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Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing Company

Kriek LambicKriek Lambic

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BA SCORE
74
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73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 23.27%


Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010)
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crazy bright red color not unlike marischino cherry juice with a slight white head. The aroma is basically cherries, fresh sweet cherries. Reminds me of cherry pie filling. The aroma also has a touch of medicinal notes and some florals. The taste is fairly sweet and tart upfront but nothing too mouth puckering. Some funkiness makes its way out in the taste as well and tastes somewhat medicinal. Ends with a slight lingering bitterness. Light mouthfeel. A decent try at a Lambic from Sprecher but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2010 12:43:00 | More by kbutler1
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blackie

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
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?)

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:10:13 | More by blackie
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 05:09:10 | More by xnicknj
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:24:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
"21779FL / 10327141" stamped on bottle...whatever
Poured into a standard US pint glass

I really don't know if Sprecher's kriek lambic is really the correct name for this beer. The recipe seems to blend a Belgian Pale Ale with a cherry beer, and not cherries with lambic: the beer is not sour, aside from a brief burst of tartness at the close of tasting. If Sprecher had marketed this as a cherry Belgian Pale Ale, they may have started discussion on a new variant of the style. As it stands, they've labeled their beer to become a rather drinkable, though unexciting pseudo-lambic.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium-sized bubbles, generating quite a bit of light pink foam. Head retention is about a minute, leaving some spots and streaks of lacing. Body is a reddish-magenta color when away from light, a reddish-pink color when held to the bulb. Carbonation is clearly visible, though this is a semi-hazy, unfiltered beer.

Strong plastic on top of fruity cherry aroma with some slight malt sweetness, surprising how distinct the two layers are. Aside from these two layers, I don't detect anything else (no wood, soil, cheese, musty basement scents).

Opens on the tip of tongue with cherry juice sweetness. This is quickly surpassed by semi-tart cherry juice blended with malt sweetness. Mild Brettanomyces character (plastic resin, slightly scorched) makes itself known around this time, and continues until the close. By mid-palate, things are sweet, mostly malt and cherries with some Brett. Metallic notes are there, detectable, but not as strong as some have pointed out. Some spiciness, perhaps from Brett? Flash of tartness on the very back of the tongue during swallowing, which is actually somewhat pleasant. Aftertaste is of Brettanomyces character (plastic resin), a bit of grain, and residual cherries.

Body is medium-light to light, slightly watery around the edges. Carbonation is present, but not particularly strong, just enough to move this comfortably along the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:50:26 | More by falloutsnow
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:14:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:27:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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joedon

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty pour: bright pink with huge, fizzy off-pink head. Smells medicinal and phenolic. No cherry at all in the aroma.

Taste has big problems. Very medicinal, metallic flavors. Very slight sourness and slight cherry flavor; almost like a bad cherry wine. Fizzy body and thin mouthfeel.

Not drinkable at all; could not finish the glassful. Can't explain what Sprecher was trying for but this stuff doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:27:50 | More by joedon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 00:18:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher don't mind chasing after weird styles. Don't mind releasing them, neither, even if the results are objectively undrinkable.

Knowing this, it was with a heavy heart and shaky hand that I plunked a bottle of Kriek Lambic down upon the liquor store counter. See, I'm trying to get to 1500 reviews before Jan 1, and right now the odds of me accomplishing that feat ain't looking too hot. It isn't that I'm not man enough to drink 31 beers in the next 17 days. It's just--I'm poor. Used to be that single bottles were affordable, I could blaze through 25-30 reviews on a 100 dollar budget. Now Mikkeler costs a dollar per ounce (seriously), and every podunk upstart midwestern brewery thinks their beer is worth 10 bucks a bomber.

Eh... anyhow, I got to buy single bottles, and the cheaper the better. So god bless Sprecher, even in spite of their technical deficiencies, for being decent enough not to charge too much for their middling swill.

Middling at best, that is. Middling is what I'm hoping for, pouring out this aggressively fizzy koolaid-colored grog. Is this intentional, or a sign that maybe these fella didn't know what they were doing with strange yeast.

Smells... fine? Goodish, actually. Very, very tart brett combined with a few nodes of mellow cherries. Maybe a bit too sour, but pretty good and interesting.

Tastes... just fine! The tartness is less immense, mellowed out really effectively by the duller sweetness of ripe cherries. This is hardly the masterful blend of, say, Belgian Red, and it really don't taste like a lambic, but it's interesting enough to keep me drinking.

I can't account for the awful reviews. Maybe it's mellowed out with age? I dunno, but I'm glad my penury forced me into ignoring my prejudice and giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:23:42 | More by mynie
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Fairly clear pinkish light red with a bubbly pink head that quickly disappears.

S - Medicinal with light cherry and bad smelling brett mixed with acetobacter.

T - Worse than aroma. Bad tasting brett and acetobacter. Like an infection gone wrong.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - I had this on tap about 6 months back and it wasn't bad. Not sure what happened but it tastes like some bad homebrew that has accidentally had an infection.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 21:57:03 | More by brewcrew76
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 05:18:13 | More by WastingFreetime
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Dspohn

California

2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 05:48:49 | More by Dspohn
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle at the Foodery the other day. Poured into a champagne "beer" glass. Actually, it is the old Carling glass, which I proudly bought at a flea market.

The appearance isn't awful. It is a bright cherry red that is showing off some carbonation, and the white head was there for a minute. I accidentally poured the floaties in...bits an pieces of cherry skins. I guess I now know that real cherries were added...

The smell is actually quite pleasant, but I normally review to style, not what I like or dislike. The aroma is of the acidic cherry juice. It smells very fresh and a nice balance of sweet and sour, but I get very little "funk" in this bouquet. It might be there, but it's hiding completely behind the Door County Cherry Juice that was added. For a lambic, it needs more barnyard, horseblanket aroma.

The taste is close to awful. Again, it is primarily cherry juice flavor. There is some acidity here, but very little in the way of sourness. I don't know what exactly is missing, but I feel like they left out an important bacteria in the fermentation. The sweetness is absent, for which I raised the score to a 1.5. If this was cloying as well, I would certainly have doled out a 1. The taste is a little bit on the metallic side as well. The flavor is just WAY too clean for a lambic.

The mouthfeel is off too. It has the right carbonation level, but I feel like it is missing the body of a true lambic. The acidity that I typically look for is not scraping the enamel off my teeth and, well, that's something that plays a part in the way the beer feels too! So far they missed this beer on 2-3 accounts.

Overall, it seemed like a great idea, but brewing "lambic" in America is just not possible. We don't have the stuff, so please, American brewers....stop trying to make lambics!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:46:37 | More by MusicaleMike
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish/orange with a thick beige 2.5 finger head that fades rather quickly. Smells of sour cherries dominate the nose with a wisp of sweetness sneaking thru. First sip is super disappointing with a surprising lack of flavor. What is there is not very sour nor very sweet. Sure there is some slightly sour cherry notes and some bubbles tickle my tongue but damn….where’s the flavor? How can one brewery disappoint so much? This is my 3rd different beer from Sprecher tried in the last 3 days and the score is: 2 fair to poor, and 1 drainpour. I did not rate the others.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:57:43 | More by ATLbeerDog
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farrago

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get a thin coating of white to pink foam when pouring but after that it’s all gone except for what continues to break the surface from the general carbonation, no lacing. Bright red color, like a lollipop, lots of debris floating around inside, the bubbles are spread fairly widely and slightly sluggish. The sour cherry fruit comes through clearly in the nose, some green apple too, lemon juice, some yeasty breadiness, earthiness but no discernible spice. Full-bodied, the cherry juice adds weight and volume, arguably could use more aggressive carbonation to increase its ability to refresh. Once again, the cherry most dominant factor by a country mile, alternately sour or sweet. Lemon, apple and some leafy to twiggy notes bring some liveliness. The yeast is raw and more dough than anything baked. Moderate pucker at the finish but not that strong. No noticeable change when warmer. Nice enough but nothing to go hillbilly nuts over.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:06:50 | More by farrago
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:34:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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samie85

Illinois

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:24:47 | More by samie85
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 04:04:33 | More by Lemke10
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.03/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have had sprechers kriek and I didn't enjoy it. Time to give the kriek lambic a try.

Poured into matilda chalice.

Pours 1 finger of pink hued white head. Decent retention. Color is a bright ruby red.

Aroma: Cherries with a ton of medicinal flavors. A lot of brett funk. Light tartness. Overpowering medicinal notes.

Taste: More brett flavors and medicinal flavors than anything. The cherries show minimally due to the overpowering bugs. Oak and spice hinder in the background.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and crisp. A bit sour. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overalll, I wasn't a big fan of this one. It didn't taste much like any of the krieks I have had before. Overpowering brett and medicinal flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:18:18 | More by mothman
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up at 12oz bottle for $3 at Discount Liquor - I think I got ripped off. Shared with Mike while picking up some bubble wrap. Served in some sort of tulip.

A - A finger of quick-dissolving white foam sizzles to a thin ring of bubbles. Orange-tinged and hazy dark pink body.

S - Ripe sweet and juicy cherries, light green funk, some lactic acidity and a hint of plastic in the periphery. Actually smells pretty convincing in a fresh Boon Kriek sort of way.

T - Taste is nothing like the smell. When it isn't obscured by the horrible texture, there are notes of mineral water, rotting fruits, and very odd acetobacter. Not much cherry at all, and it gets progressively worse over time.

M - The feel is absolutely awful. The carbonation is harsher than soda, and the texture is somewhat slimy. Medium-bodied, if you're patient enough to wait out the fizz. I suppose the only way it could be worse is if some alcohol was apparent, which thankfully wasn't the case.

D - On the plus side, it made that attractive carbonation sizzle as I poured the remnants of the bottle down the drain. Just not very good - I'd rather have Boon Kriek, or even a Lindemans.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 22:17:28 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 03:31:04 | More by AgentZero
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EliteDigger

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the shelves...love sour/tart/fruit beers and the price was right.
A-Pours a deep cloudy purple/red with a pale pink/white foam head.
S-Cherry, bready slightly medicinal mix with some straw and wood.
T-Both tart and sweet cherries with some earth tones, wood, dirt, straw, and hints of green apple, lemon, and grape.
M-crisply carbonated and refreshing.
Overall I really wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Might not be the best example of the style, but it's very drinkable and the price certainly made it a value. At that price I might pick up another bottle or two and throw them down in the cellar for grins.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:50:11 | More by EliteDigger
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:47:06 | More by mjpolzin
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 13:51:42 | More by Slatetank
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Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
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