LongShot Cranberry Wit | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Cranberry WitLongShot Cranberry Wit
LongShot Cranberry WitLongShot Cranberry Wit

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 281 | Ratings: 309
Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this bottle in the fridge for such a long time, finally got around to reviewing it. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer is amber and hazy with a pinkish tinge to it, soft white head, medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with mild vegetalness.

Beer is spicy / sweet with some fruitiness and a grainy finish. Maybe it always tasted like this but I'm not a fan. I got the review but I sort of regretted it. I did drink the whole thing though, wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I see the words "cranberry" and "ale" on the same label, I think of sickly-sweet flavors that cross cough syrup with concentrated wine coolers. Thus it was with some trepidation that I tried "Cranberry Wit." However, the first whiff let me know that my fears were, at least in some part unfounded; instead of massive fruity sugars a la Boone's, I instead noted scents far closer to a quality Belgian: orange and coriander, with hints of wheat. There was only the slightest intimation of cranberry at the edges.

On the tongue, much of this also carried across: the Belgian-style flavors translated well, but were joined by a carbonated cinnamon-cranberry note that seemed more like something from a Clearly Canadian or a Hint Water (i.e. a quality flavored water). Strangely, these flavors mingled quite well, playing off each other nicely over a subtle layer of toasted grains.

The ale is sweeter than average, yes, and far more fruity, but the cranberry is held back just enough to make the ale interesting and not overpowering. Well worth a try, in other words; I can see why this won the LongShot competition.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An old review I found in a notebook- thought I'd enter it. Pours a quite hazy golden with a fairly thin head that sticks around and leaves little lacing. Smells vaguely fruity and there are some light herbal notes, but I can't say I smell any cranberries per se. The taste is similar, and a bit watery, but probably a little bit more vibrant than the aromas. A bit creamy in the mouth rather than sharp and fruity. Quite light on the cranberry and the spice- I would have preferred this a bit jazzed up.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of some old notes I found and couldn't find the link to until I discovered it was retired...

The color is a sort of amber with lots of orange to it, almost copper, with some reddish highlights to it. A just off-white head is pretty tall and dense. It has good retention and the lacing left behind is thick and sticky.
This one is pretty spicy, and an interesting mix it is. Not a typical wit, though the wheat and cranberry I expect are there, but it's also cinnamony and a little spicy (peppery?) in the nose.
This is a flavorful beer to be sure, and the beer aspect isn't lost in the spices. Cranberry is gentle and adds a light tartness to a dry malt and wheat backbone. A bit more fruits are in there and a spiciness before a light sweetness and bitterness mingle in the finish.
The body is on the lighter side (appropriate for a wit) and starts off crisp. it never gets especially smooth, but the crispness is more what I'd like and expect from the style anyway.
This is a nice job and I love that homebrewers get to be recognized.

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Photo of aepb1
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy light brown with a generous white head

S- A cranberry yeastiness

T- Sweet berries, I didn't get much of the tartness from the cranberries that I expected and the sweetness stays with you for a while

M- Light/medium bodied with good carbonation. Nothing offensive to the style

D- The sweetness gets a bit drier as it warms so that was nice, but I don't really want more than one.

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Photo of plaid75
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a light cranberry essence and what reminds me of champagne yeast.

The taste consisted of light tartness with a heavy sweetness and a touch of spice. Moderate breadiness as well. The flavors seemed a bit muddled, but this is an aged sample.

The mouthfeel was heavy for the style.

Overall not a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold pour with 1.5 fingers of light cream, airy head. Decent retention for a head this thin. Delicate wisps of lace.

Strong cranberry nose. Slight lemon flavor as well.

Sweet hit. Missing the tart, dry cran finish I would expect. A lot sweeter from start to finish than expected. Halfway through the glass the finish gets a little drier.

Feel is light as expected for the style.

Pretty easy to drink, but glad I saved this for warmer weather. Maybe a good one after shoveling the driveway.

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Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a long lost tasting note:

A: Cloudy yellow orange in color with about a finger's worth of white head. Reduces to just a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Well, not surprisingly, cranberry. And some lemon zest. With a light wheat aroma and a slight sweetness.

T: Predominantly wheat on the front end, followed by a sweet burst of cranberries and strawberries. A little lemon and a rather faint cinnamon spice, then a rather sticky residual sweetness.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation with a blend of sweet and tart.

D: This beer just isn't for me. I guess in one respect, the beer works as the wheat readily accepts the sweet, fruity cranberry flavor. But in another, I'm just not so sure I want a sweet, fruity cranberry flavor in my beer. Between the light body and the sweet cranberry, this one is approaching wine cooler status. Maybe there are some out there who would appreciate this beer; I'm just not one of them.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a slightly hazed coppery gold, with a finger of stiff rich bright-white head. This retains with a creamy layer of froth that kicks up some heavy foamy lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity overall, as I'm pretty easily picking up the tartness of the cranberries. There's some grainy wheat, gentle spiciness, and a bit of floral character coming out as well.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with sweet toasted grains and spice giving this some tang. Earthy hops offer up balance, with the cranberry flavor flooding the back of the profile and leaving lingering dryness and earth in it's wake. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation that's got a touch of crispness to it.

You know, this wasn't bad overall and was a LOT better than the Cranberry Lambic fiasco. I would have liked some more Witbier character overall but this was still a pleasant enough quaff.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Stuck with these in the mixed Longshot six-pack. Pours with a big, rocky white head, which sits nicely on top of the medium amber body. Smells like a wheat beer, and not much more. Tastes like it sounds--a fairly decent wheat beer with a hint of cranberry. Better than the cranberry limbic, but not much else.

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Photo of jimj21
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Purchased as part of LongShot six pack. Freshness date on the label. Bright golden yellow color with tints of orange. Very hazy. Pour produces two fingers of white head. Decent retention with good lacing. Some bubble activity from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is slightly weak, but good overall. Wheat and citrus are most notable. Kind of spicy and sweet as well.

Taste is a nice balance between sweet and bitter. Cranberries lend nicely being both sweet and tart. Wheat tanginess is definitely noticeable. A little spicy. Cinnamon is very apparent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Good carbonation. Very smooth. Slightly dry on the finish.

Easily drinkable. Very balanced. Nothing overpowers the tastebuds. All flavors play together nicely. I wouldn't have a problem if this were added to their yearly lineup.

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Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is fairly light but has a cranberry juice nose

T - Starts off like your average wit with wheaty malt touch of citrus but the cranberry really comes out in the finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This was a very enjoyable beer I went into this one with some doubts but was pleasantly surprised it has a good taste thats easy to drink worth picking up to try

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass and found a hazy orange almost apple cider color beer with approximately two fingers of creamy white head.

A. I was excited about this beer after my first look as it looks very good.

S. Slight hints of citrus and wheaty beer smell other than that not much else.

T. Slight taste of cranberry toward the end of each sip other than that nothing much. Not too impressed with the taste, perhaps if I had let it warm up more than I did.

M. Smooth mouthfeel with a creaminess from the thick head.

D. I could drink a few of these but might need some additional flavor from an orange or citrus.

Not nearly impressed with this beer as I was with the others in the Longshot pack such as the Double IPA.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-amber body with two lush fingers of off-white foam; nice retention and lacing on the trusty Duvek tulip. Good aromas--plenty of spice, especially coriander, pepper, and a bit of ginger; and fruit, mainly tart.

The cranberry carries well in the taste, tart but a little sweeter than I expected. This is interesting given Sam's Cranberry Lambic, for this has a similar sweet-tart taste but is a bit spicier than the malty Lambic; a good representative of the style. Smooth, tart, and a bit peppery on the tongue, I'm enjoying the texture quite a bit--very light, and a bit complex.

Again, Sam Adams has selected and offered a good Longshot that offers a good and distinct example of the style. This is creative and flavorful. I approve and recommend.

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Photo of Strix
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale cloudy golden, good head that sticks forever.

Cranberry is noticeable in the initial smell, along with grains, bread, and yeast.

I pick up wheat, grains, and spices. I wouldn't really think cranberry from the taste. Unoffensive, but flavors are vague hints of what they could be.

Medium-light body, maybe a bit thin for the style.

This didn't really connect with me, it was fine, but didn't stand out. I guess I'd like to see stronger flavors in it. I wasn't really getting a nice Belgian vibe, it could have been a lager for all I could pick up from it. I had a New Glarus Cranbic immediately after this, and I have to say the cranbic won.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a bronze colored with an off white soapy head that is really thick. Its aroma is fruity but also has a lot of hops to as well. It is has pleasant sweet and sour. The flavor is great not overly sour it blends well with the bitter hops and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is thin but not watery. I liked this beer a lot I think it would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

A- Gold with a pink highlight. The Brew is hazy like a good wit should be. The head is white, and leaves small thin lace.

S- Smells of a loaf of wheat bread, some good natural cranberry, and some unknown spice.

T- Light wheat taste with a light cranberry to go with it, not very strong in flavor and I can taste almost no spiciness. Has a crisp tartness too it though.

M- light and airy with plenty of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, would go well with some turkey sandwiches at a summer outing.

Thoughts. This beer is not big and bold but it's a nice brew, could have used a little more oomph but, I liked it for what it was.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy lighter orange color with more than a finger of white head. Doesn't have much retension and laces only minorly. Nose is a little yeasty and malty. The cranberry scent comes through just a bit with tartness that blends nicely with the sweetness of the malt. Taste is initially sweet from the malt and has a nice touch of cranberry, not overpowering by any means. Finish is slightly bitter and tart but clean. Feel is moderate to light but a little heavier actually than what I was expecting. Carb level is moderate to high. Overall not bad but I will stop with just one sample.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy golden color, with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a grainy aroma. I can detect some spicy peppery notes. A slight tartness is also present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Grainy with some spicy flavors. A slight tartness is present. I can also taste a good amount of citrus flavor.

This beer is carbonated well for the style. It is crisp and refreshing, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. Not too high in alcohol, and the flavor is mild and not unpleasing.

Overall: This is a good beer. Not my favorite style, but for the style it is good.

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Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold color with, maybe, just a hint of pink and a nice foamy white head that sticks around well and leaves some decent lacing all the way.

The aroma is wheat, cloves and citrus.

The taste is also mainly wheat with some nice spices, cloves, coriander and citrus, there is a very slight tart cranberry note along the way but hard to identify until the finish where there is also just a kiss of hops. Cranberry fans may be disappointed that it's not stronger, but at this level it just adds a bit of complexity to the wit beer that's a plus for beer lovers.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and easily drinkable. Altogether a pretty nice and refreshing brew.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I did not expect to like it at all. I have bad experiences with Cranberry Beers, including one I made myself, but this one came with the mixed pack of Long Shot beers, so I figured I might as well try.

And it's pretty good after all.

Pours hazy, orange with a lovely head that falls to a nice curtain of lace. The aroma is sharp, wheaty and fruity. There is a slight sour sting in the back end, but without knowing this was a cranberry beer, I would be hard-pressed to identify it. The flavor is smooth and fruity, with pear and apricot in modest amounts. And then there is this tantalizing thing in the background - sharp, slightly sour, refreshing, strangely familiar. It takes a while to realize that this beer has just the faintest kiss of cranberry, exactly the perfect amount to suggest its source without a harsh punch in the face (and believe me, Cranberry can be overly aggressive in a badly balanced beer). The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing, with a slightly acidic sting.

This is a very good beer - subtle and flavorful. Color me impressed.

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Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a big fluffy white head that falls slow and laces very well nice looking beer.

Aroma is nice wheaty fruits more then just cranberry, some citrus notes tangerine lightly tart. Nice and spicy nutmeg, allspice? even hints of cinnamon.

Taste is wheat and tart fruit, flavor a little citrus too mixed with the cranberry which is where the tarts coming from maybe. Heck hints of lemon in the flavor maybe adding to tartness nice wheat base loads of spice. This one is kind of everywhere its not bad but kind of not sure where it wants to go sweet or tart.

Mouthfeel is light side nice carbonation not too much just right for style, what ever it may be lol.

Drinkability is hell its unusual and not bad so worth a try, not something i would go back too off hand but not bad.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- pours into my dfh shaped pint glass a cloudy honey color, some lacing with extremely fine bubbled head,
s- smells like cloves to me,
t- spice, some cinnamon, cloves, slight cranberry aftertaste, some slight hops finish,
m- bubbly, good carbonation for this beer, medium,
d- good, a lot of complex tastes that seem to work fairly well together,

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Photo of TommyW
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold with faint red highlight. Thinner, white head.

S- Smell of lemony and spicy wheat, with some tartness that is coming from the cranberry.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. The lemony and spicy wheat dominate. There is some cranberry in there, not a lot, but it definitely lends some tartness.

M- Lighter body with a crisp carbonation.

D- Not a witbeer, but not a lot of the cranberry coming through.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately cloudy with an orange-yellow hue. Decent white head that leaves ring lace on the glass after each sip.

Good wheat aroma; I detect some sweetness and sourness, but I wouldn't associate it with cranberries.

Not as wheaty as most Wits. The Cranberry is mellow, but is now identifiable. Good malt presence and I note a touch of hop in the swallow. Short lasting aftertaste. Good body for the style.

Overall, this is a wonderfully drinkable beer. For wheat lovers, this might be something of a disappointment. For me, I like the complexity.

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