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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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3,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,215
Reviews: 1,088
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 24
Gots: 189 | 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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3.3/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a golden brown with a nice white head and decent lacing. Lots of cherries right off the bat, the wheat aromas take a backseat. Taste pretty good, once again, lots of cherries. The wheat characteristics come more into play in the taste. Pretty sweet flavors, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is creamy, but slightly thin. I wish there was more body to it. Drinkability isn't bad, the flavors will keep you coming back, but the sweetness can take its' toll. Tasty and intersting beer.

This is a beer that I feel is below me, but it really is good! Sometimes I'll tell myself this beer isn't anything special, but it kind of is. Definitely one of Sam Adams' better year-round offerings.

01-18-2011 00:35:44 | More by BB1313
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2.83/5  rDev -9.6%

The only two good things I can say about this beer are that it has a nice amount of wheat in it and it has a decent color. I hate beers that skimp out on the wheat when they say they are in fact wheat beers. This beer does not skimp out, but that's about all it has going for it. The taste and the smell are just bombarded with cherry's, the taste even more than the smell. It's almost to the point where you don't want to drink it, but at the same time it's just cherry's, so it isn't THAT horrible. It just didn't really taste like much of a beer, more like a cherry soda. Just not a very good beet in my book.

01-13-2011 13:52:51 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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4.13/5  rDev +31.9%

When I opened this, I was amazed at just how much this beer smelled like sweet cherries. Honestly, it was like grenadine. As it opened up, a more tart aspect appeared, but it was still a fairly sweet nose.

Poured a cloudy, amber color in the glass with a fair head.

The taste was not quite as powerful. The dominant taste is indeed cherries. Again though, the taste is of a fairly sweet maraschino cherry character. I am not sure why I expected more of a tart flavor, but this one does not meet that expectation. This flavor is the body of the beer, with a small bit of wheat on the finish. Hops don't really play a role in this one.

Honestly, it tastes a lot like a basic lager with cherry juice in it. Not that it is a bad thing, though. It is pretty tasty, even if it is rather simple. It gets my stamp of approval.

01-09-2011 03:23:34 | More by NODAK
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Had this on tap at the Newark airport, waiting for my flight back to Toronto. I knew this didn't have the best ratings, but the other selections were a couple other Sam Adams, plus typical macro lagers. Pours a pinkish-orange colour with thin white head. Smells of very sweet artificial cherry, similar to cherry candy. Some faint wheat aroma is there too. Quite a sweet flavour. Medium body carbonation. Easy to drink beer, just too sweet to have more than one in a row.

01-09-2011 01:27:12 | More by kwjd
Photo of socon67

New York

4.38/5  rDev +39.9%

This is one of the first beers that got me into going outside the BMC pack. Always have a soft spot for the cherry wheat.

A - Pours orange and clear.

S - Very nice cherry smell. Also has a great wheat smell, like fresh bread.

T - Just love the taste. Sweet with cherry taste.

M - Light bodied, and not too bitter a finish. Minimal carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. Many an event has ended with lots of empty bottles of cherry wheat.

Just a big fan of this one.

01-06-2011 02:28:25 | More by socon67
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +32.6%

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. label notched at May 2011 for best taste.

a - Pours a nice reddish/mohogany color with one finger of nice white head with a bit of lacing and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of cherries, wheat, bread, and fruity malts. Not as over-poweringly sweet as other berry& cherry brews I've tried.

t - Tastes of cherries, wheat, grain, bread, fruits. Does not taste like a sweet, syrupy soda like some others of tried. Kind of a nice dry finish.

m - Light body and high carbonation that tickles the tongue. Refreshing...

d - Very high drinability,not too sweet. The smell does not over-power the flavor as some berry/cherry/fruity brews do. Low ABV makes it easy to have a few and continue to function. I had 2 while preparing dinner...then 2 more with dinner. This beer went suprisingly well with a roasted herb chicken(cranberry sauce on the side), roasted potatoes & mixed veggies.
Then I had one with a slice of chocolate cake...delicious!

I found Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat tobe a versatile beer. Sweet enough to function as a dessert beer, but enough of all the the other things that make a wheat beer enjoyable!

01-04-2011 14:44:07 | More by MetalandBeer
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New York

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%

From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden brown color with one finger of fluffy white head with no retention and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of very sweet cherries, wheat, bready malts, and fruity malts. Way too sweet smelling for me.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, wheat, grain, bready malts, fruity malts, and some metallic notes. Something off here with the metallic taste.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Ok but too sweet in the smell and don't like the metal in the taste. Also way too carbonated. Not Sam Adams best work, wouldn't look to have this one again.

12-30-2010 15:15:51 | More by mdfb79
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4.2/5  rDev +34.2%

From bottle to glass

A: Cloudy dark orange with small off white head with a little lacing.

S: Strong cherries. Sweet in smell and enveloping...

T: Sweet cherries and wheat. Bright, fruity, with a sweet background. The wheat taste is there blended well with the cherries.

M: Clean and refreshing finish. Nice carbonation.

D: Crisp and clean.A great combination of wheat and cherries.

12-29-2010 02:02:12 | More by mvmalesci
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3.53/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

12-19-2010 22:20:53 | More by akorsak
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3.88/5  rDev +24%

Pours into a golden body with a whit head that has good retention and decent lacing, carbonation is decent in this beer. The smell is a very strong cherry flavor along with some wheat, and yeast. The taste is a strong cherry taste that stays from beginning until the end along with some hints of wheat, yeast, hops, a little citrus, and some banana at the end. It has a creamy smooth mouthfeel with a little stickiness and it is a drinkable beer, but not as drinkable as I'd like it to be since it is a beer that is filling compared to others I recently tried. This is a good beer to check out if your in the mood for a cherry flavored brew.

12-16-2010 06:52:10 | More by DannyDan
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New York

2.53/5  rDev -19.2%

my sister just gifted me a 6 of winter lager, with 2 bottles switched out for cherry wheat to 'mix it up a bit' -
looks ok on the pour - clear-ish golden with a 2 finger right white fizzy head -
i have to admit that i'm drinking this at a bit warmer than it should be served, but...
yeow! the aroma of cherries? - yeah the marashino type as well as
cherry flavored lollipops - this smell is overwhelming and remains so with every sip -
the taste follows the nose and the cherry flavor is just awful - there isn't much more here, if there is the fake cherry flavor masks it all -
light bodied and crisp on the pallette -
man, i had to force this one down and need to move onto something else quickly to get the lingering cherry taste out -
makes cranberry lambic look like a champ!
if i have the second bottle it'll have to be ice cold,

** edit - ok , i've had the second bottle at proper temp - only a marginal difference for the better -

12-12-2010 22:20:35 | More by JoeBloe
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3.28/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Foggy golden with decent head retention.
S: Wheat beer breadiness with a sort of cherry pie filling smell.
T: More cherry, but less sweet cherry, than the smell suggested, sweet biscuity taste which is nice.
M: Highly carbonated, I probably should have poured more aggressively. Medium feel otherwise.
D: Gets to be too sweet towards the last of the bottle, definitely wouldn't drink more than one in a row. Still a pretty good beer though.

12-12-2010 19:40:36 | More by deadliest
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New York

3.38/5  rDev +8%

A - This beer pours a nice dark golden color. It has a decent white head that left just a little bit of lacing on the glass. There is suspended yeast visible.

S - It smells of real cherries. There are some other fruity notes as well as some wheat breadiness. There is also just a touch of hops present.

T - The taste is a lot like the nose suggests. Cherries are the dominant flavor. There are also some bready malts and citrus present. The finish is citrusy, and it has some hop bitterness.

M - This has a light body with high crisp carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, and has a clean finish.

D - The drinkability is decent. It goes down fairly easy. This is a decent beer, but if I wanted a cherry beer there are a lot of better ones out there to choose from. Worth a try though.

12-11-2010 00:44:02 | More by JizackFH
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.93/5  rDev +25.6%

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into whatever dinner/ pint glass i had available. got this at a friends house.

pours a hazy golden pale color with a decent looking white head. average retention with spotty lace, but it eventually faded to nothing.

very nice aroma of merochino cherries, just a touch medicinal. thats about all i get.

big doses of merochino cherries that again are just a little bit medeicinal, but still enjoyable. just a touch of wheaty malt. the taste is a little overbearing and artificial at times, but very tasty non the less.

light in body, with a slightly bitey carbonation.

this drinks pretty good, but it is definatly a chick beer. i, being a guy, still very much so enjoyed this. i dont go out of my way to buy this, but when its offered, i never refuse.

12-05-2010 18:47:59 | More by dogfishandi
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4.2/5  rDev +34.2%

Head is pretty much nil.
Aroma is amazing with the hint of cherry, of course.
Beautiful amber color and pours well. Not quite a lambic, but similar. Easily one of the best American flavored beers Ive ever had. Sam Adams comes through yet again. Without a doubt, Boston Beer Co is the best American brewery.

12-05-2010 06:20:02 | More by ronniebruner
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.68/5  rDev +49.5%

Appearance - Amber in color. Head was almost non existent.

Smell - Strong cherry smell but not enough to make it overwhelming.

Taste - Very sweet beer. The cherry is faint until the finish where it picks up.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated.

Drinkability - Despite the cherry flavor it's easy to keep drinking. Great fall beer.

12-04-2010 09:03:21 | More by TheJones
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4.72/5  rDev +50.8%

A light amber color. The amount of head retentions was ok.

As advertised, there was a hint of cherry. Not overhelming. There is a bit of sweetness and is adequately carbonated.

It is coarsed.

It is one of Sam Adams better beers.
Quickly one of my favorite fruity beer.

11-27-2010 04:21:52 | More by GeneralZod
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with a white, short lived head. Aroma is of mostly cherry with some grainy notes. Medium, crisp, creamy body. Flavor is of herbal, earthy hops, cherry and creamy wheat. Hops are actually dominate the palate over cherry. Long, earthy, dry finish. Interesting, somewhat unusual brew.

11-24-2010 21:49:23 | More by mikeg67
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a golden/orange hue with a thin short lived white head. Aroma of cherry and slight wheat. Taste is wheat, some malt, a little bitterness. Palate is light body and crisp. Flavor ends with a light malt, light hops and kind of nutty after taste with some lingering cherry taste. Not much else going on here. Overall a ok and refreshing summer beer.

11-24-2010 16:01:20 | More by Samp01
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2.1/5  rDev -32.9%

Usually Sam Adams has quality beer. Thought this beer would be better. Appearance was great. Redish color. Smells nice. Taste like cherry cough medicine. Mouth is about as good as cherry cough medicine. Drinkabilty isn't bad, but could be better if it didn't taste like cough medicine.

11-18-2010 21:28:14 | More by yuenglingfan101
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4.22/5  rDev +34.8%

This beer pours a cloudy almost copper color. The moment you open the bottle you smell cherries. The beer tastes of cherries, and a malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a light almost medium feel to it. I would consider this a very drinkable beer. Almost like a dessert. Very balanced for using fruit.

11-16-2010 13:21:12 | More by arboristfish
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Sam Adams seldom disappoints, so this one's a "can't lose", right? What we have here is a cloudy golden ale with a strong cherry nose -- instantly appealing and unusual. My initial taste revealed, not surprisingly, tart cherries with a smooth honey undertone. Cherry wheat is balanced on the palate, and not too sweet or artificial-tasting (as are so many fruit-infused beers). Enjoyable.

11-15-2010 00:54:19 | More by secondtooth
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3.8/5  rDev +21.4%

Not as good to me as their Blackberry offering. Lots of wheat gives way to cherry. However, to me the cherry is a bit overpowering and drowns out other aspects of the beer, at least to my palate. Seems a little thin in the complexity area. Wouldn't hesitate to drink them if offered but would probably seek out something different in the store unless nothing else were available.

11-15-2010 00:49:50 | More by Dadoftwogirls
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3.4/5  rDev +8.6%

A - Pours a light amber color, sort of tan but no head to speak of.

S - Wow it smells like cherry cough syrup! As it sits in the glass more wheat comes through but really mostly a very artificial cherry smell.

T - Ehh it's ok. Very mild, if any, cherry taste. Seems muted even in the glass! Mostly a semi nice wheat and fruity taste lifts this to higher than I expected. Enjoyable.

M - Very light and smooth.

D - Na I will not seek it out but if it was ever in a variety case I would not pass it up. Still it was OK at best.

11-12-2010 07:27:32 | More by DrDemento456
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3.95/5  rDev +26.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours about a finger and a half of a straw color. Not hazy at all for a supposed "wheat" beer, and a bit below average for a Sam Adams appearance.

Smell: Cherries cherries cherries. The cherries smell a bit artificial, and just a little bit 'cough syrupy'. It's not a bad smell though, it just make me excited to try it. I get a bit of the wheat in the background too, not much else though.

Taste: The cherries come on strong right away here. Interesting thing here - the cherry taste is mostly from the nose. Try a swig from the bottle, the cherry taste will be much more muted. Then, try taking a swig with your nose held. Much less cherry taste. The wheat comes in as the glass moves away from the nose, leaving a wheaty aftertaste that doesn't linger for long.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and a light body makes this go down easy - carbonation highlights the cherry well.

Drinkability: For a highly "fruited" beer, this goes down very well.

A very good and unique offering from Sam Adams that has spawned many imitators. C'mon, try it!

11-11-2010 17:14:07 | More by shand
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