PorterPounder (8070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Clean - slightly artificial aroma of berries - can’t swear if they are cranberries or not. Nice cloudy reddish appearance with a lightly lacing head. Full bodied flavor - with a bit of an artificial aftertaste. Goes down smooth - served well as a Christmas Eve night cap. Thanks to Aurelius for supplying this. JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a pinkish amber with a large pink head. Aroma is overly yeasty, making me think they went way too far with the Belgian concept and forgot the lambic part. There is a hint of tart fruit in the nose as well. Some tart cranberry flavor, but it is overpowered by the yeastiness. Seeing as I am not a big fan of yeasty beers to begin with, I had to dump this one. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Not the biggest fan of this beer. Aroma is cranberry and vinegar. Pour yeilds a off-white head with fair lacing. Peachy color. Taste is bitter and a bit strange to my palate. Goes down decently but a bit to harshly carbonated. Okay, but will not be on the lookout for this beer. BuckeyeBoy (7901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle pours out a hazy dark amber topped with an off white head. Aroma of berries. Tast of light sweetness and malt. FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - 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.
blankboy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (hopefully last) ’Saranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tasting’. Fifth beer of the night and the first Samuel Adams -- after the last 4 lacklustre Saranacs it can only be uphill from here right? Right? Pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Sweet, artificial-like aroma of cranberries with yeast and spices. The flavour is...interesting? It’s different that’s for sure. Fruit, maple syrup and malt -- starts decent enough but has a mildly unpleasant aftertase. Medium bodied. Overall it’s quite mediocre, it definitely doesn’t blow away those weak-ass Saranacs we had. it’s a nice attempt at trying something different but for the most part it fails. I hope the next Sam Adams on the list is better... motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 23, 2006
bottled, at brewtopia beerfest. pretty strange-o. pale, amber with a faint head. detergent aroma but then some interesting brandy butter flavours. a bit on the sweet side but an original flavour at least Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle. Poured a sparkling, clear medium golden with a quickly-receding white head. Nose picked up wheat and light berries, along with an odd vegetal aspect. Flavors of wheat, banana, clove, cranberry, and grassy/vegetal hops. Very sweet on the palate with light sour berry notes on the sides. Too much carbonation, and the sweet explosion at the front of the finish was unpleasant. The enjoyment factor was low with this one. vtafro (7445) - 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. Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2007
A nice looking pour with a big active head. Aroma is sweet cranberry. Flavor is much better than I expected. The cranberry stands out nicely and blends well with the wheat. An interesting cranberry aftertaste remains. The fruit pretty much covers the wheat flavors but they are there. This is not really a lambic but it is a surprisingly nice fruit/wheat beer.