LongShot Beer Flower Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Beer Flower WheatLongShot Beer Flower Wheat
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LongShot Beer Flower WheatLongShot Beer Flower Wheat

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 03-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by MaddDogg84:
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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Photo of Cavanaghty
1.76/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color. This white head with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell was mild, mostly pine and floral notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was grassy with odd floral and earthy flavors.

Overall: This was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted! The flavor was not well balanced at all, the earthy flavors were not pleasant at all. Sorry, but I cannot imagine how this one got through as a winner to be bottled. Maybe it's just me and my taste, but I will not waste my money again on this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium sized slightly off white head settles above clear honey yellow colored beer.

Light aroma of wheat malts and something else, i guess it's the hibiscus flower.

The taste of this beer is on the lighter side with some of the wheat malt and hibiscus sharing the spotlight.

A light almost dryish aftertaste without much of the beers taste hanging around with this lighter bodied wheat.

A lighter tasting beer that didn't really scream "drink another" to me.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of Sep 13

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & minimal lacing

S: Light cereal notes & a touch of apple peel

T: Cooked cereal & a touch of spelt , golden delicious apples, a touch of boozeyness up front along with dryness & pears . Pears & some hibiscus as this warms, then a bit of honey crisp apple. Finishes fruitty, slightly crisp & a bit of lemon zest breaking through at the end

MF: Slight carbonation, grainyness & light body

Drinks okay, not a great wheat beer but I could do a few when it's hot, despite a little booze bite up front

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Photo of Gmann
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is a bit musty and fruity. Some honey notes.

The taste has a buttery flavor which is not all that pleasant. Some bitterness and floral flavors from the hibiscus. Some general fruitiness. The buttery flavor just kills this beer for me.

The feel is light almost watery and has tingly carbonation. Drinks sweet on the palate and has a light bitterness in the finish.

This is kind of a dud of a beer. The buttery flavor needs to go.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a golden amber color with a nice thick and creamy white head, good retention leaves a few patches of lace behind

S- clean grain with some floral notes infused, not much else going on

T- strong malt profile up front with a tartness from the wheat, the hibiscus adds a light fruity aspect. Mid-palate transitions into sweet and syrupy that seems to overtake all of the floral notes. The sweetness lasts into the finish, continuing to mask the floral flavors

M- medium body with a creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth-yet-syrupy mouthfeel

O- for this to be a summer beer, it was just to sweet and sticky for me. It was still somewhat easy to drink but the longer I drank it, the more it started to taste like a mixed cocktail. The delicate floral flavors were just masked for the most part

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange with a large lasting white head. Aroma and taste is sweet citrus, light wheat and banana notes, fruity with some floral essence and mild bitterness. A light to medium body, crisp, refreshing on the palate with light carbonation. Some sweet malt, wheat, floral essence and light fruity and mild bitterness on the end. A nicely balanced brew, refreshing and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed dark golden.. the head rises quickly and dies just as fast... a light cap allows for spotty lacing.

Nose has plenty of hibiscus present... the wheat beer base is also well represented.

Plenty of wheat again on the palate... the hibiscus is tart and accentuated by the residual maltiness...

Body is a touch thicker than I would have expected, but it is appreciated... Light medium with a good small bubble carbonation.

Decent beer... Not sure that I would ever buy it in a 6-pack, but the hibiscus works well as an educational tool.


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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light wheat, minerally cloves, faintly floral. Flavor is light wheat with a mildly sweet bready malt and yeast. Finishes lightly floral with a bit more dry wheat ale flavor. The sweet malt was reminiscent of light lagers more than wheat ales. Light bodied, but pleasant carbonation. Pleasant combination of flavors, but too mildly flavored to be inspirational. The faint floral characteristics were nice and suggest that this could have been remarkable if the brewer would pull out the stops a bit more.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a coating of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with faint hints of hibiscus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of hibiscus are a bit stronger and there is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but I didn't find the smell or taste to be overly interesting, although the addition of hibiscus prevented the taste from being bland.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color, large white head that fades quickly at first but slows down and leaves a lasting cap on top, no lacing though, would have expected at least some haze to this.

Smell has an interesting aroma, picking up sweet malt along with a large flowery presence, touches of light fruit like strawberry seem to be mixed in.

Taste is not as strong as the aroma was, no aspect really overwhelms the other, the hibiscus flower presence is fairly mute with the flavors, sweet malt is the primary aspect, hops aren't really here either, carbonation is medium high with a decent creaminess.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a hazed, dark gold color with a large fluffy cap of white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty decent.

Nose is sweet malt, snappy wheat and definitely some sort of floral hibiscus thing going on...not really like a hibiscus blossom, but more of a sweet/tart fruitiness.

Taste is pretty big on the floral fruitiness actually. I dont think it works overly well on this beer though...the malts are too dense and rich - honey-esque, leaving the crisp, clean wheat flavors I so love in an APWA in the dust. Mouthfeel is too cloying. Not drain pour bad, but not worth revisiting either.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Beer Flower Wheat from this years LongShot series last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. So far I haven't been impressed with this years LongShot winners, so I hope this one turns out to be the best of series, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by September. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an Weizen glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got the typical LongShot series label with a drawing of the winner with their name on it, I'm not a big fan of the name of this beer. It poured a hazy golden color that took on a dark orange hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty average looking beer, it wasn't bad looking, but it wasn't great looking either.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some wheaty and grainy malts that are a just a little bready. Up next comes a floral aroma that starts off earthy then goes to a nice floral hoppy aroma with a lighter amount of citrus and spice towards the end. The aroma was ok, it wasn't the greatest but it was unique.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter. It starts off with some wheat, grains and bready malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light earthy flavor follow by a nice floral taste. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a stale malt, grainy and bready aftertaste, It tasted Ok, but I found it to be pretty average and I wasn't into it.

M- Smooth, clean, slightly crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok and it was fairly true to style.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style. It had ok drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention so one is enough for me, I wouldn't want another one. I liked the mouthfeel the most, it was nice and fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste it was a little dull and it didn't keep me coming back for more. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I just wasn't a fan of this beer just like the other two beers in this years LongShot series, it was pretty disappointing as a whole and I have a hard time believing that these were the top three beers. I really liked last years series, I don't know if it made my expectations too high for this years, but either way I wasn't digging it. I hope Samuel Adams chooses some better winners next year.

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LongShot Beer Flower Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 144 ratings