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)

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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Photo of Urbancaver
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear orange with a touch of white head. Smells huuuuge of lavender. Honey as well but mostly lavender. Tastes great as well. Mostly lavender but some honey sweetness on the back of the tongue. A bit strong flavour wise but pretty soldid

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper/gold color, nice one pinky head that dies down to a creamy lacing around the edge and mild traces of bubbles around the edges and coming up through the middle.

S - Flowers, crisp honey, spices, and a perfume-like aroma.

T - All the nuances I found in the nose: floral (mostly being lavender), crisp honey sweetness, perfumey on the palette. Hops are minimal, the taste is fairly even across the palette, and it leaves your mouth with a honey floral coating with some zing.

B - Thin medium body, creamy carbonation on the tongue.

O - One of the more unique beers I've ever had which makes this one a stand out. "Honey B" provides a refreshing twist on the ale style. It's not "my cup of tea" so to speak, but I applaud a beer that's different from the rest of the crowd.

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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 DesMoinesMike
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Crazy poured into perfect pint glass.

It's a medium copper color with plenty of carbonation making for a thin cap of white foam that lasts the entire glass. The aroma is sweet with what seems a flowery/herbal mix. The taste is surprisingly fulfilling for it's appearance. The herb essence compliments the honey and floral notes. The body is a good happy medium. It goes down very smooth leaving a faint floral aftertaste. I'd have this again if any is left.

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

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: A light golden brown, this ale really does look like dark matured honey. It has a a thick fluffy white head that sits on top like marshmallow, and it leaves nice thick lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is not as dominated by lavender as I thought it would be. Some light lavender is present; however, other smells are more obvious: the sweet scents of honey and malt mixes with sharp and bitter citrus hops.

T: While the lavender might not have been as aggressive in the nose, it definitely is a large part of the taste. Floral notes of lavender are there from the start. Some sweeter notes of honey arrive around the middle, and the finish is balanced out by some piney bitter notes from the hops.

M: Medium bodied and dry.

O: Spiced beers can be interesting if done well and terrible if done poorly. Luckily, this ale is on the better side of the equation. It is dry with nice floral and herbaceous notes, and it is balanced by sweetness from the honey. However, be prepared for a large amount of lavender flavor (of course if you do not expect a lot of lavender you clearly did not look at the name of this beer).

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A full four fingers worth of audibly fizzy tightly packed slightly off-white colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Impressive retention... The color is equal parts straw and amber... Sleek and shiny... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - I assume that's the lavender that hits you right off of the bat... Lots of floral notes... Some wheat notes... Honey... Perhaps even a muted touch of candied sugars...

T - Follows very closely to the nose... Lavender... Flower petals... A touch of wheat... Honey... Some candied sugars... A bit of apricot and pear as well...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... A slight lushness... Smooth... Sleek... Clean...

D - Very unique and interesting... Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but definitely enjoyable... One of the more unique herbed/spiced beers out there... A wonderful addition to the Samuel Adams longshot collection... Kudos to Caitlin Declerco...

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

Last beer of the day when I got home from the Hop Juice Fest was Sammy A's Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale. The appearance was cloudy, somewhat yellow with a thin white head. The scent was a mix of honey, spice I'm not sure but there was something in the nose that gave a weird scent...like a hint of mexican fahita weird??? I notice on another Advocate review there was a guess at a bay leaf or tea leaves, which could be it..I dont know...but there is something funky in the nose. The taste is crisp and clean and comes off the pallete quick. Certainly can pick up the floral and spice undertones. Just as the smell, there is someting in this beer that gives a different zing to it. This beer is easy on the mouth and is a great summer delight!

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Photo of ferrari29
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a clear golden body; nice 1.5 white colored rocky head; plenty of carbonation stemmed from the bottom of the glass; head dissipated nice and even down the glass and left behind a thick layer of stick lacing

S - Honey and sweet malt scents; herbal explosion of scents; some tea; I also get hints of bay leaf

T - Tastes kind of like a Ricola; honey sweetness; herbal with hints of tea and bay leaf; nice malt finish; good balance of flavors and ingredients; unique but not to offensive; mucus gets coated immediately with a nice layer of sweet honey

M - Expect more body; starts off a bit frothy and thins out rather quickly; bubbles somewhat tickles the tongue at the beginning but wash out quickly; could use more body

D - I really like this beer and should be a summer time favorite; it stacks up very well with the other summer time beers that are more established; keep up the good work, Caitlin!

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a clear golden color with a couple inches of off white head.

S - The initial aroma is peaches. The sweetness of the honey comes through and finally the floral essence of the lavender.

T - The taste starts out sweet with honey. Then I become aware of the lavender and get a slightly bitter finish, like bitter lettuce.

M - Thin and watery

O - I think the aromas and flavors meld favorably to create a unique flavor profile.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of honey malt and pale malt take on a graham note followed by a soft lavender note and some apricot jam notes come through as the beer opens up. The lavender and honey are both pleasantly subtle.

T- This beer has a floral mild perfume flavor with some slightly sweet pale malt flavors and a nice hop note in the finish. There is a very slight soapy lavender bite as the beer warms but it is very mild.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.

O- I'm shocked. I was expecting this beer to be over the top lavender and honey, both of which flavors I don't care for in beer if they are to strong. This beer has lots of nice fresh malt flavors/aromas with just a touch of honey and the soft lavender keeps this from tasting like fabric softener and it was quite tasty. I enjoyed sniffing this a bit more that the taste but both were nice.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass

A- pours an extremely clear, crystal yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated in about a minute. Decent lacing.

S- A slightly sweet, bready smell. There's some herbalness to it (obviously lavender)

T- Very pleasant. The lavender is there, but by no means overwhelming. There is also a nice dry sweetness that pervades, presumably from the honey.

MF- Just what I expected. Thin, but not watery. The mouth dries out after a few seconds, making you want another sip/quaff/gulp.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of honey, fruit and floral spice along with light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus fruit. Then the herbal flavors of lavender and spices kick in. The hops presence is mild and there is a hearty but not too heavy malt character to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s not the first beer I would pick but it’s fairly solid overall.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear bubbly amber with an average but still respectable white head. Malty aroma has a fruity hint and a definite overtone of lavender and a whisper of honey sweetness. Lavender dominates the malty, yeasty flavor but serves only to make this beer distinctive, not better or worse than others of its kind. Yes, it does indeed taste the way lavender smells - remember that the senses of smell and taste are closely related! There is a subtle honey undertone that complements the other flavors nicely. Texture is quite smooth and fizzy, and leaves a nice tingle and a unique finish.

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Photo of aepb1
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent golden body with a white head and nice lacing

S- Some floral hops and some lavender I guess, but that may just be suggestion

T- Pale malt body, more floral (lavender) notes, a little hop bite finishes it up

M- Light body and on the upper end of carbonation

O- A solid herb beer. Light subtle floral notes

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass

A - near clear golden with whitish head.

S Lavender and sweet honey tinged light malt in good

T - flavor departs from aroma, with far less lavender (except, I guess, in the noticeable herbal flavor and also in overall bitterness) Signature herbal flavors blendswell with (Noble?) hops. Quite pleasant and refreshing with both sweet (early) and tart (later) components.

M - light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - A pleasant surprise in a lighter (than normal for me) beer with a pleasant and distinctive aroma and flavor. A winner indeed.

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Photo of bum732
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Soft lavender, quite floral, touch of honey sweetness.

L: Clear straw yellow, white head that dissipates to a dustiness. Solid lacing.

T: Honey like malt with a soft lavender note. Medium low herbal bitterness leads to some sweetness in the finish before drying slightly.

M: Medium light body with medium high carbonation.

meh, ok, not really my bag.

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

I poured this into my Sam Adams glass. It was a golden color white a medium white head that liked to stick to the sides of the glass.

The smell was of hoppy flowery notes.

In the mouth there were more flowery notes with some ripe fruit all dominated by a distinctive lavender flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean and refreshing.

I believe this was meant to be something different and it was. On the one hand I associate lavender with soaps so I couldn't get that out of my mind.

But then I started thinking of the incredible lavender fields in California and it took me back to my visits to the Matanzas Creek Winery.

A good beer overall but one I might consider a novelty.

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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 tapman
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light golden color with a bone-white, whipped head that sinks to a respectable, web-like lacing.

Smells like honeycomb, lavender flowers and light toast. Smells kind of like Froach (heather ale) form Scotland).

Tastes like it smells, but with a cinnamon flavor, or perhaps something mildly peppery.

Light and refreshing.

A nice change from something like a Blue Moon or other sweet summer beer. Lavender is sweet, but more of an adult sweet than candy-like orange flavor. Cheers, Ms. Declerco.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy bright-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a good bit of patchy lacing. The aroma is floral feeling up front, with a huge push from the lavender that is layered on top of notes of green citrus and sweet honeyed grains.

The taste has a firm grassy bitterness to it, which is balanced by some softer fruit flavors, sweet honey, and toasted grains. The lavender flavor gathers itself on the edges of the profile and then pulls together in the finish, leaving back a heavy flowery feel that lingers with some gritty bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, before giving away to a bit more of a thicker creaminess across the back.

Well this certainly brought to the table what was advertised, as there was an abundance of both honey and lavender here and I honestly enjoyed what they brought to the table here as this was both balanced and breezy feeling on the palate. I’m not sure if I would want more than one in a sitting but this was unique enough to keep me interested during this glass.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - pale caramel color, clear, with about 2 fingers of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - hoppy-smelling. I can't quite smell a "lavender" aroma, but it might still be there.

Taste and Mouthfeel - the lavender is definitely more present in the taste, but not in a bad/over-powering way. The lavender comes out more in the middle of the taste, the beginning being mostly just a little malty, and the finish being dryer. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - a very interesting brew. Not terribly complex, but still quite intriguing in the uniqueness of the taste.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label notched "enjoy before SEP 2011".

Into a pint glass this beer pours a bright orange gold, it has sharp clarity with racing streams of carbonation. Texture of the foam is creamy, the head lasts for a few minutes and on the surface. Lace forms concentric rings with each sip.

Softly sweet floral lavender aroma with some citrus and earthy yeast emerging too as it warms.

Tea and bready malt flavors at first, with some identifiable lavender florals present. Dry aftertaste with a slightly herbal edge. Sure there's honey, but it's not very pronounced or sweet. Fairly mellow and average mouthfeel. Overall it's ok, a simple pale ale with lavender added that gives it a little personality.

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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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