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

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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jdhilt on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of CampusCrew
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice lacing, good head, golden comeplexion
smell: sublte meadows, but low aromas
taste: balanced, not overly sweet, good use of honey, nice herbal flavors. not overdone
mouthfeel: light medium bodied

drinkability: not as horrible as expected... a nice light ale, certainly a market for this. But, this is not my cup of tea. Nice to try

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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 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 homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a brilliant pale gold with plenty of fine bubbled white head. Floral aroma as you would expect along with bready malt. Light bodied and delicate. Floral notes continue in the flavor along with some honey character and malt sweetness. Slight bit of hops come through in the finish. Well made and interesting beer, but two of these will be enough.

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Photo of colts9016
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was unsure of this beer and what it was going to taste like. Poured into my Samuel Adams glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has poor retention. The head is foamy and frothy and white in color. The color of the beer is a medium amber color with orange copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear and there is a lot of carbonation bubble visible. The head did not leave any lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very bright lavender aroma followed by floral hops, grapefruit, pine, toasted malt, yeast, and a caramel note.

Taste: A nice mellow toasted malt, caramel, and bready. The hops are floral, grapefruit, oranges, and pine. The lavender is strong but not powerful. The honey is muted but there is subtle sweetness not very distinguish in the beer.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, clean, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. This beer is something different, it is not bad or great just different.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thin, clear, golden yellow with a thin 1/4' head that dissipates rather quickly. Very little lacing on the glass.

S: Floral notes of lavender present in the nose, however they are more subdued than I anticipated. Honey aromas and some earth tones are present as well.

T: Sweet honey and lavender flavors are present at the beginning of the sip, however, once again, they are more subdued than expected. Some tangerine and malt are present in the middle with a sweet finish of honey.

M: The beer feels fairly thin and light on the tongue with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this beer based on the name, but the lavender and honey flavors were fairly subdued. Thus, making this a pretty well balanced, good beer.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer presents itself as outside the box, right from the start, as the label description mentions lavender, honey, and a pale ale. I'm going to use a pilsner glass for this, as I'm just not sure what other glassware would really be appropriate. It looks like I guess right as the beer comes out a light straw, bordering on gold. Big fizzy carbonation rises to the top but doesn't stick around all that long. One thing I notice is that this beer gives off lots of bubbles - huge, massive ones that burst to the surface. I'm guessing we've got some heavy carbonation. The initial aroma is biscuity malt and wheat - it almost overpowers everything else. Going back a second time I get the lavender - but it's faint. You really have to dig down to find it, but once you do it's very powerful, floral as one would expect. I don't get a lot of honey in the nose. Taste is, once again, almost pilsner like. Biscuity malt hits the mouth first, followed by wheat, but that washes away relatively quickly. What's interesting is that the honey comes through towards the middle and into the finish, but it's the hibiscus that lingers in your mouth afterwards - almost like you chewed on a flower petal. Interesting - and not necessarily in a bad way. I think that the carbonation is spot on. This beer has a medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation lends effervescence to the beer, otherwise it might be a little bit cloying. I'm not the biggest fan of honey in my beer, if it was me I'd excise it completely. However this beer does a relatively good job of balancing that flavor. The word that comes to mind when drinking this is delicate, as the lavender and honey are both well balanced and not over the top, which in turn really lets them shine. In this case, less is more.

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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 AdamBear
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-transparent dark yellow with a nice frothy off-white head. lots of bubbles

S-smells like classic Sam Adams malts with a good blend of surprise surprise: lavender and honey. smells very fresh but watered down. medium strength

T-wow, well the taste is much more full and flavored than the smell suggests. it comes in with fresh sweet honey and ends with a lot of lavender. there is a slight odd bitterness and then a honey nut after-taste that reminds me of Cheerios.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-well this is a unique beer. truly reminds me of an adjunct lager with some added tastes. its not bad though. perfect for a hot summer day. the tastes don't seem to hold up well though. the more i drink it, the less i like it.

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

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is clean and grainy with a hit of lavender. Secondary scents of malt and grassy hop. Lavender is more of a nuance here and not a strong scent.

Starts out sweet and grainy with just a mild lavender taste. The lavender is a highlight to the flavor mostly this is a mild pale ale. As a pale ale it is a decent one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is quite good. Nice clean flavor with a little something extra.

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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 emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of the Longshot beers last weekend, partly because I was in a store I don't frequent much and was itching to buy something. Poured a clear honey color with a decent white head. Aromas of lavender, sage honey and crystal malt. On the palate, this one was light bodied and drinkable, with some sweetness, lavender and cereal.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle) Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Light carbonation. Aroma has light, perfumey lavender and some herb (sage?) which are predominant. Taste is sweet malt with a rough herbal flavor. Some light hops on the end to balance the sweetness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is bitter.The lavender was much more aggressive than I thought it would be. Interesting brew, but not my cup of tea.

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

Peculiar but pleasant herbal beer.

Rich, swirling carbonation in the mouth. Nice pale amber with attractive lacing. Perfumey and herbaceous nose. Fortunately restrained with the lavender, which gives a resiny taste as well as floral. Tasty malt warms it up. Odd spicy flavors are like nothing else. Hops shyly emerge but give a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

I wouldn't give it a top rating for drinkability, but it's so interesting it's worth a try. I'd get someone to try it without knowing it has lavender and see how they like it.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden body with 1 finger of eggshell head that melts to form a tight ceiling.

S - Honey and lavender right off the top. A good base of cereal and pale malt.

T - Spicy floral lavender punch with lots of honey flavor. The lavender turns more herbal and woody towards the back. Pale malt holds good ground. Finishes dry and peppery.

M - Medium body, very soft feel upfront turning prickly toward the finish.

This manages to highlight the lavender and honey without underwhelming or overdoing it. Very balanced beer. The aftertaste is like honey herbal tea. Well done.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that goes down quickly. Scent is lots of lavender with some spices and lemon. I also get some honey and tons of floral notes. Taste is initially caramel malt flavors, quickly followed by lovely floral notes. A lot of lavender and some honey...also some grainy and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is very well-balanced, clean, and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, I'm not very big on "flower" or "herbed" beers, but this one is very tasty and sessionable. I really enjoyed this one...the only downfall could be that the sweetness may become a little overwhelming after a couple.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear honey colored body with a frothy white head.

Dried lavender and honey pop from the glass. Very herbal, thought maybe it had additional herbs added, but its just the lavender. Works very well.

Like the aroma, lavender and honey dominate this Longshot offering. They are used so well, with such balance, it makes for a truly enjoyable, surprisingly herbal beer.

Well done Caitlin!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly apricot / peach tinged dark golden. Okay bone-white head that falls fast. Lots of small bubbles. Alright if somewhat spotty lace.

S: Floral (probably both form honey and lavender) and herbal (definitely lavender). Lavender is actually more faint / less distinct than I anticipated. But it does have a strong herbal hit. Maybe the beer and brewing / fermenting process mutes it a bit. Light toasted grain with a hint of sweetness. Not much for hops. Floral character grows stronger as it warms. As does the character of the honey and lavender. Quite different and lovely.

T: Firmly bitter and herbal, especially on the open. Soft toasty and biscuity background with a grainy malt sweetness in the middle. Sort of pretty standard pale base beer noticeably thinned by honey. Nicely floral & herbal flavor with lavender clearly present. Middle to end an earthy & spicy hop bitterness kicks in. Lavender and some lighter honey sweetness linger in the finish. Lavender/ herbal character is really highlighted. This aspect grows as it warms, but does not get astringent or harsh. It is quite pleasant and endearingly different. Honey sweetness increases as well, becoming more floral – but it never gets thick or cloying.

M: Average body with relatively firm and finely textured carbonation. Expansive and refreshing. While some sweetness still hangs around, the finish trends drying – mostly from herbal character.

D: This is nice, drinkable, and interestingly different. It has some almost delicate aspects, but with some umph and depth. Balanced too. This is a great example of why more chicks need to brew more.

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Photo of malty
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aside from the front label illustrating Darth Vader bisecting a beehive with his light sabre, this seems to be the exact same beer. Just kidding :)

Pours into its proprietary Sam Adams scientific glass a brilliantly clear medium russet color with a bright white, loose and creamy settled 1" head. Gorgeous past paced uprising carbonation is vibrantly visible. The once 2" head leaves behind masculine wide drippings of lace from the lip downward.

Sweet, clean and somewhat hoppy nose reminds me of springtime for sure. Even though it's about 40F outside with flagpole snapping winds, (seriously, mine was clipped at the base) this beer sings soft spring afternoon. I cannot depict any lavender, but there is a soft, floral note that seem to be more hop derived. But let's try a taste to make sure.

Wow, there's the lavender. Right out of the gate, soft and natural tasting lavender. Not over-the-top, but even if the label didn't read the ingredients, you could definitely tell there's lavender in this ale. There's a bit of an allspice/nutmeg/coriander thing happening also. Kind of like a pumpkin ale homage, but only short-lived, until the lavender takes center stage. The hoppiness is appropriately showcased, adding more dryness (tactile) than actual flavor. Which takes us to mouthfeel...

Between light and medium bodied with a nice chalky, dry feel. Carbonation is fine and moderate with a obvious lavender finish.

Overall a decent ale that would most likely pair better with light fish dishes and cold salads. I could not session this beer, but maybe another one and that would be it. So, the fact there are only 2 in this mixed six pack is enough for me.

Overall a nicely crafted original ale that delivers what it advertises. I'm personally not too crazy about it, but I cannot find a technical flaw. I respect it, but not wholeheartedly appreciate it.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with thin white head that fades fast and leaves little lace. Smell is subtle. Very floral. Notes of honey and lavender. Faint perfume. Hint of lemony citrus. The tast is very floral and herbal. Lavender is subtle and so is honey that counteracts. Watery with light sweet malt notes and hints of citrus, some caramel sweetness and earty notes. Hints of woody tones. Subtle and soft, but a bit too perfumy for my tastes. Easy enough to finish.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Color is a golden and clear. Pours with ~3 fingers of off white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- Honey laced sweetness and lavender/floral notes.

T- Honey sweet with a hard to pin down herbal/floral flavor (uh...lavender, I guess?). No real bitterness to be found.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Medium-light feel...almost a bit watery. A bit more carbonation or body would have probably helped this beer out.

D- OK. An uncomplicated, yet unoffensive, easy drinking beer.

Future outlook: Well, I really enjoyed the other two brews in the Longshot 6'er, and this one is decent enough, so essentially by default, we will likely cross paths again

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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 garymuchow
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name such as this I figure it's a lunch time beer. Tried to let it warm up a bit. Into SA glass, of course.
Sweet perfume flowery like aroma with a touch of soft malt in the background. Nice. Not necessarily a classic lavendar solely, but also a little patchouli. Kinda' growing on me.
Very clear with nice white head. Nice golden color (it matches the what I expect with the fragrance).
Get more of honey in the flavor, along with the lavender. Nicely balanced. Never lose the flower flavor, but it's not over done either. Tasty bready grainy backgroud with matches well with the other flavors. Soft dryness with a tad of hop flavors at the end. Surprisingly complex.
Real soft malt feel with a goodly amount of carbonation. Smooth.
While I wasn't bothered by the flowery taste the aroma became a little strong in time (I wish that would have softened up a little). Otherwise a surprisingly enjoyable beer. The mild hopping really made the difference - just enough additional flavor and bitterness to round out the rest. I don't know if I'd have two in a row, but I'd have another.

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Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 45.6% out of 100 with 226 ratings
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