Samuel Adams LongShot Traditional Bock



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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
2008. Created by homebrewer Alex Drobshoff. Alex’s Brew is a bright copper German inspired bock with a complex, full bodied mouthfeel. Hints of rich plum and cherry aromas paired with its toasty, malt flavor make this the perfect beer to linger over on a cool evening.

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fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
Bottle 12fl.oz.
Clear medium dark amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, brown sugar, light vintage malt, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, sugar. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100410]

joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Clear orange red coloured with a small white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and rye rbead with notes of caramel. Sweet flavour of caramel, rye bread, dried fruits and dark chocolate with notes of alcohol. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 11, 2010
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours clear and golden amber with a small white head. Aroma is mild spiced and herbal, dark malty too. Medium dry and roasted breadish malt flavoured. Bitter and dry finish.

Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
I’m seriously confused by the previous ratings saying the pour is clear amber. Only one I noticed said dark copper, which is much more what I have here. Are people rating the wrong beer, are there major variations in the color of the beer, or do people not know what amber is? Nose is raisins and rum and vanilla. Taste is big fuzzy. Lots of smooth rich roasted malt. Thick. Long lingering flavors move around a lot. Aftertaste almost starts to resemble the aftertaste of blood. Interesting. Caramel and roastiness. Nice beer.

fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
Tasting at Papsø
Hazy amber color. Light German esthers, caramel aroma, light straws. Medium bodied, tired caramel, some vegetables; slighlty oxidized. Not impressive.

KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Clear deep amber with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel, rye bread and toffee notes. Finished sweet and full.

Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of pumpernickel and burned caramel. Medium body with a good and solid base of roasted malts and pumpernickel. Subdued bitterness. Solid. 100410

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
I’ve never been a big fan of bocks no matter if they’re authentic imports or American [quasi] craft breweries’ take on the style. Bocks tend to be too mild, dry or heavy (or any combination thereof) for the average drinker to appreciate. But once in a while one will come along that shatters my perceptions like Samuel Adams 2008 Long Shot Traditional Bock. This beer was made by homebrewer Alex Drobshoff who probably wanted to make a niche style brew without the stigma of an acquired taste (that’s my theory, at least).


This beer pours to a mostly clear shade of medium brown. There’s a bit of haziness to the body but no sediment noticeable. Carbonation is minimal. The head is tan-colored and creamy/foamy in texture and proportional in size. It leaves a nice layer of lacing around the glass for every individual swig.

The aroma is slightly mild with a mostly sweet, malty scent. The label indicates notes of plum and cherry in the nose but I did not detect them. Perhaps there is a trace of dark fruit to be smelt here, but really only to the discerning drinker.


I wish my previous experience with bocks was something more along the lines of Long Shot Traditional Bock because I’ve been so unsatisfied with the style in the past. This beer is most definitely not an acquired taste. Sure it’s very malty and sweet, but even a hophead like me could appreciate it.

The flavor starts out with a rich, malty sweetness with notes of toffee and caramel present. As the label indicates, there is indeed a toasted malt taste to behold. It’s slightly bready or doughy and just a hint of dark fruit as well. I don’t detect much, if any, hops to the palate but that’s okay because the taste is quite inviting. However, I did notice the flavor mellows the more I drink and I also notice a dry, almost chalky taste in the back end. It’s nothing off-putting, and I doubt the average drinker would even notice it, but it’s enough to draw my attention.


While I would certainly describe the overall taste here sweet and delectable, what really sold me on Long Shot Traditional Bock was the mouthfeel. It’s thick and heavy, to be sure, but at the same time it’s velvety smooth like a stout. The dryness to the back end is limited to the palate and doesn’t effect the smooth finish.


Sometimes a beer’s statistics will surprise me and I think it’s sometimes better to not pay attention to them because they tend to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I mistakenly assumed this beer was average in weight, but it wasn’t until I had finished it that I bothered to look at the bottle. It certainly doesn’t feel or drink like a 6.8% ABV beer. Even though it’s thick in the palate, it’s not heavy on the constitution and there’s certainly not alcohol noticeable in the taste. It’s one of the few beers with such a high ABV that I would consider session worthy.


I wasn’t expecting to like Long Shot Traditional Bock as much as I did (if at all), which makes it all the more pleasant in retrospect. As sometime that doesn’t usually like beers of the style, take it from me – this is a very drinker-friendly brew (as are all the beers in the 2008 Long Shot winners six-pack).

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wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle - Purchased as a single. Pours a dark copper color. Large off white head. Good lacing. Mild carmal aroma. Flavor of burnt carmal. Rich creamy and full bodied. I really enjoyed this. Will buy again if I see it.

patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2010
bottle - Pours clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves some lacing. It smells of caramel malt, a little alcohol, and a trace of fruit. The flavor is really sweet with toasted caramel malt. It’s medium bodied and overall an alright brew.

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