Longshot A Dark Night In Munich | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AmericanGothic on 03-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
267
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 267
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with an enormous lasting big bubbly head, leaving lots of lace. Bold malty aroma. Smooth creamy, easy drinking dunkel.A nominal amount of roast (which I would want a larger amount of). FInishes sweet. Although not spectacular taste, I enjoyed it. Dry sugary aftertaste.Thanks John.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2012.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some bread dough. Taste is of toasted malt and some nice caramel flavors on the finish. There is a slight hop presence on the finish but brings no real bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor doesn't match up to the dough aromas I am getting and was looking forward to tasting.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear deep amber/mahogony brown body.

S: caramel malt with lots of toffee. Chocolate, some earthy hops and oak notes as well.

T: nice sweet caramel malts and toffee are the backbone of this one with a subtle chocolate and almost coffee like note sneaking in. Nice spiciness throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very complex in both smell and flavor which is very drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, it's clear and had good visibility through the glass. The smell of the beer is a mixture of malts and lager yeast aromas, there are some subtle hop notes as well. The taste of the beer gives off a nice dry Dunkel like flavor from the roasted malts and earthy notes from the yeast. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied, not heavy at all but not light either. The carbonation was was sharp but still drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tawny dark copper color, transparent when held to a bright light. Some creamy tan foam rises and settles, though it lacks staying power. Spotty lace flecks the sides of the glass.

Molasses and toast, light yeast and mild malt sweetness in the nose. Light aroma, but pleasant.

More molasses, light bitter walnut, nutty and a little bit toasty. Aftertaste lingers nicely, it's light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation levels. Finishes clean and slightly dry. Fairly easygoing, with an expressive flavor. A perfect beer for a cool Spring thaw...

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear burgundy colored lager with a one-finger, tan head of foam. Nice retention and some thin sheets of lace left on the pint glass.

S - It smelled of roasted oats, malt and sweet breads. A slight floral presence.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with some dark chocolate. Nice spicy bitterness adds some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Munich Dunkel Lager. Another some homebrew added to the Longshot series.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pourd one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein a garnet hued chesnut brown with a thick tan colored head atop.Clean aromas with a little mineral and toasted grain,not much toastiness and/or sweetness.Firm toast on the palate with mild caramel sweetness,not doughy or very rich but it is easy drinking.A little delicate but it's a decent dunkel.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on a hazy, medium brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A deeply malty aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, and dark sugar.

T - Thick, brown malt up front with lots of toffee. More of the same malty thickness in the middle with caramel and some nutty notes. Finishes with more of the thick, dark malt as well as moderate bitterness a just a hint of herbal hop flavor.

M - A thick, almost syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very interesting, the malt character is really nice and unusually thick for the style. I would even go so far as to say that the malt character is excessive for the style with a thickness and intensity that could put it in the bock category. Still it is a flavorful and well made beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my SA Perfect Pint Glass with the perfect head, that reaches 2 fingers to the very top of the glass and fades very slowly, reinforced by quite a few bubbles rising from the bottom. The slightly darker colored fluffy head fades slowly but leaves much lacing on the sides as if the lacing still exists within the sides of the glass. The beer is a crystal clear mahogany slight chestnut ruby colored beer.

Nose brings coppery malts, semi sweet brown toasty malts bring a bit of a biscuity almost bready malt aroma. Sweeteners ensue with a bit of a caramel and slight molasses syrupy like aroma, hint of toffee. Then gives way to a hint of grassy hops but quite faint as I have to swirl it a bit to coax it out. The head is still slowly dying, making it still difficult to get the rest of the aroma out from under it. I do get a slight lager crispness coming through as well.

Taste comes in layers of malts again, mostly sweeteners this time starting with some caramel, molasses, and hint of toffee, giving a decent sweet kick that doesn't get too sweet or nagging. The next layer of malt complexity brings some toasty reddish coppery malts with some biscuity brown malt. That all dances around my mouth in layers blending nicely, and leaving just enough room for a bit of a grassy and slight herbal hop flavor. The hops get just slightly bitter but not much, although they also bring forward a slight bitterness from a darker roasted, maybe heavy crystal malt. I think I get a hint of a fruity flavor, a yeasty fruit, with maybe even a hint of bananas foster like flavors, and slight earthy root like taste (think root beer). The lager profile is almost completely drowned out by the layers of malts and sweetness as it tries to dry on the finish and move toward a crisp lager, but can't seem to make it. The sweetness on the finish seems to remain a bit, and the bitterness ramps slightly but is still a background profile to the sweeteners that all linger fairly well.

Mouth is med bodied but a bit creamy and slightly lush, carbonation actually seems a bit less than I though as the beer gets heavy and layers the tongue without the carbonation rest.

Overall not bad, a nice toasty brown and sweet malt profile, with some decent hops that come through but lets the malts be the star of the show. I would have liked the lager flavors to come through a bit more, especially on the finish which could have benefited from a drier and crisp finish. Other than that a decent drinkable dunkel.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a smooth ¼ finger, throwing up a robust cascade of froth onto sides which leaves back a strong smattering of lace. The aroma smells grassy, lightly spicy, and citric, with some mineral notes. A sticky blend of caramel and toast comes out across the back. That mineral character really starts to control the nose after a while.

The taste is similar, with that same mineral flavor clinging to an herbal and citric bitterness, while toffee sweetness comes in off the edges, spreading a toasty feel into the finish where it lingers with some earthy pith.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth prickly feel up front which then gives way to more of a soft and bubbly carbonation that thins out the back of this maybe a little too much.
I wanted to like this more but just couldn’t get into like I wanted to. That mineral character overrides the flavor profiles and the body lacked sufficient crispness to it. This wasn’t one of the better Long Shots that I’ve had.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely foam on the ruby brown brew. The creamy carbonation renews with each pour; it would do a German brewery proud.

Biscuits and toffee, with an acidic touch. Reminds me of the fruity English beers with a some minerals in the water. Some raisin flavors along with the sweet malt. Roasted dark malt and some slight bitterness from the hops. Thoroughly drinkable; this would be an excellent quaff and a nice alternative to the often anemic German Dunkels.

Another well-crafted beer from Boston Brewing. These guys just know how to make decent beer in a multitude of styles, especially the ones that seem to benefit from a top-notch industrial process. From the 2012 six pack at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark garnet-hued body with a pint-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Largely smelling of thick bread crusts with caramel and sulphured molasses, though not particularly aromatic, with supporting notes of banana, raisin, spice, and wheat.

Taste: Molasses atop toasted bread crusts with a background hint of nutty melted caramel. Moderate sweetness. A tang of wheat develops as fruity hints of banana and plump raisins rolls in. Light hop character, light bitterness leaving some malty sweetness to remain on the smooth, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I sure could go for an Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel right about now.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character and lager yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sticky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish in color with an off-white head. Sweet malt with molasses and toffee notes being the strongest. A touch of earthiness, and a nice toasted note. The flavor has a great molasses flavor with a little earthy and spicy character to it. Plenty of bread and toast, too. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown/copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

Se: Apple peels & pear, faint breadyness

T: Pears, slight brown bread flavor & a touch of persimmons up front, along with faint leafy & woody hops, plus some dryness. Subtle brown sugar, more brown bread & dry woody hoppyness as this warms. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, skews malty

Drinks easy, a nice, not great Dunkel

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle.

LOOK: Dark and tawny, decent lacing

SMELL: Brown bread, mineral, very malty, melanoidan-like, floral, clean

TASTE: Sweet, big bodied, coffee, dark bread, black currants, malty, faint alcohol, clean, herbal, nutty, toasted grain, semi-sweet finish

Pretty good, seem to have a bit too much body for my liking and the style and does take away from the drinkable potential here. Happy to try it but it is one and done.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another thoughtful tick from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut with russet highlights when held to the light. The head is light tan colored and leaves sparse lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is mild, but I get faint whiffs of brown bread, biscuits, lager.

The flavor picks things up a bit, with some grain, bread, a touch of alcohol, and a dry finish. Some fruit and nut characters emerge as the beer warms.

Light in body and pretty smooth sailing, with a lingering lag presence. A touch of bitterness in the finishes adds balance.

Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stumbled across this during a recent visit to The Foodery (N. Liberties) and thought, "What the heck, I'm a bit of a long shot my dang self!" I have certainly bought beer for lesser reasons in the past.

From the bottle: "Corey Martin"; "Corey has been working on his Munich-style Dunkel for some time and the result is this amber, medium-bodied brew. With a nice malty backbone, this lager has roasty, slightly spicy notes and a traditional doughy character from the yeast. It is well worth the time he took to perfect it."

My pour netted just under two fingers of medium-tan colored head that fizzed and popped its way out of existence pretty quickly. Color was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose smelled of chocolate and bread dough and I was anxious to get that first taste going. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slightly cinnamon taste to go along with the chocolate noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet but pleasant, even for this self-avowed hophead. Well done, Mr. Martin!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber bordering on brown with a smallish beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Smells of caramel and dark fruit mostly. Smooth malty aroma with maybe a hint of chocolate if I squint a bit. Taste is fairly smooth with lots of caramel and burnt sugar along with darker fruits in the form of prunes and plums. Maybe a hint of chocolate in there as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a solid malty grainy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the other two in the sixer. It pairs well with chocolate chip cheesecake, but that was a happy accident. I've had better dunkels, but this one is not half bad.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with amber around the edges; big, crackling, soft brown head that has good retention

S - very malty; bread and caramel

T - caramel, doughy, light lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, crisp

This is a rather simple, one-dimensional lager but it stays true to the dunkel style. I was hoping for just a little something to cut the big malt character. It is very easy to drink and doesn't fatigue the palate at all. It has its merits. I can see how it made it into the Longshot six-pack.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. This appears a chesnut brown with good clarity. Thin head that dissappeared towanrd the end and did not lace. The aroma has some malt and hints of sweetness. The taste starts off with mild malt with hints of vanilla followed by a good bread finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall, this is an easy drinking and flavorful Dunkel Lager. The balance is great and the body is nice. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an amber-highlighted chestnut coloring with a sparse, uneven, yellowish film covering the surface of the brew. Aromas of rich, sweet nut and earthy peat, with a slight smoking. Smells good. Flavors are dark and sugary sweet, with a hazelnut backbone and some earthy roasted highlights. Caramel and syrup sweetness underly all flavors, and transition into the rich and dark aftertaste. Slightly cloying finish, with a touch of bitterness to clean the palate. Surprisingly light and easy to drink, with rich and layered malty flavors. This is a tasty, light beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #36 on the "Top Beers - Munich Dunkel Lager" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is brown, dark, clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate and steady carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little weak, a little malty, yeasty, mild munich malt.

Beer is nice, light in body, good malt character on the palate, a decent finish, a little too dry for me but overall a decent beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of nut, and slight nut. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium to dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma is very malty with a ton of toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The toffee and caramel malt really stands out. There is also a little bit of grass and some lightly toasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very clean tasting and easy to drink.

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