LongShot Cranberry Wit | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 12-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 281
Reviews by GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Carissa for winning the homebrew competition.

Pours into a globe with hazy pinkish orange color and fine white head on top.

Aroma has some cranberry sweetness and a little bit of witbier spice.

Flavor is earthy and sweet with a bit of cranberry tartness. It has just a tiny bit of spice but nothing that really says wit to me.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light in body, and reasonably carbonated. Fair drinkability but not something I would seek again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super hazy pinkish hued orange with a half inch of light creamy pink head on top. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Murky. Aromas start with crisp wheat grain moving into citrusy spiciness. Coriander and cinnamon scents meld into a tart fruity cranberry undertone. Quite nice.

First sip brings crisp, grainy malts upfront quickly cascading into a wash of spicy flavors. Coriander and cinnamon are upfront along with a mix of fruity citrus tones. Earthy yeast tones move in as it flows down. The tart cranberry hits on the finish. Good brew and not overly fruity. Reminds me of a holiday brew.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but with a powerful smooth creaminess. Good carbonation making this an easy drinking beer. I wasn't sure what to expect but found this quite enjoyable and wouldn't mind seeing it in a sixer around summertime...or at very least replace the Cranberry Lambic with this in the winter pack!!

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Photo of 40451
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of generallee
4.62/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: On top there is a small (one finger thick) off white head. It quickly settles down to a thin ring of foam that leaves behind some lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is fruity, spicy, and tangy with notes of wheat and citrus as well.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a nice wheat malt base with orange citrus notes, tart cranberry and solid dose of fine Saigon cinnamon. Hop favor and bitterness are very mild. It finishes dry with wheat tang and spice. The texture is lively with plenty of soft carbonation in a medium body.

Notes: This is by far the best fruit beer from Samuel Adams! I would love to see this in there regular line up!!

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Pours a cloudy beige with rose highlights, decent lacing on the glass. Slight cranberry tartness and lemony fermented wheat in the aroma with a quick whiff of tart plum in the back. Nice and smooth with a quick snap of crispness on the light to medium body. There is a cranberry presence here but it seems a bit withdrawn and not whole, more of the tartness without any real depth. I am sure it a pretty hard to capture that depth in a beer though. Spicing is modest with the wheat coming forward a bit more. Within the spicing is cinnamon which really works in this beer as it plays against the tartness. Spicy, semi-tart dry finish lingers for a good while.

Good stuff all around, this clearly should be upgraded to at least a winter seasonal and give the Cranberry Lambic the axe. As for cooking with it, I could see basting a turkey with this beer for sure ...

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw amber body with a tall vanilla head. Good retention with lots of patchy lacing.

Aroma has equal parts of orange, lemon, white pepper, coriander, and wheat.

Light medium body has an aggressive carbonation.

Taste has orange peel, coriander, white pepper, lemon, wheat malt, yeast, and a subtle hint of cranberry. The cranberry really doesn't emerge until it warms. None of the elements dominates, but they work quite well together.

Cranberry is noticed but nobody will mistake this for an Ocean-Spray beverage. Really well done for a fruit witbier.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy orange with a tiny tint of red. Ridiculous white and fluffy head.

S: Strong wheat nose with only background notes of cranberry

T: there is a nice malty sweetness with good wheat flavor. the cranberry taste comes in at the end and is by no means overpowering or lingering. It is complimented by citrus flavors like orange.

M: refreshingly smooth and fully body

D: I mush admit I'm shocked, I love all sam adams stuff except their fruit stuff. I guess I liked this so much because it isn't really from Sam Adams. If I could vote on this though, I'd say keep it as a part of the 21 and bag that crappy lambic... this beer is way better!

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Photo of bsp77
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange with a very slight pink tint that was more visible while pouring than when in the glass. Nice foamy head.

Smell: Mostly wheat, with some cranberry, orange and peppery spices. Not as strong of a smell as I expect from a Wit.

Taste: Predominant wheat taste with notable sweet cranberry and orange. I detect a touch of cinnamon, but may not have identified that without the label to guide me. Slight peppery spice, but less than I expect for the style, as it would have been a nice counterbalance.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Nice drinking Wit, but missing some of the characteristics I typically enjoy. Not as cloying as the Cranberry Lambic (which really isn't that bad), and would be a nice substitution in the Winter Pack.

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Photo of magictrokini
1.57/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer makes me fear what entries lost. Pours hazy gold with a medium white head, no lacing. Vomit nose, seriously, it smells like vomit. Okay taste, the cranberries are present, but so is a sickening malt/sweet concoction that is not good. The "wit" part of this beer is absent for the most part. There is a wheat aftertaste, but it is awfully similar to the aftertaste you get with Miller Lite. Bubbly mouthfeel that turns into a long, acidic, mouth-coating neighbor that stays too long. Avoid this disaster.

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

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 6/11/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Harp glass. Firm pour evokes a 1/2 inch of bright white head of very fine carbonation. Spotty lace, head falls quickly. Color is a very cloudy orange yellow.

Nose- Typical Wit, some orange peel, corriander and a touch of cranberry.

Palate- Bright highly spiced. Lots of orange peel. Some lemon rind. Very nice summer sipper. Just a touch of cranberry in the finish. By no means over done.

Mouthfeel- Very sharply carbonated.

Drinkability- Decent but to much spice for me.

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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 WeymouthMike
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy to the point as I can't see my hand on the other side of the Sam Adams ultimate glass. Head is white as white out and retains a decent amount of lacing after each sip

S- Wheat and coriander, not any cranberry to pick up on

T- Spicy, wheat, again with the coriander and orange. Only a tiny amount of cranberry detectable on the finish

M- Very smooth for a beer with an ample amount of carbonation

D- Very drinkable, just finished mowing the lawn and this was perfect.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass golden yellow with a very thick white head that doesn't disapate very fast. Smell doesn't hint of any cranberry, just the fruity wit smells of a belgian wit. Taste is rather weak. There are no belgian yeast characteristics, and really not much of a Cranberry flavor. Most of the cranberry can be found in the after taste on my lips. This is definatly the third best of this year's longshot trifecta.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick off white head that forms at least an inch above the rim of my glass, dimpled foam appears like a doughnut or bread dough rising. Aroma has faint tartness with creamy slightly citric and fruity twang going on, a touch of coriander but they didn't kill it with it. Tart flavor but no cloyingly sweet notes are there, thank god. In addition the wheat gives this one a creamy grain bill that plays nicely with the spice additions on board. I honestly wasn't excited when I heard a Cranberry Wit would be rounding out the six pack along side the DIPA and the Bock but I'm glad it did, nicely done fruit beer. Body has a creamy effervescence which comes of light to medium in body doesn't overwhelm or sit too heavy on the palate in any way or flavor. Drinkability is solid a decent brew comparable to the Blackberry Wit Sam just released.

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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 WCBCFrank
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sam Adams's LONGSHOT Cranberry Wit pours light amber, slightly yellow in a pint glass. Surprising complexity to this brew; good amount of cranberry and Belgian inspired yeast with every sip.

Personally: I did not expect much, but was pleasingly taken aback by this beer. Recommended, especially for the Blue Moon crowd...

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Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a dull bronze color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light citrus - orange with good amounts of lemon - first and foremost but berry aromas are not far behind. There's also a hint of faux sweetness, kind of like Splenda.

Tastes better than it smells. Mild lemon and orange flavors meld nicely with sweet berries. A small amount of spiciness enters into things midway through the sip and carry through to a slightly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I'm not so sure about another.

Overall this was better than I was expecting but I'd be OK with never having this again. Still, worth a shot if you're curious.

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

(Served in a wide bodied flute)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a red hue and a rocky snow white head on top. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly glide to the surface.

S- The clean aroma has hints of faint orange peel and field corn with some tart berry notes coming through in the finish. The tartness grows as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a yeast flavor with a tart cranberry pucker to follow. As the beer warms the cranberry mellows but it is still dominates. There is a slight sweet white malt flavor in the finish followed by a bitter pepper hint and a sulfury corn note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat. With the first few sips there is slight astringent pucker from the cranberry.

D- I've never been to New England but if this is how a fall day taste I will make sure to go in the winter. Attention Mr. Koch. Put down the cranberry and step away from the bog. This is another run of the mill American wheat beer with not a lot of flavor and the cranberry covers up any flavor that is there.

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

Hazy golden orange with plenty of head that leaves a lot of lace and sticks to the glass. Lots of different spices in the aroma coriander, cinnamon, and some orange peel? The same in the flavor. It's a pretty complex array of spices that is surprisingly refreshing. The cranberry isn't noticeable at first but as it wars there's an appreciable tartness that's definitely cranberry. Mostly though, it's coriander, cinnamon and grains of paradise. As I said, it's very refreshing which is what I look for in this style so I was pleased. Definitely a decent session beer that has a lot of complexity to it.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strawberry blond color with a fluffy rosy white head. Nice lacing from the thinning cap. The beer is clouded but still lets plenty of light through.

The nose is tart, crisp and bounces between a lemony cranberry mix to a gritty wheat scent. Subtle spices rear up revealing some orange and coriander.

Taste is smooth with a crack of tart fruitiness. It's not overly apparent that this is a cranberry beer because I find it to be very subtle and it competing with a lemony flavor. The spices are also used modestly making the beer very clean but not very complex.

Light to medium in body, this is a refreshing beer. It's not overly anything thus making a clean brew. There is a little bit of an acidity to this beer as it puckers the mouth and feels like it strips a layer of enamel off my teeth. It doesn't taste like it comes from hops so I can pin the sensation on the fruit. Slightly dry in the finish but all in all a good beer. I can't really see drinking more then a few because it would grow tiresome quickly.

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Photo of degerbah
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hated the longshots last year, hoping this year goes a lot better

Had a bottle of this the day after it appeared at my local grocery store. Drank out of a pub glass. Pours an extremely cloudy orangish color. The smell is almost non-existant. The taste is ok, nothing to right home about. More subtle than SA;s blackberry wit. The strong point of this beer is its easy drinkability. It's actually a pretty good beer. Just nothing at all exciting

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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 BetterDarker
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- cloudy, blood orange, looks like a tequila sunrise, with creamy frothy head which lingers nicely.

s- slight citrus, little hop aroma, if at all.

t- immediate hit of cranberry with a lingering tartness, no sour tone.

m- smooth with high carbonation

d- good, could easily have a couple of these on a warm summer eve.

Enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams- Longshot Cranberry Wit

A- Hazy reddish orange with a thick lacing white head.
S- Cranberries and cinnimon. Light touch of orange and coriander.
T- Sour orange, spice, coriander are blended nicely with a cinnimon, apple, cranberry twang.
M- Slight sour fruitiness with a warming holiday spiciness.

Overall- Not bad. Was a little skeptical about cranberries, but goes well in a Wit beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden orange color which darkens towards the center of the glass. Evenly cloudy beer topped by a slightly orange, white head. Aroma is caramel, dough, butterscotch, orange and lemon zest, light peppery spice, and some cranberry juiciness. Taste is tangy and tart, smoothed out by dough and caramel syrup. Lemon, pepper, wheat malt, both cranberry juice and syrup-like tastes. A good basic wit recipe, with a nice balance to it. The fruit isn't overpowering, fake, or cloying either. Texture is slick and syrupy, filled with nice fine carbonation bubbles foaming it up. Refreshingly drinkable.

Enjoyable, refreshing, with good basic wit flavors.

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LongShot Cranberry Wit from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 309 ratings