Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Honey B's Lavender AleLongshot Honey B's Lavender Ale

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jdhilt on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 226
Photo of rmcnealy
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

I didn't realize these were a year+ old already. Seen one of each from the latest series for $1.29 each on a discount shelf. Poured out a light, translucent golden amber that appears to be fully filtered. Created a small, inconsistent lace that faded a half ring around the glass. First smells in the bottle were very tart and of age. In a glass, a slight age funk remains, but the tartness is replaced with a slight floral aroma followed with malt and very minimal hop. The taste is very dry and the agedness definitely signals this beer is past its prime. When I first cracked it open I was worried it might be a drain pour, it I'll make it through.


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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on 4/9/11

Aroma - Lavendar is there and a biscuit maltiness

Appearance - Yellow with a good residual carbonation

Taste - Sweet honey and some biscuity quality. Not what I would call good. But not the quality beer I have come to expect from a longshot winner.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for a few months now, so I figured it was time to finally crack it open. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear medium pale golden color with a white head about 2/3 inch thick when poured. The head settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with a nice film layer coating the surface. Good lacing too. Aromas of honey, some floral fruit, and the lavender are certainly present, along with a bit of piney hops and a hint of spice. The taste pretty much follows suit, good flavors of honey and spice along with floral fruityness and a bit of lavender that is all rounded out with a slight touch of hop bitterness on the back end. Has a crisp, and frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very drinkable the way good beer should be. A very nice and unique blend of aromas and flavors. Worth a try for sure! I would certainly drink this again!


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light golden hue to it. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, literally tons of it. Huge notes of flowers as I reach in for a whiff. Very floral and hints of almost sage like smells bouncing off the glass, really very well done. Light and airy and even after a few moments it really seemed to pull itself together quite nicely. Clean, crisp, light and with a wine like flavor to it that came out of nowhere. Light grape skins, hints of grass and flowers, light grains and a mellow, and wonderful flowery flavo

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Photo of OsuJohn
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden color, clear, no cloudyness. Head fades quickly but this beer continues to bubble.

S- the most prominent smell is lavender, it is pleasant.

T- balanced, it taste like a beer that smells like lavender.

M- smooth but has a dry finish

O- not a bad beer, but I wouldnt seek his out again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold that was pretty translucent. Fairly sizable head.

Smelled like I guess lavender, even though I thought there was a hint of blueberry in there. Also some honey undertones.

Taste was really interesting. Starts off very sweet with the lavender and honey. Both were almost overpowering. Sweetness followed by the malt profile, which doesn't really work well with the sweetness. Mild bitterness on the end, which is the best flavor of the beer. Finishes with an odd aftertaste.

Really light on the palate. I could pound these if it weren't for the taste.

Overall, this makes me question lavender being used in the brewing process. Without the lavender, this reminds me almost exactly of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, but with it, you are just overwhelmed by the sweetness.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack and decided it was time to rate it.

A- Pours out a light amber color, which is pretty tranparent. Mild head of foam that quickly fades away. Very little carbonation.

S- Has a very nice smell to it. Mellow lavander smell, floral hops and other herbs. Do get a hint of honey.

T- Has a much different taste than I expected. Has a really lavender upfront taste right out of the gate. Nice mellow herbs and spices and a good follow through with honey that follow right after. Leaves your mouth with a nice sweet hint.

M- Nice drinkability, really smooth pretty crisp. Good range of herbs and spices as well as lavender.

Overall- It was a bit different than what I expected, this really isn't my favorite style but all and all I enjoyed it. Cheers

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Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - kinda golden in color but not too pale. Nice 2 finger white head.

Smell - nice balanced smell between pine hop and spice

Taste - Pleasant and light with some spice flavors coming through. Well balanced and well crafted. Some crispness in the finish similar to a pilsner which is nice as well.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - I'm fairly pleased with this beer. Its a nice easy drinker with some unique style and flavor. Nice job!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: It pours a mostly clear bronze color with a finger of pure white head that lasts awhile.

S: Honey, sweet fruits, grains, and herbaceous lavender that is very noticeable but not over-powering.

T: Honey, lavender, ginger, mild hoppiness, a little citrus, and a little cereal grain.

M: Medium-light body with strong carbonation.

O: Delicious and highly drinkable.

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Photo of JamesS
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a decent, slightly tinted, pale color with nice head and nice lacing. Nice aroma, very interesting, with some nice malt sweetness under a very neat flower scent. Good flavors, with a nice honey hit to go with the lavender flower tastes, although most of the flavors were slightly weak and I would've liked more malt backing. Went down well.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark yellow with a nice thick white head.

Smell is definitely lavender with lemon and a little metallic.

Taste is lavender on grains and grass. Dry finish makes it pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Overall this is what I expected. I nice lavender tasting beer.

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Photo of adam42381
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Mix of lavender, spices and a touch of alcohol. Reminds me of the way my local Fresh Market smells.

Taste: Lavender and spices are strong up front followed by sweet grains in the middle before ending with a touch of bitterness from herbal hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet and similar to a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Below average drinkability. The flavor, while enjoyable, is not something I'm savoring. I wouldn't want another.

Overall: Pretty solid beer overall. I like that they went with something that is far different than most beers on the market. That said, I can't see myself wanting to drink this again. It might be worth trying, but I can't recommend seeking it out.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I admit to a great amount of trepidation entering this review, for even though Honey B's Lavender Ale won a spot in Sam Adams' homebrew contest, lavender is not an herb I'm terribly fond of in any form, and usually associate it with nasty smelling bath salts. Still, in the name of, oh, science, I'll give it a shot.

The ale opens with an aroma that does distinctly feature lavender, but thankfully bears no resemblance to the dread bath salts. Instead, the beer comes across as extremely floral, as if the aromas of a decent ale and a solid cup of herbal tea had mingled. Lavender and honey are easily recognizable, as are light streaks of grapefruit and orange, and an undercurrent of toasted wheat.

On the tongue, the beer is very floral, beginning with a strong shot of lavender and clover honey, as well as a significant spiciness (pepper, cardamom, allspice) that does help somewhat offset the lavender, which is just a few shades too strong for my liking. Hops add a welcome bitterness (though not a great deal of flavor) and tingle the tongue and soft palate. At the very bottom, exposed more in the aftertaste as the sugars and lavender die off, is a good base of toasted grains. The aftertaste also features some grapefruit hops, and fades relatively quickly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation seems medium-high, adding to the tingling.

Overall, while I can't say that I'm terribly fond of the beer, I do give it credit for being far better than what I was expecting, and even, in its own way, good: it does what it says, and does it well enough that I can see why it did win a place in the six-pack. Kudos for daring and innovation.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger of foamy white head on a translucent gold body. Some lacing.

Hops and honey on the nose, with definite lavender. Very floral.

Honey taste, but balanced and not at all cloying. Lavender is an undertone and an aftertaste, accompanied by some hops and honey.

Not too much carbonation, but coarse in texture. Refreshing and smooth.

Very interesting-- might pair with Swiss cheese.

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Photo of BierFan
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Clear golden body with a decent sized cap of white foam. Very good lacing. The lavender comes through very floral in the aroma. Very perfumey taste. Pretty much nothing but lavender. Little bit of hop bitterness.

It's very much a one note beer, but I can't find a lot of fault with it.

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

A: Golden honey color; slight chill haze. Poured a 3 finger creamy off-white head with good retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Biscuity malt, hone and lavender. Light on the nose. Some floral hop character as well.

T: Lavender and honey a bit less prominent than the nose. Light, sweet malt more pronounced along with the floral character. Building bitter in a crisp, slightly dry finish with the lavender lingering a bit.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth through the middle to a crisp, dry finish.

O: Lot of character in all but the malt bill. Good flavor, light and refreshing.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip

pours a pale yellow, crystal clear, 2 finger rocky head, decent lacing and retention

huge honey aroma, little floral bits, lots of sweetness

lavender is really big up front, almost to the point of being oppressive, honey follows closely and lingers well on the finish, little burst of hops in the middle keeps the honey from becoming a cloying flavor.

Light in body, and smooth

Overall great aromas and some good flavors just wish the lavender wasnt so strong

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Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, with a rich, white head. Lace is nice and ornate.

Lovely honey aroma. Only a slight hint of lavender in the nose.

Taste is heavy on the lavender up front, followed by a smooth honey followthrough and finish. Not bad -- a wee bit on the sweet side, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Jayli
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 7/24 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a gorgeous translucent golden color with a one finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving fantastic sticky lacing!

S: The is nose is like sticking lavender that's been dipped in the blood of an orange peel up your nostril.... pungent!

T: Taste is massive lavender and orange peel. That's almost all there is to this beer until the finish. That's where there is a hint of grapefruit, pine and grassiness. When I tried this at a tasting a few months back, I drain poured the taste. This time I got through the bottle though...

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich, slick oily feel.

O: Doesn't go down very easy, far too pungent a taste to register quaffable, not filling, meh.... I would go with so many others of the style. I applaud the effort, but this just did not remotely work for me.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sam Adams Longshot homebrew series. Poured this Spiced Ale into a pint glass. It poured a clear golden color, white head, with average retention. This ale produced no lacing. The aroma of the ale is sweet, full of lavender, honey and some other spice. The taste of this ale is very sweet up front, it fades to a honey and finishes with a lavender and spice- coriander is my best guess. Very floral- has a nice smooth finish. This is the first time I have had a beer with Lavander- I must admit i was skeptical, but it was actually pretty good- very balanced. You Go Catilyn!

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Photo of chilidog
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first of the category 23 series of longshot.

It pours a honey gold. A two inch white head set on top, stuck around awhile and laced well. Carbonation was moderate.

Aroma of lavender, flower and sweet malt and grain.

Taste of lavender, flower, honey sweetness, grain, oats, pale malts and hop.

Mouthfeel is soft, Very nice drinkability, starts out sweet soft and ends with a faint pale hop. almost sweet ipa like.

So drinkable, mouthfeel sold me on this brew. Great job Caitlin. I would buy it if Boston bottles it. Cheers!!

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Photo of July2Nov
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Three-finger, foamy head. Crystal clear golden color.

Smell: The sweetness of the honey is upfront with a bit of the lavender floating on the backside.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The lavender is the first thing you taste, mixed with the sweetness of the honey. Seems a bit medicinal, like a sweeter version of a Hall's cough drop, but without the menthol. Very light and airy in mouthfeel. Water-like in it's execution, with a syrup kickback toward the end.

Overall: This is an unusual beer that you can't compare to anything else in the beer world. On that point alone, I like the concept, but for some reason I was always thinking about the idea of a cough drop or syrup in the back of my mind which slightly takes away from this beer. Nobel effort.

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 1+ finger head fades at a med pace with sticky lacing, crystal clear pale golden honey color

Nose is loaded with lavender, light honey, light sweet malts, light golden ale, light chamomile like flowery aromas.

Taste had more lavender but much less than the nose at least, and light flowery like chamomile or rose water, light malty ale and golden malts, light and crisp, drinkable, dry finish,lingering lavender, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, dec carb.

Overall not bad, nice light flowery taste, light drinking but nice flavor, crisp and dry light malts, not quite my style of beer, but for what it is it isn't half bad, especially in the 95deg heat.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear golden orange with a thin head

S- aroma is of bread, hops

T- I have to admit, drinking a beer with the word lavender in the name had me slightly fearful of the taste, but this beer is pretty solid. A faint flowery sweetness is present. Hops. Some breadieness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - good mouthfeel, slightly slippery. Could use a touch more carbonation.

O- great drinkability, recommended to try.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - Nice orange/copper, two and a half finger head and some head lacing

S - Hops, lavender, tons of honey, yeast, wheat and nice citrus

T - creamy, tons of nice honey, lavender in really smooth, slight hops but very nice hops, some wheat and a nice yeast

M - Creamy, medium bodied, low acidity, medium finish and balanced

D - Wow, this beer drinks very well. Goes down easy, tastes great and has a good amount of flavors and is actually good for a sam adams beer

Final thought - At $2 a bottle. This is a great summer beer. It reminds me of a very light ipa with lots of flowers and sweetness

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