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

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Samuel Adams Cranberry LambicSamuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,327 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 1,327
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001)
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Ruslanchik

Texas

2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from a Sam Adams Winter Classics 12-pack that was clearly marked as best by March 2009. The 12 oz. bottle did not have freshness indicated, even though there is a space on the label for this.

A large fizzy head formed quickly during the pour and dissipated slowly. The beer is a hazy cherry color and the head is white with slight pink coloring. I expected the color to be a little lighter. As it is it would appear brown from a distance. Lacing is present and pronounced.

The aroma has a strong note of soy sauce and a perfumy fruit sweetness. It doesn't really smell like beer.

There is no real malt flavor in the beer, just a touch of hop bitterness and then cranberry flavor. It is a little like the carbonated flavored water I drank as a kid, but with 5.9% alcohol.

This beer is well-carbonated and has a very light mouthfeel. It is closer to what you might expect from a sparkling wine.

The drinkability suffers from the high level of sweetness and lack of beer taste. I would like a beer, not a fruit spritzer.

Overall, this is a beer for people who hate beer. It is probably very attractive to teenagers, but it doesn't really fit with the Sam Adams brand. Something about the Revolution-era white guy on the label doesn't scream sparkling fruit drink to me.

It is, however, pretty tasty and is a fair example of the style. Definitely a good pickup for parties where you know there will be people who don't usually drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 06:43:42 | More by Ruslanchik
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Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
63 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.