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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat

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2,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 2934
Reviews: 1079
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 23.96%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of steelreign

New York

3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say up front that I am typically not a flavored beer fan (lambics notwithstanding! :)). This one by Sam Adams is actually rather refreshing in the summer months if you are looking for a change of pace. The wheat aspect of the beer comes through rather nicely. However, I think they really overdo it with the cherry flavoring, as it does tend to overpower the subtleties of this brew. All in all a nice addition to the flavored beer arena, and I could session with this one if I were in the mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 17:00:19 | More by steelreign
Photo of Jdiddy

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know what it is but I really enjoy this beer. It is very refreshing with a nice blast of cherry but not overwhelming. It is a great summer/fall beer. Has a nice wheat/ale underlying taste. Not like a regular wheat beer but a definite light taste. Would go great with the right meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 01:20:32 | More by Jdiddy
Photo of WVbeergeek


1.88/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears an amber orange filtered hue with a thin cream head topping it off. Aroma is full of artificial marciano cherry esque sweetness almost overbearingly cherry no balance from anyother aromas in there, just potent cherries. Taste well, in the background some malt sweetness along with the same bready Sam Adams characteristic flavor that exists in all of BBC's beers. What makes this beer near untolerable is the rush of cherry extract that becomes cloying and not drinkable or enjoyable like candy. Mouthfeel fizzy carbonation lighter bodied with slight syrupy mouthfeel to it. Drinkability pass on this gimmick cherry wheat and go find a good beer, pass on this grotesque cloying answer to wheat beer fads.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2003 23:01:18 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of beerbill


4.35/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an emmaculent apperance. Clear and inviting. It has a very pleasing aroma as well. It has an excellent taste of cherry that is accompanied by a nice hint of malt that plays against the cherry very well. I typically find wheat beers to be a bit too spicy for my taste, but this wheat beer is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 03:47:00 | More by beerbill
Photo of alexgash


3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a standard to dark yellow, with a bubbly, medium-sized white head. Lots of bubbles rising up. Smell is dominated by cherry scent--cherry syrup more than fresh cherries (a la New Glarus). Taste starts with the cherry syrup. Not overly sweet (thank God!). Finish is slightly dry and bitter, with hints of cherry lingering. Pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is nothing special. The cherry syrup flavor would/will prevent me from drinking this often.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 13:12:08 | More by alexgash
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pretty clear golden color with virtually no head . This style calls for both hazy color and good head retention. The aroma is out of this world. The sweet smell of cherries overpowers you at first smell. A great aroma! The taste however is pretty weak. There is still that taste of cherries, but it's not as strong as the odor. There is also a very clean beer taste here. Look, wheat beers are supposed to be hazy. They are supposed to taste like wheat malt; not pale ale. The mouthfeel is good. The body is very light and it drinks easy. Again, wheat beers are best when they are left alone. These big breweries think they need to clean them up to sell more, but in the process they lose the drinkers that got them going.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 15:31:34 | More by WesWes
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden with a rather thick foamy head. The obvious aroma is of cherry and malt overtones. A sharp, yet pleasant fruit taste, creamy cherry pie, malt in the background. Bordering on medium bodied. Refreshing and not too overpowering for an APA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 17:40:37 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.13/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, lazy yellow with a small bubbly head, no retention and minimal lacing, barely even a crown on the glass.

Nose is sweet, bright cherries. The label says this is brewed with cherries and cherry flavor added, so some of the nose may be artificial.

Taste is smooth and easy, pleasant cherry taste and not anywhere near as sweet as it smells. Decent malt balance, a touch of yeast, and slightly more than average carbonation make this a genuine entry for a fruit flavored beer instead of just dumping in some fruit juice at the end and calling it so. A good beer to have with dessert and a fine session brew for the fall or spring.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 19:16:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping to try a different selection from the Boston Beer Factory as my first review from them, but this was all the bar had. Poured a gold colour with a little cloudy & haziness sediment. Whoof, smell them cherries from a mile away. Wheat too, and a little other grain. Hey, I don't smell adjunct. I'll be damned. Tasted I'd say 3/5000 too sweet. Just a little sweeter than I thought. Had to mark points off for that. But hey, the wheat is detectable on the palate, as is a little yeast. That suited this beer. But then the cherries are detected. Hmm, didn't like it. I don't like cherries, so excuse my bias. The cherry flavour seemed a little like childrens' cough syrup. Damn. But that's okay. I still like this beer. It's crisp, a little sour/tart, and I do taste some diacetyl. An above average beer. My advice, add a little more bitterness and a little less cherries.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2003 07:23:19 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Ellbert


3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this beer to top off my evening after eating ribs. I opened it up and was struck by the blatant cherry smell. It poured a nice white head that slowly discipated. The tast was overwhelming cherry followed by wheat. it was very smooth but lacked a nice consistency. It was a nice beer to top off the night. I definitely could not have more than one of these a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 16:35:07 | More by Ellbert
Photo of xgrigorix


2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with a blossoming off white head.

Smells like cherries & wheat.

Tastes like cherries, very sweet. The malt can't really cut through the cherries. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but not enough to balance the tartness of the cherries.

Not something that I particularly want to drink more than one of (and only if I'm in the mood).

Fortunately I think this beer has a lot of uses in the kithchen!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 09:59:54 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1.85/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

AIBA 2003: artificial cherry aroma, candy like flavours, sweetish, but dries out a touch towards the end, abit stupid, but not all that bad. Maybe a nice one for the friend who doesn't like beer, or anything that resembles anything complex . Didn't really get into it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 02:58:33 | More by rastaman
Photo of Gusler


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice limpid golden amber to copper color with a modest head and decent lace to coat the glass, Nose has a nice sweet hint of cherries, and the underlying malts add much to the appeal. Start sweet, the top light in its feel, the finish overly acidic, the hops adequate with the aftertaste dry. A drinkable beer, but not something I'm wild about, but many will like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 16:53:09 | More by Gusler
Photo of ADR


2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazyish orange color with a skim head that persists pretty well...slightly plastic phenolic aroma -- cherry smells are slightly artificial in the "Mountain Dew Code Red" category. Slighly husky grainy malt flavors, cherry is mercifully subdued but seeming overly sweet to my tongue. Mouthfeel ranges to the overcarbonated side for me, but finishes fairly dry and composed in aftertaste. Lacks the pithy astringency of a well-done Lambic -- but this brew is less offensive than some other Fruit Experimental brews from this side of the pond. I just can't recommend it as drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 08:21:39 | More by ADR
Photo of kelticblood


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a surprisingly above average appearance.Poured a giant head a reduced slowly leaving chunky white lace everywhere.The color is a hazy gold to an almost orange.Aroma is all cherries and smells quite good.Has a slight bitterness and a somewhat watery mouthfeel.A light body with no real malt presence.Extremely light with a sweet cherry taste.Not too complex here.Could use more malt to thickens things up a bit.Light and refreshing.Would be great on a hot day.Other than that its nothing to write home about.Lacked in crispness and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 00:18:56 | More by kelticblood
Photo of Tballz420


3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isnt a bad drink. I will admit this is the first cherry flavored beer that i have had, so i dont have much to compare it to. Not much of a head on the pour, a slightly dark yellow color. It does taste like cherrys, but it is not too overpowering, the beer flavor still comes through. If youre going to be sitting outside this summer, i would say give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 10:27:58 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Dmann


3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer, and it far exceded my expectations. It poured a medium golden color with a decent white head. The first thing that caught me was the smell of cheries, very cool. The taste was good, with a malty start, then the cheries kicked in, then a little bit of a crisp, bitter finnish. This is not a beer I could drink everyday, but on occation it would work very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 01:49:19 | More by Dmann
Photo of Rifrafboy


2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very nicely, wheat yellow in color. Nice head and lacing, typical of SA. The smell is very appealing. It smells of cherries, but not overpoweringly so. Taste is rich and smooth, somewhat sweet. You get the cherry and wheat flavors mingling well. This is a special occasion beer, in my unsophisticated opinion. Great price for a beer of this caliber.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 15:29:57 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of francisweizen


3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than I expected! This beer was highly superior to Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic. This poured a nice golden, wheat-like colour with a nice head of foam on top of it. This smelled like...cherries, and it tasted like cherries as well with some wheat thrown in for good measure. This beer is not too sweet, and the mix of beer flavor and cherry flavor really works quite well. I would like to try this one on tap if I can find it somewhere. This had a mediocre, crisp mouthfeel and a decent drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 15:34:46 | More by francisweizen
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is golden-orange, and there's a bit of a haze. White head on top, which stays fairly well. The aroma is all about sweet maraschino cherries. I think I'm getting some slight metallic aromas as well, that could just be the cherries though. Either way, that aspect of the aroma isn't the most pleasing. Makes it smell artificial. The flavor shows more promise. Lots of cherries again, but backed up by a generous amount of wheaty/malty character, especially for a medium-bodied beer. Hop bitterness makes it crisp and clean. Very slightly metallic and a bit artificial tasting. But hey, better than I expected. It could use some work though.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2003 19:09:34 | More by hyuga
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse in Boston. Was a golden color with a fairly small head. Nose was definitely fruity cherry. Light to medium bodied. Taste was dry wheat malt, obvious cherry. Very crisp. A little on the bitter side. Not too bad. I've had this in the bottle also, but tap is better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2003 14:39:13 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of Bruiser81


3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a cloudy golden color with a quarter inch white head and good lacing. Actually it had awesome lacing. The aroma is all cherry with maybe a little bit of a malty note. I expected the taste to be all cherry as well but much to my surprise it was not. I mean of course there was some cherry taste but it wasn't overwhelming. The cherry hits up front followed by a malty sweetness. One thing I didn't like about the cherry flavor, it seemed artificial. I was expecting a natural cherry flavor but it was more like a cherry syrup type of taste. I looked at the bottle and it said made with real cherries but it also said cherry flavoring added. Overall I didn't think this beer was too bad, it surprised me. It won't become a regular but I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 15:13:43 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of AudioGilz


4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear, light amber with a small head which soon becomes nothing. Aroma is strong cherries....kind of like maraschino cherries. Mouthfeel is very smooth and pretty light. Cherries come through strongly in the flavor of course, with some sweet maltiness as well. Just a touch of hops shows up in the finish. This is a very sweet beer, but it doesn't seem overly sweet to me. It's a very enjoyable beer, perfect for summer nights.

This beer has been a staple in my fridge for about 4 summers now. It has sweetness but still stays refreshing. I don't think the cherry flavor is overdone either.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 22:57:41 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of Stubbie1


3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color. Not much of a head or lace to note talking about.

Aroma: There is this indication of cherry (hence the name) I think it may be a bit over powering. Faint hints of malt and hops are present.

Taste. A dry start, hints of malt turn to the cherry flavoring. A touch of hops maybe on the finish. It is a dry finish. The cherry doesn’t seem to be too overwhelming but it is a bit too much for MY taste.

Over all a bit above average for a flavored beer in my book. Drink ability is ok. I don’t know if I would drink this for a session brew but a few here and there….I could do that

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 08:16:14 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of scottum


1.48/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I was offered this at a college party. I normally don't mine fruity brews, but this is just downright aweful! Yuck!!! I taste the cherry and I taste the wheat, but why does it have to taste so bad? The balances are way off or something. Sam Adams sure messed up with this one. Side note: maybe they didn't mess up because this seems to be rather popular. People like lousy beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 15:32:17 | More by scottum
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