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

Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat

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2,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 2934
Reviews: 1079
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 23.96%

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of kwill


4.95/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color, but looks thin when held up to a light. Head pours a little small, but portions of it linger through most of the beer.

Smell is distinctively cherry, but is not too powerful or too sweet. Taste has a small hint of wheat, but it is the cherry flavor that really comes through. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and finishes clean.

I have been looking forward to reviewing this one as Sam Adams Cherry Wheat has been one of my favorite beers for a long time. This is the perfect beer for a hot Texas summer day sitting by the pool and waiting for the steaks to go on the grill :). I only wish I could have given the appearance a better score so that this beer could receive a perfect 5.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 21:06:45 | More by kwill
Photo of BitteBier


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

A really nice pour with a good cake of cream-colored foam and effervescence one expects in a wheat beer. Laces nicely throughout the drink. Color is a nearly clear gold--not striking but certainly not unpleasant. Candied cherry aromas dominate the smell. While appealing, these notes smother the wheat more than balance it. The taste is more even than the smell, with the crisp grains melding rather nicely with the cherry flavors, which are a bit more tart than those found in the nose. Tastes more like a wheat beer as the cherry taste fades away into a rather crisp, dry finish. A more complex flavor profile than one finds in many fruit beers. Mouthfeel is stickier than in typical wheat beers, and the strength of the cherry scents and flavors likewise makes this beer less appealing that most wheats.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 11:33:38 | More by BitteBier
Photo of Delirium


4.15/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's a candy! It's a beer! It's a CANDY BEER! As George Washington fictitiously said, "I cannot tell a lie, it was I who cut down the cherry beer tree." Pours cloudy light red amber with cherry lollipop smell and you can immediately tell there is artificial flavor here, but what the hell. Wheat meets a candy treat in Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

*Quench your sweet tooth.*

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 18:38:29 | More by Delirium
Photo of psugrad98


2.03/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what I was thinking giving this beer a decent review earlier. Medium amber with hint of red color. Moderately carbonated with quickly disappearing head. Syruppy sweet cherry aroma with trace of almost underfermented beer to it. Very sweet, cloying like a lollipop. Slippery mouthfeel. Tastes like a cheap soda. Skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 06:59:22 | More by psugrad98
Photo of chilidog


3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on draft and it arrived with a thin film on top, not the classic head as from the bottle.I wondered why? Anyway all good from there, it even managed to lace fairly well. This is my favorite fruit stand-by beer. From its aroma to taste, its cherries all the way. Its cherry-pie tart, slighty sweet but yet crisp to the mouth. I like this brew anytime of year, its just that good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2002 07:19:28 | More by chilidog
Photo of maxpower


3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy-cloudy golden yellow color, nice big creamy white head, leaves a clingy lace to the sides of my glass, sweet fruity cherry aroma. Flavor of cherries and wheat, very sweet, tart cherry flavor, almost sour, I guess this is OK for a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 13:24:34 | More by maxpower
Photo of twi1609372


5/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

chery wheat has to be one of my favorite beers. the taste is exceptional, the flavor excelllent. i am flabergasted by the bad reviews about this beer. this is a high quality beer, the cherry flavor isnt overpowering. this is a great beer i reccomend it for anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 23:56:20 | More by twi1609372
Photo of Dogbrick


2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Auburn color with a thin light beige head. Very strong cherry aroma. There was just too much cherry in the flavor making it almost sickeningly sweet. It doesn't even taste like cherries, more like the cherry flavoring they use to make popsicles or something. I honestly didn't bother finishing the bottle. This wasn't horrible, but they really need to tone down the cherry or balance it better with more malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 10:06:14 | More by Dogbrick
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 bewareOFpenguin


3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like cherry coke, the fascination made me try this one. It had the same effect. I t tasted like someone had dropped a Hall's Brothers cough drop into a beer and refused to dump it. The cherry is very annoying.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2002 10:40:51 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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
Photo of aracauna


2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not my favorite beer, or even my favorite SA. Has a slightly sour medicinal quality to the cherry in both the aroma and flavor. Not much to back it up. I'm starting the think that wheat beers just weren't meant to be fruit flavored.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2002 12:23:00 | More by aracauna
Photo of NeroFiddled


3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color with a fluffy cream colored head. The bubbles are not that tight, but OK. The head lasts really well and leaves a little Belgian-lace. The aroma is very inviting, fruity - and yes, cherry - with sweet malt. A touch candyish but not off putting in any way. It has a medium body and the mouthfeel is fairly full. The flavor has a good combination of fruit and sweet, very lightly caramel malt. It does develop a somewhat medicinal, cherry cough drop flavor after a few sips. There's very little bitterness and yet it doesn't seem cloying; although it does seem to coat the tongue (must be the combination of residual malt sugars and extract flavor). The finish is limited, but the aftertaste lingers and seems to flip flop between a nice fruitiness and the medicinal quality. Overall, this beer seems to have improved over the years. A nice change of pace during the hot summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2002 18:06:07 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of marc77


1.73/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The hazy orange / amber hued brew is topped by a fairly dense ivory - white head that leaves a decent lace down the glass. Cherry absolutely overwhelms the aroma and is quite overbearing... any other malt notes or hop nose is completely masked. The taste is also dominated by a cloying cherry extract flavor, and as the beer warms an odd marzipan flavor becomes noticeable. This beer is an epitomy of inbalance-- the fruit extract prevents the malt profile to surface. Finishes sweet, w/ a lingering offputting sugary cherry candy sweetness. There are fruit beers that are drinkable... this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 19:13:33 | More by marc77
Photo of Suds


3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice fruit wheat beer. The most dominant characteristic is the cherry aroma. It's inescapable. Nice wheat-beer haze in a deep golden color. The beer has a decent sized white head, and a pleasing balance. Not as sweet as I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 12:40:25 | More by Suds
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first one i had didn't have a real strong cherry taste to it, but after that i have had a few that you can barely taste the beer. this is a good beer if you are in the mood for it and that is all i can say. it goes down great, but if you are looking for a true beer, it is not what you are looking for. it is very fruity

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 13:24:59 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of beernut7


4.47/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is tasty lighter brew with more than a hint of the fruit within. I found it to be very popular among the not-into-beer crowd. Goes down easy on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2002 11:34:12 | More by beernut7
Photo of StevieW


3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to think this was the best beer I could buy in Florida, then I started to look around. I had it again, after about a year without. Golden/reddish color, nice fuzzy head. Smells like a bowl full of cherries. After drinking quality wheat beers, I think this tastes more like a pilsner or light lager. Whatever you want to call it, it's very bubbly, carbonated, and heavily flavored. After the first couple drinks, the cherry fizziness seems to dominate. No more than one of these at a time, please. I think the Marin blueberry and peach ale is more subtle and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 14:57:08 | More by StevieW
Photo of jackndan


3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat: Nice looking beer, with a deep amber color, and nice long lasting, off-white head. The aroma is all Cherry, with a hint of cough syrup. Its got the mouth feel of a wheat, but the cherry flavor is very prevalent, and lasts a long, long time. Not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 19:17:57 | More by jackndan
Photo of budgood1


3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy light copper in color, minimal head which disappears quickly. pleasant light cherry aroma. tastes of sweet cherries, but it's certainly not too sweet or overbearing. light bodied and one can detect the wheat malt used. a very crisp and dry finish. not a bad beer and would be a good summertime quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 18:58:41 | More by budgood1
Photo of packetknife


3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich red, doesn't quite hold a head though. Smells like a basket of cherries soaked in ginger-ale. Pleasant but not overbearing taste. A bit thin and a bit too sweet on the finish. Really a good beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2002 17:27:41 | More by packetknife
Photo of proc


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is the best part of this beer. Very fruity smell. The cherry taste is good, but not overbearing. A refreshing beer. I'm good for a sixer to two of this every year. Any more than that and the cherry taste gets a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 10:28:28 | More by proc
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers. Pours a nice reddish-brown, and the smell is delicious. This definitely isn't a beer that can be drank in mass quantities; it's more of a "sippin' a few with the boys" beer, or a dessert beer. The cherry taste is definitely present, but is not overwhelming. I have found this to be a beer that people either love or hate, and I love it. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 17:56:54 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Pegasus


3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a large white head, lots of lace. Aroma is dominated by tart cherries and wheat undertones. Taste is very crisp and refreshing, tart cherries and alcohol come across strongly, a touch of bitterness at the end. Crisp and refreshing, a very nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2002 18:51:08 | More by Pegasus
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the only six pack I could not finish! In my opinion the taste stinks. I can't even swallow the stuff. I will never buy a cherry related beer again. Yuck! Spit! The saying "looks can be deceiving" applies here. My soon to be wife also had to spit this one out...Now that's saying something...enough said!
Smells and tastes like cough syrup.
I love Sam Adam's but the Cherry taste was just to much, not balanced at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2002 10:09:03 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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