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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 drtth
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear copper/bronze color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a thin patch of foam, a ring around the glass and some thick foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Sipping spreads the foam and leaves areas of scattered speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is definitely floral and smells like a lavender bush in bloom with an herb garden in the background.

Taste: The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose. There is lots of floral lavender with some herbal character. There is an early bit of sweetness that then becomes dry as the herbal bitterness emerges.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins with the floral character of the beer and then becomes strongly herbal and fairly dry as it fades away.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I must confess I didn't find this particularly drinkable in that I eventually reached the point where I wasn't looking forward to more. That said, for its style it ia definitely a reasonably made beer, just not one that attracts me much beyond trying it. I have one more and if my impression changes I'll edit this review.

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Photo of csiewert
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color with a layer of white head that has little retention and leaves only a little lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with flowery notes and some malty sweetness. The taste is string with with flower and spice notes and finishes with a hint of maltiness. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and finishes clean. Definitely worth a try.

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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 biggred1
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, honey golden with a foamy white head that leaves some scraps of lace on the glass. Lavender, honeysuckle and just flowers in general, weird smelling but I guess that is the point. Flowery lavender, rose petals and honey make up the flavor profile, mild hop bittering and light crackery malt. Medium bodied with a touch of honey stickiness. Not something I would really ever drink again but Honey B's Lavender ale certainly delivers what is promised and is well made.

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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 PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass. Pours a clear golden pilsner color. Thin white head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is interesting. Sort of sage ish. I'm assuming that's the lavender. Little bit of malt

Taste is sort of crisp honey blond with spice. No too much. Smooth. Nice lavender. It's an ok taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Pretty smooth.

Overall an ok beer. Worth the try because of how unique it is.

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Photo of jester5120
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a dogfish glass

A- poured a transparent golden color with a creamy white head that quickly disapeared.

S- this is where the beer really shines. very unique smell a mix of the lavender and honey.

T- base flavor is that of a typical pale ale but with a lighter body that comes from honey.

M- Light bodied due to the honey.

O- An interesting idea and unique flavor but not something i want a whole six pack of

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Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers that starts out strong, and then falters toward the finish. Poured a brilliant gold with lively carbonation. Up front some distinct floral notes, but I'm not sure that I could have pegged lavender without knowing otherwise. Distinct honey sweetness moves forward toward the middle, and the finish is a bit grassy wiht some grainy bite. Honey sweetness seemed to grow more forceful with each sucessive sip, until it neared cloying proportion. My initial impression was that this would make a fine session, but one turned out to be plenty.

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

12 ounce bottle out of the Sam Adams Longshot sampler sixer.

A - Very clear golden yellow, reminiscent of a lager. Lots of bubbles. Poured with a 1 1/2 finger head and left a nice cap. Some lacing all the way down.

S - Surprise, surprise, surprise - lavender. Lots of spice in the nose. Grassy, citrus, flowers.

T & M - Very interesting taste. Some malt character, some sweetness with the addition of honey. Peppery, and again lavender comes through. Lots of spice / slightly herbal.

Overall - Interesting beer. Unique. Lots of spice in the nose and taste. Worth a try.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden honey color, one-finger head with decent retention, adequate carbonation, nice lace.

S: Floral hops and sweet malt. Lavender notes are somewhat faint. As the beer warms, only the malt aromas remain.

T: Lavendar is more prominent here, then sweet malt and hops in the background. This is rather good.

M: Fairly creamy, medium body, well carbonated.

O: All in all, a pretty good beer. Not outstanding, but generally hitting the right notes.

I am thinking there's a need to start up a home for orphaned, one-time beers. Seems that lately I'm liking just about all the beers in that category. Well, two more longshots left for me to review, let's see what happens with them. Meanwhile, going to enjoy this one.

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Photo of daledeee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another sampler brew.

Poured a clear yellow body that looks like a lager. Perfectly white head that leaves lacing and a thin layer.

Nose, need I say is floral.

Taste is too sweet for me with spiciness and again, floral. Mouth feel is well carbonated. Just an average brew for me.

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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 cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large off-white head with great retention and lacing around the glass. Looks great!

S- The aroma is pretty solid. Pale malt, very floral from the lavender, honey and some citrus make up the aroma. If I didn't know better, I would also say there is just a hint of mint in the nose as well. 

T- The taste is pale malt up front with a lot of sweetness probably coming from the addition of honey. The taste almost has some citrus-like acidity and just enough bitterness to help balance out the high amount of sweetness up front.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I definitely enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. Kudos to Caitlin for this solid beer, well done!

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL Perfect Pint.

A. Poured 1 finger head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is pale golden.

S. Definitely get the honey and lavender in the aroma. Has a nice floral, herbal smell that is pretty refreshing. Beneath the honey and lavender is some pale malt sweetness.

T. Well I guess its not surprising that this tastes like lavender. Next comes the honey sweetness. Has a pale malt base. Not too bad really. Pretty refreshing. Kinda reminded me of the malt base used for Noble Pilsner.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Little bit of lingering sweetness and some of the lavender.

O. Overall, I have to say that I am surprised. This really isnt too bad of a beer. Pretty simple in the aroma and flavor, but nice and refreshing. This could be a nice spring/summer beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear golden color, with a nice, two-inch, whipped eggwhite head of foam.
Aroma-Mildly fragrant, flowerey notes of lavender, honey and biscuit.
Taste-Lightly toasted malt,honey sweetness, subtle hop note.
Overall, a bit on the sweet side and flowery, but interesting and different. A bit unbalanced with a lot of subtle things going on that kind of confuses the tastebuds. Interesting and worth a try.

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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 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 Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium goldenrod with a fizzy white head, soda like. Some lace, solid head retention.

S: Not much in the way of lavender, I get a lot more fruit. Strawberry, sweet cherries, some honey. Rose petals there as well.

T: Definite honey flavours, not overt like Bootlegger's Spring Ale, but cleary noticable. Very fruity and flowery with blood oranges, strawberries, maraschino cherries, lavender and hibiscus.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a bit of a potpourri aftertaste which I wasn't a huge fan of but doesn't really screw up the beer.

O: One of the better Longshots I've had in a while. The flavours are very attractive, crisp and easy. A good spring beer.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear orange body with a small white head.

Nose smells you're like you're walking into a flower show. Wow!! Over the top lavender and flower pedals. You can smell some mild honey coming through, but this nose is all about herbal, flowery, potpourri.

Taste is light to medium bodied and very easy drinking. Very nice slick caramel malt with a very strong syrupy honey sort of mouthfeel and flavor. The herbal nose really goes away in the taste and it acts as more of a balanced flavor. Honey really comes through in the taste. Very easy drinking and nice after it starts to warm.

I gotta say at first this beer really forces the lavender and potpourri spice down your throat, but it's really a nice beer once you start sipping it. The honey leaves this nice syrupy honey flavor and mouth feel, and the spices take a back seat once you start to drink it.. Really a great beer. Great job Caitlin!!!

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Photo of nukem5
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Great golden color with a nice big foamy capans some lacing.

S: Light hop and honey and lavender very faint in the back end.

T: Stong tastes of honey mildly hopped with light fruity taste of orange citrusy, light peppery notes with an alchohol taste in the back.

M: Medium bodied with an alchohol taste in the back.

O: Very drinkable and smooth could have a few of these and be fine.

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Photo of erosier
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass as it falls.
S: Smells of sweet light malts, honey, lavender, and a hint of hops at the end. It smells a little like potpourri.
T: Tastes like it smells with a mix of sweet malt, honey, lavender, and then some floral hops at the end. The honey flavor was more prevalent here and that was nice. It really does remind me of potpourri.
M: Sweet, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, interesting flavors.
D: OK, it was certainly an herb/spiced beer and I think that it was a pretty interesting take on it, it is well done and by looking at the label you wouldn't think of it to be anything else.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip glass.

Pours golden, clear, some head. Lacing is nice but doesn't last long.

Smell was summed up well by another reviewer: Mead. With a bunch of non-hop floral aromas.

I had no idea what I expected lavender to taste like, but I now know. And it's not bad. Floral, with the honey really playing a background role and providing enough sweetness to keep this from becoming dry and bitter lavender. Not a very sweet beer.

Crisp at first, then leaves stickly, floral and honey tastes on the mouth for awhile.

This isn't something I'd want often, but it proves that unusual ingredients can really work together well for a distinctive, drinkable and creative beer.

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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 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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Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 226 ratings