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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Photo of phantomwyse
3.17/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clouded red/honey color, half effort head that leaves half decent lacing. The head falls apart rapidly. There's a lot of carbonation going on in this beer.

S: Honey sweetness with basic malts along with it. Distinct cranberry tartness is like a haze over the whole aroma.

T: Again, very honey-like at the outset, with bready, but rather bland malts, slightly bitter cranberry is a light wash over the whole palette.

M: Starts off milky but then the carbonation comes into play and sweeps away the pleasant softness that preceded it.

D: Unless you were drinking similar beers, or this one solely, in a night, the cranberry could wreak havoc with your taste buds and distort the flavor of other beers. Personally, I could not see myself having multiples of this beer or others resembling it. So, for that reason the beer is less drinkable than it's potential.

I'm not too familiar with lambics, I'd like to have a few more well regarded ones, but I did find this beer enjoyable. At times, with all the carbonation, it resembled a cranberry spritzer. Regardless, I did find it overall enjoyable.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a medium red with a very slight pink head. Good head retention and the same holds true with the lacing.

S - Good thing it's called Cranberry Lambic otherwise I would have never guessed it....(please pick up on my sarcasm)

T - Definitely fermented cranberries up and down. It kinda tastes the same as if you let fruit sit too long in the refrigerator...I guess if that's a good thing or not is personal preference. The sweetness of the maple syrup helps cut through the tartness of the fruit.

M/D - This is definitely sour...not so much in traditional lambic style, I would say more gueuze style. A good bit of carbonation and medium body. If you can get past the tartness it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of Getinthevan
2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It's been a while since I've been back, but for starters, this is a fairly decent brew, but nothing eye opening.

Appearance is a dark red, much like cranberry juice, as opposed to a red ale or wheat beer. Definitely has a more juice-like appearance.

Smell is fairly weak and non-existent, save for the cranberry smell masking the beer's natural scent.

Taste is adequate. While there is a fairly strong wheat sediment to the brew, the cranberry taste comes through and overpowers certain moments in the beer, making it more cranberry juice than an overall beer. As both flavors do work, the cranberry flavor is just a little too powerful.

Mouthfeel is weak on the end of the beer during swallowing. It's frothy, but has a weak ending as it travels down the throat. Nothing really left to savor after such a gigantic buildup with the froth.

Drinkability is average. As it is a seasonal brew, it serves its purpose to be something different for the holidays, but good luck trying to kill a twelve-pack of this stuff, as it's a bit too sweet for the senses.

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Photo of malcontent
1.84/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Very hazy, reddish-brown body with a simply adequate head. The least "professional" looking beer I've had from BBC.

There isn't so much a fruit scent as an unwelcome vegetal odor along with some muddied grain aromas. Actually, it ends up smelling like some sort of synthetic polymer. Mmmm...

Firstly, nothing vaguely lambic-like about this. Not tart, dry or funky (at least in the accepted manner). This is clearly a standard American wheat beer into which cranberry juice has been dumped. Then there is a persistent aftertaste which reminds me of eating paper as a kid...maybe I shouldn't have 'fessed up to that. Not good.

Maybe the "best" part of the beer, a touch on the fizzy side with a slick finish but otherwise OK. I appreciate Sam Adams trying to incorporate an American ingredient in one of their beers but it seems as though corners were cut in order to make the brew more cost-effective and palatable to the masses. Right up there with Lienie's Berry Weiss in terms of a good idea done poorly.

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Photo of Hawthorne
2.82/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is shocking only because your expectation of what comes from the bottle is completely shattered by what appears to be a pink soda complete with the requisite head. Suffice it to say I was a bit concerned. Undaunted by my desire to get through the Holiday Sampler, I soldiered on only to find the taste to be palatable, but not inspiring. The cransberry is present and it's a thoughtful thing for the holidays, but like so much christmas choch, it's a good thing we only have to deal with it for a few weeks.

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

Pours a murky red gold color with a slightly pink tinted head that fades quickly but leaves some slight lacing. Smells of tart cranberries, but rather muddled. There is an underlying bitterness and some dry maltiness there as well. The taste is like Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. Pretty overwhelmingly cranberry without a lot of depth or nuance. Bitter throughout and lacks sweetness. Very tannic and bitter/sour in the mouth. This beer tastes fresh and like real cranberries, but its just too far out of balance and a bit too harsh.

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Photo of philbe311
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Watery red color bordering on burnt orange... Slight white head quickly fades away... Just the slightest amount of lacing could be noted... Quite still with little or no carbonation...

S - Yeast... Faint sweet cranberry, almost like a generic brand cranberry juice... Malt... Understated...

T - Watered down cranberry juice... Malts... Sugar water... Wheat...

M - Incredibly thin and bordering on watery... Slightly tart... No detectable carbonation... Very fluid... Coats tongue well...

D - The word lambic may be on the label, but this is a glorified fruit beer... I was optimistic, even given the poor reviews on this one, but I must agree with the masses that this is an average at best brew... It's absence from next year's Samuel Adam's Winter Pack wouldn't upset me greatly...

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Photo of Vendetta
2.52/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
October 24, 2008

Pours a bit muddled, no real red color, just cloudy brown. Smells of malt only, no fruit. Taste is straight cranberry- if you like it, you'll love this beer. I am pretty ''meh'' on cranberry, personally. Finish is good, mouthfeel is good. This is a love-it or hate-it beer.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: A hazy pinkish-orange color with a fairly large, creamy off-white head with solid retention and above average lacing.

S: Let's see here...cranberry juice. And...that's about it. Tart, sweet cranberry aroma. Maybe some sour doughy yeast as well.

T: Again, some sweet and tart cranberry flavor. Perhaps a bit grapey as well. Sort of a canned cranberry sauce thing going on here. Some vague grainy malts, sour yeast, and just the slightest hint of herbal hops.

M: Medium bodied, rather dry throughout. Active, prickly carbonation.

D: It's not terrible - in fact, it tastes decent. But there's a reason there aren't many beers like this one. It's extremely one-dimensional, and not that great at that dimension in the first place. Ok, I had my cranberry lambic for this

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Photo of Jwale73
3.26/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch tight white head. Generous amounts of tiny effervescing bubbles adhered to the sides of the glass. Some residual spatters of lacing present during the tasting. Nose consisted of sour, tangy fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose, but cranberry character is finally revealed in the mouth. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium with a mild effervescence in the background, but a little prickly at the finish due to some acidity. Better than I anticipated; however, the two I received in the Winter Mix pack were sufficient.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A blush-like rose pink color. One finger of pinkish off-white head. Cloudy, but light glows through. Looks great, head sticks around for a minute.

The wild spicy Belgian yeasts kick in first. But the cranberry that comes afterward is sweet, not bitter like cranberries can be. Spicy and tart in the nose.

The taste is immensely sour at the first sip; big time pucker. That maple syrup to which the label refers adds sweetness. Tart cranberries come in, and then Belgian ale spices. This is more like a fruity Belgian than a traditional lambic. Grape skins with warmth. Unusual, but really pretty good.

The feel is bubbly like champagne, but also thick and syrupy. A dry finish. This is a solid beer, tart and sweet. Not really a traditional lambic, despite its astringency. Not a bitter note to be found, just berries and Belgian spices.

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Photo of yossarian14
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not as turned off by this beer as so many seem to be, and I'm not into the fruit beers at all. I know the label says Lambic, but here on BA it is categoriezed a fruit beer so I'll judge it as such. Also the label says its a wheat beer with cranberry juice added. SA wasn't trying to make a Lambic, if anything you can only really fault them for the name of the beer.

It looks festive, a cloudy red-orange with a suggestion of pink. The pinkish hue carries over to the head which was full of tiny bubbles and disappeared as quick as it came.

It smells of tart fruit and Oceanspray cranberry juice. The taste is milder than the aroma lead me to believe. It has a prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

While I did actually enjoy trying this, I'm glad there are only two in the Holiday Pack

(i just realized that my C rating is the average, so i guess i do feel the same way as everyone else)

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Photo of bum732
2.21/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish orange. Not much head, not much lacing. Smells like cranberry, a funky smell, but not in a good way. Sweet smelling. Tastes really nasty on the first, very unpleasant, but i decide to give it another try. Gets better when it warms up, believe it or not. Either that, or my tastebuds just gave up. Tastes of tart cranberry with a sweet taste followed by a slight tart/sour finish. Mouthfeel is ok, pretty nice carbonation.

I felt like i was drinking a slightly better cranberry zima. Where's the beer? To be honest, not as bad as i thought, it warmed up to me. Still, will probably never drink again.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.46/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This beer does look damn good. Hazy purple-grape color with a huge pink, tight-bubbled head and good lacing

S- Smells sorta like a cranberry lambic should with a unique funky yeast smell. Too much malty flavor though

T- This beer tastes odd. It's like a beer that had some lambic ingredients mixed in. The cranberry and lambic yeast flavors don't mix well with the caramel malt. I do like the faint hint of maple syrup though

M- Too watery for a lambic. At least it makes it easier to finish

D- Funky flavor but thin body

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Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a golden amber color with a small head. The nose is very cranberry and molasses there were hints of malt too. The taste seem like chemical cranberry with sweetness. I was expecting a bit of tartness but it didn't show through the palate. The finish was long and just ok.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass with a ruddy pink colour and about a finger's head that is gone quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lacing. Smells of cranberry and wheat.

Tastes of cranberry and wheat with both tart and sweet tones. Mouthfeel is medium with very little carbonation.

Drinkability is a little lower than just okay. I'll finish the other one in the pack, but if offered one, I'll ask what else is available.

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Photo of JayNH
2.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- pours a hazy pink/orange color. Next to no head.

S- sweet, cranberry, a little wine-like.

T- A bland wheat with a syrupy cranberry taste.

M- smooth, very little carbonation.

D- Not very good. Somethin' just ain't right with this stuff. The cranberry is just too sweet and artificial. Total lack of carbonation. A little tartness would probably help this brew.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most interesting and unique beers I have ever tasted. It is a reddish color in the glass with lots of carbonation and little head. There is something sickly in the nose on this one, it just isnt quite right. Taste is another matter, very sweet up front, loads of maple sugar and then the cranberry bitterness sets in and does its work. Ending is tart. Fairly slick up front but ends up fairly watery by the end of the beer. Truly a unique offering, and definitely worth a buy in the winter mix pack.

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Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange-ish red with no head retention and spotty lacing. Smell: unexpectedly smells like a hefeweizen (more than a wit or a lambic), yeasty, banana-esque, light wheat malts, cranberry juice in the background. Taste: wheat malts, cran juice, slightly yeasty and tangy, and yes, sweet, but not too sweet. I'm glad I don't pick up the maple syrup that is in this other than the sweetness left behind. Mouthfeel: soft wheat beer feel. Not much of a lambic, but not bad for a fruit beer (I'm not a fruit beer fan). Not sure why everyone enjoys slamming this beer so much, I've had much worse.

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Photo of Spikester
3.92/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a winter brew pack. Poured clear pale copper with a good-sized pink tinted white head. Plentiful lacings.
Aroma of fruit, some grain.
Taste is cranberry with a belgian wit beer flavor. Hops are not evident. Mouthfeel was just fine for a fruit beer. While not generally a fan of fruit beers this was more drinkable than most. Won't have any difficulty drinking the other in this box.

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Photo of Schmidts
3.8/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy Red color. Smells of cranberry and sweet fruit. It is a tasty Beer not over powering in any way but likeable for the winter time. Feels refreshing in your Mouth and It is easy to drink a few of these as fairly mild. I like it enough that if you could buy s whole case I would not like a real Lambic such as Lindermans but not a crazy price like Lindermans costs either. I would drink it again and enjoyed it now!
Beer Its Not Just A Beverage Beer Is Food

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Photo of sliverX
1.83/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

poored lighter version of cranberry juice, the pink head dissipated to not much of a film but left some lacing on the glass... just looks wrong
Smells like cranberry wine
tastes like the cranberry is in it just to give you that lambic taste, my limited experience with lambics is likening them to champagnes which this only achieves with the cranberry bitterness, it has that "wild" yeast weirdness factor going on too
mouthfeel is decent, bubbly but not as carbonated as the Lindenans Peche I had last week
Drinkability is well lacking will be hard pressed to even finish the glass

Wonder who I can ditch the other from the Winter 12 pack on....

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Photo of eporter66
1.9/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Second beer to try from the Sam Adams Winter Pack, the dreaded Cranberry Lambic. I must admit that I was expecting not to like this from all the reviews, and my preconcieved notions were correct.

A - Pours a pinkish red, little had and no retention or lacing.

S - You can smell the fruit, and a sour undertone

T - Reminded me of the one and only Saison that I've had, a sour flavor mixed with the cranberry.

M - Light, with mild carbonation

D - Since I dont like the taste, this leaves little to the imagination on my thoughts for drinkability. I like a lot of the Samuel Adams beers, this is definitely not one of them. Too bad my Winter Pack has become a 10 pack instead of a 12 pack. Thought my wife might drink the second one, but by the look on her face, that one will be going to waste

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hearty 1 finger head. Pinkish, peach color with scant retention and some lace.

Smells of yeast and sour, sweaty gym butt. Eew!

Taste is too sour cranberry offset by candy-like maple syrup with lots of yeasty, dry blech.

Though they may not be the most adventurous of brewers Sam Adams has always been the model of consistant, decent beers. Where did this come from?

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from a bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Poured a hazy reddish color, typical fruit beer.

Heavy heavy fruit and a good amount of spicy wheat.

Heavy spicy wheat upfront followed by a sweet, but kind of dull cranberry.

Good bit of carbonation.

Could drink a lot of this, but would choose not to drink more than two or three.

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