PlunkersDuo (6) - USA - MAY 6, 2008 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
We would qualify this as a "panty dropper" , you can give these to the ladies while your drinking your sam adams winter pack and when there good and loosened up... well you get the idea. Anyway Its not really an american/mans beer but it has its place, just not in our homes. I mean we donít think its bad because it IS a LAMBIC and its not claiming to be a real manly bear or anything so if you like the fruity belgium style beers have at it.
WizardLord69 (6) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I donít have this beer on hand, but it left a bad enough impression that I believe I can still speak about how foul it is. Itís completely undrinkable. A single sip was enough to contort my face, and I had to expend all my power to keep from spitting it up. There isnít much more you can say about it than disgusting. I would gladly take a Steel Reserve over this any time.
Jorufo (5) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2002 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Tastes too much like medicine
jrossol (5) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2005 does not count
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
A poor attempt on creating a holiday treat. cranberry was too intense and overpowering(if you really like cranberries, this is your beer!). Very little sweetness in this beer--hard for me to enjoy.
mwhit20 (5) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this one grew on me after i tried it a few times. its pretty fruity but its an interesting diversion from the darker stouts, porters and lagers availble in the winter samplers. its tastes like banana and cranberry.
atmelmatrix81 (5) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2007 does not count
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Did not like this beer at all! Very surprised, I thought I was going to like it. The thing that surprised me was the sweetness, come on this is beer, not
Kool-Aid! The funny thing is that I can usually tolerate most beers, however this beer I found myself choking down. Although I would like to note that this beer did have a great color.
bmh4you (5) - USA - NOV 14, 2007 does not count
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
the idea of a cranberry flavored beer sounded good, but this is a little too heavy on the cranberry. it almost tastes like a wine cooler to me.....not so good.
tbzinger9 (4) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very disappointed. Smelled of strong cranberries. Pours a pinkish hue. Felt very thick on the tongue. Could not finish the entire bottle.
BJSixstring (4) - , Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2009 does not count
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís different. Iím not a big fruit beer fan. The aroma is really strong of something other than beer (mostly cranberry), appearance is a reddish haze, flavor is of slight cranberry, and palate is very light and almost airy. It feels like when I get a mouth full, I didnít get quite enough. Hard to explain. Not bad, not the best though.
BulletJBT (3) - Southside, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 I wanted to like this beer - after all, it was a cranberry beer from McMinimanís Pubs in Oregon that turned me onto beer.
The aroma is cranberry-ish. The color is a pleasant reddish amber. Those are the only plusses for me.
This is probably the lightest beer by Sam Adams (IMO, not a good thing). I donít know how to describe itís taste without getting ugly about it. Probably the best way: I gladly give the four bottles of this that come in the Samuel Adams Holiday Collection to friends - with the disclaimer that if they take one sip and donít like it, go ahead and pour it out because that is what I would do with it. As someone else said, I really wish Sam Adams would put something else in the Holiday Pack.