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LongShot Traditional Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Traditional BockLongShot Traditional Bock

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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 320
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle lurking in the bowels of my fridge, and I've never had it, plus it looked lonely on this hot late summer afternoon. Into the Sam Adams pint glass it goes!

A. Real nice clear, rich caramel brown with a pretty lush tan head that piles up an inch, then dies down to naught. Active carbonation and looks quite caloric and drinkable...

S. Subdued, but dense sweet, sugary malts waft up to greet me... rich and caramelized, slightly date-y, cool, biscuity, mildly toasty.. this is the real deal. Really no hops here, maybe just a twinge, and a smidge of noticeable booze. Delightful, chewy malt. I really dig this.

T. This ain't no slouch in the taste department, either. Choice roasted malts, a riot of everything we loved about malt in the first place. Roasty bitterness, toasty grains, sweet toffee and caramel goodness, brown fruits - hints of cherry and dates - minimal hop bitterness, a raw, slightly earthy grainy bite... man, I need to hit up more Bocks... This tastes great. Wish my noob friends hadn't drunkenly consumed the second bottle!

M. Pretty wet, but a slightly dry, toasty and bitter-sweet malt finish round things off and keep it from being overwhelming. Middling body, fair carbonation. Nothing wrong, really.

D. Yeah, I could easily have another. Would work better in cooler weather, or with some sort of rich meaty or fruity dish, I think... maybe a mince pie! Yeah, that's the ticket! No matter that I haven't had mince pie in years. I want one now!

I'm surprised and delighted at how much I like this. This is really an above average Bock, the best beer in the 2009 Longshot pack, and furthermore, it beats the pants off Sam's own Doppelbock and they should immediately add this to their lineup. It's GOOD, folks! Find some if you can. I'm going to get more before it vanishes, possibly forever.

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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 elniko
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass from bottle. Bottle marked with best by September 2009.

A: Very nice bock coloring with nice frothy head and lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Maltiness with some roasty and minor bread notes as well. Very nice and I am really looking forward to trying this brew.

T & M: In Texas Shiner Bock is a local favorite but this is what I would truly expect a bock to taste like. Full bodied with a wallop of malt of front but a very nice toasty finish. Some bocks I've encountered have had a watery mouthfeel, this brew does not at all. Very well done and I commend the homebrewer who put together this recipe.

D: Very drinkable, I have not seen the Longshot pack readily available yet but I would not be opposed to be purchasing to two more of this fine brew. Next up is the DIPA!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into my personalized lager glass.

Wonderfully clear, deep, dark mahogany hue with reddish undertones, almost stepping into Doppelbock territory, with a finger of rich tan mousse that falls down to a solid cap that grabs the walls of the glass as it goes down, leaving behind some wave-like rings of lace.

Nose is a bit biscuity and bready, with caramel and a toasty melanoidin character. Soft and pleasant.

Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation and a bit of chewy mouthfeel. Caramel and toasted bread maltiness appear up front, with the sweetness carrying through to the middle where it meets more biscuity goodness along with a little melting of milk chocolate. Slightly herbal, spicy hops show themselves just enough to keep the mass of malt in place, and things finish semi-sweet with a bit of lingering maple.

A delicious, well-crafted Bockbier, the winner of this Longshot brew certainly deserves the compliment. A drinkable and complex lager that would fit nicely at home in Bavaria, possibly even standing out amongst the crowd as an even better brew than those originating there.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine deep copper beer, looks smooth and clean. Light tan head, frothy off the pour and recedes promptly to a thin, consistent layer that persisted nicely.

S-Toasty caramel and toffee, sweet. A hint of smokiness.

T-Caramel, burnt sugar, sweet breads all assault my palate on the first sip. Subsequent draughts provide chocolate cookies and whole-grain cracker notes.

M-Medium to medium-full body. Moderate carbonation level.

D-A pleasant and accessible bock, living up to its namesake "Traditional."

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Photo of Bcaulin
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

It actually looks somewhat like a Sam Boston Lager when poured... brown in color, but definitely clear and not at all, cloudy. Decent head, very little lacing.

I can now definitively say I know what it means when people say something smells bready or biscuity. Always seemed like the weird idea for a smell to me before, but its real and it's definitely better than I expected.

Tons of malt, and a nice lingering aftertaste. Not really my favorite style (it could use something to balance out the malt bomb), but for what it is, it is very well executed. Smooth and tasty and definitely drinkable.

Props to BBC for selecting some new different styles for the Longshot -- just when you think they are getting too commercial, they put out a hardcore traditional bock and an over the top DIPA.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark chestnut color. Poured a 1 finger beige head that dissipated to skim that was thicker on the edges. Broken lacing washed down the glass.

S: Big toastedmalts; toffee and dark fruits. Also some burnt toast and alcohol.

T: Not as rich of the aroma; a little sweeter. Big toasted malts come through just ahead of bitter finish with a little alcohol that lingers.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry and warming in the mouth.

D: Solid bock; nice and tasty with kich.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly an opaque brown with a red hue through the bottom with whispy, barely there, head.
Smells of sweet malt and some chocolate.
Tastes a bit watery with malt and chocolate notes.
The finish is very muddy. Can tell that it has some malt there but not particularly lasting, but good.
Incredibly smooth.

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Photo of vacax
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark chestnut with maybe even a hint of red. Moderate head with a bit of retention and lace to it.

S: Nutty and sweet caramel, touch of coffee. One of the best smelling bocks I have had under my nose.

T: Rich malt flavors, slightly nutty presence with a bit of dark fruit but tempered with bitterness to prevent cloying. Nice balance. "Traditional Bock" is a very apt name.

M: Relatively light for what it looks, smells, and tastes like, though not to the detriment of the beer. Lively carbonation matches body.

D: One of the better bocks I have had, though not exactly something I would drink many of. Nothing thrilling for me, but definitely a quality example of a bock. Recommended to drinkers of Shiner Bock so they can learn what this style is supposed to be. Easily the best out of the 2008 Longshot winners.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gave this one a try twice by picking up the 2009 Longshot pack. When I tried it the first time I didn't really think that much of it, I almost gave it away but decided to give it another shot. I was very impressed by the color of the beer, very clear but at the same time a deep dark brown color. Nice smell to it as well rich malty smell with the hops finishing off nicely. I wish I could say the taste matched up, it really didn't. I felt like you could really taste the alcohol, which was strange because the content isn't really that high. I couldn't really taste the hops. Maybe I just got a bad batch but I wasn't really that impressed with the taste. The mouth feel and drinkability and mouthfeel was pretty good but still doesn't make up for the taste.

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Photo of mmcary
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second beer from the Longshot, let me start by saying that being from Texas, there is only one bock I am familiar with, that would be Shiner! All you BA's can quit chuckling, it is a great session beer!

On to this bock:
A- Nice looking beer, poured into a pint glass with little to no head, great color, very red and dark.

S- smells like malt and syrup, very sweet, almost too much sugar smell, some hint of a woody spice.

T- very sweet and malty, a little cloying, not bitter at all. Good but not great.

M- Kinda sticky, but dry. Goes down smooth, nothing that stands out, it gets better as it warms up.

D- Not too bad, a little sweet for my taste, but I could have a few of these, but not to many, the alcohol is well hidden and it is a good example of a bock, I still prefer Shiner!

For a homebrew it is not too bad, compared to the double IPA though, it is a far second place. It is similar to SA Double Bock, which is not bad as well. Next is the cranberry...

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Photo of kmeves
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a medium beige head. Aroma is malty sweet with caramel, chocolate, some molasses and raisins. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, raisin, cherry and earthy bitterness. Medium body, sticky texture. Dry finish. Well done Alex, the second of a good longshot six pack.

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Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown color with a very clean looking body. A light tan 1/2" head disappears to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Caramel, raisins (and other dark fruit), brown bread, brown sugar.

T: Similar to the smell. Has bready qualities and some raisin aspects. Malty sweet, but there is some bitterness to counteract that.

M: Medium to full body. Chewy texture. Just about perfect amounts of carbonation.

D: Although I have never been into malty beers, this one is pretty damn good.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pilsner glass

Pours a light mahogany color with a huge slight off-white three finger head. Very light foamy head that leaves dimples everywhere. You can see the carbonation taking place by the way big bubbles in the head pop. Sticky-icky lacing is left behind everywhere as the head resides rather slowly and calm but always staying throughout the beer.

I'm not really digging the smell all that much. This has a funky wet hay/barnyard smell to it. Stale fruit which has gone bad(getting pears)with some bread like malts. Well the smell alone does not get me excited about taking a sip.

Thank the beer gods, the taste did not follow the smell. I get all malts from this bad boy. A sweet syrupy malt flavor hits the palate, think sweet rich pancake syrup. Caramel tones coming through with some bread/biscuit like malts in the backbone of this beer. Like the person below me said, a nice peppery spice seeks through in the end.

Pretty thin to medium bodied with a creamy feel to it(just like syrup)with medium carbonation.

This is pretty easy to down and I can see people having quite a few of these without thinking about the 6% alcohol.

I believe this is my first bock and I enjoyed it, definitely will seek out more from this style.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L branded KruĀšovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a fizzy tan head that dissipates very slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel is what immediately comes to mind here. Other roasted malt notes also come through. There is a little bit of a sour fruity smell (cherries perhaps?) in the background. Very complex.

Taste: Kind of a toasty taste up front with a kind of cherry-plum flavored finish. Roasted malts also come through here.

Mouthfeel: A little on the over-carbonated side. This beer has an acidic bite to it but it doesn't really take away from the flavor.

Drinkability: A really good beer. Definitely one of the best bocks I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel/amber color with a large tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, with slight hints of floral hops. Also notes of fruit- cherry, apricot, and a bit of grapefruit.

Taste: Starts with strong flavors of sweet, roasted caramel malt and finishes with a plum-like flavor with a slight touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Not quite thick, but is sticky. Slight carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, and another good beer in the Boston Beer Co. lineup. Not quite outstanding, but solid- one of the better American bocks I have had.

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Photo of Shumista
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my beer mug.

A- Longshot Traditional Bock pours dark brown with red highlights and a small light brown head.

S- Toasty malts, that's about all I smell.

T- Toasted malts dominate the taste. Some dark fruit sweetness, more cherry than anything else.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation.

D- I actually wish I had more than just the two that come in the longshot pack. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark copper with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, a touch of cocoa, toasted walnuts, and wheat.

taste is smooth, cocoa, roasted nuts, some sour malt, and toffee in the back, ends just a little bitter.

overall a light bock, but an above average brew.

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Photo of mullenite
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber pour with a thin off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Leaves a nice lacing for a second but it isn't very sticky. There is thin ring around the top all the way down the glass.

Smell is dark fruits (mainly raisins, plums, not really cherry or fig), some caramel when you get your nose in there deep and a faint scent biscuit in the background.

The taste is somewhat reverse from the nose with the biscuit standing out more than the dark fruits. The caramel is pronounced most in the finish leaving a long sweet finish.

Medium body with a nice tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue. The sweet finish leaves a residue coating the mouth, though the taste is more pleasant than a lot of beers that do the same.

Easy to drink one of, don't think I could drink another one right away though. Would probably go good with some gouda or a similar cheese.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color and clarity are top notch but the headless swirl of scum is kind of a turn off. It's crystal clear and a beautiful brown with golden highlights.

Relatively mild, sweet malt smell and raisins.

Taste is good for the style. There's a little toffee, toasted malt flavor in the middle but it's pretty weak all around otherwise but I guess that's the style and for that, it's better than some I've had.

Mouthfeel is really fizzy and medium-light bodied with a bit of an aftertaste.

This is a highly drinkable beer that is really accurate to the style. I could drink a good deal of this in the proper context.

This could be a year-round style for SA and it might be OK but I'd rather see it as a tap-only seasonal.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A--Pours a deep dark copper color with a huge 3 finger head that recedes very slowly and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Beautiful

S--Light caramel malts, very faint grassy hops, clay, walnut shells. Par for the style

T--Light, crispy maltiness. This is called a "traditional" bock and I have to say, it lives up to the billing. I have nothing special to say about this beer, it is just a solid bock that fits the style guidelines perfectly. Refreshing and subtle.

M--Medium bodied with a very soft fluffiness to the carbonation. Like drinking silk.

D--For the style, this is a masterpiece. However, by nature it doesn't have the flavor profile to make me too interested in drinking. I would buy this again in a session setting, but not for anything else.

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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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