Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic

Rated 2.736 by BeerPals

Brewed by Boston Beer Company

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  Fruit Lambic

4.8% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 3518 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank49352
Overall Percentile4.8
Style Rank245 of 254
Style Percentile3.5
Lowest Score1.2
Highest Score3.9
Average Score2.726
Weighted Score2.736
Standard Deviation0.606

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  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 1.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 3

    This is what I would imagine if Ocean Spray came out a CranBeer. Although it had good color and aroma the taste of this left me off and had to force (yes force) myself to finnish the rest

  • RICHSBEER 1807 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a small white fluffy head with decent retention. The aroma is of tart fruit, some malt notes, and a little yeast. The taste is dominant of tart cranberry juice, some sweet grain, and notes of yeast. The mouthfeel is ight in body, smooth and crisp, moderate to high carbonation. This was an slightly above average fruit beer, the flavor was a little too light to be exceptional.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 2.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    I had this beer on Dec. 27 2011. My first reaction to this beer was "meh ..." This beer wasn't really sour, wasn't really carbonated well, and didn't have that wild aroma. I will pass on is one in the future. There are better lambics out there. I think Sam Adams should stick to want it does well ... not lambics.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I had this in a variety pack from last year. Fell asleep half way through the first sample, so have been waiting almost a year to drink this again. Wasn't that impressed first time around, so have been sorta scared to try it again...or maybe just not that motivated. Anyways, it isn't that bad, just a little too fruity for my taste. Once you get past the initial fruit burst, the background flavor is ok....maybe similar to their winter lager with cranberry juice. This is way past the "best by" date, but tastes about the same as when I sampled the first one. Most likely my last Sammy Cranberry Lambic, but interesting to try. Will stick with Cherry Wheat.

  • CHOPZ 6501 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Thanks to David (Lilihel's brother) for this one on our trip to Nashville. Left over from his Christmas season (as it does say best before April). Pours a hazy orange-red colour with a pale pink creamy head and has decent retention and lace. I was quite surprise to smell bananas more than anything else. I guess it is from their wheat (the same used in their Hefeweizen). The cranberries are light in the background. The mouthfeel is quite sweet and semi-syrupy. The taste of the fruit are present, but again, the strong bananas come in to take over, right into the aftertaste. I guess when this beer expires its freshness, the cranberries disappears but the wheat stays strong. Just wondering about the lambic part ??

  • TVAIL4 114 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Aroma of cranberry and syrup, with a slight head and okay lacing. Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel, with a slightly tart, cranberry and syrup flavor and bitter cranberry aftertaste.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 2.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    I know I've bought the holiday sampler before, so I must have had this before. Nevertheless, I can't remember it at all. Now I know why. Has a fluffy, rocky head unlike any lambic I've ever had. Reddish-orange-brown color. Lots of lacing on the glass. Then the taste. Nothing but cough syrup. Some tart cranberries way under there. Unpleasant alcohol and bread aroma. Dear Zeus stop making this stuff.

  • JBROWNING 117 reviews
    rated 2.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    THis is a beer that when I poured it and the aroma hit my nose I was excited. The scent was comforting and warm. The color was dark and red. This was setting up to be a good beer. Then I tasted it. It went down smooth but the taste was that of stale bread. Not something I enjoyed. However, I would like to try more lambics.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Presentation: It was poured from brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The body has a hazy appearance with a deep reddish tan, rust color. On top it has a small slightly pinkish white head. The head slowly fades down to a thick ring that hangs on well and leaves some lace on the glass. Smell: The aroma hits you with tart wheat and tart cranberry along with cherry cough syrup, sweet maple syrup and a hint of yeast. Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has an odd mix of tangy wheat, tart cranberry, cough syrup, sweet grain, maple syrup, and just a hint of some yeast. The finish quickly goes from syrupy sweet to tangy and slightly acidic and then hangs on the tongue. The body is medium to full with a heavy slick and almost sticky texture. Carbonation is delicate and gets lost in the heavy texture. Notes: I actually don't mind this beer but I have to be in an odd mood and I wouldn't want to drink too many of these. Also the bottle reads that they use a top fermenting yeast so this is in no way anything close to a real Lambic beer!!!

  • KEAL 114 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    It smells like cheesecake to me. Even though it's supposed to be cranberries, it could pass as a blueberry cheesecake kind of beer. I couldn't detect the 'cran' part of the berry at all. I find the aroma very pleasant. Mouthfeel is like a soda - I could feel the carbonation more than taste anything. The tail has the berry cheesecake taste. Alcohol content is over 5%, and it doesn't taste like a wine cooler or those Smirnoff malt liquors. This definitely passes as some kind of Lambic. It's average, and I'd buy it anytime for a dollar!

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