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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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3,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,552
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 463 | 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 ProfessorHops
3.89/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear light brown.

Aroma- Cherries, very faint hop in the back.

Pallet- Delicious. Some may think it's an over abundance of cherry. I liked it though. I thought Jim did a good on balancing this ale flavor.

Finish- Strong cherry a again. On the very end of the finish hop comes in.

Guzzle Factor Per Style- Drinks well. Sam Adams hops always bights a little.

Texture- Ale like

Extra: Again a very strong cherry. When they call it cherry wheat they where not kidding. But I liked it. The abundance of cherry made for an easy quencher.

Photo of Stunner97
4.29/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this today for the first time and was really actually impressed. It was incredible delicious and drinkable with a good cherry flavor but not grossly over powering. It was just very well balanced and smooth. Only had half of one but def wanted more then that. The smell was well lived up to in the yummy cherry tasty. A good beer which was and impressive brew in the sam adams line of beers.

Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The color is light cloudy, amber with a white head.

The smell is strong cherry, and a hint of spice.

The taste is mostly cherry but it does also have a good wheat flavor as well as a little hops.

This last try at tasting this beer became quite a surprise. I was not expecting to really have a positive feeling about this beer.

This is a beer that is good for when you need something really light but still want to drink a beer. Not a bad beer for clearing the taste buds in between Imperial porters.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually like this beer, but most BA's don't. Very good summer session beer.

appearance: golden amber hues, lager like

smell: slight cherry fruit smeel, low low hops

taste: Solid wheat flavor. The cherry is very light and barely notciable. Pleasant fruit aftertaste

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: a great session beer with low taste. Bud drinkers would probably approve. Not a great Beer advocate beer though.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Semi opaque amber-copper color with a two-finger white head. Head retention isn't amazing but it leaves some decent lacing.

S: Smells like strong flavorful cherries with a little bit of a wheat smell. Basically smells like candy, I'm very excited to taste off the smell alone.

T: Very interesting, tastes more like a light bodied wheat beer with a small dry-sweet cherry finish. Even when warmed up the flavor doesn't show as much as I hoped.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation, which is probably the cause of the lack of bold flavor.

Overall: Smells amazing but doesn't follow up on the taste, it's not very well carbonated but is still very drinkable. I'd say try a bottle if you get it cheap, I wouldn't avoid it but probably won't seek it out again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Exhibits a nice pinkish color from the cherries used in brewing. Light and a no head retention to speak of.
Smell is overwhelmingly of cherries. Almost like cherry soda.
The taste is solid. Bitter cherries mingle with bitter hops. I'm actually diggin this ride. Light malt adds a touch. Wine like, specifically sherry.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Drinkiability is moderate to average. Not an everyday beer but when the occassion calls for it, its a dessert beer.

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer alot. I got it at a local bottle shop. I will be editing this review once I have another one.

Hooray beere.

Not pink. Poured into a mug.
Smells like berries. I like it. Wonderful.
Taste is pretty good. Cherry, hops and wheat.
Mouthfeel is decent.
Drinkability is moderate.

Photo of Tone
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow. One inch head with good retention and lacing. Smells strongly of cherry flavoring (reminiscent of cough syrup). Fits the style unfortunately. There is a smooth and crisp mouth feel (unlike a thick syrup). Average carbonation levels. There is a cherry syrup flavoring that is very strong. Designated as a desert beer and that is the only way I could drink another one of these. There is an associated tartness that makes is hard to drink. Overall, not that great of a combination (cherry + beer).

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes: Hef-style glass, served cool but not cold, old bottle (6 months past recommended date)

Aroma: sour cherries
Appearance: yellow, clear. Half-inch head, dissipates quickly to light covering. Slight lacing on the sides.
Mouthfeel: light to medium body. Light carbonation.
Taste: Sweetness on the tip, sourness in the middle and back. Lingering sour aftertaste. Wheat taste and some cardboard (from the age).
Drinkability: sourness prevents it from being a sessions beer for me, but a nice sour beer.

Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a bright peach colored amber and slightly cloudy.

S: sweet and fruity. hints of cherry and spice

T: tangy, slighty sour cherry a first. the cherry is replaced with a wonderful malty flavor that turns into a nutty aftertaste that hangs on until you sip again.

M: refreshing with plenty of carbonation

D: I have had this beer many times in bottles, but never on tap.. let me tell you, it's a whole new beer. in bottle form I can do one or two, on tap I could drink all day. this beer proves why draght is better.

Photo of OzarkElmo
2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Jan 7, 2009
Bottle pour into Stella glass. Pours a reddish orange with medium white head. Definite aroma of cherry, not as much in the flavor. Malt, yeast, slight wheat. Lacing is okay. Better initial flavor, less at finish. Somewhat dry finish and less distinct flavoring. I do not enjoy the aroma, there is definitely a strong "cherry flavored medicine" smell going on for me. I would not purchase again. The rating is given within its fruit beer category.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes 7/5/2008:

Pours a cloudy orange/amber color producing a 2 finger head which quickly shrinks leaving very little lacing. Starts out looking pretty good but after the head dissipates, it seems a bit thin.

As the name implies, the beer smells of cherries and wheat. It is actually pretty refreshing.

As for the taste, you can definitely taste the presence of wheat in this one. Cherries are evident and some light hints of honey in the aftertaste. For me anyway, the smell was more satisfying than the taste. I've heard many compare the taste to cherry cough syrup which isn't entirely fair but still this is nothing to get excited about.

The mouthfeel seemed thin, maybe a bit watery at times but not horrible.

Basically a lawn mower beer that is easy to drink on a hot summer day....I found this one to be very crisp and refreshing but really no point in drinking in any other situation. Really not that bad but it still feels like a beer intended for people who don't normally drink beer...

Photo of bmwats
3.37/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Copper in color. Medium light carbonation pours into a 1 finger foamy white head. Settles into a thin layer of carbonation on surface. Some fair lacing remains as you drink.

S: I know this is going to come as a surprise, but the nose is black cherry and wheat.

T: Subdued wheat, and only a hint of cherry you smell so prominently.

M: Light feel. Seems a little diluted. The wheat has a sharp, distinctive (almost metallic) twang that lingers.

D: Pretty solid drinkability. Light feel, refreshing quality.

This underwhelms a little. Not a strong wheat flavor, and not a strong cherry. . . despite what the name might imply. However, it does have a nice nose, and decent appearance, and taste is certainly not bad (just not the flavor you would expect, given the nose). Good drinkability. Overall, a decent quaff.

Photo of Bootscraper
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served a little bit over 50 degrees F into pint glass listening to ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (yes, "Merriweather Post Pavilion" leaked).
It sat in my glass as a pale yellow, approaching light gold towards the top. This beer sat very transparent as well. I was always under the impression that most "wheat" beers were typically cloudy (?). The pour created a 1 cm head that turned into a very thin layer after a couple minutes, and eventually just remained a thin ring as it fell towards the bottom of my glass during the drink. Minimal carbonation, and lacing that looked like it wanted to do something, but would just not stay put.
I did not even need to smell this at first. When I popped and poured it, a strong and very sweet cherry smell pierced the air of the room. Upon proper evaluation, I thought there may be a wood smell buried under all that cherry (perhaps the wheat?). Very cherry though, almost kool-aide
It was hard to notice any malt or barley, at least with first contact on the tongue, but I understand that it is typical in fruit-styled beers for these to take the back-seat... and hey, that cherry isn't as obnoxious as I thought it could be. In contrast to the smell, the taste was more of a mellower "wild cherry" that grew in momentum, and peaked at the finish. It not only subtly hangs around for quite a bit, but transforms into the wheat flavor somewhere along the way. I must applaud them for this complexity. The wheat flavors, even considering how subtle they are, are not the best I have tasted.
However, the finish happens to be slightly dry, and numbing. Yet at the very same time, it still almost has that same effect of overly-sticky beers (or CANDY), where you want to hawk a huge "lugee" afterward, and have to put another in your mouth just to get rid of that aspect. It's medium bodied, maybe slightly thin, but I love the carbonation level, and it does happen to be quite smooth.
In fact, if I had a 6-pack of this, I would not mind having a couple more, but I think the fact that it unpleasantly goes away like candy would really get in the way after a bit.

This really is not even a style of beer in general that I would normally purchase myself. But for what it is, it's not bad. I think I would only recommend it to novices who tend towards sweeter beers, though.

Photo of pseudo
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours an orangeamber color with an ok head with ok retention

smells purely of fake cherries. I don't find the cherry smell to be very real, smells as if it's goign to taste like a cherry soda. No beer smell to be found

Taste is sweet but not in a truly cherry way (hard to detect the actual flavors). That and the wheaty stale bready taste is all this beer has to offer.

Mouthfeel is very sticky (since its quite sweet) and carbonated.
Drinkability is low, i drank three of these in a row and felt sorta sick from all the sweetness by the end. An alright brew.

Photo of paco1029384756
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a small head and decent lacing.

Scent of maraschino cherries and wheat, that's pretty much it; pretty bland, but not terrible.

Taste of wheat and cherries, there is a bad aftertaste, almost like stale bread, not good.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery.

Photo of JMBSH
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A hard pour gets me three fingers of hae that shrinks to a moderate layer. Some lacing is left on sides of the glass.

S - Even if you didn't know what was in the glass, the cherry smell gives it away. But it is also very sweet smelling. Reminds me of maraschino cherries in a jar.

T - Again the maraschino cherry image comes up again. I can't really taste any "beer" just the cherries. I am starting to think "soda" more then "beer".

M - The sweetness comes off sticky. It coats the mouth and throat. This stickiness overpowers even the carbonation.

D - If you like sweet fruity drinks, then this beer is for you. But one is all I can try. It is too sweet for me.

Photo of yesyouam
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is a very clear, sparkling amber ale with a very nice, soft, elastic, creamy, sandy white head that has very good retention and lacing. The aroma is of cherry cough drops. It is light, smooth and clean on the palate. There's really not too much flavor going on, and it's a very simple taste: wheat and cherry cough drops. The hops breeze through at the end to finish it up with a quick aftertaste. This would be so good if the cherry flavor actually tasted like real cherries. It's incredibly drinkable-- chuggable, even. This is one of the first non-macros I ever had (many years ago) and it opened my eyes to beer as something that... tastes good!
(rated Jul 12, 2007)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/17/08. Bottle. Poured a clear light orange with a small white head that left pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of candied cherries. Flavor of the same cherries - reminded me of a cherry SnoCone, with a wheat finish. The wheat malt was a little weak, but otherwise, very tasty! I liked the sweet cherry taste and it didn't get too sweet or artificial for me.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a summer beer box. The Cherry Wheat was not one I was looking forward to tasting.
Pours copper amber with a sizable whitish head. Has a good amount of lacings. Aroma is cherries.
Taste is wheaty with a good amount of black cherry flavor. Hops are well in the background. Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Slightly tart to help balance the sweetness.
Drinkability is good if you aren't craving hops. Would be a good desert beer. I ended up drinking all of the Cherry Wheats in the box. One per session.

Photo of hunteraw
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden amber in color, with a big white head. Lots of small particles floating around. Some lacing.

Smell: Aroma is overwhelmingly of maraschino cherry. Nothing else has a chance. Not encouraging.

Taste: Much better than the aroma, anyway. Cherry in a big way, but more black cherry on the palate than maraschino, thankfully. Crisp wheat finish. Avoids being overly sweet, despite the overwhelming fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as fruit beers go, this is pretty drinkable. Not my favorite style, nor my favorite fruit. Finishing the glass says something.

Photo of emptywords
4.22/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a beer glass. 6.99 for a six pack here, so can't complain too much about that.

A: golden-yellow with a tint of amber, and a good head, about two fingers, leaves moderately fast, and leaves a thin lace.

S: wheat hits your nostrils first, then you can smell the cherry undertones. Not much hops scent here, but you can faintly smell the alcohol.

T: First, you taste the wheat flavor of the beer, then after it goes down, you are left with a very pleasant cherry aftertaste.

D: light and smooth, but the fullness makes it hard to drink a lot of these in a night. Would be good for a nightcap, or just to lounge around. Reason for the 3.5 is because this beer is filling, which is to be expected from a wheat beer.

Photo of bobgrave
3.97/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice example of fruit + wheat.

This beer kicks you in the teeth with its cherry smell and flavor.

This is one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. Never fails to impress.

This is a one or 2 only beer. Any more, and you start to lose the cherry bite. A lighter fare desert beer? I think so.

This beer goes very well with mild milk chocolate, shortbread cookies, or even M&M's. Don't Judge!

GF and I found that if you are drinking this beer and eating M&M's, the end result is just like a Chocolate Covered Cherry.

Try it...

Photo of Vendetta
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
August 6, 2008

Cherry drowns everything else out. Cherry aroma, cherry taste. Pours golden, small white head, little lacing. Some malt in there, traces of wheat. All in all a little too fruity for me. I'm not a huge fruit beer fan to begin with, this was a little much for me. Probably enjoyable if it's your thing, but it was a little too fruity and not nearly "beery" enough for my tastes. Somebody else mentioned that this fits well in a Samuel Adams variety pack- I'd agree with that.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A normal golden lager type color with a medium white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of cherry cough drops and honey, Flavor is much the same, a strong artifical cherry taste with some ok honey notes as it warms, way too sweet for me.
I loved this stuff when I first got into craft beer,but now I pass on it if possible,just too sweeet for me now I think. Love most of Sam's other stuff though.

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