Kriek Lambic | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
22.12%
 
 
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Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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 emerge077
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really had no expectations with this (as with any new beer).

Into a Duvel tulip, the 22 oz. bomber pours a deep saturated scarlet, dark in the center with blood red ruby edges. Pink foam, creamy like cherry yogurt. Retention is ok, the skim only breaks after 10 minutes or so.

Full on ripe cherry nose, sweet and fruity, with a creeping Brett presence of leather, wet musty hay, and sterile gauze notes. More fruity than anything, though the slight funkiness lends some credibility as a lambic-style wild ale. Let it warm up to really get the full aroma.

Tart pie cherry, somewhat sweet at first with some of the funkiness from the nose. Dry aftertaste, crisp carbonation. The sweetness is balanced by a flash of sourness initially, which tempers the sweet element just enough. Authentic Door county cherries are noticeable, lending a succulent bright fruitiness that is unique. Not the most complex, but it showcases the cherries nicely. Soft, lush feel with slight natural acidity from the fruit. It has the creaminess of cherry yogurt in the midpalate. Very quenching and drinkable. Objectively this is a good beer, when not attempting to judge it myopically against traditional Belgian lambics. It's not in the same league with Cantillon (lol), or even Lindemans on the other end of the scale.

Imagine Belgian Red with Brett... this "Kriek-style" fruit beer is on that path. A few bottles in the cellar would be a worthwhile experiment, as it's bottle conditioned. For a first-time *lambic-style* wild ale from a brewer that traditionally brews German styles, Sprecher Kriek is a success.

2013: aged bottles of this were terrible and finished dead last in a blind kriek tasting. Don't buy this if you're reading this.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/23/2010. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of sweet/tart black cherry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, cherries, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of sweet/tart black cherry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, lemon, grapefruit, green apple, hay, straw, musty funk, wheat, cracker, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, cherries, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness from carbonation and fruit acidity. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this was a nice fruited wild ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, cherries, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the lighter acidity. I was expecting some lactic tartness, but the acidity only appears to be from the cherries. This was still nicely enjoyable; and had a nice amount of Brett complexity along with the cherry flavors.

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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 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 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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3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden.

Poured chilled into a tumbler and flute shared with my wife(octopus87)

A deep cherry red (go figure) and the cap is a thick 2 fingers of cotton candy pink with average bead and lace. The clarity is slightly hazed and yeast particulate is visible suspended in the beer. The smell is good -lots of sweet aromas with some tart fruit and mild funk from the yeast.

The flavor doesn't match the aroma -the cherry taste is there but fades to a creamy wheat taste -like the equivalent of kool-aid in the beer realm. There is light tannic tinges and the taste has subtle sweetness from the fruit. Overall a decent example, but I prefer to get my krieks from Belgium where true Lambics originate in the Lambeek region.

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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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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 Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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 rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cool red color with clarity, crimson. Aroma was nice, cherry, tart cherry, maybe some wheat.

Taste was overly sweet, scared me into Lindeman's territory here. The tartness is a little downbottle and understated. Some wheat, some bitterness. High carbonation.

Its not the best beer, but it is interesting. Lacks any of the spontaneous fermentation complexities from traditional (Belgian) kriek beers. But the Door County cherry is worth it alone here, even if not the best or most traditional execution.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer has a pink sherbert colored head takes up half the glass before fizzing away to a slightly hazy deep red body with a sea of microbubbles.

S- The notes of geosmin and fresh rain take on some white cheese rind brett hint in the finish. There is a softer cherry pit note that comes through when the beer opens.

T- The nice full tartness is not harsh and blends with a dark cherry note in the finish. There is a cheese rind taste with some grapefruit pith funk hint that comes through as the beer warms.

M- The light mouthfeel has a good gentle astringency and a soft carbonation fizz to it.

O- This beer has some soft but dark cherry notes and a mild but nice depth to the flavor.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool light red transluscence, this should appeal to goth and vampire type folks. But seriously, it looks good. Aroma had the Door County cherry thing going for it, tart, yet robust.

At first, the sweetness is the first thing to come out, not over the top, its a door county cherry, but it isn't until a little later that enough tartness and mild sourness comes to balance the beer out and make it a good one. Wheat apparent. A little metallic, but the carbonation is just right. Keeps getting better as it warms.

Really enjoyable, had one of these to mix things up while we were camping up at Emerald Bay (DL Bliss) in Lake Tahoe. Very nice around a fire on a cool July night.

Not for everyone, but I would drink it over and over at this price.

Another example showing that lambics do not have to be from Belgium.

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Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly foggy and glowing ruby hued orange color. The head is sudsy and pink in color. A little sticky lace.

Lots of funk on the nose. Horse blanket and wet hay along with some tart fruit in the form of cherry/raspberry.

Plenty of that horse blanket/hay funk along with mildly tart cherry. There is a peppery spice presence along with bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste. Notes of cherry pie at the end as well. Very little sweetness to be found.

Extremely dry mouthfeel. Lighter bodied, but oh so dry.

One of these will be fine for me. I would like some more sweetness and less funk in this one. It's a unique lambic with all of the funkiness happening, but I don't think it's the best lambic around. By no means a bad beer either.

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Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher don't mind chasing after weird styles. Don't mind releasing them, neither, even if the results are objectively undrinkable.

Knowing this, it was with a heavy heart and shaky hand that I plunked a bottle of Kriek Lambic down upon the liquor store counter. See, I'm trying to get to 1500 reviews before Jan 1, and right now the odds of me accomplishing that feat ain't looking too hot. It isn't that I'm not man enough to drink 31 beers in the next 17 days. It's just--I'm poor. Used to be that single bottles were affordable, I could blaze through 25-30 reviews on a 100 dollar budget. Now Mikkeler costs a dollar per ounce (seriously), and every podunk upstart midwestern brewery thinks their beer is worth 10 bucks a bomber.

Eh... anyhow, I got to buy single bottles, and the cheaper the better. So god bless Sprecher, even in spite of their technical deficiencies, for being decent enough not to charge too much for their middling swill.

Middling at best, that is. Middling is what I'm hoping for, pouring out this aggressively fizzy koolaid-colored grog. Is this intentional, or a sign that maybe these fella didn't know what they were doing with strange yeast.

Smells... fine? Goodish, actually. Very, very tart brett combined with a few nodes of mellow cherries. Maybe a bit too sour, but pretty good and interesting.

Tastes... just fine! The tartness is less immense, mellowed out really effectively by the duller sweetness of ripe cherries. This is hardly the masterful blend of, say, Belgian Red, and it really don't taste like a lambic, but it's interesting enough to keep me drinking.

I can't account for the awful reviews. Maybe it's mellowed out with age? I dunno, but I'm glad my penury forced me into ignoring my prejudice and giving this a try.

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Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.21 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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