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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,922
Reviews:
1,173
Ratings:
3,889
pDev:
23.73%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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Ratings: 3,889 |  Reviews: 1,173
Photo of MJ64
2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JizackFH
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a nice dark golden color. It has a decent white head that left just a little bit of lacing on the glass. There is suspended yeast visible.

S - It smells of real cherries. There are some other fruity notes as well as some wheat breadiness. There is also just a touch of hops present.

T - The taste is a lot like the nose suggests. Cherries are the dominant flavor. There are also some bready malts and citrus present. The finish is citrusy, and it has some hop bitterness.

M - This has a light body with high crisp carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, and has a clean finish.

D - The drinkability is decent. It goes down fairly easy. This is a decent beer, but if I wanted a cherry beer there are a lot of better ones out there to choose from. Worth a try though.

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Photo of tmryan21
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Vogt52
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ale207
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jmich24
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BKBassist
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Griggsy
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of NODAK
4.14/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I opened this, I was amazed at just how much this beer smelled like sweet cherries. Honestly, it was like grenadine. As it opened up, a more tart aspect appeared, but it was still a fairly sweet nose.

Poured a cloudy, amber color in the glass with a fair head.

The taste was not quite as powerful. The dominant taste is indeed cherries. Again though, the taste is of a fairly sweet maraschino cherry character. I am not sure why I expected more of a tart flavor, but this one does not meet that expectation. This flavor is the body of the beer, with a small bit of wheat on the finish. Hops don't really play a role in this one.

Honestly, it tastes a lot like a basic lager with cherry juice in it. Not that it is a bad thing, though. It is pretty tasty, even if it is rather simple. It gets my stamp of approval.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Jae61
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bookseeb
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy orange gold with a thin crisp head leaving spotty lace. Smell has a dominant maraschino cherry aroma or even a cherry coke. Taste again of cherry coke or cherry cream soda with wheat as the backbone. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not bad brew if you like cherry coke.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +38.3%
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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Photo of beerluvr
3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice white head settling over oh so slightly hazy gold/amber liquid, tinged with a light pink/red cast. The nose is sweet cherries and malt with light hopping. The light mouthfeel offers flavors of cherry, sweet malt grass and decent hop bitterness. Finishes light, spritzy and easy to drink...one of my favorite hot weather brews.

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Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eye:Lively looking and dark gold and crystal clear. Head is a white creamy foam, retention is alright, lacing is also alright.

Nose: Real strong intense cherry flavor. Smells like I just opened a jar of cherries for some ice cream. Malt and hop flavors hidden-none. I mean if you're looking for some fruit aroma here it is.

Tongue: First flavor to hit the tongue and the last to leave is the wheat flavor of this brew. Sandwiched in between is the strong almost overpowering cherry flavor. Hops are there at the very end with just enough bitterness to balance this out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I find the light body and moderate levels of carbonation to be appropriate for this style. Nothing too special in the mouthfeel. In my opinion it would be hard to drink more than one of these back-to-back. The cherry flavor is too strong, overpowering. This brew is more juice-like than beer-like. This is one fruit beer that I can see being refreshing on an extremely hot day, however I think that it is just too much cherry in this brew for it to be drunk on any other type of day. I'll probably not be buying this again, there are much better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of neckbeered
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of indianabeerman
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +1.3%
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 -25%
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 RAFH
3.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bizarre beer drinking experience. I first tried this beer as part of a sampler 12 pack eight years ago or so. I hated the beer, so instead of giving away the other bottles, I cellared the remaining. Retryed them a couple years later and really enjoyed it. Proof that the beer aging process can really change the flavor. Sometimes for the good.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.36/5  rDev -25.3%
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 -21.8%
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 Lettsgo3
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,889 ratings
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