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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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3,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 327 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Nizinski
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a Nov "08" bottle.

Yellow color with a slight redish tint to it. Head was very small, did not retain much of it. Smell is awesome cherrys and sweetness. Taste is very malty, low carbonation, cherry is in there but I dont feel its too overpowering, slight bitter aftertaste. I could see this going very well with a cherry dessert or during a nice winter party. Yet to have a fresh Sam Adams I did not enjoy. Good job SA.

Photo of nem2006
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is golden with a hint of red. Had a nice head that did not last. It was clear with good carbonation.

The smell was completely dominated by the cherries. It was difficult to smell much else besides that.

The taste was also dominated by the cherry. It was too sweet in my opinion and almost drank more like a soda than a beer.

It was not horrible because it is clearly a cherry wheat beer, but I think it was a little too much on the cherries in both the smell and taste.

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

a: murky light gold body. fluffy white head. patches of lace.

s: ripe cherries. a glorious aroma though it smells nothing like beer.

t: a light wheat ale is swallowed whole by the flavor of ripe cherries. hope you're a cherry fan.

m: light and lively.

d: i'm enjoying it much more this time around. sweet, but not quite too sweet. the cherry is nice and avoids the artificial flavor many fruit beers have. works well with the wheat style. solid fruit beer. perfect fit for the beers of summer 12-pack.

Photo of joezak5
3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a La Fin du Monde glass; clear brownsh gold with a thick white head to the top, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Very impressive sweet, frest cherry nose with slight bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery with muted carbonation.

Taste: Sweet and slightly sour cherries with a light crisp wetbier background, very wheaty and bready, just slightly crisp on the finish.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised with this one. Mine had a Nov08 best by date on it so it must have been fresh. The fresh cherry flavor was excellent and I would definitely have this again.

Photo of ibashmuck
1.33/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. I could write this summary up in one word: cherry. Ridiculously overfruited, I can't smell or taste anything else. Very poor. Supposed to be beer with fruit added, not the other way around.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear and golden with thin, foamy, white head. Expected a darker color actually.

Smell: Ok Sam Adams, we get it. Cherry is way over-the-top here. Needs to be toned down a bit. Smells extremely syrupy!

Taste: IBC Cherry Cola.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a nasty aftertaste... yuck.

Drinkability: Poor taste, but not poior enough to keep me from drinking at least one more. Then again....

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

We like it in bottles but on tap its sour.

Pours a slightly bronze color--fuzzy head that quickly fades leaving little lacing. Fairly clear. Smell is sweet, soft cherry essence, some yeast. Taste is slighly sour with very little wheat. Cherry flavor is masked by the sourness. For some reason its fine in a bottle but on tap its not as good, at least imo. Very little body in the mouth. Drinkability is moderate. Ok but not great.

Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy orange color with minimal carbonation. White head is rocky and thick. It has great retention and leaves a very heavy and sticky lace.

S: Lemon, grass and sourdough bread aromas, with a hint of cherry. Weakest part of the beer for me.

T: Very lightly flavored. Dry malt has flavors of biscuits and yeast. Lemony bitterness is well balanced. Cherry flavor is light, with a slightly medicinal quality. Finishes clean and somewhat watery.

Edit: Popped open the second bottle of my pack. Medicinal cherry flavor was overwhelming this time around. Very different from my first one. Is the cherry flavor added at bottling time?

M: Light but chewy. Carbonation level is right.

D: This beer feels very light and thus goes down easy. Inconsistency from one bottle to the next is disconcerting.

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very strong tart cherry aroma and flavor. Dry, tart, crisp taste. Plenty of carbonation which adds to the crispy tart bite of the cherry flavoring. The cherry totally overpowers the wheat. I can only get one of these down. The cherry is just too strong. Maybe they're shooting for some old school cherry style with this one, but it just didn't work for me at all.

Photo of fitzy84
4.18/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack from Four Seasons Liquors. The beer settles with a thin head throughout, but with no real lacing. Clear, brown-red (not too amber-like) appearance. Aromas are potent cherry flavors with some thin grain hints. Not too overpowering, just right in potency. Taste is wicked good and sweet: those cherry/grain flavors are apparent and warmly wrapped around hops and malts. Mouthfeel is basic and allows it to be crisp but a little light. Overall, a really good fruit beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Friday's...
Presented with a minimal head... dark-amber, reddish hue that left hardly any lacing at all...
Smell was truly rendolent of freshly-picked cherries... The aroma was true-to-the-style, very fruity and sweet...
The taste strongly complemented the flavor... Sweet, candied, sugar-laden, cherry flavor dominates this brew with little to no hints of wheat...
Slick, sweet, slightly watered-down mouthfeel... Drinkability was about average due to the cloying, over-abundance of cherries noticeable on the tongue...
Interesting sample, but nothing above and beyond...

Photo of Garzan72
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At first when I opened it I took a big whiff and really thought someone gave me cherry coke instead of beer. I took a sip and still thought I was drinking cherry coke. The Cherryness died off some the more I drank. The mouthfeel was alright. I dont believe I would ever choose to drink this again unless it was all I had left.

Photo of dogger6253
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a milky honey color with a minimal amount of film on top. The film swirls into nothing almost immediately. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Overall, pretty hazy color.

Huge cherry smell, overpowering and in your face. I can't make out any other scene, this cherry is really, really strong. Too strong. This smells straight up like cherry juice with the smallest hint of vanilla.

The cherry flavor is strong, but not as overpowering as the smell. It lets the wheaty, grainy taste to come out. A little floral hops, some vanilla, toffee and corn in the malt. Though much more balanced and complimentary than the aroma, the cherry is a little too strong to let the other flavors really shine. This beer could strongly use some refinement.

Slightly heavier body than the average, lots of carbonation and a crisp finish. I could probably tolerate the cherry flavor enough to have this again, but not in succession.

Photo of BRoss242
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A Was a clear orange staw color with a 1 finger white head.
S This smelled like a cherry pie coming out of the oven, with the strong tart cherry filling and wheat crust, no wonder my wife calls this a cherry pop tart.
T&M The cherries blended very well with the wheat malt making it lightly tart yet very refreshing. The beer held it carbonation well which also gave this beer more of the souring effect you would want in a fruit beer that I never realized before.
D This is a good summertime beer for those who enjoy fruit beers with a sourness to them, but don't want to spend the extra money on the richer Belgian fruit beers. I enjoyed it. After reading some of the other reviews, I really believe you have to drink this beer out of the Perfect Pint glass from Sam Adams to really appreciate this beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got to try this one for the first time last night. I have to admit I was hesitant after the disaster that was the Cranberry Lambics. But I decided to give this one a shot to see if they could redeem themselves. Poured a very light pale yellow, almost completely clear it looked like, with a small fizzy white head that quickly faded and lots of champagne like carbonation.

The aroma was very light, lots of wheat and light grain here, with a touch of artificial cherry mixed in. This was pretty much the case with the flavor as well, was too light and what was there started out by tasting awfully artificial, like a generic cough drop. Really just not well put together. Virtually no aftertaste here either just did not help. Super light body with an almost seltzer like carbonation. You could drink a bunch, but would you really want to?

Overall I was not impressed. They seriously just cannot get anything done with fruit flavors anywhere near an acceptable level. I would not try this one again, as its just a waste of time for.

Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this several times. Tried it again to review it.

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a foamy, pillowy, small, white head. Not much lacing.

S - Smelled of wheat and yeast. The cherry aroma is subtle but noticeable.

T - The cherry flavor realy comes through. Somewhat sour. Faint wheat and grain flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay fruit beer. It isn't a regular in my fridge, though.

Photo of skeetermoses
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really don't know about this one, it was okay not great by any means. A touch too fruity for my standards, not over bearingly fruity but just enough for me to pass on this one. Over all I have had much worse as far as fruited beers go. Overall not too over powering but a little too much in a beer.

Photo of YippiesRhinos
1.53/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I was very excited to try this beer. I thought that cherry and wheat would be a good mix and this lead to high hopes of something great. I poured it into the glass and took a whiff...nearly throwing up because of the cherry cough drop smell. The taste was very similar to the smell, reminiscent of cherry cough drops. I had the beer again after a year, hoping that the first bottle was just a bad batch, but the second taste was the same...cherry cough drops...probably a great brew to drink with a cold to supress the cough!

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Final 12oz from the summer mix pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head dies leaving no lacing atop a hazy lite golden brew.

Aroma is cherry sucrets.. nothing else... smells artificial.

Flavor is the same.. cherry cough syrup.. just doesn't taste "real". Some wheat and pale malts... and some sweetness to make sure that you taste cherry and little else. Body is lite with quite a bit of carbonation.

I make no apologies on this one... it may be okay for someone who is trying to break into craft beer.. but there is waay too much cherry (artificial) flavors to be enjoyable to me.

Photo of tronester
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden, with a big white head. Smells of black cherry soda pop. Taste is sweet up front but finishes dry; flavors of maraschino cherries, and grain. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and carbonation high. Unfortunatly the drinkability suffers somewhat, the sweet taste definiately gets old after one beer. Also, any more fruit flavor and sugar, and this wouldnt taste much like beer. But, it is pretty good, and I wouldnt complain if I had it again.

Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color. Pour produced a white foam head that subsided into a thin swampy film. Good carbonation and lacing throughout.

S - Malty yeasty aroma of bread fading out to the smell of cherry jolly ranchers.

T - Bready with slight hints of citrus followed by a slightly sweet cherry soda after taste.

MF&D - A good thirst quencher/BBQ beer. A little too sweet to drink all the time, but it did wonders on the beach at the Jersey Shore.

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

Appearance: A sensational amber color

Smell: Light sweet cherry smell. This beer had an exception aroma to it

Taste: You could definately taste the cherries, but not overpowering. Perfect for a warm day

Mouthfeel: Somewhat dry and fruity, deliciouso!

Drinkability: I do love the taste of cherries and somewhat fruity beers. On a hot day could probably put down a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light orangish/yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Thick white foam head with ample lacing.

S: Cherry scents are prevalent, with some hay/wheat hints.

T: Its a very subtle and sweet cherry flavor.
A good blend of cherries and wheat.

M: Comes across very sweet and dry.

D: Too sweet for my liking to enjoy multiple, but to try one, it was not that bad.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a summer variety 12 pack from ABC Liquers in Tampa, FL and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A light amber body, kind of like a dark gold. Transparent, a big white head with large bubbles leaving not much, but a noticable amount, of lace.
Smell: Maraschino cherries knock you over.
Taste: More Maraschino cherries, but a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Watery.
Drinkability: Just above average.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the first "craft" beers for me 10 years ago, mainly because I was intrigued by the flavor possibilities compared to macros ... Recently decided to get reacquianted with this and I'm glad I did.

The cherry flavor is not cloyingly sweet, but there is some natural sweetness to it that takes some getting used to. To me, the balance between the wheat, honey and cherry flavors work well together. Actually thought the cherry aroma was funkier than the taste. It's definitely not an everyday session brew, but a nice, change of pace on a warm summer day.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 3,475 ratings.