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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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3,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,551
Reviews: 1,134
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 23.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 460 | 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 Dusty278
2.23/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Golden with lasting lace.

Smell: Fruity, nothing special.

Taste: Subtle cherry flavor, light bitterness. But all in all, it tastes like the medicine that I was forced to drink when I had a cold as a kid. I finished it on principal only.

Mouthfill: Crisp and balanced carbonation

Drinkability: For me, though there are some redeeming qualities, the taste of this beer is just not doing it for me. I won't have it again.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.02/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Someone insisted that this beer would change my opinions about Sammy Adams, I hoped it would but as usual..I'm just dissapointed that I wasted my time and money.

Starts decent with a crisp golden pour, moderate clean white head that disapates rather quickly.

Smell is strongly cherry, a bit of a chemical scent.

Taste is godawful. Robutussin and cough syrup blended with sour mash and a stinging astringent after taste.

Mouthfeel, taste aside, is decent. Carbonation is perfect. Crisp and smooth dry finish.

Drinkability is low for me. The taste was murder and I won't be touching this again if I can help it.

Photo of beerkittycat
2.82/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is slightly hazy golden-yellow with a lively yellowish-tan head that shows a very faint pink hue. Aroma has a very full nose of medicinal marachino cherry and buttery-sweet graham cracker crust. I'm not really detecting any hop aroma due to the marachino cherries. Taste is very similar to aroma but at least the cherry is not overpowering the malt, which is by the way not as buttery or sweet as the aroma was. Hop flavor is pretty floral here and bitterness is kept to a minimum to make this a pretty easy drinking brew. Mouthfeel is medium-light and it finishes pretty dry and crisp which helps keep this beer from becoming too cloying. Not a bad beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of WwRGSwW
3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden in Color...

Smell: Clean Smell. Instantly notice the cherry in the smell.

Taste: somewhat dry malt with just enough cherry

Mouthfeel: dry finish.

Drinkability: Personally I like the beer. would go great with a decent steak. No harsh aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mbenthall
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color that retains a nice lace around the glass.

Smell: Crisp and clean with notes of cherry.

Taste: Crisp and clean with a dry malt flavor and cherry underneath.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: I know a lot of people don't like this beer, I do. It's a good fruit beer pleasantly crisp with good flavor. It's a refreshing beer.

Photo of elgiacomo
1.56/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Just absolutely NO balance to this beer at all. They went wayyy overboard with the cherries on this one, as they dominate everything about this brew. Difficult to even call it a 'brew' since I had to work so hard to try to detect anything resembling beer from this one. Gotta rake this one over the coals for the total lack of any balance. And I LOVE cherries, but I love beer too. No beer here that I could find. Might be good for someone who doesn't like beer...

Photo of gabeerfan
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, honey-gold with a somewhat fizzy head that dissapated quickly to a thin ring and some islands of foam. Some wheat floaties in the glass.
Cherries are the dominant aroma here. Not sweet marichino cherries, but more like black cherries in syrup. Then some wheatiness. Kind of reminded me of cherry cobbler. Subtle hints of lemon as well.
The cherries aren't as strong in the flavor as in the aroma, but are definitely present. Same sweet, but not cloying cherries as in the aroma. The wheat stands up pretty well to the sweetness and the lemon makes another appearance.
Medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Flavors don't linger like you might expect.
Fairly drinkable. Not as cloying sweet as one would expect, but I'm not sure this would be an all night drinker for me. About 1 or 2 would be my limit on these. ABV low enough to drink more, though.
Good beer. Somewhat of a novelty. Good for sitting on the porch after dinner on a summer night.

Photo of RickS95
4.17/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I had this was at the Food and Wine Expo at EPCOT. I was mostly drunk by the time I had it, but even in that state, I liked the beer immediately.

The next day I went back and had it first thing. As I was completely sober, I expected a different opinion, but it was even better.

There is a definite smell of cherries, not overpowering, but very, very noticeable. My mouth didn't find the beer as strongly flavored as my nose, but it certainly finishes with a hint of cherry.

I never was a fan of sweet or fruity beers, but I liked this for its easy drinkability.

Photo of grmarcil
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Revisited this beer for round two after an unpleasant first encounter. First time around, I wasn't prepared for the fruit beer (had never had one before) and thought it rather sickening. Served this one from the bottle into a beer glass.

Pours a dusty amber, very thin white head, ample carbonation streaming from the glass's bottom and sides.

Smells strongly of cherries -- dried or candied, but definitely matured and sweetened more than a fresh cherry scent.

Taste is very similar to the smell, seemed to finish a bit harsh at first but smoothed out markedly as the beer went on. A bit of a puckering taste, feels very fizzy and carbonated, too. Might be difficult to quaff more than a few of these between the strong flavor and the carbonation.

Photo of aquaderek
3.84/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a Sam Adams summer variety pack. Poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is brownish orange in color and the head dissipates to non existence quickly. The nose on this is a cherry bomb, but good if you like cherries. The taste initially is sweet cherry and cherry on the finish, but somewhere in between you can tell that this is a beer. The mouth feel is just about what you would expect from the taste and the finish is slightly dry. I would drink a few and I am usually not a fan of fruit beers.

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.

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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,551 ratings.