LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

287 Ratings
LongShot Lemon Pepper SaisonLongShot Lemon Pepper Saison

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation here.

Aroma is full of lemon and citrus with a slight hint of pepper and clove in the nose.

Taste is slightly peppery with clove, lemon and citrus showing through at first.

Mouthfeel is full of pepper, lemon and citrus that linger. Very nice.

A decent stab at the style. I would not mind seeing it become a regular part of their extreme series.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden with a white fluffy head... Cloudy and yeasty looking...

Lovely aromas of zesty lemon and Belgian yeastiness.. I'm actually really digging the way this smells... Very nice and refreshing...

I'm sorry but I'm disagreeing with most of the reviews on this one..this is uber refreshing.. Zesty and citrusy with a terrific tartness on the finish... Possibly one of the finer saisons I've ever had... I'm very surprised at this one... The yeastiness brings something earthy and delicious that I wasn't expecting here...

Overall a very nice brew... Congrats to Jeremy for winning and brewing such a terrific beer...

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Photo of tapman
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light golden color with abundant carbonation, a big, whipped head of white foam sits atop a transparent and refreshing-lloking body. One thing I like is that the head is substantial, yet you don't have to pour the beer six times to get it all in your lass like some Belgium-inspired brews. Filtered, no sediment at bottom of bottle.

Lots of banana in the nose so I would guess a high fermentation temp? I get a little bit of mustiness (lemon-pepper?) though it doesn't smell like lemon or pepper. Little hops, some intercontinental types---saaz? Head is still whipped and frothy.

Interesting. I was expecting some big flavor from this American brewed brew, but all the flavors are quite subtle. There is a little lemon-peel citrus in there that is distinguishable up front and at the end while the middle of the tase brings forth he grains of paradise as well as some nice phenolic yeast. No harsh alcohol at all and a little bit of pleasant clove.

Mouth is tart and will dry your cheeks a little. A little lingering bitterness bites the back of the tonue in the finish. Actually more interesting in this category than most Saisons.

I find this beer to be exceptional. I could drink this sucker all day long during a hot summer's bluefest out here in chicago. I must say that I was skeptical when i saw the name and even about the company since for me SA is a little hit or miss, but I like this one better than many saisons, some quite esteemed. On the other hand i find the saison style easy if your technique is good, as there is not a lot to cover mistakes. SA should have the technique sown pat so for this style my "5" weighted.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a clear gold with about two to three fingers of thick foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty peppery right up front. It fells like I just used a pepper grinder to sprinkle some onto my beer. Has some nice citrus flavor and it is a bit lemon but also so slight tangerine as well.

The taste is also a bit peppery with some nice bitter hop flavor mixed with a pepper flavor that has a slight clove flavor as well. There is a nice subtle citrus flavor that comes on in the background and pushes the flavor on till the end of the sip

The feel of this beer is pretty light and is an easy drinking brew with light carbonation. It is pretty crisp and has a peppery kick but doesn't hit too hard, smooth.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Lemon Pepper Saison

This beer pours a crystal clear bright orange/yellow body with a quick white head.

Nose is intriguing as it has this light wheaty funky saison smell yet with almost hint of meat, lemon and some spice notes. Really interesting.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate big yeasty and mildly funky saison touch. Strong ripe fruit and tons of funky spices. Lemon peel for sure, and a nice peppery spice note. The idea of a lemon pepper beer seems absurd at first, but when you get down to it it's the perfect combo for a saison. Funky, spicy and fruity. The elements really work well together. Not much in the way of hops other than some earth. It's hard to differentiate between hops and spice. Bitterness is well balanced.

Great beer Jeremy. Again, the idea of a lemon pepper beer is crazy until you taste it a realize it's all the best elements of a Saison. So well balanced with huge flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About an inch of a nice frothy foam head that slowly disappears. A nice, pale golden color. A little bit of funkiness to the nose with hints of lemon and pepper. This beer has a lot of flavor to it. The pepper hits the back of your pallet with a fistful of zest as well. Up front you have some very citrusy flavors. I'm really enjoying this beer. It is very crisp and refreshing. Perfect on a hot summer day or warm summer night. Very solid beer from the Longshot series.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my mug out of the 12 oz. bottle. had this one sitting in my fridge for awhile now and figured this warm summer night would be a good night to finally drink this. Pours a clear, light to medium golden color. White fluffy head is well over an inch when poured, although I did do a violent pour for this one. Settles to a nice surface coating with great lacing. Aromas of lemon, malt, and peppery spice, followed by a bit of hops. Good bready malt flavor upfront, followed by lemon citrus and some pepper, ginger, and other spices, grains of paradise perhaps? Rounded out with a subtle hoppy and slightly sour taste. Very enjoyable mix of flavors! Has a light to medium bodied, crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit heavier. Overall a good solid beer and quite enjoyable on during this summer night here in Cleveland.


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazed golden with apricot hues. A full two fingers of flat white foam fills up the pint glass. A good-looking high water ring of lace all around.

Aroma - a mild saison-esque yeast fragrance with some even milder lemon in support.

Taste - a flavorful saison, robust grain and spices. The Belgian yeast is a little understated, minimizing any funk or wildness. A bit pilsery, the spices and lemon meld well with the malts and yeast. Late vanilla notes on the aftertaste, and developing lemon as it warms. What a complex and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - lots of carbonation, very refreshing. Slightly slick on the palate, goes down easily.

Drinkability - one of the best Longshot beers I can remember. Perhaps my best saison experience. Excellent brew, Jeremy.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Longshot is a beautiful, sparkling clear, deep straw gold hue. A fluffy two-finger head rises above the brew and then falls slowly, leaving plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: This beer has a spicy, Brett-inspired nose. Peppercorns, grassy lemon notes, and a slight alcoholic burn permeate. There is also a slight vegetal/corny smell - DMS?

T: My first impression is that there is much more pepper here than I would have expected. It's not exactly subtle, but it is still pleasant. Some lemon, an effervescent sweetness, and a nice tang on the finish.

M: Crisp, spicy, and tangy.

D: High.

This is a delightful, refreshing beer from Samuel Adams. While it's not the best saison I've ever tried, it definitely ranks among the best, and is well above the bar I held for Sam Adams. The pepper might be a bit overdone, but I suspect that a couple months of aging would render this beer perfectly balanced.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, the final of the 3 LongShots from this year -- the first two I had were definitely solid, and this one would prove to be just as good. I'm actually quite impressed by these beers and have much more of an appreciation for what Sam Adams is doing with this competition. The review is from notes taken on 6/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a crisp golden yellow and starts with a one finger, soft off-white head with solid retention and eventually fades to a full and uneven cap; body is very clear and shows tiny, quick and strong carbonation; a few washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Light and sweet mellow fruitiness and bready esters; a light toasty graininess with a bit of a zesty citric blend; quite nice and fairly robust with just a spot of spiciness lingering in the back.

Taste: Really nice, and possibly the best of the LongShots this year; nice smooth and sweet fruits with a yeasty breadiness; a mild lemony/citric zest with a bit of peppery (duh, yet a little reminiscent of white pepper) belgian spiciness; there's a bit of a toasty/earthy graininess lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A rather light and very effervescent body comes across as soft and foamy; a moist stickiness is left behind; really a refreshingly sweet and spicy beer with great balance with the toastiness.

Drinkability: This is definitely an all day kind of beer -- a great drink with great flavors and solid balance; very refreshing and makes for a great summer beer; also, the moderate 6.4% ABV makes it pretty easy drinking as well.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's Longshot mixed sixer from McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a slightly hazy clear deep golden body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells like cloves, lemon, pepper, banana, freshly-mowed grass, and citrus peel. Tastes like apricot, peach, lemon, pepper, with notes of banana and clove and a clean-ish finish. Light bodied with light carbonation, on the aqueous side. Very drinkable. Pretty good, my favorite of the Longshot fruit beers so far.

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Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orangish yellow with a thick fluffy white head and lots of carbonation.

S: The usual belgian funk with a more noticable citrus aroma, alcohol and clove spice.

T: The initial taste is very sugar sweet and citrus with a noticable alcohol bite. The clove spice and tropical fruit flavors show up in the middle and the finish is true to it's name....lemon and pepper. You get a citrus bitterness and peppery bite in the finish. Very nice.

M: For me, the mouthfeel was a little on the heavy side. The carbonation did help smooth it out and add to the peppery bite in the finish.

D: The beer is very refreshing. The citrus bite may get old after a few, but overall it is a good Saison and worth a try.

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Photo of jlenik
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a thin and bubbly head.

S - Smells lighter than the typical saison with some peppered aromas.

T - Smooth, peppery, and crisp. I don't think there is much to say about this one.

M - Nice carbonation and refreshing after finish.

D - Good. I could definitely drink three of these no problem. Would I? No, but I think it goes along great with the other two brews in the Longshot pack.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice luminous golden color with no haze, and generous white head. Nose has some fresh bready notes but also with peppercorn & citrus. On the palate there's a playful tingle from the pepperyness but it's not over the top, along with a light bodied, light malted, and citrusy character. Very drinkable, refreshing, actually somewhat clean also. I would like to drink this regularly!

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Photo of aepb1
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow with a small white head

S- Lemon and something baked (malty?) with a hint of pepper in there too

T- Pepper up front with some hopes in the aftertaste that brings a smooth finish

M- light bodied and decent carbonation and smooth mouth

D- Just the interesting taste alone would bring me back, and couple that with an above average beer, it works well

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is softly Belgian spicy/zesty with malty base. Smells good.

Pours clear dark yellow with moderate head. Looks good.

Flavor follows, nice spice/fruit character. Some coriander, white pepper, and lemon/lemongrass. Very soft sweetness. Moderately perfumy & floral. Mild malt. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

A solid Saison that is highly spicy. Very enjoyable. Kudos Jeremy.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium tremens tulip.

A: Pours a straight up gold color that's crystal clear with about a finger of mother-of-pearl head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S: Smells the way I would expect. Very zesty citrus (mostly lemon) and spices dominate. Almost like a spiced Belgian.

T: Very similar to smell. Lemon is present almost immediately, followed by some peppery saison flavors. Nice grainy malt.

M: Nice and light, yet still has some body. Very smooth, good carbonation, good residue. Exceptional.

D: This is a good beer. Don't usually like saisons, but this one is special. Very good. Would actually drink it again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Regal gold body. Nice clarity. Frothy eggshell colored head with some nice grip. Aroma is doughy yeast balls, lemon and pepper, hay and yellow cake batter. Very nice aroma. Flavor is spicy, fruity and a little doughy. Citrus and lemon. Body is a little light. Could use a little boost for the mouthfeel. Spritzy carbonation. Solid beer.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a goldenrod yellow color with a frothy white head that falls relatively quickly. Some splashes of lace on the glass, with a solid top of bubbly froth. Duvel tulip produces a nice stream of carbonation from the bottom for a while.

S: Light and wispy, replete with phenolic, lemony, and spiced aromas. Lemon and pepper are both there, but not too far overdone at all. With warming some nice bready notes and more residual sweetness emerge.

T&M: Rush of sweet peppery flavor up front, with a finish that dries out just a touch. A very tasty saison, indeed! Lemon and apple with a band-aid-like phenol flavor and white pepper all feature prominently on a massive initial rush of flavor. Then things mellow out with a dry, straw-like/grassy flavor that yields to more spice and crisp bitterness on the finish. The yeast profile lacks the complexity of true exemplars of the style, but it's still quite enjoyable. Body is light to medium with an aggressive, yet not super-fizzy carbonation level.

D: Lowish alcohol content and great flavor make this great for gulping. Too bad there are only two of them per 6-pack!!

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Photo of washburnkid
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A: A nice ivory puff of head over a clear golden color. Wonderfully frothy retention and good puffs of lace. All fitting for the style.
S: Aromas of lemon, clove, and vanilla. Spicy and inviting.
T: Very peppery in the taste, but not unpleasantly or overwhelmingly so. Tons of citrus peel, especially the lemon from the aroma, and a bit of bubble gum discernible with some chewing. Even more time lingering on the palate brings out a bit of alcohol.
M/D: Light bodied, and high in carbonation. Easy to drink, refreshing, and an interesting spicy flavor make this one rather enjoyable. My favorite from this year's Longshot series.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear gold with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Citrus, clove and Belgian yeast spice in aroma. More citrus and spice in the flavor. Pepper is very subtle in the finish, which is a good thing to me. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Spritzy carbonation. Interesting beer.

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Photo of mullenite
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow in color with a tall, 3+ finger, white head that left really sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell was grainy pilsner malt, some slightly earthy hops and lots of bubblegum. Didn't really pick up any of the lemon or the pepper.

Taste had a lot of bubblegum to it and some lemon as well but it was kind of like the lemon you get from Sorachi Ace hops and not actual acidic/citric lemon.

Thin body with nice, fairly high, carbonation.

Overall this was pretty good, very refreshing beer to drink after a long day at work.

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LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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