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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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of duceswild
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mdaschaf
2.61/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dried apricot that appears crystal clear with indirect lighting and significantly hazy with an infusion of sunlight. It's definitely an interesting visual effect. The pale oatmeal colored cap is attractive. It resembles a windswept mesa as it deflates, and leaves a fair amount of sudsy lace behind.

There's no shortage of cherry in the nose. In fact, it smells so much like sweet cherries that there's no room left for it to smell like beer. It may not be the overpowering cherry bomb that some cherry lambics are, but there's no doubt what fruit was used. I'll have to give credit to BBC, they didn't do this one halfway. As to the question of artificial cherry versus actual cherry juice, it's sort of in the middle.

I'm definitely not as impressed with the flavor as I am with the appearance and the aroma. Whereas the nose is 95% cherries and 5% beer, the flavor is much more the latter than the former. SA Cherry Wheat tastes like what a wheat ale flavored with cherry should taste like (in a general sense at least). It doesn't hang together for me though. The base beer is too grainy and rough and tends to dominate the fruit.

It seems to me that a more neutral wheat ale, or even a pale ale, would have been a better choice. I also pick up a faint metallic tang and I can't shake the impression that the beer needs salt. As it warms, the cherry flavor takes on an increasingly artificial, almost medicinal quality. The mouthfeel is light-medium, is slightly chalky (odd) and heads toward watery on the finish.

Cherry Wheat may be my least favorite Samuel Adams offering to date. If my memory is accurate, I even thought the much maligned Cranberry Lambic was better. With a major tweak or two this could be an okay fruit beer. In its present form, no thank you.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden brown color with one finger of fluffy white head with no retention and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of very sweet cherries, wheat, bready malts, and fruity malts. Way too sweet smelling for me.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, wheat, grain, bready malts, fruity malts, and some metallic notes. Something off here with the metallic taste.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Ok but too sweet in the smell and don't like the metal in the taste. Also way too carbonated. Not Sam Adams best work, wouldn't look to have this one again.

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

Presentation: On-tap at the SA Brewhouse, Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

Appearance: Hazy gold with a wheat like carbonation that retains a very nice lace.

Smell: Crisp fruit aroma with slight cherry whiffs.

Taste: Crisp dry wheat malt, a little bit tart with a subtle cherry flavour. Some diacetyl is noticable with a light bitterness.

Notes: A great mix of flavours for a decent fruit beer. Nice and refreshing.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.19/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got to try this one for the first time last night. I have to admit I was hesitant after the disaster that was the Cranberry Lambics. But I decided to give this one a shot to see if they could redeem themselves. Poured a very light pale yellow, almost completely clear it looked like, with a small fizzy white head that quickly faded and lots of champagne like carbonation.

The aroma was very light, lots of wheat and light grain here, with a touch of artificial cherry mixed in. This was pretty much the case with the flavor as well, was too light and what was there started out by tasting awfully artificial, like a generic cough drop. Really just not well put together. Virtually no aftertaste here either just did not help. Super light body with an almost seltzer like carbonation. You could drink a bunch, but would you really want to?

Overall I was not impressed. They seriously just cannot get anything done with fruit flavors anywhere near an acceptable level. I would not try this one again, as its just a waste of time for.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.36/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours an amber color with a short lived off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells like cherries, big time cherries. It's pretty much like a jar of maraschino cherries, but it's enjoyable. The more I smell it, the better I like the cherry character that's there. Not really much else going on in terms of the aroma.

T: The cherry flavor is nowhere near as prominent as the cherry aroma, but it is there. There is a surprising creaminess and an almost vanilla flavor. Sweet wheat and bread are actually noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation that is nice and smooth.

D: I guess I wouldn't be pounding down a 12 pack of this, but it's not a bad beer to have once every so often.

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Photo of 22Blue
2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.84/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a thin lacing of head. The nose has notes of cherries and very faint malt. The taste is faint malt, faint cherries, and slight yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's syrupy and medicinal at times. The cherry flavor is faint, and overall, this is a one dimensional, easy drinker.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a stiff murky orange color with a wisp of foamy to fizzy white head. It tapered off pretty quick to leave barely any lace.
The aroma had some super sweet cherry juice/almost syrup to play with some sweet wheat/graininess. Light citrus sweetness at the end.
The flavor was mostly sweet through the entire drink. Wheat seemed barely there. Slight syrupy cherry sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was a touch syrupy, but somehow I accepted it and didn't think it was cloying.
Overall, for Sam Adams' beers, I tend to like their "higher end"/more expensive ones so drinking this is not necessarily one I "need" to come back to. I don't want to overly knock this one, but in reality, this isn't one I seek all of the time.

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2.49/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I've been ragged-on recently, but I will continue to force-pronounce the "h" in "wheat". Think Stewie Griffin and Cool Whip... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of solid white foam. The nose tries to hint at a bit of dry wheat, but things are thoroughly dominated by a half-medicinal, half-artificial cherry smell. Not exactly my bowl o' fruit, so to speak. The taste intimates toward a wheat-y revolution, but the malevolent iron fist of the cherry junta maintains a constant vigil, keeping any subversive characters under an ever-present threat of violent reprisal. Worse, a mineral-y, tinny flavor caps things off at the finish. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a decided miss. the cherry character just doesn't work at all. 'Nuff said.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, freshness date of Aug 04. Pours golden bronze, with a respectable off white head. Obvious nose of cherry and some yeast in the background. As advertised, cherry flavor carries the freight here. Typical american wheat beer mouth feel and body. Sweet Cherry flavor just about right strenghwise, present but not overpowering. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. Nice summer quaffer or desert beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appears an amber orange filtered hue with a thin cream head topping it off. Aroma is full of artificial marciano cherry esque sweetness almost overbearingly cherry no balance from anyother aromas in there, just potent cherries. Taste well, in the background some malt sweetness along with the same bready Sam Adams characteristic flavor that exists in all of BBC's beers. What makes this beer near untolerable is the rush of cherry extract that becomes cloying and not drinkable or enjoyable like candy. Mouthfeel fizzy carbonation lighter bodied with slight syrupy mouthfeel to it. Drinkability pass on this gimmick cherry wheat and go find a good beer, pass on this grotesque cloying answer to wheat beer fads.

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