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

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BA SCORE
72
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3,507 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 3,507
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 388 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of CowsCanBark
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in a six-pack from my local store. 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden hue with a two-finger head that dissipates quickly. Very minimal lacing to be found as I drink.

Smell: Smells pretty good, like wheat, malts, and cherries. The cherry smell is actually pretty overpowering. Not really picking up any other notes, though.

Taste: Not as good as it smells, that's for sure. First you taste cherries, then you taste malt/wheat with a bit of alcohol taste, and then the aftertaste is a lingering cherry. Not too appetizing.

Mouthfeel: Average to light carbonation with a medium body and a "crisp finish," as the bottle puts it.

Overall: An alright beer, not something that I'd seek out again, but if offered I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: pale amber body, small white head, thin lacing sliding quickly into the body

S: cherries up front, faint malt, slight wheat and yeast in the background more so as the beer warms

T: sweet and tart at different times through the cherries, wheat plays a slight part, yeast comes out to help balance

M: light to medium, sessionable, sweet aftertaste and finish

O: good beer to get those malt drinkers over to the beer side, yet I would still have it again.

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a thin lacing of head. The nose has notes of cherries and very faint malt. The taste is faint malt, faint cherries, and slight yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's syrupy and medicinal at times. The cherry flavor is faint, and overall, this is a one dimensional, easy drinker.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at some bar deep in queens; served in a weizen glass.

A: Its a clear staw with a smidgen of white head...nothing wrong here

S: Smells like artificial cherry pie filling. I know SA claims that this is from real cherries, but I've never smelled cherries that smelled like this. Its a pretty rough aroma - cloying and nasty; no wheat here.

T: Tastes like they took coastal wheat and dumped a tablespoon of Robitussin in it, seriously, that's exactly what it tastes like.

D: Due to it being nasty, this one loses in the drinkability department. Its not bad enough to be a drainpour, but its flavour is just not that good. Fortunately, the flavour is a little light.

Overall: I was not a fan of this. Its tough to make a good fruit wheat beer, and still every brewery thinks they can do it. This is pretty rough stuff and lacks the balance that Sam Adams usually gets down.

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/yellow. Creamy, off-white head that sticks around. Decent lacing.

S: Cherry aroma is dominant.

T: Again, cherry is way up front. I do get some of the wheat flavor but I had to look for it. No alcohol taste, dryness or bitterness. If you like cherry, it's actually very drinkable.

M: Lighter body. Average carbonation.

O: Not the most complex of beers but I thought it was pretty refreshing and enjoyable. Would drink again in the summer.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz Tumbler

Appearance - Darker Orange color with a slight tint of red. Brew is hazy but you are still able to barely see through the glass. Pours a 2 finger head that slowly disappears and leaves behind some good lacing.

Smell - The first thing that comes to mind is Cherry Pop-Tarts, which is very strong upon the first whiff. You can barely taste the wheat scent behind the Pop-Tart Smell

Taste - Sweet cherry flavor with a very slight sour and barley taste to it. Really nothing much more to add.

Mouthfeel - Body is fairly moderate and is able to strike a balance between that and the light carbonation that goes away fairly quick.

Overall - This is my first "fruity" beer that I've had and I have to say it's not too bad. Seeing previous reviews I expected this to taste like cough syrup like I had previously seen but the cherry flavor is quite tame compared to the expectations I had for this beer, but in a goof way. Pretty drinkable beer overall.

Photo of Tee76
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Your typical beer color/appearance, has a small creamy head that stays around for a few minutes. Moderate lacing

S- Cherries, Cherries and more Cherries with a hint of bready malts.

T- Carbonated cough syrup for a beer is a bad idea any day of the week. The more i drank of it, the worse it tasted.

M- medium bodied with a filmy aftertaste that just lingers.

D- Low drinkability. I had a problem finishing one, you're left debating whether to pour the rest of the unopened ones down the drain.

As far as Sam's offerings, most if not all are fantastic. Cranberry Lambic is by far their worst beer, but the cherry comes in a close second. I wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of gtermi
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My bestfriend went on a Sam Adams binge and bought this beer. I poured this beer into a glass and looked like your average beer. The smell was very nice with some cherry and some malt. The taste on the other hand was rough. It had a lot of cherry and just seemed like cherry soup to me. I cant think of anything good to say about the taste. The mouthfeel was average and overall I think this beer is below average. I just dont know what to say....

Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-tinted body with a decent whitish head of a fluffy 3 fingers. Surprisingly nice lacing and decent retention. This looks REALLY solid.
Smells... Wow. Ripe cherries. Wheat malt combined with the cherry notes has a strange almond extract bite to it-- seriously, go smell a bottle of almond extract and have your mind blown.
The taste is sweet and wheaty with plenty of cherry flavor. Pretty dry finish, and almost no bitterness.
Thus far, I am surprised by my level of enjoyment. I tend to rate Sam Adams beers lower than the average, but this one will almost certainly have a positive rdev!

The body is pretty much as I'd expect, relatively light, lots of carbonation. The cherries do add a little syrupy feel.

Overall, as a fruit beer, this is a C+. As a wheat beer, this is actually a B. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fruit beers!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Local Meijer Grocery Store carrying a six of Cherry Wheat....WHAT!!! Gots to try that. The appearance is a clear light amber with reddish hues. There is a thin white head with little foam remains, with active bubbles. The smell is a robust cherry smell that is fantastic. There is a distinct Sammy A taste to every beer...this one has a cherry, wheaty malt twang. The mouthefeel is ok...I think more than one is tough due to the sweet Cherryiness to it. Overall good beer, especially for the summer.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color (pretty typical of wheat beers). The aroma is mostly cherry, with hardly any of that wheaty smell you get from wheat beers.

The cherry flavor is really overbearing in this beer. I commend Sam Adams on the try, but the typical flavors you expect in a wheat are not really there. I say this, and I'm not even the biggest fan of wheat beers.

This is definitely a unique flavor that seems very challenging to perfect, but I feel like a small down-tone of the cherry would make it almost too good. I would definitely recommend this for a unique taste, but there are definitely other "unique" brews out there that are more worth your try.

Photo of biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in front of many screens of (surprise!) hockey in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden colour with one finger of creamy white head, which renders but a few streaks of lace around the glass in its hasty wake. It smells of sweet cherry gum, and overly-sugary malt. The taste is cherry cough syrup, sweet wheat, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and kind of slick, and not really all that smooth. It finishes with a sweet edgy, grainy wheatiness, and latent cherry candy saccharine overload.

It wavers kind of sickeningly between confection and medicine - after a few too many sips, I couldn't finish it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold. It's a bit generic looking, but I'm looking forward to drinking it.

Sm: Light cherry fruit ester hops and wheat. I can't say I'm shocked, but the mild strength aroma is certainly appealing.

T: Pleasant cherry ester hops ride atop a wheat foundation. It's simply built but nicely balanced, without too much or too little cherry flavour.

Mf: Smooth and a bit too wet. It's also a touch too thin.

Dr: Average ABV and easy drinkability make this well-priced beer one to try, but its lack of complexity holds it back.

Photo of texaschainx
2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When i saw this beer i had to try it.I drank this straight from the bottle , but did check its color , which was a light red. The smell was good , and was acually the best part about this beer. I couldn't stop smelling it, becuase i was impressed with how "cherry" it was. Not much of a mouthfeel , a little watered down for me. Taste was great at first, because cherry's are good , but it quicky got old.Just way to sweet , no balance at all , after taste was of sweet cherrys , would have liked a tart cherry after taste.

Photo of milkjunkie666
4.95/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not the most educated brewmaster or anything, but i'm very surprised at the C rating for this beer, it's probably my favorite. i drink a lot of beers, and generally agree with most reviews, for the most part, but this one is waaaay off.

Look: s like a beer
Smell: Strong cherry scent, obviously, and also some beery smells
Taste: exceptional is a fitting analysis.. this beer is great, i understand a lot of people have different tastes, but this is just really smooth with the perfect amount of cherry, not too sweet, and a nice change from the norm. great flavor, great balance, i see nothing wrong with this brew

uh.. i'm drawing a blank.. look, smell, taste... what else is there?.. oh right, mouthfeel: uh, feels bubbly and full of flavors.. in my mouth

Photo of KJay1408
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: I poured the bottle into a glass. The beer poured a nice Hazy Gold color, with about a finger and a half worth of head.

S: I'm getting Cherries and lots of em, no hops really, but lots o' Cherry, and its not a bad thing really.

T: Slight malt, and grain flavor with a good dose of Cherry that starts out sweet when the sip starts and ends tart. No hop flavor, but cherry tartness does a nice job of bittering the end of this brew. (It's worth noting that as the beer sits and warms up the cherry flavor becomes more tart and the malt and wheat flavors come out a little more. Making a nicer more balanced beer)

M: Not good, not terrible, but far from what I'd expect, even considering it's a wheat beer this just seems thin.

O: Not impressed, maybe I let this bottle sit too long, or maybe I didn't get the best batch, either way, either way this is a brew I didn't really enjoy. The flavors are nice and pronounced, and the cherries do an adequate job as a hop substitute, but It was one I didn't really enjoy, the flavors were rather balanced and I did enjoy the aroma, but all in all this was a pretty average beer at best.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,507 ratings.