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: 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
Photo of dfillius
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
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 taez555
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes, tasted 3/8/08

This beer poured a dark brown, hazy brown, murky brown body with a small off-white head.

Nose is intense, dark fresh dunkelweiss, wheat, bananas, fruit, dark wheat malt, bubble gum and even faint hints of smoke.

Taste is medium bodied with waves of dark wheat and dark brown bread mixed with fresh malt. Banana, clove, gum, mild anise, subtle roasted charred wood and some soft smoke. Earth and twigs dominate the hop taste. There's a mild minty bitterness that becomes more intense in the finish.

Wow!!! Rodney Kibsey, you mad e fucking killer beer. Like the best fresh german dunkel weis but with mild touches of bock and even rauch. Wow. I haven't had a german style beer this good since actually being in Germany.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a brownish pour, very cloudy. Turbulence builds up three fingers of head quickly. Settles down and has a creamy Guinness-like cover. Squeezing in the rest of the bottle pushes the cap above the glass top. Waves of suds all over the glass as this one disappears. Great start, alright Rodney!

Aroma - loads of banana and yeast. Mild clove spicing.

Taste - rich, roasty malts. Sweet spicy yeast full of banana and clove. A fruity bite on the swallow, just a touch of dry bitterness to even things out a bit. Warming alcohol on the finish and a touch of chocolate as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - very smooth feel with a solid body.

Drinkability - oustanding weizenbock; they should 'graduate' this one into the rotation.

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Photo of BACTAdam
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! What an amazing brew! Beer pours a deep, very cloudy amber color with tantilizing aromas of banana and dried fruit. The taste is top notch. Drank it with a dinner of brats, sauerkraut and potato pancakes and it paired flawlessly. A true German dinner! The taste has notes of banana, clove, malts and a tinge of caramel sweetness. Very complex! The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy, more than any weizenbock I've had previously.

Absolutely the best LongShot ever! I agree that this should be put into Sam Adams' regular rotation of beers. Nice work.

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Photo of oelergud
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic brown 12oz glass bottle, pry-off cap and a blue/yellow label.
Opaque mahogany body with a tan head of small to large bubbles. Good retention and clumpy lace.
Sweet brown sugar smell. Some christmas spice and a dark earthy roast to it along with some dark ripe banana and prune.
Roasted sweet malts covered in brown sugar flavor, very delicious. Complex malt profile and a good deal of hop notes. The aftertaste is a great balance of slightly spiked hops with plenty of sweet molasses and prune to go around. Just a touch of alcohol.
Medium to full body, good coating and abit of residual sugars.
Great drinkability, delicious, full of flavor and satisfying.


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Photo of pmcadamis
4.67/5  rDev +21%
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 allergictomacros
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, dark red/brown with a mixed bubble head of tan foam and decent lacing.

S - Very fruity, with an almost Belgian spiciness and molasses. Slight funk and muted floral hop round out the aromas.

T - Quite sweet and tart up front, and lots of fruit. The middle is an absolutely superb blend of caramel/toffee/molasses, rich fruitiness - raisins, prunes, and a hint of hops, before finishing with a light bitterness.

M - Very creamy, soft body. Substantial.

D - Very, very drinkable weizenbock. Superb.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is two inches in height, fluffy, and very light tan in color. Lacing is thorough, and lasts until the beer is gone. This is how a weizenbock is supposed to look. The aroma is bursting with banana, clove, black pepper, and bubble gum. The taste has everything the aroma has, but with a little more clove. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I would love for BBC to brew this again, even if it were only in The Brewmaster's Collection.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a murky opaque mahogany with a dense and creamy brown head that leaves sheeting lace behind. Sweet strong aroma of ripe banana and cloves, rich maltiness and just a hint of lemon in the nose.

Tastes of rich malt, banana estery flavors, lemony and spicy, especially clove and pepper. Rounded body and not nearly as full and sticky as I expected. Fairly clean finish for a weizenbock but a light sticky malt finish and aftertaste lets you know the beer was there.

Really, really good beer. It's got to be right up there behind Aventinus as the second best weizenbock I've tasted and there's certainly no shame in finishing second to that beer.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my humble opinion this is one of the finest Weizenbock I've ever had (and I drank quite a few while living in Germany). The appearance was a dark, yet translucent copper brown. A light beige head topped off my glass that left plenty of lacing. An intense aroma of cloveish banana esters exloded from the glass. Plenty of malty, toffey notes could be detected as well. Heavy on the phenolics like a dunkles Weizenbock should be.

The taste was dominated by an intense, malty banana explosion that is very satisfying. A full thick chew body makes this bock a meal in itself. The finish was clean with a faint taste of cloves and bubblegum

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Photo of burtonbe
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown in color, with a nice cream colored head. Cloudy and formidable looking. It's like it's saying, "drink me, I dare ya!"

Malty sweet nose. Cloves and bubblegum are apparent. Other fruity esters are present in the background, with the malt really backs everything up.

Taste is pretty darn impressive. Wheaty malty fruity strong. Cloves are in great balance with other flavors. I really like this one.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and leaves a nice coating on the tongue. Finishes nicely.

Drinkablity is supurb. 7.2% alcohol and I can't even taste it. Very quaffable.

Overall I'm very impressed with this style and specific beer. I would recommend this to just about anyone looking to get into craft beer.

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Photo of beeragent
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I am going to be sad to see this go. Out of all of the SA Longshots that I have tried, this is by far the best!! Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a thick cloudy caramel color, forming a medium 1/4 tan head, which leaves some nice light fingers of lace along the glass. The aroma is a delicious complex mix of wheat and fruit. Very Belgian in the aroma. The taste starts out with a nice caramel apple flavor, followed by the wheat, and finishing with a delicious banana bread taste. Very complex and delicious flavor!! Smooth medium thickness in the mouthfeel. An exceptionally drinkable ale. Overall, I love this beer! The flavor, appearance, aroma, ect. all make this an irresistable brew. Great Job!!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Though it's not quite Aventinus, the ultimate WB, this beer is an excellent one, worthy of Bavaria itself.

Nice tan head, clings to the glass like any good Weiss. Smells faintly cinamon with clove and bannana, just like in Germany. Nice round mouthfeel, coating the mouth, but then dry afterwards. very pleasant. Taste is the classic Hefe Weizen bannana-clove thing, with a touch of bubblegum, but all in dark almost ginger-bread weizenbock style. No alcohol noticeable in spite of the respectable (by German standards) 7.2%.

All in all, about the best American WB this poor drinker has had...

Tip: As is typical with most excellent beers, particularly the darker ones, this beer is best at Cellar, not Refrigerator, temperature: about 55F.

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Photo of jar2574
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a great pour, the beer has an almost perfect appearance, with one-inch of head and dark brown coloring. You can only barely see through the beer when its held up to the light.

High marks for a complex smell. Dark, fruity smell, that reminds me of the Blue Chimay.

The beer is great. Cherries. Malt dominated. Slightly yeasty. Not a hint of hops, but the dark fruitiness and the malts keep things interesting.

It's smooth and easy to drink. Excellent. I hope Sam Adams adopts it permanently.

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Photo of ricchezza
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark brown.
Smells smokey. With just a hint of clove (which I couldn't place until I read the label afterward).

Taste/ mouthfeel = Thick, smoky and rich malts. A creamy almost banana-like finish.

I personally tend to not be so fond of wheat beers, but this is one I could drink regularly. I recommend it.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark copper color. Large off white head when poured. Then setteled to a ring. Looks like the lace wants to stik but doesn't.

smell - Caramel, dark fruits, and brown sugar.

taste - Caramel, dark fuits, brown sugar with some malt.

mouthfeel - Full body, tingels the mouth.

drinkability - Nice beer to lay back and sip. Wish this came in a 6 pack. I want more.

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Photo of joezak5
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; blackish amber with a huge off-white head with excellent lacing.

Smell: Dark fruity yeasts and malts.

Mouthfeel: The fruitiness really hits you when you take this in, medium chewy body.

Taste: Really spicy and malty fruits, warming from the alcohol swallow. Nice spiciness on the finishing exhale. Outstanding.

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style. I could have a few more of these and would definitely buy this by the 6 pack. Well done, Rodney.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Murky brownish to dark amber, extremely hazy to opaque. Light had trouble getting through even in my weizen glass. HUGE white head that will overflow if you aren't careful.

S: Big ripe banana aromas and clove combine with lots of bubblegum.

T: Yummy. Tons of ripe banana here as well, stronger clove presence in the taste. Yeasty, big spiciness and a little bit peppery. Hints of bubblegum in the taste. Alcohol is completely covered. Smooth and creamy.

D: Easy drinker, but with plenty of body to it. This homebrew is my new favorite weizen of any type. Damn near perfect for this style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle - best by July '08

Quite the unique pour: the body is a murky, clouded caramel hue with a brown, Hershey's chocolate core. I opened this bottle to let it warm for a bit, and still, the carbonation level is off the charts, providing a head that is soft tan in color and leaves nice specks of lacing down the sides of my beer mug. Despite the LongShot influence, the aroma is unmistakably Boston Beer Company, with Bavarian hops, caramel malts, and rich, fruity-breaded yeast notes. Very good so far.

Oh my, this IS tasty...I can definately see why Sam Adam's chose this homebrew. Big, vanilla-caramel-chocolate malts float atop a thick, liquid sweetness as a powerful, yet not overpowering, bitter hop note balances perfectly. Banana cream, roast nuttiness, lemon, molasses, and clove are all in the mix, too. Did I mention the alcohol note? It's big, strong, and warms the back of the palate alongside a phenomenal hop finish. The carbonation isn't AT ALL a factor, as the velvety smooth, thick body is a joy to consume. All in all, this has to be one of the better brew's BBC has to offer. Major props to Rodney Kibzey for the fine crafstmanship.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, murky ice tea color with a rocky 1+ finger light beige head.

S: yeasty with strong scents of smoky bananas, smoked wheat and a light charred woodiness. The aroma was outstanding and very nice to experience.

T: strong smoked wheat flavor along with banans and some cloves. The flavor was indeed smoky and well rounded with a nice breadiness to it as well. On the finish was a great lightly smoked banana fade.

M: creamy with a nice wheaty and banana flavor coming through.

D: An above average weizenbock with very good drinkability that was yeasty, smoky, and a pleasure to drink, well worth it and probably one of the better longshot beers ive tasted.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a cloudy dark brown with a thick tan head

S - Strong banana aroma with clove in the finish.

T - Banana flavor dominates, but finishes with some clove and slightly raisiny. This is really tasty.

M - Smooth and creamy, slightly thick mouthfeel

D - I like German wheat beers. I have had a few wiezenbocks, and thought they were good, of oxidized. This is absolutely fresh and tasty. Excellent beer, and I wish Sam Adams would do this in twelve packs.

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Photo of eaglefreak
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into my SA specialty glass. Nice tan head. Appearance is a cloudy brown. Wonderful smell, cloves and banana. I can't place another smell, but it reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel. It is sweet, but not too sweet. This is a comfort beer. I picked up two in a make-your-own-sixer. I wish I would have picked up much more. Good job on this beer. Of note, this is my first Weizenbock. I did have a Dunkelweizen last w/e (cask conditioned) at Abita Brew Pub. They taste similar and both were very good.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown color, a cross between chocolate milk and cider, a nice creamy head that leaves some lacing, quite an interesting look.

Smell is pretty bold, strong malt and dark fruit aroma, a candied presence.

Taste is very creamy in texture, not an overwhelming presence, subtle malt backbone with some spiciness kicking around, dark fruits looming around as well but meld well, once again this is a creamy tasting beer that makes it very easy to drink, the 7.2% is barely noticeable. I found myself drinking this beer a bit fast because of how smooth it is.

I wasn't having high expectations after the letdown of the Grape Ale, but this one is highly recommended. Good job Rodney!

BBC should seriously consider this being part of their permanent collection, it would be a shame to have this be the only time they brew this beer, and it's an under-appreciated beer style which they do very well at.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It sure looks like a weizenbock, creamy brown with that murky haze that tells you some yeast is still floating around in there. A nice, tall, off-white head is sitting on top with no sign of retreat.

Fantastic smell of sweet malt, cloves, and bananas. I can see why this beer won the long shot competition.

As with the smell, the flavor plays the spiciness of the clove off of the juicy sweetness of an overly ripe banana.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected, with significantly less body than an Aventinus but still quite tasty. The alcohol definitely shows itself after the swallow with a mild warming as it goes down.

I split a long shot sixer with my dad and was so impressed by this beer I decided to get myself one too.

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