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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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BA SCORE
72
okay

3,306 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 3,306
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 233 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar's. Synthetic tasting cherry aroma and taste. Grapefruit body and a bit of soapy head, some lace. Looks OK, average mouthfeel. Nothing special to drink or taste. After some cherry lambics and wild yeasts recently, this didn't cut it.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of wheat, grain, and some artificial cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with an almost sickening medicinal cherry flavor that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is pretty gross and undrinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -36.1%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head. Nose brings loads of cherries. Seems a bit artificial, but not too much. Taste is some more super-sweet cherries that start to get quite a bit cloying. Light caramel, crusty flavors in the background. Feel is medium with quite a bit of sugar body. Quite cloying, which really affects the drinkability.

Thorpe429, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

zestar, May 20, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -4.2%

nmann08, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -4.2%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head.
S: Aromas of cherries prominently stand out in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of cherries, although there are some hints of wheat that prevent it from tasting like cough syrup.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink but there's no way that I would have more than one of these at a time because the smell and taste are both one-dimensional.

metter98, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dried apricot that appears crystal clear with indirect lighting and significantly hazy with an infusion of sunlight. It's definitely an interesting visual effect. The pale oatmeal colored cap is attractive. It resembles a windswept mesa as it deflates, and leaves a fair amount of sudsy lace behind.

There's no shortage of cherry in the nose. In fact, it smells so much like sweet cherries that there's no room left for it to smell like beer. It may not be the overpowering cherry bomb that some cherry lambics are, but there's no doubt what fruit was used. I'll have to give credit to BBC, they didn't do this one halfway. As to the question of artificial cherry versus actual cherry juice, it's sort of in the middle.

I'm definitely not as impressed with the flavor as I am with the appearance and the aroma. Whereas the nose is 95% cherries and 5% beer, the flavor is much more the latter than the former. SA Cherry Wheat tastes like what a wheat ale flavored with cherry should taste like (in a general sense at least). It doesn't hang together for me though. The base beer is too grainy and rough and tends to dominate the fruit.

It seems to me that a more neutral wheat ale, or even a pale ale, would have been a better choice. I also pick up a faint metallic tang and I can't shake the impression that the beer needs salt. As it warms, the cherry flavor takes on an increasingly artificial, almost medicinal quality. The mouthfeel is light-medium, is slightly chalky (odd) and heads toward watery on the finish.

Cherry Wheat may be my least favorite Samuel Adams offering to date. If my memory is accurate, I even thought the much maligned Cranberry Lambic was better. With a major tweak or two this could be an okay fruit beer. In its present form, no thank you.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly red color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Wisconsin cherries with some more subtle wheat malt. Taste is also dominated by the sweet Wisconsin cherries with a light medicinal note that I wasn't exactly fond of. Wheat is very subdued and almost impossible to detect. A bit too much of the cough syrup taste for my taste buds but still a worthless effort.

Phyl21ca, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big on the cherry flavor, but lacking on everything else. Pours a less-red-than-expected- color with disapointing head retention for a wheat. Aromas are big of cherry and nothing else. Flavors like cherry Kool-Aid (not real cherries). It has some good fruity tartness and a lacking barley or wheat quality. Lacking in the wheat flavors, textures, and apprearance. Yeast offers no fruity esters or spiciness. Barley malt is hardly detected. A thin mouthfeel and a fleeting finish. I am suprised that this beer didn't turn out better.

BEERchitect, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Texasfan549, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got to try this one for the first time last night. I have to admit I was hesitant after the disaster that was the Cranberry Lambics. But I decided to give this one a shot to see if they could redeem themselves. Poured a very light pale yellow, almost completely clear it looked like, with a small fizzy white head that quickly faded and lots of champagne like carbonation.

The aroma was very light, lots of wheat and light grain here, with a touch of artificial cherry mixed in. This was pretty much the case with the flavor as well, was too light and what was there started out by tasting awfully artificial, like a generic cough drop. Really just not well put together. Virtually no aftertaste here either just did not help. Super light body with an almost seltzer like carbonation. You could drink a bunch, but would you really want to?

Overall I was not impressed. They seriously just cannot get anything done with fruit flavors anywhere near an acceptable level. I would not try this one again, as its just a waste of time for.

mikesgroove, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -4.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

GRG1313, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours an amber color with a short lived off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells like cherries, big time cherries. It's pretty much like a jar of maraschino cherries, but it's enjoyable. The more I smell it, the better I like the cherry character that's there. Not really much else going on in terms of the aroma.

T: The cherry flavor is nowhere near as prominent as the cherry aroma, but it is there. There is a surprising creaminess and an almost vanilla flavor. Sweet wheat and bread are actually noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation that is nice and smooth.

D: I guess I wouldn't be pounding down a 12 pack of this, but it's not a bad beer to have once every so often.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head quickly dissipates. Color is golden and minimal hazieness, typical wheat beer appearance.

One key point I have noticed that differed from my experience with the aroma is the cherry smell was very understated. I am wondering if it is due to my review following a beer I had on tap as >90% of these reviews are after having the beer in a bottle. The taste of cherry is certainly well apparent but not overwhelming and refreshing.

Good for summer activities.

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, light coppery body with a frothy, white head that left a nice-looking latticework of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Cherry-flavored throat drops chiefly holds sway over the nose with only sparse scents of wheat in the distant background.

Taste: Initial impression of lightly toasted wheat bread that grows to be a both a bit tangy and a bit sweetish. In jumps the tart flavor of Luden's Wild Cherry cough drops which even lasts into the aftertaste. Lightly leafy, predominately spicy hops with a touch of bitterness. Aside from the cherry flavoring, the rest of the various tastes and even the body grow increasingly thin as you begin to reach the drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, lightly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Personally, I would say there are many far more engaging fruit-based beers to be had, but, if you're a fan of the cherries and are looking for light, easy-going refreshment with a slight alcoholic kick, then this may be the way to go.

ChainGangGuy, May 15, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry Wharton has got to be one of my 5 top Sam Adams releases. This beer is really great on it's own or as a dessert after a meal. The beer is on the lighter side, the color is golden. The head sticks around for a bit. The cherry flavor is super sweet in the beginning but trails off near the end when your taste buds are getting used to it. The aroma of this beer is wonderful. This beer is great if your just having one. If you start to have two or three back to back it starts to lose it's intensity. Very good though!

Knapp85, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -36.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I've been ragged-on recently, but I will continue to force-pronounce the "h" in "wheat". Think Stewie Griffin and Cool Whip... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose tries to hint at a bit of dry wheat, but things are thoroughly dominated by a half-medicinal, half-artificial cherry smell. Not exactly my bowl o' fruit, so to speak. The taste intimates toward a wheat-y revolution, but the malevolent iron fist of the cherry junta maintains a constant vigil, keeping any subversive characters under an ever-present threat of violent reprisal. Worse, a mineral-y, tinny flavor caps things off at the finish. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decided miss. the cherry character just doesn't work at all. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Apr 16, 2011
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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,306 ratings.