JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy golden yellow with a minuscule white head. Pungent strawberry jam aroma - sweet/tart strawberry fruit has just enough "green" in it to tell that it isnít artificial. Flavor starts out mildly sweet and turns moderately sour. Itís refreshing to find a strawberry beer that isnít full of artificial strawberry flavor, but I almost get the impression that Iím eating those whitish pink under-ripe berries prevalent in the grocery store in the middle of winter. Interesting, refreshing enough, but as I finish my third of three new Longshots for the year I have to admit that Iím less than impressed with what Sam Adams has been selecting as their winning beers.
demitriustown (1011) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has a really nice fresh strawberry note. It just smells like freshly picked strawberries which is a good thing. Appearance is a clear golden color with a minimal white head. Taste has got the strawberry but has some bready and crisp notes of an actual lager. Palate is clean with a very light strawberry backing. Overall, Good stuff. Cheers!
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a straw color ridden with chunky yeast particles. The head is a two finger white shade. Itís nicely creamy and retains acceptably. TONS of lacing on the glass, too. But still...the bodyís a mess.
S: The strawberry notes come through strongly at first. When allowed to open up, slight (balanced) diacetyl and noble hopping comes through, as well. The first few whiffs, though, were ridiculously sweet - almost like it was a strawberry soda instead of a beer.
T: Itís got a little more balance than I expected. The first part is where the fruit qualities reside; after that, it morphs into a pre-pro pilsner, displaying notes of noble hops, biscuity malt/yeast, and mild adjunct. Some strawberry sweetness returns in the finish, a bit excessively at times. Nonetheless a successful warm weather refresher, nor does it strike me as being disgustingly artificial.
M: Not as dry as I like my lagers, but itís a fruit beer. It could be a bit less cloying on the back end at least. Still, I like its drinkability. Completely under-carbonated, though.
O: On occasion, Iím a sucker for a good lager. And also on occasion, Iím a sucker for a good fruit beer. This fulfills both quotas reasonably well. At the end of the day, itís rock-solid mindless refreshment, no more, no less.
unclemattie (3900) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear yellow color, floaties left behind in the bottle. Aroma of strawberry cereal. Wheat and dried berries. Taste is full of strawberry cereal. Good strawberry character, not too syrupy in any way, not lumpy puree either. Flavor of clean berries, nice cereal malt. Lingering strawberry notes on the palate. Better than I expected. And itís a fruited Lager?? Perhaps the BEST strawberry beer Iíve tasted!
mcox90 (1371) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours light gold with a hint of pink. One finger foamy white head. Smattering of lace. Strawberry and wheat aroma and taste. Thin palate with an odd strawberry aftertaste. Meh.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Fruity, citric and lightly malty aroma, with notes of strawberry (really?!), wheat and cereal grain, orange and caramel. Hazy light-medium golden amber color, with some suspended particles and a fine, uneven, subsiding head of white. Flavor profile is full of strawberry, again as advertised, with a fair amount of sweetness up front and hints of caramel and honey, but turning maltier and drying out a bit, with a very light bitterness and a kiss of lemon citrus on the finish. As this is a lager, finishes fairly clean and crisp, plenty of fine, active effervescence which helps quite a lot, and with a light-medium body. This sounded much worse than it turned out to be. I guess a homebrewer would know what makes a fruit beer tasty and refreshing.
beaz1591 (214) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flute. Nice smell of strawberryís and cream. Almost reminds me of some ice cream. A nice tasting and refreshing beer. The strawberryís arenít overwhelming and it finishes with a pleasant creamy taste. Not the prettiest beer, somewhat clear gold. Has flecks of Iím guessing strawberryís.
drowland (5680) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
5/19/13. 12oz bottle from Gainesville... Tippleís, was it? Bold strawberry candy aroma and flavor, strawberry, sweetness, pale malts, and a touch of bitterness. Eh.
brenn79 (1326) - Idaho, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle- Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white two finger head. Aroma is fresh picked strawberries, this is the cleanest smelling fruit beer I think I have had. The taste is strawberry shortcake, with whipped cream on top, only with real strawberries and less sweet than it sounds. You could pound down a few of these in the summer, but would eventually have to switch to something more dry on the palate. I enjoyed this, especially the aroma, it wonít win any awards, besides the Longshot one of course, but this is tasty, another example of raters being biased against a beer because it contains fruit.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. The look is clear, golden in color, with an ok white head. The smell is strawberry look aid like, very artificial, and not beer appealing. The taste is the same crap.