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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 RedChrome
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky medium brown colored beer. Half inch off white head took three to four minutes to subside. Streams of small carbonation. Tiny lace spots.

A blend of ester fruit aromas with a light alcohol presence on top. Pears, pineapples, banana, and a minimal apple note. Minor malt and hops.

A blend of fruit flavors carries over from the nose. Pear and apple are dominant, with light hints of banana. Malt is more pronounced in the taste then the aroma.

A shade on the watery side. Decent carbonation effect shift flavors as the taste clings.

A good beer. Would go well with a marinated steak. Another solid example of the great home brewers across America. Worth it to try the LongShot pack.

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Photo of burnstar
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a nice big off-white head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma has a sweet caramel backbone along with the spicy wheat with cloves. Taste has a nice rounded sweetness. Wheat banana and clove notes. Tastes meld nicely. A bit of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and creamy. Nice and pretty drinkable if a bit heavy. Quite good overall, especially considering this was originally a homebrew.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a off-color purple hue with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating and leaving behind a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Sweet, malt-dominated aroma with hints of grapes and plums...
Taste strongly paid homage to the smell, with thick, rich essences of dehydrated fruits, malty wheat, deep caramel sugars, plums, and figs...
Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability to match...
An overall nice representation of the style...
Worth a try...

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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 xare
2.41/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance looks interesting... but nothing that really stands out to me. Smell is of wheat with a touch of cloves, just a light touch. Otherwise, it's mainly wheat. Taste is of wheat and cloves and a couple other spices that blend together but primarily a wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is almost hard to take - it's really boozy, probably due to the 7.2% ABV. It actually burns a little bit, just a tiny bit. It is creamy and smooth along with being very hot though. Just a bit below average but not too bad.

Drinkability was pretty low for me due to how hot it was. Maybe laying it down for a while would help? I'm not too sure. In any case, I probably wouldn't beg for them to add this to the regular Samuel Adams rotation.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep brown, almost opaque body. Tall foamy head stlled slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S: Sweet smell with hints of wheat, and spice, mainly cloves. A bit of yeast and slight alcohol presence.

T: A lot like the smell. Sweet caramel beginning with clove spiciness. Even a faint presence of dry hops and alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Velvety smoothe.

D: I was highly impressed with this beer. I would buy it again to share with friends. A lot of flavor without being overpowering.

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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Large foamy head on a cloudy, dark amber body. Smells distinctly bock-ish, a sweetness that was perhaps molasses. Clove in there as well. Had a distinctive bock taste, but light, with wheaty tones and that clove or spice again. Very smooth, not overcarbonated in the least, very easy to drink. It would figure that one of the few Sam Adams that I like was made by someone else. Good beer, very nicely done.

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

a: murky light tan head. thick and frothy.

s: light floral wheat aroma.

t: funky, floral wheat with notes of clove and caramel. Bitter finish.

m: creamy and smooth.

d: Very complex, a tad on the sweet side, packs a punch.
I LOVE SA for continuing the Long Shot series.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: deep opaque brown with frothy off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some sticky lace; light movement in the dark brown body

s: spicy smoky malts; fruity caramel malts; some light grassiness; green apple overtones;

t: smokiness; some warm grain; light green apples; some light hop bitter at the finish; salty sweetness

m: pretty thick; a little cloying but refreshingly carbed

d: interesting beer that went pretty well with the ribs i had with it since there are such dominant smoky flavors

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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 allergictomacros
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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 Brianmerrilyn
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the 07 Longshot box at Skibbo's on East Tremond on the Bronx this past Saturday. I had not heard of SAM coming out with fan creations for lack of a better word, but with the name of the beer, I could not resist. When i saw that the beer must be consumed by July08...the gauntlet was set down.

A: Iced for one hour, then poured into pint glass, a murky dark brown with ruby tints, 3.75 frothy head that continued to grow and laced to sheer perfection. An excellent start to say the least.

S: The nose was slightly eastery with the hop aroma moving to the front. Sweetness may be brown sugar.

T: Sweet malts and minor noble hops. A great taste to say the least. The wheat and yeast were just in the background and a wonderful swirl of flavors of spices, more roasted malts, in the mouth.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation was at a pefect medium, and somewhat became viscous towards the end, which I had no problem with.

D: Very easy and highly enjoyable. The Indiana gent that made this receipe has talent! High ABV level almost undetectable and a nice burning finish sanz the pain.

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

Ahh the Weizenbock, I have not had very many wheat beers but if most are like this one i may start drinking more. The cloudy dark amber and minimal carbonation made this a very appealing drink. From the oak to the fruity hops it tantalized my senses, scents abounded in this one it was hard to pick my favorites. Its sweat yeastiness adorned by the caramelized hops with hints of clover and spices were pleasant to my palate. Upon first gulp the thick, creamy and slight carbonation fizzle made this a great drink. It goes down smooth to finish off with nice hoppy crispness. For a once in a lifetime brew go buy it, you wont be sorry.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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 hiikeeba
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 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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Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish-brown color. Large puffy head. Wonderfully thick and cloudy. Light makes it a bit reddish on the edges.

The smell is a really nice burnt hefeweizen aroma. A burst of spicy alcohol. You can smell that bubbly, Belgian aroma. Smoky with a hint of citrus/orange peel.

The taste has an initial burn of spicy alcohol. Second run of heavy, dark Belgian spice. A nice mellow citrus ends it. Some roasted wheat malts as well.

The feel is thick, and burns on the way down. A real milky, chewy thickness. A worthy, spicy Belgian drink. Nice and roasted; thick, strong and challenging.

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Photo of dewalt
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber and cloudy color. The aroma is complex, a little fruity with a bit of clove. It tastes rich and smooth, a little bit like banana bread, but with chocolate and hints of smoke and peat. At the end I got a slight hint of beef jerky, but not in a bad way. I'd be quite happy to see the LongShot Weizenbock join Sam Adams' regular roster of beers.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown , smallish head , a little lacing.

Smell has banana , clove , and bubblegum.

The taste of this beer is about the same as aroma with a more of a spicy phenolic character.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation.

Overall a nice Longshot starter for me.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swigger for this one

Poured into a Weizen glass with a half-finger tan cola head. Looks a honey cola brown, as the head dissipates is leaves a slight lacing.

Smell is of cloves, cooked bananas, and a brown sugar scent. Smells like a nice desert, and tastes of it too. The smell is subtle and pleasing, and not at all overwhelming.

Mouth feel is a medium thickness, not too thin, not too thick. Another taste of bananas washes over your tongue as you swallow.

This would be too sweet for me to drink too many of them, however this is a damned good Sam Adams beer. I'd throw in my vote to make this a permanent member of the Sam Adams family. I'd like to get this one more often.

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

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with banana and cloves

T - I like the roasted malt start then the banana and clove kick that soon follows

M - this is a creamy smooth beer medium bodied and has medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good beer I really like the taste of this its a little different than the norm but not in a bad way this is worth trying

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +4.9%
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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LongShot Weizenbock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 265 ratings
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