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Samuel Adams LongShot Honey Bís Lavender Ale

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Caitlin DeClercq created her Honey Beeís Lavender Wheat with dried lavender petals, giving it a fragrant but soft aroma. A citrus tartness and slight sweetness from the honey and vanilla balance out the finish in this California residentís brew, perfect to sip while kicking back and relaxing.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a clear pale yellow with a small bit of white head. Aroma of lavender and malt. Taste is lightly bitter and lightly sweet. You can taste the lavender in there. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Lively carbonation and a nice finish. Overall, not bad. Something I would drink again if it was offered to me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours bright, clear golden with a smallish dense white head. Aroma is very floral and perfumey -- wonder if I would have guessed it was lavender without being told? Behind the perfume is some sweetness and malt. Flavor is well, lavender, intense perfume, some sweet malt, honey, vanilla. Thereís a bit of bitterness -- seems like English hops -- but the finish is long, sweet, and a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, reflecting the honey, I suppose. I was dreading this one, to be honest, but itís pretty well done, on the whole. Not terribly subtle, but itís interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wmubronco1992 (614) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a medium honey color. Medium sized white head. Aroma of flowers. Some lacing. Flavor is smooth and mild with some floral bitterness. Overall very easy drinking. Wow factor is low, but would certainly drink again. Continued thumbs up to the Longshot series.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
clear gold, fluffy white head, a bit of lace clings to side of glass. nose of musty malt and grass. flavor of malt, sweet corn, mild hop preswence. medium bodied, dry finish. a touch sweet, but the dryness overall of this brew does not make for a refreshing summer beer. maybe itís the lavender.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
(12oz bottle best by Sep 2011 thanks to Dixonian) clear golden with a long lasting creamy head. Nose of rose, lavender, and honey. Taste of cereal grain, fruit loops, cream and a medium thick creamy body.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2798) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle. If I didnít have notes on Pliny Elder to add, I shouldíve made this series my 2300th beer. Well, if another beer further down the list gets deleted, this will stand in. Ya notice how the employee beers in the Longshot are usually the weird fruit and flower stuff? Hereís one now. And somehow, I thought this should be poured into a wheat glass. Where it kicks up a nice big head of foam over a bright gold beer body. Smell is of lavender, not unlike the Stillwater "of Love & Regret" I ticked yesterday. Then some pale ale malt behind it. Lavender has thinned out in the taste, though. Itís the last month on the "enjoy by" notch, and this is already turning a bit phenolic. Blame it more on the honey, perhaps. There is a bit of hop coming through, more English or a base bittering hop. I remember at the tasting for the LongShot release, I found the beer to be very flowery, and I shouldíve rated it then. Oh, well. If youíre hoarding any of this, my advice is to drink it now.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a glowing clear bronze with a sudsy white head. Aroma of lavender and vanilla, like a candle but not annoying or gross. Flavor is moderately hopped and spiced, balanced lavender, honey and vanilla, translates quite well actually, bit gritty grainy on the finish, balanced sweetness, surprisingly good. Medium bodies, nice mouth feel, spread out medium carbonation feel, clean finish. UPDATE: really liked this in the beginning, but half way through the vanilla and lavender become too much... was very nice at first.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Gold with a hint of copper. Nice honey in the nose. Honey translates to the flavor. Lavender, too. Very east to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2011
I thought this beer was really good. Nice, light and mellow. A slightly hoppy and sweet aroma. Lavender and honey definitely come through. Gives it a bit of spice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a medium golden with not much of a head at all. Smells of lavender (floral), some fruit, and malt. Oh this is interesting. Tastes of light grasses, flowers, slight pepper. Definitely interesting. Do I love it? No... but I think this is worth trying again!


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