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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
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3,394 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 283 | 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 biboergosum
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in front of many screens of (surprise!) hockey in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden colour with one finger of creamy white head, which renders but a few streaks of lace around the glass in its hasty wake. It smells of sweet cherry gum, and overly-sugary malt. The taste is cherry cough syrup, sweet wheat, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, and kind of slick, and not really all that smooth. It finishes with a sweet edgy, grainy wheatiness, and latent cherry candy saccharine overload.

It wavers kind of sickeningly between confection and medicine - after a few too many sips, I couldn't finish it.

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this several times. Tried it again to review it.

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a foamy, pillowy, small, white head. Not much lacing.

S - Smelled of wheat and yeast. The cherry aroma is subtle but noticeable.

T - The cherry flavor realy comes through. Somewhat sour. Faint wheat and grain flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay fruit beer. It isn't a regular in my fridge, though.

zeff80, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color with a fluffy cream colored head. The bubbles are not that tight, but OK. The head lasts really well and leaves a little Belgian-lace. The aroma is very inviting, fruity - and yes, cherry - with sweet malt. A touch candyish but not off putting in any way. It has a medium body and the mouthfeel is fairly full. The flavor has a good combination of fruit and sweet, very lightly caramel malt. It does develop a somewhat medicinal, cherry cough drop flavor after a few sips. There's very little bitterness and yet it doesn't seem cloying; although it does seem to coat the tongue (must be the combination of residual malt sugars and extract flavor). The finish is limited, but the aftertaste lingers and seems to flip flop between a nice fruitiness and the medicinal quality. Overall, this beer seems to have improved over the years. A nice change of pace during the hot summer months.

NeroFiddled, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

these are unkind reviews. this is actually a pretty damn good fruit beer. it pours rather plain looking very clear golden color with a small white head. smells like fresh black cherries, floral and juicy, with plenty of wheat malts and a fairly mild yeast strain. flavor is major cherry all the way through. not dissimilar to the cherry vanilla yogurts ive seen around in the groceries. its got that sort of sweet fresh fruit element that i really like, it bitters for a second and then rounds out at the end. id like so see a more funky yeast get into the mix, saison style or something, i think that would give this beer a real kick in the crotch, but its tasty as it is in my opinion. feel is light and gassy, good in summer and also with a certain holiday appeal.

StonedTrippin, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of nickfl
2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles relatively quickly and leaves nice rings of lace.

S - Medicinal cherry and bready malt in the background. It smells like an awful cherry creme filled chocolate candy; the one that you really wish you hadn't picked out of the box.

T - Sweet malt and strong, syrupy cherry flavors wash across the palate up front. More of the same in the middle. Things really don't change up much by the finish with a weird, syrupy cough syrup finish and some honey that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, it tastes like cherry, but it thoroughly proves that such a flavor does not have to be a good thing. It seems like a generic American wheat beer with cough syrup added for depth. It tastes very medicinal and the phenolic cherry is impossible to ignore. Just bad, I can't imagine why they would keep brewing this... really.

nickfl, May 18, 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
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.88/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears an amber orange filtered hue with a thin cream head topping it off. Aroma is full of artificial marciano cherry esque sweetness almost overbearingly cherry no balance from anyother aromas in there, just potent cherries. Taste well, in the background some malt sweetness along with the same bready Sam Adams characteristic flavor that exists in all of BBC's beers. What makes this beer near untolerable is the rush of cherry extract that becomes cloying and not drinkable or enjoyable like candy. Mouthfeel fizzy carbonation lighter bodied with slight syrupy mouthfeel to it. Drinkability pass on this gimmick cherry wheat and go find a good beer, pass on this grotesque cloying answer to wheat beer fads.

WVbeergeek, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/20/07 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI, served in a plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color, with a decent off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is mostly a fruity cherry aroma, like a melted red pop-sickle, along with some wheat, spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor as expected, then there’s a transition into a bready wheat flavor. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is quite mild. However, I like the balance that the wheat flavor provides to the fruity sweetness, which is something you don’t get too often within this style. Once the wheat flavor starts to fade, the cherry flavor comes back for a sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry especially for such a sweet beer.

D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, slightly filling, I thought this beer wouldn’t be that great considering how bad the Cranberry Lambic is, but I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s one of the better beers that I’ve had within the style, but I wouldn’t want to drink more than one or two if there were something else available, especially since a given place that would have this beer on-tap will typically have Sam Adams Seasonal among others.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at a friend's house

Pours a clear bronzed yellow with a finger of delicate white bubbles for a head, which dissipates quickly. Scent of bitterness and maraschino cherries. Wheat and more cherries in the taste, with a touch of honey. Cherries aren't too overpowering. Can be a tad harsh and acidic, but overall not too bad. Light-medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

Rifugium, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pretty clear golden color with virtually no head . This style calls for both hazy color and good head retention. The aroma is out of this world. The sweet smell of cherries overpowers you at first smell. A great aroma! The taste however is pretty weak. There is still that taste of cherries, but it's not as strong as the odor. There is also a very clean beer taste here. Look, wheat beers are supposed to be hazy. They are supposed to taste like wheat malt; not pale ale. The mouthfeel is good. The body is very light and it drinks easy. Again, wheat beers are best when they are left alone. These big breweries think they need to clean them up to sell more, but in the process they lose the drinkers that got them going.

WesWes, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of mdfb79
2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden brown color with one finger of fluffy white head with no retention and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of very sweet cherries, wheat, bready malts, and fruity malts. Way too sweet smelling for me.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, wheat, grain, bready malts, fruity malts, and some metallic notes. Something off here with the metallic taste.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Ok but too sweet in the smell and don't like the metal in the taste. Also way too carbonated. Not Sam Adams best work, wouldn't look to have this one again.

mdfb79, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has a bit of wheat, but what really comes through strongly is a ton of syrupy cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same, with the sweet, syrupy cherry notes coming through up front. I also get some wheat in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber with a thin white head.
It smelled of sweet cherry with a background that was somewhat "off".
You can taste the cherry - not so much the wheat.
It had a stickiness to it.
I drank it - but I would rather have the Lindeman's Kriek Lambic if I wanted this style. This tasted like a cherry soda. Not bad, but nothing special. Not the best from Boston Brewery.

jwc215, May 30, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent lumpy, all white head. Slightly cloudy with an orange, light amber color.

Cherry sweetness in the aroma that reminds me of Kool-Aid, albeit a little more sour. No perceptible hop. No perceptible wheat (which is okay with me).

Like a sweettart, strong fruity sweetness that gives way to a lip puckering sourness that lasts through the aftertaste. There's a thin film left on the palate after the swallow.

Not as sour as a lambic, not as refreshing as a pilsner, this beer has a niche in between. A pleasant change of pace.

smcolw, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold. It's a bit generic looking, but I'm looking forward to drinking it.

Sm: Light cherry fruit ester hops and wheat. I can't say I'm shocked, but the mild strength aroma is certainly appealing.

T: Pleasant cherry ester hops ride atop a wheat foundation. It's simply built but nicely balanced, without too much or too little cherry flavour.

Mf: Smooth and a bit too wet. It's also a touch too thin.

Dr: Average ABV and easy drinkability make this well-priced beer one to try, but its lack of complexity holds it back.

kojevergas, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer seems to get a lot of hate on this website but I absolutely love it. The cherry taste seems genuine and it isn't overbearing for me. I see some people compared it to cough syrup.. which I cannot see at all. My girlfriend who doesn't like most beer will drink this like nothing but its still "beer-ey" enough for me to enjoy as well. A solid pick.

oriolesfan4, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
1.8/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light hazy orange, with a thick white head, good retention, no lacing.

S: Smells just like a black cherry soda that you would get out of the cheap 25 cent vending machines.

T: Taste is not good. Cold the black cherry dominates and that is all right, would probably be a 3. As the beer warms up, this awful artificial cherry medicine flavour comes out, not something I want to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is really light and watery, I expected more.

D: Don't want to drink this beer as the bad cherry flavour comes out, didn't like it, avoid, Sam Adams' worst.

Halcyondays, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a pale golden yellow color with 2” head. Slow rising carbonation bubbles are clearly visible. No lacing develops.

Smell: artificial cherry aroma is not very pleasant.

Taste: artificial cherry flavor is thankfully mild as some pear and grape sweetness, dry wheat tones, and a soft bitterness make up an uneventful fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Brief cherry filled aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: this beer grew very tiring on the tastebuds as the glass emptied. Select any other SA beer for a more satisfying session.

Gavage, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -4.2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a patch of thin film and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is intensely artificial cherry with some light underlying hints of wheat.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is quite one dimensional with the artificial cherry flavor dominating. There is a very light hint of wheat in the beer but it is almost cough syrup like.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is refreshing and easy to drink but not a beer that I want to have more than one in a session - it is a little too artificial cherry for me.

dbrauneis, May 31, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, freshness date of Aug 04. Pours golden bronze, with a respectable off white head. Obvious nose of cherry and some yeast in the background. As advertised, cherry flavor carries the freight here. Typical american wheat beer mouth feel and body. Sweet Cherry flavor just about right strenghwise, present but not overpowering. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. Nice summer quaffer or desert beer.

Billolick, Apr 18, 2004
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
72 out of 100 based on 3,394 ratings.