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Samuel Adams LongShot Honey Bís Lavender Ale

RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (2341) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (2343) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Pours amber with a nice white head. Aroma is of lavender and malts. Sweet with some lavender and fruits. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Straw to golden yellow with a large soapy ecru crown. Aroma is herbal and spicy with a heavy floralness to it. Lavender, malt, vegetation and mild citrus round out the aroma quotient. Taste is herbal with lavender, malt, mild honey, light caramel and a touch of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Clear straw pour with a small white head. The nose holds some funky cooked vegetative notes, and cereal grains. The flavor is much the same- honey and lavender come out slightly, but donít necessarily add to the character of the beer. The palate is thin with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before September 2011 notched on label. Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Decent lacing. Smell: Mix of lavender, spices and a touch of alcohol. Reminds me of the way my local Fresh Market smells. Taste: Lavender and spices are strong up front followed by sweet grains in the middle before ending with a touch of bitterness from herbal hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet and similar to a pilsner. Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Below average drinkability. The flavor, while enjoyable, is not something Iím savoring. I wouldnít want another. Overall: Pretty solid beer overall. I like that they went with something that is far different than most beers on the market. That said, I canít see myself wanting to drink this again. It might be worth trying, but I canít recommend seeking it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Picked up a six pack of three different longshot brews recently. This has a very floral aroma with lavender, citrus, and caramel malt. The pour is a golden-amber color with a pretty good lasting head. Itís a bit sweet going down. For whatever reason the honey really seems to stick out in the flavor versus the aroma where I canít say I noticed it at all. With that said, I think the flavor has a lot of good things going on; lots of floral flavors, with a little citrus, light spicy hops, and some grainy notes. I can definitely see the Boston Lager influence here with of course the addition of honey, flowers, and light spicing. This is a solid effort. Itís far from spectacular but I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle: pours a nice light yellow color with a thin white head. The lavender gives it a "clean" smell I also get a little bit of the honey and as it warms some malty sweetness. There is a little bitterness from the hops up front, but this is very quickly stomped out by the sweetness, and you are left with the lavender on your tounge afterwards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (12508) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle opened 4/11/11. Pours a clear pale golden color with a medium sized fizzy white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of honey, lavender and grainy malts. The taste is fairly strong lavender notes, caramel malts, honey and a bitter almost metallic hop note. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
theOptimator (371) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Aroma is heavy lavender with a hint of vanilla. Nice but not to my personal liking. Appearance is clear light apricot with medium white head. Taste is lavender forward. Very malty. Vanilla present. Honey thins things out a bit but this is a very malty beer. Some citrus but no tartness, almost cloying. Palate is medium+ and lacks a crispness that would make this beer very good. It is too heavy right now. Overall not bad. A homebrew recipe that needs tweaking IMO.

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