LongShot Weizenbock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot WeizenbockLongShot Weizenbock

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

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by alexgash on 02-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 243
Reviews by orcasteve:
Photo of orcasteve
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice dark wheat beer, nice sweet taste. this one is big and malty. excellent abv yeald at 7.2%.

this beer was fine from start to finish, this one is top shelf i need to get a few more of theese befor their all gone.

this one remindes me of some of its fine german counter-parts

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Aventinus glass a hazed iced tea color with a large fluffy,sticky off white head that stuck like glue to the glass.Smokey,bubblgum-like, and medicinal aromas quite yeasty and phenolic.I have a slight cold so I may not get the full effects but I really pick up a banana bread quality slightly nutty with big banana notes with a tinge of smoke and clove.A little thinner than I would have thought but not overly so it goes down quite easy.Not bad is it warranted such a high rating I am not sure but hey cheers to the home brewer I couldnt do it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep cola brown color with hints of dark amber on the edges. A half inch of cream light tan head sits atop the brew and leaves some sticky lacing on the sides. Aromas of caramel and sweet bread malts upfront mixed in with bright banana and clove scents as well. The nice earthy, yeast spiciness works in well here.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramel and bready malts with somewhat of a raisin and nut undercurrent. The banana and clove flavors move in quickly alongside a nice roasted note. Flows down with spicy, earthy yeast accents and finishes with a touch of bitterness. This is a solid weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy as well. Goes down smooth with lots of fast paced carbonation. I would like a little more body here, but it's ultimately a refreshing brew overall. I'm glad I had a bottle of this to try and I think it is a brew that would benefit from further production and distribution, as good American brewed weizenbock's are a bit hard to come by. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the bottle.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked this beer a lot. Poured into a flute, it was a hazy brown color. The white head was thin, but nonetheless left some decent lacing. Aroma was malt and sweet fruit. Very strong malt presence in the taste, as well as a little bit of raisin. Smooth and mellow, would happily drink a few of these.

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Photo of 40451
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nem2006
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a regular pint glass. Beer has a medium head on it. Has a dark brown hue to it. Has a sweet smell. A medium to heavy body. You can definitely taste the malt much more than the hops although as the flavor fades on the tongue, there is a little hoppy bitterness at the back of the tongue. As it says on the bottle, the flavoring is definitely complex and left me scratching my acolyte head several times.

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Photo of mattster
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, aggressive pour into Weizen glass.

Really nice dark brown brew with a tan head of 2-3".

Smell is malty with slight wheat notes. Taste is more prominent. Slight sweetness from malts, but great bock style taste. Really nice full mouth feel, very nice finish. Very little to no aftertaste. Sam Adams and Rodney Kibsey did a wonderful job with this brew. Boston Beer should keep this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Kraken
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner Glass. Finally got a couple of free glasses from OakTree in NJ. Firm pour yields a minimal .5 finger head that diminishes to a thin scantly there white ring around the inside of the glass. Beer pours a dark cloudy chestnut brown. I was surprised at how cloudy this beer was. Nose is figs, bananas and cloves. Smells almost like a thin quad. No lacing what so ever. On the palate this one initially provides a nice punch of fig bananas and clove. Body is nice dark malt with a smooth dry finish, hints of booze as this beer is 7.2%. Mouth feel is slightly thin, but still very tasty. Working on number 2 atm as the GF like the grape pale ale. I really like the concept behind this offering. It really gives the homebrewer a chance to have his/her product delivered to the masses.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very glad I was able to buy a couple bottles of the SA Longshot Weizenbock last month while visiting Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Today's bottle was tasted side-by-side with Aventinus and Plank's Dunkler Weizenbock. Unfortunately, the Plank didn't taste near as good as I remembered from the past. To be honest, the Plank bottle tastes old. Actually it gushed a little as well, but it doesn't taste infected. The Aventinus is better. It's probably not as good as it can be, but it seems to taste OK. The SA brew says it's best before July (this month), but it tastes fine to me. The SA brew has a nice, spicy, dark-fruity, aroma. I would probably say the aroma is the best of the three. The SA also has a richer taste than the other two brews and is a bit more syrupy with a heavier body. The typical German wheat beer flavors are mixed in there, but in a very nice balance. There's no nasty, plastic/band-aid phenol to be found...thankfully! There seems to be slightly more dark malt character in the SA brew as compared to Aventinus. The bodies of the other two German brews are definitely a bit lighter and spritzier. It's weird, but the SA brew is reminding me a bit of Aventinus Eisbock even though the SA brew is 7.2%. In the end, I think the SA brew is a very good example of the style and certainly one of the better US-brewed versions I've had. For overall drinkability, I'd still give the nod to Aventinus. However, I wish Sam Adams would brew this Longshot brew again. I'd like to taste a fresher bottle, and I'd also like to be able to buy it on regular basis. Good job Sam Adams and Rodney Kibzey!

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Photo of Dusty278
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
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 WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a big murky mahogany brown hue kinda like apple butter filling my glass. Big luscious light tan head forms chunky textured dimples as it dwindles down lacing is thick and evenly dispersed. Aroma caramel spice clove and fruit namingly raisin and apples with mild air of smoked or kilned malts. Flavor is full of spices, clove, and raisin and apples with caramel and mild cocoa notes as well, the smoke layer keeps rolling on through the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation head lasts until the bottom of the glass can you say protein in my beer. Finishes with more bitterness left on the palate than the Aventinus or other German greats. Drinkability is stellar a challenging well brewed unique take on the German style Weizenbock. That touch of smokiness actually livens the experience up quite a bit, I would have probably been like yeah this is alright just another shot at an Aventinus clone until that extra flavor profile caught my tongue.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Weizen glass with a best by date of 6/08.

A - A cloudy dark mahogany color that is rather cloudy so that very little light can get through it. Has a nice big mocha colored head with a ton of lacing as well. There is a slight gold head to it as well and I can also see a lot of carbonation coming up and attacking the head.

S - Smells is a mix of a hefe and the dark fruity esters that we usually find in a Belgian strong pale ale. I get a hint of plum, clove, bananas coming up from it. There is also a strong hint of bubblegum as well. I really like this huge nose that really comes out strong.

T - Taste is actually kinda odd. There is a hint of caramel and some odd bitter taste that I can't exactly put my finger on it. It does have a slight hint of bubblegum and bananas. These flavors are there but not nearly as noticeable as they are in the nose. The aftertaste is strong pink bubble gum. It does almost exactly taste like double bubble gum to me.

MF - The body is pretty spot on as it is nice and thick and chewy without becoming overpowering. There is a light carbonation in it but what was really the most surprising was the after feeling is mildly astringent. Even taste a bit powdery to me as if I just got licked the light powder off of a stick of bubble gum from a pack of baseball cards. Leaves a slight tingle on the tongue as well that is peculiar

D - Overall, this is a good beer and a nice one to try. I will not have any trouble drinking all three of these but I probably wouldn't buy them too often if they were available. The taste is all there but nothing is outstanding and has a few odd bits to the taste as well that makes it a bit interesting.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a woody-brown hazy body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing up the sides of the glass. There is a nice rocky light tan head that last for most of the beer.

S- The smooth smell of bubble gum and bananas is nice and not over the top with hints of dark whole wheat bread in the background. There is a light yeasty note that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.

T- This beer has a nice fresh clove warmth that blends in with fresh bread dough and toasted malt notes. There is a soft banana quality but it plays a good soft supporting role. Nice bitter spice note at finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly chewy texture and a soft fusel alcohol note when it is warm.

D- This beer has nice wheat qualities and some nice soft bock notes. The yeasty notes are controlled very well and stay in the background instead of kicking your taste buds. This is a well-build beer and fits this style nicely.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LonghornBrewer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass

A: Opaque, dark-brown in color. Kinda looks like a cross between a cider and a coca-cola. 1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: The smell really reminds me of Live Oak Hefeweizen. Lots of clove, banana, and some malt buried in there.

T: Weiss beer characteristics: banana, citrus, clove. Additionally, there is a bitter hop presence with dark malt and prominent alcohol. Some spiciness also therein.

After additional consideration, it reminds me of a cross between a Belgian dubbel and a hefeweizen. Quite tasty.

M: Good mouthfeel. Decent thickness and a complimentary, moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable considering how very flavorful of a beer this is and the high ABV.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is dark almond-like brown with a little red glow where light hits around the edges. Head is made up of fine bubbles and beige-tan in color. Thin retention and some sparse lace. Aroma isn't bad. Creamy bock malt, appropriately sweet berries, some banana, toast, slight spice, and a touch of zesty lemon syrup smell. Taste is comprised of the same stuff. Bock-like, fruity, some sense of alcohol, and spice. Mouthfeel is smoooth with a body almost thinner than I'd like at a good lightish medium. Fine carbonation indeed. Drinkably easy to consume.

Not bad. Nicely delicate aroma but could be a little more in depth with the taste. Not bad though + I'd get it again perhaps.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle> 20 oz. Weizen glass

Big props to Rodney Kibzey for creating this.

A rather quick pour delivered a dark, hazy brown amber color and a massive four-fingers deep head that is solid, sparkling and foamy, slow to dissipate leaving mountinous clumps with sticky lacing everywhere. This head never really goes away, with a good 1/8" deep still in the glass with very little liquid left.

The nose has Deep banana's with cream and cloves all over it! Pretty aromatic with herbal zest of nutmeg, spices and cloves. The heat is very well blended but does add some nice depth. The spicey hop and tangy yeast effect is very Beligian-like. This one leaves some residual sticky-maltiness that is yummy but a bit over-done.

This is a medium to full feel, low carbonation feel, smooth but a bit grainy.

This is a nice style for warm weather.

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Photo of SMark
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle with a purchase before month notched on the label. There was a mountain of fluffy pillow foam creating a nice lacing effect. The beer was 'dirty' brown.

This beer actually reminded me of several of my homebrew creations. The aroma was more pleasantly astringent and sharper than commercially brewed beers. Dark roasted malt permeated from the glass.

Taste was also slightly familiar but a whole lot better than my own. Clove and chocolate came out quickly and then tannin seemed to be present creating a full taste.

There was fullness to the body and good balance. Tastes filled the mouth with fruitiness becoming more prevalent with additional sips.

Very nicely made and satisfying to drink. This would be one to respect with the 7.2% alcohol which does not seem to tell you it is there.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange brown with a giant tan foamy head. The head leaves great lacing and lasts forever. The smell is not as strong as I hoped,but there are malt,banana,and dark fruit scents present. The taste is like the smell,full of banana,wheat,clove,dark fruit,and a strong malt flavor. The m/f is light,for the alcohol,and all the flavors are mixed very well. A damn good beer that deserves to be in the everday Sam lineup.
Good job Rodney.

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Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colorwise, this is akin to river silt, all opaque and dark brown. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The head is a pale tan, and on the short side, but leaves greasy smears down the side of the glass.
The aroma is full of doughy wheat bread, banana pudding, vanilla, clove, prune, dark chocolate, and cognac. It's as delicious smelling as it is complex.
With the president set by the nose, the taste is a small disappointment, even though it carries through with the same elements in varying degrees. It begins with a chocolate-tinged doughy wheat malt. Vanilla and banana enter next, still on the sedate side. It turns aggressively phenolic with clove and pepper, nearly to the point of astringency. It's soothed partially with a prune essence that morphs into brandy, along with a alcohol presence that grows in unison. Hopping is second-or tertiary, but some dried herbal bitterness can be perceived around the swallow.
It's fairly airy up front, but thickens considerably as the carbonation settles out. It clots into a medium-full.
While it has a couple rough patches, it's an enjoyable weizenbock. Not world-class, but respectable.

All told, the Longshot '07 pack is an utter letdown compared to the '06 where both the Old Ale and Dortmunder could be slated for mass production, this is in the ballpark, but not quite there. Plus, it sure would have been nice to get a third beer as a replacement for the shelved IIPA, or anything other than the Grape Pale Ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogoney brownwith white foaming head and lots of residual lace. Cloves, wheat aroma and in taste. Creamy bananna mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Drying aftertaste. Suitable and above-average carbonation that tingles the tongue. Cinammon gum sweet-spicey.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is a wonderfully dirty purple poo-brown color with a gigantic four finger creamy beige head that slowly settles to a long lasting finger and leaves an enormous amount of swiss cheese lace on the glass. This is a great looking beer!

S - Musty attics, wet mulch, black fertile soil, portobello mushrooms, rotten bananas, chalk, asparagus, and sauteed onions. This wonderfully funky mish-mash of aromas is punctuated by an underlying chocolate and caramel Whatchamacallit candy bar note that keeps this from being total stir fry on the nose. There are also some deep forest notes that reminds me of walking through the woods on a 90 degree plus day.

T - Not quite as complex or funkalicious as the nose. The chocolate and caramel come out more strongly, and some dark overripe (almost rotten) fruits come out to play. I'm reminded of pureed plums and Fig Newtons. Sort of like eating a plum on the brink of turning bad, but still sweet and dusky. This is also heavily spiced with what would seem to be nutmeg, and you can feel the dryness of the powdered spices in the finish too.

M - Full bodied, rich, creamy, luscious, and very subtly carbonated. It't very delicate despite the hefty body, and it finishes funky and off-dry. Pillowy, slightly greasy, and almost smoky in the aftertaste. Awesome.

D - This is a freaking awesome brew. I love old-world vegetal funk in wines, and this has that sort of deep forest mushroom cavey musty character. I wouldn't say that this is necessarily session material, but If they ever release this stuff again, I'll pick it up for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark caramel-brown beneath a cramy head of tan froth. Very nice head retention and lacing, but it could be much better given the style. Let's blame the producer for that, and not the homebrewer who's recipe won ;) Grainy, malty, and distinctly wheaty notes appear in the nose along with a healthy dose of caramelized sugars. And those follows through into the flavor. There's even some mild milk chocolate there. Weizen yeast phenolics are present but somewhat sharp. It's not the soft, bubble-gum-like clove that I'd expect... of course it's not medicinal phenolic either. The bitterness is decent, and it's not overly malty, leaving it fairly drinkable. It finishes with a slick layering of caramel sweetness that's coat-tailed by some fruitiness before both fade into a dry, somewhat hoppy (like spent hops in trub), almost burnt-sugar finish. It's not really smokey, but it has an edge, and I wonder if there's a bit of rauch malt in the grist, or if that's just from the yeasty phenolics. Regardless, it's intriguing. A nicely done weizenbock, but there are many better examples of the style.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color with a huge three finger, tan head. Retention was excellent and a thick coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Plum and raisin aromas are dominant. Very malty smelling. Banana, clove, and a bit of corriander creep in and add complexity. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Taste: Clove is clearly the main feature here. A bit of plum, banana, and sugary malts blend pretty well. Maybe even a little vanilla in there. But, the spicy flavor is very strong. Alcohol is not noticeable in taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is very good. 7.2% abv really adds something to this beer. If it were lighter, it wouldn't be nearly as good. It is quite smooth and drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer. Definitely recommended.

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LongShot Weizenbock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 265 ratings