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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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1,132 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,132
Hads: 3,665
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 42.24%
Wants: 40
Gots: 599 | 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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Reviews: 1,132 | Hads: 3,665
Photo of SetarconeX
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to make of this one. Orange color with a decent head, all of which lands on the pretty side of normal. If the beer has anything really going for it, it's the smell. It has a lovely, sweet cherry smell. Taste is perhaps not as overpowering as the smell.

The taste is lightly tangy and sweet, with a pleasent and not overwhelming cherry aftertaste. A decent beer, but one which probably needs some food to go along with it. Perhaps a nice cherry pie desert. Definately not something I'd ever have a craving for on it's own.

To its credit, another decent and somewhat refreshing beer from Sam Adams. In my opinion, Sam Adams sometimes doesn't get the credit it deserves. This isn't their best, but it's more than drinkable. Drink up.

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Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent tawny/orangey-gold hue. White head, moderate size (less than a half inch), decent retention. Spotty, unorganized lace. Very nice nose, the potency of the cherries (which seem very similar to pie filling) is ideally strong but not overbearing. The invitation is well received. The palate is a wheaty cherry pie with a faint hint of medicinal qualities (like cough syrup). The sweetness is present but not cloying the tartness is very distant, the wheat is definitely noticeable. The finish is clean, curt, and refreshing (more so than expected). The carbonation is ideal. The mouthfeel is medium-light, a touch thin. SA Cherry Wheat is like Thanksgiving dinner/fall hayrack rides in a glass. Decent enough, I’d buy a six-pack of this one again... its not “girly.” Try one.

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Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly potent aroma of cherries, yet not really overpowering. Decent enough amber color, and a bit cloudy. The taste has a good wheat backbone, with the cherries more than fairly evident. A little more cherry, and it would be too much. Very good, but I can't drink too many of them.

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Photo of steelreign
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say up front that I am typically not a flavored beer fan (lambics notwithstanding! :)). This one by Sam Adams is actually rather refreshing in the summer months if you are looking for a change of pace. The wheat aspect of the beer comes through rather nicely. However, I think they really overdo it with the cherry flavoring, as it does tend to overpower the subtleties of this brew. All in all a nice addition to the flavored beer arena, and I could session with this one if I were in the mood for it.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know what it is but I really enjoy this beer. It is very refreshing with a nice blast of cherry but not overwhelming. It is a great summer/fall beer. Has a nice wheat/ale underlying taste. Not like a regular wheat beer but a definite light taste. Would go great with the right meal.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears an amber orange filtered hue with a thin cream head topping it off. Aroma is full of artificial marciano cherry esque sweetness almost overbearingly cherry no balance from anyother aromas in there, just potent cherries. Taste well, in the background some malt sweetness along with the same bready Sam Adams characteristic flavor that exists in all of BBC's beers. What makes this beer near untolerable is the rush of cherry extract that becomes cloying and not drinkable or enjoyable like candy. Mouthfeel fizzy carbonation lighter bodied with slight syrupy mouthfeel to it. Drinkability pass on this gimmick cherry wheat and go find a good beer, pass on this grotesque cloying answer to wheat beer fads.

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Photo of beerbill
4.33/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an emmaculent apperance. Clear and inviting. It has a very pleasing aroma as well. It has an excellent taste of cherry that is accompanied by a nice hint of malt that plays against the cherry very well. I typically find wheat beers to be a bit too spicy for my taste, but this wheat beer is excellent.

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

Poured a standard to dark yellow, with a bubbly, medium-sized white head. Lots of bubbles rising up. Smell is dominated by cherry scent--cherry syrup more than fresh cherries (a la New Glarus). Taste starts with the cherry syrup. Not overly sweet (thank God!). Finish is slightly dry and bitter, with hints of cherry lingering. Pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is nothing special. The cherry syrup flavor would/will prevent me from drinking this often.

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Photo of WesWes
3.86/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pretty clear golden color with virtually no head . This style calls for both hazy color and good head retention. The aroma is out of this world. The sweet smell of cherries overpowers you at first smell. A great aroma! The taste however is pretty weak. There is still that taste of cherries, but it's not as strong as the odor. There is also a very clean beer taste here. Look, wheat beers are supposed to be hazy. They are supposed to taste like wheat malt; not pale ale. The mouthfeel is good. The body is very light and it drinks easy. Again, wheat beers are best when they are left alone. These big breweries think they need to clean them up to sell more, but in the process they lose the drinkers that got them going.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden with a rather thick foamy head. The obvious aroma is of cherry and malt overtones. A sharp, yet pleasant fruit taste, creamy cherry pie, malt in the background. Bordering on medium bodied. Refreshing and not too overpowering for an APA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.12/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, lazy yellow with a small bubbly head, no retention and minimal lacing, barely even a crown on the glass.

Nose is sweet, bright cherries. The label says this is brewed with cherries and cherry flavor added, so some of the nose may be artificial.

Taste is smooth and easy, pleasant cherry taste and not anywhere near as sweet as it smells. Decent malt balance, a touch of yeast, and slightly more than average carbonation make this a genuine entry for a fruit flavored beer instead of just dumping in some fruit juice at the end and calling it so. A good beer to have with dessert and a fine session brew for the fall or spring.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping to try a different selection from the Boston Beer Factory as my first review from them, but this was all the bar had. Poured a gold colour with a little cloudy & haziness sediment. Whoof, smell them cherries from a mile away. Wheat too, and a little other grain. Hey, I don't smell adjunct. I'll be damned. Tasted I'd say 3/5000 too sweet. Just a little sweeter than I thought. Had to mark points off for that. But hey, the wheat is detectable on the palate, as is a little yeast. That suited this beer. But then the cherries are detected. Hmm, didn't like it. I don't like cherries, so excuse my bias. The cherry flavour seemed a little like childrens' cough syrup. Damn. But that's okay. I still like this beer. It's crisp, a little sour/tart, and I do taste some diacetyl. An above average beer. My advice, add a little more bitterness and a little less cherries.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this beer to top off my evening after eating ribs. I opened it up and was struck by the blatant cherry smell. It poured a nice white head that slowly discipated. The tast was overwhelming cherry followed by wheat. it was very smooth but lacked a nice consistency. It was a nice beer to top off the night. I definitely could not have more than one of these a sitting.

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Photo of xgrigorix
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with a blossoming off white head.

Smells like cherries & wheat.

Tastes like cherries, very sweet. The malt can't really cut through the cherries. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but not enough to balance the tartness of the cherries.

Not something that I particularly want to drink more than one of (and only if I'm in the mood).

Fortunately I think this beer has a lot of uses in the kithchen!

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Photo of rastaman
1.82/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

AIBA 2003: artificial cherry aroma, candy like flavours, sweetish, but dries out a touch towards the end, abit stupid, but not all that bad. Maybe a nice one for the friend who doesn't like beer, or anything that resembles anything complex . Didn't really get into it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice limpid golden amber to copper color with a modest head and decent lace to coat the glass, Nose has a nice sweet hint of cherries, and the underlying malts add much to the appeal. Start sweet, the top light in its feel, the finish overly acidic, the hops adequate with the aftertaste dry. A drinkable beer, but not something I'm wild about, but many will like it.

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Photo of ADR
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazyish orange color with a skim head that persists pretty well...slightly plastic phenolic aroma -- cherry smells are slightly artificial in the "Mountain Dew Code Red" category. Slighly husky grainy malt flavors, cherry is mercifully subdued but seeming overly sweet to my tongue. Mouthfeel ranges to the overcarbonated side for me, but finishes fairly dry and composed in aftertaste. Lacks the pithy astringency of a well-done Lambic -- but this brew is less offensive than some other Fruit Experimental brews from this side of the pond. I just can't recommend it as drinkable...

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Photo of kelticblood
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a surprisingly above average appearance.Poured a giant head a reduced slowly leaving chunky white lace everywhere.The color is a hazy gold to an almost orange.Aroma is all cherries and smells quite good.Has a slight bitterness and a somewhat watery mouthfeel.A light body with no real malt presence.Extremely light with a sweet cherry taste.Not too complex here.Could use more malt to thickens things up a bit.Light and refreshing.Would be great on a hot day.Other than that its nothing to write home about.Lacked in crispness and carbonation.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isnt a bad drink. I will admit this is the first cherry flavored beer that i have had, so i dont have much to compare it to. Not much of a head on the pour, a slightly dark yellow color. It does taste like cherrys, but it is not too overpowering, the beer flavor still comes through. If youre going to be sitting outside this summer, i would say give it a try.

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Photo of Dmann
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer, and it far exceded my expectations. It poured a medium golden color with a decent white head. The first thing that caught me was the smell of cheries, very cool. The taste was good, with a malty start, then the cheries kicked in, then a little bit of a crisp, bitter finnish. This is not a beer I could drink everyday, but on occation it would work very well.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very nicely, wheat yellow in color. Nice head and lacing, typical of SA. The smell is very appealing. It smells of cherries, but not overpoweringly so. Taste is rich and smooth, somewhat sweet. You get the cherry and wheat flavors mingling well. This is a special occasion beer, in my unsophisticated opinion. Great price for a beer of this caliber.

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

Much better than I expected! This beer was highly superior to Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic. This poured a nice golden, wheat-like colour with a nice head of foam on top of it. This smelled like...cherries, and it tasted like cherries as well with some wheat thrown in for good measure. This beer is not too sweet, and the mix of beer flavor and cherry flavor really works quite well. I would like to try this one on tap if I can find it somewhere. This had a mediocre, crisp mouthfeel and a decent drinkability as well.

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Photo of hyuga
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is golden-orange, and there's a bit of a haze. White head on top, which stays fairly well. The aroma is all about sweet maraschino cherries. I think I'm getting some slight metallic aromas as well, that could just be the cherries though. Either way, that aspect of the aroma isn't the most pleasing. Makes it smell artificial. The flavor shows more promise. Lots of cherries again, but backed up by a generous amount of wheaty/malty character, especially for a medium-bodied beer. Hop bitterness makes it crisp and clean. Very slightly metallic and a bit artificial tasting. But hey, better than I expected. It could use some work though.

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

Had this on-tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse in Boston. Was a golden color with a fairly small head. Nose was definitely fruity cherry. Light to medium bodied. Taste was dry wheat malt, obvious cherry. Very crisp. A little on the bitter side. Not too bad. I've had this in the bottle also, but tap is better.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a cloudy golden color with a quarter inch white head and good lacing. Actually it had awesome lacing. The aroma is all cherry with maybe a little bit of a malty note. I expected the taste to be all cherry as well but much to my surprise it was not. I mean of course there was some cherry taste but it wasn't overwhelming. The cherry hits up front followed by a malty sweetness. One thing I didn't like about the cherry flavor, it seemed artificial. I was expecting a natural cherry flavor but it was more like a cherry syrup type of taste. I looked at the bottle and it said made with real cherries but it also said cherry flavoring added. Overall I didn't think this beer was too bad, it surprised me. It won't become a regular but I would definitely drink it again.

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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.