Kriek Lambic | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Kriek LambicKriek Lambic

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Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 78
Photo of jester27lax
1.38/5  rDev -57%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I bought a few of these today with great expectations and to my surprise, I was quite turned off by this beer. I chilled the first one. The color was amazing, but that's where the positives ended. It had a metallic smell that I thought may have been from the cherries or because of the type of beer. The taste was acrid and very metallic. My wife confirmed what I was tasting and she actually spit what she hadn't swallowed into the sink. I figured it had to be a fluke and opened another. Same thing...undrinkable. I bought five 4 packs of Sprecher today because I love everything they brew, but this was a travesty to beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.92/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a shame, this beer pours as a very nice looking red color. The white head fizzles away shortly after the pour. The aroma is tart with cherries and bacterial sourness. The taste is tart upfront and fades into nothingness. This beer has no substance or complexity to it. The tartness of the beer doesn't stick around at all. It's a very strange lambic. I can't even tell whether it's aged at all in oak or not. If it is, then It wasn't aged long enough. Perhaps they should add more than just cherry juice to the batch and actually add full cherries to get this thing going. Not a very good brew in my opinion. Sprecher has yet to impress me with anything they've put out.

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Photo of homebrew311
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: appears a vibrant magenta with pink head. The head is short lived. No lacing to speak of.

S: huge barnyard/hay character comes in first and dominates the aroma. The brett is overwhelming and hides the cherries. The fruit character is faint and muted.

T: the taste isn't as bad as the nose. The brett is a bit tamer and the cherries come through a bit. There is a big tartness and then a funky finish. The funk leaves and acrid taste on the palate. This kriek is a mess.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: This beer did not provide a pleasurable experience. In fact, it was quite awful. Aside from its vibrant appearance, there is no redeemable quality of this beer.

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Photo of mothman
2.04/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have had sprechers kriek and I didn't enjoy it. Time to give the kriek lambic a try.

Poured into matilda chalice.

Pours 1 finger of pink hued white head. Decent retention. Color is a bright ruby red.

Aroma: Cherries with a ton of medicinal flavors. A lot of brett funk. Light tartness. Overpowering medicinal notes.

Taste: More brett flavors and medicinal flavors than anything. The cherries show minimally due to the overpowering bugs. Oak and spice hinder in the background.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and crisp. A bit sour. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overalll, I wasn't a big fan of this one. It didn't taste much like any of the krieks I have had before. Overpowering brett and medicinal flavors.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.12/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle at the Foodery the other day. Poured into a champagne "beer" glass. Actually, it is the old Carling glass, which I proudly bought at a flea market.

The appearance isn't awful. It is a bright cherry red that is showing off some carbonation, and the white head was there for a minute. I accidentally poured the floaties in...bits an pieces of cherry skins. I guess I now know that real cherries were added...

The smell is actually quite pleasant, but I normally review to style, not what I like or dislike. The aroma is of the acidic cherry juice. It smells very fresh and a nice balance of sweet and sour, but I get very little "funk" in this bouquet. It might be there, but it's hiding completely behind the Door County Cherry Juice that was added. For a lambic, it needs more barnyard, horseblanket aroma.

The taste is close to awful. Again, it is primarily cherry juice flavor. There is some acidity here, but very little in the way of sourness. I don't know what exactly is missing, but I feel like they left out an important bacteria in the fermentation. The sweetness is absent, for which I raised the score to a 1.5. If this was cloying as well, I would certainly have doled out a 1. The taste is a little bit on the metallic side as well. The flavor is just WAY too clean for a lambic.

The mouthfeel is off too. It has the right carbonation level, but I feel like it is missing the body of a true lambic. The acidity that I typically look for is not scraping the enamel off my teeth and, well, that's something that plays a part in the way the beer feels too! So far they missed this beer on 2-3 accounts.

Overall, it seemed like a great idea, but brewing "lambic" in America is just not possible. We don't have the stuff, so please, American brewers....stop trying to make lambics!

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Photo of joedon
2.19/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty pour: bright pink with huge, fizzy off-pink head. Smells medicinal and phenolic. No cherry at all in the aroma.

Taste has big problems. Very medicinal, metallic flavors. Very slight sourness and slight cherry flavor; almost like a bad cherry wine. Fizzy body and thin mouthfeel.

Not drinkable at all; could not finish the glassful. Can't explain what Sprecher was trying for but this stuff doesn't work for me.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.27/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears dark ruby-plum colored with a short lived creamy pink head that fizzles a lot before going away, no head. Body is too watery for my tastes, but carbonation is at acceptable levels. Smells as though a sweet manischevitz passover wine has been blended into the kriek, and tastes exactly as though it were too. It goes stomach-churningly too far into syrupy sweetness and high acidity levels, and as somebody else has already pointed out, the sourness and raunchy funk aspects are MIA.

This is pretty much a "wine cooler" mutation / approximation of the kriek genre, but most certainly not the real thing. It is passable as a wine cooler, but sadly I have to judge according to style, and I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of brewcrew76
2.41/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Fairly clear pinkish light red with a bubbly pink head that quickly disappears.

S - Medicinal with light cherry and bad smelling brett mixed with acetobacter.

T - Worse than aroma. Bad tasting brett and acetobacter. Like an infection gone wrong.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - I had this on tap about 6 months back and it wasn't bad. Not sure what happened but it tastes like some bad homebrew that has accidentally had an infection.

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Photo of Dspohn
2.43/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

6 oz sample in a Sprecher stange tasting glass, received at the end of the brewery tour in WI.

When I asked to try their Kriek, the bartender eyed me suspiciously and asked if I'd ever had a kriek before. I assured him I had and told him Belgian Lambic and Gueuze were two of my favorite styles. I hoped that his hesitation was a sign that I was in for a sour, face-shriveling kriek. Sadly, this was not the case.

Pour a nice reddish-pink with half an inch of off-white head. Smelled inviting but pretty one-dimensional. Straight sweet cherry with a hint of light malt. The taste was similar with only the slightest hint of acidity, much like a sweet cherry cider. Overly sweet with a medicinal flavor that made this a chour to drink after a short time. Fairly light overcarbonated mouthfeel.

Some of the novice beer drinkers I was with enjoyed this more than I and found it quite approachable, though no one went for more than a couple ounces. Unfortunately I found it pretty dull with a downright offensive medicinal edge. Their other offerings were much better. The DIPA, Oktoberfest, and Black Bavarian were all pretty tasty.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.52/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up at 12oz bottle for $3 at Discount Liquor - I think I got ripped off. Shared with Mike while picking up some bubble wrap. Served in some sort of tulip.

A - A finger of quick-dissolving white foam sizzles to a thin ring of bubbles. Orange-tinged and hazy dark pink body.

S - Ripe sweet and juicy cherries, light green funk, some lactic acidity and a hint of plastic in the periphery. Actually smells pretty convincing in a fresh Boon Kriek sort of way.

T - Taste is nothing like the smell. When it isn't obscured by the horrible texture, there are notes of mineral water, rotting fruits, and very odd acetobacter. Not much cherry at all, and it gets progressively worse over time.

M - The feel is absolutely awful. The carbonation is harsher than soda, and the texture is somewhat slimy. Medium-bodied, if you're patient enough to wait out the fizz. I suppose the only way it could be worse is if some alcohol was apparent, which thankfully wasn't the case.

D - On the plus side, it made that attractive carbonation sizzle as I poured the remnants of the bottle down the drain. Just not very good - I'd rather have Boon Kriek, or even a Lindemans.

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Photo of kencarman
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A light version of a Kriek. Kriek is often light to begin with. That's not good. I suppose for the uninitiated this might be a good initiation beer, but that's about it. Great appearance for the style. The nose about right with some horse blanket which carries over to the taste. Cherry dominant with slight wheat nose. Not much else. Yet a very weak version of the style. If you really want something close to true Kriek try Lindemans or other Belgian versions. The shame here is they had it, they just seemed to back off on complexity. As one reviewer here said, "A very odd version (of the style).

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Photo of AgentZero
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Shared by MasterSki.

A - Red beer with a slightly pinkish head. Nothing left on the sides.

S - On the plus side, the cherry flavor doesn't smell fake. It is also not a deep enough cherry smell. There is a little bit of barnyard funk and tartness in the nose, but nothing special.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the smell, and the smell is average at best. Some barnyard funk, little tartness, something slightly metallic, and some muted cherries. It gets worse as it warms up.

M - This is the worst part of this beer. It is massively over carbonated. Really the first thing you notice when the beer hits your mouth. A little bit syrupy and medium bodied.

O - Not hard to drink, but it's nothing I would really ever drink again. Not recommended.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish/orange with a thick beige 2.5 finger head that fades rather quickly. Smells of sour cherries dominate the nose with a wisp of sweetness sneaking thru. First sip is super disappointing with a surprising lack of flavor. What is there is not very sour nor very sweet. Sure there is some slightly sour cherry notes and some bubbles tickle my tongue but damn….where’s the flavor? How can one brewery disappoint so much? This is my 3rd different beer from Sprecher tried in the last 3 days and the score is: 2 fair to poor, and 1 drainpour. I did not rate the others.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

What makes the red beer red? I dunno, but this one musta been bombarded by it, a la the Hulk and his gamma rayz. Seriously, this thing is bright, shiny vermillion, capped off with a finger's worth of light pink clouds. The nose reminds of those manic Easter mornings wherein I searched high and low for painted eggs and candy. At some point, I happened upon a pouch of cherry Lik-a-Made. Sniff that pouch, and you get an idea of how this smells. Seriously, the hunt is in there too, as the cherry-ness ain't exactly all up in your biz-nasty. The taste tries to go the Belgian route and take us into Sourland, but it just doesn't try hard enough. Hell, this thing would barely get one of those "Thanks for Participating, Here's a Trophy" trophies over there. Here, it's just a meek excuse for an attempt at lambicity. Not at all happy with what's touching my tongue. Luckily it dies out rather quickly. The body is a heavy and insouciant light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I'm just angry at this beer. Yeah.

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Photo of mjpolzin
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was intrigued by this beer when I saw it on the shelves and I have liked other things from Sprecher so I thought I would give it a shot. Seeing it was a fruit beer though told me that I probably wouldn't like it as I am not usually a fan of things like that.

The best thing I can say about the beer is the look was very impressive as I poured it into a pint glass. The cherry color was cool and would definitly get some looks if you were drinking it in public as it doesn't look like a normal beer.

The taste was not for me though as it was a combination of cherries and bread. After awhile, the fruitiness and tartness got to me and made my stomach feel a little sour. Also, it is not very high in alcohol. There are other fruit beers I have liked that at least give me a nice buzz but with this beer checking in at 4% abv, that was not going to happen here.

So, I would not buy it again but I am glad I tried it anyway since I like to always broaden my beer horizons.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a bright red color with a large pinkish off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very esthery and contains mostly Belgian yeast and cherries.

T: The taste starts out a tart cherry flavor that is followed by some wild Belgian yeast, but there is also some metallicness to it that throws everything off and seems to prevent and harmony and balance from happening. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly other Lambics that I would pick over this one.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes taken on 2/24/12.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head that drops quickly to no head.

Smell: Mostly cherries with a strong musty smell.

Taste: Cherries right away that are quite balanced. I cant really describe them as sweet or a tart, just balanced. Not much sour to this lambic/kriek style beer. It also tastes musty just like it smells.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with lite carbonation. The beer still seems a little syrupy, but still drinkable.

Overall: Nice try by Sprecher. The musty flavor distracts from the beer. Wish this one had some sour notes in it.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.22/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to Mark000

Pours a golden orange color with cherry hues and a thick froth of white head. Retains nicely with a thick coating of white film, leaving fat patches of lacing on the glass.

Funky sour cherries in the nose with a spike of fruit sweetness. Yeasty notes with horse blanket and brett. Dark fruit sweetness and straw with lactic sourness.

Biting sourness up front with dark cherry notes. Red wine with cherry skins and soft bitterness. Biscuit and straw with grassy hints and funky barnyard tones. Finishes tart and dry with some lingering cherry tones.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, bubbly and abrasive on the tongue. A decent enough take on the typical kriek although it definitely gets lost in the shuffle with more traditional Belgian examples.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy deep blood ruby red color that produced a nice pink foamy head with solid retention behind it.

(S)- A rather dry woody tart cherry profile. Alot of brett aromas in this. Funkier and drier than I expected.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell, but the flavor totally drops off on the mid-palate. Some tart & dry cherries with a potent medicinal/band-aid brett aspect. The finish is non-existent.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very dry with very mild fruits. A bit bitter when it comes to all the Brett-like characteristics.

(D)- An interesting American take on the style, but needs a little bit of work. A bit disjointed with an almost non-existent mid-palate and finish. A good start however, and in the right direction for Sprecher.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
"21779FL / 10327141" stamped on bottle...whatever
Poured into a standard US pint glass

I really don't know if Sprecher's kriek lambic is really the correct name for this beer. The recipe seems to blend a Belgian Pale Ale with a cherry beer, and not cherries with lambic: the beer is not sour, aside from a brief burst of tartness at the close of tasting. If Sprecher had marketed this as a cherry Belgian Pale Ale, they may have started discussion on a new variant of the style. As it stands, they've labeled their beer to become a rather drinkable, though unexciting pseudo-lambic.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of medium-sized bubbles, generating quite a bit of light pink foam. Head retention is about a minute, leaving some spots and streaks of lacing. Body is a reddish-magenta color when away from light, a reddish-pink color when held to the bulb. Carbonation is clearly visible, though this is a semi-hazy, unfiltered beer.

Strong plastic on top of fruity cherry aroma with some slight malt sweetness, surprising how distinct the two layers are. Aside from these two layers, I don't detect anything else (no wood, soil, cheese, musty basement scents).

Opens on the tip of tongue with cherry juice sweetness. This is quickly surpassed by semi-tart cherry juice blended with malt sweetness. Mild Brettanomyces character (plastic resin, slightly scorched) makes itself known around this time, and continues until the close. By mid-palate, things are sweet, mostly malt and cherries with some Brett. Metallic notes are there, detectable, but not as strong as some have pointed out. Some spiciness, perhaps from Brett? Flash of tartness on the very back of the tongue during swallowing, which is actually somewhat pleasant. Aftertaste is of Brettanomyces character (plastic resin), a bit of grain, and residual cherries.

Body is medium-light to light, slightly watery around the edges. Carbonation is present, but not particularly strong, just enough to move this comfortably along the palate.

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Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a vibrant cherry juice red with a half finger white head.

S-Smells of tart cherries with some leather and musty old people basement aromas.

T-A little tart cherry and some leathery notes but a lot less tart and sour than expected based on the nose.

M-A little more full bodied than most lambics/wild ales that I've had with lower carbonation that every other lambic I've had.

D-Very drinkable but I've had much better examples of fruit lambics; not a bad attempt though.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crazy bright red color not unlike marischino cherry juice with a slight white head. The aroma is basically cherries, fresh sweet cherries. Reminds me of cherry pie filling. The aroma also has a touch of medicinal notes and some florals. The taste is fairly sweet and tart upfront but nothing too mouth puckering. Some funkiness makes its way out in the taste as well and tastes somewhat medicinal. Ends with a slight lingering bitterness. Light mouthfeel. A decent try at a Lambic from Sprecher but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of ottovon
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: has a nice reddish pink color to it, almost like the color of grapefruit flesh. had a nice 1 inch pink head that faded quickly. There is carbonation running up the sides.

S: i get some clove in the nose. there is also some acid and a good amount of barnyardy funk. cherry aromas as well as some sweetness.

T: there is some acid in here, but it is tame. i get a musty, barnyard funk as well. hints of cherry and clove in the finish. finishes dry and with a little bitterness.

M: it has a nice light body, with good amounts of carbonation.

O: this beer is ok. I wouldnt seek it out again. I didn't expect it to be super sour, but was hoping for some more lactic acid in here. the taste isnt all that great, but it isnt a drain pour either. pretty lackluster.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intense nose here. At first the bugs just claw at my nose, and it doesn't come across pretty. Then it turns into more of a kriek and funky combination. Let's keep in mind that I haven't even tried the beer yet. Here we go. Eh. It's okay. Seems kind of unremarkable. Just a heavy load of brettanomyces. Seems to be overbearing on all other aspects of the beer. Kriek is almost not present. I've certainly had some horrific and poorly executed lambics and wild ales. This isn't really one of those. It's just as one dimensional as it gets, and not very interesting. Sure tastes like a lambic though.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tart, spritzy pink beer.

Peculiar pinky amber in the tulip glass. Nose is a little vinegary but interesting. Highly carbonated, and very bubbly on the tongue. Light bodied and almost delicate in its many flavors. Sour, of course, but not astringent. An undertone of earth, woody flavors. Only a hint of sweetness. Fruit is not overpowering, and more like a very dry cider.

OK, so it's Pink Champale made for us beer sophisticates. But quite drinkable, and thoroughly entertaining.

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Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
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