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 geexploitation
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nutty brown color and lots of cloudiness. Looks extremely thick. The nose is quite spicy with cloves that are a bit overpowering, but there's some other stuff at play, too, mainly a slightly burnt raisin-and-sugar note. On the palate, lots of dates and spices first off, with significant palate sweetness, before things thin out and more alcohol becomes present, along with a more raisiny fruit note. The finish is spicy and sweet and long. Mouthfeel features pretty big carbonation and a very thick body. Overall, this is a good beer. It's pretty conforming to style, although I would have liked a bit less body and more carbonation. Nonetheless, it's certainly a solid beer and a wonderful thing to see Sam Adams add to its lineup.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this at the Andersons store in Toledo, sold as singles. Poured into a tumbler, hazy opaque brown color with thick spitty froth. The aroma was unmistakable, definitive weizenbock. Lots of cloves, plums, bananas, really nice. The fruity esters pull through in the taste, delicious and on par with other great weizenbocks. Great job, I wish I could brew like this.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy bock. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Strong wheat and malt smells. Banana from the yeast is evident. Slight hint of molasses at the end.

T: Strong bread/yeast taste at first. Almost overpowering. Really complex beer. At the end I almost got a slight hint of what I would call stale bread.

M:Heavy medium body.

D: Tastes heavier than it really is. This was not an easy drinking beer. In fact I have had RISs that are easier drinking. Aventinus really is the pinnacle of this style.

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of the 08 Longshot 6-pack at Lou's in Augusta. Pours a murky opaque with a half inch of light tan head. Smells smokey, nutty, with banana. Tastes like banana, nut, yeast, with hints of bubblegum and smoke with an almost clean finish. Full-bodied with somewhat subdued carbonation. This beer definitely falls closer to the "sipper" category, but one sip definitely invites another one. Pretty tasty example of a style that isn't the easiest to come by.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass, this beer pours an opaque, deep brownish-amber color with a creamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves some thick lacing.

S- Banana, clove, dark fruits, spices, and lots of malt sweetness.

T- This is great. The taste is just like the aroma. Banana bread, spices, and sweet malty goodness. Rich and smooth with a lingering chocolatey malt finish.

M- The feel is full-bodied and creamy, slightly coating the inside of the mouth.

D- I wouldn't want too much of this one because of the rich banana bread flavor, but this is a nice treat.

Definitely my favorite of the two offerings in this year's Longshot six-pack. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Contra
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a damn good beer. Pours a murky brown color, might even boarder on off putting, but the taste? Delicious. Strong malt backbone, with a dates/caramel flavor, mixed with vanilla. Almost like a vicious whiskey. Complex, but not overwhelming.

Overall, this is the type of thing I was expecting from a "Homebrew" collection. The grape pale ale wasn't bad, but this is a well done beer with lots to offer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second half of the annual LongShot set (only a pair this year) in six pack form from the Sam Adams folks. $8.99 from La Bodega in Riverside, CA in February 2008.

Pours a murky brown with a decent creamy headlet (small head) that stays afloat for a long time, as I drank this one slowly.

Aroma of clove and a bit of vanilla. Nice. Flavor intensifies the lot, but it's clove, clove, clove. Also a bit of banana too, but I would say it's the brown, past-due-date, fermented banana rather than a fresh ripe banana (not that that's a bad thing!). Kind of murky, and the alcohol notes are stronger than I like.

Very nice creamy mouthfeel- gotta love this.

I like this one, but it's too strong on the single clove flavoring. The flavors that are greatness in others of the style are drowned out here. A good effort, I like it, but I don't love it.

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

A medium-firm pour into a bulb produces a dense medium-tan head of two fingers. Ample lacing throughout. Color is a semi-opaque chestnut-brown. So far this is a beautiful beer. Nose is phenolic and full of fruity esters (banana), along with light cedar and tobacco. Non-fruit notes of bubblegum and marshmallow fairly float a malty, lightly boozy foundation. *Massive* banana on the first sip, along with light cherry, caramel, light cocoa, and a lighter note of ripe red apple. Spice along with a moderate bitterness helps to round out the first sip, and I'm feeling just a touch of warming alcohol. Spice aspect is quite subtle, and reminds me a bit of a light hint of allspice in an otherwise bland sugar cookie. Fairly lively on the palate (it's fresh stuff after all) and sporting a medium-full body . . . rather creamy. Very good drinkability overall, and a rather excellent example of the style. Boston Brewing has done a bang-up job here, and Rodney Kibzey must be in hog heaven seeing his recipe brought to a wider audience. Too bad this is only a one-time offering from BBC, as it's one of the best beers I've tried from them.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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 NCBeernut
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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 atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Boston Lager glass a hazy dark orange almost copper with a thick off-white head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma was dominated by dried fruits with a hint of molasses and burnt caramel. The taste is a wonderfully complex blend of fruits, cloves, some yeastiness and a bit more roast flavor than I'm used to with the style, nice touch. The carbonation is on the low side and the feel is a little heavier than you would expect for the 7.2% stated, but still very tolerable. This one is a very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So an Aventinus clone. Man, Mr. Rondey Kibzey, you are a gutzy person. Didn't exactly pick an easy one to imitate. Anyways, into the Erdinger glass...

A - Really impressed with this head. Great size and lacing. Nice cloudy body. Exactly what it should look like.

S - Lots of tart cherry with some good clove and prune/grape thrown in. Even that slight saltyness that I generally note in Aventinus. Good intensity, slight perfume, smoke, and spice. Alcohol is present, and bracing. I'd say pretty spot on.

T - Entry is slightly muted, with some mineral notes and building clove and fruit. Becomes quite spicy at midpalate, before the alcohol kicks in right before the swallow. Sweet, but balanced finish, that melts into a salty flavor that lingers til the next sip. A nice imitation of the orginal.

M - Medium-fulll bodied, with a mouthfeel that switches between silky and prickly. Not bad.

D - A really good clone of a classic beer. Don't really feel like anything was added to it, but honestly, who really wants to change anything about Aventinus...? Will have again.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Khaki head with a meringue consistency fill my weizen glass to the top. Impressive retention and good lacing. The beer is a hazy chestnut brown in color.

s: Nice mix of toasted wheat, toasted barley, whole grain banana bread, and papery noble hops. Big aromas of overripe banana, molasses-rich brown sugars, and light clove. Some interesting notes of bittersweet chocolate.

m: Carbonation a bit low, but the soft feeling is nice...on the light side of medium. Body on the full side.

t: Toasted wheat on the tongue with notes of light chocolate barley and whole wheat banana bread. Some yeasty notes as expected. Some brown sugar. A nice roasted touch in the finish with flavors of noble hops and a light bitterness. Love the chocolate aspect and the progression from sweet to roasty flavor. Full flavored and complex. Light medicinal note in the finish, but I'll overlook it since it's pretty warm by this point.

d: enjoyable but limited...heavy

single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

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Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very murky, muddy grape brown body with a tall, thick, bright, light khaki head. Great lacing. I like muddy, yeasty wheat beers! Forthright bananas and cloves on the nose. Banana bread caramel and bubble gum also play a big role. Quite nice.

Toasted multi-grain wheat bread up front. Rummy banana bread batter, cloves, grape soda, and bubble gum mid-palate. Lots of fruity esters in this one! Nice slightly roasted bitterness in the background. Overripe bananas, light vanilla, and fading bubblegum in the finish. Medium body with a smoothie feel. Very nice weizenbock and one of the best "homebrews" I've had! Nice work Rodney!

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