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 generallee
4.62/5  rDev +31.6%
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 BeanBone
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deeply hazy, golden-orange body capped by a creamy off-white head that's ever so slightly rose-tinged. The head sticks around a while and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Bready wheat with some nice spiciness and light yeast character. Essentially your standard Wit so far; not much from the cranberries here.

Taste: Cranberries come alive in the flavor. A splash of moderately sour cranberry juice layered nicely over the bready and moderately spicy Witbier underneath. The aftertaste is wheaty with a nice hint of cranberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: A brilliant session choice (if this were available outside the mixed six-pack, of course), just keep in mind the ABV.

Verdict: Carissa has brewed up a solid enough Witbier with a nice cranberry twist. It may not be an earth-shaker, but I can see this working well as a Samuel Adams Summer seasonal.

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Photo of claykeller
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Poured from the bottle into the Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very thick golden hazy appearance. Slightly copper colored. The head is very small, mostly around the edges of the glass and leaves no lacing on the way down.

Smell: After a few sips was able to get some aroma. Smelled like wheat and honey, with hints of the orange peel and spices, though more subtle than I would like.

Taste: Orange peel and spices are out in front for me, I'm not really getting much cranberry, but could be because of the doritos that I'm eating right now. Nice wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slick and velvety (sp?), gets a little sticky, especially as it warms.

Drinkability: This is a nice "wit". Love the spices and overall balance and "wheat beer" flavor. Easy to drink down with some food or friends and have room for more.

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Photo of Beerbythepool
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams White Ale glass which is between the pint and the Sam Adams tasting glass.

Huge head with great lacing. Color is peach and hazy. I smell cranberry and orange.

Citrus taste up front and cranberry on the back end. Really gets your saliva going after you swallow, taste lingers, but not in a bad way, more like a candy does or a Now & Later that makes you salivate for more.

I am a fan of this style so I like this beer, but it will not be for everyone. Subtle overall flavor, foamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink especially if you like a fruit beer. A littl sticky as it warms.

Good job for a home brewer. I would drink again when in the mood for cranberry.

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Photo of Shango42
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type-bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Hazy copper/orange pour with thin white head that disappates quickly. Appearance of higher carbonation.

S-Faint wheat and light cranberries. Nutty. Spicy cinnamon. Nose is genarally hard to find.

T-Tart cranberries overwhelm the front. Spicy cinnamon and grassy wheat notes follow and there is a rounder, fuller sweetness here in the middle. The finish is sweet berries and the spicy background stays for a while afterward. This surprised me. It is not a style I genearlly like - wheat beers or fruit beers - but the sweetness and lighter wheat in combination makes it better than I expected.

M-Spicy with higher carbonation. Tough on the tongue spice, but the sweetness balances it out somewhat.

D-Again, not my style, but not bad. I can't imagine having more than one as the aftertaste sweetness is too much. It is almost medicinal.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden yellow with an orange core. 1 finger plus of bubbly white head that dissolved quickly into a froth that left light lacing.

Very fruity and spicy. cranberry, pear and cherry. cinnamon, coriander, and pepper. lemon, orange peel, and wheat.

Sour, fruity, spicy and refreshing. Lemon/orange peel and coriander, pear/apple-cinnamon, sour cran/cherry spiced wheat bread. Zesty and crisp with a slight buttery taste. fruity yeast flavors. Lingering sour cran/lemon. expected a bit more cran tartness, but it was pretty good as is.

Light bodied, slightly watery, smooth, above average carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Light refreshing sour cran wit. very complex with lots of fruity flavors and spices. Not typically my cup of beer, but well done.

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Photo of peabody
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy pale yellow to amber tan with two fingers of white suds leaving lacing all over the Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.
Smell is pretty boring. I get yeast and some malt here but no fruit can be detected.
Taste is much better than the smell. Starts out dry then bitter then the first hint of sour berries comes through.
Good mouthfeel. Not too sticky but the flavor does leave pretty quick.
Drinkability is pretty good here. I would drink a 6er of these.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy orangish color with some nice dense foam for the head. The head also sticks around for a while, and slowly disaptes to the very thin bubbly layer.

The aroma is mostly citrus fruits, possibly from the coriander and wheat aroma combined. There is some very low amount of cranberry aroma, and very very slight spicy aroma, but I suspect that is from the yeast since it does not smell like coriander or pepper. Overall the aroma is fairly unassuming, mostly citrus and sweet malt.

The flavor is quite nice, with some sweetness up front, and the tartness of the cranberries comes through quite a bit here as well. The sweetness and cranberry tartness rides right on through the middle and into the finish. This beer is quite refreshing, and there is a some tang from the wheat malt and hint of coriander and orange zest in this beer as well. Overall this is a fruity, refreshing, easy drinking beer. The mouthfeel is medium/light and the carbonation is a the medium level as well, I would expect the carbonation to be a bit higher.
This one is a tough one for me to grade. From the standpoint of drinkabilty and being quite refreshing, this beer gets an A. From the standpoint of a fruit witbier, I would give it a B. I would like to see a bit more depth to the spice character in this beer, and that is the one area it fell short. The fruit was very nice, and at a complimentary level, not a "hit you in the face" level and I like the complimentary level a lot better because it showcases the beer. However, the beer side is the weakest side of this beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of tightly packed crisp slightly rocky white foam... Solid retention ultimately gives way to a full rich lacing... Very pale whitish gold straw color... Quite hazy... Slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass and darker at the top... Still without any noticeable carbonation... Just a little bit foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Predictable wheat base... Slightly sweet... Candied cherries... Just the faintest hint of cranberries... Some minor spice notes in the form of cinnamon and nutmeg...

T - Sourdough pretzel... Cranberry... Cinnamon... Nutmeg... A nice tart finish is a wonderful compliment to the overall slightly sweet flavor....

M - Light to medium bodied... Smooth carbonation with the slightest bite... Crisp... Fills mouth evenly and fully... Ever so slightly on the dry side...

D - An interesting and enjoyable witbier... The cranberry adds a much appreciated layer of complexity, but it is the spices that really make this brew memorable... Also quite sessionable at 5% ABV... It's a shame that this is only a limited release... Nice work Carissa...

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Photo of Lambstrong
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very cloudy. Nice white foamy head. Good head retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Definitely pick up on the musty wheat aroma. I didn't get any cranberry notes.

Taste: Sweet, subtle fruit. Bitter aftertaste which I found unfortunate because initially I enjoyed the light refreshing taste, but the bitterness ruins it for me..

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated which I'm not so sure I appreciate in wheat beers. However, light on the pallet.

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Photo of kels
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. It is slightly hazy and apricot in color with an enormous 4 finger white, fluffy head. The head fades fairly quickly to a frothy skim, and it leaves behind tons of sticky white lacing.

Smell: Smell is a little difficult to find. I definitely get the wheat, and I notice a bit of citrus hop and a peppery note coming through. I get a slight whiff of something metallic, too.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is strangely hard to figure out. I don't get a whole lot upfront, but as I swish it around and swallow, the different facets start coming out. Slightly toasty grains and subtly sweet malts come through. There is a defined tartness that tastes more like citrus than cranberries initially, but the cranberry creeps out a little as time goes on. Feel is bright, light and fizzy - very refreshing.

Drinkability: Pretty high thanks to the feel and lighter flavors. Decent enough beer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Straw-orange-pink brew, hazy with yeast. Thik, almost pristine white, large-bubbled head is constantly being replenished by the many rising bubbles; nice lacing.

S-Slight coriander, not really citrusy, with a slight cranny twang. Wheaty and grainy bread. Borderline a not-ver-pleasant aroma.

T-Grainy and bready, smooth coriander spiciness. Cranberry is mostly in the sour taste after the beginning of the flavor; not a berry flavor, so much. A little bit of a citrusy character.

M-Medium-light feel, appropriately sprightly within my mouth, with perhaps just a bit less carbonation that I would have desired.

D-Refreshing in a way, which certainly scores it points for drinkability on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Buggies
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange color. Nice white head. Aroma is rather plain. Faint hint of fruit... cranberry maybey only because that's what the bottle says. Slight malt aroma as well. Taste is a bit funky to me. Kinda reminds me od a medicine like fruitiness. The combination of cranberry and Belgian wit just doesn't impress me.

An OK tasting beer. Not something that I would buy again. Me personally... I don't think this is deserving of a "longshot". It's average at best. Still worth a try though.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
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 arizcards
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of the Longshot sixer back in late April for $7.99. Best before SEP 2009.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a nicely formed and maintained white head. Not picking up much in the nose other than the base wheat. Taste is interesting with cranberry, orange peel, and pepper predominating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good, just a little too much residual bitterness from the orange peel. Nice effort!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is ultra-cloudy carrot orange. Pillowy pure white head. Self-illuminating. An ant farm of lace.

The smell is sour fruits, strong cranberry cocktail aroma. Prickly wheat base gives a dry wheat balance.

The taste is that dry wheat base with a bready yeast presence. Sour like a lambic, but also dry and grounded like a yeasty Belgian white. A little too mild, but pleasant.

The feel is a dry, bready wheat feel. A little like orange juice. It's a light and summery sour ale. Like a cranberry lambic but lighter and with a dry feel.

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Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber color with a nice white head that had decent retention. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Wheat malt aroma with a touch of spice and cranberry. Mild but interesting. The flavor combination does not work for me. The spices and wheat malt combined with the cranberries tastes odd to me. There is a lot going on in the flavor so I give points for that. But it also leaves an unappealing aftertaste. Nice body and carbonation. There is a lot going on with the flavor for a light body and low ABV beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a slight pink tint to it. There is a nice two finger head to it which gives way to nice lacing. The smell of the beer isn't very strong. There is a hint of cranberry and some lemon smell to it as well. The taste of the beer is of cranberry and lemon, the taste however isn't overpowering like the blackberry and cranberry lambic of sam adams. There is more of a grain finish to the beer. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability of the beer is okay. You could drink alot of them back to back however, the taste was a little disappointing to me and slightly bitter.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. notched for sep 2009. tasted in early may.

cloudy straw color with pink tones and brown tint. 1-finger rocky head, fades to thin layer. decent lacing, esp. later.

aroma: whiff of... sulfur?! almost skunky... then bread, yeast, mild fruity cranberry and citrus note, and weak spices. cinnamon comes out towards the end.

taste: crisp, mildly tart w cranberry, touch of sweetness, bready yeastiness, mild to moderate bitterness (more than i'm looking for in a witbier), and again that sulfurous skunk-like note again. (what the heck?!) spices and cinnamon in back.

light body, with acidity. fizzy carbonation at least can be creamy at times, but that's it.

i don't know what happened here. the concept sounded fine. maybe it got lightstruck in the bottling line? or infected?

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 jujubeast6000
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/11/2009 (bottle BB SEP2009):

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange yellow colored body, with a big frothy white head, very lasting. Fruity aroma, some cranberry, along with some maltiness. Very weak aroma. Somewhat acidic, fruity taste. Nice wheat taste. Fruit aftertaste. Just okay, not too exciting. Somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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 aristeros
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As part of the Sam Adams "Longshot" twelve pack. Let's see if I regret this! Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Cloudy yellow-orange, about two fingers of off-white head. Decent lacing. Dry fruit in the nose, some cloves, some bitter citrus and citrus rind.

Creamy texture, some wheat up front, a lot of sharp citrus and cranberry. Pepper and cloves underneath, but not enough. Finishes with that sharp tang, like lemon zest. Not really enough wheat, even at just below cellar temperature.

Interesting, and an okay brew, but missing something.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Derek
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After walking a couple kilometers on a sunny 26C day, this was quite nice.

A: Hazy bronze with a slight reddish hue, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Cranberry, spice and a hint of tartness/funk.

T: Pleasant fruitiness. The bitterness is extremely mild, so the cranberries really provide the balance. Some nice spicing and some wheatie grain.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth.

D: A decent drinker.

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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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