Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,164 | Ratings: 3,848
Photo of MinerBob
4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Clean cherry smell with a nice smooth cherry flavor. Not sure why this has such low ratings it's a really good beer and I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams. I try to keep a 12 pack in the beer fridge at all times.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It is a sessionable, easy to drink adjunct beer. The cherry flavor isn't syrupy or cloying. Sure, the base beer is generic and non-descript - just your casual borderline macro - but the fruit notes are well done & not artifical at all.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was a beer that I believe I first had back in the late 90s, and it was the first to make me realize that a beer can have an accented flavor. Bass had been my beer at the time, but I also liked the occasional Samuel Adams. The one thing about the beer that I love is its cherry aroma. The taste is solid but nothing special, and the feel is average at best. Still, I do like this beer.
This is the first time I've had this beer in some time, and it's a definite guilty pleasure.
It's basically as close as you can get to straddling a beer and a soda, yet it works for me.

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Photo of mark5692
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, for me the issue is that it tastes like maraschino cherries, not real cherries. It's very sweet but it is tasty for seeming so artificial. Very refreshing and hits the spot on the right days.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: I taste two things: cherry and wheat. So, to me, it delivers on the promise. Is it good? Not really. The problem is that it just doesn't work. It's like pickle jellybeans. They taste like you expect them to, but that doesn't mean you want them.

Hazy golden, thin patches of sticky bubbles that soon disappeared.
There's no mistaking the strong cherry smell. It walks a fine line between real and fake, but I'll go with dried cherry fruit leather.
Tastes weird. When it first hits your palate, it's like fake cherry cough syrup. A little tang. Then a mild, marshmallow- or vanilla-like sweetness rolls around, ending on a twangy wheat note.
Feels sparkly, with a little bitterness sticking to the back of the tongue.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.52/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I may actually participate in NBS (Week 615) since I plan to run through as much of my remaining Samuel Adams Bottle Backlog as possible today! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

From the bottle: "A flavorful American wheat ale brewed in the tradition of using native ingredients. We use Michigan cherries for a tart character and a touch of honey for a slight sweetness that's combined with a crisp cereal note and Noble hops for a bright and refreshing flavor. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

I feel the need to be upfront on this one. The last time that I drank one, back in 2012, I felt like I might have had a mild allergic reaction to it. If I need to wrap up the review before drinking the whole bottle, please be understanding.

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I decided to go with a hard pour since, as a wheat beer, cloudiness is acceptable & to be expected. The result was three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head like meringue atop the liquid. Color was a hazy, not really cloudy, Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), causing the snobbish Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to remain on my living room couch, watching football since they go for 24-karat clarity. Nose definitely has a cherry cough drop quality! Well put, rodbeermunch! Mouthfeel was kind of thin and light, not precisely watery, but close. The taste was really sweet and I would have guessed artificial. The Michigan cherries were utterly wasted. The taste reminded me of Duncan Hines Cherry cake icing and was sickeningly sweet. Blah! It's actually giving me a headache. No wonder I disliked it four years ago. Finish was sweet, almost candy-like and not my thing at all. Man, even if they deign to CAN this at some point, I will be hard-pressed to return to it.

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Photo of basaywhat
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is dominated by cherry. Flavor is predominantly fruity cherry, with some underlying citrus from the hops. Light bodied with a long cherry finish.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give it a 5 because the Sam Adams taste that's in all Sam Adams beers is mild and had a good balance of cherry and wheat. It's exactly what you want for a cherry beer and for a beer in 5-6 abv spectrum I have yet to find a good tasting cherry beer other than this one. Perfect beer for a Thanksgiving dinner or pre-Thanksgiving evening.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

L: Pours a gold color with a creamy white head that doesn't dissipate and lots of lacing.

S: Very artificial and sweet cherry, a light wheat note.

T: Very sweet artificial cherry, kinda like cough syrup. A solid note of wheat at the end.

O: This beer tastes way too artificial to me.

F: Easy drinking, light but creamy.

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Photo of Rjk00
3.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love wheat beers but really not a fan of fruit beers. But this beer is one of my favorite summer beers. A nice sit in a lounge chair in the summer beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this a bit before I got into craft beer. I went back to it out of curiosity.
Pours a nice looking straw orange color with a big head. It's look is its best quality.
Aroma is all about cherries but with an artificial sweetener feel.
Similarly, the taste has a cherry cola like quality. Crisp and fairly light.
It is certainly refreshing, however, the artificial quality bothered me a bit. Not as good as I used to think it was.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

They still make barf in a bottle? I keed, I keed. Pours a golden color that is lacking any notion of a pink or red cherry hue. 1/2" white head. Aroma is a blend of cherry Sucrets and grain.

Taste is like, you think its a fruited wheat beer, but you're not sure at the end of the day. The cherry is so big you start to think you're taking Nyquil or something, very medicinal strong. The alcohol seems heavier than 5%. Like sweet honey all over it, needs something to balance it out.

I dunno, SA has a difficult time when its the exotic stuff.

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Photo of JoLight
4.07/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium to thick white and frothy head; hazy golden/honey body. Lots of bubbles. The head maintains a layer and leaves nice lacing.

Biscuity grain, grassiness, and a strong backbone of sweet, cocktail cherries. Yeast. It has character.

Flavor: mild; round grain; a hint of sour dough; a hint of the cherries discovered in the aroma, but not as pronounced.

Mouthfeel/finish: medium, carbonated; crisp, dry, tangy.

Overall: this is one of the exemplary flavored beers on the market today. I find this beer to be adequately flavored but not overly sweet nor does it suffer the detriment of coming across as artificial and disingenuous. This is a fine beer, I will certainly buy it again, and I highly suggest it to anyone who likes flavored beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A lot more cherry flavor than i was expecting, it's a little overwhelming. It was decent at first but the more i drink the more artificial/cough syrup flavor i get, which is also how it smells.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Don Quiojte $7.77 6 pack
Hazy orange-golden color
Smell of cherries strong when you first pour it
Taste of cherries is very pronounced
It is as described a cherry wheat and initially I thought it was good, but then after awhile it started reminding me of cold medicine. Would have been better if the cherry taste was a hint and not so dominant.

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Photo of biegaman
3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Part of me is relieved Sam Adams Cherry Wheat doesn't have a spot of red - fruit beers that take on too much of the colour of their fruits tend to be contrived and superficial. That said, this dull, semi-clouded, honey golden appearance doesn't exactly excite the senses. And the lack of head is concerning, especially for something with "wheat" in the name.

Fruit can be frustrating to brew with; because it's comprised mainly of water and sugar, it's difficult to preserve those fresh, sweet flavours post-fermentation. It requires huge amounts (which, on a scale like that of Boston Beer Co., means a lot of money). Hence, a lot of producers (this one included) opt to supplement natural fruit with "natural flavors".

It's obvious. The aroma resembles that of a maraschino cherry jar. It's not even fruit juice - it's maraschino cherry juice. It smells preserved, sweetened, syrupy, even a little briny and has a bright, almost grenadine-like red fruit flavour that is more at home in a Shirley Temple than an American Wheat Ale. There's a hint of blanched almonds and powdered sugar too.

The flavour is equally shallow, offering only the most superficial fruit flavour, something resembling a cough lozenge or bar mix. Although tart cherries are cited on the label, the use of honey turns things quite sweet. The other components of the beer (yeast, malt, hops) contribute virtually nothing. After a short burst of carbonation there's little left but a stale, damp grain taste.

I last reviewed Sam Adams Cherry Wheat ten years ago. It is remarkable the similarity in my tasting notes and overall impressions. I'll give the brewery full credit for consistency though, as you can see, I'm not willing to grant points for much else. It may lack the eye-catching appearance but, make no mistake, this one of those purely cosmetic fruit beers.

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Photo of ribby
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The cherry flavor overwhelms this. No off flavors, but it is hard to tell what beer is underneath the cherry flavor. Unfortunately, it is sweet not sour cherry.

Tasted this side by side with bells poolside, which accurately says its a belgian wit with cherry. The poolside uses the cherry as an accent, not as the dominant flavor, and i would recommend that over the Sam.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.23/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

I'm being a bit generous, this is one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. At first I thought someone slipped half a bottle of cough syrup in my wheat beer.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like beer
Smells like cherry and wheat, actually. Some ester, some sugar
Tastes like cherry but sort of synthetically and medicinally so. Corn, wheat
A little syrupy
After a few sips it gets kind of sickening. Definitely won't be ordering this one

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cherry in front. Cherry pie cherries and light beer background. I happen to like fruit beer because the summer beers are too light and empty in flavor so if it's summer I would go for this. Look- Nothing impressive in its pale wheat beer appearance nothing to think the cherry is real. Smell- Cherry pie filling, nothing else. Taste-dry cherry pie feeling on a light beer paddleboard. Feel-dry mouth, cherry beverage like sweetened cherries. Overall cherry is my go to fruit beer thus my higher rating but I always rate cherry beers to Founders Cerise and this one falls short. I also rate these beers on price to yum scale and this one is not as good to me in the fruit beer column as Oberon, Upland Wheat, or #9 pale or Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy in that grouping or the summer easy to find locally group. But would rate above purple haze or Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. Also I am not a fan of orange, apple or raspberry fruit beers.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy pale gold. There is visible carbonation and a very thin white head that laced the whole way down. The nose is pure cherries. Holy cow, I wouldn't even know this was beer all there is a scent of cherry and a splash of vanilla. The taste is similar and taste very cherry yet was not overly sweet. The flavor reminded me more of a cherry candy or cough syrup. I wish the beer had a slight more complexity in flavor or another layer or something. I enjoyed the mouth feel it was very smooth while still getting the carbonation tingling against my lips and tongue.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

So far I have never had a Samuel Adams that I liked or could even drink. Alls seem like Black label skunk beer. may try a few more or just give it up...

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy orange with a creamy white head with some sediment evident in the beer.

Smells of white bread and cherries.

The taste was a strong punch of cherries with some hops present in the flavor.

The mouth feel was light with a crisp finish.

Overall I was impressed with this beer and enjoyed it, to a certain extant. I really think this could have been better with a cut back on the cherry and vice versa being on the worse side with just a touch more cherry. So with that I really must say I cannot justify purchasing more of this beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had this repeatedly years ago and had fond memories of it so when I saw a six, I picked it up. Wishing I had passed.
The look is fairly good, a reasonably good-sized white head with scattered lace. Retention is ok, at best. I expect a long-lasting, fluffy head on a wheat., not so here.
Smell was a key in memories. Cherry is very forward here with weak malt backing it up. Balance is missing.
Taste is.......artificial. Cherry is strong here, as well. Malt is more prevelant but still more of a bit player. The cherry note is reminiscent of cough syrup, very chemical in nature. Now, whether due to changes in the recipe or changes in my palate, this was pretty off-putting to me. Balance doesn't really exist.
Medium bodied for the style, effervescence is of big bubbles, not the small bubble, soft feel expected and in other wheats. Fake cherry lasts and actually gets a touch metallic in the aftertaste. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of RIMH
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is very sweet. I do enjoy cherry flavor, and this one is good, but I usually can't finish a bottle unless I'm sipping it for a while because the sweetness just gets a little overwhelming after a while.

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