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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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3,330 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 246 | 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 Liquids
2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Before I drank beer, I remember having a roomate who raved that this was his favorite beer, and he truly missed it after having stopped drinking for a while...so I've wanted to try it, and I've stumbled across a freebie, so here goes. It's a pale color when a foamy head and is slightly cloudy due to the less-than filtered wheat style, I'm assuming. Looks good. Smells really delicious, like a fruit beer should, and was appealing to those who aren't beer purists in particular, as it smells legitimately fruity. I dug the aroma of cherry's being so strong and not seeming too artificial. The taste tough - up front its good, but right away I taste medicinal cherry cough syrup. I can't taste anything else after that, either. It's tart and not a sugar bomb, but not noticably hoppy...It's hard to want to call this a beer to be honest. You'll love it or you'll hate it as is. Not all that beer like, which is not necessarily a negative. But in taste alone (thinking of it as a desert drink), I couldn't enjoy this. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, not watery or light-beer like, but nothing full as other wheat beers. I wouldn't drink this again honestly...unless there was absolutely nothing else around, and I imagine there would be long periods of time between sips to help me forget just how medicinal it is, only to take another sip, remember...and not come back to it for a while or put it down unfinished. YMMV, but I cant get into it. Nice try, Sam.

Liquids, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden copper color poured with an average size white head. There was some nice lacing rings left behind.

Sweet cherries dominate the aroma. Almost artificial in smell. Some wheat comes through in the background. Smells more like cherry candy than beer. However, I kinda like it.

The flavor isn't quite as sweet as the smell. Starts with the sweet cherry then goes into the light wheat flavor and just a hint of hops near the finish. Very enjoyable on a warm afternoon. I actually tasted this as a black&tan made with Guinness, also...not too bad, kinda like black cherry soda.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Very easy to drink, but the artificial cherry notes may start to get to you after a couple or three.

Imstillthegman, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of UkiPiper
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
Bottle into glass:

This beer pours a honey clear brown with many bubbles. The thick white foam head lasts a long time, never fully disappearing, leaving think lacing behind. The small is too sweet; it smells like cherry syrup, with only a subtle hint of beer at all. The taste on the other hand is great: not too sweet and with only a hint of cherries. The mouth feel is full but not creamy, very refreshing and easy to drink. The bubbles are not really present in the mouth feel that much.

UkiPiper, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of michfan23
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am normally opposed to the idea of "fruity" beers but this one was done very nicely. The smell is really sweet however the flavor is not too sweet. Unlike some other fruity beers you can still taste the beers in this Sam Adams. It was easy to drink but I can't see myself buying it a lot just because you have to be in the right mood for it.

michfan23, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of JDK
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.
Moderate lacing clung to the sides throughout
Smells pretty strong of cherry and I could pick out the wheat at the end. Think of a cherry grain.
Very cherry taste with a mild grain aftertaste.
Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Cherry/wheat aftertaste lingers for several seconds and then disappears.
As much as I love the majority of SA brews, this is one I will pass on. Just too sweet for me.
I do know that others simply love this beer so if you have not tried it for yourself, you should, especially if you can find a single as I did.

JDK, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of CFbeermaker
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it had a golden carmel color with a white rocky head that left nice lacing. It has a strong sweet cherry odor and once you can get past that you actually can smell the wheat. The cherry taste was not as strong as the smell and I could taste the wheat. Not my favorite flavor. I'm not a big fruit beer drinker. I have had the boisenberry wheat from the Sam Adams homebrew collection and I thought that was a better beer. Cherry Wheat is a smooth beer with not a whole lot of carbonation. I put average for drinkability because I think it is what it is. I taste cherry and I taste wheat. Its not my cup of tea but I can see how others might enjoy this.

CFbeermaker, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and gold, nice amount of lace retention on the glass.

Smell: Inviting. Nice wheaty accents with just a hint of cherry aforethought.

Taste: Pretty good. Wheatiness is balanced out by a gentle hop nibble at the taste buds. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. You definitely feel as though you have something, but it's not a full mouthed beer that covers the palate.

Drinkability: Good. Would make a decent session beer. Smoothly rolls past the tounge.

Definitely worth a try. On a hot summer day, would be really refreshing out on the patio.

Bamabrew22, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty light yellow, hinting towards orange-red. Not a lot of head here, some lacing as well but not much. The aroma is sweet maraschino cherry and some light grain malt.

Flavor is more of the cherry, no hop presence or real malt backbone. It's a little thin and watery, the malt isn't too great, but the cherry flavor is quite sweet, unique, and tasty. Not to sugary, a little diacetyl, but a very solid fruit beer overall.

BretSikkink, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.72/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first i would like to say i'm not a real big fan of sam adams beers and i have seen this beer many times and have passed it up. i was very leery to buy it but i was surprised and glad i did. poured a honey amber color with a three finger off white head with good retention and nice patchy lace to the finish. nice fruity cherry aromas with a taste of maraschino cherrys, sweet but not cloying on the palate. mouthfeel medium and smooth and carbonation is ok. drank five for the review and enjoyed every one.

billybob, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks light, golden brown, and smells like cherries.

The taste is sweet sweet sweet. I remember having this beer as a kid, long before I enjoyed heavy or hoppy beers, and loving it. It tasted to me like a smooth fruit drink, and today it still reminds me of that.

It goes down like water, making this a beer to drink a steamy summer day, when you're too hot to really pay too much attention to what you're drinking.

micahgoldfus, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-5-07
Best before 9-07

Pours a clear golden color with a hint of red. No real head and clean on the glass.

Smell is dominated by cherries, with a slight wheat underneath.

Taste is bready at first, with a sweet and strong cherry flavor and a sizeable hop character. If not for the balancing of the hops, the cherry flavor might be overpowering.

Mouthfeel is decent, lots of carbonation and cherries give it a soda-like quality.

Drinkability is good, but I could see the cherry flavor becoming old after awhile.

Overall, this is a beer made with non-beer-drinkers in mind. The cherry flavor overpowers the beer flavor, but it's still not a bad beer.

BMoney575, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big white, foaming head sits atop a light orange laced, golden body. Head dies down to a film.
smell of cherry syrup, toasted malt and a bit of lemongrass.
Tastes like a cherry wheat. Cherry and wheat grains, slightly toasted and sweet. Cherry flavor is a bit deceiving as it seems slight, but wears on you.
Feels a bit thick, not as crisp as I would have liked. Probably will not intentionally have again, but will drink it.

Mebuzzard, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts with a 4 finger head, that goes away after a while. The smell is very strong of cherry, which i guess is the point, but is almost overpowering. It almost tastes like a a cross between a wheat beer and a melted cherry slushy. Its hard to reallly describe the taste, its a must try if only to understand the flavor. I agree with the last reviewer that this beer is probably for non-beer drinkers or those who like lambic beers. I personally am not fond of the cherry flavor either but its definatly a different and interesting beer.

Redwood21, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of CharlieLawyer
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A vigorous pour into an oversized mug produced a head taller than the beer. Beer was light golden amber in color.

Smelled of artificial cherry flavor, like cough syrup. Deep underneath, when I concentrated hard, I could smell the wheat, malt, and slightly floral hops. Tough to get through that cough syrup aroma, though.

The taste was of real cherries, in contrast to the smell. Also a good thick, sweet malt flavor and a grainy wheat taste. The cherries come back at the end, along with the bitter hops.

The beer had a good full-bodied mouthfeel.

I am not a fan of cherries, but I had heard good things about his beer, so I gave it a try. First off, the artificial cherry smell has got to go, whether you like cherries or not. If the cherries aren't enough to make it into the aroma, the beer shouldn't have to smell like Kool-Aid. This beer was very drinkable, but I think it is definitely one for non-beer drinkers. This beer would have been much better without the cherries.

CharlieLawyer, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It starts very well with a golden beer and a foamy white head with good retention. But it also ends there.
Smell is overwhelmingly cherry - very very sweet, cherry and more cherries, nothing else on the nose.
It is a very thin beer, with some cherry taste (lighter then you would expect based on the smell); it is watered down, very low carbonation (!) despite all that head. No punch, no kick, no other flavors. Aftertaste is water!
This is well below Samuel Adams' standards.

brdc, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


smell- very strong cherry (almost like a cough medicine) and a very good wheat and spice smell.

Taste- the cherry and the wheat have a good balance and are the strongest tastes. Hops and other spices in the background. This is a great example of a cherry wheat beer.

Mouthfeel- medium amount of carbonation with a nice body. Sam Adam's always knows what they are doing here.

Drinkability- above average drinkability. The beer tastes and smells good but its one to be drank in small doses.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber, clear. Mild head, mild carbonation.

Cherries, mild sweet malt backbone.

Medium bodied and full of cherries. Wheaty malt base: grainy, dry, and kind of chalky. Hops are pretty much invisible, slightly floral and citric. Mild carbonation, foamy. Finishes mostly clean and slightly tart, bitter, and dry.

Hurray for cherry beer. Not the greatest, but definitely not bad. Refreshing and fairly light. I like that it is not red, i.e. no food coloring.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden/amber with a white head. Head that stays and laces.
S: Bitter almond, sweetness, cherry.
T: Bitter almond, cherry, some malt, some bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: Light-medium body. Tiny bubbles of carboration.

Same cherry taste as a kriek, but without the sweetness. Much drier. Wheat? Can't find it. But really what you would expect from a cherry beer. Although the cherry is really present, the taste still is that of beer rather than fruit. I like it. This one would work very well on a hot summer day. I'm impressed that he cherry taste can be so dominant without leaving a sticky sweetness in your mouth.

Hammarby, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of robmorris31
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The appearance is a little lighter than I like. A transparent orange/amber.

S- WOW! The smell is terrific. Just what I expected.

T- Not as powerful or pleasant as the smell, but satisfying. A definite taste of cherry is first, then an after taste of wheat ale that could have been a little bit smoother..

M- The beer is not as full as I would have thought it to be.

D- I enjoyed the combination of wheat ale and cherry and overall I would suggest this drink for those who prefer to be experimental in their beer selection.

robmorris31, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/20/07 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI, served in a plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color, with a decent off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is mostly a fruity cherry aroma, like a melted red pop-sickle, along with some wheat, spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor as expected, then there’s a transition into a bready wheat flavor. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is quite mild. However, I like the balance that the wheat flavor provides to the fruity sweetness, which is something you don’t get too often within this style. Once the wheat flavor starts to fade, the cherry flavor comes back for a sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry especially for such a sweet beer.

D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, slightly filling, I thought this beer wouldn’t be that great considering how bad the Cranberry Lambic is, but I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s one of the better beers that I’ve had within the style, but I wouldn’t want to drink more than one or two if there were something else available, especially since a given place that would have this beer on-tap will typically have Sam Adams Seasonal among others.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat pours a very light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a strong cherry aroma, reminiscent of a maraschino cherry. The flavor is better than the aroma, it is not cloyingly sweet as the aroma might suggest, but the cherry flavor is strong and the finish is all wheat, which I like in this type of beer. This isn't really my thing, but I think it's a bit better than average, but not outstanding. Worth a try if you like this sort of thing.

Drew966, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of lehows
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large and fluffy white head. Surprisingly good retention and lacing. Large and sweet aromas of cherry floats to the nose and not much else. Cherry taste is more subdued than in the aroma. Cherries and cream comes to mind, theres also a bit of grain and wheat but the cherry flavor dominates. Overall a tasty and drinkable beer, I found this sessionable but certainly more so in the summer-time. But still a good go for one or two during winter.

lehows, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, I would like to start out by saying that this is most definitely a good beer and highly reccommended for wheat lovers.

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A nice, light, golden body with about a one inch head with slow retention. After a while (and a few sips), reduces to a nice lacing that never leaves until you take the last sip, letting you know that the flavor and smells of this beer are constantly being released for your enjoyment.

A nice, pleasant and sweet smell; kind of like dried cherries. At first, seemed so sweet that my initial reaction was that it reminded me of a cherry Jolly Rancher, but luckily it was not that sweet.

A nice, smooth and sweet taste to back up the sweet smell. A little tart and pungent because of the cherries but the cherries also leave a very nice aftertaste to go along with each swig.

Mouthfeel was very nice; not too thick and not thin at all. Very enjoyable and filling; felt like you were drinking a very nice, smooth beer.

Very drinkable beer and, again, highly reccommended. A nice, fun enjoyable beer that seems like it can go with anything. However, it seems more like a summer beer since it is lighter in character so I reccommend waiting for the temperature to rise for this brew to be at its finest.

maddogruss, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of cheers2beers
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer pours a light yellowish orange with a bright white head that stacks up two and a half fingers high. No laceing, but you can find lots of beading within this brew.

Smell: While smelling this beer you would like to think that there are some good malts, hops and other such aromas coming from this liquid, but honestly the cherry is so strong, thats all i'm getting.

Taste: The flavors consist of cherries, vague wheat, and hazelnut. There again the cherry seems to take away from all others.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This has a easy flowing feel with a bubbely finish.

Drinkability: Well, i guess if you are a cherry connoisseur this beer would be right up your alley. I dont think I could or would want to sit down and drink a bunch of these, but I suppose it would be a good desert beer.


cheers2beers, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Morris729
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is dominated by ripe sweet cherries with fresh wheat in the background. Taste is similar to the aroma but more subdued. The cherry flavor also offers some tartness not found in the nose. An easy drinking and refreshing beer—would be nice in the summer.

Morris729, Feb 10, 2007
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,330 ratings.