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

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Samuel Adams Cranberry LambicSamuel Adams Cranberry Lambic
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Ratings: 1,387 |  Reviews: 841
Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
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 jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.86/5  rDev +7.1%
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 nmann08
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.35/5  rDev -12%
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +49.8%
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 +7.1%
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 zeff80
2.82/5  rDev +5.6%
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 LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of largadeer
2.22/5  rDev -16.9%
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 mothman
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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 zestar
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +52.1%
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 +18%
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 TheManiacalOne
1.94/5  rDev -27.3%
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 oberon
2.86/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Gagnonsux
3/5  rDev +12.4%
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 nickfl
2.57/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -17.2%
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 vfgccp
1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Kegatron
2.26/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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