xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Samuel Adams Longshot Dortmunder Style Export
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a pilsner flute
Best before 06/07, partaken 04/07
Poured gold with a large creamy mostly lasting head with fair lacing.
Smelt of strong sharp cheese, dough, light perfume hops and apricots.
Taste was upfront moderately bitter pungent cheese and light sweet perfume followed by a strong bitter rustic yeasty and green bite on a long finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly creamy, lively carbonated and moderately astringent.
Overall, this was definitely the biggest surprise of the bunch. By far the best Dortmunder style beer I’ve yet to have. Packs a huge punch to the palate.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This offering from the SA longshot series pours a clear golden color leaving a frothy white head that is thick and sticks to the glass. The aroma is very inviting, golden raisins, honey, wheat, faint bready aroma, crisp grass notes.
The taste is wonderful, honey, malty biscuit, floural, raisins, this is a great beer. The the feeling on the palate is crisp, refreshing, dry but mouth watery if that makes sense. The finish is faintly hot and spicy but goes down very smooth. Another winner from the Longshot 6 pack!
cainede (9) - DuBois, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This along with the Great Lakes are the superior Dortmunders I’ve had.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear golden color with a white head that retains well and leaves a decent lacing. Smell of straw and faint grassy hops. A bit of straw in the taste, sweet honey, a slightly grassy flavor and maybe a hint of nut. Pretty highly carbonated with an almost medium body. I was actually surprised; this was really good I thought. This is a beer that can keep the BMC crowd happy, as well as the people who prefer those with more character. I sound like a commercial in the previous sentence, but whatever, this is good and certainly worth a looking for.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is clear yellow with only a small ring of mixed sized bubbles. Aroma is very fresh, with a raspy wheatiness and a bite of hops and maybe just a hint of fruitiness. Flavor is fresh, clean and delicious. Bready, toasty. Very enjoyable.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color, clear, with a fluffy white head. Light malty aroma, little hops, flower and honey. Biscuit and bready malts, balanced with a light bitterness. This beer improves substantially as it warms. Very clean and well made, and a rare example of a Sam Adams brewed beer that lacks that indescribable yet distinguishing Sam taste. Best of the Longshot series, and I would take this over the Boston Lager (which I like) any day. Subtle yet delightful.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought the mixed 6 pack simply in order to try this. Wonderful , huge aroma with great clean malt driving forward and a little bit of grassy and citric notes in relief. The flavor is a very similar experience. There is a lot of rich pale malt flavor which you find in the best of this awesome style, coming across with a geat deal of sweetness. The hops hit at just the right time, making this beer wonderfully balanced. I assume this is pasteurized, like their others. I can’t imagine how great this would be if it were not. Overall, reminds me of a richer version of Dominion Lager.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a distinctive embossed 12 oz. bottle with a notched freshness date along the left side of front label, a blurb on the back label, sampled at cellar temperature in a lager glass.
Poured a clear reddish golden with a large foamy, bubbly white head, good retention, small amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of fresh grassy hops, citric as well, and sweet grainy maltiness.
Good carbonation and a crisp, dry, clean, soothing smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
A delicious tasting lager, grain and biscuits, a good sharp hop bitterness, lemony herbal tea-like, and a dry nutty grain, hoppy finish that cleanses the palate.
A first rate Dortmunder Export, quite refreshing, well made, tasty and balanced, easy quaffability, a great beer for the German lager lover.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon the pour from the 12 ounce bottle it displays a clear gold, a creamy white head piles on top of the body, with its eventual demise, the lace forms a velum like coating upon the glass. Nose has delectable malt sweetness, citrus line in its crispness, hops also make an appearance with a flowery tones, start has a rich malt profile, sweet with the hops providing a bit of “Twang” at the back. Finish has a spirited acidity, the hops deliciously spicy, aftertaste dry, and a “marvelous” beer overall.
matthewpet (28) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great head retention in the pour, nice golden color... not mass domestic golden, but with a richer hue. Aroma offers slight hoppiness, and the malt balances well on the tongue. Samuel Adams has done a great thing welcoming homebrewers to take their "Longshot" - it’s a memorable experience enjoying this brew and I look forward to the other 2 in the six pack!