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

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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
Ratings:
3,871
Reviews:
1,171
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.29%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
775
For Trade:
0
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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 BallsDeep
1/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of mattjp03
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jkolls
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of craigferraro
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Wer34truh
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

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 dag1991
4.49/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joucito
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HippieDave56
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Robert-Alexander
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Johnct
1.8/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerMeister8
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreizhen
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jw4free
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hazen
2.54/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Nightmare1972
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of thoglund
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickyFin
2.07/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of qcghost
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,871 ratings.
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