LongShot Cranberry Wit | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Cranberry WitLongShot Cranberry Wit
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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 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 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 dakid618
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a deep hazy golden amber color with a half finger of white head that disappears quickly. Smell is very wheaty with just a hint of cranberry. The taste is consistent with an "average" witbier but has a light cranberry aftertaste. Differs from most wits in the mouthfeel as this is by far the thickest I've ever had. I think I would enjoy this less if the mouthfeel were lighter. Good drinkability. I opened this beer expecting to dislike it and found it to be fairly tasty, but not something I would necessarily search out. Much better than their cranberry lambic in my opinion.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy orange/pink color with an pink/white head that thinned out to a small clump leaving a few here and there spots of lacing.

S - wheat and faint cranberry smell.

T - tart cranberry with a spiced flair keeping the beer balanced and drinkable.

F - crisp and refreshing.

D - easy drinking brew.

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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 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 lonestar4lunch
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with just the smallest reddish hue. Head dissipates quickly leaving a bit behind. Aroma is very faint with just a bit of wheat and tart fruit. Taste is surprisingly crisp! The sweetness is just right. You get the cranberry taste without the heavy tartness and the carbonation helps to fill this one out. Once it warms up you get a little more "funk" which is not a bad thing, goes with the style if you ask me. Very drinkable and not too sweet. An unexpected highlight of the Longshot series this year.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle like a cloudy apple cider with two fingers of bright white head. Sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of wheat, cranberry, white pepper, with a touch of cinnamon.

Tastes like a wheat cracker with a dab of cranberry jam. The cranberry presence is quite subtle. As is the spiciness. Cinnamon and a touch of tartness appear as the beer warms. Finishes with wheat cracker/jam and homemade biscuit.

Lighter bodied, dry and slightly tart, and moderately carbonated.

I wish the cranberries had been kicked up a notch. A bit subtle overall. Still, quite drinkable as is.

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