Lindemans Apple | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans AppleLindemans Apple
788 Ratings
Lindemans AppleLindemans Apple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CualityC on 05-13-2006

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Slightly hazy, pale green. Head like champagne that faded fast and left nothing behind.

S: Cherry cough drops, apple skins, sour apple Jolly Ranchers, fresh apples. Get it?

T: Sour to sweet, apples, cool water, light traces of grains.

D: This ain't beer. I'll drink it in place of apple juice. Possibly a step up from Martinelli's Sparkling.

Value: Absurd to pay this much for a sparkling, watered-down fruity beer. But as you can see, price something high and lots of people will think it's great.

If I'm gonna drink a fruity beer, give me a Samuel Smith's Cherry Ale...

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Much like a apple juice, Carbinated head with some lacing.

Smell - Strong apple, sugar, some added fruit juices. Malts and some spices.

Taste - Pretty much like a wine cooler. Sweet, carbinated and lots of apple. SMooth and very easy to drink. Sugars are very present.

MOuthfeel - Sweet and a little bitter. Much like a juice drink tounge and palette is covered in suagrs and juice. Thin and not the slightest alcohol burn.

Drinkabilty - Very easy to drink but all the sugar and sweetness would be too much after a bottle or so. Not very much booze so yea you can drink alot but i wouldnt do so. A nice change up or to have on hand for a female that doesnt like beer.

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Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours like apple juice but with a beer head. Smells like apple juice more then a cider though. Taste is strongly of apples with a finish of wheats and spices. It is a pleasant taste though not strong. It is very smooth and very easy to drink. If the cost were not so high it would be too easy to drink.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Golden yellow with a slight haze. Body looks like a 50/50 blend of filtered apple juice and apple cider.

Smell - Virtually indistinguishable from Apple juice or cider, but perhaps with a little more sweetness to it.

Taste - Sparkling apple juice. Only the slightest hint of alcohol in the finish, as well as a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Has great fizzy mouthfeel with a decent amount of froth. Light textured body, but plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - Tastes great. Not a session beer, but makes a great gateway beer for newbies getting into new styles.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 355 mL bottle was purchased as part of a gift pack containing two bottles and a Lindeman's glass. There is no bottle dating, but these fruit lambics are renowned for their extended shelf life so I'm not concerned. The bottle was corked, capped, and crowned in green foil. I had to locate my Boy Scout knife as I seem to have misplaced my regular corkscrew. I knew I'd need this thing someday.

The bottle suggest serving this between 38-41 degrees Fahrenheit, but I'm drinking this closer to 50 degrees as I love the way the flavors of a fruit lambic intensify when it's a pinch warmer. The cork comes off with a nice pop and a small amount of beer bubbles over. I poured the bottle into the included glassware.

The pour yields three fingers of white head. Retention is good. Thick sticky lacing lines the glass all the way down. There is a decent amount of active carbonation seen through the glass. The brew is golden and cloudy, not unlike a witbier.

As expected, this is very aromatic. As soon as the cork comes off, fruity scents fill the nose. Up to the glass apple smells dominate. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious come to mind, with a hint of Macintosh and Pear. There is a minor funky aroma from the spontaneous fermentation employed by Lindemans. It's a stretch to smell it though as sweet and tart fruit dominates the nose.

The taste is also dominated by apple. The flavor is a cross of drinking apple cider and biting into a not-quite-ripe Granny Smith apple. The sour characteristics of spontaneous fermentation blossom on the tongue more so than in the nose. Some lemon tartness is present in the finish. This is very sweet for a beer, but the tart apple and wild brett lambicus are the overwhelmingly dominant characteristics in the flavor of this beer. The wheat component and the alcohol go unnoticed on the tongue.

In the mouth, this lambic is akin to sucking the juice out of a Granny Smith apple. The brew is medium bodied and well carbonated. Those personalities, in conjunction with the tartness, create a very crisp and refreshing brew.

Fruit lambic is not what most people think of when talking about beer but it is a very cool and unique style. These Lindeman lambics are not likely to be something that most people will drink every day but they are a very nice treat. The cost is prohibitively high, but the beer drinks like fruit juice, and it is unlikely that anyone could get a buzz off of 355 mL of such a low alcohol brew. These are very fun for special occasions or just because; and they're even more fun to share.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
On most days I would not give two Schlitz for Lindeman's Pomme; but when I'm in the mood, yeah, sure.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Crisp golden color with a pronounced head with large bubbles. Though it was slightly hazy even in a rather thin glass.

The aroma and taste were wonderful, perhaps a bit heavy on the apple aroma's, and honestly this is like drinking a carbonated Granny Smith apple beverage. The mouthfeel was quite amazing, I would take a sip and swirl it around my tongue, and it honestly it felt like gas in my mouth, odd to describe.

Though this was so incredibly undrinkable after the first 5 ounces or so, it almost became a chore to finish the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of ozmodium
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredibly difficult review for me. On one hand I actually really like a lot of what this beverage has to offer, on the other I can't quite figure out how this fits into the spectra of beer...

A- pours a golden light orange, almost clear. Nice 2 finger head but dissipates quickly, sone lacing

S- the tart but synthetic essence of green apple jolly ranchers (which I happen to love), cane sugar, with a barely noticeable yeasty and barnyard quality typical of lindemans lambics. This is where it becomes difficult and quite frankly frightening for me...should a beer really smell like this? It is inviting, yet so very wrong.

T- no surprise here after initially stuffing my nose into the glass. Atomic strength green apple. This stuff is more apple than apple, so to speak. Really syrupy sweet. Apple candy in a glass. Finishes almost tart enough to balance it out, but sadly not quite. Again, quite tasty, but wrong. I kind of feel like I'm cheating on beer with this stuff.

M- really good carbonation, low abv and the nearly great sweet/tart balance make it actually react quite nicely with the mouth.

D- designed to be consumed en masse, despite mixed feelings about this stuff it goes down easy.

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Photo of MrDibbs
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured nicely and looked promising with gold color and a nice head. It had a strong green apple aroma but was too candy sweet for my tastes. It was more like a champagne or cider than beer. I'm not a huge Lambic fan but I was hoping it would pair well with Pad Thai. I couldn't finish it. If your are a Lambic fan, it might be for you.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, hazy, tiny rising carbonation bubbles. The head is pure white and frothy with a loud voice at a couple fingers tall.

S - Sweet apples, sharp pear and a hint of woodiness.

T - Bite of tart sweet apples. Pucker up as the flavors fill your mouth and slowly engage throughout the rest of your head.

M - The feel is sticky in its remnant and dry throughout each pull.

~ This is a light and fruity tart brew. It has great character and based on the brewing method it is an extremely intriguing brew. I will have this again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Had this before, but decided to re-taste it to see how my opinions of it have changed, if at all. It pours a clear apple juice (almost apropos, right?) topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises green apples and white grapes. Everything's very sweet-smelling, let me tell you. The taste continues this sweet tradition, with a combination of green apples and white grape-peach juice. Tasty, despite the sweetness. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a moderate carbonation and a mildly sticky finish. Overall, a nice little treat, a bit sweet for a proper lambic, but I still generally enjoyed it.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay chalice. Nice golden body with a one finger white head. A little lacing along the glass.

Aroma is of tart apples. A hint of watermelon comes out as well.

The taste follows the aroma with a strong tart green apple taste dominating. I still get a hint of watermelon in the background.
Very sweet mix overall.

The overtly sweet tastes make this a little less drinkable for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small Lindemans bottle with cap and cork, poured into a red wine glass.

Pours a golden color with a light deceptive haze. Wisps of white foam.

Strong apple smell. Taste is all apple, sweet at the start and tart at the finish. Becomes more tart as the beer warms. Foamy in the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink - good enough beer, delivers what you'd expect.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a stemmed glass. Serve at 38 - 41°F. No date.

Thanks to my fiancée Trish for opening this from the gift-set!

A - Slightly cloudy goldenrod in color with a tall off-white, almost grey foam with good retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

S - Tart, sugary green apple aroma sort of akin to Jolly Ranchers. No real beer aroma in this one. Fruit is too syrupy. I enjoy the aroma but it could be much better.

T - Dry but crisp and refreshing green apple flavor that's a bit too syrupy in nature. A clean tart finish keeps begging for another sip. Mild yeast notes add some complexity to an otherwise one-dimensional brew.

M - A lovely tart and dry finish calls out to be drank and drank again, this crisp and light apple brew has a lively, nice feel in the mouth.

D - Like I am with apple juice and cider, this beer is incredibly quaffable. The alcohol is low, but it's borderline too sweet from the fruit syrup.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This, as another BA aptly pointed out, tastes like green apple Jolly Rancher candy. For some people, this is a bad thing. I happen to like green apple Jolly Rancher candy so we're cool on this front. This one has a nice degree of pucker on the intake that hits first before the slightly cloying apple hits and stays through the finish. If you aren't down for that, you might not be happy.

Otherwise, it's a pretty average lambic that drinks easily, looks fine and tickles the tongue just enough. I am not sure how much of this I can stand, but a single glass goes down nice and fast.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 mL corked and capped, foil wrapped bottle, poured into a flute.

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a slight greenish tint. Frothy whitish head with awesome retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, green apples (Granny Smith-like) with only a trace of the impending doom of sweetness that follows in the flavor. Flavor starts off pleasantly tart and sour, like biting into a crisp, fresh Granny Smith, before an unrelenting syrup sweet green Jolly Rancher flavor takes over and refuses to clear the palate long into the finish. Better than I expected, but still disappointing and missing the mark from a true lambic. Was a nice way to try this in their holiday gift pack, but I wouldn't purchase this separately.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow / light orange color with a short 1/2" white head.

Smell: loads of apples and a spicy yeast is easily detectable and very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: tart green apples, yeast, some soft spices and a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long as the tart apples linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this beer is very refreshing and easy to consume. Not a beer to have frequently, but a few times a year is just about right for me.

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

A: Golden yellow with thin white head.

S: Green apple with some Belgian funk

T:Taste follows the nose, tart green apple with slight Belgian funk aroma that increases with warming. Fairly sweet on the front end but doesn't finish overly sweet due to the light tartness.

M: Fairly light body, fine bubbles/sparkling wine type carbonation.

D: Not as sour/tart as a prototypical Lambic but decent flavor with low sourness and alcohol make it a refreshing summer type drink.

Probably not for the hardcore BA who only wants the top of the heap for each style, but I have a soft spot for Lindemans and more importantly it's one of the few beers the Boss likes so I can purchase them whenever.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindemans glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow that shows lots of carbonation with a thin white head.

S: Smells like tart apple.

T: Follows the smell. Lots of green apple with a bit of tartness.

M: Light with some prickly carbonation.

D: Medium. Only thing working against this is the strong tartness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as Pomme Lambic. Aroma is strong, rich and fruity, rather sweet, more like a cider than a beer. It pours a clear, bubbly straw yellow with a thick white head. Flavor is quite lip-smacking, fruity and sweet like a cider but having subtle hints of hops and malt. Sure could mistake this for a cider, though - but it's still a satisfying beverage, and that's what matters. Texture is smooth, lively and fizzy, leaving behind a nice sour apple finish.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly foggy and light golden in color. There is a fizzy white head that fizzles out quickly.

Sour apple with syrupy sweetness. Pretty much like a green apple jolly rancher.

Very solid tartness. Sour green apple, oak and a touch of funk in the finish. Simple syrup sweetness. Sweet and sour at the same time.

Just over a light body, prickly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinks easily and is a good fruit lambic. Refreshing as well. Not the best for the style, but a decent choice.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle into a Lindemans flute glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color, nice carbonation, fairly fast fading of the head, decent lacing.

Smells of apple juice with a very slight funk in the background.

Tastes very similar to the nose, very sweet apples with the ever present sourness and that slight yeasty funk in the back.

Slightly wet, fairly light bodied, no apparent alcohol.

Very drinkable, verges on cloying, though. A little more complex and apparent funk notes that the Framboise I recently had.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color with a large head in the Lindemans flute. Retention is very good and so is the lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Smells very strongly of sour apple jolly ranchers. Lots of sugar on the nose, but the sugariness seems artificial. Not bad, just not great.

T: Lots of tart sour apple comes through and it is balanced well by the sweetness. Not nearly as sour as I had hoped. Good overall balance though which helps with the drinkability. That being said. I definitely want more sour character.

M: Very crisp. The body is thin, but is appropriate for the style.

O: Like most Lindemans offerings it is easy to go down. This one is quite the thirst quencher.

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Photo of drewd0g
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the $12 lindemans gift pack, served in the Lindemans glass that it came with.

looks a straw-yellow color, smells like green jolly-ranchers. it also tastes like green jolly ranchers. it had an impressive head around it with a lot of lacing. it's taste is super sweet, a little sour. real nice, tastes like apple juice for sure. pretty drinkable, but very sweet. definitly on the sweet end of lambics

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Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy yellow/golden straw color with a fluffy white head

S- Sour apple Jolly Rangers and yeast, slightly funky.

T- Sour/tart apples with a hint on lemon and a little bit of a funky finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Like drink a good granny smith apple.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow pour with a small amount of head, dissipating quickly and leaving little lacing.

S: Smells like a Sour Apple Jolly Rancher, I really have no other way of describing it.

T: Light taste on the front, almost Belgian yeasts. The green apple comes second and is really watered down. Aftertaste sticks with you as a green apple you wish had more flavor.

MF: Light but a decent amount of carbonation.

D: An after dinner beer, one glass should suffice.

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Lindemans Apple from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 788 ratings
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