a slightly grassy flavor and maybe a hint of nut. Pretty highly carbonated with an almost medium body. I was actually surprised; this was really good I thought. This is a beer that can keep the BMC crowd happy, as well as the people who prefer those with more character. I sound like a commercial in the previous sentence, but whatever, this is good and certainly worth a looking for.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,golden color,2" thick creamy white head,good carbination and retention. Lots of tiny bubbles rising throughout the beer leaving webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Very nice pleasing aroma.very complex that's very perfumy complex maltiness sweet light carmell,nutty,toffee and burnt notes. Slightly metallic and good spicyness. Very inviting aroma.

Bittersweet carmell with burnt flavors a bit metallic, but not offensive. Fruitty,woody/earthy with a good clean spicy finish. Nice balance with a very pleasing taste.

Medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy/silky feel and slightly grainy. Very drinkable nice and complex,interesting beer would love to drink more. Could drink this one all night long. Good sessionability a good pleasing quality really enjoyed this beer. Give it a try while you still can. Hope they don't stop making this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was really my favorite of the whole group, where else can you find this quality of a Dortmunder. I'm glad Sam Adams decided upon a lager for their homebrewing series, up there with Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes for me. Appears a birgh clear golden hue with a large tuffet of off white head, great retention along with thin even lace patterns strung around my Heavyweight pint. Aroma has warm biscuit malt tone with mild streaks of mineral nuttiness and a touch of honey, underlying herbal hops shine through beautifully as well. Flavor crisp mild sweetness with bready honey tinged grains delivering a pefect malt profile for the style, so well executed on the style with moderate bitterness and more herbal grassy hops coming through I would love a beer like this on draft. Mouthfeel is light to medium boied with an even flowing carbonation, that is really friggin' smooth going down. Drinkability on the money for me give me a whole case release of this one reminiscient of my last great lager experience around Christmas when Abita released a pilsner for their Anniversary beer, good stuff.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a warm orange hue and a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing through it. The head is snow white and last for a long time while bubbling away underneath the surface.

S- During the pour I could smell the aroma of fresh pale dry malt but on further sniffing notes of soft honey comb came through. The smell of spicy noble hops in the finish had some nice depth to them. When this beer warmed there was notes of buttered popcorn in the background that added even more depth to the malt smell.

T- The taste of dry pale malt has a freshness to it and some nice depth. There are notes of dry honey malt and a soft spicy note to the malt. The dry bitterness of hops in the finish ends the taste nicely. There is a soft pale malt and hop note that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a fizz finish that makes the finish pretty clean.

D- It is so easy to do this style poorly that it always impresses me when I find a gem like this. There is great malt flavor with good hop balance. The fresh flavors are very nice. You can have a light beer with good flavor.

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Photo of sloejams
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was happy to come across the Longshot mixed 6er at my local shop. This was gold in color creamy white head. The aroma was sweet with a subtle hop presence. It tasted a like a maltier pils with a bit more hop character. There was a bit o' honey in the flavor too and a slight grain. I enjoyed this and recommend it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very light orange yellow with an nice full finger head that melts to very sticky lacing mapping the side of the glass all the way down.

Aromas are very light biscuit and bread with a touch of sweet malt.

Taste is slightly sweet pale malts initially, then sort of a bread type yeast and a hint of hops on the tailend.

Mouthfeel is creamy and clean.
Aftertaste is slightly sweet but not in the least cloying.
An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance. Color is warm gold and head is large and white. Lacing all over the glass too. Aroma is soft, doughy and bready. Refreshing, crisp hop aroma lightens it up. Taste is clean and crisp. Good solid maltiness holds up the beer nicely. There's a nice bitterness that breaks through the malts steadily through the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Carbonation holds up just enough but could be heavier. Very drinkable and no off flavors/smells.

Good on a hot day.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Created by 2006 HomeBrew winner Bruce Scott.

AP: Totally clear, Yellow tinted gold with massive, lively bubbles streaming up to the top to create a one-finger deep, pure-white frothy head. Leaves a few nice rings of lacing scattered about.

Nose: Malted wheat, gentle yeast, herbal and earthy toned hop with some subtle fruit effects.

Taste: A very well balanced brew with a big, hearty sweet malted wheat, and a nice buttered bread flavor. Only mildly bitter with a very herbalized and fruity flavor from the hops. The hop flavor really pops out in the after-taste. Wonderfully tastey flavor overall.

MF: Medium body, buttery, smooooth as can be!! packs a bite of nice bite on the tongue as well. Great feel.

DA: Extremely easy to drink and very well done. Thank you Bruce.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a medium head that leaves decent lacing. This really looks like any other large macro beer. The smell is sweet malt,floral, and "bisquity". The taste is crisp with a lemon flavor along with sweet malt,floral,bread yeast, and honey. The m/f is light with flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer,but it's really not that great.

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Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best by June 2007.

Appearance: Dense and rocky white head that surprised me at first and still clings to the glass, with lots of clumpy lacing left behind. This might be due to the fact that it's closer to room temperature than I wanted it, but hey, it looks good. The body's a pale apricot copper color with lots of bubbles floating to the top throughout and damn near to the end of the time with the beer.

Smell: Buttery notes along with some euro malts and grain, with a pretty earthy feel to it overall.

Taste: Pilsner malts and diacetyl are at the forefront, along with snatches of hops to curb the sweetness. Finish is fairly sweet initially but then is melded well with a bit of citrus hops and aromatic flowery notes to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: I was worried a bit initially after seeing all those bubbles going crazy in the glass, but the mouthfeel here is rich and fairly medium bodied without being overly carbonated.

Drinkability: I could certainly drink many of these in a session. Enough complexity and balance to make you keep going back, and it also went well with some supreme pizza. I'm sure if the hops were amped up a bit this could be even better. My first of the Long Shot brews, and after this I'm certainly looking forward to the other two.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Homebrewer Bruce Stott's winning LongShot lager displays the firm malty body and solid bitterness exemplified by the Dortmunder style.

It's crystal-clear, deep golden in color, and the creamy white head holds remarkably well, leaving almost solid walls of creamy lace behind.

A fresh and aromatic grainy-maltiness dominates the nose, but there are plenty of grassy and floral hop notes in there as well.

In the mouth it's firm, medium-body, and fine-bubbled moderate carbonation leave it creamy-smooth; and differentiate it from the Pilsener or Munich helles styles.

The flavor is clean and rich with an ever so slightly toasty maltiness threaded through with grassy and floral hops. Its solid bitterness keeps the maltiness in check, and leads to a dry finish.

Nicely done! Right on for style, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a smallish, fizzy white head. Body has little carboniaton – rather still. Aroma of light pilsner malt, a little bit of adjunct skunkiness, and a faint whiff of light, fruity hops. Palate is mildly sweet pilsner and carapils malts, mild fruity hops, and light, floral German yeast. Body is nice and creamy, very nice for a lager. A highly drinkable offering that belies its humble appearance with a decent amount of flavor.

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Photo of prototypic
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger head which dissipated rather quickly. Beer is a nice golden color. Light lacing left down the mug.

Smell: Not picking up very much. Very light smell. I am picking up a bit of honey and light hops.

Taste: Not bad. I wouldn't say it's great either. Definitely a nice blend of malt and hops. PIcked up hints of honey.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is light and smooth. I could drink a few. I could session this, but I'd rather have something else. Overall, not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hmm, I'm not quite sure what to make of this one. I reminds me of both a Czech/Bohemian pils and a Euro pale lager. It has a bit of generic macro aroma and taste, but not necessarily in a bad way. The flavor is actually a bit complex. There seems to be a touch of diacetyl, or something similar, to add a buttery-cream quality. There a fruity yeast component, a bit of bready grains, and a mellow, but relatively assertive bit of hops. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

this is a solid brew. a nice golden color it smells lightly sweet. think honey and a touch of floral hops. taste is similar. honey sweetness, straw and a touch of alcohol minus the burn. crisp. simple. clean. i could have a few as i find it pretty enjoyable. good effort.

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Photo of hammer09
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not usually a big fan of lagers, especially pilsner-type styles, but for the Longshot Dortmunder Style Export, I'm happy to make an exception. This is quite simply, an excellent beer.

Poured a clear, golden-blonde with a smooth, creamy head. Carbonation is steady and vigorous. Smell was very clean and pilsner-like, but without the soapy aroma I typically associate with mass market lagers. I could also detect a light sweetness with spicy and citrus notes. Taste is sweet and malty and overall, very flavorful. Mouthfeel is generally smooth with a bit of stickiness. Very light-bodied and a little warming. Drinkability is excellent. I only wish that Sam Adams would package this separately.

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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an efferevescent honey color woth 4 fingers+ of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & really good head retention

S: Grassy & perfumy hops up front

T: Lemony & grassy hops with a touch of honey malt front. Fruittyness, more lemons & dryness follows. Finishes a little too dry, tart, & lemony for perfection, still pretty tasty

MF: Light/medium with lively, but appropriate carbonation & superb balance

Drinks very easy, but a touch too dry to session on all night for me. Still a very good example of a underproduced style in this country

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bditty187
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale-gold in hue with a tickle of bronze; white head, at the apex the foam was a healthy two fingers tall. The bubbles steadily slid to a modest cap. Lacing started before I took a sip. Once some of the liquid is consumed the lacing became merely spotty. There is nothing remarkable about the appearance.

The nose is grainy with a flowery-spiciness. I’ve had so few Dorts (and none recently) it is hard for me to say how authentic this is. It does smell good so that is all that really matters. The aromas have a European flair, not robust but clean and articulate. Isn’t that what Biden said about Obama? Chatty nose; I fell invited to take a sip!

It only took one swallow for me to remember what a Dort tastes like. My god do I miss drinking Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold (I say that like I use to get it regularly). The Long Shot version is not as good… but nothing is. Juicy maltiness (lovely!) with a tickle of oranges/pears; honey, spices, and grain arrives in the middle. After I swallow my mouth waters for more; sweet finish, kind of sluggish… tacky aftertaste, which I don’t care for. The first 2/3rds of this beer is great but the ending really sucks. I don’t like the finish/aftertaste. Damn.

Medium in body, low carbonation, I dislike the mouthfeel because it is not very lively.

I can drink this okay if I don’t think about it; the two bottles in the six-pack are plenty for me. I was hopping for more as this is a rare style but no such luck. Nevertheless, congrats to Bruce Stott!

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LongShot Dortmunder Style Export from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 229 ratings