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

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Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat

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3,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,552
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 464 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Cherry Wheat Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color, produced a small white head, average retention and an ample amount of lacing was left on the glass. The aroma consisted of soft wheat and maraschino cherries.- Aroma is outstanding. Light in body, the foundation contained malted wheat and tart cherries. For a fruit beer, crisp, refreshing and a nice session beer.

Photo of bluerabbit
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Abe_Froman
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of goindownsouth
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured from the 12 ounce bottle a clean and golden in colour. The head was decent, but quickly faded to a lace along the glass. This fruit beer is rather dry, IMHO, which is not necessarily a terrible thing. The aromas of malt and cherry are prevalent, but almost to a fault. Still, this is a fine fruit beer, that also serves as a refreshing brew as well.

Zum wohl!

Photo of irishgreensoda
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of happygnome
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: coudy golden amber color with eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving average amount of lacing
s: the cherry aroma is very strong, kind of overwhelming, I thought the sweet smell was too strong
t: the cherry flavor dominates the palate with only hints of the yeast flavor
m: light to medium bodied average carbonation

overall, this is not a beer that I will seek out again, its way too sweet in my opinion

Photo of Bierleichen
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of cowboy83
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Ricochet
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, I can open a jar of marischino cherries, and smell this beer. There was a slight beer scent, but it was all fakey-cherry. It's a light orange color, with slightly cloudy appearence and a very nice head that stayed a long time.

It was a good balance of the fakey cherry flavor, just like marischino cherries and a little bit of flacor from the wheat in the beer, but , this was all cherry with a hollow finish. One thing noted, I prefer the artifical cherry flavor presented here, as opposed to the bitter flavor of cherry.

In the summer, I could drink this a lot. It's light, not as sweet as a cherry pop, and reminds me of "kiddie cocktails" I used to have as a kid. However, when I want a beer, I want a beer.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a translucent golden tone while yielding a 2" foamy head that quickly lapses into a collar around the glass; no real lacing to speak of.

unsurprisingly, the nose comes out of the blocks with a good dose of cherry, joined by some secondary wheaty notes.

taste delivers more of the same. strong cherry presence through and through, which is blended with a background wheaty, light maltiness.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this beer catches a lot of flak, but to me it's a reasonably enjoyable fruit beer. maybe i'm biased from cherry wheat being an old favorite, and while i wouldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting, i find it relatively tasty and refreshing - a decent summer brew.

Photo of JxExM
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.49/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Shock Top weizen glass. Label notched best before Nov 2011, so it's still good for another 3 months.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow body. Medium white head with medium retention.

Smell - Moderately strong maraschino cherries up front. Slight undertones of wheat beer. Smells delicious. You've really got to be in the mood for it though.

Taste - Wheat front end. Corny musk body. Cherry finish... though somehow still dry. Little weird. Pretty much no sweetness. A bit of earthy musk and astringency throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. Surprisingly, considering the smell. Strange astringency kills the beer for me.

Overall - Had high hopes for this beer, because I like a good sweet fruit beer once in a while. But this was just dry, astringent, and kinda weird. I can imagine it might go good with specific food pairings, but doesn't stand on its own as a straightforward beer.

Photo of supercolter
3.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a fruit beer person myself, but this wasn't too bad.
Appearance was decent, an nice red glow with decent head.
Smell is inviting, bing cherries light malt
Taste is ok, just feels like its missing something.
Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are mid stream all the way

Photo of waughbrew
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Gold like a pale ale, big soft head. Sweetened cherries with some bready malt and a hint of earthy hops. Not bad, just dominated by a simple sweetened fruit flavor that gets annoying to me. Medium-bodied, smooth and soft. Well-made. Fine beer, not my favorite flavor and rather simple strong cherry. I can enjoy one of these every once-in-a-while.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scoobybrew
3.94/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - very light amber color with a slight (not as much as expected) haze, thick head that settles but is well retained

S - cherry aroma with some wheat malt notes

T - dominate cherry taste, but strong wheat malt base behind it and a very slight hop finish

M - medium body with a moderate carbonation

D - As far as fruit beers go, this is probably one of the best commercial beer available (that's not a lambic or lambic variant - way different ballgame). It has a nice fruit flavor but isn't cloying and has a nice strong beer base backing it - enjoyable anytime of year.

Photo of freshflesh
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of phisig137
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a medium amber color, with a slight tinge of pink, and a one finger head. Poor retention and minimal lacing.

S- Artificial cherry extract dominates the aroma. Smells like Luden's cough drops.

F- Not bad, but not good either. The fake cherry flavor dominates the beer, almost making this taste like Nyquil, especially the "red death" flavor. Slightly sweet and artificial all around.

M- Sticky and smooth.

D- I don't think I could drink more than one.

Overall, not that great. Sam Adams usually does a great job on most of their beers, but this misses the mark. Put this one in the same boat as the cranberry lambic. That being said, I will agree that of all the fruit beers, cherry is without a doubt the hardest to pull off. Even using fresh organic cherries, it can still taste like cough syrup. This is better than average, but not quite up to the sublime cherry nirvana that is achieved by New Glarus. With some work, this beer could be great... Until then, I'll save this a my last beer out of the six pack when outside.

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