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

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1,130 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,130
Hads: 3,648
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 39
Gots: 576 | 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 dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

DATE REVIEWED: June 13, 2014... GLASSWARE: Lindemans flute... OCCASION: post-baseball banquet unwinding...APPEARANCE: hazy, cloudy off-yellow body; slight effervescence; nice, thick, somewhat rocky snow white head; reasonable, patterned lacing... AROMA: tart punch of cherries, yes--slightly malty, bready scents underscore the equally understated hops--but mostly, cherries... PALATE: medium-bodied, fizzy, carbonated--not as refreshing as expected, but more body too... TASTE: malt profile disrupts the cherry prominence, as does the honey which forms a funky, unsettled finish...some cardboard notes further damn the experience... OVERALLL: things were going well for this wheat--which is much better than Sam's cherry lambic--until I actually tasted it: a medicinal introduction, a drag of an aftertaste, and not really much to savor in between.... (852 characters)

Photo of VILJ
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer at first sip taste a little bitter, like cough medicine, but it goes away almost immediately and as one continues to drink it, it tastes smooth and refreshing. I don't think it is a beer that will appeal to everyone since one has to get used to the taste, but it is a good beer overall, and although it is not a style that I purchase too often, I do buy the "cherry wheat" every once in a while for a different taste. (427 characters)

Photo of Tylergross1
3.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The obvious and must abundant ingredient it the Cherry flavoring. I enjoy a little bit of fruity taste in beers. After my initial taste I could also detect a small trace of honey in the recipe that really made for a smooth blend that was light and crisp. (254 characters)

Photo of PhillipTurner
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry Wheat is in my top ten of Samuel Adams brews. Has good flavor, not over-powering. Great wheat flavor. Not too filling. Has decent cherry aroma, with slight wheat aroma. Too low of alcohol content for me. When I have a beer, I like some what of a kick. Cherry Wheat did not have much of one. To sum it up, I'll probably drink it again if offered, but not too often or any time in the near future. (402 characters)

Photo of MIchelle
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent tasting wheat. Very refreshing. You can definitely taste the cherry but it over powers the wheat flavor just a hair to much for me. Little to no head. Has a very good smell, you can really smell the cherry. A solid wheat beer but not my favorite of the style either. Would be great on a warm day. (305 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
4.35/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, mostly yellow with a pinch of orange, nice white head with really good lacing, nice carbonation.

Smell: extremely fruity, like plums , apples, and cherries

Taste: Plums, Peaches, cherries. How can it taste so fruity? It's awesome, but unbelievable. However, where's the hops? ? Can hops taste like this? Cause this is too weird for hops to taste like, even though it's really good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, bubbly, perfect.

overall: Extremely unique, definitely a session beer, delicious, but would like to taste more malt. (550 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy burnt peach colored body, fizzy eggshell colored head that only leaves a ring, no lacing or film on top.

Aroma: Cherries definitely come through nicely, faint malts.

Taste: Immediate cherry sweetness and tartness, grainy cereal notes fill out the palate. A pretty sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of bright carbonation, not very smooth.

Overall: It tastes like a cherry wheat beer. The cherry component is really spot-on, the rest of the beer is rough around the edges. (535 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best before June 2014. Another new beer to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are average to below average based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden yellow-orange color with just over a finger of fluffy sudsy white head. Some scattered fluffy lacing. Looks very nice; I was expecting a much darker beer.

S - A touch of graininess / wheat is noticeable on the end, but the nose is mostly all artificial medicinal lollipop black cherry. It's really quite hard for me to pull out anything aside from that. Slightly musty. It's a fairly unpleasant aroma, but something keeps drawing me back to it. It seriously smells almost like a can of cheap black cherry soda.

T - The taste is quite an improvement from the nose, but it's still pretty bland. Again, the light grainy wheat presence is pleasant, but the artificial medicinal cherry is overpowering. Coarse, with an almost cinnamon like heat on the finish.

M - Coarse, dry, soda-like carbonation. Lightly grainy and wheat. Mildly sticky finish. Light-bodied, slightly high carbonation.

Overall, the cherry is clearly not very authentic in the least, and it's safe to say that it ruins what would probably be a fine wheat beer without it. One of my least favorite beers from Samuel Adams, not one I will be having again.

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat ---3/5. (1,471 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 3/7/14 but had this once before back in 2012. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute galss.

Pours a light golden hazy amber in color with a good 2-finger white head that settles down to a thin layer on top. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip.. When first opened, the smell of cherries and wheat hits you right in the face, or actually nose. The taste doesn't live up quite to the aroma but is very pleasant overall. Smooth to drink with no bitter aftertaste. (536 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Pours out with a small white head. You can tell it's a non filtered brew. The Color is a dark amber. Smell right off the bat is Cherry. There is really nothing else to it I can't smell anything else. The taste is also cherry nothing more than that. Not much else to say but CHERRY. If you like cherry you may like this brew. This brew is not for me. It looks good but the taste is too much. (416 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Blech. Fruit beers just aren't for me. However, my husband loves the crap out of this beer. To me, this tastes like a mix of bad cherry candy or cough medicine, mixed with a decent wheat beer. If the cherry flavor was a bit more subtle, I think I'd like it a lot better. (270 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a clear golden color and a nice white foam head. Aroma is distinctly cherry. The mix of wheat and cherry makes for an enjoyable flavor. I’ve had some beers where the fruity flavor ruins it, but there’s just the right balance of cherry and wheat beer in this brew. (293 characters)

Photo of acdcsmith22
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a lot of carbonation. Very white colored head about 1 finger high.

Smell: Strong maraschino cherry, nothing else.

Taste: Strong cherry taste. Very little body although it does have a slight wheat beer aftertaste.

Mouth: Very refreshing.

Overall: Not bad, would definitely enjoy again. (389 characters)

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I was disappointed with the appearance. Was hoping for at least a reddish tint. The smell was redeeming, smell of natural cherry. Taste is a nice cherry at first but the wheat takes over and is overpowering. Mouthfeel is great. Perfect amount of carbonation. Not a fan, would not recommend. (290 characters)

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really really really enjoy this! I like the smell and the taste. It tastes so much like cherries! Its great for a dessert beer, but I feel I could drink this as soda every night for dinner.

If you don't like cherries and still want to give this a try... Don't. (263 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light golden color, filtered, short white head that dissipates almost as fast as it appears. No lacing left behind

Smell: Strong cherry smell up front, then a nice wheat background

Taste: Cherry, wheat, with a dry finish. The flavor is much more balanced and not overwhelmingly cherry like I remember having it previous times

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation

Overall: A good dessert beer. The wheat character isn't quite what I would like, but it overall is still pretty good. Would also prefer if it was unfiltered, maybe more like a cherry hefeweizen. (580 characters)

Photo of Zeno
4.24/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was never a beer drinker until my boyfriend introduced me to Cherry Wheat. This is the best beer I've ever tasted! I would say that compared to other beers that this has a very smooth taste with subtle hints of summer and an introduction to fall all mixed into one. It smells fruity but still has that distinctive smell of beer with the presence of hops giving it a rustic feel. I am now hooked on Sam Adams! Shame on me for not getting more interested in beer in college! (474 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brought by friends on Novemer 3rd, 2013. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonic, served cool.

Appearance: Hazy Honey amber with a froth 1 finger offwhite head.

Aroma: Cherries, wheat.

Mouthfeel: solid medium, decent carbonation.

Taste: Cherry flavor is not overdone nor is it artificial. Wheat thickness with a black cherry top.

overall: not something I would choose on my own but not a bad beer. (402 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy orange, off-white head that leaves a very thin layer on the surface. Surprisingly lasting lacing.

S: Strong sweet and tart cherry, even a bit of orange in there too. Very fruity.

T: Wow, huge cherry flavor, very sweet. I'd almost say they added grenadine. A backbone of pleasant breadiness. The flavors are pleasant in theory, but might come across too strongly for some.

M: Refreshing, but possibly too bloating from the carbonation.

O: They bring the cherry, now it's up to you to accept the consequences. (526 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A-Hazy dark gold color with a ok head that went down quickly and left some lace as the beer went down
S-could smell the smell of cherries from a distance, and the wheat was in the background
T-cherry had a tart taste that did not leave any taste in the aftertaste or the finish
M- medium body and carbonation
O- was impressed until the taste, it was nothing after the beer went down. (383 characters)

Photo of BobbyBraggot
1.32/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Tastes and smells like horrible cough syrup. Drain poor. Worst beer I've had in quite some time. Not worth the money to try. Harsh fake cherry flavors, and nose.
I have liked most of Sammy's offerings this year but this is a total fail. Jim Koch, must not have tasted this one as it came out of the brewery, because it's completely undrinkable. (345 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a nice head and lasting lacing. Wonderful nose of cherry. Light medium body with a smooth feel. Low average carbonation. Crisp with a good burst of cherry flavor. Lightly hopped as it should be. My SA favorite and one of the reasons I started homebrewing. I've been drinking this beer since 1995. When you get a good bottle (very crisp finish and tart cherry flavor), this one is hard to beat. However, over the years, they have had quality problems. The last few years they have been more consistent. (526 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the local Twin Liquors. Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint. "Best by" date of Nov. 2013.

A - Hazy golden color with two fingers of head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S - Cherries and honey. They were going for cherries; they got cherries. I can't knock them for that.

T/M - This is where it falls apart. Very medicinal, but not in a good way. This is cough syrup mixed with wheat ale.

O - This is drinkable, sure, but why? I don't know. I guess you'd have to ask the 19 year old Lance. This was his favorite beer. I wonder how much my taste will change in another 12 years? Hmmm.... (611 characters)

Photo of Treath
1.09/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Poured into a glass mug.

A- Orange/amber color with 2 finger head that fizzles away. It looks ok.

S- Fake cherry smell, like cherry cough medicine, some alcohol. Some hops.

T- Cherry cough medicine. Nasty! Very harsh taste.

M- Medium body and good carbonation. But the taste really makes this beer not at all refreshing or crisp.

Drinkability- Horrible, I couldn't get past a few sips. Drain Pour.

O- Overall, this is a bad beer. The taste is of cherry cough medicine. I don't recommend this beer at all. (511 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, reddish-gold in color

Smell:sweet and tart cherries and light wheat

Taste: sweet and tart cherries, light wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet

Overall: An old time favorite and one that I find refreshing. I try to get a six of this a year. The cherries are present but never too sweet. One of Sam's better classic beers. (401 characters)

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
74 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.