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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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3,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,299
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 229 | 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 objectivemonkey
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a decent whitish head and ok stringy lacing. Nose has wheat hints, thought I picked up banana hints when colder, but now just a kind of junky cherry thing going on. Taste is similar, a decent wheat malt in front, but I just don't like the marachino cherry thing it has going on, bordering on the comical, like cough syrup or 'cherry' flouride, just isn't balanced out right, too much cherry when cold or warm, first sip and last. Mouth is probably the best thing about this beer, creamy, enough carbonation to give it a bit of spring. This is a desert beer if anything, but not one I'd buy again. Sorry Sam, not your best work.

objectivemonkey, May 17, 2006
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 DouggiePhresh
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say, this is a totally different brew in a glass. I reviewed this when I drank it out of the bottle. It tasted like cherry soda when I drank it out of the bottle. Now I believe I was "tasting" the aroma. It certainly smells like cherry soda, but tastes nothing like it. It pours a light copper color with a large head that quickly dissipates to a thin head-film. The smell is amazing, almondy-cherry. Tastes like almonds, hint of cherry and water. The mouthfeel is very fizzy leaving an almond aftertaste. It is light and drinkable. But then again, I really cant rate on drinkability. (I drank 1 bottle of Chimay Blue, Delerium Tremens and a bottle of Fort in 1 night!)

DouggiePhresh, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of argock
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date notched on front label. Purchased as part of SA Harvest Collection 12-pack for $15.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky amber with golden edges and slightly fizzy off-white 1-finger head with average retention and thick cap of lace at the top but not much else down the glass.

S: Smells like cherry cough drops with heavy medicinal edge and light wheat tanginess but not much else

T: Also taste like a Ludens cherry cough drop with barely detectable grain, light wheat note, and mostly syrupy, medicinal cherry extract flavors with a little sour tartness in the finish. Not too great.

M: Thin with light body and light tart, drying finish and cough drop aftertaste.

D: Better than Cranberry Lambic, but that's not saying much. Should be retired from the SA lineup -- tastes like cherry cough drop soda.

argock, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of slitherySOB
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping to try a different selection from the Boston Beer Factory as my first review from them, but this was all the bar had. Poured a gold colour with a little cloudy & haziness sediment. Whoof, smell them cherries from a mile away. Wheat too, and a little other grain. Hey, I don't smell adjunct. I'll be damned. Tasted I'd say 3/5000 too sweet. Just a little sweeter than I thought. Had to mark points off for that. But hey, the wheat is detectable on the palate, as is a little yeast. That suited this beer. But then the cherries are detected. Hmm, didn't like it. I don't like cherries, so excuse my bias. The cherry flavour seemed a little like childrens' cough syrup. Damn. But that's okay. I still like this beer. It's crisp, a little sour/tart, and I do taste some diacetyl. An above average beer. My advice, add a little more bitterness and a little less cherries.

slitherySOB, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of BeerNoobNC
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color (pretty typical of wheat beers). The aroma is mostly cherry, with hardly any of that wheaty smell you get from wheat beers.

The cherry flavor is really overbearing in this beer. I commend Sam Adams on the try, but the typical flavors you expect in a wheat are not really there. I say this, and I'm not even the biggest fan of wheat beers.

This is definitely a unique flavor that seems very challenging to perfect, but I feel like a small down-tone of the cherry would make it almost too good. I would definitely recommend this for a unique taste, but there are definitely other "unique" brews out there that are more worth your try.

BeerNoobNC, Oct 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

mojohawk21, Nov 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

orm56, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: On-tap at the SA Brewhouse, Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

Appearance: Hazy gold with a wheat like carbonation that retains a very nice lace.

Smell: Crisp fruit aroma with slight cherry whiffs.

Taste: Crisp dry wheat malt, a little bit tart with a subtle cherry flavour. Some diacetyl is noticable with a light bitterness.

Notes: A great mix of flavours for a decent fruit beer. Nice and refreshing.

Jason, Jan 25, 2001
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Justinn13, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,299 ratings.