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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Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 264
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 Imstillthegman
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a murky dark brown with the thinnest bit of a rusty orange highlight on the edges of the glass. Big, dense 2+ finger head of tan bubbles forms on top and lasts for quite a while.

The aroma is of yeast, banana, cloves, roasted malt, and a slight hint of alcohol. Smells good, but this is the weakest part of the beer, imo.

The flavor is solid. Starts sweet with some caramel, milk chocolate, and bananas. There is a nice spicy kick in the middle from the hops and yeast that balances this one nicely. The alcohol does make an appearance towards the end.

Nice medium body. Aftertaste is a little drying with a spicy sweetness to it that I am enjoying. The other two bottles I have left don't stand a chance. Nice job.

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Photo of errantnight
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent example of the style.

A hazy, opaque deep brown with maybe a hint of a ruby highlight. A rich, creamy, thick, lasting head with great lacing all the way down my weizen glass.

Aroma is a bit flat, but the banana sweetness and yeasty esters are present that I'm looking for.

Taste is a rolling caramel sweetness with a burst of banana flavor and just a faint hint of spicy clove. Excellent clean finish. Alcohol comes out as it warms, but is never overly obtrusive.

Creamy, medium-full mouth with pleasant carbonation.

Wish there was a regularly brewed local option for this!

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Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Milk chocolate brown, nontransparent with a nice pillowy head of ½" with great retention.

S. The first smell was of the Weizen yeast. Citrusy and smells of banana and clove follow. Very nice and unique.

T. Smoky and nutty. The wheat malts come through as does the yeast again. This is quite interesting. When you look at it, you think dark and thick, then it really comes out fruity and light. This intrigues me...

M. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Head is still very soft on the lips.

D. Sweet and malty to lower the drinkability factor but I really love this brew. It is a real delight and a breath of fresh air; especially to a homebrewer.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a quite opaque darker brown color. There was a bit of a creamy tan head on it that dropped off some what quickly and left a little lacing. There is definitely some, but not overly so, clove to the nose. Malts and fruits in there also, but they have a hard time getting past the clove. The taste is good. There is a somewhat creamy texture to the beer. Just slightly sweet, with clove and other spices dominant. Slightly bitter finish. Nice.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay Chalice. This beer poured almost a dirty dishwater/muddy water brown with a creamy beige 1 inch head and left no lacing at all. The aroma is wheat, clove, and vanilla. The taste is bananas with a bit of clove. There is also an odd roasted wheat aftertaste that leaves a burnt taste on the back of the throat. This beer also seems pretty hot to me. It has a definite boozy kick to it and leaves a pretty spicy coating on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full but spiciness is off putting. I think this actually might be my least favorite Sam Adams brew tried to date.

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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 Monkeyknife
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy dark brown with a frothy beige head and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, bananas, and cloves.

Much like the aroma, tastes of bananas, bubble gum, cloves, Belgian yeast, sweet malts, and a light touch of cinnamon and earthiness in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

A fun and interesting beer and quite easy to drink for being 7%. I'd love to see Sam Adams bring forth more beers like this.

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Photo of bahumutx
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark with a small creamy white head.

Smell: Wheat, banana, yeast and a slight clove aroma.

Taste: Much like the smell, starts with a wheat taste and then moves on to banana and yeast flavors. There is a slight clove spiciness throughout. There is also a very very slight alcohol flavor but it is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting.

This is a good beer from the longshot contest. I look forward to see what other types of beer this contest will produce.

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Photo of jkdrummer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. More of a Belgium then a Weizen. Pours a nice foamy head that soon dies to a ring of lace. Murky brown appearance. Hints of vanilla, pumpkin pie spices and bubble gum. It's ok, but not stellar almost tastes like a homebrew that's got two months to go. Creamy texture.

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Photo of gpogo
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark cloudy brown with wonderful large cream colored head.

A- A Spicy wheat aroma with hints of clove

T- Similar to aroma. Delicious spicy wheat flavor with cloves. Leaves an aftertaste of cloves and finishes dry. A slight taste of alcohol can be noticed.

M- Very smooth almost creamy. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A very rich filling beer.

D- I love everything about this beer, the wheaty spiciness, the creamy texture, the hints of clove. If it wasn't so filling and at 7.2ABV this would be my beer of choice. Unfortunately I only have one bottle left. If you can get a hold of this beer I definitely recommend trying it, turned me on to the weizenbock style.

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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 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 whynot44
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky dark mahogany color with a nice tan head that subsides slowly to just a skin, leaving some decent lace as it goes.

The aroma is cloves, wheat, bananas, plums and hints of cinnamon.

The taste is also strong cloves, a biscuity wheat, juicyfruit, brown sugar, raisins, nuts, and cinnamon with a dry, somewhat astringent finish and a lingering clove/cinnamon aftertaste.

Full bodied, just short of being chewy. Overall, a nice effort, possibly a bit heavy on the cloves but interesting and refreshing.

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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 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 nrbw23
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky light brown color with a tan head that stayed around for a couple of minutes and didn't leave a lot of lacing.

S- Very sweet odor to this. Tons of dark fruits and brown sugar. Also a tiny bit of spice could be picked up.

T- Wheat and yeast are the first flavors I could pick up. Then some caramel and sugar tend to creep in to back them up. Banana flavors are strong in this one. Spiciness is sweet like nutmeg. Not bad at all.

M- a little on the heavy side and good amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for a bottle of this.

A-Hazy dark brown with a disappointly thin light tan head.

S-Clove and bananas up front with a hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. Upon warming more pronounced notes of bubblegum. Very nice.

T-Again with the clove and banana up front. What one would expect from a good w-bock. Nice sweet caramel malts follow quickly. Nice dry spiciness in the aftertaste.

M-Medium-heavy body with a nice astingent finish. Good carbonation makes for a pleasant experience.

D-A nice representaion of the style. A solid effort from the SA Longshot folks. I would be happy to drink another of these.

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeonseh for throwing this in as an extra at DLD!

Pours a super thick chunky opaque brown, looks like mud in a glass, slight reddish tint, tiny thin off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, a few lace spots, retention is mostly poor. Smell is nice, very rich, toffee, bananas, dates, quite nutty, bread pudding, some clovey spice, pretty good. Taste is weird, heavy caramel and apple cider, bananas, bread, spices, sweet finish, very fruity, interesting. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very chewy with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff. Thanks Josh!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Murchmac
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks and smells a lot better than it tastes. Kinda like corned beef.

Pours a cloudy caramel brown with some head and lacing down the mug.

Smells very wheaty, like the wind that shook the barley, not the movie red eye.

Tastes pretty dark sugars, banana, tartness. Good taste.

Great aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer, kinda like I enjoyed 3:10 to Yuma.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not the biggest fan of wheat beers and this beer doesn't help much. Like most wheat beers, it leaves a sweet "twinge" in the mouth which, for me, is unpleasant. This is one of two Long Shot beers both of which I didn't favor. I certainly hope next year's Long Shots will be better....no offense to those brewers who won, just not for me.

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

This beer poured a murky brown color with a good size head that hung around. Aroma was quite enticing-lots of bubblegum, clove and spices with a yeasty smell mixed in. This REALLY smells good! Taste was pretty damn good as well. Lots of bubblegummy flavor, spicy-yeasty notes, apple, banana and cloves. The finish was fruity with a little bit of chocolate coming through at the end. This is an excellent example of the style and very drinkable as the alcohol is barely noticeable. If you don't like spicy bubble gum in your beer, this one isn't for you. I, however, loved it and will be buying more.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a Longshot 6 pack I received from my son. A fairly aggressive pour into a standard Troeg's pint produced literally no head at all - the best by date on the bottle is July '08 so no problem there. The beer is a murky, cloudy brown and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is very redolent of clove and cinnamin - with darker hints of grass and no hop smell at all.

Taste is very much like the smell - an aggressive clove bite that lingers.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very decent.

Drinkability is ok with this ABV but not something I would want more than one of.

All in all, not a beer I would seek out again but an interesting one time experience. As Randy Jackson says, "it was just ok for me, dawg!"

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LongShot Weizenbock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.86 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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