nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, artificial looking pink-red with a bubbly non-head. The aroma is like mildly funky fruit punch. A pretty shitty beer from Sprecher, who wouldve thought? The taste is quite odd, this is the only "lambic" I’ve ever had that has odd, off buttery undertones. Not undrinkable, would almost fit in with some of the nonsense sugary Lambics that will cost you a dollar in Belgium. Really lacks any enjoyable cherry or sour flavors. An interesting experiment, with lackluster results.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tims tasting. Light cherry 7 up color with tiny white head. Aroma was sour feet and bandaids with some strawberries. Mild cherry taste, oak, mild funk.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Rating #13. Bright cherry juice color with a light pink head. Light cherry aroma and a touch of butter. Light tartness and a bit of cherry. Not bad. (1459)
Brigadier (2585) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle
I’d say this was absolutely horrible as most Sprecher products are but somehow it manages to exceed my low expectations. That isn’t to say it is good or I want to ever see it again. However it is not the worst thing to come out of the Milwaukee area. In fact it might be one of the best which is why Sprecher is a brewery to avoid.
Aroma / Appearance - The sluggish orange red body was lazy. Dirty white bubbles bobbed on the top like handfuls of sand. Cherry extract thinned with water results in the third runnings of the R&D lambic from New Glarus. In fact perhaps that is what happened here as even the second runnings would be better.
Flavor / Palate - Mildly sour this doesn’t have nearly as much tartness as a sour cherry "lambic" should. For Sprecher it is potent however. Mix soda water with a bottle of cherry extract and you will get the general feel of this beer. Bland and weak it is about what I expected. In some ways it even exceeds my expectations though with the bar set so low that wasn’t hard. I’d rather drink a mixture of Sprite and fruit punch.
sherm1016 (991) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Sprecher Lake Geneva. Pours a ruby red with a thin white head. Aroma is cherry an slightly medicinal. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is tart cherry and slightly bitter. Has a hint of the traditional lambic flavor, but different. An ok beer, but not a great lambic style beer.
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It smells like a zoo. Liteally, a zoo. Which might not be so bad for a lambic, but this one just doesn’t work. Red color and light cherry. Very light yeast and not sour at all. On one hand I want to congratulate any brewer for trying to do a lambic, but at the same time, it is important to put some effort in and get it right.
bpreo (1312) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I can safely sat that I am not a fan of this beer. Tastes like a bad fruit, not sour, but putrid.
arkurzynski (1287) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep, murky, mahogany red with light, dissipating head. Cherry pie filling, musty yeast, and a tinge of vinyl. Sharp, tart pie filling that quickly fades to a wet pale malt/wheat malt flavor that lingers a little. Sourness that changes to bitterness. Has some things going for it and some things not. Pretty choppy.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Pours a deep cherry red with a thin-lacing ring of pink bubbles. Has a fruity tart cherry nose with some horseblanket and hay funk. Body starts with some finely dissolved carbonation and an oily light sweetness with some medicinal cherry skins and tart fruity balance before a slightly drier sweettart finish. Pretty true to style and enjoyable.
Hair6a11 (1226) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 On tap; pour is a fruit punch consistency with a whitish head. Decent retention, nice lacing. So they may call it a lambic, but the "wild yeasts" are quite mild. Nice cherry aroma with that touch of barnyard funk. Again though, its simple. Mild wild yeasts and barnyard, but the cherry dominates and its slightly artificial. It is a little sweet, a little sour, a little funky. Eh...well. very simple, very mediocre, and a little sad as a "25th anniversary" brew...