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

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 28.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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 Rayek
2.9/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy apricot color with very active carbonation. The small cream head has poor retention, but leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Coriander is the most prevalent, followed by mild cranberry, raw straw and a bit of sugar syrup.

T: Dry and tart. The coriander scent carries over in the the bitterness. Wheat comes through with a plain bread flavor. Cranberries are there and somewhat medicinal tasting. Finishes with an odd syrupy sweetness.

M: Medium-light body is somewhat syrupy. Carbonation level is about right.

D: I didn't enjoy this all that much. Doesn't taste like a true lambic to me. The taste isn't bad, but it isnt' that great either.

Photo of Ruslanchik
2.9/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.48/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with a hazy pinkish orange color and very little head.

Aroma is sweet with cranberry just as I would expect.

Flavor is sweet and sour with cherries and cranberries. Not awful but certainly could be better.

Mouthfeel is good but that's in part due to my preference for low carbonation beer. This one is almost flat.

Drinkability is good but, as with any fruit beer, I would feel like moving on after one or two.

Not bad for the style of a fruit/wheat beer but sub-par for a lambic.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Hazy, brownish-orange with a bit of a pink tint. A finger of pinkish beige head rises. Retention is moderate, and patchy film remains. There's actually a bit of lacing as well.

S - Weak overall. Cranberry is obviously the top note with a weird earthy wheat aroma backing up the fruit.

T - This stuff tastes pretty good. Mainly cranberries again but with an added sweetness to balance out some of the berries' tartness. Mid-palate things change a little bit with grainy wheat flavor coming through, something I find generally unappealing in any beer. At first it compliments the cranberry flavor quite well, but once the fruit character dies down there is a double smack of tangy wheat and tart cranberry, making for a puckering and almost flavorless finish.

M - The body is somewhere on the medium end of light, with only a whisper of carbonation on the edges of the tongue. All together it makes for a smooth and almost refreshing beer.

D - The cranberry comes on a bit strong, and unfortunately doesn't have enough of a malt structure to keep things interesting for very long. Despite this, it's a simple and enjoyable drink. Obviously this is not a lambic, but when viewed as any other fruit beer, it is better than most.

Don't believe the "anti-hype." Give it a try.

Photo of BladeRunner
3.68/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy orange with 0 head.

Smell: Cranberries are up front, but not as dominate as I was expecting. I smell lots of yeasty esters, similar to some Belgian Ales. A very inviting smell.

Taste: The cranberries are not as dominate in this beer compared to the dominate cherry flavor of their "Cherry Wheat". What balances the cranberries are some yeasty esters like banana and maybe a hint of cloves. Lastly, there is no bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very low carbonation and a sweet aftertaste that lingers in mouth.

Drinkability: It's a very drinkable beer that can be enjoyed all year long.

Photo of birchstick
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - reddish orange with a decent looking head
S - smells like stale cranberry and some malts--very sweet
T - taste starts off very strange. Eventually turns into a weird cranberry taste and finishes very sweetly
M - creamy and low carbonation
D - this one was a lot different than I was expecting from its name. It was very sweet, but not a pleasant sweet. It is a fun one to try...

Photo of ajmoody76
2.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

comes in the sample twelver. pours clear reddish copper with a one finger reddish white head. looks ok.

fruityness on the nose. not a lot of depth. no off odors.

some malt presence on the taste but cranberries win out. cranberry aftertaste.

mid body. enough carbonation. my least favorite in the twelve pack. i am not a big cranberry fan. i love craisins though.

Photo of jcdgoad
3.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is not as bad as everyone says it is. It tastes much better than it smells. I wouldn't want to drink this beer everyday, but cranberry's are festive, and this is a great holiday beverage. The beer pours to a medium reddish brown color with a good head. The smell is not so good. It sorta smells like rancid cranberry's. The taste is dry and tart. It's quite interesting. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a row, and thankfully there are only 2 in the twelve pack. I enjoy this beer once a year. It's the holiday season rejoice!!

Photo of KeefD
2.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color with hints of red and orange, a light pink head and decent lacing. Aroma of cranberries. Nothing spectacular, but can notice a little funkiness in the nose. Taste is slightly sweet, like cranberry juice mixed with beer. A light tartness is present. Mouthfeel is ok, slightly creamy. Not very drinkable. I'm only drinking this because nobody else wants it out of the variety pack. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time. Not horrible, but not good either.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
1.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up the Sam Adams holiday/winter box. Much to my chagrin this falls in the with rest of Sam's fare, making me think they should focus on quality over quantity.

Poured a light salmon color with a light pink frothy head. No lacing, retention is nonexistant.

Smells of sour cherry and malt, nothing like a lambics sweetness here.

Taste is a bit harsh, very sour "fake" cranberry up front. Some spice blends in with a very light malt for the finish. Obviously not a lambic.

Mouthfeel is dry and at times a bit harsh. Carbonation is weak. Body is light.

Drinkability is low. I will never drink this again as it was hard enough to finish the bottle. Not the worst beer I've had, but bad enough. I wish Mr. Adams would stop lying to me about what his beer is supposed to be.

Photo of froghop
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear orange-brown with a thin pinkish head, and some lacing.

smell of cranberries, some spice, and some malt.

taste is watery, tart, cranberry, malt, and some spice.

got this in a case with six other sam adams, this one was not one of the best.

Photo of marcpal
2.17/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Broken out from the Winter Pack. If not going to break out on thanksgiving, than when?

Bottle Graphics: 5/10. typical sam style.

12oz poured into Dogfish pint with some turkey leftovers in a sandwich.

A: Light red color with a fluffy pink head. Settled lacing, not much special.

S: Tart cranberry and tomato juice aroma. Nothing close to a lambic smell. It has tartness but thats about it.

T: Not a lambic, tart, but not a lambic. None of the cranberry from the aroma transferred to the taste- more V8 than anything else. Something malty, no hops that I could find.

M: High amounts of carbonation. The body is not off putting.

D: This would be a hard beer to drink a lot of. Not because its filling, not because it is bitingly strong, its just not good or enjoyable.

I plan on getting some more of the sample packs and these will hopefully be enjoyed by visitors. My wife not a fan either and she likes both fruit beers and lambics.

Photo of Beerislife652854
3.85/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter variety pack. First time I've tried a "cranberry" or "lambic" beer.

A - Deep crystal-clear cranberry red with a good amount of head.

S - Slight hints of cranberries.

T - Malty and fruity. Very sweet.

M - A bit overly-carbonated for my taste.

D - Very drinkable. Almost like a light beer.

Photo of skillerified
3.75/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very red in color. Looks more like a fruit juice than a beer. Decent head and lacing though. I kinda like it. It's unusual at least.

Very light smell. Delicate is actually the word that comes to mind. Wheat and fruit with a hint of that distinctive Belgian character (yeast?). Subtle and interesting. Far from overwhelming. Again, I kinda like it.

A faint wheat and phenol taste with an over-riding fruit flavor. Cranberry, of course, but there are other fruit flavors in there. A decent sweetness throughout that it's easy to imagine as a partial result of the maple syrup mentioned on the label.

Very light on the palate. Refreshing really. Gets a little sticky at the back of the throat after a little while, but that's not all bad. This one is sweet from beginning to end. Sort of a one note beer in that respect.

As a rare holiday specialty brew, I can enjoy this. Even make it somewhat of a ritual, considering the other brews that come in the holiday box. By itself, the brew is interesting on the first bottle, but might grow bland pretty quick. Really, I have no complaints though. This is my first so I have no way of really knowing, but I have to wonder if SA hasn't changed the recipe for this year (2008). I think it stands up better than the reviews would lead one to believe.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice sort of reddish hue to it-not quite pink. Decent head that definately has a pink look about it. Somewhat funky aroma-earthy and yeasty. Tart cherry like flavor up front. Crisp wheat taste. Just funky enough tasting to get by. Wet sort of cardboard flavors. Ok enough body. Not a bad beer in general if you ask me. Doesnt deserve the slamming it gets here. I wouldnt buy a six pack but in a variety 12er I find this ok.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.58/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a medium amber with decent clarity and a nice size head that gives a little time.

Aroma is of fruit and sour yeast. A little DMS comes through on the nose with a hint of corn?

Flavor is yeasty and light crystal grain with a huge pop of fruit. I can't tell it's cranberries, it just seems like berries, unspecific. Saison like yeast notes hint at a farmhouse ale under there somewhere, but mixed with the fruit gives a hint of DMS. Diacetyl flavors come out in the finish with an adjunct funk coating the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not terrible.

A decent gateway, but maybe move on ASAP.

Photo of LaChaBennDotcom
3.38/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Just in time for the Holidays Samuel Adams unleashes a Winter Classics Variety Pack, two bottles of six distinctive beers. And of the 6ix, Cranberry Lambic will likely catch your eye first and disappoint you the most. If you are like me the word "lambic" leaves you with a dumb look on your face. You can relax because this is not a real lambic. Just as champagne is not champagne unless it is bottled in Champagne, France :: a lambic is not a lambic unless it is brewed in Pajottenland, Belgium. Aside from that minor detail a lambic is brewed using spontaneous fermentation and possess a clear vinous finish, Cranberry Lambic does not-and that maybe a good thing.

Don't Drink This Cold-I'll be honest, this beer isn't great, but it does deserve more credit, the balance between cranberry and yeast is impeccable; the finish is crisp and light like a wine, less the vinous/lambic feel. It does great before, during and after dinner, this unique "Boston Lambic" is worth an unbiased try. Buy the Variety Pack, (the beer is only available in the VP, and was M.I.A. for the last two year) you get 5ive awesome beers and one iffy one, and if you hate it you can pass it off to a friend.

Eat Drink and be Merry."

Photo of FtownThrowDown
1.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a light reddish brown with a slgiht head on the pour. Smell is bitter and rough. No fruit at all.
Taste is very, very faint cranberry. I think it's cranberry. Slightly off and smokey. Definitely not a lambic. Very thin in mouthfeel. This is going to be a chore to finish.

Photo of chaunur
2.23/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My wife loves lambics-this is not a lambic. Poured this into a large wine glass, since I dont have a lambic glass and since this is the way she always gets it in bars. Cloudy light tan with a hint of red in the haze. Weak head that quickly disappeared. Some aroma of cranberries but no where near what I was expecting. Little or no flavor. I guess someone showed a cranberry to the bottle. My wife the lambic lover took 2 sips made a wierd face and handed me the glass. I was very disappointed with this offering from Sam Adams. This was the only complete dud in the sampler

Photo of CHSLBrew
2.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pretty clear, deep amber-red beer topped with an off-white head which reduced quickly to nothing.

S-Mostly a cranberry and sour berry aroma. Some almost caramel maltiness underneath.

T-Surprisingly, flavors mostly on the line of caramelly/toffee malts with unattractive, subtle sourness over it. Not appropriate flavor for a Lambic stlye.

M-High carbonation. Medium-light body with little to offer overall. Finishes flat and bland.

D-Low drinkability. Not very tasty, won't look forward to this beer in the future. Luckily, only 2 bottles out of the Holiday Sampler 12 pack.

Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, so I wasn't quite as disgusted by this beer as lots of folks seem to have been. In my opinion, it was a fine example of a style that's just not particularly interesting or note-worthy, but one that I'm okay to try every so often. Pours a deep reddish color with a small head and light lacing. Nose is strong cranberry sweetness. Smells similar to how fruit beers smell. Not really beery, but not necessarily bad. Taste is similar, although definitely has some bitterness, appropriate to the cranberry. A touch of beery malt in there. No real hops, except for maybe in that bitterness. Feel is high in carbonation, medium in body. Overall, it's really not a bad fruit beer, although nothing particularly interesting either. My wife liked it.

Photo of RAdragna
1.25/5  rDev -53%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried this beer because it came with the Winter 12 pack that I bought for the holidays.

A-Very reddish appearance, truly indicative of the presence of cranberries in the brew.

S-The smell indicated too much fruityness, but then again it is a typical characteristic for most fruit beers. Still not impressed, though.

T-Either I'm not a fan of cranberries in my beer or I just don't like drinking beverages containing cranberries by themselves. Either way, the taste was just awful. Cranberries overpowered the beer.

M-Because of overpowering cranberry taste, feeling in my mouth was very bitter and sour.

D-Unlike some of the fruit beers that I had, which had some good taste and drinkability, this one had no drinkability. And it's all thanks to its negative characteristics in both taste and mouthfeel.

Thankfully, this beer only comes around during the winter and is not served in six packs. If it were to be sold in the latter, though, I would avoid at all costs.

Photo of beernut
2.6/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a reddish/pink color with an off-pink head that stays around. Aroma is sweet and fruity, can't say I can pick out the caramel as others did. Taste is tart and sour (like cranberries) but it had a metallic aftertaste. I had this beer last year and it didn't taste like this, was a tad smoother and less tartness. Tried the 2nd bottle out of my winter variety pack and it was the same taste. Very disappointed with this years lambic. Not really a favorite, but I'm glad it is in the variety pack.

Photo of hops4me
2.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it is what it is. I think most by now know this is a feable attempt at a lambic. It isn't even close. Body is a pink/red color with a pinkish white head. Smells of tart fruit and as does the taste. Cranberry is definitely there with a little bit of spicey wheat or yeast in the aftertaste. This is a light feeling beer. Might be good before dinner. Somthing to start out a social event with.

Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish pink hue with a whitish pink head. Little retention noted with some spotty lace.

S: Nice light cranberry aroma, no real tartness though. Very wheaty with hints of yeast and a touch of spice.

T: Just okay. The cranberry is there but not very bold. Very light almost like a wit or hefe with a yeasty quality.

M: Light in body good carbonation.

D: Okay, would liked a bit of cranberry tartness which is missing from this one.

Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
63 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.