LongShot Weizenbock
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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German Weizenbock
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavor

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Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice frothy one inch head. Good carbonation. Color is a lighter shade of mahogany.

Smell: Sweet with raisin hints along with the alcohol. Caramel notes also coming through with what appears to be a bubble gum/cotton candy scent as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hearty upon contact. Has a sweet biscuit flavor. Then that raisin hue comes into play. An ever so slight clove/perfume mixture comes next and then a subtle sting of alcohol at the end. Smooth and pleasant candy-like aftertaste.

Drinkability: I love the concept behind Sam Adam's "Longshot" series. It's always interesting to see people's take on different styles and this Weizenbock was an admirable homage.

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and chestnut brown with a thick 1+ finger of cream-colored head that slowly dissipates to a rocky cap with nice lacing.

S: Heavy on banana, dark dried fruits and clove. Spot on for the style.

T: Spicy, malty, has held up quite well after a year + in the fridge. Finish is crisp and clean, and really leaves me wanting more after each sip.

M: Crisp with a fizzy carbonation that tingles the tongue long after visible carbonation has subsided.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid weizenbock. Pours standard muddy brown, smell is of candied fruits, coriander, and mild malt sweetness. Nose is followed by taste, with a strong banana and mild melon to counterbalance the spice and moderate alcohol. All in all a good weizenbock, a style that is sorely underrepresented in the current market. Cheers to Jim for bringing this one to the market, even if I only got a few bottles of it.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/17/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, very murky, with a smallish but lasting gray colored head. Has a flowery grapey aroma. An okay body. Has a flowery taste, but too much fruit in the taste. A little heavy, but without the flavor.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2008.

Large creamy colored head. Well carbonated. Dark and cloudy, cola colored. Smells of licorice, root beer, and bubblegum. Tastes of sweet bananas and root beer. Lots of phenols. Somewhat tart and astringent in the finish. Medium body, coats the tongue. Alcohol hidden.

Ended up with a headache almost immediately after finishing this, not sure if this was the cause (was the first and only drink of the night) but gave the other five away just in case.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall, Weihenstephan wheat glass...
Appears a murky, dark amber with ruby edges when held to the light. A fluffy, 3 finger, off white cap slowly fades into a velvet cap that floats atop of the brew for the whole duration. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toasted wheat, cloves, and cocoa powder with a touch of biscuits and alcohol making this one of the closest American examples of Aventinus that I've found.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with wheat, caramel, cloves, and a touch of bananas mix together nicely. A very tasty version of the style.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, chewy, with sweet brown sugar and cloves rousing the palate with tasty goodness.
Damn...now, that's a good beer(and a good Weizenbock). Too bad it's not part of the regular lineup. I'd surely buy it.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown/amber with a 3/4" head. The head falls slowly to a cap and leaves behind nice lacing. Lots of bubble gum, yeast, roasted malts in the nose...some clove as well. Fruit, light chocolate or roast qualities..bubble gum yeastiness and even a little banana and clove spiciness in the finish along with an almost sour twang - all the right qualities. Medium bodied - low to mid level of carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams LongShot Weizenbock is a cloudy brown lager with a thin, leathery beige head with some oily bubbles. It leaves good lacing. It has a burly, grainy aroma that's the slightest bit sweet. There are grassy hops and a woody spice in the nose. It's pretty full bodied; fluffy, crunchy on the palate. It's the slightest bit sweet on the tongue. There is a definite prune flavor. The bitterness is dark chocolate and some kind of berry. It's like a brownie with gravy on it. Not for the faint of heart. This will put hair on your chest. Tastes rather like an ale.
(rated Apr 10, 2008)

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Photo of brewbucker
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original tasting - Feb 18, 2008. Pours a dark murky brown with a medium head. The aroma is a real smack in the face. Big clove, bubblegum, ripened fruits and spicy malt. Wonderful. Flavor is malts, spice, clove, banana. What a surprise this was. Thank you Mr. Kibzey.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its good I tried this after the grape pale ale. Pours murky brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Nose is ripe banana, clove, brown sugar, toast; like a fresh banana bread. Thick mouthfeel. Great taste. Again like a banana bread, but with spicy hops, molasses, and bubblegum yeast esters. Did not expect such a good beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear brown color with a thin, off white head that dissapears to never return.

Typacle dark fruits in the nose. Alcohol comes through too much in the nose.

Also the alcohol comes through too much in the flavor too.

Not very drinkable, it's too sweet.

This not a good rendition of the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/1/08. Bottle. Pours brown with a huge tan head. Leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma of wheat, bubblegum. Taste of more wheat, bubblegum, spices, molasses, and honey (very faint). I got a slight alcohol burn in the finish...A complex brew! Very refreshing too. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of schellsbeer
1.76/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Fruit and Beer...No way.

That being said, I can't stand this beer. Horrible. Give me an IPA, Porter, or Stout any day of the week, month or year.

Sorry, but this stuff is junk. I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Fruit. Funky weirdness. Raisins. Prunes. (hello grandpa?) YUCK.

Beer needs to be made from Malt, Barley and Hops with the major contributing factor coming from these 3 THINGS.

Sorry to the Brewer...this stuff is just nasty. I will never seek out another Weizenbock....Period.

If I wanted a fermented fruit cake, I would take the one that has been passed under the Christmas tree for the past several years. WOW!!

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Photo of dfillius
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of tannish head with okay head retention. Dark and chill-hazy and coffee colored liquid. Maybe mocha colored.

S: Sweet raisin/date, and cocoa powder, very strong ale fruity complexity (while drinking this, the bock part of the name made me think this was a lager, but research has now shown me that all weizenbocks are ales). Plum flavor, with some chocolate as well. I'm having a hard time smelling this and not drinking it.

T: Mmmm! Chocolate covered raisin, the fancy kind, not raisinets. This is one of the tastiest beers I've had this year. The malt complexity threatens to overwhelm, but stops just short of the edge.

M: Very smooth and very complementary flavors.

D: Wow! I want more! Solid. Each period of time between drinks involves me saying "Man that was good wasn't it?" then slipping into a time of disbelief which I can only dispel with another drink, and the cycle starts over again.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bruised amber glass holds a halo of tan that fails to lace.

S: Esters are heady, purple grape, banana, lilac. Sweet creamy malt promises sugary depth.

T: Well balanced with a grainy wheat base with a banana peel coat and a slightly alcoholic finish.

M: Low carbonation keeps everything civil and easy going. Slight grit in an overall smooth texture.

D: Easy to down, the heady alcohol didn't slow me a bit. Good stuff, cheer to Sam Adams for this great program.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a nice cloudy brown color.

Smell is of some dark malts with a hint of chocolate and lot of banana phenol.

Taste is of banana and a little bit of chocolate malt. There is a caramel malt sweetness as well. There is a mild citrusy/grassy flavor on the finish.

Mouthfel is crisp and smooth and slightly creamy.

Not bad. This beer is a little past the best by date, but it hasn't really suffered.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, one of the Longshot beers was bound to be good as the Grape Pale Ale wasn't cutting it, but this one is very good. A very hearty beer with a high ABV, some nice spices can be tasted, mostly cinnamon. It reminded me of an Old Fezziwig, which is a very good thing. I would definitely like to try this beer again.

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is dark brown almost cola looking with a red/tan hue. The head is tan and foamy but the lace is minimal.

Smell- It has a good fruity and wheaty aroma like a wheat beer should. It has a great caramel malt bock scent too.

Taste- It has a heavier taste than your usual weizen but lighter than a bock. It has a dry fruit like raisin taste.

Mouthfeel- The upper end of medium bodied.

Drinkability- It has a warming feeling.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a cloudy dark amber/light brown with a thick off-white head. The aroma is very clove-like and moderately sweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is quite yeasty, clove-like with a bittersweetness. The beer finishes tart with just a hint of alcohol. The body is full and carbonation moderate. Overall the beer is well done, finish might be a bit too tart.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown orange color with a finger dollop of creamy light tan head. Retains very solidly, leaving some huge sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very thick smelling with notes of wheat, orange peel, banana, clove, and an underlying waft of heat.

The taste is a beefy mix of orange citrus, yeasty bananas, spicy clove, with a firm wheat base under it all, and a tingle of hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and beefy feel, yet the alcohol presence is pretty well hid.

Solid take on a Weizenbock here, that while being complex and brawny, stills keeps the alcohol in check and remains fairly quaffable. A winner from the most recent Longshot competition.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown body with amber highlights and a healthy and creamy ivory head that settles nicely with good retention

Aroma: Sweet bananas and herbal cloves over a nutty and earthy malt base

Taste: Similar to the aroma, banana, dark fruit, and cloves dominate here. However, the nuttiness and roasty malt come out more in the taste than in the nose. Pleasantly, that 7.2% booze comes through every now and then in the back

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium to high carbonation for good contrast

Drinkability: Even with a somewhat high ABV and its strong flavors, I could easily throw one or two of these into a session

Verdict: Complex and unique, Rodney has really brewed up something special here

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

Murky chestnut with razor-thin amber trim. Yet more evidence that unfiltered beer looks much better than filtered beer. The khaki cap filled more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating slowly. Extensive sheets of lace put the finishing touches on a lovely looking weizenbock.

The nose nails the style. It's mildly brown malty and delivers plenty of the usual bruised banana and zesty clove. Although a little more power would be nice, it's hard to argue with the nasal profile.

There are better weizenbocks out there. Having said that, this BBC LongShot brew is delicious. It's probably a little sweeter than the style average, though that's rarely a criticism in my book. Besides, sweet is nicely complemented by bitter and spicy.

Specific flavors include brown bread covered with a thick layer of fruit marmalade, loads of overripe banana, and a perfect amount of ground clove. Rodney must have used an estery, high-quality yeast strain. For comparison's sake, the (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score is an impressive 3.0/4.0. The next highest flavor score was a serious consideration.

The mouthfeel keeps the quality train rolling right along. It's at least medium, maybe even medium-full, and has a lush creaminess that is becoming more lush and creamy as time passes and the beer gains a few degrees.

In my considered opinion, Boston Beer Company needs a bottled weizenbock, even if it's only a seasonal release. LongShot Weizenbock is the perfect candidate because it doesn't need a recipe change, it just needs a new name and a new label. I would love to see Sam Adams Weizenbock alongside sixers of Boston Lager and Boston Ale in local beer stores.

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Photo of Dusty278
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours dark brown with a little lacing.

S - Smells good. Banana and a little spicy.

T - I haven't had many weizenbocks to my recollection but this one isn't to my taste. The cloves here are overbearing as well as the heat.

M - A nice, even mouthfeel.

D - After finishing this bottle, I do not see my self having another.

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Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a muddy copper color. About a one inch tan head, retains well, setting into moderate lace.

Aroma is banana and cloves to start, but moving more towards dark fruit & vanilla as it warms. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet and malty with some wheat and dark fruits coming through. Has elements not unlike banana bread. Not bitter, but alchohol pokes through in the aftertaste.

Medium-to-full body, moderate carbonation. Creamy, but not coating. Balance seems fine, alcohol does not overpower. Overall, a really nice effort...and certainly what I would call a comfort beer.

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LongShot Weizenbock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 265 ratings