shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
7/13/2013: Samuel Adams LongShot 2013 Strawberry Lager (lager brewed with strawberries and with natural flavor added) created by Dave Anderson... Wow, I just popped the top and plenty of stawberry aroma flooded out of the bottle! After pouring, this beer smells a lot like strawberry shortcake with strawberry candy (like those candies that come in holiday gift baskets), cream, and a bit of biscuity malt. The color of this beer is a plae golden yellow and it is hazy with a good amount of roiling carbonation and a fluffy off-white head of creamy foam that actually extended up out of the glass. The berry comes through in the flavor, but it is a bit more subdued and pairs well with the sponge cake and toffee maltiness. Although the strawberry does not overwhelm the underlying beer, I find it to be a somewhat strange combination. Maybe itís because the lager is somewhat yeasty and bready making it seem less crisp and clean overall which muddles the light, citrusy hops that try to come through in the finish. Iím not sure, but at least is tastes like real strawberry and doesnít seem forces or artificial. The medium-light, yet smooth and creamy mouthfeel is nice. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and probably one of the bette strawberry brews that I have come across. Although I like this beer somewhat, I donít feel complelled to have another and probably wouldnít want any more than a bottle or two. I just think itís a bit too sweet and too much berry for me in a beer. On the plus side, my wife (who doesnít like beer) thought that it smelled delicious and found it to be a beer she could drink. For me, strawberry and beer just isnít that great together and this isnít one that Iíd reach for on a hot day like today. In the end, I liked this beer less and less as I drank through the 1 bottle.
12 fl. oz. bottle (5.5% ALC./VOL.; Enjoy before AUG 2013) from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Rating #103 for this beer.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is strawberry. Flavor is the same with additional tart, wheaty notes.
boozedude (1452) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into glass...gold pour with white head.. strong strawberry arona..taste is sane...not bad
ellolovey (404) - Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a honey color with a thin white head. Aroma is loaded with strawberries. Like fresh strawberry preserves. Very light and refreshing. Great carbonation. Sweet malts, cereal, subtle citrus, and nice strawberry essence. Very fresh doesnít have that artificial flavoring. Has a nice crisp bite in the finish.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím a sucker for some good fruit beers and this lager fits the bill... Makes me want to go try a homebrew recipe
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light blonde with a thick white head and a strawberry aroma. There is a light-bodied wheat flavor that starts ok, but then a raunchy rotten strawberry taste comes along to spoil it. I guess thatís what they mean by "earthiness."
scarletfire65 (827) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on the balcony. Strawberry candy aroma. Itís basically a light, crisp lager infused with strawberry. Not overwhelming or artificial. Girly.
gripweed57 (438) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Cloudy pale gold color topped by a large foamy white head. Big strawberry nose with a touch of lemony wheat. First sip is light and refreshing with more strawberry and citrus. Light body with very little hop presence. Tastes a lot like strawberry shortcake. Enjoyable.
b3shine (3505) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to taster (from notes). Looks solid; a hazy orange with white head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells of strawberries and light wheat. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Okay at best.
ICEatALAMO (782) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. The pour light, like a typical lager. The aroma is strong strawberry, could smell it pouring out of the bottle. Very refreshing. The taste is very fruity. This beer, although not my style, is right on the mark for what they are going for.