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

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 03-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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144
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
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Photo of Cavanaghty
1.76/5  rDev -47.1%
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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Photo of bobhits
2.64/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours nearly clear just a hint of haze with a full head of foam. This is way to freaking clear for a wheat, big deduction for that!

Somewhat sour like wheat notes, a touch of toast, and perhaps a light hop bittering at the end.

Crisp wheat bite opens this but it fades to a creamy toast and there might be a hint of butter at the end, but very very subtle.

For what I'd assume is supposed to be a summer wheat, this isn't refreshing or clean tasting.

I'm not sure where this beer stands. It isn't really flavorful or interesting enough to be a great sipping beer to end a hard day and it is a bit high abv and a bit too thick and just not drinkable enough to be a multi beer session beer on a hot summer day. At the end it's an ok wheat which isn't saying much.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.67/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of Mitchster
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased as part of the miexed 6-pack. No specs per the website or bottle other than this is a wheat ale brewed with hibiscus flowers and is 5.8% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale golden forming a tall poofy off white head with very good retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is on a very non-descript standard american wheat. No phenols, no DMS, no grain or hop aromas...just kinda a beer "smell" with hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is really not that brisk, more smooth with a medium body. The taste is rather non-descript as well, one thinks "beer" and "fruit" and "grain" but that is about it. Subtle vanilla presence. Slight yeast bite. Very mild to non-existent bitterness. I've had hibiscus and this doesn't really taste like it to me. The finish is kinda blah and leaves a slick coating on the tongue...peculiar.

Rather boring and bland. I wouldn't choose to buy this again. This years longshot was a complete dud compared to prior years.

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Photo of Gmann
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat clear golden color. The head is a fluffy two finger white shade. I love the lacing it leaves behind, definitely.

S: There's a lot of wheat on the nose, to the point where it overpowers any other notes (such as the advertised hibiscus). I'm not a fan of the aroma.

T: The flavor profile works better. A light fruitiness gives way to wheat-laden finish, spiked with some cream. I couldn't tell you what hibiscus tastes like, but there's a distinct floral quality on the back end. It's pretty decent all told.

M: Extremely creamy and soft, typical of the style. However, the general texture and finish is too heavy; even with the aid of strong carbonation, it gets in the way of drinkability.

O: This is now the 4,365th different wheat ale I've had from Sam Adams - and just like the others, this one is pretty middling. Pleasant, though.

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Photo of ToddT
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Slightly hazy amber color topped with a thin off white head, that sticks around as a cap and leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

S- Mild aroma of wheat but not much else.

T- Mild wheat malt a hint of floral hops and a slightly bitter crisp clean finish. It’s a really straight forward tasting beer.

M- Light in body and medium in carbonation a bit of creaminess for interest but not a lot going on, refreshing and crisp though.

O- This is ok, nothing great but not a bad beer by any means. The 5.8% ABV is well hidden and if you were so inclined you could have a couple of these and find them enjoyable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 1/2" head. Light lace develops.

Smell: a very faint floral aroma is all you can detect.

Taste: the wheat is very mild here along with a pale malt. Definite floral tones dominate from the hibiscus they used, with a hint of green grape in the background. Mild bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium beer. Crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste with a bit of lingering floral tones.

Overall: this is a definite steaming hot summer day type of beer to quench a thirst. But overall it is very mild, a bit too floral, and needs some more bitterness IMHO to kick it up a notch. It is unique so I can see why this was picked.

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Photo of json83
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

174 calories per bottle with 5.8% ABV. Has the smooth taste of the wheat beer that settles with a light flower taste. It settles in your mouth very well. It's well made but the flower combination wouldn't make this a top pick for me. I don't regret buying it and would have again if see, it's not one I would go out of my way for though - I think I'm just not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and floral notes. There is also a honey/apple sweetness. It ends with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not as much hibiscus as I would have expected. Quite drinkable but pretty boring.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy. Light yellowish and orangish gold. Big head that quickly left.
Smell: Honey and skunk.
Taste: Some honey. Wheat. Interesting bitterness . Very dry.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

The head was great, but it only lasted for less than a minute. It left a light and very hazy golden liquid. The smell wasn't inspiring, but it provided more honey flora tones as it warmed. The taste was the familiar Wheat Ale, but nothing remarkable. However, there was an usual, carbonated bitterness in the swallow and immediate aftertaste that I can't quite place; and it was incredible dry. I probably wouldn't get this again, though it was enjoyable. Congrats to this homebrewer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 9/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight floral hibiscus aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and fruity flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a mild floral smell and fairly refreshing but subdued flavors.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have had this and its two companions sitting in my reefer for over a year! It just seemed like they would get shunted to the side in favor of CANs or any other bright, shiny objects that came into my view. I have now dedicated myself to eradicating the backlog of bottles in my life and these suddenly came due.

From the bottle: "With the hoy summer months and fun gatherings in mind, James brewed a refreshing wheat [...] beer with an exotic kick. This beer is smooth and light bodied with the delicate flavors of hibiscus."

Once more, I employed a very gentle pour, but I still managed to produce a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was solid gold (SRM = 5), which of course signaled the entrance of the Unholy Trio of Croesus, Midas and Mammon. nose had a flowery, perfume-y, honey-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin with a soda pop-like fizziness. The taste was light, perfume-like in its sweetness, but fairly innocuous. Finish was semi-dry, light, spritzy, Summer-like, but for me, a big ho-hum. Sorry, James. Congratulations on your win, but I just am not a fan.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of chefhatt
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this beer and it has a pale orange color body with a very small head. The smell is kinda fruity like banana. The taste has a banana flavor to it, no hops and some malt but not much, also is kinda sour. I was hoping for more floral notes. The mouthfeel is kinda watery and overall ok.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mvanaskie13
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to light copper, head is off white, 1/2 inch thick at first, then dissipates to a thin ring, no lacing.

Smell is light malt sweetness, some hints of bread, and maybe sour or fruity note. Hard to pinpoint the hibiscus.

Taste is pretty neutral, some very light malt flavors, not off or adjunct noted, wheat is thin, shows up more in the form of bread, hops are not strong in taste but noted in the bitterness; hibiscus may be showing as some lighter sour or fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is biting on the tongue, either overcarbonated or stronger but flavorless hops creating this sensation.

Overall, a neutral beer, i'd like a bit more wheat flavor. I understand hop flavors are most likely subdued or low for hibiscus flavoring to become apparent but I'm not finding it easily.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Beer flowers sounds like the strange plants growing around the edges of breweries' foundations... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises perfume-y flowers, very light wheat, and a tiny notion of grass way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some sweet biscuit, light clove, perfume-y orange peel, and a bit more wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet, sorta/kinda rich-ish feel. Overall, a decent enough beer, but one that's just too perfume-laden for my tastes.

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Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This pours a lovely amber color with big suds in the Affligem chalice. Champagne bubbles and lots of lacing. Not much aroma. Nice sudsy mouthfeel.

The sweeter style of American wheat beer, rather simple, and quite pleasant. Fortunately I don't taste too much of the hibiscus, so it just seems like a mellow, malty light beer to me. The aftertaste is herbal tea, and not so pleasurable. Overall it doesn't seem like an improvement over the wheat beer, but that American Pale style needs something to make it swing.

From the 12 oz bottle in the Longshot 2013 six pack bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I held on to this one for a while before trying it. Maybe because I just love American wheat ales oh so much.

This is a mild wheat beer. It's consistent, sure. Nothing much interesting going on with it. It's kind of just "there" with not much going on. Eh. Could have done without it really. Nice enough to try though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Jadjunk
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"With the hot summer months and fun gatherings in mind, James brewed a refreshing wheat beer with an exotic kick. This beer is smooth and light bodied with the delicate flavors of hibiscus." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale with Hibiscus flowers. One of three beers produced for the 2012 Longshot American Homebrew Contest 6 pack. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foamy head of a pearl white complexion over a pale amber body with a moderate haziness. Retention is average, lacing is light and streaked. 3.25

(Smell) Clean wheat malt alongside a thin cereal grain sweetness. A mild pinch of pepper spice and honey add a touch of complexity. The hibiscus generates a mildly herbaceous, slightly vegetal bitterness to pair, otherwise there is little hop aroma or perceived bitterness. Very clean and mildly potent. 3.25

(Taste) Half lightly toasted caramel grain, half malted wheat builds a soft, yet simple body with an appropriate level of sweetness. Subtly joined with a dash of coriander, it finishes clean with a mellow sweetness and a mildly bitter herbal, tea-like finish. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, smooth, slightly fluffy. Carbonation generates a modest frothiness for a fuller body. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over spicy and herbal bitterness. Alcohol presence is very low and there are very few off-characters. 3.25

(Overall) Beer Flower Wheat is fairly simple, borderline pedestrian which can be expected of the style. The hibiscus doesn't impact the flavor much aside from generating a slightly more tea-like herbal flavor, most notable in the finish. Perhaps decent by the style, but I found it too plain to be enjoyable. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2012: Beer Flower Wheat
3.36/5.00

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle to SN IPA glass

A -Pours a hazy amber/orange with a finger of white foam. Good retention with speckled lacing.

S - Sweet wheat malt, grainy and bready, honey sweetness, floral and grassy hops.

T - Starts off with grainy backed wheat, grassy hops, lemons, some chalkiness in the middle, doughy bread, light bitterness. Finishes clean with hints of lactic lemon tartness.

M - Soft and creamy carbonation, medium feel, clean finish.

A basic wheat with some light tartness. Sweet and chalky in the middle but cleans up on the finish. Drinks good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well after having the DIPA this one is far from impressive. Just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a thick lace ring atop of a pretty boring bright orange tint yellow.
S - Well it does have a bit of grassy tones which I assume is from the flowers, but in a way it comes off more lager like with little wheat on the nose.
T - Well it's different it does have some skunky tones which may be from the flowers giving it a slightly herbal bittering taste. I am stumped as where the actual wheat comes in as it provides some grainy taste but doesn't balance the flowers one bit.
M - Light and grainy, easy to drink but awkwardly bitter.

Overall wish I skipped this one, the DIPA was decent and the strawberry lager was more than I expected but this beer is a flat out fail. I don't know how they got lager tones in a wheat beer so hopefully this guy "James S" does a better job at brewing other things.

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