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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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BA SCORE
72
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3,369 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 3,369
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 272 | 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)
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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's not good or bad, it just is. Basically tastes like cherry on a triscuit. There's a strong sweet cherry flavor on top of white american wheat. Smells of mostly cherries with a little wheat. Not really my taste, but if you're a beer noob or into fruit beer its worth a shot. Some of my friends that enjoy craft beer also love this stuff so it can't be too bad.

tempest, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
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

barleywinefiend, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

akorsak, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

mothman, May 04, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -4.2%

ejimhof, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 23, 2013
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 BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BARFLYB, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zorro, May 13, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

jdhilt, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wasatch, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of BillRoth
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -4.2%

LXIXME, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ppoitras, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

smakawhat, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

biegaman, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tdm168, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated best by Nov. 2011; served in a pint glass.

Gold in color, and hazy. A moderate pour produced a very creamy looking 1+ finger of off-white head. The head soon settled to a thin but complete cover that lasted a good while, leaving some lace as the level decreased. Visible fine carbonation.

In short, this beer smells and tastes like it should, as a "Cherry Wheat" - both cherries and wheat/malt are clearly present in both the nose and the taste. The aroma suggests a sweeter ale, more dominated by the cherries than turns out to be the case upon tasting.

I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, on the whole, with some exceptions. This is one of those exceptions. I found the fine cherry fruit flavor, the wheat and other grains, and a bit of hops to be very well balanced and to mix nicely. The cherries make a nice contribution to the mildly bittersweet and faintly hoppy finish.

M - medium body and moderate carbonation, both well-suited to the ale; slightly dry finish.

O - an exceptional wheat beer and summer seasonal that is worth seeking out.
{re-visited in May 2014}

chinchill, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

beerthulhu, Feb 28, 2008
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,369 ratings.