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

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Ratings: 3,479
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 341 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JoeBloe
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 -

Photo of deadliest
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of JizackFH
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.2/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheJones
4.68/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GeneralZod
4.72/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of arboristfish
4.22/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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!

Photo of JayS2629
2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Interesting is the word for this beer.

A- Cloudy dark orange with small off white head with sudsy lacing.

S- Strong Marichinno cherries. Cherry cough syrup. Can't smell anything but cherries.

T- Sweet cherries and almonds. Bright and fruity. Caramel background. The wheat taste is there but overwhelmed.

M- Tin, clean and dry finish. Nice carbonation.

D- Crisp and clean. Easy to drink if you like cherries. If you wanted a hint of cherry you will be disappointed. This is cherry with hints of beer. The wheat and cherries are slightly off. The cherry flavor is powerful in this beer. I couldn't finish more than one.

Photo of Lemke10
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in fall 2010 for about $7.

I like the taste of cherry and taste of wheat beer so this was a must try for me. It pours a cloudy golden color with a heavy smell of delicious cherries. Upon tasting there is first the taste of cherry, not too strong but not too wheat either. I was then left with wheat as an aftertaste. Overall I thought it was very nicely blended and tasted quite nicely.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with a decent colored head with some retention and does stick to the glass.
S: Very good combination of wheat malt with a very sweet cherry aroma.
T: This beer is dominated by the clean cherry flavor. Its bright and fruity with some sweetness from the wheat malt and a slight twinge of hops.
D/M: Very crisp carbonation really helps you experience the cherry flavor. It is slightly sweeter and is not necessarily balanced with the malt flavor. But this is a very refreshing beer.

Photo of gopens44
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Solid yellow and fairly hazy with fruit puree floaties. Some head, but not significantly so with only about 1/8th" worth of foamy head that receeded into a laced hub-bub.

S - Lots of cherry smell comes across almost immediately with little or no backing smell. No wheat smell, no barley, no malts - just cherry.

T- Tasted like a slightly flat cherry Icee. Then it warmed up a touch and brought with it some gentle malts that just kind of hung on for the ride. Not a bad tasting beer, but I was hoping that it would have been a bit more balanced.

M - Nothing exceedingly surprising here, as it was of medium carbonation and light on the tongue

I'd have this again because, well, I like cherry. IT was interesting to say the least but not in any way offensive.

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

Here we go. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint, it's a hazy honey color with a one and half finger off-white head, tiny bubble rise to support it. Smells of cherry almond paste, tastes of cherry almond paste. It's a marzipan beer. Very interesting. Appealing all around, if you like candy tasting beers. It's nice, a good fruit beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.95/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark cherry, almost like a cough drop. In the taste, dry cherry and wheat notes. A fruity bite and medium to light mouthfeel, with a dry cherry fruitiness in the aftertaste. I think it is like a couple Ludens cough drops dropped in a mediocre wheat beer.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big head from this one, a good three fingers of thick very light brown suds. The color of this beer rates a 9 on the SRM Chart. Smells like Marciano cherries. Taste is sweet cherries, wheat, yeast, and malt. Nice present finish, sort of like a gush of filling in the back of my throat. Rich, smooth mouthfeel, like light pudding. This beer has a present flavor, far from the run of the mill beers. Maybe a little too sweet for any heavy drinking, and not real compatible with many food items, but would be good to serve with a desert.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head. Nose brings loads of cherries. Seems a bit artificial, but not too much. Taste is some more super-sweet cherries that start to get quite a bit cloying. Light caramel, crusty flavors in the background. Feel is medium with quite a bit of sugar body. Quite cloying, which really affects the drinkability.

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

2. Sam Adams "Cherry Wheat"
*Bottled beer poured into a Sam Adams "Boston Lager" Pint Glass.

Appearance- Pours a light golden color into the glass, and the carbonation quickly coalsesces into an inch and a half head. Great retention. There is some visible carbonation and the beer leaves a thick, bubbly lace on the glass.

Smell- The beer gives off a rich, fruity smell that almost overwhelms the more- subtle scents of bread.

Taste- This drink gives off heavy tones of malt and bread. The taste of hops and cherry balance quite nicely giving the beer a taste that is not overwhelmed by the fruit.

Mouth Feel- Decent carbonation that tickles the tongue as you move the beer around your mouth. Crisp, with a light to medium body. Makes for a smooth

Drinkability- This beer is a good drink on a cold fall day. It is an entertaining experience from the moment the thick head rises over your glass to the to the moment that the cherry and bread flavors mix on your palate. My only problem with this beer is that the taste quickly becomes confusing to the point where I cannot tell the different between the cherry, malt or hops. That being said, each sip ends with a light, crispness that does not ebb as you continue to drink.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Murky, straw colored with very good 2 finger's worth of head and good carbonation.

Smell - As would not be surprising, a very strong cherry aroma, beyond which I cannot smell anything.

Taste and Mouthfeel - seems a bit hoppy, but the the cherry flavor is almost overwhelming. It tastes like a fairly natural Marichinno cherry flavor. General texture is fairly well-balanced. Cherry aftertaste too, with almost no bitterness.

Drinkability - Good enough brew if you like cherries. A little more filling, so maybe not worth drinking a lot of at one time. Interesting enough, but maybe a little cliche for this brewer.

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