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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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3,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,126
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 21
Gots: 151 | 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:
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Photo of BeanBone


2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-amber colored body with a massive and sticky off-white head. Great lacing.

Aroma: An overabundance of candy-like cherry. Some definite wheaty beer underneath, but the balance is out of whack.

Taste: The cherry flavor is certainly in the spotlight here and almost reminds me of cherry cough syrup. Underneath, there's a firmly subservient and very average wheat body. Sweet, but not too cloying. Lingering aftertaste of cherries.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability: If you're not put off by the strong cherry flavor, rather good drinkability.

Verdict: As wrong as it seems, there is something pleasant about the cherry flavor. However, it still seems much better suited to the candy world than the beer world. This is a very strange beer, and I find it hard to rate. All I can really say is that while I certainly don't love it, I don't absolutely hate it either. I suppose that makes it average.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 19:28:46 | More by BeanBone
Photo of Goobastic

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-03-2012 11:59:29 | More by Goobastic
Photo of Jarod


4.43/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was at a local restaurant and it was summer time. I was looking for a good wheat beer to go with the hogie that I ordered. The waitress said that the only one was the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. I tried it and was suprised how good this one was, since I was going in blind. The cherry was there but not over powering with no after taste. This was a very smooth tasting beer. Left the mouth with a nice feeling, not to full. Enjoyed this so much that I went out the next day and bought a case. Great thirst quencher for any time of year !

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 12:28:15 | More by Jarod
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

05-23-2012 23:24:40 | More by ILiveOffHops
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

10-04-2012 16:32:17 | More by brealbg
Photo of SHCC


2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-22-2012 02:17:58 | More by SHCC
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

12-24-2013 21:30:52 | More by aqualung23
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

06-28-2012 03:30:01 | More by g_jenkins
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New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%

01-12-2014 22:39:52 | More by Lambocalrisien
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath


3/5  rDev -4.2%

05-31-2013 18:07:35 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
Photo of jmbranum


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

I've had this beer several years ago and wasn't impressed (then I thought it was too sweet and not very complex), but I was pleasantly surprised with this tasting I had as part of a beer sampler.

Bright orangish color with a small head. Very slightly hazy.

The cherry flavor and aroma is what jumps out at you in this beer. It reminds me of the flavor of those chocolate covered cherries that sell at Christmas time, and is surprisingly pleasant and drinkable.

The wheat part is pretty subtle, and frankly a bit more malt flavor could round this beer out nicely.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable and is a definite improvement over what it tasted like (at least to me) in the past.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:18:47 | More by jmbranum
Photo of kinger


2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strong supporter of Sammy's products but this isn't my cup of tea. Pleasant sweet aroma the cherry is nice to the nose. Tacky feel, finish is alright. Flavor is a lost cause for me. The beer has enough malt character but the cherry just seems forced and unnatural. Slightly overdone perhaps, but I prefer cherries in darker beers. Solid effort and the ladies seem to dig it so it's not a bad beer, just isn't my style.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:11:12 | More by kinger
Photo of Lukebell15


2/5  rDev -36.1%

10-06-2012 20:45:01 | More by Lukebell15
Photo of Barnsley


3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

07-28-2013 18:26:00 | More by Barnsley
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuels Adams Cherry Wheat is certainly an interesting concept for a beer, and in my opinion is one of the more easily accessible fruit beers. Those who are turned off by even a light, cloying sweetness would do best to avoid this beer as this is definitely on of the sweeter beers available. However, Boston Beer Co. pulls this one off well enough that one doesn't think of it as a alcoholic soda-pop while drinking it.

This beer pours a rather nice, mostly-clear copper color with an off-white 2-finger foam head which lasts about 2 minutes before thinning out (and leaving some light lace). The smell is almost all cherry, with just a very light graininess underneath that. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and lightly carbonated, but retains a decent smoothness. The taste? What can I say: cherries! Somewhat reminicent of a Luden's cough drop, but it has a very light edge of tartness so that it isn't too cloying. The malt/wheat flavors in this beer are very light indeed, but somewhat detectable. The hop bitterness is very light and hardly noticeable in the finish. The aftertaste has cherry flavor of course, but also a pretty nice toasted wheat flavor, which reminds of coffee for some reason. This finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This is an easy drinking brew (unless you get sickened easy by sweet stuff). This could be served as an after-dinner or desert beer. Just make sure you like cherries before trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 22:20:33 | More by Beastdog75
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

01-20-2013 02:15:29 | More by KornWallace
Photo of Lupe

New York

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

Hazy gold with a decent head that retains a very nice lace. Cherry aroma hits immediatly. Crisp and dry with some cherry flavor and bitterness. Very refreshing but not what to get when looking for a beer. Good for a change of pace during the dog days of summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 05:29:14 | More by Lupe
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1.73/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best before Dec 07.

Clear copper with a small beige head, decent lace.

Aroma is overpowering maraschino cherries.

Flavor is artificial cherry with a light dusting of wheat.

Finish was dry with a sour note.

This was a disappointment. Glad I only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 06:41:25 | More by Padron4KM
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New York

3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours an orange/really soft amber coloe with a fluffy off white head with pretty good retention
S-cherry cough syrup and wheat
T-More of the same. Cherry and wheat malt mixed up front met with some hop bitterness and leaves cherry flavor on the palate. It's honestly not badly balanced but the artificial cherry flavor is a bit much
M-medium-light bodied
O-Not my favorite but I could drink it

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 01:47:17 | More by atr2605
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

05-18-2012 19:43:24 | More by chasmandocharles
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South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle with best by date of June '09. I need to clarify that I bought several bottles on a clearance sale for only 50 cents each!

A: Cloudy amber with a slight pinkish hue. Decent white head and heavy lacing.

S: Strong cherry aromas that overpower almost anything else.

T&M: Light bodied, medium carbonated typical wheat. Strong cherry flavor, very smooth and light wheat taste. Excellent beer for quantity without overindulgence.

If you like cherries or cherry flavor you'll love this!!! Some of the reviews I have read seem a bit harsh and I sense that maybe these folks may not particularly care for cherry flavor? I have been a fan of this stuff since it came out many years ago and have had it on tap as well. Most of the time it is great but there is some inconsistency with batches so if you get a bad six pack or draught, definitely try another single or on tap. I can say that this particular bottle, even though it is over a month out of date, is still excellent. As a plus, I believe it is now bottle conditioned for longer shelf life.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 21:31:54 | More by cdizinno
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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

02-17-2013 21:07:30 | More by boudreaux
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

07-08-2012 01:46:06 | More by dextermcgurk
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

04-12-2014 17:59:12 | More by Notacraftdrinker
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden amber with subtle magenta highlights and a very light haze. Pillowy 1" head with decent lace and retention. Looks nice!

Smell: Sweet Maraschino cherries with a subtle wheaty outline. Although I know that there are no artificial flavors here, the cherry scent was somewhat "off-natural" but not necessarily a detriment. Very summery.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Sweet cherries up front replaced by slightly stale breadiness and wheat in the middle. Mild sweetness in the finish. Decent but not excellent. Slightly thin & watery, but refreshing. Drinkability is decent, but more than one would be too sweet for me. Good for summertime, but not a year round drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 14:59:28 | More by EPseja
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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