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

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Samuel Adams Cranberry LambicSamuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

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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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Reviews: 840 | Ratings: 1,385
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 Knapp85
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I ha this beer I found it to be cometely undrinkable. I had a few sips and dumped it out. I was given another bottle as a gift some time later and gave it another try. This time It was much better. The red color was always attractive to me but the idea of cranberry isn't for me. I've never been a fan of them so naturally this brew wouldn't please me. For this who enjoy cranberry do try this, you'll probably enjoy it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

By far the worst Sam Adams beer. When I buy the mixed 12 pack sampler I either offer this for free or pour it. Tastes like some sort of weird alcoholic apple juice. Just way too sweet and the flavors don't mesh well together at all. I wish SA would just do away with this beer all together, I haven't met many people who can even finish one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried as part of their winter variety pack. Seems a bit out of character from what I'd normally expect from Boston B.C. A classic sourness caught me a bit off guard because of the genuine lambic character. Sweetened with malts (or sugars) to reduce the sourness to a solid tartness. The lambic tartness along with the cranberry tartness made for a plesant complex flavor. Still sweetened to drinkable levels. The appearance is a very non-assuming straw color with firm head retention and carbonation. Aromas grab hold with a pleasant sweet-tart character. Very clean and palate-cleansing in the finish. Cranberries make for a Christmas brew, but I'd love to have a few of these in the heat of Summer.

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Photo of brentk56
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color without much head; little lacing

Smell: A touch of wet dog and some maple syrup notes; not particularly enticing

Taste: Starts out with a wheat biscuit taste; after the swallow, the sweet maple notes emerge, along with a bit of funk, but no sour lambic notes - this is a fruit beer

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: This grows on you a bit; its not as bad as some reviewers believe, but its not that good, either

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Photo of largadeer
2.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Wine cooler pink with a slight haze. Beer really shouldn't be pink, in my opinion - it just feels wrong. Head retention is very solid, so I'll give it a nod for that.

Smell - Sweetened cranberry juice and minerals. Faintly musty.

Taste - Extremely metallic. Sweet and tart cranberry with slight breadiness. The mineral/metallic flavors really take over in the finish, and it's not pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, a touch watery perhaps, with crisp carbonation. Just about the only saving grace of this beer.

Notes - What the hell is Sam Adams thinking with this beer, and why do they keep making it? It's truly terrible stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
2.82/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out an orange color with ruby tones. It had a white, bubbly, two-finger head that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of tons of cranberry. I didn't even have to put my nose up to the glass.

T - It tasted of cranberry. It was also quite sweet and had a touch of yeast flavor.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. It pretty fizzy, too. A light-bodied beer.

D - I'm just not a huge fan of cranberry, but I can appreciate it in a well done beer. This isn't one of them.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

My dad always buys the Sam Adams seasonal variety packs. I used to love that he was showing an interest in craft; now, it's about all here drinks. Long story short, I shouldn't have to drink this again any time soon.

Pours a faint amber orange color with an off white head. Nose is loads of cranberry juice. The taste adds in a bit of caramel, but this makes it taste more like some caramel candies have been soaking in a glass of slightly-carbonated cranberry juice cocktail overnight. Feel is a bit cloying and a bit tart. Poor drinkability. Many of the winter pack beers are pretty decent; this one is not.

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

Poured into Lindemans Lambic glass

Color is a murky peach pink. Head color is a off white, slight pink hued. About 1 finger of head that fades to a thin layer after a minute or two. Leaves some thick lace though.

Aroma: Very sweet aroma. The cranberries are not very ripe. The maple syrup is a unique twist to it. Very yeasty. Has an apple sauce aroma to it also.

Taste: Dried, non-fresh cranberries, cherries, yeast, maple syrup that shouldn't be there. Big sugary taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and tons of carbonation. Medium bodied. Very dry feel to it. Ends with a dry cranberry flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is not the lambic for me. The fruit isn't fresh or tart and it is very dry in general. The maple syrup in a weird addition to it. Not something I want a lot of.

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Photo of nickfl
2.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Two fingers of white foam with a hint of pink. The body is a slightly hazy copper color. Leaves good lace as it slowly settles down.

S - Not much really. Maybe a hint of hops, some cranberry? A hint of sourness.

T - Sugary sweetness with some nice cranberry flavor. A bit of grassy hops and creamy yeastiness.

M - Moderate, very sweet mouthfeel and high carbonation.

D - Well... this is a sad lambic. Waaayyy too sweet and totally lacking in sourness that would bring out the fruit character. Still, the cranberry character is pretty nice, but that may be this beer's only redeeming feature. Maybe instead of trying to pass this off as a lambic they should have called it a cranberry ice-tea (of more charitably a cranberry wheat).

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Photo of oberon
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is the appearance,it pours a nice prange/red with a decent fluffy head,the aroma is pretty tart and slightly yeasty.Taste is very tart with the cranberry not really evident to much the tartness of this beer is the main thing I get with a hit of sweetness in the finish.Ah not a horrible beer but wont buy anymore of the holiday gift packs to get it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The full glass displays a slightly hazy (which is OK because it is a wheat beer...) orangeish-amber body with a crimson cast beneath a long lasting head of frothy off-white foam. The head retention is good and it maintains a thin lid throughout the glass and leaves some very nice rings of lace as well. The nose offers a bright combination of grainy malt and mildly tart fruitiness. The body is medium and its fine, median carbonation caresses the tongue before warming to become lightly creamy and smooth. The flavor delivers the promised Cranberry atop a delicate, grainy, wheatish malt base that's backed by just enough hop to keep it from becoming sweet. It finishes crisp and dry with some residual swirling notes of juicy fruit and cereal. Quite nice! I'm quite sure that this beer has improved over the years, and now offers a better balance with a reduced graininess and more fruit in its profile. I look forward to it each Thanksgiving - before, during, and after my meal!

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in standard pint glass

A - Pours a reddish copper; hazy with short tan head.

S - grape more than cranberry? Fruity and spicy belgian-style lambic aroma.

T - mix of sour, sweet and bitter, in that order. OK finish

M - smooth excepting slight bite

O: an unusual lambic that is not so sweet as to be delegated to dessert beer. Should pair well with some foods.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Lindeman's flute.

Pours a clear copper, that topped with a couple fingers of pinkish colored foam. Thin fizzy retention around the edges, with some thin wisps floating in middle, leaving some light spotty lace back. The aroma is lightly tart cranberry acccents in the nose, along with some sugary dough and just a bit of floral hops. And that's pretty much it. Just not a whole lot to this.

The taste pretty much matches the aroma. Lightly crisp cranberry tartness, with some fairly grainy tasting sweet malt character. A small bit of hop presence gives this a little tingle. Finishes fairly dry. Much like the aroma, there just isn't a whole lot here to get excited about. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a touch of sharpness up front that then gets a bit more soft and (a bit too) bubbly towards the back.

Even looking at this as just a Fruit Beer, this is just too soft and forgettable. Pretty poor effort from Sam Adams, that I wish they would replace with something else in their winter beer pack.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.94/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, light gold color with a short and foamy off-white head and leaves a thick, even lace that fades quickly.

S: Sour cranberry & malt with a very faint whiff of hops.

T: A cranberry & apple sweetness dominates the taste along with some sourness, which you would expect with anything that has a “cranberry” flavor. There isn’t very much else that comes through. Tastes more like apple juice than beer.

M: A little bit smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finishes a little bit sticky, like I said before, it’s more like juice than beer.

D: You don’t taste the alcohol at all, so if you like the taste I guess it’s drinkable, but I can’t see myself drinking more than the two bottles that come in the mix pack, as long as I have something else available.

I typically like the stuff from Boston Beer Co. and I can see how their trying to use a local flavor to create something different, but this isn’t a good beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale orange body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: The aroma has a light wheatiness to it, fruity notes of cranberries and bananas, and comes armed with a lactic sourness. Hint of clove.

Taste: Wheaty, cereal taste starts when in comes the cutting sour-sweet cranberry and banana flavors. A big lactic note chomps down on the palate. A slight acidity sweeps any remnants of fruity sweetness leaving a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Oddly mouth-coating.

Drinkability: I must admit, it's not my favorite in the Samuel Adams line-up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange-gold with not one hint of red. The cream colored crown has a soft texture, deflates to a thin disk and leaves an average amount of lace in ragged rings. The nose is earthy, musty and sweet... and has no cranberry that I can detect. Odd that.

SA Cranberry Lambic is overly sweet, as if corn syrup was added with a heavy hand. The flavor features the same earthy funkiness that is present in the nose. The beer is slightly bitter and slightly sour-acidic, but I still get no sense that cranberries or cranberry juice were added. A light syrupiness means the mouthfeel is slightly more full than medium.

This isn't bad beer when all is said and done. Nor is it good beer. Call me crazy, but if the word cranberry appears on the label, the contents should smell and taste like cranberries. Even if only a little.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a pink to dirty brown head that dropped off in nuthin' flat.
Good lacing though. Body is a hazy/dirty brown in appearance.

Smell: A lot going on in this glass sour smells, vanilla notes, and hints of oak.

Taste: Sour, tart and dry through out. Sourness doesn't really make me think of the lambics I tried over in belgium, I will give them a little leeway for "american styling".

Mouthfeel: Pricklyfeel throughout , but carbonation level is fine for the style. Fairly balanced

This effort has thirst quinching aspect to it, that makes me think it would be good with a turkey sandwhich, otherwise I will pass on this.

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Photo of smcolw
2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice frothy head; great lace; the color is light amber with a slight red tinge.

The aroma reminds me of tart cherries (not cranberries). The smell is surprising light, mostly a dry malt. I had expected a more robust aroma.

Tart flavors up front. The flavor of wheat is powerful. Again, I taste sour cherries. Not a true lambic, but pleasant enough--probably not one I'd re-purchase. Long sour aftertaste.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.36/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oured a hazy, cloudy light amber with lots of fizzy, soda like carbonation. No head, no lace, but it did leave a thin film on the top, mostly due to the fizzy carbonation. Smell was not very inviting. Smelled like a cheap wine. Musty fruit smell, some alcohol, but again like a cheap fruit wine, I don't like where this is going. Taste was almost putrid. Spicey cranberry horrible. This was the first beer I have ever dumped down the drain. It was just too much. Too much cranberry, too much carbonation, too much of everything. I am not sure what they were try for with this one, but it just did not work. I was actually suprised as I generally like most Sam Adams brews, even tried this is a tulip, just could not do it.

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Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "purchase before" date on the label. "Wheat Beer brewed with cranberry juice and other natural flavors added" stated on the label, nothing about spontaneous fermentation or aging it in barrels, blending and aging for more time. It's a fruit beer nothing more and nothing less.

Dull and cloudy rusty reddish hue, holds a ring of white lace strongly. Fruity aroma, little cranberry with a faint tartness. Maltiness is present in the aroma though not too much as the yeast flavors blanket with faint wild herbal phenols.

Semi-smooth and a touch creamy within the medium body. Tartness is there, some cranberry flavor with some fruitiness as well. Malt is there with a mellow sweet graininess. Hops are very mild. Finishes with a lingering tartness, flash of cranberry and vague malt.

Notes: A good fruit beer but not a lambic at all, how they get away with using "Lambic" on the label is beyond me ... its not even close. The new Longshot Cranberry Wit should take the place of this beer IMO.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is initially bubbly and a cloudy pink with a light pink head. The head and carbonation quickly subside leaving a rather lifeless looking beer.

S: The smell is very, very strange. There are aromas of a classic witbier, such as coriander and citrus, along with a substantial wheat scent. There is also a fake cranberry smell.

T: The taste is just about the same as the aroma. A strong spice flavor mixed with a tartness (I'm guessing from the cranberry juice). The cranberry flavor, however, is rather subdued.

M: The beer is lightly carbonated and has a medium body.

D: This is a really strange beer. It's certainly not a lambic (or anything resembling one). The combination of spice, fruit, and tartness just isn't working out here.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I definently find this to be a beer for cranberry lovers, for the rest of us it's a little too strong in the berry department. Appearance is hazy orange, with weak dishwater head. Smell is strongly of cranberry, aroma is more like juice than beer. Taste is also very full of cranberry flavor. The finish is particularly "juicy". Some tartness keeps the flavor from being too sweet. I don't like this much, but I don't find it to be terrible. If you really like fruit beers or cranberry give this a whirl. However, if you're like me, you'll have to find someone else to pawn off the rest of your Cranberry Lambics. Thank goodness I saved the Boston Lager to wash this down.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy dark amber peach color leaves light cream head with evenly strung lacing. Aroma: Tart cranberry and malts with an eerie bledn of maple syrup among an oatmeal cereal grain scented aroma, kinda weird. Taste: Even weirder funky twang of cran and malt which almost induced the ol' gag reflex as the wave of cloying maple syrup flavor hit me I remember tasting this one in past Holiday samplers and I must say I don't recall disliking it this much. Mouthfeel: Medium body slight spritzy carbonation coats the palate and won't let go. Drinkability: I don't recommend this brew I didn't care for it, and it's definitely not a lambic sorry folks.

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Photo of stakem
3.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When initially poured it had a thick creamy head that I can only compare to the last beveraged I had poured out of a nitro can... however it didn't hang around long.

Color is a redish amber, almost appears to be a product of mixing a light beer with cranberry juice. I didn't smell the cranberry at first, but after taking a few sips it starts to show itself. Taste of yeast is present as well and the finish is slightly sour.

Overall, it is a decent beverage, nothing I would go way out of my way to acquire but I bet it would be an interesting beverage on Thanksgiving or with a warm turkey sandwhich... nom nom nom

As I get closer to finishing this beer I noticed the clumps of yeast hanging out at the bottom. I am uneasy... they are big enough to launch an assult and carry this glass away. They are not to be trusted.

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