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

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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:
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Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweemzander for tossing this beer my way. Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A: Lightly cloudy golden yellow. Two fingers of white head. Sticky lace solid retention. Small cap.

S: Yeasty with tart lemons and just hint of white pepper. Hint of sweet tarts candy.

T: The white pepper is much more pronounced in the flavor. Yeasty and tart lemons round things out.

M: Medium to light body. Light carbonation.

D: Overall a bit too peppery for my taste. Not bad though.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear golden-orange color with a nice finger of white head. The head had good retention and leaves a nice lacing circle all the way through.

S - Very sweet aroma, with some nice lemon peel and other fruit elements. There is also some nice yeast smell with a touch of pepper.

T - Very nice sweet lemon flavors start off the beer. This is joined by the nice smooth pale malt flavor and some yeast flavor. These elements stay very well balanced. At the end, there is a bit of pepper that stays around a bit after the finish.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with just enough carbonation. The beer feels really nice and smooth throughout and the mouthfeel at the finish, which is very crisp and just a tad dry from the pepper taste, is really nice.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavors are fairly complex but very well balanced. The beer overall is super smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast. Then some flavors of lemon and spices come in, although I'm not tasting the "pepper" side too much. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are better within the style but it's still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with little head.

S: Lots of lemon in the smell along with some yeast and cloves.

T: Starts with some light malts and cloves before giving off some lemon flavor. Finish is a bit tart with hints of honey with some spiciness from the pepper.

M: Medium, moderate carbonation.

D: Medium to high. Only issue is that I'm not sure how enjoyable the pepper flavor would be after a few.

This would be a solid beer for the summer. It is heavy on lemon flavor and has a light enough body to be refreshing. The pepper definitely gives a unique flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep golden yellow with a massive four finger fluffy pure white head that subsided to a one finger upon sitting. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of bready malt, lemon pepper, and saison spices. The flavor was of bready malt, slight lemon pepper, sweet malt, hops, and very low amount of saison spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall as a saison for my particular palate this one wasn't bad. Was it great? No. But still not great. There were none of the palate intrusive flavors that I dislike in saisons and the flavor was actually quite nicely balanced. The aroma was decent on this one, but nothing to wow you. Went down extrememly smooth. Will I remember this one a few months down the road? Probably not... But I am glad I got to try it.

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

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Consumed 11/12 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger of sudsy, fluffy pristine white head. Head retention is nice and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pepper, yeast, lemon citrus, and clove.

T: Taste starts with a burst of lemon and pepper. Yup - I see how it got its name. The further in to the beer you get, the more yeast and pale malt flavoring can be picked up after the initial burst. Minor notes of clove and coriander.

M: Lighter bodied, high carbonation, nice crisp prickly feel.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, not too filling, nice representation of style. Although the initial burst of lemon and pepper is a bit jolting, this is a really nice complex beer, worth drinking for a while.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Part of the LongShot Homebrew Contest, this is the winning employee entry, brewed by Jeremy White, who works in Boston Beer Company's IT department. His Saison joins an Old Ale and Barleywine in the 2010 Samuel Adams LongShot variety six-pack, which is available nationally this April for a limited time.

We had the honor to be on the final judging panel and obvi- ously enjoyed the beer then, but let's see how it tastes when you take a homebrew and scale it up to a production batch.

Pale yellow in color, touch of haze and surprisingly unfil- tered; unusual for the style. Nice whipped egg-white head that retains well, too. Spicy, herbal, yeasty and a bit doughy, with, you guessed it, distinct and well-balanced notes of lemon peel and pepper in the aroma. Carbonation has some zip to it and enhances the proceeding flavors of lemon oil and rind. Doesn't pucker, but rather dries with gentle citric notes. Bready malts beneath, with a faint touch of toast and honey; just enough sweetness. Banana? Yes, slightly green. Pepper notes are definitely detectable through- out the brew, providing a layer of unique spiciness. Floral. Dry. Grain. Powdery. Pepper lingers on.

Complex? It is. Easy drinking? That too. We love when those two meet. Our only criticism is that it's not bottle conditioned, but that aside from that, this is a very tasty Saison.

Think you have what it takes to join next year's Long- Shot six-pack? Head over to samueladams.com this April for details on the next contest.

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Photo of gpogo
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear light golden body with lots of bubbles. White head that dissipated to a foamy covering with white ring.

A- Belgiany yeast aroma, very fruity, citrusy. A spicy hint.

T- Lemony light malt taste with a spicy finishing note and a bit of alcohol taste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate-high carbonation.

D- I found this beer to be rather refreshing.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pretty golden color with a light but persistent white head.

S: Similar to a Belgian ale, sweet with extremely faint hints of lemon.

T: Slight lemon taste at the forefront and a definite, but light, pepper aftertaste. It has bits of other citrus too, but I can't quite tell what they are.

M: Very smooth and pleasant. One of the finer points of this brew.

D: Not dry, so again, it's smooth going down.

Overall: Provided to me by the incomparable Wisrarebeer. I'll admit, this was my first saison, and I was nervous given the lemon pepper seal (that's usually a flavor reserved for chicken!). I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and especially the light pepper aftertaste. It's not a beer you can drink all night, but it is a beer you can appreciate. There are a number of subtleties in the taste which are very impressive. Namely, the way the pepper just scratches the surface of your palate. I'd definitely recommend this one to friend's for it's shear uniqueness. It's certainly a good introduction to the saison world!

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Photo of Duff27
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Mid to darker golden color. Giant head in the tulip. Effervescence is lacking some compared to other saisons I have had. Decent head retention/good lacing.

S- Smells of lemon zest and perhaps other assorted citrus fruits.

T- Lemons and a bit of spice. Really lacking in the flavor department but it is refreshing if nothing else.

M- A bit on the watery side, not much carbonation on the tongue.

D/O- Overall, not a bad beer by any means but in a world where there are some terrific saisons out there, this one is lacking a bit. Glad to have tried it though and congrats to SA employee Jeremy White.

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Photo of chaz01
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian fishbowl glass.

A: Golden yellow color, just a little hazy, with a creamy white head that looks like a layer of milk.

S: Somewhat lemony citrusy aroma with a hint of butterscotch.

T: Picking up mostly hay and straw flavors, more of an earthy, grassy taste and I only pick up a little of the zesty lemony flavors with a touch of pepper that lingers on in the aftertaste. There is a nice lightly sweet vanilla taste that makes this beer interesting.

M: Lite bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Easy to drink, light and refreshing. Would pair nicely with a sauteed sole or fish dinner.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison appears bright golden color with a little bit of haze. The head is white and has averagae retention.

Its aroma is very complex with bright lemons upfront followed by typcial saison twang. There is a little bit of pepper, but it does not stand out.

It is extremely light if not flavorless starting off. On the mid palate the flavors of lemon juice, with twangy yeast and pepper (from grains of paradise). The finish is also very light, but has a lemon zest taste.

The body is light to medium, with a light carbonation.

LongShot Lemon Pepper Saison is very sessionable, giving a lot of the typical saison flavors with an unusual lemon/pepper twist.

Overall, this beer leaves a little bit to be desired from a flavor profile. It has a lot going on but it only last for a very short time. At the smae time it is one of the most drinkable saisons I have ever had and could easily drink a couple.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank into my Narke tulip...A clear light straw beer has about a finger of fully bright white head rise up. Good retention and lacing. The head only stays about half a finger above the beer but its very thick and full...A typical saison aroma, light funk, floral hops. The finish is strong black pepper, not obtrusive, a wonderful enhancement to the musky saison notes. Cannot pull out any lemon at first, as it warms comes through as a sweet candy lemon on the front...The taste is was not executed correctly with a total lack of balance of the flavors. The peppers comes through WAY to much dominating the flavor from start to finish. The pepper is very harsh, only allows me to get a hint of floral hops...The mouthfeel is nice, full, coating, lasting flavors....Drinkability really limited by the pepper.

A decent idea for a homebrew, too much pepper to make this a recommendation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Got a sixer of this year's LongShot. Figure I'd drink one of each and age the other.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a white head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward some lemon zest and a fairly hefty dose of black pepper. The taste is also dominated by pepper and a bit of lemon, also adding in a bit of sweetness and bread. Slight spicy taste from something other than the pepper, probably the year. The over-spicing certainly affects the mouthfeel and the drinkability. Hopefully the spicing begins to fade a bit with some age.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by September 2010; Sampled August 2010
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale-tan, off-white colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a hazy, light orange / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with citrusy notes of Meyer lemon, and sort of reminds me of sweet Limoncello. Some dusty malt character and a musty earthiness forms a backdrop to citrus character. For being a Saison the nose is pretty plain, though it is nice in its own way.

Somewhat dry up front, but it picks up sweetness as it rolls across the tongue, it never gets overly sweet though. The lemon, while noticeable is not as apparent as it was in the aroma. A musty note here seems to remind me of woody pepper, but without any of the associated spiciness. This has a nice tartness from the lemon flavor that almost serves as a sweetness in this beer.

A simple, fairly enjoyable beer, I didn't expect a whole lot from this beer and it ends up being a beer that I could easily drink on a hot day without having to think about; nor is it interesting enough for the beer to ask much of me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a large white head. The aroma is very inviting. I get a lot of oranges and lemons, as well as some yeast and pepper notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of citrus in the flavor as well as some biscuit malt. The yeast is definitely Belgian in origin and adds some nice character, that is almost a little bit funky. The pepper makes the beer fairly spicy. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation. A very nice saison.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Theres no way that we can rock out after them"- Black Thought- The Roots.

Geez, I gotta follow buckeye's review of lemon pepper, alright, bare with me.

A- A gold light tannish color with an inch of the frothy white stuff kinda thick. Settles into a nice cap of togetherness, slight stick.

S- Lemon and pepper with some earthy hops, pale malt, and a kinda macro smell with some warming. Some banana and bready yeast.

T- Not bad, this hits the spot. I get the lemon more than the pepper and also some banana bites. Yeast, bread, you get the picture. There is a adjunct corn taste that comes through on the end that is unmistakable, it kills the finish.

M- Light to kinda medium, crisp carb and a corney aftertaste, yuck.

D- Glad I tried it and I love the longshot series, this one did not do it for me though. Not the worst thing ever though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold gold with lemon peel highlights and an attractive lid of bone colored foam. Several steady streams of bubbles keep the beer looking lively and the crown inflated. Lace is reasonably extensive and looks like it will be around for the long haul.

The aroma is both lemony and peppery, although I might not have been able to identify the latter without prior knowledge. It's clove-like too, which suggests Belgian yeast. So far, LPS isn't an amazing example of the style, but it's capable enough.

It's easy to see (er... taste) how Lemon Pepper Saison won the employee portion of the LongShot competition. It's good beer that does not stint on flavor intensity. You have to like grains of paradise (alligator pepper) though. That spice is also used in Sam Adams Summer Ale, but it's used more effectively here.

Specifics include lightly sugar-crusted pale malt, earthy-spicy grains of paradise, and bright lemon zest. Everything is well-proportioned, so nothing overstays its welcome. Even though the 'best by' date is this month, style and ABV would suggest that this offering will be good through the end of the year at least. There are no signs of deterioration right now, anyway.

The body/mouthfeel pulls its weight. It's light-medium and has plenty of well-integrated bubbles. Just don't expect the lusciously creamy effervescent smoothness of a true Belgian saison and you'll be fine.

Whoever is judging these LongShot competitions knows what good beer is all about. As far as I'm concerned, the boys from Beantown should replace the current Summer Ale with this brew. Congratulations to Jeremy White. Wouldn't it be amazing to have your name and picture on a nationally distributed bottle of beer?

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Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A local beer store broke down the Long Shot samplers into their mix a six section. I was super stoked for a Saison to be included so I bought 4. This is the last of the 4 and I've been hoping they would get better with a little age. We'll see.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a crystal clear gold with a 2 inch bright white cap that leaves sporadic lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is, well, grains of paradise. Lightly ground pepper with just a hint of lemon and grassy hops. Pale malts come through but not much. The flavor is almost exactly the same. Pale malts up front with grains of paradise. Just of bit of grassy hops but not much. The mouthfeel is getting there. Nice and dry but a little to much residual sweetness for me. This is the last of my four pack. I was really hoping the first time I had it (right after it was released) that with a little age it would come around. This is my 4th bottle, and honestly I don't get why it won. I would really like to see what it was like coming from the homebrewers hand. I bet it was a bit of a different beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy deep lemon yellow body with a bubbly off-white head that fades to a thin film and a light carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The soft lemon quality to white wheat dough gives way to a dry green hop finish. There is a light black pepper hint to the hops and a light circus peanut note that grows as the beer opens.
T- The green note blends with dry wheat flavor and a soft club soda quality is in there aswell. The club soda and green hops flavors linger. The light citrus lemon zest tang hint grows in the hops as the beer opens up.
M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp texture but is jus a bit watery as it opens up.
D- This is a nice wheat beer with bright flavors but I don't notice any saison yeast characteristics. It is a tasty American wheat though. The tangy flavors of lemon zest get a bit too strong as this beer opens up and it is very dry with little fruity qualities.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: the beer has a moderately dark golden color with great head and lacing; the beer remains frothy throughout.

S: Very earthy and herbal smell, nice floral notes as well. Very complex deep smell, there is some type of sweetness present as well.

T: Mostly like the smell, it is a bit sweeter. It seems to not have as much depth as I expected; it is very malty and earthy. I really don't taste or smell "lemon pepper" in here.

M: Medium thick body, it feels better at the beginning of the beer than it does at the end. It seemed to loose its carbonation rather quickly.

D: I think this is a pretty drinkable Saison. Excellent with a meal. Especially some spicy Middle Eastern or Indian food. yum yum :)

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Photo of chumba526
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light yellow color with a small white head.

It smells very fruity. There is an apparent lemon smell. I also smell some grassy hops and a very, very mild pepper smell.

It tastes like sweet lemon. There is a light grassy hop flavor and a crisp pepper flavor. There is a nice balance of sweetness and citrus flavor. This beer is really light and smooth.

The carbonation is around medium. The beer is crisp and goes down smooth.

The drinkability is very good. None of the flavors are very strong so you could drink a few of these.

Overall a unique take on the style. It would be perfect on a hot day.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful transparent golden color with a thick white head which sticks around for quite a while and is easy to revive.
I kinda miss the cloudiness you get with many saisons.

Right up front i get some spiciness, i think from the yeast, that patented belgian smell that is to die for. At first i also get hints of citrus zest, but it fades as I drink the beer, and the former is most notable and little more. The first time I cracked this beer, i got a wiff of pepper.

starts nice and dry and lends its way to the zest of lemony spice which dominates, and drowns out any nuances in this beer. there isn't as much room for the yeast flavor subtleties that I crave in the best Farmhouse ales, but it is still a fairly nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, light-medium bodied, fairly crsip.
More dry than sweet.

highly drinkable beer, the saisons were the first to go in my Longshot six pack. I really enjoyed them, especially for the price.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6.4% abv. best before Sept. I love the concept here. Pours a clear darker gold color. White fluffy head holds for a few, then fades leaving some nice patches of lace.

Pepper, vanilla, citrus and grainy notes in the nose. Belgian yeast notes.

Pale, cracker malt. A bit dry. Some vanilla notes, pepper and spices. Some citrus comes in, then a bit of a grainy, earthy feel.

Medium body, a bit light on the carbonation. Pretty nice beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass and it had a nice light golden color to it. On top was a 2 finger creamy head, then it lay down to a nice white lace around the top of the glass. The smell is nice and peppery with a hint of lemon grass behind it. The pepper taste hits your tongue first then the lemon followed by a nice fruity taste. It has great mouth feel and is very drinkable.

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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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