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RATINGS: 1117   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Samuel Adams® Cranberry Lambic is a fruit beer that draws its flavor not just from the cranberries it is brewed with, but also from the unique fermentation character imparted by the rare wild yeast strain. The result is a flavor rich in fruitiness and reminiscent of cranberries and bananas, cloves and nutmeg. The yeast fermentation also will create a slight sourness on the sides of the palate, a signature of the original Lambic style which, with the subtle cereal note from the wheat malt, remind its drinker that, as fruity a beer as this is, it is still a beer.


1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ejmoosa (3) - USA - DEC 5, 2002 does not count
Way to tart to enjoy. I am not even sure what one snacks on with this kind of brew.

1.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
BulletJBT (3) - Southside, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 I wanted to like this beer - after all, it was a cranberry beer from McMiniman’s 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 don’t know how to describe it’s 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 don’t 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.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
forceten (2) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004 does not count
WOW! Sam Adams must have re-arranged the recipe, a bit for their 2003-4 Cranberry "lambic". While not a Lambic in the true style (the yeasts of Lembeek are not present in the US, and importing wild yeast would result in its taking over the entire brewery!), It's definately a powerful sour grain wheat-barley beer with fruit sweetness. In prior years, the Cranberry Lambic fell short in flavor and palate; something was missing. However, this year, I sampled the freshly brewed 2003-4 offering at the brewery (on tap, sigh, if only it were offered this way commercially) and I was floored - the color - a cloudy light crimson, and the fuller, bolder flavor with an almost winey note and great cranberry sweet-tart taste. The bottled versions in the winter pack are consistent with the tap version. If you don't enjoy fruit beers, please, don't bother. But if you enjoy a well crafted fruit beer, seek this one out. It's delicious. There's a bit of maple to it, too. If only we could get it in six packs or kegs...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdhact1 (2) - , Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2008 does not count
It’s only available in thier seasonal packs. Not available in 6 packs. You have to drink all the other beers in a case just to get 4 Lambics. I would perfer just the lambic in a 6 pack.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Pofessa (2) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2009 does not count
It tasted like urine. It was very disappointing. The taste is cloyingly sweet with a nasty aftertaste.

1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
BrentInDC (1) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
It smelled pretty good and looked good as well. I swear, this beer had one of the worst aftertastes I've ever had the misfortune of tasting. Gave me goosebumps and not in a good way. I love Boston Lager and most other Sam Adams offerings but this was atrocious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Venessak (1) - alta loma, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007 does not count
This beer is delicious, it’s light and flavorful. The crandberry is just enough in the beer to not over power but give you that fresh taste in your mouth, I enjoy it very much.


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