LongShot Weizenbock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot WeizenbockLongShot Weizenbock

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Agressive and characterful -- yet delicately balanced. The beer opens with a bright ruby / brown / amber hue, mild haze, and with an abundance of carbonation, head formation, and retention. Laces well. Strong aromas of wheat malt, barley, clove, and campfire-ish smokiness. The taste is dominated by smoke character (part smoke malt / part phenols), and with a quick follow-up of spicy cloves, white pepper, cumin, and corriander -- all could be yeast flavors. No bananna or fruitiness to mention. Back-up flavors of wheat breads, sweet barley malt, and overall earthiness. The balance is defineatly heavy on the phenolic side, and light on the estery side. The body is amplified by the carbonation, while giving a mild carbonic bite and drying out the beer. Finishes dry and a bit ashy / powdery. Don't let the score fool you, with this one-- I am one and done.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of foam fall to a compact head in a Schwelmer Weizen glass. Range of small to large bubbles throughout. When swirled a fair amount of spotty lace results.

Phenolic clove aroma, spicy gingersnap cookies. No banana, but that's ok. It's pretty unique, and appealing for a Weizenbock.

Clove and ginger, licorice, with a peanut butter milkshake consistency. Fairly low in carbonation, but it works with such a hearty style. Vague astringency/bitterness of hops way in the background. It lacks the banana esters and almond nuttiness of Aventinus, but the Longshot still manages to hold it's own.

I was tempted to pour two bottles into the half-liter glass, but decided to limit it to one this time.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, cola-brown, color with a lighter brown hue at the bottom of the glass. It had a small, tan head that left thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat, yeast and it was quite fruity.

T - It tasted very sweet. It had a great blend of wheat and malt with hints of banana and clove.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The blend of wheat and malt flavors was outstanding.

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Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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 NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast, bananas, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, chocolate, bananas and lager yeast. The malt character is hearty and there's a slight alcoholic sting. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not bad to drink a couple of but I couldn't see myself drinking too many of them.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky brown body with a full, foamy white head that soon settles.

Smell: Aroma of spiced dark toffee and toasted wheat with sharp, clear-cut notes of bubblegum, bananas, and clove.

Taste: Toasted wheat with some toffeelike sweetness. Some dark fruits. Sauteed bananas and chunks of bubblegum doused in alcohol and set ablaze. Strong cloves, a pinch of aniseed. Dry, spicy finish with a lingering clove aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel. Warming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Way to Bring It, Kibzey!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed caramel/chestnut with 3+ fingers of rocky tan head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Bananas & bubblegum

T: Fruity (apples & pears) with juicy fruit gum flavors along with some grainyness up front. Some brown sugar notes, along slight peppery flavor & some rye bread type flavor as this warms. Finishes with a nice spicy rush of flavor more fruittyness, a bit of dryness & more juicyfruit

MF: Medium bodied with low low carbonation & a nice warming sensation

Drinks pretty good, but I'm feeling the booze already on 1. This is a keeper IMO

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz brown bottle into a wheat glass chilled.
A - A deep hazy caramel and roasted appearance w/ a toffee hue. The head is 2 fingers an appears as latte foam of light tan w/ fine beading andd the lace is thick coating

S - A banana and clove ester from wheat yeast and sweet malts w/ a slight alcohol note

M - Malty, spicy, fruity fullness and moderate carbonation w/ a slight warming effect

T - Toffee, fruit and spice w/ a sweet caramel malt flavor and bready heavily toasted wheat flavor. There is a light brown sugar and almost honey-like sweetness w/ subtle candy and caramel on the edges. There is subtle buttery caramel and taste of fruit in the finish w/ subtle alcoholic warming and faint hop acidity

D - A nice ale/bock w/ spicy strong wheat flavor and yet smooth from the bock side. Slight alcohol in the nose and taste is noticeable but not out of range for the style. A bit spicy for my taste, but overall a standard interpretation and pretty drinkable

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with a creme head. Nose is strong with bananas and clove. Whew! That's a full nose there. Lots of dough too. Flavor is thick. Great dough aspects here also. Nice level of funk. Banana is there too. Minor spices. Feel is about level. What you expect. Man. This is good. Really nicely done Rodney. And kudos to the Boston Beer Company for letting it happen.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by July '08, poured into Aventinus weizen glass:

Pours brown (a bit hazy) with a thickish off-white head that thins and lasts through the duration. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is very banana, especially at first, with clove. My first thought was "HW", but then caramel and darker notes led me to think "dunkelweiss", it almost reached "weizenbock" - pleasant, banana/clovish aroma with a "darker" undertone anyway.

The taste is of caramel and brown sugar with grainy notes. There is a fruitiness - darker than on the nose. It hardly follows the nose, oddly enough. A clove spicing and bitterness balance the bubblegum sweetness in the finish. Alcohol peeks through in a somewhat raw way, as do tinges of burnt sugar.

Full-bodied, somewhat thickish though there is noticeable carbonation.

Interesting to try one, and not badly done, though there are some minor edges that need to be tweeked to fit in with the needs of the style more clearly if it wants to be the "traditional" form of the style that purports to be on the label. There is some "amateur home-brewed" aspects to it - maybe that's what the brewery was going for? I've had more well-rounded home brews, if that's the case. Bottom-line a nice stab at the style, even if doesn't really meet it, and not bad for having just one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a one finger head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: malt and brown sugar sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: nice malt profile with hints of chocolate, bits of clove spiciness and an overall earthy profile. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste focuses on the sweetness.

Drinkability: flavorful and easy to drink beer. I finished the three in one session.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown body with a light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Big clove aroma which is met in the flavor by a kick of hops and a bit of melanoidins. This beer is on the bitter side of the style, but I think that just mixes things up a bit. There are also some nice caramel and toffee flavors and what might be a slight dry roasted flavor. I think I might have gotten a slight note of diacetyl in the aroma, which is unfortunate, but hardly detracts from the beer. Overall, this is a pretty decent weizenbock, nothing I'd ever turn down.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma good. It has a very fruity clove scent that melds well with the wheat and crystal malts. There is some sweetness here as well; no sign of alcohol. The yeast esters are incredible. The taste is decent. It has a very sweet wheat and hefe yeast flavor. It's rich and full flavored, but it's a little too thick for me. Also, the yeast component is a little too aggressive. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but not what I would consider a good weizenbock.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy brown with a very nice head and ome spotty lacing. The head sticks around as a reasonably sized ring. Big banana and bubblegum aromas with an earthy, minerally hit at the end. Fairly complex taste. Big banana and bubblegum flavors as well, but this is not a soft beer. There are big earthy, bitter flavors as well. Somewhat tannic and quite bitter on the finish. Smooth and very creamy at the start, and then quite bitter and tannic at the end. This is unusual for a Weizenbock, and a bit out of style with the extra hop bitterness, but interesting nonetheless and quite a good food friendly beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date July 2008; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a frothy, somewhat dense, initially three-finger thick, creamy-tan colored head. The beer is a murky, rusty, concentrated amber color that shows a heavily hazy, slightly lighter, dark amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a really nice mix of banana and clove notes (clove dominated initially), that has a backdrop that throws in some caramel notes, which then seem to accent the banana aromatics a bit more. As the beer warms up a bit I am able to notice a soft spiciness as well as a touch of tart wheat notes and even a touch of diacetyl that melds into the banana notes. This has a rich, desert like aroma to it, especially with the mix of banana and caramel.

This has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it, though it is not rich or thick. The finish has lightly roasty notes of chocolate, toasted bread, and even a light nuttiness. Up front this beer is sweet and full, which accentuates characteristic flavors of banana, though there is also some notes of prunes, that I would assume is contributed by the malted grain. Towards the finish the flavor picks up some spicy notes of clove that provides a hint of turpene-driven tongue numbing. It can get a little sharp in the finish with the mix of phenolics, probably some light hop bitterness and the other esters, but this is all fairly subtle. There are also a bit of dusty, browned malt flavors in the finish. A soft, welcome tartness runs throughout this beer and is quite characteristic of beers made from malted wheat.

I like the texture of this brew; soft, creamy, yet not heavy a great balance for a drinkable Weizenbock. The aroma seems a little off, which is really only noticeable once it warms up. This is a nice beer though, and one which I would be happy to quaff a couple pints of.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for about $1.30.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

Easy 2 finger head is fluffy and thick.. leaves nice lacing ... brew is fairly hazy dark chestnut color.

Aroma is reminiscent of a fresh baked spiced banana bread... cloves and touches of brown sugar.

Flavor initially starts off a little flat then takes off like a rocket into the above noted banana bread..long finish on this one.. touches of bubblegum and more clove and banana .. fairly thick for the style... carbonation is adequate... very smooth throughout.

This is the 3rd time I've bought a bottle of this ... very nice for sure ... not Aventinus... but very very good none the less.. As long as this is around, I will continue to pick up a bottle here and there.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy iced coffee color with a tall light brown colored head. Looks are just not one of the strong points of this beer style.

Strong sweet bruised banana aroma and fainter clove with a hint of chocolate cake aroma. Little bit of fig aroma but this is mostly banana.

The taste starts out sweet and thick with just about the right banana and clove mix in a thick milkshake of wheat malt. Chocolate kicks in fairly quickly and this becomes a chocolate and banana milkshake.

Banana and chocolate milkshake is all I have to say about the mouthfeel.

Tasty smooth and spicy, all good things that make this beer a keeper. One warning though this is a BIG banana flavored beer and if you dislike banana run far away from this one and leave it for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a murky, dark brown hazel, with a nice white head, but for a weizen-type beer, I expected a little more.

S: Smell is great, as Carl Winslow would say - "Oooo, banana bread!"

T: Light banana esters on the first sip, but then a bitter clove flavour takes over the beer which is pleasant, but tends to overpower the wheat malt at times, definitely a clove-oriented wheat beer.

M: Somewhat thick and viscous, a bit of acidity, medium-bodied.

D: A nice weizenbock, definitely has an authentic German taste, another good beer from the Sam Adams Longshot pack.

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