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RATINGS: 1117   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6621) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Well first of all this is not a lambic. Let us all be perfectly clear on that. Not so long ago I would have been ignorant of the difference, and no doubt when the Boston Beer Company first started brewing this the people who could have called them on this injustice were no doubt few and far between. As American beer sensibilities have grown, this brewer really should step up and rename the beer but that is really another subject all together. Let us actually get to the task of rating the beer. Firstly put aside all notion of this being a lambic - as already discussed. Next look at presentation. A pretty label - if rather typical for the brewer, and at least a brown bottle. The pour is orange-amber color with a medium sized yellow head. Pretty enough but not exactly noteworthy in appearance. The aroma is light and vaguely fruity - though I would have been hard pressed to guess cranberry on nose alone. The flavor is largely lacking in any real malt flavor or body. There is a sour fruit flavor that is distinctly cranberry but this beer has little else to challenge the palate. In passing the beer around the reviews ran from "God awful" to "Not too shabby." In essence what we get is a mild, fruit flavored beer that appeals to that type of drinker and disappoints those who prefer more body and malt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours an orange hue with adequate carbonation & lacing. Aroma is acidic with a minor apple smell. Initial taste is again acidic, with what could be best described as a cross between a pear, an apple, cranberries, and a squeeze of lemon. Moderate sweetness coats the mouth upon finishing. Compared to previous years, I find this one isn't as offensive.


2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
First, as noted, this is NOT a lambic, does not have that fresh sour kick that many do. Bright red hue with a small pink head and almost no lacing. The aroma is that of cranberries with some light cereal, floral, and ginger twang. The taste is just god awful, fake cranberry tartness in a musty yeast body. The lingering aftertaste made me run for crackers and water. I like some well made fruit beers, this isn't one of them.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (6553) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Amber Brown pour some white head. NOT A LAMBIC, well atleast a decent lambic. Stale fruit and soggy grain flavors. Slight tart fruit aroma... still not good. 2 of 4 from PH.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
bottle, faint pink haze, fruity nose with sour grape and berry flavors, finish is nice but thin

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle: A rather sour and skunky smell. Grassy with light cranberry and lemon. Pours a transparent dark gold with a minimal head. Grassy and skunky with some cranberry and lemon tartness in the finish. Rule me out as a fan of this beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. Now don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t *vile* but ... Poured cloudy orange with a small off-white head. Oddly sweet/sour aroma of sweet oak resin malt, paint thinner, caramel, burnt straw - dusty dry but cloying and tart at the same time. Taste - oh! - tart cranberry, burnt sweet caramel - tart and cloying and a nasty almost chemical lingering aftertaste develops. Mouthfeel quite thick, syrupy, acidic and flat - I mean really thick, not in a good way. Weird beer - not a success, no matter what they were trying for.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of cranberries, wheat and some sugar. Taste is mild cranberry and caramel.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 True amber hue with solid head that stayed with it. The aroma is almost medicinal. Flavor-wise, this is too waaaaaaaay sweet for my palate, with a super-tart berry, champagne-y character. I’ve really tried, but this is one of the very few beers I can’t even force down a glass of and wouldn’t offer it to friends.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerman6686 (6249) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Pours a ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma is lots of sour cranberries and thats about it. Flavor was just sickley cranberry flavor,a nd definately not good or not a lambic.


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