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

Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat

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BA SCORE
72
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2,933 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 2933
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:
No notes at this time.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar's. Synthetic tasting cherry aroma and taste. Grapefruit body and a bit of soapy head, some lace. Looks OK, average mouthfeel. Nothing special to drink or taste. After some cherry lambics and wild yeasts recently, this didn't cut it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 04:08:39 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of wheat, grain, and some artificial cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with an almost sickening medicinal cherry flavor that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is pretty gross and undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:52:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dried apricot that appears crystal clear with indirect lighting and significantly hazy with an infusion of sunlight. It's definitely an interesting visual effect. The pale oatmeal colored cap is attractive. It resembles a windswept mesa as it deflates, and leaves a fair amount of sudsy lace behind.

There's no shortage of cherry in the nose. In fact, it smells so much like sweet cherries that there's no room left for it to smell like beer. It may not be the overpowering cherry bomb that some cherry lambics are, but there's no doubt what fruit was used. I'll have to give credit to BBC, they didn't do this one halfway. As to the question of artificial cherry versus actual cherry juice, it's sort of in the middle.

I'm definitely not as impressed with the flavor as I am with the appearance and the aroma. Whereas the nose is 95% cherries and 5% beer, the flavor is much more the latter than the former. SA Cherry Wheat tastes like what a wheat ale flavored with cherry should taste like (in a general sense at least). It doesn't hang together for me though. The base beer is too grainy and rough and tends to dominate the fruit.

It seems to me that a more neutral wheat ale, or even a pale ale, would have been a better choice. I also pick up a faint metallic tang and I can't shake the impression that the beer needs salt. As it warms, the cherry flavor takes on an increasingly artificial, almost medicinal quality. The mouthfeel is light-medium, is slightly chalky (odd) and heads toward watery on the finish.

Cherry Wheat may be my least favorite Samuel Adams offering to date. If my memory is accurate, I even thought the much maligned Cranberry Lambic was better. With a major tweak or two this could be an okay fruit beer. In its present form, no thank you.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 13:55:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got to try this one for the first time last night. I have to admit I was hesitant after the disaster that was the Cranberry Lambics. But I decided to give this one a shot to see if they could redeem themselves. Poured a very light pale yellow, almost completely clear it looked like, with a small fizzy white head that quickly faded and lots of champagne like carbonation.

The aroma was very light, lots of wheat and light grain here, with a touch of artificial cherry mixed in. This was pretty much the case with the flavor as well, was too light and what was there started out by tasting awfully artificial, like a generic cough drop. Really just not well put together. Virtually no aftertaste here either just did not help. Super light body with an almost seltzer like carbonation. You could drink a bunch, but would you really want to?

Overall I was not impressed. They seriously just cannot get anything done with fruit flavors anywhere near an acceptable level. I would not try this one again, as its just a waste of time for.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 12:31:56 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The beer pours an amber color with a short lived off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells like cherries, big time cherries. It's pretty much like a jar of maraschino cherries, but it's enjoyable. The more I smell it, the better I like the cherry character that's there. Not really much else going on in terms of the aroma.

T: The cherry flavor is nowhere near as prominent as the cherry aroma, but it is there. There is a surprising creaminess and an almost vanilla flavor. Sweet wheat and bread are actually noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation that is nice and smooth.

D: I guess I wouldn't be pounding down a 12 pack of this, but it's not a bad beer to have once every so often.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:38:03 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly red color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Wisconsin cherries with some more subtle wheat malt. Taste is also dominated by the sweet Wisconsin cherries with a light medicinal note that I wasn't exactly fond of. Wheat is very subdued and almost impossible to detect. A bit too much of the cough syrup taste for my taste buds but still a worthless effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 19:43:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big on the cherry flavor, but lacking on everything else. Pours a less-red-than-expected- color with disapointing head retention for a wheat. Aromas are big of cherry and nothing else. Flavors like cherry Kool-Aid (not real cherries). It has some good fruity tartness and a lacking barley or wheat quality. Lacking in the wheat flavors, textures, and apprearance. Yeast offers no fruity esters or spiciness. Barley malt is hardly detected. A thin mouthfeel and a fleeting finish. I am suprised that this beer didn't turn out better.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 16:16:00 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head. Nose brings loads of cherries. Seems a bit artificial, but not too much. Taste is some more super-sweet cherries that start to get quite a bit cloying. Light caramel, crusty flavors in the background. Feel is medium with quite a bit of sugar body. Quite cloying, which really affects the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 18:45:16 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head.
S: Aromas of cherries prominently stand out in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cherries, although there are some hints of wheat that prevent it from tasting like cough syrup.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink but there's no way that I would have more than one of these at a time because the smell and taste are both one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 23:53:58 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, light coppery body with a frothy, white head that left a nice-looking latticework of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Cherry-flavored throat drops chiefly holds sway over the nose with only sparse scents of wheat in the distant background.

Taste: Initial impression of lightly toasted wheat bread that grows to be a both a bit tangy and a bit sweetish. In jumps the tart flavor of Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops which even lasts into the aftertaste. Lightly leafy, predominately spicy hops with a touch of bitterness. Aside from the cherry flavoring, the rest of the various tastes and even the body grow increasingly thin as you begin to reach the drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, lightly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Personally, I would say there are many far more engaging fruit-based beers to be had, but, if you're a fan of the cherries and are looking for light, easy-going refreshment with a slight alcoholic kick, then this may be the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 22:16:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I've been ragged-on recently, but I will continue to force-pronounce the "h" in "wheat". Think Stewie Griffin and Cool Whip... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose tries to hint at a bit of dry wheat, but things are thoroughly dominated by a half-medicinal, half-artificial cherry smell. Not exactly my bowl o' fruit, so to speak. The taste intimates toward a wheat-y revolution, but the malevolent iron fist of the cherry junta maintains a constant vigil, keeping any subversive characters under an ever-present threat of violent reprisal. Worse, a mineral-y, tinny flavor caps things off at the finish. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decided miss. the cherry character just doesn't work at all. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:04:48 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color with a fluffy cream colored head. The bubbles are not that tight, but OK. The head lasts really well and leaves a little Belgian-lace. The aroma is very inviting, fruity - and yes, cherry - with sweet malt. A touch candyish but not off putting in any way. It has a medium body and the mouthfeel is fairly full. The flavor has a good combination of fruit and sweet, very lightly caramel malt. It does develop a somewhat medicinal, cherry cough drop flavor after a few sips. There's very little bitterness and yet it doesn't seem cloying; although it does seem to coat the tongue (must be the combination of residual malt sugars and extract flavor). The finish is limited, but the aftertaste lingers and seems to flip flop between a nice fruitiness and the medicinal quality. Overall, this beer seems to have improved over the years. A nice change of pace during the hot summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 18:06:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

On-tap in front of many screens of (surprise!) hockey in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden colour with one finger of creamy white head, which renders but a few streaks of lace around the glass in its hasty wake. It smells of sweet cherry gum, and overly-sugary malt. The taste is cherry cough syrup, sweet wheat, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and kind of slick, and not really all that smooth. It finishes with a sweet edgy, grainy wheatiness, and latent cherry candy saccharine overload.

It wavers kind of sickeningly between confection and medicine - after a few too many sips, I couldn't finish it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 06:45:34 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/20/07 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI, served in a plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color, with a decent off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is mostly a fruity cherry aroma, like a melted red pop-sickle, along with some wheat, spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor as expected, then there’s a transition into a bready wheat flavor. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is quite mild. However, I like the balance that the wheat flavor provides to the fruity sweetness, which is something you don’t get too often within this style. Once the wheat flavor starts to fade, the cherry flavor comes back for a sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry especially for such a sweet beer.

D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, slightly filling, I thought this beer wouldn’t be that great considering how bad the Cranberry Lambic is, but I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s one of the better beers that I’ve had within the style, but I wouldn’t want to drink more than one or two if there were something else available, especially since a given place that would have this beer on-tap will typically have Sam Adams Seasonal among others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 20:07:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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
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Mora2000

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has a bit of wheat, but what really comes through strongly is a ton of syrupy cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same, with the sweet, syrupy cherry notes coming through up front. I also get some wheat in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 06:07:37 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

Had this several times. Tried it again to review it.

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a foamy, pillowy, small, white head. Not much lacing.

S - Smelled of wheat and yeast. The cherry aroma is subtle but noticeable.

T - The cherry flavor realy comes through. Somewhat sour. Faint wheat and grain flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay fruit beer. It isn't a regular in my fridge, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 15:09:06 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry Wharton has got to be one of my 5 top Sam Adams releases. This beer is really great on it's own or as a dessert after a meal. The beer is on the lighter side, the color is golden. The head sticks around for a bit. The cherry flavor is super sweet in the beginning but trails off near the end when your taste buds are getting used to it. The aroma of this beer is wonderful. This beer is great if your just having one. If you start to have two or three back to back it starts to lose it's intensity. Very good though!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 19:20:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 03:59:38 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 00:07:36 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent lumpy, all white head. Slightly cloudy with an orange, light amber color.

Cherry sweetness in the aroma that reminds me of Kool-Aid, albeit a little more sour. No perceptible hop. No perceptible wheat (which is okay with me).

Like a sweettart, strong fruity sweetness that gives way to a lip puckering sourness that lasts through the aftertaste. There's a thin film left on the palate after the swallow.

Not as sour as a lambic, not as refreshing as a pilsner, this beer has a niche in between. A pleasant change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 17:04:24 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light hazy orange, with a thick white head, good retention, no lacing.

S: Smells just like a black cherry soda that you would get out of the cheap 25 cent vending machines.

T: Taste is not good. Cold the black cherry dominates and that is all right, would probably be a 3. As the beer warms up, this awful artificial cherry medicine flavour comes out, not something I want to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is really light and watery, I expected more.

D: Don't want to drink this beer as the bad cherry flavour comes out, didn't like it, avoid, Sam Adams' worst.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 04:26:53 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

these are unkind reviews. this is actually a pretty damn good fruit beer. it pours rather plain looking very clear golden color with a small white head. smells like fresh black cherries, floral and juicy, with plenty of wheat malts and a fairly mild yeast strain. flavor is major cherry all the way through. not dissimilar to the cherry vanilla yogurts ive seen around in the groceries. its got that sort of sweet fresh fruit element that i really like, it bitters for a second and then rounds out at the end. id like so see a more funky yeast get into the mix, saison style or something, i think that would give this beer a real kick in the crotch, but its tasty as it is in my opinion. feel is light and gassy, good in summer and also with a certain holiday appeal.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 10:40:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy gold with a decent head that retains a very nice lace. Nose is heavy cherry aroma with little wheat. Taste is crisp and dry with some cherry flavor and bitterness. Refreshing but not what to get when looking for a beer. Worth a try though

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 03:38:02 | More by barleywinefiend
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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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