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

Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat
3,886 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 3,886 |  Reviews: 1,173
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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1/5  rDev -68.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +34.5%

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2/5  rDev -36.7%

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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2/5  rDev -36.7%

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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%

4.25/5  rDev +34.5%

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of CowsCanBark
2.82/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in a six-pack from my local store. 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden hue with a two-finger head that dissipates quickly. Very minimal lacing to be found as I drink.

Smell: Smells pretty good, like wheat, malts, and cherries. The cherry smell is actually pretty overpowering. Not really picking up any other notes, though.

Taste: Not as good as it smells, that's for sure. First you taste cherries, then you taste malt/wheat with a bit of alcohol taste, and then the aftertaste is a lingering cherry. Not too appetizing.

Mouthfeel: Average to light carbonation with a medium body and a "crisp finish," as the bottle puts it.

Overall: An alright beer, not something that I'd seek out again, but if offered I wouldn't turn it down.

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

Into a pint glass:

A: pale amber body, small white head, thin lacing sliding quickly into the body

S: cherries up front, faint malt, slight wheat and yeast in the background more so as the beer warms

T: sweet and tart at different times through the cherries, wheat plays a slight part, yeast comes out to help balance

M: light to medium, sessionable, sweet aftertaste and finish

O: good beer to get those malt drinkers over to the beer side, yet I would still have it again.

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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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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 alohaspicoli
3.42/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/yellow. Creamy, off-white head that sticks around. Decent lacing.

S: Cherry aroma is dominant.

T: Again, cherry is way up front. I do get some of the wheat flavor but I had to look for it. No alcohol taste, dryness or bitterness. If you like cherry, it's actually very drinkable.

M: Lighter body. Average carbonation.

O: Not the most complex of beers but I thought it was pretty refreshing and enjoyable. Would drink again in the summer.

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3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz Tumbler

Appearance - Darker Orange color with a slight tint of red. Brew is hazy but you are still able to barely see through the glass. Pours a 2 finger head that slowly disappears and leaves behind some good lacing.

Smell - The first thing that comes to mind is Cherry Pop-Tarts, which is very strong upon the first whiff. You can barely taste the wheat scent behind the Pop-Tart Smell

Taste - Sweet cherry flavor with a very slight sour and barley taste to it. Really nothing much more to add.

Mouthfeel - Body is fairly moderate and is able to strike a balance between that and the light carbonation that goes away fairly quick.

Overall - This is my first "fruity" beer that I've had and I have to say it's not too bad. Seeing previous reviews I expected this to taste like cough syrup like I had previously seen but the cherry flavor is quite tame compared to the expectations I had for this beer, but in a goof way. Pretty drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of Tee76
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Your typical beer color/appearance, has a small creamy head that stays around for a few minutes. Moderate lacing

S- Cherries, Cherries and more Cherries with a hint of bready malts.

T- Carbonated cough syrup for a beer is a bad idea any day of the week. The more i drank of it, the worse it tasted.

M- medium bodied with a filmy aftertaste that just lingers.

D- Low drinkability. I had a problem finishing one, you're left debating whether to pour the rest of the unopened ones down the drain.

As far as Sam's offerings, most if not all are fantastic. Cranberry Lambic is by far their worst beer, but the cherry comes in a close second. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of gtermi
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My bestfriend went on a Sam Adams binge and bought this beer. I poured this beer into a glass and looked like your average beer. The smell was very nice with some cherry and some malt. The taste on the other hand was rough. It had a lot of cherry and just seemed like cherry soup to me. I cant think of anything good to say about the taste. The mouthfeel was average and overall I think this beer is below average. I just dont know what to say....

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-tinted body with a decent whitish head of a fluffy 3 fingers. Surprisingly nice lacing and decent retention. This looks REALLY solid.
Smells... Wow. Ripe cherries. Wheat malt combined with the cherry notes has a strange almond extract bite to it-- seriously, go smell a bottle of almond extract and have your mind blown.
The taste is sweet and wheaty with plenty of cherry flavor. Pretty dry finish, and almost no bitterness.
Thus far, I am surprised by my level of enjoyment. I tend to rate Sam Adams beers lower than the average, but this one will almost certainly have a positive rdev!

The body is pretty much as I'd expect, relatively light, lots of carbonation. The cherries do add a little syrupy feel.

Overall, as a fruit beer, this is a C+. As a wheat beer, this is actually a B. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fruit beers!

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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,886 ratings
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