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Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Cranberry LambicSamuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

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Ratings: 1294
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 28.36%

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ausonius

New York

1.11/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25


They are still bottling this???

No resemblance to Lambic in any way whatsoever.

Foul, tired, sweet/tart-fruity thing that is a combo of rotten/partially-oxidized, jammy "fruit" + malt-beverage-ish type horror.

One of the worst beers I have ever tasted, added to the fact that they put the name "Lambic" on the label make this a double disaster brew.

Anyone buying this a second time, please contact me - I was thinking of dumping some adjuvants into a cesspool, & kegging it up, & calling it Oude Bruin Lambic.

Tasted once, & never again other than Dare, or Paying basis.

Cheers! to rinse my mouth out with almost anything else.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 01:58:12 | More by ausonius
Photo of FliryVorru


2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells great, tastes unappealing. It's like they tried to make a lambic while still following the brewing process of an Ale.

But there is hope! I use this stuff to cook with all the time during the winter and it's GREAT! Try putting it in a slow cooker with some chicken breast, veggies, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and some garlic. AWESOME!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 17:21:46 | More by FliryVorru
Photo of YardmanFTB


1.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this beer a few times in the Samuel Adams Winter Mix Packs. This beer each year was by far the worst of the bunch. The cranberry tartness is just way over the top. It's like drinking a sour hard candy. If they lightened up on the cranberry it might not be that bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 15:45:41 | More by YardmanFTB
Photo of BeerCon5


3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with about one finger of white fluffy head with decent retention.

The scent is of tart fruit, some malt notes, and a little yeast.

The taste is dominant of tart cranberry juice, some sweet grain, and notes of yeast.

Light body, smooth and crisp, moderate to high carbonation.

This was an average fruit beer, the flavor was a little too light but it wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 18:11:07 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Has an extremely muddy and murky sort of sangria brown (orange + red) and a single finger of light pink foam that dies to a scum layer in a minute without lacing. I am disappointed that this brew is mislabeled as lambic on the bottle label. There is no aroma or flavor of wild yeast esters, no sourness at all to this brew. There is a vaguely tart (but mostly sweet) cranberry presence and a fairly generic wheat malt, and that is all. Texture is light and carbonation is high enough for a soda pop…is this a beer or an alcopop? The fact that is it is difficult to tell does not bode well. If a beer has a word printed on the label, I fully expect to have the promise of that word delivered to me by the contents of the bottle. I am disappointed, Sam Adams, very disappointed. The great majority of my problems with this brew could have been prevented by simply refraining from lying on the label of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:00:57 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of kylehay2004


3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger slighty pink head which rapidly dissipates. Body is murky and tomatoe juIce red.

S: lots of cranberry and cherry. The aroma forebodes a tart taste.

T: tart and slightly sour. Mostly cranberry and cherry flavor, little else.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall a standard lambic. Drinkable but not special or memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:55:16 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger slight pink huge foamy huge head. Deep red, no light gets through except on sides.

S: sourness, cranberry, belgian yeast. Like a dubbel style yeast.

T: sour, tart, bitey, slight sweetness, touch bitter, cranberry comes at the end with a cran cocktail flavor.

M: carbonated a lot, sweet with some bitterness.

O: good but not great. Now enough cranberry. Also not sweet like lindemans then again they back sweeten their American styles. Wouldn't get again as it wasn't stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:16:19 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of fdw3


3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, cloudy red with a medium white head that quickly dissipates; decent lacing.

S: Cranberry is the primary scent (even though it's relatively weak); citrus and wheat notes are also present.

T: An equal share of sweetness and tartness with light notes of cranberry and wheat; alcohol is barely noticeable; a definite acidic quality is present; ends with lingering yeast notes.

M: A bit thin with a light-medium body and plenty of carbonation.

O/D: Not bad, but comes across as a cranberry wheat beer as opposed to a lambic. One or two would be okay, but the acidic nature would certainly become too much for me beyond that. A decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 07:20:54 | More by fdw3
Photo of jman892


2.38/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - pours a cloudy caramel color, with a fairly sudsy, sticky off white head

S - aroma is a little bit of cranberry tartness, a little bit of dirt/earthiness

T - some more of that tartness, but with an unexpected sweetness as well. Had to remind myself this is a beer and not fizzy fruit juice cocktail

M - a little on the thin side, the sweetness of this is a little overwhelming, and I normally don't mind sweet beers

O - Not my favorite from Sam Adams, not by a longshot. At least I can say I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:14:31 | More by jman892
Photo of MTNboy


3.98/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a red-brown body that is super cloudy. It has a decent head that when it disappears it forms little clouds.

Smell: Very sweet aroma with a lot of the cranberry coming through.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is the cranberries. It is not as tart as I would have thought but I was pleased with that. It is sweet and oddly refreshing with a nice sour finish. There are some grassy tones

Mouthfeel Not much carbonation to the body as far as the feel goes. It is full bodied.

Overall: I think this might have been my favorite out of the holiday sampler.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 09:42:19 | More by MTNboy
Photo of dankster


3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with freshness notched

Appearance is murky reddish brown with a decent amount of head. Smells very tart and fruity with a yeast and wheat undertone. Tastes like cranberry wheat beer. nothing special really. mouthfeel is a bit thin but very smooth and easy to drink. overall it is just ok for a wheat/fruit beer but refreshing. a nice change of pace from the everyday pale or wheat ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 16:22:35 | More by dankster
Photo of ckollias


2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a murky orangish copper hue with a white 2-finger head that quickly disppitates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sort of a unpleasant aroma coming off this brew – hints of banana cloves, fruits, and phenols.

T: Slightly sweet but not as sweet as I would have expected from a lambic. There are some cranberry flavors and other fruits but not very overwhelming.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This lambic just didn’t do it for me. I feel like they played it too safe and it came out too bland. I wouldn't call this a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 18:40:52 | More by ckollias
Photo of harrymel


2.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by mar, 2010

Compliments of the dentist

A: pink, ruddy a finger of white foam leaves spotty lace. Sheet left.
S: smells like grain and hints of cherry(?)
T: tastes like sweet cranberries and cherries.
M: thin and dry and flat
O: well, actually great for women.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:01:05 | More by harrymel
Photo of LazFTW


1.73/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First things first, this IS NOT a lambic, not even close. Its really a wheat beer with some cranberry flavor. It lacks any of the things that make a lambic a lambic including the sourness and the unique odors/flavors. What you have instead is a strong malt flavor with a cranberry flavor that surprisingly has little tartness to it. Overall there's about two strong flavors to this beer, neither of which are great. It really lacks anything resembling complexity and I wouldn't even call it a good wheat beer.

Maybe their plan was to trick people into thinking it was a lambic with the tartness or sourness of cranberries? Even if not, Sam Adam's, bad job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:28:31 | More by LazFTW
Photo of Soonami


2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad cranberry wheat but definitely not a Lambic, no discernible wild character at all and based on the vague label description, it's not totally unexpected. The beer is okay with nice cranberry flavor, but it's overly wheaty for what I would expect. The MF was ok and overall I didn't hate the beer

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 07:49:19 | More by Soonami
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark and hazy red. The small head vanishes quickly.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Upping this .5, the pinkish red look is interesting, and pink hued head is impressive.

S: Lots of cranberry with some wheat.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Still yeasty, but more acidic smelling. Has an artificial smell to it.

T: Okay, this beer takes a lot of bashing at times, but it is tasty. Is the cranberry overwhelming? Maybe a touch, but it has a yeasty kind of taste as well. Then back to a cranberry aftertaste.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: The big difference is that the tartness has increased, by a lot, surprisingly (at least to me). This makes it more lambic-like, even if it's been debated it is not that style.

M: Really smooth and creamy, perhaps the best part of the beer.

D: This is where it struggles, it is good for a little while, but good thing there are only two in the Winter mix 12 pack.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Not even sure if it's available at all, was in six packs the other year. Might buy a six of this for fun...maybe just a single.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:00:15 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Freshness date notched on label. Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
Note: I first sampled this beer about 8 years ago and was repulsed at just how overly-tart and acidic it was. It was instant indigestion. It took 3 Tums to quell the acid reflux.
Now, I cautiously try it once more. I do believe it has changed. Not my taste buds...the beer.
It pours a cloudy rust color with a pink-hued beige head, along with a fair amount of sticky lacing.
A smell of citrus and cranberries waft up at first pour. A smell of Wheatees, is followed by a lightly pungent clovey yeasty aroma.
Tastes of cranberries (surprise!) and orange zest dominate early. The flavors evolve into citrus-dominated fruit cup with a lightly sweetened Farina. An astringent acidic/sourness is noticed in the aftertaste, though not as bad as I remember it.
The mouthfeel is a bit off-putting. There's a raspy, dryness to it which creates a desperate need for water to wash it down.
As bad as that may sound, it's not really bad. In fact, it's pretty good in an unusual way.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 17:48:53 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of danedelman


1.83/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one SHOULD NOT say the word Lambic on it. I purchased thinking it was and was very disappointed when I opened the case to find it was a Cranberry wheat.

A-red tinted wheat beer, cloudy and true to form for a wheat.

S-does have that little bit of "funk" in the nose but a little too rotten of a smell. Get the bready notes of a wheat.

T-I get a nasty wheat flavor with a large does of cranberry tartness, not wild yeast tartness with IMO is horrible. As this one warms it gets nastier. I dumped down the drain and will give to my non-beer snob friends over thanksgiving and X-mas.

M-Like a mediocre wheat beer should.

Overall-I was fooled on the name and should have realized when it was $32 for a case of "Lambic"...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:36:57 | More by danedelman
Photo of rlee1390


3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Cloudy light pinkish red, two finger head with a pinkish hue, extremely carbonated but does leave behind some lacing.

S-Lots of cranberries, not much else, some wheat sneaks in.

T-Some tartness, but not tart when compared to even non sour beer brewed with brett. Cranberries are present.

M-Overly carbonated, more like a fruit soda. Light in body.

O-The problem is that although it tasted ok, the carbonation did me in. It drank more like a Smirnoff Cranberry than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:40:18 | More by rlee1390
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the color of ruby red grapefruit juice, with very little head that fizzles to nothing within seconds

S: Tart cranberries, odd fruity yeast, definite wheat. Not too bad actually, especially for a fruit beer/lambic

T: Same as the nose, starts off with a tart/sweet cranberry that is followed by the wheat malt and fruitiness of the yeast. Reminds me a lot of Lindemans, even though they don't make a Cranberry lambic

M: Light-medium bodied with full carbonation. A little too watery, though

O: Judging by the reviews, I thought this was going to be a disaster. It really wasn't bad at all, in fact quite enjoyable. Sure, it's not a true lambic, but it's really a nice go at it by an American brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 16:22:17 | More by BEERMILER12
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +65.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy Red/Orange one inch or so of head diminishes rapidly, nice lacing on the glass.
It really smells like cranberries with perhaps a hint of lemon.Cranberry tartness without bitterness.I truly enjoyed this beer, despite it being six months out of date! Will be looking forward to a fresh batch at Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:09:21 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of WoodBrew


2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice reddish-orange. Smells of sweet cranberry, possibly a little overpowering, but not too bad. Judging by the appearance and smell, I thought this would be a decent beer. Then, I took a drink. Tastes like a mixture of beer and metallic cranberries. I barely managed to drink one...gave the others away....ha ha sorry suckers! This beer is the worst Samuel Adams offering in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:04:20 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Badbobx


3.4/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There was about a quarter inch of foam on top of a hazy beer. The appearance was an interesting shade of reddish brown. The aroma was sour and malty not too pronounced. I enjoyed the flavor. I am a big cranberry fan and really enjoy the sours. The flavor lacked the sour punch of a Belgian. This may be due to the beer being 4 months past it's April date.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:41:52 | More by Badbobx
Photo of BelgiumBill


2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a fruit beer kinda guy, so I'll try to keep my preference out of the review.

This bottle had been sitting in my fridge for some time. It had a best by notch of April - it is now July. But that may have helped it? As I recall from when I had one back in the winter (which I didn't review) I disliked the tart sourness which I suppose is typical for the style.

Pouring this one left a 1 inch foamy off-white head. The color was of apple cider with a rose hue.

The fragrance gave off some sweet malts and dried fruits.

The taste was tart and fruity and lightly sour. Oddly enough, it wasn't nearly as sour as I remembered it to be. Maybe 3 months past expiration improved it??

If you like tart/sour you may enjoy, if not don't bother. Well maybe you should bother just to be familiar with the style - though I'm sure there are better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 20:59:28 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of happygnome


2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

A: pours a hazy pink color with about an eigth inch of head that disappears quickly leaving not even a trace of lace to be seen anywhere. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer initially, but that soon dies making the beer look dull.

S: Wheat malts, coriander, citrus and sour cranberry. It reminds me of a wit.

T: very similar to the aroma. Reminds me of a wit with cranberries

M: light bodied beer with even lighter carbonation

Overall, this is not a beer that I will be purchasing again

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:54:47 | More by happygnome
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63 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.