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LongShot Beer Flower WheatLongShot Beer Flower Wheat

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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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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 144
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus fruit, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer with some flavor and substance to pound down for a while.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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 SerialTicker
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drink by September 2013. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow-orange color... about what I was expecting. Two fingers of head doesn't last too long, and there's some really spotty lacing. Eh.

Smell: It sounds so generic, but it's just true ... it smells like a wheat beer. The wheat, yeast, hops... yep, smells like beer. The malt aroma is also there quite a bit.. smells like crystal or caramel sort of malts.

Taste: Tastes like an average wheat beer. The hibiscus that's said to be in this is somewhat there, but not enough to make this particularly interesting. Pretty sweet throughout with very little bitterness, if any. Aftertaste is somewhat odd... the feel is kind of thin, and there's a bit of an artificial sweet flavor on the finish as well. It's really drinkable, but it's extremely forgettable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly golden straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that slowly recedes to a thin cap

S: Light wheaty notes along with the hibiscus flowers are the main aroma, with the floral notes being the focus

T: Starts off with the malts, a large portion being wheat. The hibiscus comes through in the middle, along with some sweetness and more floral notes. Finishes lightly sweet

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as chalky as I expected, and fairly refreshing

O: If you like floral beers, you will most likely enjoy this beer. The hibiscus is clearly the focus, and the wheat makes it a refreshing summer brew. A little on the sweet side, but still nice

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Clear, dark-golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Slight amounts of rising effervescence. Settles pretty slowly, but not completely. Very sparse lacing.

S: Light buttery, wheaty malt nose with a little clove.

T: Wheat, hay, a little tea leaf, and an indistinct bitterness.

M: Light but a little syrupy. Slightly sweet with a slightly bitter finish.

D: Clean and easy drinking brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, but very slight lacing. Nose is wheaty and buttery with a little spice not. Wheat and hay with a hint of tea sweetness and a steely bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is the beer flower wheat from the longshot contest brought to us by samuel adams. this beer has nice color- it reminds me of honey with a slight cloudiness. a very slight sweetness to the smell, but its not very potent at all. the taste is sweet with some mild hops lingering at the end. over all i think this is a very mild drinkable beer, nice for a warm afternoon.

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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 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 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 jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Strong strawberry nose, flavor is tart strawberry. $8.99 for a mixed 6-pak from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, hint of hop oil, hint of citrus, and a hint of floral aromas. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, wheat, slight hops, hint of hop oil, slight pale malt, and a hint of floral flavor. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and decent feel. The floral notes make this a session beer refreshingly sharp.

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Photo of Jonada
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Best before September 2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is moderately hazy with some very light suspended sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Lots of floral notes on the aroma as well as wheat, sweet bread, cereal grain and ripe apples.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely, but with the grainy flavors being more assertive on the palate than in the aroma. Floral notes (presumably from the hibiscus) are still really noticeable. Not really getting any banana, clove or spice characteristics typical of a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Medium carbonation. Finishes fairly clean.

Overall: Not bad, but not really memorable either. If somebody handed me one, I'd drink it again, but I won't be going out and purchasing any more.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a bright copper color, with soapy white head and plenty of lacework. Clarity is decent, has a slight chill haze.

SMELL: Bready and fruity, with some big time rose petal floral notes. Wheat malt and flowers. Earthy, expressive, this longshot knocks the aroma out of the park.

TASTE: Wheat malt and very flowery, with notes of edible flowers. Malt character adds a doughy breadyness. Mild bitterness, and the hibiscus used adds a unique slightly bitter flavor. Wheat and hop flavors work well, lending a citrus presence.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, by dries out considerably in the finish. Mild cardboard taste. Dry as hell in the finish, earthy floral notes carry on.

OVERALL: A nice experimental ale, the flavor is full of character. Bone dry, kind of different, and makes for a good drink on a warm spring evening.

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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 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 hosehead83
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Biscuit, floral note
Taste-Wheat, bread malt, hibiscus flower note. Light-bodied and refreshing, a nice summertime ale. Easy-drinking and crowd friendly.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 2013 Samuel Adams LongShot Pack - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep, dark golden body with a large, white, sudsy head.

Smell: Lightly toasted wheat malt nose with a touch of sweetish toffee and a fruity-scented element from the hibiscus.

Taste: Malted wheat with a light, toasty edge to it and a slight overall breadiness. Toffee-like sweetness. The hibiscus adds an inviting, distinct fruitiness. Fairly neutral hop character with a minor bitterness. Fruity, lightly sweetish, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Though just a simple wheat ale, it was decidedly drinkable, given an interesting, agreeable twist with the inclusion of hibiscus.

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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 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 johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of sweet sugary malts with a hint of spice and a non descript floral component. The flavor is sweet and malty upfront with a bit of orange marmalade coming on strong. A spicy twang pops through for a second but is beaten back by the onslaught of malty sweetness that lingers long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly mouthfeel. Not too bad, but like I said a bit on the sweet side of things.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before September 2013 notched on the label.

It pours a clear yellow/orange with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to just a few islands.

It smells very grainy; I get wheat and another strongish aroma that must? be the hibiscus mentioned on the label. Never smelled that before and I'm too lazy to google it.

The taste is nice. Grainy from the wheat, a mild sweetness with a bit of a twang as well. Very unusual to me flavours here but I like.

On the low end of medium bodied with lightish carbonation, it's quaffable and enjoyable. The mixed 6 pack of LongShot brews did not disappoint.

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