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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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.

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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...

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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).

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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."

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Photo of Pecafaced
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Honey B’s Lavender Ale pours a pale gold color. It’s very clear. Light gives it more of bright yellow look. A white head caps. It stands a little less than a finger tall and falls quickly. A respectable coat of sticky lace clung to the glass as it descended.

The nose is a little below average. It is extremely light in terms of aromatics. There’s definitely a floral quality to it due to the lavender. I am picking up a little honey. It doesn’t smell sweet. It’s a tad grainy and earthy. It’s not a complete disaster, but could definitely use some work.

The flavor is rather average. It is floral initially. Lavender is easily noted. It’s not a bad flavor, but it isn’t all that great either. Honey is stronger in flavor. It works fairly well with the lavender presence. A little better than I expected. It definitely has a grainy, earthy flavor to it that is prominent and lingers throughout. There are secondary flavors of pear and pepper.

The body is surprisingly medium, and is definitely heftier than expected. Carbonation is mid-range, and it is smooth. Mouthfeel is definitely its strongest asset. It goes down relatively easy, but the flavor’s okay at best.

Honey B’s Lavender Ale is an okay beer. I’m a little surprised that it was included in the Longshot series. It’s very average at best. It definitely has novel flavor. I’m not sure the combo of honey and lavender can really be improved in any significant way. It’s not bad, but it’s just quite good either. It is what it is. I guess if you’re really into honey or lavender, you might be into this beer.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the "Category 23 Longshot" variey 6-pack.

Pours very pretty; crystal-clear gold, with a choppy head that sticks all around the glass. Smell is notably floral, spicy, and honey-like. A potpourri of tastes, like those of the aroma. the flowers are too perfumy. A lingering bitterness as well. I'm not really digging the taste, and the feel suffers from astringency. Overall, not something I'd want to try again, but it was unique.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Straw color, very translucent, small half finger white head.

S: Lavender and honey. Appropriate considering it's added to the beer. Some light grassy and hay notes.

T: Hints of floral, some sweetness and straw. The lavendar is up front and backed with honey. Not overpowering, but definitely the show.

M: A bit thin wit ha light tackiness.

D: Not a fan of this. Too sweet, and even the lavendar flavors lack umph without a bigger body to it.

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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 crusian
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the local shop from the longshot 6 pack.
Pours a very clear slightly dark golden color with a nice finger of head. Great lacing as well...
The nose is a bit off putting... smells like watered down honey. Sweet with a hint of lavender in it, but it may be my imagination smelling the lavender, as the honey and caramel malt smell is so strong.
taste is very meade like, but much better than I thought it would be. Seems like there is always one bad beer in each longshot, thought this would easily be it.
It isn't bad. Very smooth meade flavor with a subtle floral taste. Not too sweet, not bitter, just a smooth light meade taste. Wouldn't buy it by itself, but I'll be damned if all these flavors don't meld together nicely. MUCH better than I thought it would be... but not great.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poures a straw yellow color, with not much head, and no retention, lots of bubbles from the carbonation. There is a strong honey aroma, the lavender can be picked up, and there is almost a wheat aroma as well. The taste is almost sweet, and similar to a wheat beer. There is a nice heathly amount of honey, which fits the beer, but it finishes with a strange taste, most likley from the lavender. The taste isnt weak, but wont stay on the paletee very long. Overall this is interesting, I dont like the aftertaste verry much, may work for some people, but different, a good try.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours golden/yellow with very little head. Carbonation is low as well, but both are to be expected with the style.

Smell is mild at best. There isn't much except for a somewhat stale bottle depository smell.

The flavor is quite mild but nice. I'm not sure about characterizing this brew as an "herbed/spiced beer;" it seems to me this is much more of an English Bitter. Any herbal notes here are covered by a light honey flavor. Otherwise, the flavors are syrupy, yet clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit dense for such a mildly-flavored brew, but is almost the highlight here.

This brew isn't bad by any stretch, but just doesn't wow in any one area. The flavors are clean and unoffensive, so it rates out as a mild, drinkable brew.

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Photo of silentjay
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear copper/straw color with a decently sized pure whit head that sticks around a bit leaving a bit of lacing behind.

aroma is semi-weak of biscuity malts with some floral and herbal hops behind that. yah, lavender is there, but mostly because I'm looking for it.

flavor is very floral and herbal (reminiscent of a sweetened herbal tea), with some honey sweetness and some biscuity malts. interesting flavors, and kinda unique, but not groundbreaking.

very prickly (almost harsh) carbonation on a relatively heavy brew with an odd sweet/floral aftertaste.

not bad... kinda unique, but not something a non-beer drinker would be open to. and not beery enough for beer drinkers. falls in between, and its kinda decent for what it is.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A clear yellow liquid with a thick, craggy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Looks kind of like a macro-lager that was poured really hard.

S- Very pungent lavender with some honey and herbal notes on the finish. Has a Sam Adams quality to it.

T- Lavender and sweet fruit with a Sam Adamsy finish. Simple and sweet.

M- A decent amount of carbonation. There is a bit of an astringent finish.

D- Interesting, but a bit sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a very clear, light gold color with a sticky white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is very floral, centered around lavender. Sweet grains, orange peel and Froot Loops round out the eccentric array of scents here. Interesting, but a bit sweet smelling for me.

Taste is also very sweet, closest thing I can think of is Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. The same fruitiness pervades this beer and very much reminds me of Fruity Pebbles or Froot Loops cereal. Waaay too sweet and the body is not light nor crisp enough to be considered refreshing. Not a fan of this one, sorry Caitlin.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Great, now I have "Lavender Blue" stuck in my head. Dilly dilly. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mandarin orange syrup, mild flowers, and sweetgrass. Now, I can't be overly specific about which flowers I smell, but I know lavender isn't among them. The taste holds notes of wheat, honey, corn, flowers, light greens, balsa, and a vague sense of orange. It's like a better-tasting (though not too much so, mind you) AAL or something like that. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice enough beer, but the flavors don't really pop, and everything melds into everything else, creating a relatively boring little ale.

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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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Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.59 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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