devilben02 (281) - 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 (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, 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 (1377) - North Carolina, 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.
keepersj12 (2886) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This would be a great summer beer. It has just a hint of the cranberry in the aroma and taste. Pours amber with a slight pink hue. Nice lacing head. Very easy to belt a few of these down. They would really be best ice cold on a hot summer afternoon though.
MaBeer1972 (1418) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I remember this as being one of the early Sam Adams offerings. Brewed since 1990 - canít believe Iíve never tried it. I really, really donít understand why itís so lowly rated. Perhaps they have changed the recipie and it was worse before. Anyhow, this one is a beautiful cloudy cranberry color with frothy carbonation and a wonderfully tart fruity aroma. The flavor is complex tart fruit and yeasty spice with notable wheat beer characteristics too. Somewhat on the sweet side, but not too much so. Fruity, tart finish. I really like this one.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not in this years Winter Classics Pack, had to look in my old notes to find this one! Looked intriguing.. Poured a red, berry, orange color with a medium fluffy white head, decent lacing. The nose of berries. Flavor was sweet, and somewhat sour. Finish was a little tarty, with bananas?
sbanach (222) - Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one was an interesting brew. The aroma was great with malts, carmel and a hint of cranberry. The appearance was of a red, light hue. The taste was tart, carmel, and cranberry. Light - Medium bodied. Palate was okay with a cranberry aftertaste. Great brew for after dinner, turkey dinner, or with dessert. Was very interesting, but next time I would just share this brew with a friend. I wouldnít want to drink the whole bottle by myself.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a pale pink hued color, nose is cranberries, taste is not a lambic, not sour, piss
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Pours a light brown/orange color with a 1-2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Very strong wheat smell followed by some fruit. Reminds me of a hefeweizen.
Taste: Very hard to describe. Itís kind of all over the place. Definitely fruity but I would never have guessed cranberry. A bit tart but not overwhelmingly. Itís both sweet and tart. Not at all what I expected given the smell.
Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I would say that it is quite low. Itís not a terrible beer but I canít see me ever wanting another one.
Overall: Iím glad I tried it in the Winter Sampler from Sam Adams. Itís not that bad but I doubt Iíll ever try another one. Iíll probably not drink the second one out of the Sampler either.