Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.28/5 rDev -27.4%
Had in a bottle long before I was "into" craft beer. Had it again on tap once I entered the craft realm. Pours a wheaty, sunburst orange color, considerably hazy and basically perfectly opaque in the mid-section of the brew. Slightly off-white head is sparkly and foamy and recedes relatively quick leaving some mild lacing behind. The aroma is cherry. That's it. That's all. Just cherries. I mean, I could sit here and tell you "it has some wheat in the background", because it does, but you have to search so hard for it beneath the cherry blanket that by that point it isn't worth it anymore. The cherries smell sweet, tart, and actually a little medicinally cloying. Weird combination, right? I can't decide if this aroma is good or bad - but the fact that I must ask myself that question tells me it's probably the latter.
It hits my palate, medium bodied and heavily carbonated. And that's where shit hits the fan. WOW, the cherry presence is not only overwhelming, but it's basically the only thing you can taste. And as mentioned for the aroma, it's not a very "good" cherry perspective. Hints of the profile taste natural and real - some tartness and sweetness that couldn't be mistaken for anything but fresh cherries. However, it's like the brewers decided that it wasn't enough, and they took it a step further and added a butt-load of extra, artificial cherry flavor to push the flavor envelope of the max. Chalky, medicinal, vitamin-like. It's like, tart cherry cough syrup. Or a sweeter version of a cherry flavored Flintstones vitamin. Aftertaste has a slaughtered wheat profile, still majorly enveloped by the cherry onslaught.
Buuuh. Save yourself the trouble with this one. The cherry is just way too overdone and overpowering, nearly to the point of being undrinkable. And it's not the "fruit-lambic" kind of cherry. It's more of a "take your medicine" kind of cherry. Definitely not for me.
01-24-2013 17:22:19 | More by tectactoe
2.76/5 rDev -12.1%
12oz bottle poured into pint glass
A- Hazy golden with lots of carbonation. Nice two white two finger head with excellent retention and lacing.
S- Tons of cherry sweetness
T- Takes off running from where the nose left off. Cherry sweetness followed by malty sweetness. Did I mention that it’s sweet?
M- Thin and fizzy. Not as crisp and tart like I would have expected it to be.
O- Way to sweet for my taste buds, but I might have found a beer my girlfriend would like! Seems way to sweet for a cherry wheat as if it’s jam packed with cherry artificial flavors rather than the natural tartness I was looking for.
01-18-2013 00:57:18 | More by wiscokid920
3.09/5 rDev -1.6%
12 fl oz bottle
poured a pale golden translucent liquid, compact white 2 fingers head, nice retention, little lacing. nose composed of cherry syrup palate is the same, cherry syrup and malty sweetness followed by a dry finish, cherry retronasal. not very complex, flavor is very concetrated, light body, lots of carbonation, im not very affect of this thin fizzy kind of beers but i liked the head and simplicity of it, just cherry, the flavor seems bit of artificial thou, like a cherry pop diluted in water maybe, would like this better if the cherry was just a hint and let the other beer ingredients come out to play.
01-15-2013 00:32:13 | More by KingSlayer
2.56/5 rDev -18.5%
Appearance - Pours a hazy yellowish-amber color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Dissipates after 2 minutes and leaves a really nice lacing.
Smell - Has a very strong cherry aroma that reminds me of licorice. Very malty also
Taste - Overly sweet with a disgusting flavor that reminds me of Robitussin. It's very creamy and malty, with a little bit of wheat shining through at the end.
Mouthfeel - Medium, creamy body with medium carbonation.
Overall - In all honesty, this beer grosses me the hell out.. lol. The only thing I liked was the mouthfeel.
01-12-2013 03:39:30 | More by jsisko01
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,236 ratings.