Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by xnicknj:
Photo of xnicknj
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to Mark000

Pours a golden orange color with cherry hues and a thick froth of white head. Retains nicely with a thick coating of white film, leaving fat patches of lacing on the glass.

Funky sour cherries in the nose with a spike of fruit sweetness. Yeasty notes with horse blanket and brett. Dark fruit sweetness and straw with lactic sourness.

Biting sourness up front with dark cherry notes. Red wine with cherry skins and soft bitterness. Biscuit and straw with grassy hints and funky barnyard tones. Finishes tart and dry with some lingering cherry tones.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, bubbly and abrasive on the tongue. A decent enough take on the typical kriek although it definitely gets lost in the shuffle with more traditional Belgian examples.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy pinkish/coral hued body with a small pink head. Sticky curtains of lace cling to the glass.

Aroma is mostly tart cherries accented by barnyard notes and cave aged Swiss cheese.

Mouthfeel is acidic, with a medium body and subtle carbonation.

Taste is tart and funky. Lots of sour cherries in the taste and they're spiked by a tannic acidity. A hint of band-aid creeps in toward the finish but doesn't really distract.

Not a bad effort at a lambic for an American brewer. I would have preferred some oaky wood presence to add depth but this one passes muster.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool light red transluscence, this should appeal to goth and vampire type folks. But seriously, it looks good. Aroma had the Door County cherry thing going for it, tart, yet robust.

At first, the sweetness is the first thing to come out, not over the top, its a door county cherry, but it isn't until a little later that enough tartness and mild sourness comes to balance the beer out and make it a good one. Wheat apparent. A little metallic, but the carbonation is just right. Keeps getting better as it warms.

Really enjoyable, had one of these to mix things up while we were camping up at Emerald Bay (DL Bliss) in Lake Tahoe. Very nice around a fire on a cool July night.

Not for everyone, but I would drink it over and over at this price.

Another example showing that lambics do not have to be from Belgium.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer has a pink sherbert colored head takes up half the glass before fizzing away to a slightly hazy deep red body with a sea of microbubbles.

S- The notes of geosmin and fresh rain take on some white cheese rind brett hint in the finish. There is a softer cherry pit note that comes through when the beer opens.

T- The nice full tartness is not harsh and blends with a dark cherry note in the finish. There is a cheese rind taste with some grapefruit pith funk hint that comes through as the beer warms.

M- The light mouthfeel has a good gentle astringency and a soft carbonation fizz to it.

O- This beer has some soft but dark cherry notes and a mild but nice depth to the flavor.

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. I was not a huge fan of this when it was young, but it has aged very nicely. Good cherry flavor and the tart/funk I expect to find in a kriek. Age has really helped smooth this beer out.

Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really had no expectations with this (as with any new beer).

Into a Duvel tulip, the 22 oz. bomber pours a deep saturated scarlet, dark in the center with blood red ruby edges. Pink foam, creamy like cherry yogurt. Retention is ok, the skim only breaks after 10 minutes or so.

Full on ripe cherry nose, sweet and fruity, with a creeping Brett presence of leather, wet musty hay, and gauze notes. More fruity than anything, though the slight funkiness lends some credibility as a lambic-style wild ale. Let it warm up to really get the full aroma.

Tart pie cherry, somewhat sweet at first with some of the funkiness from the nose. Dry aftertaste, crisp carbonation. The sweetness is balanced by a flash of sourness initially, which tempers the sweet element just enough. Authentic Door county cherries are noticeable, lending a succulent bright fruitiness that is unique. Not the most complex, but it showcases the cherries nicely. Soft, lush feel with slight natural acidity from the fruit. It has the creaminess of cherry yogurt in the midpalate. Very quenching and drinkable. Objectively this is a good beer, when not attempting to judge it myopically against traditional Belgian lambics. It's not in the same league with Cantillon (lol), or even Lindemans on the other end of the scale.

Imagine Belgian Red with Brett... this "Kriek-style" fruit beer is on that path. A few bottles in the cellar would be a worthwhile experiment, as it's bottle conditioned. For a first-time *lambic-style* beer from a brewer that traditionally brews German styles, Sprecher Kriek is a success.

2013: aged bottles of this were terrible and finished dead last in a blind kriek tasting. Don't buy this if you're reading this.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 5.0% ABV, "Ale with Door County cherry juice", 10327 on the neck (Nov. 22 '10).

A - The ruby red beer is hazed through and through. A two-finger light pink foam rises up and lingers briefly before sinking to a well-retained, stout pile of bubbles. Nice spotty lace is left around the glass.

S - A nicely balanced lactic funky aroma is the first thing to come out of the gate. Hints of straw and barnyard with woody compliments are mellow but give the nose a nice complexity. The tartness from the cherries shines through well before the fruitiness does. A swirl brings out more cherry aroma.

T - Initial reaction...it's a bit thin. There seems to be a bit of an absence of malt and a lack of sweetness for a fruit lambic. Second reaction says, since when are cherries supposed to have a big sweetness? In cough syrup. And this isn't like that thankfully. This beer has a nice tart cherry flavor with a balanced lambic funk. Sprecher is playing it safe and keeping the wild tones to a minimum but the yeast still imparts nice mellow wood, straw, and barnyard nuances.

M - The thinness at first is almost mistaken for a lack of carbonation. That's definitely not the case though. Without a big sweetness common to a lot of fruit lambics, this one seems different...in a good way. It's medium-light body and lightly tart finish works well as does the well carbonated but non-obstructive level of bubbles.

D - While the color is bright red, the lambic qualities shine through well over the cherry. A good tartness to the finish makes it a balanced, training-wheel-like lambic beer for those Sprecher drinkers who may not be accustomed to the style. Nicely balanced and drinkable, Sprecher's Kriek Lambic is nothing to write home about but it is certainly a good beer from a brewery getting their feet wet in new styles not common to Wisconsin!

Photo of Dspohn
2.43/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

6 oz sample in a Sprecher stange tasting glass, received at the end of the brewery tour in WI.

When I asked to try their Kriek, the bartender eyed me suspiciously and asked if I'd ever had a kriek before. I assured him I had and told him Belgian Lambic and Gueuze were two of my favorite styles. I hoped that his hesitation was a sign that I was in for a sour, face-shriveling kriek. Sadly, this was not the case.

Pour a nice reddish-pink with half an inch of off-white head. Smelled inviting but pretty one-dimensional. Straight sweet cherry with a hint of light malt. The taste was similar with only the slightest hint of acidity, much like a sweet cherry cider. Overly sweet with a medicinal flavor that made this a chour to drink after a short time. Fairly light overcarbonated mouthfeel.

Some of the novice beer drinkers I was with enjoyed this more than I and found it quite approachable, though no one went for more than a couple ounces. Unfortunately I found it pretty dull with a downright offensive medicinal edge. Their other offerings were much better. The DIPA, Oktoberfest, and Black Bavarian were all pretty tasty.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from bruisin' cellared about a year, piraat wide snifter

a: after popping the cap the carbonation very slowly builds to push through the neck of the bottle, poured into my wide piraat chalice, this kriek appears ruby red - the color of pink grapefruit flesh, topped with only a thin ring of carbonation

s: immediately hit with loads of tart on the nose - wild and lovingly rotten, lots of dry sour aromas with a heavy current of fully fermented red fruits, cherry and strawberry fallen to the ground and fermenting in place - not an entirely different species than a crisp rose wine (save the bacteria, of course), green apple tart, powerful funk, some slight sweetness comes from a slight residual cherry sugar

m: carbonation nucleates and blooms on the palate - not quite mouth filling, but highly active and abrasive, body on the lighter side

t: tart-sour powdered fruits spread across the palate - most notably cherry of course, but some additions of strawberry, cranberry, and green apple, quite acidic and highly dry with some slightly perceptible residual fruit sugars - slightly more with warmth, again with the powerful wild funk, maybe a touch thin on the tongue but still mostly on the mark

o: the only knock I can really have here is that it’s not terrifyingly/awesomely complex - particularly on the tongue, but it hits some great sour/wild notes to satisfy the rot craving, and the fruits come through nicely and not cloying

I get the funk that others seem to be missing, and the sugars are nicely dried out - perhaps it took some time for it to take over. 10327 on the neck (Nov. 22 '10?)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a bright red color with a large pinkish off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very esthery and contains mostly Belgian yeast and cherries.

T: The taste starts out a tart cherry flavor that is followed by some wild Belgian yeast, but there is also some metallicness to it that throws everything off and seems to prevent and harmony and balance from happening. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other Lambics that I would pick over this one.

Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a vibrant cherry juice red with a half finger white head.

S-Smells of tart cherries with some leather and musty old people basement aromas.

T-A little tart cherry and some leathery notes but a lot less tart and sour than expected based on the nose.

M-A little more full bodied than most lambics/wild ales that I've had with lower carbonation that every other lambic I've had.

D-Very drinkable but I've had much better examples of fruit lambics; not a bad attempt though.

Photo of AgentZero
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Shared by MasterSki.

A - Red beer with a slightly pinkish head. Nothing left on the sides.

S - On the plus side, the cherry flavor doesn't smell fake. It is also not a deep enough cherry smell. There is a little bit of barnyard funk and tartness in the nose, but nothing special.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the smell, and the smell is average at best. Some barnyard funk, little tartness, something slightly metallic, and some muted cherries. It gets worse as it warms up.

M - This is the worst part of this beer. It is massively over carbonated. Really the first thing you notice when the beer hits your mouth. A little bit syrupy and medium bodied.

O - Not hard to drink, but it's nothing I would really ever drink again. Not recommended.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes taken on 2/24/12.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head that drops quickly to no head.

Smell: Mostly cherries with a strong musty smell.

Taste: Cherries right away that are quite balanced. I cant really describe them as sweet or a tart, just balanced. Not much sour to this lambic/kriek style beer. It also tastes musty just like it smells.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with lite carbonation. The beer still seems a little syrupy, but still drinkable.

Overall: Nice try by Sprecher. The musty flavor distracts from the beer. Wish this one had some sour notes in it.

Photo of crossovert
4.53/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off (not sure about that, especially if it is ageable for a long time).

It is probably the best looking fruit beer I have seen to date along with Cantillon St. Lamvinus, in fact the look nearly identical, but this oen has a beautiful rosy pink head that billows atop the pink/magenta/red colored ale.

The smell is surprising, it really has a sharp bit of acidity that makes you cringe on the first few whiffs. It smells pretty funky actually. There is some barnyard, lemon, grapeskin, an almost vanilla like oak note, and of course door county cherry juice which is a scent I am very familiar with. It almost smells like sour vanilla cherry cream.

The flavor is just spot on for a door county cherry beer. It has loads of tart acidity, but it isn't super sour. It really reminds me of door county cherry juice with an ample amount of lemon juice, oak, vanilla, and barley thrown in. There is a subtle spiciness as well. It kind of reminds me if you mixed Rosie with Wisconsin Belgian Red, it is fantastic.

I think if you let it age the sourness would intensify and it would be awesome.

Who knew Sprecher could brew such fabulous beers. For a 25 year old brewery they are seemingly finally jumping of the deep end with some unique styles in the last few years, some flops, and some hits. IT is the least artificial cherry beer out there, and there will be dimbos coming in here and fretting over it's lack of sourness, but get over it, it is a fantastic fruit beer. It is all about the tartness with door county cherries.

Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy deep blood ruby red color that produced a nice pink foamy head with solid retention behind it.

(S)- A rather dry woody tart cherry profile. Alot of brett aromas in this. Funkier and drier than I expected.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell, but the flavor totally drops off on the mid-palate. Some tart & dry cherries with a potent medicinal/band-aid brett aspect. The finish is non-existent.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very dry with very mild fruits. A bit bitter when it comes to all the Brett-like characteristics.

(D)- An interesting American take on the style, but needs a little bit of work. A bit disjointed with an almost non-existent mid-palate and finish. A good start however, and in the right direction for Sprecher.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

What makes the red beer red? I dunno, but this one musta been bombarded by it, a la the Hulk and his gamma rayz. Seriously, this thing is bright, shiny vermillion, capped off with a finger's worth of light pink clouds. The nose reminds of those manic Easter mornings wherein I searched high and low for painted eggs and candy. At some point, I happened upon a pouch of cherry Lik-a-Made. Sniff that pouch, and you get an idea of how this smells. Seriously, the hunt is in there too, as the cherry-ness ain't exactly all up in your biz-nasty. The taste tries to go the Belgian route and take us into Sourland, but it just doesn't try hard enough. Hell, this thing would barely get one of those "Thanks for Participating, Here's a Trophy" trophies over there. Here, it's just a meek excuse for an attempt at lambicity. Not at all happy with what's touching my tongue. Luckily it dies out rather quickly. The body is a heavy and insouciant light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I'm just angry at this beer. Yeah.

Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tart, spritzy pink beer.

Peculiar pinky amber in the tulip glass. Nose is a little vinegary but interesting. Highly carbonated, and very bubbly on the tongue. Light bodied and almost delicate in its many flavors. Sour, of course, but not astringent. An undertone of earth, woody flavors. Only a hint of sweetness. Fruit is not overpowering, and more like a very dry cider.

OK, so it's Pink Champale made for us beer sophisticates. But quite drinkable, and thoroughly entertaining.

Photo of Lemke10
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single 22oz bottle at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in summer 2011 for $4.29.

Pours a dark red color that leaves a red rose color head. Scent is rather strong of cherry as it says on the bottle it is brewed with Door County cherry juice. It has a little heavier texture than a normal lambic but the taste isn't as tart as most lambics. It perhaps drinks a little to fast and much like some alcoholic cherry juice. A nice sweet fruit beer from Sprecher as part of their 25th Anniversary series. Something nice to try but there are better Lambics on the market.

Photo of homebrew311
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: appears a vibrant magenta with pink head. The head is short lived. No lacing to speak of.

S: huge barnyard/hay character comes in first and dominates the aroma. The brett is overwhelming and hides the cherries. The fruit character is faint and muted.

T: the taste isn't as bad as the nose. The brett is a bit tamer and the cherries come through a bit. There is a big tartness and then a funky finish. The funk leaves and acrid taste on the palate. This kriek is a mess.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: This beer did not provide a pleasurable experience. In fact, it was quite awful. Aside from its vibrant appearance, there is no redeemable quality of this beer.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.27/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears dark ruby-plum colored with a short lived creamy pink head that fizzles a lot before going away, no head. Body is too watery for my tastes, but carbonation is at acceptable levels. Smells as though a sweet manischevitz passover wine has been blended into the kriek, and tastes exactly as though it were too. It goes stomach-churningly too far into syrupy sweetness and high acidity levels, and as somebody else has already pointed out, the sourness and raunchy funk aspects are MIA.

This is pretty much a "wine cooler" mutation / approximation of the kriek genre, but most certainly not the real thing. It is passable as a wine cooler, but sadly I have to judge according to style, and I won't be seeking this one out again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intense nose here. At first the bugs just claw at my nose, and it doesn't come across pretty. Then it turns into more of a kriek and funky combination. Let's keep in mind that I haven't even tried the beer yet. Here we go. Eh. It's okay. Seems kind of unremarkable. Just a heavy load of brettanomyces. Seems to be overbearing on all other aspects of the beer. Kriek is almost not present. I've certainly had some horrific and poorly executed lambics and wild ales. This isn't really one of those. It's just as one dimensional as it gets, and not very interesting. Sure tastes like a lambic though.

Photo of kencarman
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A light version of a Kriek. Kriek is often light to begin with. That's not good. I suppose for the uninitiated this might be a good initiation beer, but that's about it. Great appearance for the style. The nose about right with some horse blanket which carries over to the taste. Cherry dominant with slight wheat nose. Not much else. Yet a very weak version of the style. If you really want something close to true Kriek try Lindemans or other Belgian versions. The shame here is they had it, they just seemed to back off on complexity. As one reviewer here said, "A very odd version (of the style).

Photo of jester27lax
1.38/5  rDev -57%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I bought a few of these today with great expectations and to my surprise, I was quite turned off by this beer. I chilled the first one. The color was amazing, but that's where the positives ended. It had a metallic smell that I thought may have been from the cherries or because of the type of beer. The taste was acrid and very metallic. My wife confirmed what I was tasting and she actually spit what she hadn't swallowed into the sink. I figured it had to be a fluke and opened another. Same thing...undrinkable. I bought five 4 packs of Sprecher today because I love everything they brew, but this was a travesty to beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden.

Poured chilled into a tumbler and flute shared with my wife(octopus87)

A deep cherry red (go figure) and the cap is a thick 2 fingers of cotton candy pink with average bead and lace. The clarity is slightly hazed and yeast particulate is visible suspended in the beer. The smell is good -lots of sweet aromas with some tart fruit and mild funk from the yeast.

The flavor doesn't match the aroma -the cherry taste is there but fades to a creamy wheat taste -like the equivalent of kool-aid in the beer realm. There is light tannic tinges and the taste has subtle sweetness from the fruit. Overall a decent example, but I prefer to get my krieks from Belgium where true Lambics originate in the Lambeek region.

Photo of mjpolzin
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was intrigued by this beer when I saw it on the shelves and I have liked other things from Sprecher so I thought I would give it a shot. Seeing it was a fruit beer though told me that I probably wouldn't like it as I am not usually a fan of things like that.

The best thing I can say about the beer is the look was very impressive as I poured it into a pint glass. The cherry color was cool and would definitly get some looks if you were drinking it in public as it doesn't look like a normal beer.

The taste was not for me though as it was a combination of cherries and bread. After awhile, the fruitiness and tartness got to me and made my stomach feel a little sour. Also, it is not very high in alcohol. There are other fruit beers I have liked that at least give me a nice buzz but with this beer checking in at 4% abv, that was not going to happen here.

So, I would not buy it again but I am glad I tried it anyway since I like to always broaden my beer horizons.

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Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.