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

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Photo of happygnome
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%
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

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I have no idea how this bottle wangled its way into my fridge - it just appeared one day, as if by magic. I suspect a practical joker. But who knows where it came from, with all the people coming through this house bearing bear like the Wise Men.

Party cloudy light red, poured into two small tasting glasses. Actually smells pretty good, nice cranbeery slap, nice & sharp. Optimism flows through my veins!

Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic isn't the Amtrack wreck I feared, but it isn't Cantillon, either. The cranberry is tantamount, saddled up on an underlying sharpness that's drought-dry. There's enough wheat here to qualify as a hefe of some sort. Touch of sourness in the end, but can't shake that hefe image in my mouth. The mild medicinal quality that lingers like a Freddy Krueger really detracts from what might have been a pretty good beer.

Not bad, not great, a shave above average. Elimination of the aftertaste would make this a great gateway beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I ha this beer I found it to be cometely undrinkable. I had a few sips and dumped it out. I was given another bottle as a gift some time later and gave it another try. This time It was much better. The red color was always attractive to me but the idea of cranberry isn't for me. I've never been a fan of them so naturally this brew wouldn't please me. For this who enjoy cranberry do try this, you'll probably enjoy it.

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Photo of richkrull
2.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy reddish orange color with quite a bit of quickly dissipating mostly white head. Smells malty and grainy. Taste is not too impressive. Definitely taste the wheat though with a bit of a dry aftertaste from the cranberry coming through. Very bubbly feel. Not too drinkable in my mind. Probably would get sick of this after a couple.

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Photo of KajII
3.04/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute Glass]

Poured a murky light red in color with a small fizzy head that was mostly diminishing with fair lacing. The aroma was that of bready malts and cranberries and well as a light scent of spice. It tasted sweet and acidic with a heavy cranberry wine like flavor. Mouthfeel was a little watery in texture with a light to medium body. Overall a nice flavored brew.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pink amber bubbly body, zero head and zero lacing.

S: big cranberry, citrus

T: sweet cranberry and citrus up front, long sour finish

M: med/light body, big carbonation, sticky

D: Can barely finish one, not a huge fan of the style, but Lambics I have had from Belgium are definitely my favs.

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Photo of WVRadar
4.33/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy Amber/Orange with hints of red. 1 inch head diminishes rapidly, excellent lacing.

S: Didn't really smell like cranberries, seemed to be more like citrus to me.

T: Pleasant tart taste without bitterness.

M: Creamy, with noticeable carbonation.

D: I really liked this beer, and couldn't wait for another.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Champagne flute. Bottle is a couple of years old.

A: Ruby with a huge fluffy white head. There's some sediment floating around in it.

S: Smell is very complex: cranberry and figs, breadiness and a bit of funk.

T: Taste follows the smell nicely! The breadiness is big here, making it complex and tasty.

D: Alcohol is completely hidden and flavour is interesting. I could easily have a few of these.

Overall: This is one of the best Boston Beer offerings. Its not a lambic, but it shines out in its difficult category. Its a polarizing brew, you either love it or hate it. I love it.

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Photo of aasher
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised to see this one on the Bottom 100 too. It pours a very cloudy and murky cranberry red in color with an off white head that has a light pink tint to it. The aromas are pretty subdued. It smells of light sour cranberries with some light wheat/yeast accents. The flavors though are really bland. I'd say this is like the cranberry version of Blue Moon. It disappoints. It drinks fine, has decent body and is smooth enough. If I had to drink this again I wouldn't mind too much but I'd never buy it again. I had to try it because it's a Sam Adams "lambic" and I wanted to see what it was about.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first lambic review so I may not touch on the important things about this style.

A: Pours a very thick/cloudy red-amber with a small white head that fizzles out. Some noticeable carbonation and decent lacing.

S: Smells like all things sour and citrus. I mean sour

T: Slight cranberry, but this taste isn't the only one. More complex than expected. Sour fruits.

M: Bite early from cranberry, but smooths out with typical Belgian wheat style. Super sour but this goes with the lambic style.

D: Rather complex from Sam Adams and more accurate to the proclaimed style than Sam Adams usually does. Not one I'd drink more than one of....a week.

Edit: Now that I've read the posts from more pro beer advocates, I guess my talk of it being close to the styles are inaccurate but I will keep the scores the same.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011
Pours a hazy reddish purple color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of some malts and very slight cranberries. Tastes of vague cranberries, malts, and some wheat. Drinkability is poor. Its quite nasty.

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Photo of LarryMac
4.29/5  rDev +56%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly the best Sam Adams has to offer, in my opinion.

The color, smell and texture all suit it well. It's a bit tart at first, but hey - it's cranberry! Although I'm not typically a fan of "fruity" beers, they pull this one off without completely overwhelming the beer with the cranberry; they actually complement each other. The tartness of it is short lived, it goes down smooth and has just a hint of that cranberry aftertaste without getting stuck in your mouth.

Although I wish they'd offer it at more than the holiday season, it is definitely a good way to ring them in.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huh. Not what I expected - didn't expect a straight up lambic, no. That's too much work and patience for Boston Beer, yeah? Tell ya what I think ("drinkability", to me, connotates an overall impression of something). (pause) This is alright. A cranberry tainted, dirty Witbier. So there...

A pretty lackluster head of one that is born partly of wheat. Poor retention. Thick and murky does it show - doesn't quite describe it - kind of scary pondering whether to swill it. Infected? A pinkish, persimmon color.

Smells like a lame Hoegaarden. Spritz of cranberry and...diacetyl?! Some moldy, wheaty funk wafting about and I'm not digging it.

The taste is interesting, hmmm. NOT a lambic, but NOT bad - the cranberry is not at all tart. Tart - low, in general. Wheat and maple rise in the way back. Very grainy and brany (not "brainy", ha). Sweetness, lingering.

Flows smooth and nectary - almost. No sour tang. Drinks decidedly like a Wit. Light carb wash.

Overall, I must say, I enjoyed this - as much as I wanted to vilify it for its false labeling. Interesting - for what it is. I'll gladly drink it some other time.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy red-amber, with huge foamy head.

Scent is yeast and berries. Appealing, and certainly a style I'm not accustomed to.

Taste is tart up front, with a smooth and subtle spice in the finish. I like it.

Another fine and enjoyable brew from Samuel Adams. I need to explore the Belgian lambics now.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. The body is nice light reddish color with 2" of nice white head on top. The smell is light and fruity, not much else. It's taste is smooth and a little sweet of cranberries, there is no hop or malt taste, that i can taste. It has a nice smooth mouth feel and i think is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of nukem5
3.37/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bit thin and very little head, Slightly reddish orange and unfiltered look(Not a problem) looks like someone put a shot of OJ and cranberry in a wheat beer.

S: Smell is pleasant and light berry tartness rises to the nose. Smells almost remenicent of a strawberry wheat.

T: Tart and sweet at the same time like the cranberry itself, very little hops or malt presence.

M: A bit on the watery thin side very litely carbed. No lacing at all. No off flavors.

D:Not what I would label or call a lambic as far as pour taste ect., go but not a bad beer either. could drink a few of these and consider them refreshing, taste would be great on a very hot summer day maybe but as far as a winter brew maybe not .

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Photo of ryantaussig
2.61/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Not a great head, but the color seems appropriate. Nice reddish color.

S: Not much depth. Just the cranberries come through.

T: Slight bitterness and sweetness from the cranberries. No malt or hoppiness at all.

M: A bit thin for the style.

Notes: Clearly not a lambic.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer received from neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF. As such, it was reviewed completely blind and poured from a bottle with a best before date of April into a pint glass. I make no apologies for my taste buds.

This one pours a murky red-orange, the color of tarnished copper. It's got a very unfiltered look to it, reminding me of mulled cider. A fuzzy one-finger head of rosy tan dissipate quickly, leaving behind fat webs of lace along the sides of the glass.

In the nose: sweet canned peach syrup, lemon rind, grapefruit juice, rose petals, coriander and honey.

The flavor follows the nose perfectly, which is a good thing. Lots of wheat, pears, bananas and a nice floral character mix about in the middle, while an interesting smokiness swoops in for just a second at the finish. Honey and some tangy cherries and cranberries linger between sips.

The carbonation on this one is medium-high and fairly painful, attacking the tongue and fizzing up quite a bit as it moves about. The body is a soft, velvety medium and what alcohol is here is hidden behind all the flavor.

I'm distraught. I'm not supposed to like this beer. I'm supposed to join the BA masses in my hatred for it, laughing with distaste at Boston Beer Co. for even having the nerve to put this on the shelves. But I can't, because I DO like it. The name lambic is an obvious misnomer, but that doesn't detract from the beer itself, which I find rather tasty.

I feel like I should join a support group. My name is Phelps, and I like Cranberry Lambic.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz bottlefrom Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Poured into tulip.

A- Poured nice. Rose tinged copper color.

S- Smells like wheat, clay, and a hint of cranberries. Very metallic.

T- Taste like Sam Adam's typical wheat crap. It taste like they just added a little bit of cranberry juice to some weak wheat ale.

M- OK mouthfeel. It just taste so bad I can't concentrate on the mouthfeel.

D- It taste like crap so I give it a 1.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a deep red-amber color. It has a small off-white head that dissipates quickly. The head leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is very tart. There is a lot of cranberry here. I am also getting notes of wheat, maple, and grass.

T - Very tart, with a lot of cranberries up front. There is also some earthiness to it, and some notes of cherries. The aftertaste is a bit sour.

M - It has a medium body with high carbonation. It coats the mouth well, and has a sour feel to it.

D - The drinkability is not too good. I'm just not a big fan of this beer. There is just nothing about it that is really good. I do not recommend.

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Photo of nrbw23
1.16/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a cloudy reddish color with pretty much no head just a few bubbles. Head leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smell is very very sweet and has an artifical cranberry smell to it. Not digging this at all.

T- Very sweet and cranberries everywhere and dominant this one.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the lighter side of medium.

D- I don't like cranberries at all and I don't like this beer. Stared at a couple of these in the fridge for way to long.

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Photo of chodinheaven
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks good, cloudy orangeish red color, light red head.

S: Fruity, definitely cranberry, scary though b/c it doesent smell like a beer I normally like

T: Suspicians confirmed. Too fruity and not in a good way. First lambic I've tried, may not be trying too many more after this. Hefeweizen finish that I'm only a fan of in the summer and when the brew is balanced out by other flavors. Too much cranberry, not much else except an odd mouthfeel

M: Odd, creamy almost. No bite to it.

D: Wouldn't be happy about a whole six pack of these. Glad I only bought two. Carbonation level OK though for what it is.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. Pours hazy orange with foamy, redish head. Aroma of cranberry, yeast, brown sugar and some hints of banana. Medium sweet body. Flavor of cranberries, brown sugar, with some yeasty notes. Finish is long and sweet. Good thirst quencher. Should be good with desserts too.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.63/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I had my doubts about Sam Adams making a Cranberry Lambic. It was better than I was expecting. Pours a dirty ruby red color with foam everywhere. The nose was a lacking but had nice hints of cranberry, sugar, and fruits. Taste is a blend of tart cranberry, wheat, carbonation, and sweet and sour. Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic is decent, but no Lakefront Rosie.

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Photo of devilben02
2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I received a few bottles of this one as a "gift" from my dad who had been "aging" them in the back of his beer fridge for about 2 years I believe. Needless to say, he isn't a fan and finally felt the need to pass them off onto someone else. Never one to turn down free beer, I gladly took them off his hands. Honestly, I don't understand the hate for this beer. It isn't great, but it isn't undrinkable swill either.

The first impression is fine enough, with a nearly opaque amber color that shows only a tinge of red. The medium-thick creamy beige head likewise only has a faintest pink glow. The berry flavor comes out in the aroma, though, with a berry jam kind of character that is a little tart as well as a bit artificial. The flavor has a little bit of a toffee malt and faintly wheat-like base that cuts into the mildly sweet/tart jelly fruitiness. The body is solid, with a light but present carbonation.

Overall, this one drinks like a light amber/wheat ale that has some mildly sour berry flavoring added in, just like the label promises. In this regard, I would say that it is to the beer world what that canned cranberry sauce is to Thanksgiving dinner. It isn't as good as fresh, whole-berry cranberry relish, but I'm still going to scoop some onto my plate if it's the available option.

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Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
65 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.