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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 12-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of apbarwood
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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 JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from Lukas Liquors in South Denver.. Poured into my Delrium goblet.

Head looks like foamy eggwhites... dies back fairly quickly leaving a very hazy orange brew.

Nose is (I guess) wit based.. some mild cinnamon with some definite cranberry fruitiness.. the cranberry also lends toward some extra/yet different sour notes.

Flavor tries hard to be a wit.. but doesn't really come close... not a bad think though.. just different and probably should not be put in the witbier category... much more a fruit beer with a wit base. Alot of interesting flavors that pretty much mirror the nose.. I honestly like the fact that the ingredients are identifiable yet fairly light across the board.. they do well and compliment each other.

The body is slightly heavier than a traditional wit.. and the carbonation may be a tad lighter.. but overall, I dig what the brewer was doing.. the complexities lay in nuances.. nothing to batter your palate.. instead just interesting the way it makes all of the regions of the tongue play nice.

I actually like this one quite a bit... I am not reviewing this as a witbier, because it shouldn't be in that category... this is just very nice and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. Best by Sept. 09.

A - Characteristic large start white head. The big bubbles became loose and lumpy as the well retained head sank down leaving very thick and sticky lacing on the glass. The color is a hazy muted straw yellow with a faint touch of red that gives it a dirty look.

S - Wheat and spices populate the aroma with an interesting touch at the cranberry aroma. A bit citrusy with a tart nose to it.

T - Very wheat-packed with a mildly spicy finish and citrusy and tart combined flavor. Probably a bit too old on this beer as the flavors are all muted. Well crafted nonetheless. A bit yeasty too.

M - Light-bodied and crisp but smooth, not harsh. Citrusy zest finishes it off.

D - Well rounded and delicious for it's age, the cranberry wit has a lot of promise. The billowing white head and real fruit flavor (not syrupy) are definitely what this beer has going for it.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Two by two this mixed six goes, into an way over-sized tulip.

A hill of stiff eggshell white head, a cloudy honey-colored body.

Smell is upfront with sour wheat & general stuffiness. Further down the road, a squeeze of orange, macerated spices(a little too much cinnamon), & something like lemon sugar cookies way in the back.

Taste is predominately semi-sweet grain. Whipped up(if dusty) consistency. The coriander & grains of paradise stand out more then the rest of the additives, with the cranberry just barely making an appearance, tarting up the back end, & lingering along with a sharp grassy note.

I don't think it's refreshing.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
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 DrJay
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, pale toffee colour with a fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention, sticky and clumpy lace. Lots of fruity aromas, berry and cranberry, lemon, wheat, hay, and a bit of yeast and bread. Light bitterness, but it really lingered in the finish. Plenty of berry/cranberry flavour, slight tartness, smooth wheat, light lemon and bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, light dryness, decent texture. Not bad, but the cranberry tasted a little synthetic and metallic. Fairly refreshing.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy tan-gold color with the style-expected large white head that stays a while leaving a 2-finger lace once it's gone.

Smell: Smells of fruits such as cranberry (obviously), orange, lemon and a hint of banana/clove.

Taste: Starts with a berry sweetness with hints of wheat, and finishes with tart citrus and spicy cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Thinner body, with a crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability: A beer that surprised me- I wasn't expecting much from this one but it is still a good drink. Not at the top of my list, but it has some unique and interesting flavors.

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Photo of adamette
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Purchased at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY 8 29 09 for $9.99 for the 6 pack of LongShot bottles. "Best by" stamp of September 2009 on the side of the label.

A Very generous 3 inch creamy head over a slightly cloudy yellow brown body. Great lacing on the glass after repeated sips. Good look. 4.0

S Somewhat distant Cranberry smell and maybe some wheat grains. Smell is distant, unremarkable but not bad. 3.0

T/M The distant smells carried over into the taste, unfortunately. I get some light sweetness, not much Cranberry but a lot of smoothness (associated with the carbonation and big head?). Really, apart from the unoffensive sweetness and just a hint of Cranberry there is not much taste to this beer. I do enjoy the mouthfeel, though. Taste 2.5 Feel 4.0

D Well, very good but it is a bit boring. There are better options out there in this style. 3.5

Notes: Brewed by Carissa Sweigart of Massechusets this beer is just fine but does not inspire me like the other LongShot beer that I just tasted and rated, the Double IPA from Mike McDole of California.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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 u2carew
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle
A) Pours with an active head then settles to a thin lacing - sticky and with some big bubbles. Hazy. Straw to orange in color.
S) Wheaty. Notes of spice - nutmeg and cinnamon. Some cranberry as well, but light aroma.
T) Citrus malty nose with hints of cranberries. Nutty finish and beyond with a grainy sweetness.
M) Smooth. Light to medium bodied. Some grainy residue feel.
D) Well crafted and on par with a Witbier. I'd drink another.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy and dull pumpkin pie orange with a mushrooming head that was vinyl white. The head flattened out leaving a good sticky foamy calling card around the glass. Retention was good lasting for several minutes.

S: a very light tartness of cranberries, fresh orange skins and a light spiciness of apple sauce and cinnamon. Light hints of sugary sweet grapefruit pulp rounds things out.

T: The flavor was tart and citrusy, cranberry and orange juice notes being the most notable. There is some grapefruit pulp, fresh bubblegum and a melon fruitiness. A nice tartness with an almost breakfast juice like flavor that was rich, though well mannered and balanced. A creamy wheatiness makes for a great backbone bringing out just the right amount of cranberry influence, neither to tart, nor overbearing.

M: light and very refreshing with a soft creamy wheatiness and a breakfast juice like pulp that adds texture. A tangy cranberry finish gently graces the tongue upon the swallow making for a good experience overall.

D: Good drinkability and enjoyment here. The cranberry is held well in check with a smooth semi-tartness that delivers in refreshment and taste that is sure to quench the thirst on a hot summer day. Not many cranberry style beers can pull off the smooth drinkability factor that this does and makes this a good drink even for those that don't care for fruit in their beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Little delay on getting to this one. Seems it's less inspired than the others, no disrespect intended.
Wit like aroma of wheat, mild yeast quality with small amounts of fruit. Surprisingly small amount of cranberry, especially considering it's name (seems to show up in time, maybe due to warming).
Cloudy gold-yellow with just tinting of red. Kinda' neat color. Half-inch head that settles slowly. Dripping lacing
Again I'm surprised how subdued the cranberry is in the flavor. Slight fruit (with cranberry) up front and some sweetness.
The fullness of the body is nice and I especially like the fluffiness and softness of the feel. Mild wheat flavor with adjoining yeast character, but these are background. Balancing bitterness, subtle warmth. Can pick up the grains of paradise and in some drinks the cinnamon. There are some nice subtleties in this beer.
Ultimately I can't say this is a beer I'd go back to on a regular basis, but is has a place with it's creativity and balance.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peaches and cream with a fine creamy white head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. The nose is more cinnamon and savory spice than it is cranberry which kind of gets lost in the shuffle. The flavor is also pretty spicy and vaguely reminiscent of the old Leine apple spice beer, but much more refined and easy to drink. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A well made beer for those that like fruit and spice.

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Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body is a translucent apricot color. Looks like unfiltered apple juice. Small, 1-finger, white head that is very creamy. Not much head retention. Some lacing.

Smell- Aroma is very subdued. Hints of wheat with an overtone of cranberry . Has a bit of a wet grain aroma in the background. I know i sounds weird,. but I think I smell tannins. Is that even possible?

Taste- Wheaty (duh....). Not real high on the cranberry, which is fine. Ihate beers where the fruit oper-powers everything else. Hints of some orange in there to. It's not bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel- It's a light to medium body beer with a dry finish with a slight mouth coating. Carbonation is okay.

Drinkability- Eh...not great, not bad.

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Photo of schmitter
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey, apricot golden color with a very thick, marshamllowy head with prominent lacing.

Smells of orange blossom and honey.

Taste is sweet, almost like honeysuckle and orange, but hardly any cranberry presence, certainly not like the old sammy cran.

Definetely better than I expected and I think I'll have another.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comparable to Purple Haze but a bit more flavorful and not as fruity.

Appearance: Cloudy, deep golden, fizzy; little head

Smell: Wheat, light fruit

Taste: Cranberry in the finish, wheaty overall but balanced

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some carbonation and lingering finish

Drinkability: Balanced especially for a fruity beer; drinkable wheat as a stand alone or paired with a light appetizer

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Photo of Kallessin
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first poured a little it straight down into the glass and got tons of off-white foamy carbonation which stuck around for a while and clung to the glass. Has a dull lackluster golden honey color with a fair amount of haze

Has a weak cranberry/orange aroma with slight spiciness. I pick up some wet hay grain in the background, slight bitter hops and very faint sweet malt. The aromas are kind of generally kind of muddled.

At first it tastes a little like champagne, then goes to cranberry/orange muffin flavors. It quickly goes to a more wheat bread and dry grainy flavors and has an unpleasant aftertaste.

It's a light to medium body beer with slow, dry finish with a slight mouth coating. At the end there is a little bite of carbonation.

Overall the aftertaste is a little too much for me that I wouldn't really want to drink it too much more. It's not terrible, but needs a lot of work.

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Photo of ddtprm
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I will keep this one short.

I made a spicy Rigatoni for dinner and was trying to find a nice beer to go along with it. I figured I would give the Cranberry Wit a shot. Looks okay after the pour. I took one sip and wondered if this was the Blackberry Witbier with the wrong label. I quickly passed it to my wife who liked it much better than I did. Oh well, at least the Double IPA and the Bock in the LongShot sixer were good...

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Pilsener glass.

A. Big foamy head. Cloudy peach color. Moderate lacing.

S. Yeast, malt, cranberries. Not much hop aroma.

T. Tart cranberries followed by a pale malt sweetness.

M. Light/medium bodied. Clean dry finish.

D. Fairly refreshing. Cranberry is not overpowering as other Sam Adams fruit beers. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Fnord
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Longshot cranberry Wit

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a somewhat thin but very even white head that sticks around.

Smell - Wheat, citrus, raspberry, honey, and grass.

Taste - Quite a bit of cranberry at the start, wheat, biscuit, coriander, and hop notes creep in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, high carbonation.

Notes - The cranberry needs to be more subtle; it overpowers too many of the other flavors. Otherwise it would have been a pretty good beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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 Patrick999
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted something low-ABV, and this was sitting in my fridge.

Poured into a weizen glass. Most Boston Beer Co. beers look great in the glass, and this is no exception. Big foam, hazy golden-red body, a lot of lacing.

Aroma is uncomplicated, but exceedingly pleasant. Fruitcake, some peppery notes.

Tastes pretty good....slight peppery bite, a little sweet/sour cranberry. Wheat spine evident, but not particularly muscular. Not bad, but finishes a bit sweet for my liking.

Nice soft mouthfeel.

All in all, a very good beer in all aspects except taste. Neither dry enough nor peppery enough to call itself much of a witbier, but hey, it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a SA perfect pint. Pours a nice hazy, golden, amber color. It appears lighter near the bottom, smaller section of the glass and becomes a deeper copper color the further you go up. About two inches of foam with a relatively hard pour near the end. It quickly dissipates but is leaving some nice looking lacing.

Smell - You can smell the disctinct sent of wheat, a bit of honey, spices, and of course berries. Not overpowering but nice and subdued.

Taste - A bit sweeter than I would have thought from the smell. You can definitely taste the cranberry flavor up front with a spicing flavor becoming present a bit later.

Mouthfeel - Light body with lots of carbonation which seems about right for this drink.

Drinkability - It is a lighter beer so it is relatively drinkable. However, as with many of SA fruit beers I don't think I could have more than two of these in a sitting without having to switch to something else because the taste/sweetness becomes a bit much. However, basing on my prior experience with the SA Cranberry Lambic...this is much better (I know different style but the cranberry here actually tastes good and not artificial). I'm happy I was able to find the Longshot pack today so I could try this.

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LongShot Cranberry Wit from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.51 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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