Kriek Lambic | Sprecher Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Kriek LambicKriek Lambic
78 Ratings
Kriek LambicKriek Lambic

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of golfboy9986
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of cofeeguru
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

 2,029 characters

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

 643 characters

Photo of hefehead12
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

 718 characters

Photo of joedon
2.19/5  rDev -32%
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.

 425 characters

Photo of theCoder
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

 872 characters

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

 1,776 characters

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sespourteille
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of brewcrew76
2.41/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

 435 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.27/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

 733 characters

Photo of Dspohn
2.43/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

 1,132 characters

Photo of MusicaleMike
2.12/5  rDev -34.2%
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!

 1,815 characters

Kriek Lambic from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 78 ratings