arone12 (935) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a brighter reddish color with some brown tints. Has an off white head with some red tones in it. Smells of cranberries and sugar. Taste is a bit sweet with some definite cranberry tastes mixed in. Beer is not overly sweet. Not too shabby. kddewees (56) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Smells like piss. Has a medium dark reddish color, similar to grapefruit juice. Tastes like cranberry, but has a bad aftertaste. devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
The first impression out of the bottle is fine enough, with a nearly opaque amber color that shows only a tinge of red. The medium-thick creamy beige head likewise only has a faintest pink glow. The berry flavor comes out in the aroma, though, with a berry jam kind of character that is a little tart as well as a bit artificial. The flavor has a little bit of a toffee malt base that cuts into the mildly sweet/tart jelly fruitiness. The body is solid, with a light but present carbonation. Overall, this one drinks like a light amber ale that has some mildly sour berry flavoring added in. nwiseman (204) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a slightly pink shade of burnt orange with a frothy cream colored head. Faint lambic aroma with a hint of spice. Slightly sour with a some cinnamon and cloves, but cranberries are very subtle. Somewhat sharp with a foamy mouthfeel and medium body. It’s nice to see a macro attempt a lambic, and the main components are there but the intensity is lacking. mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mahogany brown/red with a few fingers of white head. Nose is sour fruit, bananas, and spice. Flavor is more witbier than lambic, i would bet this is the same base as the cherry wheat. Malty sweetness, some sour fruit and spice. Sour fruit lingers on finish. Not bad, but not what the label promises.
kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Ok, so this is obviously not a lambic in ANY sense of the word, so as such, I will rate it as a fruit beer. Not sure why Sam Adams decided to call this a lambic when clearly it isn’t. Poured into a NB tulip glass. Pours an apaque rust mahagony color with tinges of red. The head is a big, fluffy 2 finger head with a very slight red tinge. Head laces as it settles. The aroma is slightly similiar to a hef with banana and clove notes with an ever so slight berry note. The taste is ahhh, not that great to be honest, not competely terrible but not all that great either. Again, I get more of a slight hef flavor with cloves. Some mild, and I mean mild, tartness from what I am guessing is the cranberry. Medium mouthfeel. Slight bitterness in the end with some sweetness. keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2010
This would be a great summer beer. It has just a hint of the cranberry in the aroma and taste. Pours amber with a slight pink hue. Nice lacing head. Very easy to belt a few of these down. They would really be best ice cold on a hot summer afternoon though. MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 4, 2010
I remember this as being one of the early Sam Adams offerings. Brewed since 1990 - can’t believe I’ve never tried it. I really, really don’t understand why it’s so lowly rated. Perhaps they have changed the recipie and it was worse before. Anyhow, this one is a beautiful cloudy cranberry color with frothy carbonation and a wonderfully tart fruity aroma. The flavor is complex tart fruit and yeasty spice with notable wheat beer characteristics too. Somewhat on the sweet side, but not too much so. Fruity, tart finish. I really like this one. dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Not in this years Winter Classics Pack, had to look in my old notes to find this one! Looked intriguing.. Poured a red, berry, orange color with a medium fluffy white head, decent lacing. The nose of berries. Flavor was sweet, and somewhat sour. Finish was a little tarty, with bananas? sbanach (222) - Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2010
This one was an interesting brew. The aroma was great with malts, carmel and a hint of cranberry. The appearance was of a red, light hue. The taste was tart, carmel, and cranberry. Light - Medium bodied. Palate was okay with a cranberry aftertaste. Great brew for after dinner, turkey dinner, or with dessert. Was very interesting, but next time I would just share this brew with a friend. I wouldn’t want to drink the whole bottle by myself.