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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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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 3,901 |  Reviews: 1,173
Photo of kneeland
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm torn on this one. I either really like it, or I don't care for it at all. I know, that sounds stupid, but it's what I kept thinking as I drank it. I think I was expecting a cheap artificial cherry flavoring, and what I got was delicious Michigan cherries.

It's a perfect blend of cherry flavor and wheat taste, not too much of one or the other, which some flavored beers suffer from.

It's a good carbonation, fizz, weight, and alcohol content. I think I do like this one, but I need to try some more. Which is a good thing for Sam Adams.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears better than it tastes. Still a solid brew and cherry flavors always make me happy.

A- Light amber/pink color. decent head with some lacing.

S- Smells like sweet cherry juice

T- Tastes more like cherry cough syrup because of the bitterness of the hops

M&D- Feels like a pale ale, but the cough syrup flavor makes it more suitable to drink only 1 or 2.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


smell- very strong cherry (almost like a cough medicine) and a very good wheat and spice smell.

Taste- the cherry and the wheat have a good balance and are the strongest tastes. Hops and other spices in the background. This is a great example of a cherry wheat beer.

Mouthfeel- medium amount of carbonation with a nice body. Sam Adam's always knows what they are doing here.

Drinkability- above average drinkability. The beer tastes and smells good but its one to be drank in small doses.

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Photo of BravoTwo
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy light yellow with a hint of orange. Fluffy white head that retained fairly well. Lighter carbonation.

S - Cherries, with a slight sour wheat smell. Not cherry syrup, but more like dried cherries.

T - Nice clean dried cherry taste, with a slightly sour note. Well balanced taste between classic wheat and cherries.

M - Lighter mouthfeel, average for a wheat beer.

D - Great drinkability, especially of this taste is what you are looking for. This beer is well balanced and easily drinkable. Not a "stand out" wow beer, but nice and easy to drink with some high points.

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Photo of Star80
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a slightly hazy, deep golden color. No lacing.

S: Smells like cherry flavor, faint yeasty smells, but very faint. Kind of wish I could smell more beer, more complexity, but cherry is a bold aroma.

T: Taste reminds me of cherry soda, with a slight dry finish. I don't know, I can't get past all that cherry flavoring. I can't knock this beer for being what it is, but wish it was more, beery, if that makes any sense.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

O: I could imagine this beer would appeal more to non wheat beer drinkers, and possibly could be a good intro for craft beer neophytes to the brand.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Part of the Sam Adams Brewmaster's Collection. Freshness date notched January 2005.

Appearance is a light copper color with some carbonation evident. Slight cloudy appearance as well. Nice sticky lacings.

Smell is ripe cherries with an overall fruity aroma.

I have had this beer many times over the years and I think it serves it's purpose. I usually don't like to have more than a couple of these at one sitting, but it's an enjoyable starter. The overall flavor is sweet cherries mixed with a dry wheat profile.

Nice to see that Sam Adams has continued to produce this unique fruit brew over the years.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - For some odd reason I was expecting more color. Pours a darker golden color, with very little haze. The head is about 3mm, which is dissipating very slowly.

S - Cherrys all the way. It just outright dominates. Nuff said.

T - Fortunately the cherrys play less a role in the taste. It starts out very light and easy with a even mix of bitterness and malt. No hop flavors are exposed. Finishes with an interesting combination of cherry flavor and bitters.

M - It seems somewhat heavy in body to me. Makes it harder to drink. Would full me up.

D - No doubt I could drink a few of these at a time. With my tour through the spring style beers, this is another good example of what would be very refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of ccbrandon2
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good, not great, fruit beer

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Photo of otoolman221
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMAJYK
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this one both on-tap and in the bottle. It seems that the bottle will give you a better head than the one on tap.

A- Brownish red with minimal head.

S- The cherry smell is great! This is the best part of the beer to me.

T- Good taste with the profound cherry aftertaste. It finishes better than it starts.

M- Nothing special there. Lack of fizz and life. Kind of dead in the mouth, but not bad.

D- Good for a couple beers only. I dont think drinking an entire sixer of this is doable. You will be over it after a beer or two. But all in all, a must try.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very cloudy orange color with little head retention but a good lace throughout.
S-Very fragrent brew smells of the cherry as you would expect, also hints of barley and hops.
T-Tastes as it smells with a little bitterness in the finish but overall a very sweet beer with the cherry at the forefront
M-Little to carbonated goes down easy though.
D-a dessert beer or maybe a good beer gateway beer.

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Photo of Gump
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear yellow, with a pinkish red hue. A little of the pinkish color comes through to the head. Leaves alot of lace behind.
Bright clean, artificial, sugary cherry aroma.
Well balanced with hops. A slight dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, if you like the fruit.

Cherry is not my favorite flavor in a beer, but this is well crafted and balanced.
If you don't like the aroma try drinking it from the bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh... Sam Cherry Wheat... a guilty pleasure of mine for years. As a more refined beer drinker, I'm not supposed to like this... but I do. Perhaps since it is brewed with MI cherries and I am a son of the mitten state. Maybe because it brings me back to my youth, with cherry cough syrup nostalgia. Or possibly because it's just a unique and flavorful beer experience that conjures fond memories. Poured in to a tulip glass, it fills with a hazy, golden honey color and one inch of white froth. The head dissipated quickly, leaving only a thin ring atop the nectar-like liquid. Maraschino cherries and honey sweetness in the nose. A touch of cereal grain and subtle noble hop character. There is certainly ample cherry flavor that brings a medicinal quality, but it is washed away in the finish with a wheat thin like aftertaste. The hops brighten the beer with only a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is average, but suits the brew well. It is deliciously drinkable for such a polarizing concoction. This is sure to turn some people off with its cherry lozenge likeness, but to others it's a perfect pleasure that can be savored on occasion. I typically crush these pretty quickly, so maybe savor is the wrong word. Maybe I drink them fast because it has a relatively tame ABV and it's refreshing. Or possibly because I want to hide the evidence as quickly as possible. Either way, I will continue to enjoy these from time to time.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- golden brown, a little cloudy, as a wheat beer would be expected to be. Decent head with pretty good retention

s- strong bready smell with tart cherries mixed in. Smelled like a bakery or even some type of cherry pastry

t- overpoweringly sweet at times, but still a nice change of pace from the standard fare of fruit beers. Depending on season, the beer is either great or average

m- a little watery, not what i expected. not a ton of body

d- easy to drink, as long as the cherries aren't too tart

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Champions. Oh yeah, the Ravens beat the Saints!

A: The ale is cloudy, a coppery light color that looks heavy with sediment. That sediment leaves the ale opaque despite the lighter hue. A finger of white head accompanies the beer.

S: The nose has sweet cherry juice that dominates all other aspects. The fruits reign supreme and what little wheat escapes is bready rather than tart.

T: The ale practically screams out 'Cherry Juice'. That sweetness, a tempered flavor, semi-sweet and lacking a syrupy twang, isn't as bad as you'd think. Objectively, it comes close to cloying but, just as it does, the wheat rides in to save the day. The flavor, sweet with a bready flavor that doesn't come close to wheat tartness, isn't half bad, especially if one is in the mood for a fruit beer.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, full of sweet cherry juices. The malt body is thick, an able support for the cherries.

D: Very drinkable and lower in alcohol. Not a go-to fruit beer but drinkable enough.

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Photo of pisano
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice looking hazy golden orange with half finger white head

s: malt sweetness, maraschino cherries, light spice notes

t: similar to the nose but with good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, some sweetness from the honey, biscuity finish with lingering bitterness

m: medium body, moderate carbonation

o: not much going on with this one but i don't mind it

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Photo of warmstorage
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, states 5.35% ABV, notches indicate best before date of November 2007. Bottle states "wheat ale brewed with real cherries and cherry flavor"

Appearance: Deep orange with a hazy red color, light off-white head, big lacing, noticeable carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: definite cherry candy flavor, a little tart/sharp. Hints at cheap graininess (think BMC) as it warms up closer to room temp.

Taste: huge cherry flavor, finish is slightly off, but aftertaste is sour and tart and tasty. The cherry flavor is somewhere between sour/tart cherry candy, and Robitussin cough syrup. Hops and malt body are minimal to undetectable.

Mouth: Tingly carbonation, moderately slick.

Overall, a decent, drinkable cherry beer, and something I'd drink again, but nothing amazing. I've brewed with real cherries, and canned, and cherry flavoring (from Steinbart, I think.) Cherries are tough to brew with, and not get a cough syrup result from, and Spam has done pretty well with this one. I'm more impressed than I thought I'd be.

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Photo of qcghost
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donnebaby
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved the billowy, spontaneous head that developed over the light orange body. Egg white and sticky, it gave this beer a nice appearance. Smell was cold cherry ice--and refreshing.

The cherry grain taste was good and refreshing. Notes of vanilla. A sizable hop bitterness comes in and lasts towards the end, which turned this a little more into a drinkable beer for me.

Mouthfeel was creamy, with medium body. However, I would've like something a little more lively. Very easy to drink, but I wouldn't feel like drinking more than two I think.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 10-15-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a somewhat dark caramel color that left a good size head. hazy body..

smell: initial smell was very similar to Ludens cough drops. Its not a foul smell, just sweet. lots of cherries, medicinal like. also picked up some grainy notes.

From the first sip I got a mixture of dark cherry bitterness along with somewhat of a wheat beer taste. I was expecting a cough syrup taste. It has mostly cherry features but it somehow also gives you a traditional wheat beer taste. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonated.

the drinkability is above average, but I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of ggroller
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a cloudy peach color in the pint glass with plenty of tiny bubbles of carbonation. A slightly fluffy white head sits atop the beer with a little bit of sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smells like Ludens cherry cough drops.

Tastes like cherry vanilla ice cream.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy.

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Photo of njthebestofme
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice color a yellowish tan

S- very sweet with hints of cherry to the nose

T- Sweet and lots of cherry .. wheat was used just right

M- A nice smooth medium body mouthful, with good amount of carbonation.

D- no more than 2 with an after diner drink.. can over power what meal you have

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Photo of parris
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,901 ratings
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