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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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3,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,117
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 21
Gots: 146 | 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:
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Photo of rebel1771


2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a decent head that stays around a while.

S: The smell is totally dominated by a candied cherry aroma with just a hint malt.

T: Overly sweet cherry flavor reminiscent of cough syrup. Almost no other flavor is noticeable.

O: I had this beer about ten years ago and remember not liking it then, looks like my tastes haven't changed.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 23:45:07 | More by rebel1771
Photo of videofrog


3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. Best by notch on side of bottle safely 4 months away.

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow/golden color with light carbonation. Fluffy white head about 1 1/2 fingers.

S: Cherries dominate, but not overpowering. Wheat malt and tangy yeast in the background.

T: Cherries again. Pale wheat flavor is slight. Hops are really difficult to detect, but there is a slight bitterness way in the background.

M: Moderate for a pale wheat, carbonation is light to medium, aftertaste almost nonexistent.

O: This served as a gateway craft brew for me a few years ago and it was nice to revisit. Don't understand why so many hate on the cherry flavors in CHERRY wheat. I didn't think the problem is authenticity so much as the lack of balance makes the cherries overpowering and extract-like. Average beer recommended for sessions or begginners.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:29:11 | More by videofrog
Photo of OregonLightning


1.2/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this beer. I have tasted other "flavored" beers in the past with alright to good outcomes. However this beer was undrinkable to me.

It tasted like cherry cough syrup mixed with wheat beer. Very artificial taste and smell. I bought a 6 pack because of the relatively cheap price and was looking to try something new. I had to end up giving the rest to a friend who had a similar reaction. I found it to be under-carbonated and syrupy, not pleasant at all and I certainly will not be purchasing again.

Very disappointed with Boston Brewing comp.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:34:39 | More by OregonLightning
Photo of northaustin


2.08/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a hazy yellow with orange undertones, half finger of quickly disappearing white head. spotted lacing.

smell: like those chinese cherry candies. very syrupy, sticky and overpowering.

taste: fuckin disaster. twizzlers meets cherry candy meets something.

mouthfeel: its like eating jolly ranchers till you die.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 06:40:29 | More by northaustin
Photo of gskitt

New York

2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was not good. It poured a cloudy pale yellow. Smelled vaguely of wheat, no cherry scent. It tasted manufactured, artificial. Not the worst I have had, but this one needs to be worked on. Mouthfeel was grainy? not the best. Overall, one should expect more from Jim.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 13:42:30 | More by gskitt
Photo of tjacobs610


2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A:Very pale amber ale. Has a three inch head with little retention and lace. No carbonation is visible

S: Cherry smell sticks out but isn’t over powering to the nostrils. It does however overpower the other ingredients such as the hops which are not detectable at all

T:Has a very sweet cherry taste all the way through, with a hint of honey mixed in. Also has a very dry taste that

M:Very thin feel, very large amount of carbonation and dry finish. Goes down very quick and easy giving this beer a high drinkability.

O:This beer has good color and aroma but lacks the impressionable taste and feel to go with it making this beer good if you liked flavored beers but nothing special to try if you don’t.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 08:46:00 | More by tjacobs610
Photo of damndirtyape


2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (best by 05/2011) poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Pale amber - clear- head dissipated very fast leaving practically no foam at all. No lacing either.

Smell: Cherry smell strong but not overpowering. Indeed, there is a Michigan cherry smell to this - reminds me of the cherries available in the stands near Traverse city in the summer. But...that cherry smell is the only smell here. It reminds me a bit of a soda in a way - malts and hops are completely missing here - just the cherry smell. So knowing it for what it is - I like the cherry smell, but if this was handed to me and had to guess it was a beer by smell, I never would have guessed. I would have guessed some sort of soda or cherry sparkling water.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying cherry, and that's it. No wheat flavors, and really can't call it much of a beer. I would almost, almost, call it something more akin to a malt beverage "wine cooler" than a beer. I like cherry just fine, but I wanted a beer with more to it.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy in carbonation, again has a soda-like feel but thickness not as sticky as a soda. Sticks to the teeth a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: No, I don't see myself having this again. Too much like a cherry, um..., well, it's not a beer. I can't put my finger on it exactly. It sort of looks like one, but doesn't smell, taste, or feel like one. A weird beer and I'm not sure that I like it. I'll stick to cherry flavor well blended into a Belgian or into a cobbler or pie - not as this beer. Oh well - not everything can be great.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:48:58 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An old favorite I haven't touched in a year. Interested in how it rates against my more experienced pallet.
A. Aggressive pour finds me with a finger and a half of head. This dissipates down to under a half finger that stays throughout and ok lacing. The beer is a shade darker than gold, actually decent looking.

S. I smell maraschino cherries, possibly some other type of jarred or preserved cherries. Not necessarily offensive, but off-putting in its manufacturedness. Has a vaguely wheaty edge to it.

T. The taste is wheat beer tinged with maraschino cherries. The wheat beer base flavor is a weak but decent one, but the fact that the cherries taste processed or preserved detracts from it.

M. Mouthfeel is slightly more complex than a mass produced pilsner. Heavy carbonation and a light body make it refreshing and easy going. Definitely drinks quickly.

O. Overall I am no longer as interested in this beer as I have been in the past. It's rather light and the flavor slips away as quickly as you can swallow it, leaving no real impressive aftertaste. Would make a decent session ale if the cherry flavor were more authentic and the ABV went down one point. As it is, it can be enjoyed in multitude on a hot day if you're not overly discerning with your taste and you have a decent tolerance.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 05:05:54 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of pixieskid


3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As long as you can get passed the cherry cough syrup nose, grab one of these, pour it into a hefe glass and hop in the shower. Not a bad way to start your day...maybe it's just the 15 hour trek from Europe to NYC yesterday, but it really was a decent beer.

A little too cherry and quite filtered, but it's worth a shot...seriously, it was immensely quafable while taking a hot shower!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 15:07:30 | More by pixieskid
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2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles relatively quickly and leaves nice rings of lace.

S - Medicinal cherry and bready malt in the background. It smells like an awful cherry creme filled chocolate candy; the one that you really wish you hadn't picked out of the box.

T - Sweet malt and strong, syrupy cherry flavors wash across the palate up front. More of the same in the middle. Things really don't change up much by the finish with a weird, syrupy cough syrup finish and some honey that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, it tastes like cherry, but it thoroughly proves that such a flavor does not have to be a good thing. It seems like a generic American wheat beer with cough syrup added for depth. It tastes very medicinal and the phenolic cherry is impossible to ignore. Just bad, I can't imagine why they would keep brewing this... really.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 08:08:57 | More by nickfl
Photo of nastley3


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

A: Cloudy, with poor head retention. Light orange color.

S: Strong, very strong smell of cherries. Although the strong cherry smell is to be expected, in this case it is overwhelming and reminds me of an artificial flavor.

T: Just as the smell indicates, the flavor of the cherries overpowers everything else. Although this is not my style, I think this is a nice tasting cherry wheat. If you don't want to taste cherries you shouldn't be drinking a cherry wheat.

M: This beer has a good mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O: Overall I would not buy this beer or go out of my way to drink it again. I have not had many cherry wheats, and do not really know how to compare this to other cherry wheats, but in general I think this is an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 22:18:40 | More by nastley3
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date: 15 May 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, 2-finger head into strong film, small bubble sticky lacing, clear gold color.

Aroma is full of cherries....but not medicinal, but more like the cherries in a can that you use to make a quick cherry pie. Actually, this is just like a cherry coffee cake, with loads of vanilla and cake aroma. Taste does not taste very wheat-like. Light, pils-like malts and slightly tart cherry, and a touch of pale malt. Mouthfeel is very light-bodied, sweet and sour on the palate. Not a bad sessionable beer, but too heavy in cherry.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:02:06 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The cherry wheat is exactly what it is advertized as, a beer that has the flavor and aroma of cherries. I was surprised by the beer, however, i am not a fan of cherries and could have done without sampling this beer. I would recommended the beer to fans of cherries.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 21:02:10 | More by tkepx182
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy straw color with bubbly white head that fades fast. Sweet aroma of cherry purée, candied syrup, and subtle wheat. Tastes of unripe cherries, wheat, subtle light fruit juice, some fruity artificial flavors that linger on the palate. Light body with high carbonation. Focuses on cherries but without a solid backbone of a wheat beer. Tastes artificial and cheap.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:24:21 | More by JRed
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with a white creamy film. Some lacing on the glass from the head. Eventually the head disappears.

Fresh cherries all around. Smells quite sweet.

I get cherry upfront but then blends into a almost vanilla/caramel toastiness with a dry wheat flavor. Not bad.

Carbonation on the medium side. Light, quite crisp clean flavor.

Not a bad fruit beer. It's a nice summer beer for sure. Smell of sweet cherries is definitely the highlight here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 06:04:49 | More by 9InchNails
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4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with enjoy by date of Oct. 2011. It was poured into a weizen glass. The pour yielded two fingers of foamy head. Retention is moderate. Small patches of lace stick to the glass. The beer is golden and mildly hazy with a barely noticeable pink tint. Up close, a lot of carbonation can be seen rising to the top of the glass.

The aroma is loaded with cherry but it is unlike any aroma that I've smelled from other cherry beers. Whereas most cherry brews give off a tart aroma, this beer gives off a very sweet, almost maraschino cherry aroma. It reminds me of cherry ice cream. It doesn't smell natural, but it is alluring.

The flavor profile is wonderfully soft on the palate while remaining substantial. Sweet cherry flavor is dominant on the front end in a manner similar to the aroma. The malt profile tastes a bit unconventional but compliments the cherry flavor wonderfully. The wheat portion has been jacked up but it creates a mellow flavor that is very smooth. There is a biscuity flavor in the finish, and a mild hop bitterness remains in the aftertaste.

This is a really nice feeling beer in the mouth. I would still call this light bodied, but it certainly feels heavier than what I would associate with a wheat beer. The carbonation is moderate to high but the feel is surprisingly creamy, especially for a beer this light.

They don't really come much more drinkable than Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. It is sweet, mellow and wonderfully balanced. Though it's a pinch high in alcohol for extended sessioning, the virtually unnoticed 5.3% ABV makes it easy to put a couple down the hatch in a sitting. That's ideal as this beer is more of a special treat than a daily driver.


The Two Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
Most days I'd give two Schlitz for Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:31:35 | More by weizenbob
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After hearing stories about how bad this beer tastes for over a year, I finally decided to give it a try and picked a bottle on my last visit to New York...

12 US.fl.oz bottle poured into a generic American pint glass...

A - Looks more like a pilsner to me, with its pale golden/straw colour. The head is alright, with solid retention and some lacing. My grade is a bit low because it does not look like a CHERRY beer to me... sorry

S - The first reaction I had was "Cherry-flavoured Halls lozenge?". The aroma is almost entirely made up of that, plus some minor grain notes, with a little bit of caramel. All in all, the aroma is more appalling than original or attractive...

T - The taste is full of those Cherry lozenge notes, just like the smell was. Not very sweet at first. The after-taste reminds me of a bad pale lager, with a sour metallic feel to it. This beer sort of blends the aspects of a bad fruit beer with those of a generic macro lager...

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Slightly syrup-like. Highly carbonated, almost like a sparkling beverage... Frankly, this is a bit hard to drink, in my opinion.

O - This is the kind of beer that makes me wonder how many people actually like it. Apparently, this is popular among college girls and yuppies... Well then, it's got a right to exist, but as for me, I've definitely had better fruit wheat beers...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 14:41:21 | More by NightINgale
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this beer. I enjoy wheat beer. I enjoy cherries. Sam Adams has a respected reputation. It seemed like a winning combination. In the end though it just missed the mark for me.

Appearence - What I saw was a medium to light golden hue, maybe just a little hazy.

Smell - Tart Cherries. The overriding smell I got was a very strong sense of the cherry.

Taste - This is where it derailed a bit for me. Cherry Wheat started out very smooth, with little to no bitterness to speak of. On my first taste I was optimistic, then the cherry hit me. I was expecting something along the lines of a hint of cherry, or maybe a subtle weaving of the flavor profile into the overall taste similer to what Shiner achieved with the peach notes in their Holiday Cheer offering. Instead there was a very strong cherry follow to the beer, that seemed reminiscint of cherry cough syrup. I loved the smoothness, but just can't get past strength of the cherry.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the way this felt on the pallet. It had a medium mouthfeel that seemed extremely well balanced. My only complaint here would be that the carbonation is just slightly more than I prefer. That is really very minor and doesn't detract from the feel at all.

Overall - Probably not a beer I will be revisiting, but given the flavor profile I'm sure there are those that will really enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:23:21 | More by Travix1516
Photo of brandoncox


3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a strawberry blonde. Appears unfiltered.

Smell is of cherries and sugary grains. Very pleasant.

Cherries explode on the palate but is not over the top with very minimal wheat notes and a mellow honey nip. I don't understand where others are getting a an artifical flavor. It tastes honest and very natural with an earthy feel. This liquid medicine claim crap is getting old.

This brew has a washy finish rounded by a full body.

I always get giddy when I see these hit the shelves. If you are a cherry and beer lover then this is a perfect match for you. If you don't like cherries then don't even bother with this, plain and simple. This beer is not as bad as people are making it out to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 18:21:07 | More by brandoncox
Photo of TMoney2591


2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I've been ragged-on recently, but I will continue to force-pronounce the "h" in "wheat". Think Stewie Griffin and Cool Whip... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose tries to hint at a bit of dry wheat, but things are thoroughly dominated by a half-medicinal, half-artificial cherry smell. Not exactly my bowl o' fruit, so to speak. The taste intimates toward a wheat-y revolution, but the malevolent iron fist of the cherry junta maintains a constant vigil, keeping any subversive characters under an ever-present threat of violent reprisal. Worse, a mineral-y, tinny flavor caps things off at the finish. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decided miss. the cherry character just doesn't work at all. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:04:48 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Skolks


4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty fruity, but is still really good! It seems like a great summer beer, something I would like to drink while just relaxing. Obviously it's not the most manly of beverages, but another great beer from Sam Adams in my opinion; in fact one of their best seasonal beers

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 22:46:18 | More by Skolks
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1.78/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

After trying to figure out for days as to why this is in my fridge I decided to drink one to do a formal review because I have nothing else to do.

Slightly cloudy wheat color. Small white head that reduces to a collar around the beer.

Smells like Cherry 7-Up. Reminds me of the first day of summer in the 3rd grade and I went straight to the convenience store to buy one. Nevermind alcoholic energy drinks, someone should sue Sam Adams for targeting minors.

Any relation to 7-Up ends at the taste. It's buttery with a very unsatisfying bitterness in the aftertaste. Bready with a hint of hay and salt-less saltines. Reminds me of the crackers you get at communion, bland and tasteless. All of it is over powered by an artificial cherry flavor. Judging by the color, I'm guessing they use extract. Might make more sense to have a cherry beer that is actually red or reddish.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:29:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
Photo of Samadamsfan2


2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was very disappointing for a samuel adams beer, and maybe my expectations were too high. I do feel I'm echoing other people's thoughts though, it's not a good beer. It have a terrible robitussin taste at first, though it improves as I drink it. It is a thin beer and whatever hops or wheat that was used in the brewing process is absolutely shadowed by intense cherry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 05:14:58 | More by Samadamsfan2
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New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer to broaden my horizons. I hadn't tried many fruity beers in the past. Most of my experiences were with framboises, but I do know my wheat beers. Comes from living in Oregon and starting out with the Widmer beers.

This came from a bottle, poured into a pilsner glass at the local tavern (Cloverleaf Tavern of New Jersey, check it out).

There was a low head which dissipated almost immediately. There was a golden hue with some filtering (Captain Obvious says: not cloudy). Due to the quick drop in head, there was almost no lacing.

I took a quick sniff of the aroma, and someone dropped a case of black cherries on my head. Seriously, this is not a subtle bouquet. There was so much cherry, it smacked me in the face.

At first there was less cherry in the tasting, then it appears in the after-taste. With each swallow the taste got stronger, to the point where I almost couldn't finish.

I would probably pass on this beer if ever offered again. Not worth getting one for free.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:18:30 | More by ummswimmin
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3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with thick white head. No lacing or crust.

Smells of cherry cola. Not sure if that's necessarily a good thing, but I like the smell.

Taste isn't as cherry cola-y as I expected. Some cherry notes up front, hop bitterness on the finish. Also some maltiness.

Thin mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:14:18 | More by felipe2toes
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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