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RATINGS: 1111   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

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JessterCPA (130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2001
Sour? Yes but I think that with the cranberry flavor, that was planned. Probably the most un-fruit fruit beer I have had. Not bad with food, especially spicy.

John Wentworth99 (10) - CANADA - SEP 3, 2001
The first time I tried this beer it was amazing. Sveral others during its seasonal run proved equally remarkable. The following year, every one I had tasted foul. The third year a friend gave me one, which I cautiously tried. Excellent again. The following year, back to bad. Seems to be a trend. Don’t drink it anymore, tired of keeping track of the ’good’ years and inconsistent tastes. Good or bad, more than two can cause a sour stomach. A disappointment from an otherwise fantastic brewer.

PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2001
Dry and tart, but lacking the punch, funkiness, or complexity of a true lambic. Still, its relative clean flavor makes it a fairly easy drinking beer with a mild fruity flavor that can appeal to many. Weird smell, though.

bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Very tart and acidic. If you don’t like cranberries, stay away. This is not something to make your main beer.

britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2001
The name is deceiving...definately not a lambic. Good flavored wheat/fruit beer.

young (45) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2001
A good sour, and tart fruit beer, but not a lambic.

billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2001
This is not truly a lambic and from the taste, that is apparent. It has lambic qualities to a degree, the sourness is there, but not fruity enough. I’d say this is more like a cranberry ale. Pleasant mouthfeel and smooth finish, worth having.

Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2000
Looking at the other ratings, I’m wondering about the bottle (or batch) that I sampled. I found it somewhat astringent and sour. A little too ’unripe’ if you ask me. It also tasted somewhat medicine-like. I didn’t like it very much; no disrespect to Jim Koch, just my opinion.

Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2000
A light, refreshing brew. A touch light on the cranberries, and certainly so on the lambic.

Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 1, 2000
Rather weak for a lambic, but if you ignore the style it supposed to be and just enjoy it, its rather nice. The fruit compliments, not overpowers it. I wish they sold this in 6 packs.

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