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

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Samuel Adams Cranberry LambicSamuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Reviews: 840 | Ratings: 1,385
Photo of LeRose
2.14/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. This is one of the worst beers I have ever had. It has no resemblance to a traditional lambic and can't be construed as "stretching" the style boundaries.

Looks are decent enough - a slightly reddish, golden color. Lively carbonation to the eye.

The aroma is a muddle of wheat bread, vague fruit notes, medicinal, a little yeasty. It is not fresh or inviting in the smell.

The taste falls far short of expectation. The base beer seemed off somehow, and the cranberry flavor seems artificial and medicinal. Some sweetness, some tart from the cranberry, but it is pretty much a muddle of indistinguishable and unremarkable flavors.

The feel - this looked pleasantly carbonated, but it is quite bloating and very harsh on the tongue. Some of the sting is cranberry, but it seems to be carbonated with very small bubbles that become uncomfortable.

Overall, this is a poor representation of a lambic and is generally a poorly constructed beer against what sounds like a good concept - good idea, bad execution?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.83/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Quite the abomination to what could be considered a lambic. Right up there with some super failed homebrew attempts at lambic.

Did you want a cranberry vodka? Because thats you get when you order a cranberry lambic. The aroma is wheat-esque.

Taste is nothing like a lambic. This is a bad beer by any standard, but damn if you didn't call it a lambic. They just dumped a bunch of cranberry juice into a wheat beer. Homebrew surprise all over this one. good for nothing. Acidic, I'd rather drink juice.

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Photo of BeerStud187
1.15/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is the worst "beer" I've ever had in my life. I first had it when I was a depraved college kid who would play Edward 40 hands wth OE and still could not finish a bottle of this garbage. For years I thought all "lambics" were terrible because this garbage that I got in a Sam Adams sampler pack. I've since grown and learned the virtues of true sour beers and even more so want this to f--- off. It's not a lambic, it's a crap wheat beer with horrid cranberry flavoring and maple syrup that do not go at all and are not even a fraction as good as it sounds, in fact it's awful. The fact that this beer continues to exist would make aliens, if they existed, not want to land here because the world does not make sense and is too scary because this garbage swill continues to be sold to the masses rather than used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. You prevent the growth of America's youth by selling this garbage as "craft" beer, thereby ensuring a country of Bud drinking drones. If I could punch this beer in the face i would. I poured this down the drain to drink a bottle of Mohawk vodka instead because it was a better alternative. Burn in Hell, you POS "beer".

Color ok, mouthfeel ok, taste a--.

I'm surprised you named your company Sam Adams, not Benedict Arnold because your sewage swill has been a traitor to my mouth.

F U and F your entire family for making this wretch.

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Photo of Hans_Olo
1.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Piss poor excuse for a beer. I sincerely hope the Boston beer company listens to its customers and removes this product from the shelves of the beer consumer. It should instead be placed with the insect repellant. I believe flies wouldn't be foolish enough to attempt consuming this monstrosity. Also, don't lie to the consumer, you made a generic beer and put cranberry juice in it. This beer... this beverage is as close to lambic as the titanic is to successful.

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Photo of ausonius
1.12/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25


They are still bottling this???

No resemblance to Lambic in any way whatsoever.

Foul, tired, sweet/tart-fruity thing that is a combo of rotten/partially-oxidized, jammy "fruit" + malt-beverage-ish type horror.

One of the worst beers I have ever tasted, added to the fact that they put the name "Lambic" on the label make this a double disaster brew.

Anyone buying this a second time, please contact me - I was thinking of dumping some adjuvants into a cesspool, & kegging it up, & calling it Oude Bruin Lambic.

Tasted once, & never again other than Dare, or Paying basis.

Cheers! to rinse my mouth out with almost anything else.

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Photo of FliryVorru
2.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells great, tastes unappealing. It's like they tried to make a lambic while still following the brewing process of an Ale.

But there is hope! I use this stuff to cook with all the time during the winter and it's GREAT! Try putting it in a slow cooker with some chicken breast, veggies, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and some garlic. AWESOME!

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Photo of YardmanFTB
1.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this beer a few times in the Samuel Adams Winter Mix Packs. This beer each year was by far the worst of the bunch. The cranberry tartness is just way over the top. It's like drinking a sour hard candy. If they lightened up on the cranberry it might not be that bad.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with about one finger of white fluffy head with decent retention.

The scent is of tart fruit, some malt notes, and a little yeast.

The taste is dominant of tart cranberry juice, some sweet grain, and notes of yeast.

Light body, smooth and crisp, moderate to high carbonation.

This was an average fruit beer, the flavor was a little too light but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.21/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Has an extremely muddy and murky sort of sangria brown (orange + red) and a single finger of light pink foam that dies to a scum layer in a minute without lacing. I am disappointed that this brew is mislabeled as lambic on the bottle label. There is no aroma or flavor of wild yeast esters, no sourness at all to this brew. There is a vaguely tart (but mostly sweet) cranberry presence and a fairly generic wheat malt, and that is all. Texture is light and carbonation is high enough for a soda pop…is this a beer or an alcopop? The fact that is it is difficult to tell does not bode well. If a beer has a word printed on the label, I fully expect to have the promise of that word delivered to me by the contents of the bottle. I am disappointed, Sam Adams, very disappointed. The great majority of my problems with this brew could have been prevented by simply refraining from lying on the label of the beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger slighty pink head which rapidly dissipates. Body is murky and tomatoe juIce red.

S: lots of cranberry and cherry. The aroma forebodes a tart taste.

T: tart and slightly sour. Mostly cranberry and cherry flavor, little else.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall a standard lambic. Drinkable but not special or memorable.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.65/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger slight pink huge foamy huge head. Deep red, no light gets through except on sides.

S: sourness, cranberry, belgian yeast. Like a dubbel style yeast.

T: sour, tart, bitey, slight sweetness, touch bitter, cranberry comes at the end with a cran cocktail flavor.

M: carbonated a lot, sweet with some bitterness.

O: good but not great. Now enough cranberry. Also not sweet like lindemans then again they back sweeten their American styles. Wouldn't get again as it wasn't stellar.

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Photo of fdw3
3.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, cloudy red with a medium white head that quickly dissipates; decent lacing.

S: Cranberry is the primary scent (even though it's relatively weak); citrus and wheat notes are also present.

T: An equal share of sweetness and tartness with light notes of cranberry and wheat; alcohol is barely noticeable; a definite acidic quality is present; ends with lingering yeast notes.

M: A bit thin with a light-medium body and plenty of carbonation.

O/D: Not bad, but comes across as a cranberry wheat beer as opposed to a lambic. One or two would be okay, but the acidic nature would certainly become too much for me beyond that. A decent beer overall.

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Photo of jman892
2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - pours a cloudy caramel color, with a fairly sudsy, sticky off white head

S - aroma is a little bit of cranberry tartness, a little bit of dirt/earthiness

T - some more of that tartness, but with an unexpected sweetness as well. Had to remind myself this is a beer and not fizzy fruit juice cocktail

M - a little on the thin side, the sweetness of this is a little overwhelming, and I normally don't mind sweet beers

O - Not my favorite from Sam Adams, not by a longshot. At least I can say I tried it.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.97/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a red-brown body that is super cloudy. It has a decent head that when it disappears it forms little clouds.

Smell: Very sweet aroma with a lot of the cranberry coming through.

Taste: The first thing that hits you is the cranberries. It is not as tart as I would have thought but I was pleased with that. It is sweet and oddly refreshing with a nice sour finish. There are some grassy tones

Mouthfeel Not much carbonation to the body as far as the feel goes. It is full bodied.

Overall: I think this might have been my favorite out of the holiday sampler.

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Photo of dankster
3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with freshness notched

Appearance is murky reddish brown with a decent amount of head. Smells very tart and fruity with a yeast and wheat undertone. Tastes like cranberry wheat beer. nothing special really. mouthfeel is a bit thin but very smooth and easy to drink. overall it is just ok for a wheat/fruit beer but refreshing. a nice change of pace from the everyday pale or wheat ales.

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Photo of ckollias
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a murky orangish copper hue with a white 2-finger head that quickly disppitates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sort of a unpleasant aroma coming off this brew – hints of banana cloves, fruits, and phenols.

T: Slightly sweet but not as sweet as I would have expected from a lambic. There are some cranberry flavors and other fruits but not very overwhelming.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This lambic just didn’t do it for me. I feel like they played it too safe and it came out too bland. I wouldn't call this a lambic.

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Photo of harrymel
2.34/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by mar, 2010

Compliments of the dentist

A: pink, ruddy a finger of white foam leaves spotty lace. Sheet left.
S: smells like grain and hints of cherry(?)
T: tastes like sweet cranberries and cherries.
M: thin and dry and flat
O: well, actually great for women.

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Photo of LazFTW
1.74/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First things first, this IS NOT a lambic, not even close. Its really a wheat beer with some cranberry flavor. It lacks any of the things that make a lambic a lambic including the sourness and the unique odors/flavors. What you have instead is a strong malt flavor with a cranberry flavor that surprisingly has little tartness to it. Overall there's about two strong flavors to this beer, neither of which are great. It really lacks anything resembling complexity and I wouldn't even call it a good wheat beer.

Maybe their plan was to trick people into thinking it was a lambic with the tartness or sourness of cranberries? Even if not, Sam Adam's, bad job on this one.

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Photo of Soonami
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad cranberry wheat but definitely not a Lambic, no discernible wild character at all and based on the vague label description, it's not totally unexpected. The beer is okay with nice cranberry flavor, but it's overly wheaty for what I would expect. The MF was ok and overall I didn't hate the beer

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.26/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark and hazy red. The small head vanishes quickly.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Upping this .5, the pinkish red look is interesting, and pink hued head is impressive.

S: Lots of cranberry with some wheat.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Still yeasty, but more acidic smelling. Has an artificial smell to it.

T: Okay, this beer takes a lot of bashing at times, but it is tasty. Is the cranberry overwhelming? Maybe a touch, but it has a yeasty kind of taste as well. Then back to a cranberry aftertaste.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: The big difference is that the tartness has increased, by a lot, surprisingly (at least to me). This makes it more lambic-like, even if it's been debated it is not that style.

M: Really smooth and creamy, perhaps the best part of the beer.

D: This is where it struggles, it is good for a little while, but good thing there are only two in the Winter mix 12 pack.
(11/11) '09 Vintage: Not even sure if it's available at all, was in six packs the other year. Might buy a six of this for fun...maybe just a single.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Freshness date notched on label. Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
Note: I first sampled this beer about 8 years ago and was repulsed at just how overly-tart and acidic it was. It was instant indigestion. It took 3 Tums to quell the acid reflux.
Now, I cautiously try it once more. I do believe it has changed. Not my taste buds...the beer.
It pours a cloudy rust color with a pink-hued beige head, along with a fair amount of sticky lacing.
A smell of citrus and cranberries waft up at first pour. A smell of Wheatees, is followed by a lightly pungent clovey yeasty aroma.
Tastes of cranberries (surprise!) and orange zest dominate early. The flavors evolve into citrus-dominated fruit cup with a lightly sweetened Farina. An astringent acidic/sourness is noticed in the aftertaste, though not as bad as I remember it.
The mouthfeel is a bit off-putting. There's a raspy, dryness to it which creates a desperate need for water to wash it down.
As bad as that may sound, it's not really bad. In fact, it's pretty good in an unusual way.

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Photo of danedelman
1.84/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one SHOULD NOT say the word Lambic on it. I purchased thinking it was and was very disappointed when I opened the case to find it was a Cranberry wheat.

A-red tinted wheat beer, cloudy and true to form for a wheat.

S-does have that little bit of "funk" in the nose but a little too rotten of a smell. Get the bready notes of a wheat.

T-I get a nasty wheat flavor with a large does of cranberry tartness, not wild yeast tartness with IMO is horrible. As this one warms it gets nastier. I dumped down the drain and will give to my non-beer snob friends over thanksgiving and X-mas.

M-Like a mediocre wheat beer should.

Overall-I was fooled on the name and should have realized when it was $32 for a case of "Lambic"...

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Photo of rlee1390
3.26/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Cloudy light pinkish red, two finger head with a pinkish hue, extremely carbonated but does leave behind some lacing.

S-Lots of cranberries, not much else, some wheat sneaks in.

T-Some tartness, but not tart when compared to even non sour beer brewed with brett. Cranberries are present.

M-Overly carbonated, more like a fruit soda. Light in body.

O-The problem is that although it tasted ok, the carbonation did me in. It drank more like a Smirnoff Cranberry than a beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.22/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours the color of ruby red grapefruit juice, with very little head that fizzles to nothing within seconds

S: Tart cranberries, odd fruity yeast, definite wheat. Not too bad actually, especially for a fruit beer/lambic

T: Same as the nose, starts off with a tart/sweet cranberry that is followed by the wheat malt and fruitiness of the yeast. Reminds me a lot of Lindemans, even though they don't make a Cranberry lambic

M: Light-medium bodied with full carbonation. A little too watery, though

O: Judging by the reviews, I thought this was going to be a disaster. It really wasn't bad at all, in fact quite enjoyable. Sure, it's not a true lambic, but it's really a nice go at it by an American brewery

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.42/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy Red/Orange one inch or so of head diminishes rapidly, nice lacing on the glass.
It really smells like cranberries with perhaps a hint of lemon.Cranberry tartness without bitterness.I truly enjoyed this beer, despite it being six months out of date! Will be looking forward to a fresh batch at Christmas!

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