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
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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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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of GorgonSed
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of SSJPhatMatt
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, notched Best before September. Clear light to medium gold with a one finger slightly off-white head, low to fair retention. I love lavender, but feel it may be a bit too strong and soapy in this case, as the base beer seems pretty light to begin with. I also get a little dark honey and light pale malts. Flavor is, as expected, a little heavy on the lavender. Moderate amounts of honey are still present, some light caramel malt as well. Not really getting much with the wheat. Finishes lightly sweet but with earthy bitterness kicking in and peaking at a 4 at the back corners of my tongue. The lavender lingers. Medium body with smooth low carbonation. OK, but one bottle be enough. Also, Caitlin is hotter on her Facebook page, compared to the weird cartoon thing on the label.

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of pzrhsau
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice light gold color that is crystal clear with a robust head.
S: A good balance of lavender and honey give it a great potpouri aroma.
T: The lavender is really balanced out by the sweet silky texture of the honey this beer really has a crisp spiciness that allows it to be refreshing and intensely flavorful at the same time
D/O: This beer runs the gambit of being a really crisp and drinkable beer coupled with an intense flavor experience that I dont usually see. The lavender is spicy and floral, the honey is sweet and silky. Great interpretation.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a pint glass it has a nice clear yellow body with a nice 2 finger white fluffy head to it. The smell is very inviting of lavender and honey with some citrus coming threw also. When i took my first sip it was like wow lavender spice and then on the back of the tongue i get a pepper and ginger taste and a hint of honey. The mouth feel is very nice and i really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a really impressive brew here! This beer pours out with a clear golden color with a big fluffy head that settles down into a nice thin white foam on top of the beer. The aroma is sweet smelling similar to what a fresh brewed sweet tea is like. The honey and lavender really start this one off nicely. The taste is sweet but very refreshing. The mix of the ingredients really fit nicely in this brew. I love the herbal quality that the lavender give this beer. It reminded me of the Fraoch Heather Ale a little bit. The mouthfeel is light and makes for a good summer brew. This will be missed when it becomes retired.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On paper, this is the most intriguing Long Shot yet. Partially because I'm a big fan of things that are flavored like flowers (there's these British violent candies that are like you're kissing an angel), and partially because I love how SA is willing to release beers that run counter to critical consensus.

Herbal beers scare people. And, much in the same way that rednecks lynch semi-colons, beer geek types tend to give middling reviews to herbal beers--people seek to destroy the things they can't understand.

And, wow, this beer is very nicely executed. It's a pale in the purest form--the malt is light, sweet, and bready. Not much by way of hops, but there's lots of pastel-colored flowers, sweet pie spices, honey, and SA's thick, bitter yeast.

The malt sets the stage, the herbs dance around, and yeast keeps everything in check. It's ingenuously balanced, and while the flavor is maybe a little too unfamiliar for me to see myself sessioning it, it goes down like fancy water.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a nice crisp light amber color with a nice head of foam. Aroma is very nice, you can smell the lavender, with orange blossom and coriander spice like flavors as well. Quite fragrant, like a field of flowers.

First sip is... wow very nice. A lot of honey-like sweetness, honeysuckle, a touch of cinnamon, and nice dry, crisp finish. This beer walks a fine line between too many floral non-malt flavors, but I think it pulls it off quite nicely. I'm very impressed. A perfect summer outdoor sipping beer.

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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 shand
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with two fingers of white head that loses half of it's volume fairly quickly, but the rest retains very well. Lacing is also nice. The aroma on this is fantastically interesting. The lavender is really the first thing I pick up, being a fragrance enthusiast before a beer enthusiast, notes used in perfumery always stick out to me. There's also some nice citrus aspects here, and a touch of sweetness, probably attributed to the honey. There's also a nice amount of earthy hops in here too. This is a seriously great-smelling beer. The taste is fairly echoed by the nose. The delicate floral aspects some through right away, followed up by a rush of honey, spices, malts, and earthy hops. Earthiness, graininess, and a touch of lavender stick around for the finish.

The mouthfeel is nice, this is well-carbonated and goes down very easily. The drinkability suffers just a little bit due to the honey sweetness, but this glass didn't last too long in front of me due to the unique flavors present. Overall, this is a great and innovative beer that any true lover of craft beer should check out. I promise you've never had anything quite like it. It's nowhere near the best beer I've had, but it more than makes up for it's shortcomings in uniqueness.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a mixed 6 pack of the Longshot 2011 catgory 23 winners. This one is brewed with lavendar flowers and honey. 5.5% ABV

Pours crystal clear medium golden, forming a rocky and creamy white head with very good retention and nice lacing, moderately carbonated. The aroma is spicy and floral with a distinct Hallertauer or Tettnager hop nose, the aforementioned lavender flowers which are not distinct but add a unique floral peppery character to the brew. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium light body. The lavender really pops in the flavor, but sits in a nice balance with the malts and hops. This tastes a lot like a lighter version of Boston Lager with some added honey and lavender. One can taste the honey, unlike most "honey beers", usually because all the flavor gets fermented out, so it makes me wonder if they added some type of artificial "honey flavor". There is a distinct residual sweetness, akin to Rogue's Pacman yeast profile, and a touch of biscuit and bubble gum in the finish. Mild bitterness. No perceptable off flavors.

I really liked this one. It's easy to drink, unique, and well brewed. I would recommend trying it, and I would probably drinkit again, although 2 or 3 would be plenty.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i love this beer....

a light golden appearance...great head....with nice lacing

smell is lovely it reminds me of sah tea!...very herbal smell...maybe from the lavender....great!!!

it taste as good as it smells!....lots of spice on the front with not much of an aftertaste! very light on the palate!

the feel is great....not over carbonated....great bitter taste too...but i don't think its from the hops

overall i love this beer....in some ways its better than sah tea!

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Photo of rebel1771
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a decent head that fades slowly.

S: Strong aroma of lavender and honey with kind of a bready note underneath.

T: Serious lavender and honey sweetness up front. Hops join in at the end with a piney flavor that cleans things up nicely.

O: Really good brew here. Kind of strange combination but it works nicely.

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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 scoobybrew
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - super clear golden color with a thick white head that has excellent retention

S - floral with sweet malt, touch of honey, no hop

T - bready malts with a smooth hop balance, flavor is accented with the lavender floral taste which is present long into the finish

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - Overall this is an interested recipe and well-executed by Sam Adams. I wouldn't think that lavender would work in a beer, but it does. The base beer was a good choice too, it's very neutral and highlights the specialty ingredients quite well. Perhaps it doesn't have a complexity, but it would probably be complicated if the base were more aggressive.

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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 Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark golden body with a small ivory white head on top. Lacing is sporadic, but nice nonetheless. Light nose of flowery things and sweet honey. First impression of flavor is quite nice. I like the herbalness of this beer. Sweet, but not overly so. Nice dryness too and overall nice flavor. Nice use of lavender. I could drink a lot of these. I'm pretty impressed here.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden wheat colored beer with a plump white bubbly head. Mostly clear with a sudsy top is a great start to this drink.

I love the smell of this beer! There is just enough lavender in there to balance out a sweet honey grain. Touches of lemon and cardamom remind me of a Belgian Witt I used to homebrew. Fantastic.

Sweet with a touch of floral spice. A good mix of flavors that I find both satisfying and interesting. The lemon makes another appearance along with that cardamom/clove taste, flanked by a honey finish. Well done Caitlin!

Perfect carbonation in this light bodied brew. Flavorful with a sharp bite of both spice and bubbles. I can drink this exactly as the bottle suggests, kicking back and relaxing with my feet up. This longshot is a home run. Too bad there are only two in a six pack.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Very fragrant with sweet floral notes.

-Toasted maltiness combines with a sweet floral impression on the taste.

-Creamy textured...a little sticky perhaps...finishes with a little dryness to balance the sweetness.

-Nice beer. I enjoyed it. Would fit nicely as a sweeter summer style seasonal. Certainly not in the same league as Longshot Hazelnut Brown circa 1994-95? but solid.

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Photo of TheBigE5
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The name of the beer may have had an effect on me but i really think this has a warm golden honey color to it. Great clarity and enticing.

S - The nose is only there for a moment but it is enough to give you a preview of the flowers used during the brewing process.

T - The front of your tongue gets the lavender, then as it moves to the back the sweet honey appears. It tastes very light for its abv and is a beer just in time for spring.

M - Lightly carbonated and very mellow

O - Very impressed with this homebrew, nice work Caitlin!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly chilled in flared glass

A: no head, decent beads, clear mead color
S: honey, persistent smell of honeysuckle
T: light ale, very floral, very complex; lots of honey, lavender; it's like drinking a fancy handsoap (meant to be a compliment); buttery undertone; ok, let's call it soapy, but I think this flavor profile calls for that.

A really nice frou frou beer. Congrats to Caitlin!

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Photo of dfillius
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with good retention. Crystal clear gold liquid. Nice lookin'!
S: Light hops, light bread, light lavender. All balanced well. Slightly salty.
T: Nice herb addition! Blends well with hops. Unfortunate metallic finish. Very pleasant and slight tartness. Some honey, noble hops.
M: Seems mellowing. Bummer about the harsh metallic end. Smooth otherwise. Bitterness is in there too.
D: Quite nice. I'd order another. I might buy it again if it was available.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color. It is very clear, but has a lot of carbonation that creates a medium sized white head with great retention.
Smell is very nice to this beer. It has a good wheat base with a lot of honey rounding out that smell. The hint of lavender is very nice at the end.
Taste is awesome. I like the solid wheat base with the strong honey taste. The lavender is really what gives the beer a great light, floral hop taste.
Mouthfeel is good. A medium thickness that is very smooth, but also crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability is really good on this beer. For a craft beer with 5.5% ABV this beer is very easy to go down. A good amount of sweet taste and floral, but balanced well enough to go down easy. Definitely a beer I would recommend for any occasion.

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Photo of Star80
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a golden color with nice head. Smell is fruity, slightly floral and some lavendar in the nose. There is some nice lacing down my glass. Taste is like nothing I've ever experienced, again, I'm going to mention Orval because that beer reminds me of lilacs in late spring. This beer taste nicely lavendar, but not overpowering, and slightly peppery perhaps from the hops. The sweetness from the honey balances those bitter flavors out in a pleasant way. The mouthfeel is rather light and creamy. Wow, such a unique beer and this confirms my decision to buy another six pack of this years Longshot. Awesome brew Caitlin.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden ale with lots of carbonation and a thick, fluffy head. The lavender is obvious and adds a floral perfume that is supported by bread and citrus aromas. Tastes sweet and bready with a floral flavor and some sweet citrus rind. This ale is exceptionally thick and creamy; really enjoyable to drink.

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