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

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Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat
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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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Ratings: 3,943 |  Reviews: 1,182
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber, clear. Mild head, mild carbonation.

Cherries, mild sweet malt backbone.

Medium bodied and full of cherries. Wheaty malt base: grainy, dry, and kind of chalky. Hops are pretty much invisible, slightly floral and citric. Mild carbonation, foamy. Finishes mostly clean and slightly tart, bitter, and dry.

Hurray for cherry beer. Not the greatest, but definitely not bad. Refreshing and fairly light. I like that it is not red, i.e. no food coloring.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of my mixed sampler. I know Ive had it on tap (@ Bdubds in Medina, OH I do believe).

The body is a light yellow with what was a huge white had that has dissipated into a quarter inch.

Artificial cherries like everywhere. Super candy sweet, not cough syrup (more of a cherry flavoring grenadine type thing).

I cant really get down with the taste unless Im in the mood for it.Its a light American Wheat base, but damn its got cough syrup cherry flavors everywhere. It gets more balanced as I drink it. I get more adjunct (corn) grains and less of that cherry flavor, but that cough syrup cherry flavor still stays at the forefront.

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Photo of Walkerjgt
2/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mooseisloose
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my trusty 0.4 liter chalice it has a nice head that dissapates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Pours to a rusty yellow hue. The smell is very cherry, smells like JuicyJuice cherry in fact. Taste starts with the tartness of cherry followed by a brauny wheat. Carbonation is airy. Finish is more tartness. I like the "middle" taste with wheat and hint of cherry but the front end and back end are a little too sweet. Very different. I guess it would make a great "dessert" beer. Off the wall. Something I would serve as a conversation piece but wouldn't really drink in any quantity.

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Photo of freshflesh
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of cbl2
2.24/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Pale cloudy straw w/ thick white head that leaves a nice lace

Ludens cough drops is about the nicest thing that comes to mind. Not very inviting.


Slightly bitter, but overwhelmingly the flavor is of cherry cough syrup. Avoid this beer at all costs. You'd be better off going out and drinking a bottle of Robitussin

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hero27
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, I had my doubts about even trying this beer. But I figured what the hell..

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden-orange color..plenty of sediment floating around as well, which kind of surprised me from this brew. Decent head but dissapates rather quickly. Does leave decent sheeting on the glass, though.

Smell: Very tart cherry smell up front with the wheat malt hiding in the background. Medicinal (think cherry cough drop) aroma.

Taste: Overwhelming medicinal cherry taste (imagine that). A little over the top, but forgiven considering it is a fruit beer. Wheat taste is definitely apparent here as well as the malts make a pretty strong showing. Finishes with lingering sweetness of cherry and light malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Much better than Sam Adam's Cranberry Lambic (which isn't saying much). This is actually a decent fruit beer. I'm not a huge lover of the style in general, so I probably wouldn't have more than a couple of these things in succession..but if you like fruit beers, this is a must try. Respectable and solid offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of beveritt
3.79/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Standard Samuel Adams label with a buy before date of November 2008.

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of pure white head. This settles slowly into a dense half finger coating of foam. Good lacing. The beer itself is golden, with maybe just a hint of orange/red. Small amount of activity. I see some very, very fine particulate matter.

Smell: Very strong cherry aroma. Semi-sweet, but very tart. maybe a little wheat twang in there, but hard to differentiate from the cherries.

Taste: Solid wheat base at first, with the typical wheat twang. Cherry flavor is not as intense as in the aroma, but still definitely there. Blends well with the wheat. Finishes with a little bit of cherry tartness and a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is amazing!

Drinkability: This was always my wife's favorite beer in college, so I had a lot of it around. While she has moved on to being more of a hophead, Cherry Wheat stills shows up once in a while. I think it is a nice fruit wheat, so many of them leaving you wondering if they actually added any fruit to the beer. I guess I don't understnad the people complaining baout it tasting too much like cherries. It is what it is, a fruit beer.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ericj551
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat pours a light gold with a thin head. The aroma is sweet ripe cherries, almost artificial, like cherry ice cream. The flavor is sweet and slightly tart cherry with crisp dry wheat flavor. The finish is slightly bitter with a sharp, tart flavor from the wheat. This is an alright fruit beer, but the cherry flavor does not meld well to me.

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Photo of MattSharpless
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Cherry Wheat pours yellowish orange with a single finger foam head and some good sea foam lacing. The head disappears quickly.

The aroma is really nice with a lovely cherry aroma with the wheat in the background. The taste is cherry all the way through with a crispness to it. In the mouth it is pretty thin. Overall not a bad fruit beer. The smell is the strongest part of it to me.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A frosty dark yellow appearance...maybe light orange. Lots of soapy-looking lace. Acxtually looks really good.

The smell is a smack in the face of cherry, closer to black cherry. Quite pleasant. Combination with the wheat makes a nice candy aroma. The wheat adds a dry maltiness.

The taste is a SweetTart-like candy flavor. It has an unusual dry tartness that is pleasant although juuust on the border of being too sweet. Would go well with a bitter chcolate. Minor white wine flavor.

It's a bit milky, but not thick. Feels like a smoothie. This one is pretty nice overall. Nice balance; on the edge of over-sweetness. But a good summery wheat beer overall.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a yellowish-golden color with an inch of good looking foam. The aroma is heavy with fruit dominated mostly by cherries. Light wheat character on the palate with slight carbonation. The flavor is artificial cherry up front with a little tartness and a little hop bitterness at the end. A little fruity for my tastes, but at least its not overly sweet.

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