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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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3,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,141
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 22
Gots: 158 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

05-18-2012 19:43:24 | More by chasmandocharles
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

02-11-2013 03:31:30 | More by yuenglingade
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South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle with best by date of June '09. I need to clarify that I bought several bottles on a clearance sale for only 50 cents each!

A: Cloudy amber with a slight pinkish hue. Decent white head and heavy lacing.

S: Strong cherry aromas that overpower almost anything else.

T&M: Light bodied, medium carbonated typical wheat. Strong cherry flavor, very smooth and light wheat taste. Excellent beer for quantity without overindulgence.

If you like cherries or cherry flavor you'll love this!!! Some of the reviews I have read seem a bit harsh and I sense that maybe these folks may not particularly care for cherry flavor? I have been a fan of this stuff since it came out many years ago and have had it on tap as well. Most of the time it is great but there is some inconsistency with batches so if you get a bad six pack or draught, definitely try another single or on tap. I can say that this particular bottle, even though it is over a month out of date, is still excellent. As a plus, I believe it is now bottle conditioned for longer shelf life.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 21:31:54 | More by cdizinno
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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

02-17-2013 21:07:30 | More by boudreaux
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden amber with subtle magenta highlights and a very light haze. Pillowy 1" head with decent lace and retention. Looks nice!

Smell: Sweet Maraschino cherries with a subtle wheaty outline. Although I know that there are no artificial flavors here, the cherry scent was somewhat "off-natural" but not necessarily a detriment. Very summery.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Sweet cherries up front replaced by slightly stale breadiness and wheat in the middle. Mild sweetness in the finish. Decent but not excellent. Slightly thin & watery, but refreshing. Drinkability is decent, but more than one would be too sweet for me. Good for summertime, but not a year round drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 14:59:28 | More by EPseja
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack to take to the fireworks display while I was down in Syracuse. This one was left over and came home with me.

Pours into my mug clear and light golden in colour with a two finger white head. The head quickly fades to a thin layer leaving no lace behind.

Smells like cherry pie. The cherry pie dominates to the point that nothing else comes through.

Tastes like tart cherries with a little bit of bitterness in the finish. The bitterness and the cherry flavour don't fit well together. It's a bit sweet, but the tartness offsets it.

Body approaches medium. Carbonation is light & fine. Feels creamy without being heavy. It's easy enough to drink, I just don't think I'll ever buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 05:41:41 | More by mintjellie
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2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this beer very much at all, and I'm usually pretty game for fruity beers--but this didn't taste like cherries, it tasted like a Cherry Slurpee from 7-11, medicinal and sickly sweet.

That was my first thought when I smelled the glass and it persisted all the way through. The base beer is grainy and weak and doesn't hold up to the artificial cherry--maybe a stronger base with some punchy yeast would have made this better? I'll be skipping it from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 11:15:39 | More by lstokes
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2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love wheat beers but this was a let down. Pours a clear golden color, others are talking about a cloudy pour, I had none of that, clearest wheat beer I've ever seen. 2 finger head stuck around a while leave small amounts of lace. Smells like cough syrup and I cant get over that. Taste is much better than the smell. Pretty crisp with hint of cherries and some hops. Moderate carbonation gives it a medium-light mouthfeel. Could possibly have another, but not interested in anymore. Just cant get over the smell!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 20:57:39 | More by bunnyhustle
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-26-2011 02:31:52 | More by andrewjraab
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

05-10-2013 12:15:14 | More by pcsnyder
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4.25/5  rDev +35.8%

05-12-2012 23:30:41 | More by JVoyager
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -36.1%

03-09-2013 16:39:36 | More by Duvel
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

06-07-2013 04:06:46 | More by jngrizzaffi
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

05-08-2013 04:26:13 | More by TheDoak
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

03-01-2014 05:12:47 | More by cmwilliq
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4.18/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Sam Adams brew, just beating out the Hefe Weizen. The smell of cherries hits you as soon as you pour it; it has a medium to dark red color to go along with it and there wasn't much head. It's definitely sweeter than most fruity beers I've had. I drank it with a burger, and they went surprisingly well together.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 23:31:24 | More by JohnnyM2002
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -44.1%

12-19-2013 03:54:28 | More by jpd026
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

09-21-2013 23:45:20 | More by bralston345
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +27.8%

06-06-2013 23:15:06 | More by huddyball
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West Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

10-22-2013 18:47:02 | More by zbodnar1
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

09-07-2013 13:47:46 | More by banger7
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3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first fruit beer, I believe.

It poured a light amber with a moderate head that disappeared fast. The reddish deviation from the more typical golden-yellow wheat argues persuasively that they really do make the stuff with cherries. You could call it a strawberry blond color, only I guess you really can't.

If the color doesn't convince you, take a whiff. The cherry aroma is powerful. However, if you take a deep whiff, you can detect a wheat beer under the fruit.

The cherries add some sweetness and a mild tartness to what would probably be an fairly standard american wheat beer, otherwise. None of the estery tones common to a german wheat were noticed.

As with some other wheats, I find the finish to be dry and light.

This is probably a like it or leave it kind of beer, depending on whether you like cherries in beer. For me, I think it makes a good summer drinker, a nice change of pace, but maybe not one I would drink often. I also think it might appeal to those who are less inclinced to the flavor of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 12:13:48 | More by pweis909
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3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper color. Light prickle with a wispy head. Cherry and grain on the nose. The cherry smell is reminiscent of cherry skoal smokeless tobacco. The attack is mild and clean. Faint hints of cherry and grain in the flavor. Relatively clean finish with just a little bite of wheat. The aftertaste is definitely cherry. This is a pretty unique beer to say the least. My wife says that it tastes like Smith Bros. cherry throat lozenges.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 14:46:41 | More by Ragingbull
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

01-06-2014 03:34:44 | More by mpenske
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-27-2011 12:40:49 | More by jhartley
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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