1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
72
okay

3,300 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,300
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,300 | Reviews: 1,091 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DoubleJ
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed at my friend's house last night and poured into a glass, on to the beer:

The beer is orange as peach in color with a well-retaining head. White rings of foam cling to the glass as the beer is consumed. Soft cherries dominante the aroma. The taste is also cherry dominated and very one-sided. There are faint notes of assorted nuts and hops. Good smooth mouthfeel, a little on the heavy side. Because of the latter, it is actually more of a beer to take in small doses.

My friend's mother also tried this out to, whom doesn't really drink beer outside of Bud. She said it tasted like Cherry Pepsi. I would say this could appeal to casual beer drinkers, but is a "meh" pick for veteran beer drinkers.

DoubleJ, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a yellowish-golden color with an inch of good looking foam. The aroma is heavy with fruit dominated mostly by cherries. Light wheat character on the palate with slight carbonation. The flavor is artificial cherry up front with a little tartness and a little hop bitterness at the end. A little fruity for my tastes, but at least its not overly sweet.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a giant white head with high carbonation. Golden in color, retention is great through out whole glass with some lacing .

Smells of very sweet cherries and also some light malts

Tastes very sweet cherry flavor. First thing that came to my mind was that this beer tastes similar to a tootsie pop or some other cherry flavored candy. Faint malts are also present but practically no hops can be tasted. Very watery also.

Beer was carbonated, smooth, light taste going down, but it was really watery.

This wheat beer is a little too sweet to drink on a regular occasion, would have like to taste more malts. It was too light , almost lighter than a light beer, very watery. Could drink many at a time, but i dont really have a reason to as the flavors weren't very good

angelmonster, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of ttu94
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cherry o my.
this beer smells like a cherry bomb. I guess that is good if your are into frutity beers or whatever. But its not really for me. The taste was also very cherrific. However, I did notice a wheat flavor too it that I liked somewhat. I can not drink SA's cranberry lambic but this is I can stand to a degree or two. It finishes secent enough and has a an alright mouthfeel. Not my first choice but ok.

ttu94, May 17, 2007
Photo of mcann2pu
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of Jun 2010.

Appearance: pours a clear light straw color, a little hazy, maybe a fingers worth of dissipating head, a little bit of lacing but not much.

Smell: smells strongly of cherries, maybe a little too much so to be a truly genuine cherry aroma, a little bit of the grain is barely detectable.

Taste: similar to the smell, the cherry flavor comes on strong with just a little grain.

Mouthfeel: light, not too bad.

Drinkability: it was much more drinkable colder which is a bad sign, overall a light and somewhat refreshing beer as long as your not expecting too much.

mcann2pu, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to be one of the few to defy the odds and like this one....but I just couldn't..

It looks pretty enough in a glass. Slightly hazy with an ample head...lightly golden..

Sort of a funky mixture between a wheat beer and a cherry lifesaver... Not horrible but doesn't really do it for me...

Big burst of sweet cherries that slowly fades into a wheaty grainy finish...ehhh...I get where they were trying to go with this and I think it could work but the balance just isn't right...

My least favorite Sam offering...I can say I've tried it now.

Tilley4, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of JRed
2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy straw color with bubbly white head that fades fast. Sweet aroma of cherry purée, candied syrup, and subtle wheat. Tastes of unripe cherries, wheat, subtle light fruit juice, some fruity artificial flavors that linger on the palate. Light body with high carbonation. Focuses on cherries but without a solid backbone of a wheat beer. Tastes artificial and cheap.

JRed, May 05, 2011
Photo of u2carew
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. Longneck.
A) Pours with a big white head then slowly settles. Active upward carbonation. Gold in color with some amber tones. Slight haze. Lacing is tight and sticky.
S) Cherry aroma - authentic not artifical (maybe it is but sure smells real). Subtle malt tones.
T) For as robust as the cherry aroma is, the flavor is light. The wheat character shines through in the taste. Dry grain. Mellow malt sweetness.
M) Crisp. Light body. Dry. Slightly creamy.
D) An alright brew. There's very little about it that makes me want to keep drinking.

u2carew, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before June 2014. Another new beer to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are average to below average based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden yellow-orange color with just over a finger of fluffy sudsy white head. Some scattered fluffy lacing. Looks very nice; I was expecting a much darker beer.

S - A touch of graininess / wheat is noticeable on the end, but the nose is mostly all artificial medicinal lollipop black cherry. It's really quite hard for me to pull out anything aside from that. Slightly musty. It's a fairly unpleasant aroma, but something keeps drawing me back to it. It seriously smells almost like a can of cheap black cherry soda.

T - The taste is quite an improvement from the nose, but it's still pretty bland. Again, the light grainy wheat presence is pleasant, but the artificial medicinal cherry is overpowering. Coarse, with an almost cinnamon like heat on the finish.

M - Coarse, dry, soda-like carbonation. Lightly grainy and wheat. Mildly sticky finish. Light-bodied, slightly high carbonation.

Overall, the cherry is clearly not very authentic in the least, and it's safe to say that it ruins what would probably be a fine wheat beer without it. One of my least favorite beers from Samuel Adams, not one I will be having again.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat ---3/5.

mfnmbvp, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of mooseisloose
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my trusty 0.4 liter chalice it has a nice head that dissapates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Pours to a rusty yellow hue. The smell is very cherry, smells like JuicyJuice cherry in fact. Taste starts with the tartness of cherry followed by a brauny wheat. Carbonation is airy. Finish is more tartness. I like the "middle" taste with wheat and hint of cherry but the front end and back end are a little too sweet. Very different. I guess it would make a great "dessert" beer. Off the wall. Something I would serve as a conversation piece but wouldn't really drink in any quantity.

mooseisloose, May 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a thin white head.
It smelled of sweet cherry with a background that was somewhat "off".
You can taste the cherry - not so much the wheat.
It had a stickiness to it.
I drank it - but I would rather have the Lindeman's Kriek Lambic if I wanted this style. This tasted like a cherry soda. Not bad, but nothing special. Not the best from Boston Brewery.

jwc215, May 30, 2006
Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a pale golden yellow color with 2” head. Slow rising carbonation bubbles are clearly visible. No lacing develops.

Smell: artificial cherry aroma is not very pleasant.

Taste: artificial cherry flavor is thankfully mild as some pear and grape sweetness, dry wheat tones, and a soft bitterness make up an uneventful fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Brief cherry filled aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: this beer grew very tiring on the tastebuds as the glass emptied. Select any other SA beer for a more satisfying session.

Gavage, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of BlackJeremiah
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.

A: Light amber in color, fluffy, 1 1/2" head, leaving lots and lots of great lacing.

S: Maraschino and dark cherries really dominate this, to a fault. Hints of bready malt and yeast, maybe some candied sugar. The scent is really very one-dimensional, like someone poured grenadine in it.

T: Dark cherry tartness, some maraschino sweetness--but thankfully not a lot. Sugars, malt, and yeast--all very mild and far too subtle. Again, the taste is a bit one-sided, but not as much as the scent.

M: Light, almost hollow. Like everything else here, it's neither offensive nor exceptional. It just seems like a real lack of thought and effort went into this one.

D: Easy to drink, for sure, but so is a Long Island Iced Tea. This is not the fruit-brewed beer I would reach for--there are many, many better examples out there. That being said, if someone put a bottle in front of me, I would drink it without complaint.

The BBC has yet to impress me with its fruit characteristics in any of its beers. Like the gorgeous girl at the party whose favorite song is the new Chingy single, this is darn good looking, but you wouldn't want to live with it.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pour is a cloudy golden orange-brown with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smell is of grenadine, and some yeast.

taste is sweet, cherry, wheat, and some malt.

overall good for a fruit beer, cherry is not overwhelming, and the wheat comes through nicely, a little too sweet though.

froghop, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of thefenst
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a Sam Adams mixed 12-pack.
Poured into a pilsener glass for lack of other clean glassware.
The beer looks very pretty, an light amber with burgandy overtones.
It smells decent, kind of a mix between a hefeweizen and cherry soda.
When I first took a sip of this beer, I liked it. It starts off in taste like a normal weissebier, which I love. However, with each additional sip, I felt like I was drinking Sam Adam's with a cherry Luden's cough drop in my mouth.
If you like cherry soda (think IBC Black Cherry) and Sam Adams Hefeweizen, you might like this, as it pretty much tastes like those two beverages mixed together.
This beer is refreshingly carbonated and I found it to be best when fairly cold (around 40-45F).
This could be a very good beer were it not for this artificial cherry flavor. It is very drinkable and refreshing, and wouldn't be a bad choice when trying to convert people from macros.
I couldn't drink more than a couple of these, though.

thefenst, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of ghostmech007
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Pours a nice bright orange with yellow notes. Big head with nice froth that dissapated after a while.

Cherry is very present and smells amazing. Slight grain smell.

Creamy and smooth on the tongue. Lively carbonation makes a good weight too. But the thing is the cherry taste was so prominate in this drink that it made me a little sick. It's like they put essience of cherry in a wheat beer and forgot the wheat. I honestly thought that this would be paired great with food.... I was wrong.

Now don't get my wrong I never had this one before and I thought it would good, I just won't drink it again. But the thing is my girlfriend loved it...

ghostmech007, May 22, 2007
Photo of Hatch
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with pry-off top. Freshness date on lable.

Pours a light amber color that is somewhat transparent. Brings out a white head that disipates with minimal lacing with poor retention. Nothing speical.

Smells of cherries, artificial cherry smell, i guess like cherry candy. The cherry aroma dominates the smell.

Taste of cherry flavoring at first along with a weak malt bite. Somehwat crisp. Minimal hopping with very, very slight bitterness that doesn't last very long. Not too balanced here, but hell, it's a fruit beer catered towards a certain target audience who probably wouldn't notice anyway.

Fairly drinkable if you can stand the flavoring.

Notes: It's a fruit beer, so some people are going to like this beer, and some people aren't. I'd say it would be a decent beer to try once, or maybe a good desert beer, or something to go along with a salad. Still for what it's trying to pull off, it does fairly well. It's a bland wheat ale that's flavored with cherries, readily available.

Hatch, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drink by 11/05, poured into a chalice.
Dr. Pepper comes to mind. That cherry flavor you find in cherry colas, or those fake processed cherries that every icecream parlor carries.
Looks pretty good, like a cloudy pale ale and a white head; laces the glass some.
The smell introduces you to the Dr. Pepper similarities... some malty sweetness can be found in there but it's overpowered by cherry flavoring.
The taste is even more so. The wheat chimes in a little bit in the flavor but mostly that Dr. Pepper impersonator thing comes through. I haven't had a cherry cola in a long time so this lights a nostalgia bulb for me.
The mouthfeel on this one fluctuates but it has one of the worst finishes I can recall in a beer. The thin body and soda-like carbonation (and some wheaty texture) save this some, but the finish is just harsh. Artificial flavor, sticks to the teeth, chewing on cardboard, something is wrong here finish to the mouthfeel.
If you keep guzzling this down you can procrastinate experiencing the finish (perhaps a beer bong candidate). Nothing else is terrifically intense so otherwise this goes down pretty easily, but reaching for another bottle just doesnt seem like a good idea.
If you like Dr. Pepper and chewing on cardboard, then this is the beer for you!

ommegangpbr, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of masterbruewer
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange/amber color with a thin white head and decent lacing. Light steady carbonation.

The smell is like a jar of marischino cherries. Not much malt or hop scent.

The taste is heavy on cherry, light on beer. Almost like carbonated cherry soda with a hop aftertaste. Some of the traditional wheat beer flavors develop with time.

The mouthfeel is average, but slightly syrupy.

This is a nice dessert beer, my second favorite fruit wheat beer, behind Abita's Purple Haze raspberry wheat. I don't think I could drink many of them in a sitting, it's a very sweet beer.

masterbruewer, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barely cloudy golden color. Big foamy head leaves good lacing behind.

Overly sweet smell, like an open jar of maraschino cherries. A little wheatiness fights its way through. Not much else.

The thing that's always bothered me about this beer is that the cherry flavor is overdone and overbearing. It comes across as very artificial, like a black cherry soda more than a fruit beer. Though they claim it's brewed with "real Michigan cherries," it just seems like they've added candied cherry juice rather than brewing with whole fruit. There's no tartness, like a cherry lambic, just sugary sweetness. A little grassy quality through the middle, with the aftertaste slowly fading into a welcome bitterness.

Feel is somewhat nice. Crisp with a medium to light body.

I just wish they'd tone it down a bit so that some other flavors had a chance to present themselves, then maybe the drinkability wouldn't suffer as much. Wheats don't seem to be this brewery's niche, though their White Ale is pretty decent.

Hoagie1973, May 11, 2008
Photo of ThaBobfather
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good pour. Thin but sticky head.
This beer has a good mix of cherry and wheat flavor.
There is a hint of cherry here but not balanced nor impressive.
It is however, a delicious session beer for a hot spring day. Very drinkable with a little bit of taste to keep it different.

ThaBobfather, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Blech. Fruit beers just aren't for me. However, my husband loves the crap out of this beer. To me, this tastes like a mix of bad cherry candy or cough medicine, mixed with a decent wheat beer. If the cherry flavor was a bit more subtle, I think I'd like it a lot better.

iheartmyTHO, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of boogieman6
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%

boogieman6, Tuesday at 04:13 AM
Photo of jrnold
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear and gold. The thin white head on the pour disappears quickly.
S: So much cherry that I didn't smell any of the malt. The cherry smell gives indication that the cherry taste will be artificial.
T: The cherry flavor is strong and artificial.
M: Surprisingly medium bodied and thick, almost syrupy.
D: One is enough for me.

jrnold, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of hyuga
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.

hyuga, Mar 11, 2003
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,300 ratings.