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

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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Photo of jackndan
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic: Not nearly as bad as I remembered it in years back, the cranberry taste is much more muted than in earlier versions. Pours a reddish golden color, with a slightly off-white head, that lasts, and leaves nice Belgian lace down the side (although that’s about the close as you’ll get to a Belgian lambic). The aroma is Cranberries, no surprise there. The taste is initially very sweet, with very prominent fruit tastes, however, these bleed away quickly, and leave a dry, almost Champagne taste. Clearly, this beer is very effervescent. Again, not too shabby.

Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an opalescent golden orange color with an impressive head, creamy in texture, the lace sticky thick sheets to coat the glass. Nose is cranberry tart, malt, crisp and fresh. The start cloyingly sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is sour/tart, noticeable acidity, the hops apropos for the style, with a droughty aftertaste. Ranks #895 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Peachy-bronze hue with goldish highlights, largely clear, however there is a slight haze, the white head raced to a half finger in height before it quickly faded to a soapy residue, the collar of bubbles around the edge was slightly fuller than the center. It looks well enough, it didn’t lace (as expected). The nose is odd and borderline gross, distant and muffled cranberries, oranges, sugar and a kiss of wheaty-yeast. The potency is modest but strong enough to perceive this unusual amalgamation. The palate is a little tart upfront with big sugary sweetness in the middle (the maple syrup?), a mesh of cranberry-orange jelly at the finish. Slight wheatiness, especially in the aftertaste, some sourness as well. There is “funkiness” but it doesn’t seem indicative of yeast, maybe it is, but it is not all that tradition in flavor. I find this beer to be weird tasting, some may call in complex (but I doubt that), and it is frankly too cloying. Medium-light body, thinned more by the wheat, near absent carbonation, tacky-sweet mouthfeel, it fails to be drinkable. SA needs to abort with one, Lambic it is not. It is not even a good fruit beer. Barely tolerable to drink, one is enough for me… you want the other? Rather lousy.

Photo of BeerBob
3.83/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic pours a light copper from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Head goes to about two fingers then settles to a light cap of foam.

Nose is a bit musty and damp, with no real hint of what is to come. Palate on the other hand is a marvelous sweet and tart cranberry that more than makes up for the lack of any discernable nose.

Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic is really a "wheat beer with cranberry and other natural flavors” nonetheless a welcomed holiday treat from the Boston Beer Company.

Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with an orange glow to it. A thin film coats the surface. Lacing is minimal. Sweet smell. The maple syrup seems to combine nicely with the cranberries to produce a sweet, but not cloyinging sweet, aroma. Very pleasant. The body is closer to light than to medium. The taste starts out sweet, but finishes slightly tart. There's a very real sugary taste to this beer. It's really not cloying in the least. Cranberry seems to add some tartness to this. Pretty drinkable. I may try this out with Turkey on Thanksgiving.

Photo of marc77
3.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber hue, with a head that readily settles into a thin, spotty layer that persists. Slight haze. The aroma is comprised of mellow, ripe, red fruit that is unexpectedly cherry - like in nature along with medium caramel malt. Pleasant esters, mild earthy hops and breadiness are present as well. Trace butterscotch. Light, non descript tartness upfront yields to a combination of caramel malt sweetness and clean wheat graininess. The initial tartness persists sufficiently so that when the subtle cranberry flavor emerges late, an impression of caramel syrup coated tart cranberries is left. There's a definite twang of cranberry extract. Subdued earthy hop flavor. The light hop bitterness and fading tartness leaves an overall sweet character to this brew. Dextrinous body and firm mouthfeel considering the low strength. Very quaffable. Finishes sweet and lightly bready, but otherwise clean. A surprisingly good fruit beer. There sufficient malt character to prevent cloying fruity sweetness. I think Sam Adams was poking fun at themselves when calling this a "Lambic."

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange color with a smallish head that left a bit of lace.
Smells of wheat, orangey banana, and of course cranberry.
Tastes of tart cranberry, some wheat and sweet malt, a bit of banana and yeast too. Pretty well carbonated, with a smooth mouthfeel, a decent tasting, nice cranberry wheat beer, but as Jason notes, not a lambic at all.

Photo of mophie
3.57/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ha! I am getting a kick out of this beer. First off, I had very low expectations, based on the rather mixed reviews. Second, it ain't no friggin' lambic, so how am I supposed to rate it? But here's the weird thing: I'm enjoying this beer. It's really not much to look at -- average dark golden, nice white head that fades. The smell is cranberries on a cracker; actually made me grin. The taste is sour, but it's somewhat balanced by a slight maltiness (more bread-like than sweet). Cranberry flavor lingers in the finish. As a lambic, this beer does not even rate. As a fruit beer, however, I'm rather surprised and impressed with it.

Photo of RBorsato
2.16/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dull orange color with good champagne like carbonation. Cranberry fruit aroma but not tart or fruity enough and not very pleasant. Dull slightly sour fruit flavor (not crisp like a lambic). I also found the flavor buttery and sweet; but prob more sweetness from the Maple Syrup than the fruit. Light bodied with light effervesence.

"wheat beer brewed with cranberry juice" -- certainly NOT a lambic.

[Purchase before March 03 Tasted 11/22/02]

Photo of Lupe
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange color with a large white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma hits you right away, lots of cranberries with underlying malt hints. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. Flavoris dominated by tart cranberry. The cranberry is not too overpowering as the malt is present in a mellow grain-like taste. Hop flavor in minimal. Finishes with a lingering tartness. Not a lambic but a decent fruit beer.

Photo of francisweizen
2.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An OK offering from the BBC. This tastes just like it should like a light wheat beer with some cranberry flavours. This beer poures a cloudy yellowish red with hints of amber. The head on this baby is short lived, and this beer smells like sweet cranberries. However, the taste of this beer is very understated. It just has hints of cranberries in the finish...nothing too overbearing.
This is a very drinkable fruit beer/wheat beer by the BBC. One of my only complaints is that this is not a lambic at all. it is what it is, An american style wheat with fruit flavors.

Photo of Morris729
4.32/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light to medium amber color with a creamy white head. Very fruity aroma with notes of sweet malts. Tastes of fresh fruit, tart cranberries, and maple syrup. Has a nice creamy texture in the mouth. Not really a lambic, but for a fruit beer, this is one of the best that I have tried. I know that a lot of people have ranked this beer pretty low, but I really enjoyed it. I think that I’ll save the second bottle that came in my Sam Adams gift pack for Thanksgiving.

Photo of Winter
1.52/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Every beer has some redeeming quality to it, right? I've yet to find one in Sam Adams' Cranberry "Lambic". I tried this last year and thought I'd give it a second shot. My opinion of it has only gotten worse. Poured a cloudy medium-orange in color with an off-white head. Aroma smelled of ripend fruit and grain. There's a mild sweetness up front that gets replaced with a smooth tartness in the middle that turns sour at the finish. I've had lambics before and this is a far cry from the style. I don't know why Sam Adams keeps putting this one in their Winter Classics. It's a tough one to finish.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.85/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much better than their Cherry Wheat offering. Flavor is that of slightly tart and semi sweet cranberries. Mellow malts in the back groud with a trace of wheatiness as well. Light orange amber color with a light lace. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of johnrobe
2.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My expectations were low and this beer was actually better than I anticipated, but not enough for a high rating. It's just a simple fruit beer, no more a lambic than Miller Lite is a pilsner.

It pours gold with a slight reddish-orange hue. The smell is part sour cranberry (sort of a sweet tart quality about it), part grain. The taste is of sour cranberries with a dollop of sweet malt coming up for support. The mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth. Unfortunately the sour flavor resolves itself into a quinine-like bitterness in the finish that is a bit off-putting.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.17/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours to a golden amber with a minimal head. you can smell fields of cranberries as soon as the bottle is cracked. it tastes very strongly of cranberries. it is bitter, but there is a sweetness at the end. it says honey is added, maybe it is from that. if you love cranberries, you will like this, but i found it hard to have more than one because of the intensity of the cranberries

Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-orange hue, lots of Belgian lace. Filtered and appears more like a pale ale than a lambic.

Nose has complex fruit aromas with yeasty estery aromas that are quite appealing. Fresh bread?

Medium bodied with a nice, drinkable mix of sourness with fruityness. Not like most lambics. This one is easy drinking and less savory.

Photo of hyuga
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 edition. Cloudy golden brown with a sticky white head. Very tart cranberry aroma with some of that aroma of nature that lambics usually have, but it's not quite as strong as it is in others. Well, it sort of tastes like a lambic too. Sour and sweet cranberries and more of that slight "horse blanket" character. Again, not quite as strong as I'd expect from a lambic. It's sweeter than I'd expect as well, probably from the maple syrup used in brewing this. Malt is noticeable in the background. I've heard a lot of bad things about this beer, but it seems like it's in the general direction of lambic to me, and not a bad effort for a brewery that isn't specifically set up to brew lambics. Not the best, but hey, It's not so bad.

Photo of jtw5877
2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber/dark gold color eith a white head. Smell is dominated by sour cranberry. It's been about 10 years since I've had a Belgian Lambic, but I still remember the flavor and this isn't it. It has the sourness but nothing to back it up. It seems like sour juice was used to make the flavor as opposed to the wild yeasts that make a true lambic.

Photo of Scooter77
2.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 cough syrup, yuk. I barely managed to suck down about half the glass before the nausea kicked in and I had to pour it out. This beer's nothing but a waste of space in the Samuel Adams Winter Pack.

Photo of kunzbrew
3.8/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper color with a sexy lacey head. the smell of the cranberry is not overbearing which is nice. The wheat malt is a perfect blend with the hops. The hint of a maple flavor brings you to winter season. The cranberry make the brew sour but there is just something that is missing from a traditional lambic.

Photo of Zraly
3.63/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The initial notes lingering from the bottle are nothing exclusive or overly-interesting...just an expected fruit nuance. The foamy head in my glass is a nice, light, tan-tinged sea of bubbles which compliments the reddish-golden brew below.

But, behold!...The flavor is tangy goodness from the get go. There is an "effervescent" sour quality to this drink...it sort of "tingles" on the tongue for a bit. The taste does linger, so it isn't entirely a clean departure, but it is a mild and welcomed lingering.

I think that this particular brew is a fine edition to the Sam Adam's Winter Pack. I must say, though...it is unfortunate that this seasonal brew isn't available in a case in and of itself.

I personally feel that this beer could be rather accessible to non-beer drinkers. I can easily perceive a wine drinker partaking in a few of these with no complaints.

Photo of BillyBrew
4.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a very special draught treat at the Sam Adams R+D brewery. A splotchy (non-homogenous colouring and texture) maroonish/plum colour with an active, fuzzy head. Heavy, musty (in a good way) fruit scents, although not neccesarily cranberry. Heavy, hardy wheat and tart flavors swirl in a heady complexity. Heavy body and nearly effervescent.

This brew is so much better draught than its bottled brothers. Who knew wheat and tart could be so great! Cheers!

Photo of StevieW
1.98/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange yellow color with reddish hue. Slight beige tan head. Lots of cool-aid like artificial cranberry smell. Taste is a mix of beer and syrupy cranberry flavors. Makes an unpleasant, uneasy, and uncomfortable fuzzy, tart feeling on your tongue. Taste lingers on forever, and can't get rid of it. Only my pride, made me finish this. Not anything like Lindeman's. I had this in the Sam Adams sampler and let's hope we have seen the last of this one. Rubbish.
Ed's Note: From my '01 Christmas Boston trip.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me start off by saying I like cranberries. Cranberry bread, cranberry muffins...but not cranberry beer. The aroma was interesting but I barely finished the bottle, and had to drink it in short doses to get through. Just not my thing I guess.

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