Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2003 Hazy golden honey hue. Sweet hopped up aroma. Small white head. Obviously this isnt a lambic, its not spontaneously fermented, yet this beer is very enjoyable. Wheat is evident, and cranberry flavor is very enjoyable. Maple syrup notes are barely noticeable, but definately there. Ive enjoyed this brew for many years. A holiday classic.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bleeeck! This is there interpretation of lambic. It’s definatly cranberry. Golden color with a decent head. Can taste some malt under all this fruit tartness. Doubt I’ll try this again.
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2002
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Acrid tonguefeel made me cringe. Tangy sweet much like those Sweet Tarts you get for Halloween. Almost like a wine cooler on crack. I doubt I will ever drink this again.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yep, it’s cranberry, but it’s certainly not a lambic. Bleah. Total lack of complexity or any Belgian character, this is just a cranberry wheat beer and not a good one at that.(And I can appreciate cranberry in beer, Beartooth made a good one.) Avoid.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Extremely tart, cranberries are overbearing. Always the beer that gets tossed from the christmas sampler. I’ll stick to Lindemann’s for my lambics.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2002
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
If you love Cranberries pick this one up. Otherwise stay away. I despise the fact that they continue to put two of these into their Holiday sampler 12-packs.
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This beer combines the worst of the beer world and the worst part of cranberries into one loathesome brew. Very tart and nasty tasting. Thinner but not quite watery. Extremely bad aftertaste.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
RERATE: Giving Sam another chance, I find I don’t despise this anymore. Still not a huge fan, but some of the sourness edges finely the more off putting aspects of the brew. Original Rating, a year ago: I generally despise fruit in beer, so why I tried this is a bit of a mystery. As you might expect I found it tastes like bad breath the morning after ...
cckevin (44) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2002
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Horrible. WAY too much cranberry flavor...
This is probably what it would taste like if Ocean Sray were left out to ferment for a year.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very flawed attempt at a lambic. The excessive cranberry flavor ruins the beer. Looks nice though.