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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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3,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,541
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.89%
Wants: 33
Gots: 438 | 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 cswhitehorse
3.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Cherry Wheat pours yellowish orange with a single finger foam head and some good sea foam lacing. The head disappears quickly.

The aroma is really nice with a lovely cherry aroma with the wheat in the background. The taste is cherry all the way through with a crispness to it. In the mouth it is pretty thin. Overall not a bad fruit beer. The smell is the strongest part of it to me.

Photo of flipshevanel
2.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer is a once in a while thing, I could not drink this regularly. Poured with beautiful white head. The body was hazy with large particles averagely dispursed. There was almost no carbonation and the body hue was a moderately darker golden brown. This beer is rightly named. The aroma was thick with dark cherries that overpowered almost every other scent, although there was a light yeast at the bottom. The flavor was again overpowered by dark cherries that was heavily/harshly sweet with a light bitterness towards the end. The finish was average length with a tiny amount of bread and very acidic. The palate was a medium body with a watery and creamy texture and soft carbonation.

Photo of philbe311
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden ale with a ruby hue... Slightly cloudy... Medium head fades to leave heavy lacing... Coats well... Light carbonation...

S - Sweet cherries... Perhaps hints of wheat and malt, but an over abundance of cherries is the theme...

T - Cherry... Grains... Biscuit... Tinge of malt... Hops and alcohol at finish... Slightly too artificial...

M - Sweet... Crisp... Slight creamy texture... Finishes dry...

D - Different and versatile... Good, but not great... Solid, but not an everyday beer...

Photo of birchstick
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden honey yellow with a nice head.
S - Smells like cherry syrup; a tad bit of malt detected as well
T - There are some malts up front, which are followed by a cherry syrup flavor; also a bit of wheat was detected
MF - smooth mouthfeel
D - This was ok...a lot of cherry-syrup in the flavor, which dominated everything. This is ok to drink, neither one I would pass down, nor one I would seek out.

Photo of Squelch
4.07/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apprarance: Cloudy golden. Billowy off white long lasting head. Tiny effervescent bubbles

Smell: Whoa. Lots of cherry aroma. Also picking up some mild noble English hop aroma. Nice combo

Taste: Cherry up front, bitterness in the middle working well with the twinge of carbonation, finishes really malty. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel: feels light bodied. Carbonation is nice with the bitterness.

Drinkability: Good transition beer. Can drink a few of these and not feel too weighted down. Nice job.

Photo of JoeMayo
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was with some friends and it happened to be there, so I figured, "hey, why not give it a shot".

A- Pours an orangey-golden color with a quickly dissipating head

S- The smell was the only enjoyable part of the beer. It smells like fresh cherries with a slight spicy wheat aroma.

T- Nothing special at all and not nearly as appealing as the smell. It has that "cheap lager" taste and I feel it tried to cover it with cherries. The fruity, spicy, pleasant flavors that wheat usually imparts in a beer were scarce or non-existent. Overall, it's very bland.

M- Moderate carbonation and it goes down like water.

D- It's light and drinkable, but not very refreshing and not very enjoyable.

Photo of nrbw23
1.46/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a orangeish red color with a white head that quickly goes away and leaves very little spotted lacing.

S- Tons of cherries and that's about it. The smell is very odd though almost smells like cherry 7-up and very fake.

T- Gag!! This is a Sam Adams brew!! Its terrible. So terrible I couldn't finish it and got laughed at by my wife. Again taste like cherry 7-up.

M- Light in body.

D- Not recommended at all.

Photo of kcillini77
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a nice head and looks very good in my S.A. Boston Lager glass.

Smells of tart, cherries and bread, not too unlike a cherry pie.

Taste is a fairly bland wheat beer with a cherry aftertaste that's surprisingly not as tart as it smells. In fact, I think if the beer was a little more mouth puckering and less sweet it would be more enjoyable. As it is, it's fairly pedestrian, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability suffers due to its excessive sweetness.

All in all, not a bad beer, but I'd rather smell it than drink it. Nah, who am I kidding. It's still beer, and it's going down the gullet.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Adams- Cherry Wheat

A- Light clear copper brown with a thick head. head quickly receded but left behind some sticky lacing.
S- Nice tangy ripe cherries with a touch of malt.
T- Light but sweet cherries with some toasted grain malt.
M- Sweet, but not overpowering. Cherries aren't to aggresive and there's a nice light dry bite.

Overall- Actually not bad. Probably wouldn't want more than 1 or 2. You get 2 in the summer 12pack and thats sufficient.

Photo of buffettfan
1.78/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was at a bbq, eating raw sweet cherries (taste nothing like cherry 'flavoring') and drinking a beer, and thought the two tasted GREAT together, so when I saw this one, I thought it would be great! I was wrong!

Pours a brownish red. Smells like a beer with some merachino cherry juice in it. Not all that bad.
It tasted just like it smelled, although the cherry flavor was way to strong. It just tasted like beer with cherry juice in it. I couldn't even finish it. Not impressed at all. Does anyone make a beer that has a REAL cherry taste to it?

Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this brew for the first time in quite a while when a friend had an extra one sitting around. It was just as disappointing as I remembered. It sure smells great, but the taste is pretty bad. It certainly didn't look very good as I poured it into a pint glass either - no haziness despite being a wheat beer. It was very light in body, but with a very synthetic and cloying cherry flavor. Drink it cold and it's tolerable, but let it warm just a little and you are bombarded with a dismal cherry cough syrup flavored aftertaste.

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Light copper orange with little head.

S - Cherry Sucrete's. The cough suppressent I used as a kid.

T - It's like dropping a Sucrete into a beer, waiting for it to dissolve, and stirring it, and finally drinking it.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all.

Photo of ewright
2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice fat finger width of fluffy head forms from a healthy pour, some lacing is evident as the head dissipates. The beer is too amber and too clear for a wheat beer, but some of the color is likely due to the cherries.

S: This is not the first time I've had this beer, but it's the first time I've really noticed it. The aroma just isn't pleasant. The cherries are too strong which gives the aroma a distinct medicinal note.

T: Decent sourness, not sure if it comes from the cherries or the wheat malt. Again, the aroma is overpoweringly medicinal, and this bleeds over into the taste. Could be better with more subdued cherry notes.

M: Crisp, like a wheat beer should be, but the cherry cough syrup notes detract in this area as well.

D: As I said before, this isn't the first time I've had this one ... but it might be the last. I could see this beer as an ingredient in sauces for meat dishes though!

Photo of Nowhereman529
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this beer on tap at the local ale house. It arrived at the table with very little in the way of head, just a little lacing around the rim. It's a nice amber color, that's pretty pleasing to the eye. The appearance is perhaps the best part of this beer.

There was very little smell, and what there was amounted to a little bit of cherry and a little bit of mustiness.

Taste was mediocre at best. This does not really taste like a wheat beer at all. Flavor was a little wheat, a little cherry and a lot of water. Sort of like a loaf of bread that had some water spilled on it sitting next to an open jar of maraschino cherries.

Carbonation on this one was decent, but again very watery. This was way too light in my book to be considered a good beer. I know a good wheat beer is on the lighter side, but this is just too much.

I don't think that I would drink this again. It really is just a sad example of the style.

Photo of Tilley4
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to be one of the few to defy the odds and like this one....but I just couldn't..

It looks pretty enough in a glass. Slightly hazy with an ample head...lightly golden..

Sort of a funky mixture between a wheat beer and a cherry lifesaver... Not horrible but doesn't really do it for me...

Big burst of sweet cherries that slowly fades into a wheaty grainy finish...ehhh...I get where they were trying to go with this and I think it could work but the balance just isn't right...

My least favorite Sam offering...I can say I've tried it now.

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

pours a nice very clear golden color, not much sign of the cherries there, but that's where the lack of cherry stops, the nose is cherry and not a lot else I can detect, and while it borders on authentic cherry it doesn't quite make it.  the taste is quite the same but more candy like... but with a bitter finish, it's got a nice crisp mouthfeel, all in all it drinks more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Photo of Nizinski
3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
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
2.71/5  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
3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
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
3.87/5  rDev +23.2%
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
1.39/5  rDev -55.7%
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
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
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
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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