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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jfrank85
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first beer that got me into the hobby. Great beer for summer cookouts and for casual drinking. Smell is great, fruity, but not overpowering. Very drinkable beer, i could sip on these all day and still not get sick of it. Not the best beer ive had but defiantly a good one.

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Photo of brandoncox
3.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a strawberry blonde. Appears unfiltered.

Smell is of cherries and sugary grains. Very pleasant.

Cherries explode on the palate but is not over the top with very minimal wheat notes and a mellow honey nip. I don't understand where others are getting a an artifical flavor. It tastes honest and very natural with an earthy feel. This liquid medicine claim crap is getting old.

This brew has a washy finish rounded by a full body.

I always get giddy when I see these hit the shelves. If you are a cherry and beer lover then this is a perfect match for you. If you don't like cherries then don't even bother with this, plain and simple. This beer is not as bad as people are making it out to be.

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Photo of ChrisSRT4
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter. Color was that of lemonade and ocean water (weird but what I saw).

Aroma was a little overwhelming of turnips and chocolate.

Taste was very good. The chocolate was more suddle than expected. No taste of turnips. It had a slight merlot flavour (must be from the cherrys).

Overall it is amazing. 5 out of 5.

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Photo of flatblack80
4.17/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle in Pilsner glass

A: Reddish hazelnut with almost no head and light lacing.

S: cherry slightly sweet. with slight lager overtone.

T: Cherry and Sam Adams Lager mix. A little hoppy. flavor stays, but in a good way.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and cherry flavor stays till the next mouthful.

D: Not the best, but for some reason I Love this beer.
Great with Spicy Wings!!!

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Photo of MIchelle
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent tasting wheat. Very refreshing. You can definitely taste the cherry but it over powers the wheat flavor just a hair to much for me. Little to no head. Has a very good smell, you can really smell the cherry. A solid wheat beer but not my favorite of the style either. Would be great on a warm day.

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Photo of Tylergross1
3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The obvious and must abundant ingredient it the Cherry flavoring. I enjoy a little bit of fruity taste in beers. After my initial taste I could also detect a small trace of honey in the recipe that really made for a smooth blend that was light and crisp.

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Photo of elsinore
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle given me by a friend. Freshness dated for July, so should be no problems there.

Pours a cloudy light orange, maybe a little less cloudy than I tend to associate with wheat beers. Head is nice, dissipating fairly quickly but leaving plenty of lace behind.

Smell is big round sweet cherry ... almost with overtones of marzipan or almond to me, very sweet. Doesn't really grab me that much.
The taste starts with more of the same big sweet cherry (whoever called it "maraschino" pretty much nailed it.)
Then the cherry retreats for a while and gives you some nice wheaty spiciness ... then it comes back a bit for a touch of maraschino aftertaste.

The label says this is made with "real cherries and cherry flavor."
Even though I really have no idea, I'm gonna suggest that the "cherry flavor," whatever it is, is to blame here.
The sweetness here is not a flavor I associate with unsweetened, straight-from-the-tree cherries.
It's not horribly cloying ... it's just not that subtle, and maybe just a little bit Triaminic-ish in combination with the wheat.

I like and respect the Brewer-Patriot, but I really didn't find this one of his more outstanding offerings.
I give it points for appearance and mouthfeel, and on a hot summer day I suppose I could put down a couple around the barbecue. But I don't quite think Sam Adams nailed what a really good cherry wheat could be.

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Photo of Lancer211
3.84/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein.

Appearance is brownish orange, very carbonated. Head forms after a short pour with moderately sized bubbles, head color is ivory. Lacing is prevalent. Carbonation continues to form with vigor; many, many bubbles.

Smell is very strongly of cherries with a hint of wheat, very pleasing to the nose.

Taste is not quite as cherry-y as expected from the scent, but there is certainly a clearly recognizable cherry taste midway through the sip, with just a hair of a bitter hops finish. Mostly sweet.

Mouthfeel is a tad rough, and the abv is only 5.2 yet the alcohol is still felt once it hits the throat.

Not too heavy; certainly drinkable. Could drink a few of these in a row. The key is to be eating a food that compliments its sweet flavor.

All in all, I enjoyed this brew. I was not extremely impressed but I wasn't let down either.

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Photo of BigD1972
4.62/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
The appearance is a yellow orange with a decent foam head.
Smell is a very pleasant cherry aroma, not too strong or too light.
The taste is a refreshing combo of Wheat and cherry. I'm not a big fan of fruity beers, but, this one is by far the best I have tried.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.
Very drinkable beer, perfect for that hot July day after doing some yard work or just relaxing in the summer sun. I recommend giving this one a try

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Photo of Hatch
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with pry-off top. Freshness date on lable.

Pours a light amber color that is somewhat transparent. Brings out a white head that disipates with minimal lacing with poor retention. Nothing speical.

Smells of cherries, artificial cherry smell, i guess like cherry candy. The cherry aroma dominates the smell.

Taste of cherry flavoring at first along with a weak malt bite. Somehwat crisp. Minimal hopping with very, very slight bitterness that doesn't last very long. Not too balanced here, but hell, it's a fruit beer catered towards a certain target audience who probably wouldn't notice anyway.

Fairly drinkable if you can stand the flavoring.

Notes: It's a fruit beer, so some people are going to like this beer, and some people aren't. I'd say it would be a decent beer to try once, or maybe a good desert beer, or something to go along with a salad. Still for what it's trying to pull off, it does fairly well. It's a bland wheat ale that's flavored with cherries, readily available.

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Photo of Bootscraper
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served a little bit over 50 degrees F into pint glass listening to ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (yes, "Merriweather Post Pavilion" leaked).
It sat in my glass as a pale yellow, approaching light gold towards the top. This beer sat very transparent as well. I was always under the impression that most "wheat" beers were typically cloudy (?). The pour created a 1 cm head that turned into a very thin layer after a couple minutes, and eventually just remained a thin ring as it fell towards the bottom of my glass during the drink. Minimal carbonation, and lacing that looked like it wanted to do something, but would just not stay put.
I did not even need to smell this at first. When I popped and poured it, a strong and very sweet cherry smell pierced the air of the room. Upon proper evaluation, I thought there may be a wood smell buried under all that cherry (perhaps the wheat?). Very cherry though, almost kool-aide
It was hard to notice any malt or barley, at least with first contact on the tongue, but I understand that it is typical in fruit-styled beers for these to take the back-seat... and hey, that cherry isn't as obnoxious as I thought it could be. In contrast to the smell, the taste was more of a mellower "wild cherry" that grew in momentum, and peaked at the finish. It not only subtly hangs around for quite a bit, but transforms into the wheat flavor somewhere along the way. I must applaud them for this complexity. The wheat flavors, even considering how subtle they are, are not the best I have tasted.
However, the finish happens to be slightly dry, and numbing. Yet at the very same time, it still almost has that same effect of overly-sticky beers (or CANDY), where you want to hawk a huge "lugee" afterward, and have to put another in your mouth just to get rid of that aspect. It's medium bodied, maybe slightly thin, but I love the carbonation level, and it does happen to be quite smooth.
In fact, if I had a 6-pack of this, I would not mind having a couple more, but I think the fact that it unpleasantly goes away like candy would really get in the way after a bit.

This really is not even a style of beer in general that I would normally purchase myself. But for what it is, it's not bad. I think I would only recommend it to novices who tend towards sweeter beers, though.

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Photo of Buckeyes67
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have tried this beer twice and that is enough for me. It has a weird somewhat cherry after taste that on the first sip is ok but by the end of the bottle was enough. I have had worse beers but for Sam Adams I would have to rate this one the lowest. It is easy to drink and it has a good smell to it so I'll give it that much.

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Photo of akogrady
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice golden wheat color, short head theat rapidly fades.

S - It has a nice cherry smell on top of the wheat. Smells both sweet and rich in the cherry flavor.

T - Not very good. A low quality wheat beer covered by a hint of candy cherry flavoring. Neither one is enough to cover the other, sl they sit in an unhappy marriage on the tongue.

M - Macrolager feel. Heavy on the carbonation, light on the texture.

D - Wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of NekotoNikku
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Appetizing gold/deep-peachy colour.

Smell - I loved the smell of this one, reminded me of fresh pie cherries which are a little tart. Also had a bit of that nutty, wheat smell, but subtle compared to the stronger smell of cherries present.

Taste - Wasn't nearly as complex as I was expecting; however, it is indeed a cherry wheat beer and it tastes as one would expect. Cherry intro, some people call it artificial tasting, but it didn't seem like that to me, and a smaller nutty aftertaste. So really, tastes how it smells!

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not very bitter, light on the tongue.

Drinkability - It doesn't really wear on you, so I'd imagine it would be a good beer for casual drinking. I liked it and I could drink it again, but I also wasn't wowed by it.

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Photo of Behrhunter
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer on a regular basis years ago. The wife and I had a sampler at the Yard House that included this beer. I was reminded of years gone by.

This beer is a light cloudy amber color, not much head. Smells wonderful. Now I'm not great at describing flovors but it tastes great. Cold, bubbly and sweet....with a toasty wheat finish, really nice. If Sam Adams fruits the beer...I'm fine with it.

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Photo of JGargano
2.94/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer smells delicious. Very strong scent of cherries and very strong taste of cherries. Quite refreshing but a little overpowering at times. The only thing that is not satisfactory is that the beer stains the lines at bars and whatever is put on after the Cherry Wheat ends up having a faint(old) taste of cherries. The cherry taste is delightful but a bit too boastful.

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Photo of Leo-Dean
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a fan of cherry but I figured I would try it. It's light but the cherry ruins it for me. Drinkable one bottle at a time but I couldn't have more than one.

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Photo of beerbill
4.33/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an emmaculent apperance. Clear and inviting. It has a very pleasing aroma as well. It has an excellent taste of cherry that is accompanied by a nice hint of malt that plays against the cherry very well. I typically find wheat beers to be a bit too spicy for my taste, but this wheat beer is excellent.

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Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say, this is a totally different brew in a glass. I reviewed this when I drank it out of the bottle. It tasted like cherry soda when I drank it out of the bottle. Now I believe I was "tasting" the aroma. It certainly smells like cherry soda, but tastes nothing like it. It pours a light copper color with a large head that quickly dissipates to a thin head-film. The smell is amazing, almondy-cherry. Tastes like almonds, hint of cherry and water. The mouthfeel is very fizzy leaving an almond aftertaste. It is light and drinkable. But then again, I really cant rate on drinkability. (I drank 1 bottle of Chimay Blue, Delerium Tremens and a bottle of Fort in 1 night!)

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Photo of timbeer
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer worth trying but perhaps not worth revisiting. I poured one from a 12 oz. bottle, and found it to be drinkable, inoffensive, but lacking in any strong positive qualities. The cherry taste is well-defined, but it blends with the beer in such a way that I can't escape thinking this is how a flat diet cherry cola would taste. Actually the body is much crisper than flat soda, and that helps make this an ok beer.

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Photo of Porkchuck
4.79/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Good lookin frothy pour

S - Wheat field with a ripe cherry tree blowing in your face

T - super smooth easy on your palate a little sweet

M - wheat beer. you all understand if you are on this site

D - good for a few. have something different an then go back for a few more.

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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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Photo of 6470zzy
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A light amber pour with a marginal one finger of off white head.

S- The nose is one of domestic wheat and slightly cherry-like.

T- Medium sweetness from the cherries along with a small amount of tangy wheat.

M- Average body and carbonation

D- Lawnmower says it all for this one.

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Photo of gilman
4.85/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer for something different now and then.
I get this in a growler when available and also in bottles. I prefer the growlers freshness.
Wheat aroma with cherry flavoring, I like the biteness in this beer.
Crisp and refreshing out of the fridge with a medium light body.
Good inch foam head but doesnt last long enough.
I get this on tap at a local eatery and they serve it up with a cherry in the glass tasty.

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Photo of GrillMeister
4.12/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer leftover from my canoe trip. Those poor guys didn't get a chance to try some craft brew. Second out of my cooler is Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. I was looking forward to this one.

Appearance is good. A nice head that lingers for a while.

Smell is one of the best I've sampled. A strong cherry aroma.

Taste is good. The cherry flavor is out front and almost overpowers the other ingredients. Gives a slight cherry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Feels like a good beer.

This is my first fruit beer I've ever tasted. I could enjoy a few of these.This beer is good, but I still have this sense that there may be a few too many cherries in the brew.

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