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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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3,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,455
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 317 | 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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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.

nasty15108, Jun 25, 2008
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

krukster, Jun 25, 2008
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.

IronCitySteve, Jun 24, 2008
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.

treehugger02010, Jun 24, 2008
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.

WaveRebel51, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Schmidts
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle amber yellow with sweet Cherry and Wheat smell. Has a very nice fruit cherry flavor not to sweet. Feels good in your mouth refreshing mild. Can't drink to many gets a littel sweet but is very drinkable for having two or three! I do not like real fruity Beers that much but I like this one all the way will get it again.
Beer Its Not Just A Beverage Its Food-!

Schmidts, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to glass.

Nice medium gold color with a lasting head and lacing.

Love the smell of sweet cherries and grainy wheat.

Taste is quite pleasent for a frutiy beer, you get a nice wheat beer and easy smooth mouthfeel, that ends with an escalating sweet cherry flavor.

This is one of if not the best fruit beer I've had, but couldn't drink more than 2 back to back, too sweet towards the end of the bottle.

GoodKnight1220, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow with a slight reddish hue, two finger head.

S- Mostly cherries with some residual alcohol notes.

T- Light malt sweetness up front lending way to a cherry finish.

M- Crisp and clean good carbonation.

D- For a fruity beer this is as good as it gets.

Cleary one of the best fruit beers out there.

Pauly2X, Jun 21, 2008
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
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
73 out of 100 based on 3,455 ratings.