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:
3,879
Reviews:
1,174
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.29%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
786
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,879 |  Reviews: 1,174
Photo of PatrickJR
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Straw/golden color with a slight haze. One finger head dies down to a thick collar, some lacing. Steady bubbles from the bottom.

S - Cherries cherries cherries. Really, more like cherry candy. A slight hint of malt really adds some depth to it; despite the aroma being a little on the artificial side there is something strangely complex and appealing about it.

T - Similar to the nose and not terribly complex. Very assertive "Jolly Rancher"-like cherry flavor with a good bit of sweetness to match. Crescendos quickly and then slowly dies away to a semi-dry, cereal grain finish. Some noticable tangy wheat malt hides behind the sweetness of the cherries to balance. The cherry and wheat go remarkably well with each other, but the bland and uninspiring finish ruin the taste for me. A little sweet on the palate as well, but a minor annoyance.

M - Carbonated much like any macro lager, but a little creamy. A little out of balance and my first impulse is to call for less carbonation, but the carbonation is probably keeping a lot of the sweetness in check.

D - The candy-like nature of this brew makes it less like a beer and more like a drier, off tasting soda. I might have a couple, but I wouldn't make a night of these; it's simply too intense and too simple.

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

Poured a 2" white head but vanished pretty quickly. Pretty golden yellow color with a slight haze to it. Smell has bready malt and cherry along the lines of cough syrup. Taste emphasizes the bready malt much more than the cherry. Body is fairly lightweight and ordinary and finish is more malt than cherry.

Look, it's not stellar, but I don't know why so many are hating on this beer. It's not like they gave up on the beer aspects and just went for gobs of cherry.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.37/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First the positives. Pours a tawny red, and like most Sam Adams brews, the head is ample and the retention excellent. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated; seems to have a thirst-quenching feel.

Negatives - Smells like an artificially flavored "macro" black cherry soda, and pretty much tastes like one too, minus the sugar. Wheat spine is nice, but the artificial cherry taste overpowers it. Drinkability is limited due to taste.

Upon closer inspection, I find that this is a "wheat ale brewed with real cherries and cherry flavor." My guess is that barely any real cherries were used, instead substituting the artificial cherry flavor. I suspect that this would be an excellent beer if ONLY real cherries were used. I am a Beer Advocate who believes that artificial flavors have no place in beer. If it's not cost-effective to make this using 100% actual cherries, as I'm sure it probably isn't, then maybe the beer shouldn't be made at all.

I'll finish my sixer, but with no great enjoyment.

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Photo of EatonHops
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JLK7299
2.57/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lettsgo3
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at some bar deep in queens; served in a weizen glass.

A: Its a clear staw with a smidgen of white head...nothing wrong here

S: Smells like artificial cherry pie filling. I know SA claims that this is from real cherries, but I've never smelled cherries that smelled like this. Its a pretty rough aroma - cloying and nasty; no wheat here.

T: Tastes like they took coastal wheat and dumped a tablespoon of Robitussin in it, seriously, that's exactly what it tastes like.

D: Due to it being nasty, this one loses in the drinkability department. Its not bad enough to be a drainpour, but its flavour is just not that good. Fortunately, the flavour is a little light.

Overall: I was not a fan of this. Its tough to make a good fruit wheat beer, and still every brewery thinks they can do it. This is pretty rough stuff and lacks the balance that Sam Adams usually gets down.

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Photo of jettjon
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I’m hardly a stranger to the “fruit/vegetable beer” style, having rated about 13 of them thus far ranging from the very good Unibroue black currant beer to the substandard Sea Dog raspberry wheat. I expected a good showing from Sam Adams, but unfortunately that was not the case.

Presented in a 12 oz. bottle with best-by Feb 2007 date, decanted into a pilsner a hazy amber with a minimal amount of tiny, Champaign-like bubbles along the edges of the glass. Head is generous, pillowy, and light tan in color; it fades at a leisurely pace leaving minor lacing and disappearing by the bottom of the glass. Overall, a good looking beer. Nose, even as it warms, leaves much to be desired, dominated wholly by an artificial cherry scent reminiscent of cough syrup. Try as I might, I couldn’t coax any other smell out of this one. Taste is slightly more complex, though still dominated by an artificial cherry flavor. Maybe there are some hops in the background, but they’re virtually indiscernible. Mouth is not bad, semi-viscous and wet. Drinkability is OK if you’re into this sort of beer; to me, it’s oversweet with little complexity to keep me coming back for more. One is enough.

Overall: An overly sweet fruit beer, nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - Murky, straw colored with very good 2 finger's worth of head and good carbonation.

Smell - As would not be surprising, a very strong cherry aroma, beyond which I cannot smell anything.

Taste and Mouthfeel - seems a bit hoppy, but the the cherry flavor is almost overwhelming. It tastes like a fairly natural Marichinno cherry flavor. General texture is fairly well-balanced. Cherry aftertaste too, with almost no bitterness.

Drinkability - Good enough brew if you like cherries. A little more filling, so maybe not worth drinking a lot of at one time. Interesting enough, but maybe a little cliche for this brewer.

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Photo of Punisher
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of bsm80x
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This pours a hazy wheat color but also has hints of orange and even a very slight pink touch. The foam head is nice and eventually tapers down to a thin creamy topping. Moderate lacing is noticable and I can see some moderate carbonation.

S- This smells of fresh bing cherries, but not overpowering. There is also the typical citrus notes....I smell freshly squeezed lemon especially, and sweet malts, which I'm sure are being enhanced by the cherry aromas. Great!

T- This is one great tasting beer! It reminds me of eating fresh cherries on a summer day, but at the same time provides that clean, refreshing tartness that I love about wheat beers. Good malt flavors and just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish helps to round this out nicely!

M- Good creamy feel on the palate and the carbonation is modest, which really allows the flavor to come through well. This has a nice medium body and lets a person really reflect on what they are drinking.

D- I will be sure to purchase a larger quantity of this whenever I get the chance. I would love to enjoy this over an evening with friends and can foresee some good times ahead with this one! Great patio beer! I highly recommend this one for a beginner or for veterans who like something different now and again!

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of beerme626
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of tmryan21
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.75/5  rDev +47.5%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mkennedy119
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,879 ratings.
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