Hopopottamus (3) - - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This was included in a Samuel Adams sampler I bought at a local distributor. I had never tried a lambic, but did some reading and was prepared for the different style. This beer was at best, bad. The appearance was nothing remarkable, being of a pale reddish-orange and cloudy at that. The head was of nice, foamy thickness and the aroma was fine, it smelled floral, fruity, and sweet. The taste was where it went into a tailspin. It tasted overwhelmingly of wheat, and had a hint of sourness among the ambiguous fruity flavors. The finish was cidery and sour, leaving nothing more to be desired. This was a bad experiment by Samuel Adams.
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle part of a sixer purchased at total wine. This is not a lambic. Itís a wheat beer. The color was very brown and cloudy like a wheat beer. The aroma was a Bit off. It did pour into a nice head. The taste was pure wheat. I didnít get any cranberry notes at all or any of that great lambic sourness. The finish lingered a bit like turpentine. I canít believe I have five more of these to drink. Perhaps I could donate them to charity.
djaquay (109) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Minimal white head, no lace, dark red cloudy pour, light scent, light finish. Fruit taste was there, but not strong.
LetsGoState (578) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma is a little off, but has spices and sweetness. The cranberry taste is there, but itís more of a wheat beer in my opinion - lots of wheat and spices. Overall not bad, but something is just a little off.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a brighter reddish color with some brown tints. Has an off white head with some red tones in it. Smells of cranberries and sugar. Taste is a bit sweet with some definite cranberry tastes mixed in. Beer is not overly sweet. Not too shabby.
kddewees (56) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like piss. Has a medium dark reddish color, similar to grapefruit juice. Tastes like cranberry, but has a bad aftertaste.
devilben02 (271) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The first impression out of the bottle is fine enough, with a nearly opaque amber color that shows only a tinge of red. The medium-thick creamy beige head likewise only has a faintest pink glow. The berry flavor comes out in the aroma, though, with a berry jam kind of character that is a little tart as well as a bit artificial. The flavor has a little bit of a toffee malt base that cuts into the mildly sweet/tart jelly fruitiness. The body is solid, with a light but present carbonation. Overall, this one drinks like a light amber ale that has some mildly sour berry flavoring added in.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a slightly pink shade of burnt orange with a frothy cream colored head. Faint lambic aroma with a hint of spice. Slightly sour with a some cinnamon and cloves, but cranberries are very subtle. Somewhat sharp with a foamy mouthfeel and medium body. Itís nice to see a macro attempt a lambic, and the main components are there but the intensity is lacking.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany brown/red with a few fingers of white head. Nose is sour fruit, bananas, and spice. Flavor is more witbier than lambic, i would bet this is the same base as the cherry wheat. Malty sweetness, some sour fruit and spice. Sour fruit lingers on finish. Not bad, but not what the label promises.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Ok, so this is obviously not a lambic in ANY sense of the word, so as such, I will rate it as a fruit beer. Not sure why Sam Adams decided to call this a lambic when clearly it isnít. Poured into a NB tulip glass. Pours an apaque rust mahagony color with tinges of red. The head is a big, fluffy 2 finger head with a very slight red tinge. Head laces as it settles. The aroma is slightly similiar to a hef with banana and clove notes with an ever so slight berry note. The taste is ahhh, not that great to be honest, not competely terrible but not all that great either. Again, I get more of a slight hef flavor with cloves. Some mild, and I mean mild, tartness from what I am guessing is the cranberry. Medium mouthfeel. Slight bitterness in the end with some sweetness.