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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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1,138 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,138
Hads: 3,688
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 42.24%
Wants: 41
Gots: 614 | 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 beerfan82
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is good but there is a little to much sweetness to it. When one first drinks the beer it tastes more like a sweetened beverage than a beer. The intial taste is good but the taste flatens out when one starts to swallow the beer. Overall this is a okay beer but it is a little to sweet for a same adams beer for my taste. The cherry and beer flavor could be a little more balanced. The cherry taste almost overpowers the beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice amber color, low head. It smelled sweet and hoppy, with light cherry overtones.

The taste was of crisp wheat, with a cherry fore- and after-taste. As I like fruit beers, and like cherries, this was very nice.

Overall, a very nice, drinkable beer and one to try either by itself or with light, non-spicy snacks on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with a good lace. Very strong pleasant cherry smell. Taste is quite mild with cherries and a little bit of malt, but nonexistant bitterness. It goes down very smoothly. A good refreshment that would complement milder foods or good on its own.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of tjd25
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice long lasting creamy head, glittering opaque orange color body. The smell is of artificial cherry, like cherry yogurt. Cherry yogourt in the taste with some peaches and hints of sourness. The mouthfeel is creamy and round, with a low carbonation. The artificial aromas and flavors are quite annoying. I wouldn't want to have another one. Then again, I don't really like cherry.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is big, off-white, foamy. The beer is almost clear, a dirty orange-amber. Aroma is very sweet: cherry ice cream, really. Sweet cherries dominate the front with sweet cream filling in the middle. It's almost a white chocolate taste. Finishes better: the sweetness tames, it bitters a little and nuts show. This isn't a bad beer. Creamy, with a nice, nutty finish. But it's too sweet for me, even as an ice cream beer.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved the billowy, spontaneous head that developed over the light orange body. Egg white and sticky, it gave this beer a nice appearance. Smell was cold cherry ice--and refreshing.

The cherry grain taste was good and refreshing. Notes of vanilla. A sizable hop bitterness comes in and lasts towards the end, which turned this a little more into a drinkable beer for me.

Mouthfeel was creamy, with medium body. However, I would've like something a little more lively. Very easy to drink, but I wouldn't feel like drinking more than two I think.

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Photo of Hunter
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice red-amber color, strong carbonation and an almost-white head that manages to stick around a respectable amount of time. The cherry is noticeable in the aroma, balanced well with light hops and wheat. Taste lives up to the promise of the smell: wheat and hops lead the way, are joined by the cherry midway before giving way to a nice fruity finish. The cherry is subtle and fades fast and clean enough to avoid a cough-syrup tackiness. I live in the desert and this is a beer in my regular rotation during the summer when I want something light, refreshing, and able to cut through a dry throat with a little bite. Utterly drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed honey gold, with a decent offwhite head. Head diminishes to collar and film foam within a minute of the pour, but leaves some impressive sheet and patch lace down the side of the glass.
Aroma is cherry soda. Like a "Cheerwine", a southern cherry soda that I loved in my youth. Faint wheat notes of malt are in the background.
Mouthfeel is average, with sparkly carbonation.
Taste is cherry soda, with a doughy caramel malt background. No hops are in evidence.
After a couple of these, the cherry sweetness becomes cloying and artificial. Still, this is a drinkable and somewhat light beer, if you like cherry soda with a mild kick.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that really wowed me in my earlier beer drinking days. Now I'm taking a good look at it to do a review. Pouring into my mug the look of the beer is less than great. Almost no head and a slightly hazy yellow body. Taking a whiff I smell nothing but cherries. Not the artificial sugary candy cherry, but fresh unsweetened cherries. Not much in the way of malt. Tasting it is mostly crisp cherries also but with a small amount of wheat flavor and mild hop bitterness. Very drinkable beer with a nice taste. Could use some more malt and hop complexity to make it a serious brew. Would be better with the cherries as an afterthought to an already good beer, rather than the predominant ingredient, because without the cherries this would be a very weak wheat beer.
Overall, I do like it, but I think next time I'll drink it straight from the bottle while cooking up some bbq with some friends.

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Photo of MattFrenzy
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Newly discovered and now one of my current favorites. I could drink this constantly, and have. Aroma is all cherries. Cherry taste is strong but not overpowering, declines quickly into wheat with a slight bitterness but finishes cleanly. This beer will be great for the summer.

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Photo of necoadam
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cherry Wheat. Uh oh. This is one of the more stranger beers from Sam Adams. Poured out a dark gold which left lacing around the glass. Pretty nice appearance I must admit. Smell was mostly cherries, almost like cough syrup. Taste was average at best. Wheat upfront mixed with some cherries. Cherries seemed to be quite sweet. A little sweetier than I expected it to be. Ah, average at best.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

While I don't know if I would say this is one of the worst beers I have had, it is certainly not very drinkable - I like the first, but couldn't stand it by the third. Pours a golden color with lot of carbonation and a quickly dissapatind, medium sized head. Aroma is entirely of cherries. Flavor starts of with a cherry sweetness, giving way to a crispy wheat aftertaste, with some pilsner characteristics also. Again this wasn't bad, but it lost its appeal quickly. i don't know what it was exactly but maybe cherries and beer just weren't meant really for each other.

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Photo of PSUDREW
1.9/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

quite possibly, one of the worst beer I have ever had. I was VERY disspaointed in the taste of this brew.

Pours a nice golden color, and, has some white for the head.

The cherry taste is almost over powering. I do not get the standard fruit/wheat taste, the cherry taste was like a candied cherry.

No hops, no wheat, to sweet of a cherry at that. Ug, not very good choice, IMO

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Photo of skaughty
3.74/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy light bronze color. The aroma was as expected - (a little "kreiky"). All the natural elements to this beer are fine (water, wheat, hops)...it is the cough syrup finish that kills all the promise. This one isn't necessarily "always a good decision".

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good golden wheat color, frothy white head, not very thick. Good aroma with a strong sour cherry scent. There is a pronounced sweet\sour cherry taste on top, strong enough that it somewhat mutes the flavor of the rest of the beer. Still though, the balance of this beer makes it one of the "crispest" beers I've had, it goes down very smooth and leaves little to no aftertaste. A great summer beer, especially with the low ABV.

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Photo of mtbikeguru
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice bronze color. 1-finger head with very nice lacing the color of cream/bone. There is a very sweet cherry aroma that hits you right of the bat but its hard to detect anything else, there is a hint on banana. It has a very creamy mouth feel, with just enough carbonation. The Cherry, malt and hops flavors are fairly well in tune, however the cherry flavor seems somewhat over powering but it does finishing cleanly.

This beer is great with rhubarb pie or raspberry chocolate cheesecake...

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Photo of goindownsouth
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

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Photo of waughbrew
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out golden colored with a slight orange tint to it and a great head that leaves good lacing behind as well. Aroma is all cherries. The taste is much like the aroma, but not overpowering which is most people's fear with this type of beer. It is moderate in strength but sweet, making it undesirable after maybe 2 or 3. Not a bad beer at all, I always enjoy Sammy A Cherry Wheat once in a while.

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Photo of scriabin
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like cherry flavored cough drops to me, but I think smell is overrated anyway. I've had plenty of excellent cheeses that smell like a marathoner's jock strap. I like the cloudy, mysterious amber color, although the head is on the thin side. And yep, it tastes like a cherry flavored wheat beer to me. The cherry flavor actually takes about a half second to hit you, and isn't overpowering like too many fruit beers, but it is still a little on the strong side. Subtlety is best with the fruit beers. A little harsh going down, but drinkable. Not my favorite, but it's still good for a quaff now and then.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.7/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From the “Brew Master’s Collection”
Aroma: Wait for it….. Cherry.
Appearance: Deep golden color with a collar of white head fed by an active carbonation. The brew left some traces of lace.
Flavor: Starts with a nice malt base but is quickly overwhelmed with an artificial cherry taste. The cherry reminds me of a fizzy cherry medicine or candy, so it’s hard to call it “fruity”. I couldn’t detect any hops, and it needed some to bring it back from the cloying edge it reached.
Mouthfeel: Thin body with a solid carbonation prickle.
Overall Impression: Too much “cherry” not enough hops. Just leaves the beer one sided, and not on a good side. I like fruit beers, too bad this isn’t one.

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Photo of jimdkc
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Remember when you were sick when you were a little kid? Mom would come into your room with a bottle and a spoon. She'd reassuringly try to coo, "It's cherry flavored!"... but, you just KNEW that didn't mean it would taste good!

I'm sure the Sam Adams people worked closely with pharmaceutical industry contacts to perfect this artificial, mediciney cherry flavor!

The appearance of this beer is not bad, hazy orange-gold with a white head that fades quickly. The smell is OK, too... dominated by cherry with a little wheat beer in the scent. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy.

It's the taste that's just horrible! Very reminiscent of Robitussin. Vague sour aftertaste. Cherry-medicine burps afterwards!

I really cannot fathom why this is rated as high as it is!

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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.