Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.73/5 rDev +19.2%
Pours an orange/amber with a thin, wispy, white head. Smells of almond paste and sweet cherries with a bit of crisp, lemony wheat in the background. Tastes sweet and quite almondy with sweet cherries following and the same lemony wheat. A hot of sweet cherry liqueur on the finish. There is a bit of tartness to check the sweetness, but no denying that this is a sweet beer. I like this a bit more than most, but I can have a sweet tooth at times.
08-21-2011 18:52:53 | More by Georgiabeer
3.93/5 rDev +25.6%
12 ounce bottle, freshness date of Aug 04. Pours golden bronze, with a respectable off white head. Obvious nose of cherry and some yeast in the background. As advertised, cherry flavor carries the freight here. Typical american wheat beer mouth feel and body. Sweet Cherry flavor just about right strenghwise, present but not overpowering. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. Nice summer quaffer or desert beer.
04-18-2004 10:27:53 | More by Billolick
3.18/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a patch of thin film and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.
S: The aroma of this beer is intensely artificial cherry with some light underlying hints of wheat.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is quite one dimensional with the artificial cherry flavor dominating. There is a very light hint of wheat in the beer but it is almost cough syrup like.
M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.
O: This beer is refreshing and easy to drink but not a beer that I want to have more than one in a session - it is a little too artificial cherry for me.
05-31-2012 00:13:05 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev +12.8%
On-tap at Champions. Oh yeah, the Ravens beat the Saints!
A: The ale is cloudy, a coppery light color that looks heavy with sediment. That sediment leaves the ale opaque despite the lighter hue. A finger of white head accompanies the beer.
S: The nose has sweet cherry juice that dominates all other aspects. The fruits reign supreme and what little wheat escapes is bready rather than tart.
T: The ale practically screams out 'Cherry Juice'. That sweetness, a tempered flavor, semi-sweet and lacking a syrupy twang, isn't as bad as you'd think. Objectively, it comes close to cloying but, just as it does, the wheat rides in to save the day. The flavor, sweet with a bready flavor that doesn't come close to wheat tartness, isn't half bad, especially if one is in the mood for a fruit beer.
M: The mouthfeel is sweet, full of sweet cherry juices. The malt body is thick, an able support for the cherries.
D: Very drinkable and lower in alcohol. Not a go-to fruit beer but drinkable enough.
12-19-2010 22:20:53 | More by akorsak
2.7/5 rDev -13.7%
(Served in a Sam Adams glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a racing carbonation supporting a thin film of snow white.
S- the bright full aroma of linden’s cherry cough drops dominates the aroma with no malt coming through at all.
T- The cherry flavor is chemical and has a medicinal bitterness to it with some corn DMS that lingers in a dry finish. There is also and artificial cherry flavor that hangs on long after each sip aswell.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel finishes with a tight fizz.
O- The artificial cherry flavor and strong corn flavor make it hard to drink and any other flavors are well hidden underneath those.
07-23-2013 15:06:41 | More by rhoadsrage
3.38/5 rDev +8%
Pours a four-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium bodied and light carbonation. Strong cherry nose. Flavor is all cherry and no wheat, clean finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
04-26-2007 22:32:26 | More by jdhilt
3.68/5 rDev +17.6%
A beer I have enjoyed from time to time for at least 10 years I have some how just never reviewed.
Pours a mildly hazy amber colored beer with a very healthy off white colored head.
Smell is strong maraschino candied cherry and wheat malt. And that is it in a nutshell maraschino cherry.
Taste is slightly sweet with a wheat malt flavor accented by the maraschino cherry flavor just like it smells. Not a terribly complex flavor, just wheat malt and cherry, no hops tasted. After a while this starts to taste a bit like a cherry Pop tart.
Mouthfeel is good and bready.
A tasty beer that is perfect for dessert. Certainly not a beer for everyone but if you love the taste of maraschino cherry then this beer is for you.
05-13-2006 02:16:11 | More by Zorro
2.93/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
02-16-2008 19:40:04 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.35/5 rDev +7%
Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass.
Pours a very small fizzy head. Some lace rings. Color is slightly hazy. Golden orange.
Aroma: very simple: cough syrup and that is about it.
Taste: Dried cherries, wheat of course. A very tarty beer.
Mouthfeel is light bodied. Smooth easy drinking beer. Ends with a dry cherry aftertaste.
Overall, there are just way too many cherries in this beer. If they toned it down a bit, I would be able to have another, but not at this rate. This could maybe be an alright summer beer.
05-04-2009 21:59:14 | More by mothman
3.18/5 rDev +1.6%
12oz single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. Thanks for the bottle Ryan.
A- Sammy's cherry wheat is a pale orange color that does not resemble cherries or redness in any way. Not a fault, I just thought it would be darker, but it is a wheat beer so there is that. The slightest bit of sediment. A very hard pour yielded a quarter inch of off white head, no lacing.
S- Somewhere between a wheat and fruit beer with the former winning the race. A nice wheat scent with some cherry influence. Kinda smells like the base beer was a wheat and some cherry was infused. Very minimally, this comes off as cough elixir. Some underlining sweet malt, no hops come up.
T- Kinda mirrors the smell with the wheat taste beating the fruit just by a nose. I remember this being more fruity in the past, perhaps SA re-tooled the recipe? A wheat base with some cherry syrup put in, I don't know. Some soothing caramel malts for the finish. Children's cough suppressant, not as much in the past, which works better IMO.
M&D- A bit of crispness initially from the carb, but that dies as this warms. Cherry wheat is a step below medium bodied with a O.K. feel. For a fruit beer I expect the cherry flavor to stay with me for a bit, but this just kind of vanishes away. A low ABV and a decent taste make this good for two bottles, I would not go farther than that though.
10-10-2009 23:05:31 | More by BARFLYB
3.98/5 rDev +27.2%
Pours a cloudy orange color with a small head which does not last long, but lots of carbonation. A nice lacing after pour though. Scent is very sweet with a cherry aroma. Light body with a very nice cherry after taste, not really much bite, but what do you expect from a 5.2% brew. As with most if not all SAs brews very drinkable. This brew really surprised me since I've never had any kind of beer with a fruit in it. A very nice session beer.
08-02-2005 23:53:41 | More by Wasatch
3.58/5 rDev +14.4%
Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.
Smallish slightly off-white head on an amber shaded brew. Lacing was excellent. Reasonably strong cherry aroma. Taste was pale malts balanced with cherry flavor, but not overpowered by them. Mouthfeel was good for a fruit beer, which is a reasonable compliment since I am not the world's biggest fruit beer fan. Drinkability was good as well, although I am guessing the cherry flavor was strong enough to get old after awhile. Better than I thought it would be, give it a try.
06-20-2004 01:01:53 | More by ppoitras
3.5/5 rDev +11.8%
Exhibits a nice pinkish color from the cherries used in brewing. Light and a no head retention to speak of.
Smell is overwhelmingly of cherries. Almost like cherry soda.
The taste is solid. Bitter cherries mingle with bitter hops. I'm actually diggin this ride. Light malt adds a touch. Wine like, specifically sherry.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Drinkiability is moderate to average. Not an everyday beer but when the occassion calls for it, its a dessert beer.
01-26-2009 01:10:35 | More by Stinkypuss
3.08/5 rDev -1.6%
A big white, foaming head sits atop a light orange laced, golden body. Head dies down to a film.
smell of cherry syrup, toasted malt and a bit of lemongrass.
Tastes like a cherry wheat. Cherry and wheat grains, slightly toasted and sweet. Cherry flavor is a bit deceiving as it seems slight, but wears on you.
Feels a bit thick, not as crisp as I would have liked. Probably will not intentionally have again, but will drink it.
04-06-2007 01:20:25 | More by Mebuzzard
3.2/5 rDev +2.2%
I am happy beers like this one exist, because well, it makes the macro beer world a much more interesting place. But unfortunately, I didn't like this one, and well, it wasn't all that good...
Appearance is cloudy, no head. Strong (really strong) aroma of maraschino cherries, which is nice, but doesn't come out nearly as much in the taste. Body is well carbonated but flavour is quite flat. The cherry flavour is too sweet for beer - the maraschino cherry anyways. I might suggest a different type of cherry? This seems more like it should belong to a mixed cooler. Flavour can come across as artificial at times, though it is well fitted into the beer and stays well rounded. Overall this beer was a fun one, but I don't think it quite works... Too sweet a flavour and yet not nearly enough taste. Somewhat below par for what it should be.
12-03-2006 04:18:20 | More by biegaman
3.13/5 rDev 0%
Poured on tap into a pint glass.
Since I didn't pour it myself, head is barely a finger of white but manages to leave a simple collar throughout while drinking. Body is fairly clear and clean of a simple light gold with some visible carbonation. No lacing to speak of.
Bouquet is an overly dominant smell of supermarket from the jar artificial neon red maraschino cherries. The fake stuff, not real cherries. No biscuit aroma, no hops no nothing. It's an overwhelming artificial smell as if you just cracked open the lid. Since it's named Cherry wheat I give it props, but since I hate fake cherries with a passion, I am also not pleased therefore it gets middle of the road for smell.
Taste. Overall not too bad, the biscuit and bread isn't really in the taste until you swallow then there's a bit of bread chew on the swallow. Body is very solid and not too wet either. It is once again overwhelmingly a fake cherry fruit and very sugar sweet.
If that cherry "type" of smell and taste is your thing you'll love this beer. For me though it isn't that great cause I prefer real fruit taste and this isn't it. But it does have characteristics of a solid wheat ale almost and that makes it at least drinkable.
02-05-2011 02:49:13 | More by smakawhat
2.53/5 rDev -19.2%
A: Poured a medium amber-orange with a slight sudsy white head that quickly dissipated.
S: a overbearing, artifical-like sweetness contributed by the cherries, and some sugary fruitness.
T: cherries, very fruity and pretty much one dimensional. There was some cereal grains in the palate but it was the cherries that pretty much dominated the flavor.
M: overcarbonated providing a lively tingling and fizziness with a thin body.
D: Drinkability was like a cherry 7-up. Pass on this one.
02-28-2008 00:40:54 | More by beerthulhu
3.55/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours a pale amber with a thin lacing of head. The nose has notes of cherries and very faint malt. The taste is faint malt, faint cherries, and slight yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
This isn't a bad beer, but it's syrupy and medicinal at times. The cherry flavor is faint, and overall, this is a one dimensional, easy drinker.
11-05-2011 16:27:17 | More by tdm168
2.75/5 rDev -12.1%
Looks ok, not necessarily a cherry appearance. A little noticeable in the head. Aroma is ample.
Taste is more reminiscient of a totally different style, like a lambic or diet cherry coke moreso than beer. None of the usual indicators that this is a wheat beer either. I'd say if you like fruit, go lambic or saison, if you like wheat beers, get a normal wheat/white/wit for that kind of thing.
03-12-2010 17:19:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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