NachlamSie (3167) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bearden Beer Market. This is a ridiculous red hue, it doesn’t really look like beer. I’m pleasantly surprised by the aroma. Lots of genuine lambic goodness is present in the way of barnyard, cheese, vinegar and a tasteful amount of cherry too. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. The cherry character is quite natural and not overwhelming, I have no real complaints about that. The funkiness is good, but nowhere near the complexity one can expect from a classic Belgian Lambic. Still, this is a solid beer and one of the better American attempts I’ve tasted. I think the low score on the site is unwarranted. It’s a decent brew.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a faint pink head with a brown/red body. Aromas of very barnyard notes and some sour cherry. Flavor is not overly sour. Mostly a faint cherry, slight bite, sterile bandage, and some nastiness. Finish has some cherry notes and a little refried beans. Not very sour. It does get better as it breathes.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy ruby body with a small off-white head. Aroma of chemicals, vinyl seats, vinegar, greenness, and cherry. Flavor of cherry, herbs, and some medicinal.
Cavie (4096) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Labeled as Kriek Lambic. Pours a clear pinkish orange color with a pink foamy head. Aroma is fruity cherries, slight band aid and must. Tart flavor with some sweet fruit and a salty finish. This is just a little sour.
twindadplus2 (650) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep red with a small, fizzy pink head. Aroma is a lot of sweet cherries and spicy yeast. Flavor is reminiscent of cherry sweet tarts. Lots of cherry in there, pale malts and zesty yeast. Lively carbonation and a sweet, dry finish.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured surprisingly fiery medium reddish-amber with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up lots of sweeter cherries and an odd blend of almost buttery malts upfront with a bit of Belgian-y yeast and light biscuit notes behind.. sweet overall, with something off-putting that I really couldn’t put a taste bud on. The flavor found sweet cherry meat and sticky paler malts at the core.. lightly tart cherry skins, seltzer water-like carbonation, and light peppery yeast around.. finished much sweeter than tart on the finish, with more cherries and some welcome, tangy oak. Light-medium bodied and sweeter than I wanted on the palate.. overall it was drinkable, but too sweet and short on complexity.
nuplastikk (5570) - 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 (1179) - Lake Arrowhead, 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 (2879) - 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 (3470) - Chagrin Falls, 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.