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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Longshot Honey B's Lavender AleLongshot Honey B's Lavender Ale
226 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jdhilt on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of OriolesFan1008
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of Lincolnman
1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

Photo of ArcaneXor
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from 2011 Sam Adams Longshot sixpack. This particular beer is by far the weakest of the three.

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a nice white head that doesn't persist for long, but leaves behind beautiful lacing. Unfortunately, this great first impression does not carry through to flavor and aroma, which are completely overwhelmed by lavender to the point where it feels like you are drinking and tasting one of those lavender pillows people put in their closets to keep them smelling nice. Even worse, the character lingers unpleasantly long on the palate. It's hard to find any real "beer" character behind this much spice.

 653 characters

Photo of claspada
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas begin quite floral with lavender notes and a cereal graininess. A little sweet honey-flavored candy with a modest pinch of spice.

The tastes begin with tangy wheat malt flavors slathered in orange blossom honey and a heavy dose of table sugar. Prominent lavender character throughout, which is too potpouri for my liking. Finish is lightly bitter with floral and spice characteristics on the sweetish, relatively crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-boded with medium carbonation. Drinks heavier than the ABV suggests, but lacks the necessary balanced flavor to support the heft.

Overall, this is a disaster. I don't understand people who like beer like this. It drinks like a lavendar/rose water spicy mess. It's the most interesting of the 2011 Longshot pack, I'll give it that much. Sweet and distinctly floral; if you like eating potpouri, this beer is for you...

 879 characters

Photo of kobeer
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of ssjkyle
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale golden completely filtered body with a nice sized fluffy white head, forms scattered delicated lacing. Aroma has some evident spicy lavender, floral rose water, slightly cherry/citrus fruit laiden notes with a touch of honey there as well. Light biscuit pale malt base. Flavor cloying sweetness with an unpleasant medicinal spiced blend of flavors, the honey really doesn't complement the overall experience. Not a chick beer actually aggressive levels of lavender, makes you feel like some sprayed perfume in your mouth. Mouthfeel does finish dry but upfront it's a cloying dose of honey and bitter herbal lavender, carbonation is sturdy really upfront with bubbles gets you burping after a sip or two. Overall I don't see this one making it into regular rotation, pretty unrefinded unbalanced variation of what a good beer from this style could taste like. It always seems like there's a hot female on one of the three Longshot labels, I'm sure it helps when going around and procuring votes during this competetion.

 1,033 characters

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.

 947 characters

Photo of samie85
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a clear golden, orange color with two fingers of white head.

S-Some lavender and a very fragrant almost, oregano-like aroma with some light, crisp malt.

T-Herbal notes upfront with some light, crisp malt and a drying note on the finish.

M-Very crisp and dry feel with low carbonation with a light body.

D-Not an awful beer by any means, but I don't find this one enjoyable at all.

 392 characters

Photo of SpartanHistory2013
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Longshot Honey B's Lavander Ale

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Large foamy froth forms on a clear dark straw body.

Smell: Initial impression is soap. Sweet and flowery as well.

Taste: Odd. Herbaceous but moreso flowery with a taste of edible flowers. Faint honey sweetness. Definately alittle soapy making me reminisce my punishment for swearing as a kid. Clean flavors. The lavender sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, almost refreshing, but that lavander baby, damn, lingers.

Overall: An interesting lavender beer, flowery, soapy, clean, but perhaps too clean.

 596 characters

Photo of ToddT
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear pale gold topped with a thick white head. Head fades slowly and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Very faint aroma, almost nonresistant, the only thing I can pick out is a slight sweet note with floral hints.

T- Honey and ginger, not overly sweet, but not much to balance it out either. The lavender makes and appearance about midway through, very floral and slightly cloying, this carries to the finish with is dry.

M- Light in body and medium in carbonation, somewhat sticky sweet on the palate.

D- The 5.5% ABV makes it easy to drink but I don’t think I’ll be going back for another.

Nice longshot experiment, but not one I want to see repeated.

 673 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"Come on now, give me some sugar. Give me some sugar, little honey bee." - Tom Petty, Honey Bee

Clear, golden hay color with a thin, chunky head. Decent half moon retention leaves a few lacey squiggles.

Aroma is light grain, honey and floral spice which I'm attributing to the lavender. Lavender is usually a scent I have trouble picking up from candles to actual live lavender and this beer is no exception.

Aroma is more lavender and honey and a fair amount of apple juice. Finishes with a swampy, springtime honey sweetness. Body is full but with an unpleasant oily slickness.

Out of all the beers submitted for this competition this was one of the three best?

 668 characters

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear golden/orange color with hardly any head, what head there is fades fast, no lacing on the glass, not much else to note.

Smell is pretty much all sweet malt, maybe even some additional sweetness from the added honey, but I think the sweet malt is pretty much the biggest thing here, sadly my nose isn't picking up any of the lavender presence which is surprising to me.

Taste is virtually the same as the nose, sweet malt, nice crispness from the carbonation though and finishes fairly dry, for a herbed/spiced beer the spicing is very tame and so muted that I can barely detect anything and certainly wouldn't have if I wasn't specifically searching for it, in fact the only spiced lavender flavor I can pick up is an odd unpleasant aftertaste that lingers for quite awhile.

Easily the weakest of the three Longshot's this year, just not my cup of tea (most tea would have a stronger presence).

 916 characters

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In a pint glass this beer was a clear golden color with just a film of head.
A sweet malt aroma, floral.
The mild floral aroma turned into the predominate taste. I felt like I was eating a bouquet. There was a little hit of hops late.
This just didn't come together for me. Too floral, then too sharp.
No more for me. But, as Meatloaf said, "Two (Longshots) out of three ain't bad."

 382 characters

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A- Nice appearance, golden in color with a decent size white head. Very clear and nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sweet malty aroma with some floral notes from the lavender, some mild citrus scents as well.

T- Huge floral sweetness is present up front, some hints of honey just a bit too sweet for me.

M- Medium mouth feel with some syrup textures. Carbonation is decent.

O- This one is okay. A bit too sweet for me, but I'm sure some would find pleasing.

 486 characters

Photo of redblacks75
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale, amber color. Very clear, and not cloudy. The head is big, but disappears very quick.

S - LAVENDER! Floral notes. That's all you get out of this.

T - LAVENDER! Light bodied, and crisp.

M - The carbonation is appealing, and adds to the crispness.

O - This is my least favorite of the Longshot Category 23's. I wouldn't buy this on it's own, nor could I think of anyone to recommend this to. It's drinkable, but, I could not see myself having more than one of these.

 477 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best by September 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a 2 inch frothy white head after an aggressive pour. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is mostly flowery, the brew smells like lavender, and some sweet malt and honey. Taste is the same as the aroma, but unfortunately I like the smell of lavender a lot more than I like tasting it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and has good carbonation. It's very smooth and is easy to drink. If you like lavender, then you'll probably like this brew. I'm not a fan of the taste of it (so that hurt my overall score for this beer), but I was able to get this brew as a single bottle so I can't complain too much.

 737 characters

Photo of uziangis
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of kingstonma
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of sweisel80
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 226 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.