LongShot Cranberry Wit | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

LongShot Cranberry WitLongShot Cranberry Wit
309 Ratings
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)

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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque peachy colour, good lasing. Smooth, lambic like taste, the abv listed was 6.2%. This is part of the mixed six pack. It is drinkable, and grows on you. The cranberry is there and well-integrated.Above average mouthfeel. Not bad for a fruit beer, it has a bit of yeast in the aroma. Somewhat dry.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orange with a tad bit of pink. Nice head to it.. minimal amount of lacing. Light bodied for sure.. but that's to be expected. Taste is nice and smooth with a solid mouthfeel. A nice cranberry taste in there without being too overbearing (see: Cranberry Lambic), finishes light and clean. Not too shabby.. wouldn't be my first beer of choice by any means but on a nice hot day I would love grabbing one of these from the fridge... a nice light, refreshing beer with just a nice touch of fruitiness to lighten things up.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

I have tried to make a few cranberry beers, even a cranberry Witbier before. It's a difficult style to nail down and a difficult fruit to use.

The pour brings a creamy looking, pink-peach color with small, tight carbonation that forms a dainty, froathy head and laces quite well. Not a bad look at all.

Aromas of fruit come right out but doesn't scream cranberry at all. The fruitiness could take the shape of all sorts of berries, including raspberries. Comparisons to Abita's purple haze comes to mind, except for a more tart, acidic note of the fruit. The Witbier base kinda gets lost in the fruit aromas.

Flavors are much more balanced. Although the beer is obviously fruit driven, the softer lemony, citrus, and malt flavors of the beer begin to retaliate against the assertive fruits. No real hop presence, but the beer doesn't need that.

The malty body comes in quickly and creates a creamy, yet clean texture. Acids of the beer and the fruit come in at mid-palate and cut through the malts in the absence of hops and make the beer very easy to drink.

Although the beer is fruit-forward, it doesn't take much to dominate the delicate Witbier character. Still the fruits show a lot of restraint and without giving the extreme tartness that the cranberry is known for. Good job on the beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy convex surface that billows above the rim and momentarily defies gravity. Dense, craggy lunar surface, sticky foam that laces well. Cloudy orange with a nice rosy tint. Lightly fruity aroma, wouldn't have guessed cranberry, but it's subtle and pleasing. Dusty wheat is about the other 60-70% of the nose, no apparent spices. Flavor is smooth and wheaty, pretty quenching and inoffensive. Aftertaste of wheat, malty grains. Fruit is minimal, save for the initial tartness. A bit slick and "wet" feeling. It's tasty but doesn't really break any new ground. 2nd favorite of the 2008 Longshot winners...

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale gold color with orange highlights. It had a foamy, long-lasting, white, one-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of cranberries, wheat and some yeast.

T - The cranberry flavor is understated adding equal parts tart and sweet. The wheat and yeast flavors compliment the cranberry taste very well.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied witbier.

D - What I really like about this brew is that unlike other fruit/wheat beers the fruit flavor is not overdone. It's just enough to add a little something to a witbier.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a massive 3 finger pillow topped head, slightly off white. Color is a dark peach. Very hazy. Some yeast sediments. Eventually the head settles to 1/4 finger. Leaves some little lace.

Aroma: very slight cranberries. The obvious wheat is present. I can definitely smell the orange peel and spices. Very zesty

Taste: A lot of the same spices as in the aroma. Orange peel. A big zest flavor. Wheat. Very little cranberries.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a little creamy. Medium bodied. Somewhat low carbonation. Leaves a fruity aftertaste.

Overall, this was the worst of the 3 long shot beers in the pack. This beer just didn't have it going on. I was expecting a lot more cranberries also. The name seems to be a little off. I won't be drinking this again.

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

BBC's Longshot Cranberry Wit pours a cloudy orange body beneath a short head of frothy white lace that holds well and leaves decent lacing behind.

The aroma expresses wheat-based malt, a hint of cranberry, and a bit of 'soapiness' that's probably from a combination of residual yeast and coriander. It's not particularly exciting, nor is it off-putting.

The flavor delivers wheatish malt with a hint of tartness right at the outset, then quickly revealing it's fruit component. It peaks at the front of the tongue, and then dulls once it crosses the middle. It finishes with some lingering malt and spice (mainly coriander and orange peel), some soft, fairly non-descript sugary fruitiness, and a dull bitterness that lingers shortly after the sugar and fruit have faded. The cinnamon isn't particularly displayed, but it probably adds to the bitterness of the finish - as I'd imagine the grains of paradise do.

Once it warms and the spices come out a bit more, it's a pretty nice beer. It unfortunately seems a little bit muddled over-all though - but at least it's not over-done! There are a lot of different notes going on, but they don't particularly stand out on their own with any strength. There is some complexity there though, and it still remains very accessible - and that combination does give it a little bit of drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/amber color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty but thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of cranberries, wheat, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a bready wheat flavors and the tart flavor of cranberries. There are background flavors of citrus, spices and Belgian yeast. The malt character is on the light side but on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a lot better than the Cranberry Lambic and a decent beer overall but it's not one that I would normally drink.

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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 nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A small, white head on a hazy, dark golden colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves slight lace.

S - Dry berry aromas, cranberry I assume. Some musty hops and a bit of phenolic spice.

T - Juicy cranberry flavor up front with some spicy wheat notes. Some musty spice in the middle that fades to a finish dominated by the cranberry.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of cranberry here, and it is certainly a witbier, so it is reasonably successful, but I can't say I really like it. The cranberry flavor is actually pretty nice, but the underlying wit is a bit weak and the aroma is kind of flat.

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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 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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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My suspected weak link in this mixed sixer:

Pours a hazed peach color with 2 fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Lemons, mowed grass & coriander; great nose!

T: Breadyness, white pepper, coriander & orange peel up front. Slight berry flavors emerge as this warms, I get a little strawberry, then grassyness & coriander as this warms. Finishes with coriander & orange peel & more berries & some tartness

MF: Semi-grainy, low carbonation & medium bodied.

Drinks pretty easy, but after about 2, I'd need to move on. Nice change of pace thirst quencher, but a bit off style for my liking, fruit beer fiends will love this

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, so I have a fervent dislike for their Cranberry Lambic, but I did enjoy their Blackberry Wit. Maybe this Cranberry Wit will find a happy medium with me.

Appearance: Exceptionally hazy, dull amber-hued body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of soft wheat, French bread innards, spices, dried citrus peel, and with the tart-scented, fruit whiffs of cranberries.

Taste: Barley and lightly toasted wheat yield a light, delicate sweetness. Moderate touches of citrus and spices follow, and, of course, there's the tart, everso lightly acidic cranberry addition. Very meager hint of bitterness. Finishes spicy, semi-dry, and fairly crisp. There's a vague lingering tartness beyond the finish and a slight taste of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Crisp, playfully vibrant carbonation.

Drinkability: It's acceptable, decent even, but I'd sooner reach for the Blackberry Wit. That's just me, though!

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

Lightly cloudy amber that becomes more orange as sunshine is allowed to filter through. The upper quarter of the glass is occupied by a good looking lid the color of aged ivory. The gently rocky surface sinks slowly, laying down sheets of cheese grater-like lace as it does so.

The nose is different from most witbiers (spicier especially) due to the use of ingredients that aren't typical for the style. In addition to orange peel and coriander, this offering contains cinnamon, grains of paradise (alligator pepper) and cranberry. Cinnamon is especially noticeable and cranberry gets lost in the mix.

Cranberry Wit is interesting beer, so it's easy to see how it won a Longshot competition. Positives include a lot of flavor and the fact that quite a few of the ingredients are able to be appreciated. Unless you have an aversion to spiced beer, there aren't any negatives.

Sweet, bitter and tangy are pretty well-balanced, with bitter sneaking ahead on the finish. The flavor progression goes as follows: cinnamon and corinader at the start, orange peel and grains of paradise in the middle, then (maybe) a hint of tart cranberry at the end. Any beer that can showcase that many individual ingredients deserves a good flavor score.

The body/mouthfeel is decent enough. It's at least medium for the style and the ABV. The carbonation is neither too busy, nor too lazy. It doesn't add much to the experience, but it doesn't take anything away either.

Longshot Cranberry Wit is a fine effort that changes things up enough to get noticed. A good wit doesn't need those extra ingredients, but if they work as they well as they work here, why not add them? Bottom line: a delicious witbier with a little extra zing.

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

The second beer of the pack I tried this evening. This one I was abit nervous about to be honest, but I forged ahead. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/06/2009.

The pour was very cloudy, very hazy with a pale golden yellow color that bore the slightest tint of pink, or maybe I was just imagining it. Light aroma of fruit, lots of wheat and a touch of grass. Light grain in the flavor with a too light fruit taste, I would have liked it to come off a bit stronger to be honest, but a pleasing feel as it was light, crisp, and well carbonated. Definitly veryeasy to drink and went down very smooth.

Overall while not my favorite thing in the world, it was not terrible. Just a little too bland for my taste.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for giving me a bottle of this. Poured chilled into a DFH Pint enjoyed while watching Trailer Park Boys.

A - A hazy light apricot shade w/ rosy hue when poured. A rocky snowy cap of two fingers leaves streamers of lace

S - A sweet fruity nose w/ a mild spice note and tinges of lemony odor w/ a hint of cranberry

M - A creamy feel that is medium bodied w/ spiced middle and sweet fruit tang in the finish, moderately high carbonation

T - A nice mild wheat creaminess w/ light lemony tang followed by a pepper like spice note. The citrus peel, coriander and cranberry all compliment each other and give the wheat that tangy edege. The spice and wheat come out as it warms. The ale finishes w/ both tangy fruit and creamy nutty malt flavors battling for control

D - A nice take on fruit and wheat, but more acidity than I prefer. This could use more spice/malt to balance, but overall a pretty drinkable and refreshing take on the style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark peach color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of spicy wheat, fruity with cranberry and grape coming to mind. Tastes like a fruited wheat beer with some spices thrown in and a tart cranberry in the finish. Light body, crisp carbonation, sticky/watery mouthfeel. Light, fruity beer that might be just the thing on a hot summer day.l

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