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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber to orange brew with a big white rolling three finger head that sticks around for quite a while. A nice nitro-like cascading effect was observed after an aggressive pour.

Smells primarily like cherries and wheat. Big surprise. Smells like cheery candy....pretty much one-sided but pleasant and aromatic.

Tastes like cherries on top of a nice mild American wheat beer. According to the lable, there are both real cherries and cherry extract in this brew, and I can taste the two distict flavors. The real cherry or cherry pie filling flavor plays second fiddle to a candy-like cherry tootsie pop taste.

No real hop presence, but hops seem to be in there for balance. A nice malty backbone supports all the cherryness, and this is refreshing and light as a wheat beer should be.

This is an easy drinking, unintimidating brew that would be liked by non-BA's as well. In fact, my dad (who I keep trying to get away from BMC crap) really liked this...really this is the first beer that I've ever heard him say that he wouold actually buy (especially when I told him that a sixer of this at Cub Foods is really not very much more expensive than a sixer of Bud Light bottles).

I'm going to spring one of these on my girlfiriend tonight at dinner. I think that she will realy like it. I personally enjoy the novelty of a cherry beer, but it has essentially zero complexity, and it's really a mediocre beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, somewhat lighter yellow color with a decent amount of white head and some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A cherry-flavored Juicy Juice-like smell with some lager yeasts. A bit artificial and metallic.

T: A strong sweet cherry rush hits the tongue, letting the taste buds revel in its freshness and deliciousness. However, this is followed up by some yeasty wheat malts and a strange hop twang. A nice outset leads to a disappointing end.

M: Good bit of carbonation, with a malty, slightly watery body.

D: The cherry taste on the palate is very refreshing and flavorful, but the rest of the beer isn't comparably good. The strange yeasty malts will probably be the factor that deters me from having another.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This could have gone into a weizen glass and done alright, I imagine, but I just poured into a standard pint:

A: A slightly hazy straw colour, white two finger head leaving little strips of lacing

S: A full bodied cherry aroma, but that's about it. The cherry scent takes over here, and is almost a little overpowering.

T: Taste fares a little better. The cherry flavours are not as in-your-face as they are when smelling it. Just enough tartness to give a little bit of pucker, but it's mild and easy-going. Wheat flavours make themselves known here and there.

M + D: A happy point in between slightly sticky and semi-dry. Not finishing so dry, though, it does seem to get a little on the heavier side after a while. If I were enjoying Sam Adams on a warm summer afternoon, I'd likely be far more likely to go with one of their other offerings. This one is alright, but that's about it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very interesting beer that I have mixed feelings about. It is pleasant sweet cherry syrup flavor but it is artificial. I guess that doesn't matter if you like the flavor of the syrup.

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy orange with a creamy white head that has great retention and heavy lacing.

Smell: Sharply sweet intense cherry syrup aroma. I like maraschino cherries. If you do too you may like this aroma even though it seems like a cheep way to get an artificial taste in a beer.

Taste: Artificial cherry, maraschino, syrup flavor hits first; (dextrinous) but it is offset by a bit of malt and wheat flavor in the body. Some mild bitterness shows up in the finish keeping the sweetness form becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: Very light and creamy with bubbly carbonation in the mouth. More bubblies than I would have expected but it nicely compliments the flavor.

Drinkability: I am not sure how drinkable this beer is. It is too sweet to consider it sessionable, too tart to be refreshing for a workday, it seems like the one occasion is a dessert beer with cherry cheesecake.

Hope this is helpful.

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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,852 ratings.
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