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

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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)

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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
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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Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden with a pink tint and a frothy one inch ivory head that lingers.

Fruity notes emerge initially, becoming almost candy sweet, with a solid backbone and a grainy finish in the aroma. Reminiscent of strawberries. Floral scents emerge as it warms.

Wheat and cracker-like malt dominate the flavor throughout. Underpinnings of citrus and berries add complexity. There's a bit of a rubbery taste at the finish, which is a touch peppery. Hibiscus becomes evident as a perfumey flavor.

Body is moderate and slightly oily, with moderate carbonation.

Strange fruit flavors and aroma are present. I'm not familiar with hibiscus as anaromatic or flavor profile, but the base beer is alright.

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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 spikechiquet
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 bscalt
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 Johnnyv310
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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 notjaredlouche
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of MadWolf
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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 JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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 tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 Cotton_27
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 jburd19
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HisBoyElroy
1/5  rDev -70%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -9.9%

LongShot Beer Flower Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.33 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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