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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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3,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,447
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 313 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a rich, golden color with a creamy, two-fingered head with excellent retention, active carbonation and superior lacing.

S: Overwhelmingly cherry, like a cherry toilet puck. Hints of spice and wheat.

T: An artificial cherry flavor (think cough drop) overrides any presence of wheat malt. Notes of spice, again, overpowered by annoying cherry foundation. Finishes dry, like a cherry air freshener. Ack! Anyone for fruit subtlety?

M: Too distracted by cherry taste profile to notice.

D: Not recommended.

CaptainIPA, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light hazy orange, with a thick white head, good retention, no lacing.

S: Smells just like a black cherry soda that you would get out of the cheap 25 cent vending machines.

T: Taste is not good. Cold the black cherry dominates and that is all right, would probably be a 3. As the beer warms up, this awful artificial cherry medicine flavour comes out, not something I want to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is really light and watery, I expected more.

D: Don't want to drink this beer as the bad cherry flavour comes out, didn't like it, avoid, Sam Adams' worst.

Halcyondays, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served this beer on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY

It was served in a classic Weizen Glass that bore the brand name.

It was golden in color with minimal head and very visible carbonation.
More clear than I had expected it to be.

Aroma all cherry.

I was really surprised by the creamy mouth feel.
Nice Flavor without the cherry sweetness being over done.
Cherry burst followed by bready dry finish.

Nice bread/biscuit finish lingers.

I really enjoyed the flavor that stuck with you between sips.

A decent amount of lacing was left behind.

A good session beer for the summer.

Give it a try

Reagan1984, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mjurney
1.78/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

A: Light hazy golden color with small head.

S: Very nice fruity/cherry aroma.

T: Candy cherry flavor, very harsh bitterness. Reminds me of cherry flavor cough medicine. Awful!!

M: Light, very carbonated.

Awful beer. Try to avoid this one!!

mjurney, May 31, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color. I half expected this one to be a little darker or cloudier. Strong scent of cherries up front and sweet wheat malts in the back. Not much in the way of hops. Slightly tart, sweet, and big cherry flavor. A god fruit beer, though I'm not a big fan of this style personally.

KeefD, May 28, 2008
Photo of bboven
2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw colored, slightly hazy body with minimal head and very little lacing.

A TON of fake maraschino cherries in the aroma with a hint of the wheat beer beneath. Smells like a kid's cough syrup.

The taste is more huge fake cherry with a little more wheat to balance it out than what's in the aroma.

Too highly and tightly carbonated for a wheat.

The only reason this isn't a drain pour is because I'm going to pour the rest of the pint into some Tupperware to marinate meat in or make some kind of sauce. Ditto for the other bottle in the sampler.

bboven, May 25, 2008
Photo of gpogo
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Hazy dark straw with white head that disappears.

A- Smells like a jar of cherries

T- Slight malt profile, but the cherries really start to take over. Leaves an aftertaste of finishing a cherry capri sun cooler, or eating cherries. At first I found the cherry flavor to complement the beverage, but it begins to overwhelm.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. Leaves a sticky powdery feel in my mouth.

D- I had a six-pack a year ago and wasn't so fond of it, decided to give it another try. It seems very artificial. Though I have met people that love this brew. Perhaps if you are into cherries and want a semi-desert beer, or for someone that doesn't like beer

gpogo, May 21, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This could have gone into a weizen glass and done alright, I imagine, but I just poured into a standard pint:

A: A slightly hazy straw colour, white two finger head leaving little strips of lacing

S: A full bodied cherry aroma, but that's about it. The cherry scent takes over here, and is almost a little overpowering.

T: Taste fares a little better. The cherry flavours are not as in-your-face as they are when smelling it. Just enough tartness to give a little bit of pucker, but it's mild and easy-going. Wheat flavours make themselves known here and there.

M + D: A happy point in between slightly sticky and semi-dry. Not finishing so dry, though, it does seem to get a little on the heavier side after a while. If I were enjoying Sam Adams on a warm summer afternoon, I'd likely be far more likely to go with one of their other offerings. This one is alright, but that's about it.

Proteus93, May 17, 2008
Photo of phisig137
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a medium amber color, with a slight tinge of pink, and a one finger head. Poor retention and minimal lacing.

S- Artificial cherry extract dominates the aroma. Smells like Luden's cough drops.

F- Not bad, but not good either. The fake cherry flavor dominates the beer, almost making this taste like Nyquil, especially the "red death" flavor. Slightly sweet and artificial all around.

M- Sticky and smooth.

D- I don't think I could drink more than one.

Overall, not that great. Sam Adams usually does a great job on most of their beers, but this misses the mark. Put this one in the same boat as the cranberry lambic. That being said, I will agree that of all the fruit beers, cherry is without a doubt the hardest to pull off. Even using fresh organic cherries, it can still taste like cough syrup. This is better than average, but not quite up to the sublime cherry nirvana that is achieved by New Glarus. With some work, this beer could be great... Until then, I'll save this a my last beer out of the six pack when outside.

phisig137, May 16, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a weizen glass, resulting in a nice thick 1 finger head that remained for quite a while, but slowly recedes into a thin cap. The beer is slightly cloudy with only the lightest bit of sediment.

S- Huge fresh cherries on this one. I was expecting a fake puree smell, but have to say, this was pretty fresh to me. I also get on the tail end of the nose a light wheat yeastiness, although small.

T- Initially I get a wheaty cherry component that is a touch light but in good balance with the beer. The finish on this is still a nice fresh cherry that isn't really overpowering, but just right. This is one of those that doesn't take much thought about drinking because it's got the cherry sweetness and a light wheat backbone. I find it to be in good balance, and although sweet in spots, doesn't resemble a cough drop like I feared it would.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel is low/low-med carbonation that works well with the style and makes is quite drinkable. The cherry finish is very tasteful as well.

Drinkability- I enjoyed this brew and can see myself drinking this again in the future, no problem.

Greggy, May 16, 2008
Photo of chiefydawg
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Effuses orange colored glow; not quite clear, with vigorous effervescence. Capped off with a small but dense white head. Nice thick Brussels. Rather tasty looking.

It certainly lives up its name by the scent alone. The thick cherry scent overpowers, but the wheat is there.

The cherry stands stoically through the first couple of sips. The cherry, while not unpleasant, is reminiscent of a jar of maraschinos; like the syrup was poured in after fermentation. Could be a little more tart.

As the contents diminish, the finish is somewhat beerlike with a thin malt flavoring, but lacks a crispness/tartness/bitterness to offset the malt and syrupy cherry. The faint wheat is likely what saves it. The last sip or two shows that there actually is alcohol in the brew.

Nice fee to it. Soft yet crisp. Smooth across the palate with the with enough effervescence to keep drinkability from plummeting. Decent sipper that I will continue to enjoy when I snag one in a variety pack, but will rarely seek it out individually. I'd like to try it on tap. Could use more wheat and more natural cherry.

Perfect with a high quality dark chocolate. Try it with some Cacao Reserve, and I'll bet all the ratings go up!

chiefydawg, May 16, 2008
Photo of Hokies
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass with a slight white head that disappears quickly leaving behind a light lacing. Very strong smell of cherry with a faint hint of the wheat on the back end. Taste has a little bitterness to go with the cherries that finishes with a faint spice and dryness. Good amount of carbonation dominates the mouth. I might be able to drink two but the sweetness and the carbonation would probably prevent me from having anymore.

Hokies, May 12, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very cloudy orange color with little head retention but a good lace throughout.
S-Very fragrent brew smells of the cherry as you would expect, also hints of barley and hops.
T-Tastes as it smells with a little bitterness in the finish but overall a very sweet beer with the cherry at the forefront
M-Little to carbonated goes down easy though.
D-a dessert beer or maybe a good beer gateway beer.

SpecialK088, May 12, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barely cloudy golden color. Big foamy head leaves good lacing behind.

Overly sweet smell, like an open jar of maraschino cherries. A little wheatiness fights its way through. Not much else.

The thing that's always bothered me about this beer is that the cherry flavor is overdone and overbearing. It comes across as very artificial, like a black cherry soda more than a fruit beer. Though they claim it's brewed with "real Michigan cherries," it just seems like they've added candied cherry juice rather than brewing with whole fruit. There's no tartness, like a cherry lambic, just sugary sweetness. A little grassy quality through the middle, with the aftertaste slowly fading into a welcome bitterness.

Feel is somewhat nice. Crisp with a medium to light body.

I just wish they'd tone it down a bit so that some other flavors had a chance to present themselves, then maybe the drinkability wouldn't suffer as much. Wheats don't seem to be this brewery's niche, though their White Ale is pretty decent.

Hoagie1973, May 11, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium golden color, with a thin, fleeting head.

Smells overwhelmingly of sweet cherries. Too much so in my opinion. Other 'natural flavors' are added but appear to be concentrated enough to give the beer a false, or artificial smell.

Taste is initially set by the strong smells but finishes with a more subtle cherry flavor and with a hint of raspberry.

M/D are solid and typical of a filtered American Wheat beer.

Might pair well with some fruit cheesecake but you would need to enjoy the smell of this beer.

HalfFull, May 11, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A frosty dark yellow appearance...maybe light orange. Lots of soapy-looking lace. Acxtually looks really good.

The smell is a smack in the face of cherry, closer to black cherry. Quite pleasant. Combination with the wheat makes a nice candy aroma. The wheat adds a dry maltiness.

The taste is a SweetTart-like candy flavor. It has an unusual dry tartness that is pleasant although juuust on the border of being too sweet. Would go well with a bitter chcolate. Minor white wine flavor.

It's a bit milky, but not thick. Feels like a smoothie. This one is pretty nice overall. Nice balance; on the edge of over-sweetness. But a good summery wheat beer overall.

williamherbert, May 10, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color on the pour with a reasonable soapy white head of about 3/4" that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing was pretty good, if a little light.

S: I'm sure some would ding this brew for the smell but I kinda liked it. There is a distinct aroma of maraschino cherries sitting on a light bit of malt. Yeah, sort of foo-foo but I liked it.

T&M: The initial hit is a culmination of cherries and malts that wash over the tongue with the aromas really helping to bring that cherry character to life. The whole thing is relatively light in the mouth with a fairly bubbly carbonation. The finish has that classic wheat aftertaste that fades relatively quickly, ending in a somewhat watery end with the slightest bitterness.

D: When taking a long pull, the texture is almost creamy and rather enjoyable but the cherry sort of wears on me after a while. If you like the fruit, this isn't bad, well, it isn't bad anyway, but I guess I'm just not into the fruit unless it's a lambic.

SIRIUS2, May 10, 2008
Photo of akogrady
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice golden wheat color, short head theat rapidly fades.

S - It has a nice cherry smell on top of the wheat. Smells both sweet and rich in the cherry flavor.

T - Not very good. A low quality wheat beer covered by a hint of candy cherry flavoring. Neither one is enough to cover the other, sl they sit in an unhappy marriage on the tongue.

M - Macrolager feel. Heavy on the carbonation, light on the texture.

D - Wouldn't want more than one.

akogrady, May 09, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Straw/golden color with a slight haze. One finger head dies down to a thick collar, some lacing. Steady bubbles from the bottom.

S - Cherries cherries cherries. Really, more like cherry candy. A slight hint of malt really adds some depth to it; despite the aroma being a little on the artificial side there is something strangely complex and appealing about it.

T - Similar to the nose and not terribly complex. Very assertive "Jolly Rancher"-like cherry flavor with a good bit of sweetness to match. Crescendos quickly and then slowly dies away to a semi-dry, cereal grain finish. Some noticable tangy wheat malt hides behind the sweetness of the cherries to balance. The cherry and wheat go remarkably well with each other, but the bland and uninspiring finish ruin the taste for me. A little sweet on the palate as well, but a minor annoyance.

M - Carbonated much like any macro lager, but a little creamy. A little out of balance and my first impulse is to call for less carbonation, but the carbonation is probably keeping a lot of the sweetness in check.

D - The candy-like nature of this brew makes it less like a beer and more like a drier, off tasting soda. I might have a couple, but I wouldn't make a night of these; it's simply too intense and too simple.

PatrickJR, May 09, 2008
Photo of pjohnston007
1.35/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Paul's one-line review (mini-series):

A:Slightly hazy amber-orange. Piss?
S:Fake, candy, artifical cherry. Overdone.
T:See above. Horrid candy taste throughout.
M:Duality. Thin winey cherry, thick wheat.
D:I'd be sick if I had more than one.

Overall: Not worth it. This is a Brewmaster's Collection? Whatever! This is a hobbyist experiment gone wrong, at best. I truly wish Sam Adams would take this out of what would be an outstanding Summer Variety pack. As it is, this one beer bruises the eye of their Summer pack. Boo! Sam Adams. Badly played.

pjohnston007, May 08, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not bad for a fruit beer, but the cherry flavor is a little cloying. I enjoyed drinking one, but I don't think I could really drink more than one in a sitting. However, in my limited experience with cherry beers, I've found the beer/cherry combination doesn't do a whole lot for me, unless it's incredibly subtle. I prefer beer that tastes like beer instead of jolly ranchers.

jenbys2001, May 05, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cherry tinted golden color with a tan head.

Aroma is mostly of artificial cherries and soem malt.

Taste is again ver strong with the cherry. A decent wheat beer lies in teh background.

Light and refreshing feel.

I would not want more than one of these at a time.

rye726, May 05, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It has a light hazy body, pale golden color and a big thick white head. The aroma of cherries is very strong in this beer. There are some light malt flavors that are mostly covered up by the sweetness of the cherries and honey. The taste is good but the body doesn't really support the sweetness. Its light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. It's a very good looking and smelling beer but its balance is a little to sweet for me. However this may go well with a dark chocolate brownie. I think I will give that a try.

generallee, May 02, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Sexy head on this one--big sticky, frothy off-white head that retains well and leaves some pretty nice lace all the way down. The beer itself is a light amber/ruby/pinkish color, almost like an apricot with a little bit of red in it. I would think that with the amount of cherry aroma and flavor this has the beer itself would have a more reddish hue.

S: "lol, we're cherries". That pretty much sums it up. It's a prominent cherry aroma that permeates a 2 foot radius of my glass. It's smelling good, though. Not really any beer smell here. Maybe some distant yeast smell or something? I can't say for sure.

T&M: It's got a crisp malty flavor right off the bat, with the cherry notes emerging later on with a somewhat dry and bitter finish. The limited, yet discernible hop presence in this beer really helps the balance and finish well. About halfway through it starts to develop a cherry Robitussin taste. I'm not really diggin' this medicinal thing. It's got a very crisp mouthfeel with a medium body and a balanced finish--not too dry, but not so sweet as to discourage another sip.

D: It's not too sweet and doesn't really overpower you in any big way, but that said, it doesn't stand out a whole lot in its flavor, either. It's a nice change-of-pace beer, but not something I would session with or drink regularly.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of BigBry
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had this before on draft, not had a bottle from a mixed 6 pack.
Pours a dark, slightly cloudy gold color, with a nice foamy head. Strong smell of artifical cherries. Taste is also full of cherry flavoring. I found it too sweet and artificial syrup tasting. Mouthfeel is a bit dry like a wheat beer should be. It seems that this is one you either really like, or really don't. Unfortunatley, not one of my favorites.

BigBry, Apr 27, 2008
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