LongShot Traditional Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 12-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 320
Reviews by GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Sam Adams for doing this Longshot thing. As a homebrewer, I think it's totally awesome!

The first of my three Longshot beers, the Bock.

Pours into a pint glass with a great dark brown color with a redish hue. It has very good clarity and a nice creamy white head. The retention is only fair but it's a nice looking beer.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with a bit of fruit and nuts to it.

Flavor is mostly sweet but it has a nice bit of mild earthy hops. The roasted malts are very subtle but perfectly judged. Dark fruits and carmel come through as it warms. There is great balance overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, with just enough carbonation to get by. Drinkability is very good. This is a beer I could enjoy again and again.

Overall, really nicely done. I think SA could make this a seasonal offering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A real traditional bock beer now thats something woth seeking out.Poured into a pilsner a deep bronze with a great two finger creamy slight off white head that never completely settled,it just looks rich.Toaasty caramel aromas not real strong but appetizing,a hint of that plum fruitiness does come thru as well.Wow rich and satisying on the palate,it coats the mouth and is incredibly smooth.Caramel flavors with a hint of chocolate,a little herb does show thru in the finish giving a slight hop presence but this is all about malt and it should be.Rich to say the least a damn fine bock to say the least,nice job!

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Photo of blackearth
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a dark copper body with a tight, off-white head. Aroma of toffee and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate covered berries, dried fruit and a touch of smoke. Finishes sticky sweet, sweeter than I like, but still very good drinkability. I could see myself drinking this at a tailgate in the cold.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a vibrant brown with great clarity and flashes of ruby red. An inch of creamy eggshell head that stays around for a good while. Aromas start out with clean, toasty malts along with a bit of roasted grain. Mild fruitiness comes through along with a slight creamy aspect.

First sip brings smooth, clean, mildly toasted malts upfront. Dark fruits and cherry flavors meld in as it flows downward. Grainy aspects throughout with great balance. A solid malty treat, it stands up to it's German counterparts for sure. An enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with carbonation that washes across the palate perfectly. This is a full flavored bock that I found quite enjoyable, as it's a style that is not often brewed in the States. I could enjoy a sixer of this no problem. Cheers to Sam Adams for brewing Alex's creation.

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Photo of generallee
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big mug.

Appearance: The body had a deep dark brownish amber color with a big light tan head on top. The head hangs on well and slowly fades down to a thin covering. Lacing on the glass is slick and sides down as I drink.

Smell: Its aroma is full of deep rich bready malt character.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a big malty sweet character and solid full body. There are some light toasted notes, pretzel notes, caramel and thick bready maltiness throughout with just enough hops to let you know they are there too. The finish has some mild bitterness and herbal hop flavor quickly fading off the tongue. Its texture is smooth and slick on the palate with light carbonation.

Notes: This is a great example of Bock beer! Very Well Done!!!

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Dark amber brown color, perfect clarity. Head retention does quite well with some lacing on the glass. Oh yeah! Massive bready aroma with melanoidans and all ... such a beautiful malty nose here. Solid drop of smoothness on the palate, clean all around with only a faint warmth from the alcohol. Maltiness blankets the tastebuds like fog during April in Boston, thick and chewy. Big wad of sweet toasted bread, melanoidans and a kiss of toasted biscuits as well. A very well rounded maltiness to say the least with no sweetness or toasted flavor becoming dominant. Hops like down a mild yet prickly bitterness and a mellow herbal tones towards the semi-sweet finish for a perfect balance for the style.

The name says it all, its a traditional Bock through and through ... at least compare to some of the beauties I have had in Germany which this one is comparable to.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with ruby highlights. Medium sized khaki head retains well and deposits sticky lace.

Aroma is on the malty side, with toffee and caramel notes. Some spicy and floral hops and dark fruity esters underneath.

Creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.

Taste has plenty of bready malt sweetness that is balanced nicely by an earthy and spicy hop bitterness. Dark fruits(raisins and figs) emerge as it warms. Finishes clean and even.

Tasty and very enjoyable. Compliments to Alex Drobshoff, the homebrewer who created the recipe.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber brown with and very creamy light tan head. Its almost stout creamy

S: There is a malty nose with a hints of plum in the background

T: Great malty taste with caramel notes. It then moves to a nutty biscuit flavor and finishes fruity with banana and plum. Yum!

M: full bodied, smooth mouth. Just the way I like it

D: All day, this is a great rendition of a traditional bock. Thumbs up!

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Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish-brown with relatively thin but persistent head.

Smell: Dark fruit, toasted malt, and noble hops. Like the smell, but a little too subdued.

Taste: Semi-sweet fruity and toasted malts. Noticeable cherry and biscuit flavors. Some spiciness at the end due to the hops. Would have liked a little bitterness, but still quite nice nonetheless.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and pretty chewy despite not being too heavy. Spritzy and pretty smooth. Slightly warming.

Drinkability: Flavorful lager that is easy to finish off. Just would have liked a touch more bitterness (like Schell's Bock).

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Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight off, not a huge bock fan, and am really not versed in the style. Pours a beautiful chestnut copper with a thick, creamy light tan head. Good lacing. Caramel and alcoholic nose, candy-like in its sweetness. Caramel malt and a grainy follow with something reminiscent of Sam Adams Boston Lager. Kind of bread-dough finish, a little tangy. Lower carbonation than the usual ale, with a non-sticky but long finish. Its good, but I think one a day is my limit.

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Photo of Kraken
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 6/11/09

Last of the Longshot sampler. This year was much better then last. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour really fails to conjure much of a head, maybe 1/8 of inch at most. Head falls very quickly, not much in the way of lace. Color is a deep ruby brown.

Nose- Lots of roasted caramels, roasted nuts, hues of raisin.

Palate- Very nice. Heaps of roasted nuts and caramel. Raisin hints of coco. Longer finish a with a nice little bite of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Chewy, and a bit dry.

Drinkability- Very good wish there was more then 2 in the sampler.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traditional Bock has a rich, superbly malty nose, smelling in many ways not so much like beer as a freshly-baked, yeasty loaf of thick brown bread, drizzled with molasses, butter and wildflower honey. Brown sugars and vanillas round out the aromas, making a delicious cookie dessert to the bread.

On the tongue the brew is far thicker than would be expected--medium viscosity at least--and feels slightly grainy on the tongue, as if it were unfiltered. The flavors are incredibly complex, with all of the notes from the aroma resounding in even fuller fashion than seems possible. Malts are obviously king here, huge caramelized brown sugars waltzing with toasted grains, while in the background dark fruit esters (plum and cherry, yes, but also hints of banana) do the mambo with marble rye bread. Hops are minimal, providing just enough bitter kick to perfectly balance the malts.

In fact, if one word were to describe this brew, it would be "balanced": everything in here nicely complements everything else, and there is nothing extra to get in the way. This is a superb bock, in other words--in fact, a beer that deserves to be placed into full-time production.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I like some bocks, not my favorite style, this beer is indicative why. Pours a little thin and cloudy brown. Smell is nothing special. Taste too, a little like a maltier heavier Newcastle. Typical Sam Adams anti hop quality, mouthfeel turns tobacco-y halfways through. Drinkability is almost nil.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown into a pint glass with a one finger off white head. Smell is not very strong. Taste is there, but not very robust. I have to admit, it is a great representation of a "traditional bock". But that's just it, it's nothing great. Mouthfeel is good, just the right balance of hops and barley malts. It's a good beer, but nothing that I would consider award winning.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful looking brew crimson tinted brown with a large fair complected light tan head, which forms thick and dominant above the crystal clear body. Aroma wafts around hints of nuts and caramel blending together. Sharply acidic fruit notes arise as well sweet yet tart notes come off the glass. Flavor is upfront with sugary malt sweetness and finishes with some robust alcohl warmth. Tart raisin and a touch of apple with caramel and toasted almonds collide, in fact a plate of those foods would blend perfectly with this bock beer. Bread dough yeast flavor rides along with a tart Sam Adams characteristic hanging on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation carries it all well nothing sits to heavy except a toch of residual sugar almost caramel flavor sticks to the sides of my palate. Drinkability is solid, malty and complex in flavor a classic bock beer not many single bocks down this well, very impressive qualities.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by daryk77 - thanks!

Pours a light chestnut color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel with hints of nuts and milk chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of thick caramel flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa and lighter hints of earthiness. As it warms a bit of a soy sauce flavor comes out. Ending is sticky sweet with just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid bock and one that would be even better in the colder months. Still, it's worth a shot any time.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a pokal)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense crystal clear warm dark brown body with a thin light tan cream head that last for the full beer, sliding down the glass after each sip. There is a gentle carbonation that glides up to the surface.

S- This beer has a toasted malt richness with bread crust and toffee notes. There is a big fresh dry caramel malt that has a sweet graham quality that increase as the beer warms.

T- The smooth dry caramel malt flavor has some fresh pale malt flavors coming through as the beer warms. There is a soft toast flavor to follow. The dark nougat quality that comes through is pleasant and lead to a soft tart hint that becomes more noble hop as it warms.

M- The light mouthfeel of this beer has a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

D- The full fresh flavor makes has good taste but this is still an easy smooth lager to drink. There is some nice depth to the malt and the compliment each other well. I typically find the nougat to be to offensive but it was soft and worked well in this beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the look of this beer. A deep chestnut brown with a three finger kick ass cap. Clear brew with reddish highlights. The head is fluffy and reminiscent of the brews I've had in Germany.

Good nose. This one has a punch of bready malt to the nose. Sweet, lightly caramelized grains with touches of fruitiness. Not to shabby.

Taste is sweet and big on those malts again. Toasty and caramelized they are the dominating characteristic. Subtle fruits range from unripe plum to even a little overripe apple. No sign of hops that initially angers me but this beer works well with out a single leaf needed.

Creamy mouthfeel and a coating sweetness that lasts well into the finish. The hops materialize here as a subtle bitterness that rounds this beer nicely. Easy to drink and a great example of the style. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of degerbah
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh sixer as soon as it hi tmy local grocery store. Poured a gorgeous dark amber with a finger of head. The appearance alone would almost make this a worthy beer. The smell is not very pronounced. A little malt but not too much.

This is a great everyday beer. This is far superior to last year's long shots and a majority of the beers sam adams puts out and I've had amost all of the regular release stuff. This is possibly the best beer in this style I've had. Just saw the abv. WOW!

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Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, woody brown with red highlights. A moderate head retains well, leaving patches of fairly thick lacing.
The nose is backed by rich, full malts. Roasty toasty bready smells follow, with a touch of fruits and a nutty note. There's something creamy in here as well.
Lots of toasted breads with the presence of fruits and complimenting notes of nuts, toffee, and earth / wood work right in sync with a big, rich, hearty malt presence. There's a light bitterness that comes out fully in the finish. This is a great bock as I understand it, and tasty regardless.
The feel of this one is thick and rich, with a light carbonation in a pretty full body.
I'm throughly impressed with the homebrewing (and subsequent interpretive) skills displayed in this beer.

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Photo of BetterDarker
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a beautiful deep amber color, I drank from the Sam Adams lager glass, the etching produced a beautiful amount of tiny bubbles for the short time this beer was in my glass. Thin, coffee like head that quickly dissipated.

s- sweet malt aroma, little to no hop aroma

t- sweet malt, mild hops, pleasant all around

m- nice carbonation, thinner than I expected

d- not sure I could do more than two of these due to the sweetness, but all around very nice beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams- Long Shot Bock

A- Clear amber brown with a small soapy head.
S- Lightly burnt brown sugar and molasses.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses, both slightly caramelized and burnt. Light touch of earthy dry hops.
M- Very sweet and moderately thick. A bit cloying but finishes off dry with a touch of alc.

Overall- A good solid Bock. I would say this is ranks 2nd out of this years 3 Long Shot beers.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very nice foamy head that remains as a solid 1/4" once it fades. Lace changes from sip to sip but is generally spotty. Beer is a woody garnet color and clear throughout. Aroma is mainly caramel soaked, chewy malt, with soft chocolate and toast, a touch of orange hop, and funky milky fruitiness. Basic malt packed, bock meets milk stout aroma. Taste is likewise. Barely bitter and caramel malty. Juuust enough hops. Full body, soft full mouthfeel with coating chewy texture. Also easy to drink.

OK bock. Sweeter than it should be though it doesn't bother me. Lactose sweetness keeps coming to mind...

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark amber with good highlights and white lace retention.

Smell: Big honey and brown sugar, and a decent amount of floral hops round out the nose.

Taste: Big honey'd malt presence, a good bit of tobacco, sweet dough and bread crust, and a big malt finish. Not much hops, aside from an herbal, reaching presence. Yet it's not insanely sweet, though it's sweet.

Mouthfeel: Big and chewy with good full carbonation.

Drinkability: I am not a huge Bock expert, or an expert on anything, for that matter, but I really enjoy this. Though I can't comment as far as what it's like compared to the real thing, there's a lot that I like here, and it's one I would certainly recommend.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing brown color infused with tons of bubbly streams rising to a thin off-white head. Dots of tiny lace islands stick to the glass.

Plenty of nut and caramel in the nose, sensible amounts of both and not much else, except maybe flashes of darker fruits. Reminds of any number of English brown ales, actually.

Although the aroma is decent but understated, this thing is chock full of flavor. Milk chocolate, black walnut, caramel, brown sugar, maple and root beer come to mind, as do any number of dessert-y spices (cardamom, cinnamon, allspice). While most of that would indicate a sweet beer, the sweetness is kept very much controlled and in-check. This is round, robust and balanced.

Texturally this balances smoothness and light carbonation tingle in the proper amounts. Balanced is achieved, which is just right for the flavors: not intrusive and not a let-down.

One of the best bocks out there, no doubt. It's never been a style I've chased after, but ones like this will keep me interested for sure. Glad I have a couple more!

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LongShot Traditional Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 344 ratings