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)

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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 rab53
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light golden hue to it. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, literally tons of it. Huge notes of flowers as I reach in for a whiff. Very floral and hints of almost sage like smells bouncing off the glass, really very well done. Light and airy and even after a few moments it really seemed to pull itself together quite nicely. Clean, crisp, light and with a wine like flavor to it that came out of nowhere. Light grape skins, hints of grass and flowers, light grains and a mellow, and wonderful flowery flavo

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Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of OsuJohn
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden color, clear, no cloudyness. Head fades quickly but this beer continues to bubble.

S- the most prominent smell is lavender, it is pleasant.

T- balanced, it taste like a beer that smells like lavender.

M- smooth but has a dry finish

O- not a bad beer, but I wouldnt seek his out again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold that was pretty translucent. Fairly sizable head.

Smelled like I guess lavender, even though I thought there was a hint of blueberry in there. Also some honey undertones.

Taste was really interesting. Starts off very sweet with the lavender and honey. Both were almost overpowering. Sweetness followed by the malt profile, which doesn't really work well with the sweetness. Mild bitterness on the end, which is the best flavor of the beer. Finishes with an odd aftertaste.

Really light on the palate. I could pound these if it weren't for the taste.

Overall, this makes me question lavender being used in the brewing process. Without the lavender, this reminds me almost exactly of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, but with it, you are just overwhelmed by the sweetness.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack and decided it was time to rate it.

A- Pours out a light amber color, which is pretty tranparent. Mild head of foam that quickly fades away. Very little carbonation.

S- Has a very nice smell to it. Mellow lavander smell, floral hops and other herbs. Do get a hint of honey.

T- Has a much different taste than I expected. Has a really lavender upfront taste right out of the gate. Nice mellow herbs and spices and a good follow through with honey that follow right after. Leaves your mouth with a nice sweet hint.

M- Nice drinkability, really smooth pretty crisp. Good range of herbs and spices as well as lavender.

Overall- It was a bit different than what I expected, this really isn't my favorite style but all and all I enjoyed it. Cheers

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Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - kinda golden in color but not too pale. Nice 2 finger white head.

Smell - nice balanced smell between pine hop and spice

Taste - Pleasant and light with some spice flavors coming through. Well balanced and well crafted. Some crispness in the finish similar to a pilsner which is nice as well.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - I'm fairly pleased with this beer. Its a nice easy drinker with some unique style and flavor. Nice job!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: It pours a mostly clear bronze color with a finger of pure white head that lasts awhile.

S: Honey, sweet fruits, grains, and herbaceous lavender that is very noticeable but not over-powering.

T: Honey, lavender, ginger, mild hoppiness, a little citrus, and a little cereal grain.

M: Medium-light body with strong carbonation.

O: Delicious and highly drinkable.

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

Poured a decent, slightly tinted, pale color with nice head and nice lacing. Nice aroma, very interesting, with some nice malt sweetness under a very neat flower scent. Good flavors, with a nice honey hit to go with the lavender flower tastes, although most of the flavors were slightly weak and I would've liked more malt backing. Went down well.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark yellow with a nice thick white head.

Smell is definitely lavender with lemon and a little metallic.

Taste is lavender on grains and grass. Dry finish makes it pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Overall this is what I expected. I nice lavender tasting beer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before September 2011 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Mix of lavender, spices and a touch of alcohol. Reminds me of the way my local Fresh Market smells.

Taste: Lavender and spices are strong up front followed by sweet grains in the middle before ending with a touch of bitterness from herbal hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet and similar to a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Below average drinkability. The flavor, while enjoyable, is not something I'm savoring. I wouldn't want another.

Overall: Pretty solid beer overall. I like that they went with something that is far different than most beers on the market. That said, I can't see myself wanting to drink this again. It might be worth trying, but I can't recommend seeking it out.

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

I admit to a great amount of trepidation entering this review, for even though Honey B's Lavender Ale won a spot in Sam Adams' homebrew contest, lavender is not an herb I'm terribly fond of in any form, and usually associate it with nasty smelling bath salts. Still, in the name of, oh, science, I'll give it a shot.

The ale opens with an aroma that does distinctly feature lavender, but thankfully bears no resemblance to the dread bath salts. Instead, the beer comes across as extremely floral, as if the aromas of a decent ale and a solid cup of herbal tea had mingled. Lavender and honey are easily recognizable, as are light streaks of grapefruit and orange, and an undercurrent of toasted wheat.

On the tongue, the beer is very floral, beginning with a strong shot of lavender and clover honey, as well as a significant spiciness (pepper, cardamom, allspice) that does help somewhat offset the lavender, which is just a few shades too strong for my liking. Hops add a welcome bitterness (though not a great deal of flavor) and tingle the tongue and soft palate. At the very bottom, exposed more in the aftertaste as the sugars and lavender die off, is a good base of toasted grains. The aftertaste also features some grapefruit hops, and fades relatively quickly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation seems medium-high, adding to the tingling.

Overall, while I can't say that I'm terribly fond of the beer, I do give it credit for being far better than what I was expecting, and even, in its own way, good: it does what it says, and does it well enough that I can see why it did win a place in the six-pack. Kudos for daring and innovation.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger of foamy white head on a translucent gold body. Some lacing.

Hops and honey on the nose, with definite lavender. Very floral.

Honey taste, but balanced and not at all cloying. Lavender is an undertone and an aftertaste, accompanied by some hops and honey.

Not too much carbonation, but coarse in texture. Refreshing and smooth.

Very interesting-- might pair with Swiss cheese.

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Photo of BierFan
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Clear golden body with a decent sized cap of white foam. Very good lacing. The lavender comes through very floral in the aroma. Very perfumey taste. Pretty much nothing but lavender. Little bit of hop bitterness.

It's very much a one note beer, but I can't find a lot of fault with it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey color; slight chill haze. Poured a 3 finger creamy off-white head with good retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Biscuity malt, hone and lavender. Light on the nose. Some floral hop character as well.

T: Lavender and honey a bit less prominent than the nose. Light, sweet malt more pronounced along with the floral character. Building bitter in a crisp, slightly dry finish with the lavender lingering a bit.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth through the middle to a crisp, dry finish.

O: Lot of character in all but the malt bill. Good flavor, light and refreshing.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duvel tulip

pours a pale yellow, crystal clear, 2 finger rocky head, decent lacing and retention

huge honey aroma, little floral bits, lots of sweetness

lavender is really big up front, almost to the point of being oppressive, honey follows closely and lingers well on the finish, little burst of hops in the middle keeps the honey from becoming a cloying flavor.

Light in body, and smooth

Overall great aromas and some good flavors just wish the lavender wasnt so strong

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

Clear golden amber, with a rich, white head. Lace is nice and ornate.

Lovely honey aroma. Only a slight hint of lavender in the nose.

Taste is heavy on the lavender up front, followed by a smooth honey followthrough and finish. Not bad -- a wee bit on the sweet side, but not a bad beer.

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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