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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

3,247 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 3,247
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 205 | 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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sendbeer

Georgia

1/5  rDev -68.1%

12-14-2012 05:35:07 | More by sendbeer
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

05-27-2013 21:28:46 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +19.2%

12 oz bottle dated best by Nov. 2011; served in a pint glass.

Gold in color, and hazy. A moderate pour produced a very creamy looking 1+ finger of off-white head. The head soon settled to a thin but complete cover that lasted a good while, leaving some lace as the level decreased. Visible fine carbonation.

In short, this beer smells and tastes like it should, as a "Cherry Wheat" - both cherries and wheat/malt are clearly present in both the nose and the taste. The aroma suggests a sweeter ale, more dominated by the cherries than turns out to be the case upon tasting.

I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, on the whole, with some exceptions. This is one of those exceptions. I found the fine cherry fruit flavor, the wheat and other grains, and a bit of hops to be very well balanced and to mix nicely. The cherries make a nice contribution to the mildly bittersweet and faintly hoppy finish.

M - medium body and moderate carbonation, both well-suited to the ale; slightly dry finish.

O - an exceptional wheat beer and summer seasonal that is worth seeking out.
{re-visited in May 2014}

08-26-2011 01:37:14 | More by chinchill
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%

Final 12oz from the summer mix pack.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1" head dies leaving no lacing atop a hazy lite golden brew.

Aroma is cherry sucrets.. nothing else... smells artificial.

Flavor is the same.. cherry cough syrup.. just doesn't taste "real". Some wheat and pale malts... and some sweetness to make sure that you taste cherry and little else. Body is lite with quite a bit of carbonation.

I make no apologies on this one... it may be okay for someone who is trying to break into craft beer.. but there is waay too much cherry (artificial) flavors to be enjoyable to me.

06-30-2008 09:16:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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Zaphog

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

04-20-2012 18:54:14 | More by Zaphog
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Tone

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a clear, pale yellow. One inch head with good retention and lacing. Smells strongly of cherry flavoring (reminiscent of cough syrup). Fits the style unfortunately. There is a smooth and crisp mouth feel (unlike a thick syrup). Average carbonation levels. There is a cherry syrup flavoring that is very strong. Designated as a desert beer and that is the only way I could drink another one of these. There is an associated tartness that makes is hard to drink. Overall, not that great of a combination (cherry + beer).

01-17-2009 20:34:52 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-21-2011 01:59:21 | More by PEIhop
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Gusler

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%

A nice limpid golden amber to copper color with a modest head and decent lace to coat the glass, Nose has a nice sweet hint of cherries, and the underlying malts add much to the appeal. Start sweet, the top light in its feel, the finish overly acidic, the hops adequate with the aftertaste dry. A drinkable beer, but not something I'm wild about, but many will like it.

04-24-2003 16:53:09 | More by Gusler
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

07-24-2012 15:38:28 | More by rolltide8425
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Brad007

Vermont

4.85/5  rDev +55%

This beer pours a light pale color. Aroma is similar to cherry coke and cherries in general, which isn't bad because it does live up to it's name in aroma. The taste has a strong cherry essence with some hints of wheat in the background. Again, perhaps too sweet or too heavy on the strawberry. Still a well balanced beer that I feel is worthier than other styles attempted by SA.

05-06-2007 02:45:40 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-29-2011 19:18:26 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%

appearance: cloudy orange, foamy head, not as tinted as i would have imagined

smell: cherry, very sweet

taste: sweet cherries, underlying wheat taste. not a particularly great wheat beer, maybe a better fruit beer, interesting at least.

mouthfeel: smooth, refreshing

drinkability: the cherry would have been too much after a couple more

08-20-2005 02:13:41 | More by dirtylou
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

06-03-2013 12:32:39 | More by ShanePB
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/8/12

A golden yellow with lots of bubbles that grow as they rise too a thin film that never really falls and leaves a partial ring of lace

S maraschino cherry flavored cough syrup and a little honey

T reminds me of Cherry Neo Citron poured over cereal, not as bad as it sounds but still far from good

M thin and airy, fake cherry flavor lingers for quite some time

O reminds me more of medicine then beer, drinkable but I wasen´t craving another

I normally like Sam Adams but this one was nothing too write home about, even in the sweltering heat one was enough

08-31-2012 01:53:23 | More by wordemupg
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

01-09-2013 13:08:49 | More by xnicknj
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flagmantho

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +42.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. In full disclosure, I will confess that I love cherries in general and cherry beer usuall receives high marks from me.

Appearance: hazy golden-orange color with some small floaties in it. Two-finger ivory head dissipated somewhat quickly but left an attractive lace.

Smell: mostly cherries but a hint of citrusy wheat aroma comes through. The cherries are nice and present but not overdone; I like it.

Taste: nice cherry flavor; there's also a nice rather dry bite toward the end as the fruit yields to the wheat. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creamy texture. Great!

Drinkability: I enjoy this beer a great deal and could drink sixer after sixer of it.

11-17-2009 02:43:50 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a fine, thin white head and light lacing. Aroma dominated by cherry juice, wheat and a hint of biscuit malt. Flavor is light wheat, bready malt and cherry juice. Cherry is not as dominating as in the aroma. Finishes dry with light hops and sour cherry, slightly astringent. Nice medium body; surprising light creaminess for a low ABV wheat beer. I liked this better than I thought I would, the initial flavor is well balanced and different. Finish is a bit unbalanced and sharp. Interesting.

11-17-2012 23:57:23 | More by LiquidAmber
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

06-24-2013 17:54:58 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz bottle poured into my Sprecher Weiss glass. Best by Nov '09 notched on the label.

A - Brilliant clear golden yellow with non-stop carbonation bubbles feeding a long-lasting, slightly off-white head. Bits of laving cling to the glass halfheartedly.

S - Overwhelming aroma of a combination of fresh, real cherries and cranberries...but with a cough syrup feel to it too. A yeasty wheat aroma lingers in the background complimenting a mellow sweetness well.

T - Strong dry wheat in the background really holds the fort together and keeps it from becoming pure fruit. Even stronger is the tart and mouth-puckering cherry/cranberry clavor. Part fresh fruit, part cough syrup mimicking the aroma is sugary and an enigma that doesn't allow me to make up my mind.

M - Sharply carbonated, this is a light-bodied beer that's a bit slick on the palate and a touch oily.

D - The more I sip at this, the less I want to drink it. It's aroma caught me right away followed by the appearance but the flavor and mouthfeel began turning me off quickly. Not something I'd want more than one of and definitely one of Samuel Adam's weaker offerings.

08-11-2009 02:40:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +30.4%

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This a great beer but its not a great pour or have a good head. The aroma is very strong of cherries.

Its taste very much like cherries, I like having this beer as a chaser after something strong, but its not great after food.

07-11-2009 17:44:29 | More by jrallen34
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

03-09-2012 04:54:10 | More by iL0VEbeer
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a mug, it had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture. There was an OK head and some good lacing.

S: The aroma, predictably, was dominated by cherries. Not unpleasant, but it didn't necessarily remind me of a beer smell.

T: Like the smell, the taste was dominated by cherries. You do get a bit of the titular wheat and some malt, but the star of the show was the cherry.

M: There was an above average amount of carbonation here, along with a kind of syrupy finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

D: I have mixed feelings about this one. If you like fruit beers, you might want to try this one. It's not bad, but I don't think I'll move it into the lineup.

04-18-2008 14:29:22 | More by avalon07
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -4.2%

01-10-2013 08:01:52 | More by chippo33
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%

Local Meijer Grocery Store carrying a six of Cherry Wheat....WHAT!!! Gots to try that. The appearance is a clear light amber with reddish hues. There is a thin white head with little foam remains, with active bubbles. The smell is a robust cherry smell that is fantastic. There is a distinct Sammy A taste to every beer...this one has a cherry, wheaty malt twang. The mouthefeel is ok...I think more than one is tough due to the sweet Cherryiness to it. Overall good beer, especially for the summer.

10-15-2011 22:57:50 | More by WoodBrew
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

08-13-2013 21:54:11 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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