Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat
BA SCORE
3.16/5
Okay
3,889 Ratings
Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,940
Reviews:
1,173
Ratings:
3,889
pDev:
23.73%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
795
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,889 |  Reviews: 1,173
Photo of SJbigtuna
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of longisland1983
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jdibbs
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jnardone235
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of SkinniePost
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of aminobutyricacid
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of garuda
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ThaJokerWild
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of SlidersAce814
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Miles228
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of astronautjones
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Jen-P
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Kingcurio
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ColdAudio
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of buddha5050
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ADR
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazyish orange color with a skim head that persists pretty well...slightly plastic phenolic aroma -- cherry smells are slightly artificial in the "Mountain Dew Code Red" category. Slighly husky grainy malt flavors, cherry is mercifully subdued but seeming overly sweet to my tongue. Mouthfeel ranges to the overcarbonated side for me, but finishes fairly dry and composed in aftertaste. Lacks the pithy astringency of a well-done Lambic -- but this brew is less offensive than some other Fruit Experimental brews from this side of the pond. I just can't recommend it as drinkable...

 582 characters

Photo of RBrosi
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of IBUnit63
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Sam Adams RIC

Nice carbonation-bubble-bath sudsy head, light honey color

Sweet cherry perfume (maraschino) with a little pie crust-pleasant yet artificial

A little tinny and clammy with again, maraschino cherries and not a lot else-slight Pilsener-ish hop presence-a little straw malt

Bubbly, clammy-finshes better than starts

Too heavy for light style-not quite natural-better options in this space

 413 characters

Photo of midaszero
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of white head that produces some good lacing

S - Cherry medicine, a little wheat aroma hidden in there as well

T - Basically a generic wheat beer with a bunch of cherry flavoring thorwn in

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - To sweet to be enjoyable all the time. Maybe ok as a desert beer but not very impressive

 363 characters

Photo of changeup45
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is pretty much what I had expected. It pours a cloudy copper color with a nice foam head and quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is a strong (you guessed it) cherry flavor. Mild malts with a zesty cherry flavor. A reference to cough syrup isn't unjustified and definitely doesn't help it's cause. Not the greatest mouthfeel. Refreshing enough but probably not something to drink a lot of or very often. Actually, I might not get it again, the whole cherry beer thing just isn't for me.

 483 characters

Photo of r0nyn
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, apricot color, with a smallish head that shrinks even further into whitish film floating on the top. Quite a bit of lacing going on as well. It's not a bad-looking brew. Smell is definitely of cherries; it masks almost everything else. You really have to breathe deep to find the malt nuances, because that's all there is: lots of cherry and just a teensy bit of maltiness. I didn't mind the smell at all, I actually really like it.

Unfortunately, that's way more than I can say for the taste. There's an immediate metallic taste that washes over the tongue and overpowers the palate. The cherry is far more subdued than in the smell and is not balanced well with the harshness of the taste. Not really hoppy at all as there is little to no bitterness. There's a bready finish that is characteristic of most wheat beers, and I'm sure it would taste better if I could actually get past the flavoring of metal. As it stands, the coarse taste lingers well into the aftertaste and drowns out pretty much any enjoyment out off the beer. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or if this is what the brew is suppose to taste like, but I know I don't like it very much at all. Mouthfeel is decent, average carbonation that does its job.

I don't really know why anyone would drink more than one of these. Sure, it smells great, but the taste certainly disappoints. A sweet-smelling brew but terribly unbalanced taste-wise. You'd be better off with a kriek if you want some cherry in your beer.

 1,524 characters

Photo of Jaysauras
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a hazy golden color with a bit of red/orange to it. Topped off with a bubbly and thick white head to it. Decent lace and plenty of carbonation

S: Cherries and honey. That is the dominating scent to it. Bit of maltiness as well, but it's mainly cherries with a hint of honey. Almost like a sweet cereal. Not an overly bad smelling beer if not a little gimmicky.

T: Like the scent, the main ingredient here is Cherry. You'd hope so also since it is a "Cherry Wheat" after all. It does stay fairly true to the name to give it credit. It's heavy on the cherry flavor, almost to a cough mediciny degree. And not the real cherry flavor either, but like the artificial flavor of a cherry coke. Biscuit, honey, and malt are also present, but the cherry is the overbearing lead singer. Tastes far too much like a cough syrup at times. It isn't the worst combination of flavors, the Cherry is just too much.

F: It's a light and frothy beer. Very tingly on the tongue. Bitter and lingering aftertaste of, you guessed it, medicine.

O: I am so torn on this because I want to like it for the concept. It does do a few things right. There are some great subtle flavors in there like the biscuit, honey, and malt, but they are just overpowered by the impending robitussin-esque combination of Cherry and alcohol. I mean, it's not sink pour bad, but I would definitely only use it as a last resort beer at a party you didn't want to go to but are now stuck at for several hours. Bit disappointing since Sam Adams has always been one of my favorite craft/major brews, but not everything can be outstanding.

 1,603 characters

Photo of mrlafay
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wiscokid920
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Hazy golden with lots of carbonation. Nice two white two finger head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Tons of cherry sweetness

T- Takes off running from where the nose left off. Cherry sweetness followed by malty sweetness. Did I mention that it’s sweet?

M- Thin and fizzy. Not as crisp and tart like I would have expected it to be.

O- Way to sweet for my taste buds, but I might have found a beer my girlfriend would like! Seems way to sweet for a cherry wheat as if it’s jam packed with cherry artificial flavors rather than the natural tartness I was looking for.

 620 characters

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,889 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.