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: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 12-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MLasoski
4.97/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a = 4.5
s = 5
t = 5
m = 5
d = 5

This is my first review; however, I have had plenty over plenty of beers in the past. This beer ranks among the top. I slow poured this into a pint glass and its thick head dissipated relatively quickly. The body is cloudy with a copper color. Orange peel, cinnamon, and cranberry flavors make their appearance in every sip, none overpowering the other.

I am in agreement with others who say away with the Lambic and on with the Cranberry Wit. Job well done.

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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 rossthefireman
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- great cloudy apperaence, typicla of a wit but had a nice red tinge to it. Looks cool in the glass

S- I thought the smell was a little lacking, but was able to get the orange- citrus smell of a wit

T- great flavor! Flavor alone makes this a winner in my book. Great wit beer that finishes with a nice cranberry flavor at the end. Also finishes dry. Can really get the orange and even hints of lemon. A great example of a wit.

M- good mouthfeel., nice carbonation with a nice dryness. Creamy but not heavy, and lightness that goes down easy.

D- highly drinkable, matter of fact as I am reviewing this, I am on my second of the night !

I applaud Carissa Sweigart! This is a fantastic beer. a nice light crisp wit with lost of flavor and the cranberry is a nice touch. Sam Adams should add this to their permanent line up as I think it would do very well, especially against the other wit (that seem to be very popular) on the market. Heck, even the wife liked it and she doesnt like beer (she is a wine snob!)

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought the longshot - six pack and this was the first one I tried.

Poured it into a pilsner glass. Color was cloudy apricot with a nice fluffy white heading. A lacing covering that stuck around throughout.

Smell is bits and pieces of a lot of thing's. Coriander,orange, some other spices and I do detect the cranberry.

Taste is great it delivers what it promises with the cranberry lingering around long after you finish this tasty fella( or lady ). Pretty much the same as the nose you can detect everything you smell.

Mouth is very crisp and clean,light bodied and very good carbonation not over carbonated like some witbier's I've had.

Drinkability is excellent for me. Again like other witbier's this doesn't over do it with spices and coriander. Very easy to digest and have a few more.

An awesome drink I do hope they can replace the cranberry lambic with this tasty morsel.

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Photo of pweis909
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, and a bit darker in color than other wits I've had. I was thinking this could be cranberry coloring the beer, was sold on the fact that I might be seeing some pinkish hues, but upon closer inspection near a light source, maybe not. Very thick, rocky white foam, lacing the glass as I drain it.

Aroma is slightly fruity and spicy. Intersting and not overpowering.

Taste is initially a bit sweet, in a refreshing kind of way, supported by some tartness, and a distinct wheaty crispness at the finish.

This is an easy drinker, a real thirst quencher. Considerably better than most fruit beers and witbiers that I've tried.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy medium honey color with a thick white head lovely white head.

Nose of cooked orange peel with hints of cooked stone fruit and light spiece.

Wonderful mouth feel, medium "thick" and a bit freshly creamy which is a nice and rare character.

Great short bursts of big appealing flavors. Flavors of oranges, light spice, cooked bananas and with an end kick of sweet fruit and nuts.

This beer is atypical for a "fruit/spice" beer but is incredibly appealing and drinkable.

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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 MrHungryMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is wheaty sour, slightly creamy, with warm spiciness. Smells good.

Pours mildly hazy straw with slight reddish/orange hue and a large incredibly creamy head. Looks nice.

The nice creamy sour wheatiness from the nose kicks off the flavor which is rounded out by a nice fruity tartness cranberry style. It's moderately spicy, which would make it a wonderful November kind of beer. Mild bitterness. Soft lemongrass. Mild sweetness hints at candy/sugar/hfcsyrup and stays mostly under the radar. Softy nutty/oily mouthfeel. Finishes with a kiss of wheat and citrus. Tastes quite good. Feels pretty good. Great drinkability.

The cranberry is not at all overpowering, it is quite understated, which drives me back for more and more sips to pin down the elusive familiar flavor. An excellent fruit beer - if you could even call it that - and a rock-solid Wit.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light bready malt notes up front. Peppery background spice notes as the beer warms. Low to moderate bubblegum aromas which are pleasant but a little odd for the style. Mild musty yeast notes that also appear with warming.

Appearance: Cloudy amber colored pour with a light and sudsy white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Sharp and light acidic notes up front that have a ghost-like cranberry taste. I can't say that it's true cranberry but it definitely gives you that impression. Soft bready and wheat flavors that round out the acidic fruit flavors. No hop flavor or any off-flavors detected. Finish is sharp, crisp, acidic, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat or any astringency noted.

Overall impression: A light, spritzy, fruity witbier. Really clean and enjoyable. Proves to me that SA can make a good fruit beer. Get rid of the Cranberry Lambic and go with this one! Nice job on the Longshot.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch to pinkish head. It is an opaque orange with pink tint. It smells fruity. At first I could taste the cranberry but as I drank it became more faint. It actually tastes pretty good after working in 88 degree heat with about 150% humidity. Maybe anything would taste good now. It's a good summer brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a cloudy pink-grapefruit color with a very large slightly-pink white head with plenty of carbonation. Hazy to the point that it is nearly opaque. Plenty of lacing.

S: Cranberry definitely comes out--both sweet and sour. Not overpowering, however--there is a slight subtlety here. Great smell, just not enough of it.

T: Mild, sweet cranberry with a bit of sourness. Not overpowering, and slightly tart. Hints of spices. Some wheat and a little bit of lemon. I thought the cranberry would be overpowering, but it's presence is only slight. Flavors all meld very well.

M: Medium mouthfeel; slightly chewy. A good amount of carbonation and the perfect level of tartness--very good. Very little alcohol presence; if there's any there, it's masked by the tartness of the cranberry.

D: I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one drinks very well, as it is quite balanced. Second solid offering from this year's Longshot series, and I'm on to the Traditional Bock later tonight. Hopefully enough of this will stay around for me to be able to have a few of these around for the summer.

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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 MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ganked from a judging competition.

A - Pours light copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Cranberries, some funk and noted hop bitterness.

T - Cranberries, a little funk, some honey, light coriander, and hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, well-balanced, and smooth.

D - Great overall. Though if this recipe was created by someone else, why is Boston Beer entering this beer as their own??

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a mixed 6'er of the longshot series from 2009. I think it was $9.29 for the 6 pack @ Jacks. Notched as Best Before Sept 2009. Per the website, this is brewed with cinnamon, orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and "hints of cranberry", whatever that means, as it says "natural flavor added" on the label.

Pours out to a cloudy light amber with pink highlights, forming a large puffy white head with pink accents with very good retention and nice sheets of lace. The aroma smells as expected with hints of cranberry, the very subtle sweetness of cinnamon adds a nice touch, orange peel and coriander. The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent with a light body and a nice clean finish. The taste opens with a nice "fruity" acidity (although I couldn't tell you it was cranberries in a blind tasting...more like strawberries to my taste), followed by some floral hops, a mild bitterness touches base for a second and then is followed by a pleasant lingering foresty sweetness in the aftertaste. Well balanced, cleanly fermented, with a nice compliment of flavors...this is tough stuff to do with a fruit beer.

This is a pretty good brew. I could actually see myself drinking several of these, and they would be great hit for the summer. This has a crisp, clean zippy mouthfeel, light body and is naturally thirst quenching. Well done. Hits a nice balance between fruit beer "alco-pop" and beer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color. The head on this beer is very nice, thick and dense and fluffy. There was a large carbonation discharge when I popped the cap off of this one. Smells fruity and yeasty, reminded me of the cherry wheat just not as intense. Very nice flavor. A slight citrus spice with a fruity,cranberry background and then a tangy bitterness in the finish. As the beer warmed up a little, the cinammon flavors were more apparent. Very tasty, I like the wit flavors up front followed by the tangy cranberrry in the finish. Very drinkable and the mouthfeel is perfect.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a cloudy, hazy gold/orange color. White head was about an inch thick when poured. Eventually fades to a nice surface coating and nice white ring lining the inside of the glass. Very nice lacing. Aromas of cranberry malt, some orange and spice as well. Has a sweet and spicey malt flavor upfront, giving way to the cranberries and then followed by a hint of citrus. Very good balance of the different flavors. Has a smooth and frothy, slightly crisp medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice! Very easy to drink in a good way. This is certainly better than the other Sam Adams cranberry beer, the much dreaded Cranberry "Lambic", which I do not loathe like many others here do, but this one is certainly better.


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Photo of wahhmaster
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy tan color with kind of a rosy tint to it. The head is large and foamy. The head dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells like a typical wheat beer. A strong hint of cranberries (obviously) comes out strong.

Taste: Pretty damn good. Tastes like a really good wheat beer with a strong cranberry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth; almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A really tasty witbier. I'll be interested to try the rest of Sam Adams' Hombrewer pack.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy peach color, with a thin, wispy bone-white head. A good bit of lace is splattered on the sides of the glass in myriad patterns.

Aroma is fruity, but I'm not sure cranberry comes to mind. It's a mixture, really, evoking everything from peach, apple, banana, pear and tangerine, only with a more unripe berry essence. There's something else here I cannot nail down. Maybe it's the yeast and the cranberry mingling and morphing into something unusual. And likely the spices that were thrown in too (cinnamon, coriander, grains of paradise), but there again nothing jumps out in a direct way. Wonderful blending happening here.

Same with the flavor, although the spicing is more prominent. The mingling of spices reminds of a wassail, only cold. And once that image is in my mind, my tongue has a hard time getting away from that. But I like it. It's spicy, herbal, fruity, with a tartness and prominent ginger ale flavor hanging out in the finish.

Mouthfeel has an airy yet tingly lightness, mostly soft and slippery, carrying the wonderful flavors through nicely.

Delicious, unique, bright, well-made...this is a really good beer that should not be missed. Superb drinkability, no doubt. All the Longshot beers were very good to outstanding--maybe they'll all become regulars in the Boston Beer Co. rotation?

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Photo of mcraw88
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beautiful hazy amber color with a nice amount of white peak head with decent lacing and great retention

Smell - Strong smell of wheat with a little spice and almost no cranberry

Taste - Wheat really shows its full character here. Wonderfully presented not to strong with the spice, but very great. Subtle cranberry upfront but comes through better at the end.

Mouthfeel - Thick and yeasty nothing to exceptional but not bad. Slightly over carbonated for my taste

Drinkability - beautiful summer clensing beer with great flavor but not over powering

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled straight from the fridge and poured. Best before September 2009, per the label.

Big, rocky head full of dense bubbles and whipped lacing rise about 2 inches out of my SA perfect pint. The foam is a dull white with the slightest pink hue to it. The body of this cloudy beer is fleshy peach color with hints of pink.

There's a light spices on the nose of coriander & cinnamon, mixing nicely with lemon zest and wheat.

I definitely get a slight bitterness or cranberry pucker off the starting gates with this one. As it mellows and the mild pucker wears off, I start to take in the wheat and light malt presence.

Mouthfeel is average with light to medium body and high carbonation, lending to it's drinkability factor.

I am normally not a fan of wheat-style beers, but this one left me wanting more. It was so light and easy to drink. There's a great balance on fruit, spice and light wheat to make this a highly sessionable summer beer. Good work! In fact, I wish someone would come out with a cranberry IPA - that would be a treat, as well!

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a bleached white two finger head. The beer underneath is orange with pinkish highlights - kind of peach colored overall - with a thick haze. Smells like wit beer. Floral, a little berry fruitiness, pear and a bit phenolic in a clove kind of way, backed by a touch of winter-warmer like spiciness. Taste is similar to the smell. A little bit less floral, but still there. Pear comes out. Hints of cinnamon and ginger. Sweetness to back up the tartness of the cranberry, which is subtle and barely noticeable, which I like. A very refreshing summer beer. Very smooth, full bodied - bordering on creamy. Definitely enjoyable.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice light bodied beer, rocky head forms and a bunch of webby lace around the glass.

S. Wheat and fruit.

T. Cranberry for just a split second, then fades to light citrus and malt notes. I was curious how these flavors would interact, and both share the limelight on this brew. Well done.

M. The mouth feel is notably smooth.

D. After a hard days work, this is a great brew to gulp. Fresh and refreshing. Solid.

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

Longshot Cranberry Wit
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %, 5/1/09, 1 of 3 of the Longshot 6 pack. Bottle>pint glass.
A 4.5 - Cloudy honey in color, golden edges. Good 2 finger head, excellent lacing.
S 4.0 - Tart wit smell, mild hop spice.
T 4.0 - Tart, tastes follow smell. Mild cranberry presence.
MF 4.0 - Light-medium in body, medium in carbonation.
D 4.0 - good job Longshot series, nice Wit offering!

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

Best before Sept 09 notched on the label.

As pretty as a Wit can look. Cloudy orange with a touch of amber with a dense 1" bright white head. Gracefull sheets and wide rings of lace all the way down.

Interesting scents going on here; definitely can discern the cinnamon in the background while the cranberry's tartness mixes nicely with the yeasty ester 'touch-o-funk'. I swirl my glass a few times to smell to detect a very faint orange zest. Very fresh fruit notes but not at all SWEET like I was anticipating.

The cinnamon is the first thing I taste upon the initial gulp. The cranberry is well balanced being it's tart and light, not (again) SWEET as I thought it would be. The sour notes by way of the yeast strain are quite enjoyable. The coriander is way in the back but the grains of paradise are very noticeable (ala Batch 8000).

Mouthfeel is spot on Wit; light, fine carbonation and a touch or tart yet clean finish.

Drinkability is good. Given the spices, I could have 2 or 3 on a warm afternoon of the patio I believe.

Overall a very unique rendition of a delicate style. The spices were not heavy handed (as I was fearing) and melded pretty nice. If I were celebrating Christmas in Phoenix, I'd surely be drinking this.

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LongShot Cranberry Wit from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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