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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Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it disappeared.

Smell - Cherries, floral notes, wheat, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste wheat mixed with a very sweet cherry flavour. There are also some floral notes mixed with some light malts. It finishes with a tart and sweet cherry aftertaste.

Overall – I actually kind of enjoyed my first few sips, but the taste started to become too sweet and artificial after a while. It's not undrinkable, it's just not something that I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stumbled across this on tap at a Sam Adam's pub in Los Angeles Airport (from notes)
A - Very hazy straw yellow, short creamy head settled at a solid cover
S - Pungent merachino cherry odour, bready and a hint of nuttiness
T - Much like the nose with a candied smell, candy sweet, buttery bread, but a mild sense of artificial flavour
M - Bready fullness, mildish carbonation, pretty smooth and a little dry finish
O - Flavour as advertized, a pleasant summer sipper, glad I came across this by chance in an airport lounge

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Photo of VelvetExtract
1.91/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a light honey color. White head forms and is about a finger thick. I can tell before I tilt the glass, or take a sip, that this beer will leave lacing.

S-Smells like a cherry flavored lozenge. Just a bit whack of artificial cherry. Almost smells like medicine. I guess i could say I smell some wheat but I would possibly be lying.

T-Just not doing it for me. Cherry flavored medicine. Clings to the tongue and hangs around. I feel like I should be coughing because it tastes like I'm sucking on a cherry cough drop.

M-Light but sickly sticky. Carbonation is an afterthought. I just don't like the flavor. There is nothing that the mouthfeel can do to make this a better beer.

O/D-I flat out do not like this beer's artificial, cloying flavor. Had to try it once. I actually think I may regret it. I am not sure if I have said that before.

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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 elginirishpunk
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours lightly cloudy and has a sweet and tart flavor. This is one of the better fruit veggie beers that is not overly sweet or tart. This beer maintains a smoothness and has a slight hop flavor. But definitly will not give you a great name for having street cred.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head quickly dissipates. Color is golden and minimal hazieness, typical wheat beer appearance.

One key point I have noticed that differed from my experience with the aroma is the cherry smell was very understated. I am wondering if it is due to my review following a beer I had on tap as >90% of these reviews are after having the beer in a bottle. The taste of cherry is certainly well apparent but not overwhelming and refreshing.

Good for summer activities.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a translucent golden tone while yielding a 2" foamy head that quickly lapses into a collar around the glass; no real lacing to speak of.

unsurprisingly, the nose comes out of the blocks with a good dose of cherry, joined by some secondary wheaty notes.

taste delivers more of the same. strong cherry presence through and through, which is blended with a background wheaty, light maltiness.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this beer catches a lot of flak, but to me it's a reasonably enjoyable fruit beer. maybe i'm biased from cherry wheat being an old favorite, and while i wouldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting, i find it relatively tasty and refreshing - a decent summer brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found in a mix a six section to finally get this review monkey off my back. Used to buy this all the time for summer BBQs right after graduating from college but haven't had in some time.

Pours a translucent light amber with reddish hues. Not sure I've ever put this in glass before. Little foam remains, with active bubbles.

Robust cherry smell that is fantastic.

Taste is almost all cherry, wheaty malt underneath. Mild hop close. Odd taste finishes.

Overall good beer, especially for the summer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at a friend's house

Pours a clear bronzed yellow with a finger of delicate white bubbles for a head, which dissipates quickly. Scent of bitterness and maraschino cherries. Wheat and more cherries in the taste, with a touch of honey. Cherries aren't too overpowering. Can be a tad harsh and acidic, but overall not too bad. Light-medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a decent head that stays around a while.

S: The smell is totally dominated by a candied cherry aroma with just a hint malt.

T: Overly sweet cherry flavor reminiscent of cough syrup. Almost no other flavor is noticeable.

O: I had this beer about ten years ago and remember not liking it then, looks like my tastes haven't changed.

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Photo of videofrog
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. Best by notch on side of bottle safely 4 months away.

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow/golden color with light carbonation. Fluffy white head about 1 1/2 fingers.

S: Cherries dominate, but not overpowering. Wheat malt and tangy yeast in the background.

T: Cherries again. Pale wheat flavor is slight. Hops are really difficult to detect, but there is a slight bitterness way in the background.

M: Moderate for a pale wheat, carbonation is light to medium, aftertaste almost nonexistent.

O: This served as a gateway craft brew for me a few years ago and it was nice to revisit. Don't understand why so many hate on the cherry flavors in CHERRY wheat. I didn't think the problem is authenticity so much as the lack of balance makes the cherries overpowering and extract-like. Average beer recommended for sessions or begginners.

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Photo of OregonLightning
1.22/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this beer. I have tasted other "flavored" beers in the past with alright to good outcomes. However this beer was undrinkable to me.

It tasted like cherry cough syrup mixed with wheat beer. Very artificial taste and smell. I bought a 6 pack because of the relatively cheap price and was looking to try something new. I had to end up giving the rest to a friend who had a similar reaction. I found it to be under-carbonated and syrupy, not pleasant at all and I certainly will not be purchasing again.

Very disappointed with Boston Brewing comp.

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Photo of northaustin
2.09/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a hazy yellow with orange undertones, half finger of quickly disappearing white head. spotted lacing.

smell: like those chinese cherry candies. very syrupy, sticky and overpowering.

taste: fuckin disaster. twizzlers meets cherry candy meets something.

mouthfeel: its like eating jolly ranchers till you die.

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Photo of gskitt
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was not good. It poured a cloudy pale yellow. Smelled vaguely of wheat, no cherry scent. It tasted manufactured, artificial. Not the worst I have had, but this one needs to be worked on. Mouthfeel was grainy? not the best. Overall, one should expect more from Jim.

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Photo of tjacobs610
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A:Very pale amber ale. Has a three inch head with little retention and lace. No carbonation is visible

S: Cherry smell sticks out but isn’t over powering to the nostrils. It does however overpower the other ingredients such as the hops which are not detectable at all

T:Has a very sweet cherry taste all the way through, with a hint of honey mixed in. Also has a very dry taste that

M:Very thin feel, very large amount of carbonation and dry finish. Goes down very quick and easy giving this beer a high drinkability.

O:This beer has good color and aroma but lacks the impressionable taste and feel to go with it making this beer good if you liked flavored beers but nothing special to try if you don’t.

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle (best by 05/2011) poured into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Pale amber - clear- head dissipated very fast leaving practically no foam at all. No lacing either.

Smell: Cherry smell strong but not overpowering. Indeed, there is a Michigan cherry smell to this - reminds me of the cherries available in the stands near Traverse city in the summer. But...that cherry smell is the only smell here. It reminds me a bit of a soda in a way - malts and hops are completely missing here - just the cherry smell. So knowing it for what it is - I like the cherry smell, but if this was handed to me and had to guess it was a beer by smell, I never would have guessed. I would have guessed some sort of soda or cherry sparkling water.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying cherry, and that's it. No wheat flavors, and really can't call it much of a beer. I would almost, almost, call it something more akin to a malt beverage "wine cooler" than a beer. I like cherry just fine, but I wanted a beer with more to it.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy in carbonation, again has a soda-like feel but thickness not as sticky as a soda. Sticks to the teeth a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: No, I don't see myself having this again. Too much like a cherry, um..., well, it's not a beer. I can't put my finger on it exactly. It sort of looks like one, but doesn't smell, taste, or feel like one. A weird beer and I'm not sure that I like it. I'll stick to cherry flavor well blended into a Belgian or into a cobbler or pie - not as this beer. Oh well - not everything can be great.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An old favorite I haven't touched in a year. Interested in how it rates against my more experienced pallet.
A. Aggressive pour finds me with a finger and a half of head. This dissipates down to under a half finger that stays throughout and ok lacing. The beer is a shade darker than gold, actually decent looking.

S. I smell maraschino cherries, possibly some other type of jarred or preserved cherries. Not necessarily offensive, but off-putting in its manufacturedness. Has a vaguely wheaty edge to it.

T. The taste is wheat beer tinged with maraschino cherries. The wheat beer base flavor is a weak but decent one, but the fact that the cherries taste processed or preserved detracts from it.

M. Mouthfeel is slightly more complex than a mass produced pilsner. Heavy carbonation and a light body make it refreshing and easy going. Definitely drinks quickly.

O. Overall I am no longer as interested in this beer as I have been in the past. It's rather light and the flavor slips away as quickly as you can swallow it, leaving no real impressive aftertaste. Would make a decent session ale if the cherry flavor were more authentic and the ABV went down one point. As it is, it can be enjoyed in multitude on a hot day if you're not overly discerning with your taste and you have a decent tolerance.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As long as you can get passed the cherry cough syrup nose, grab one of these, pour it into a hefe glass and hop in the shower. Not a bad way to start your day...maybe it's just the 15 hour trek from Europe to NYC yesterday, but it really was a decent beer.

A little too cherry and quite filtered, but it's worth a shot...seriously, it was immensely quafable while taking a hot shower!

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Photo of nickfl
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles relatively quickly and leaves nice rings of lace.

S - Medicinal cherry and bready malt in the background. It smells like an awful cherry creme filled chocolate candy; the one that you really wish you hadn't picked out of the box.

T - Sweet malt and strong, syrupy cherry flavors wash across the palate up front. More of the same in the middle. Things really don't change up much by the finish with a weird, syrupy cough syrup finish and some honey that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, it tastes like cherry, but it thoroughly proves that such a flavor does not have to be a good thing. It seems like a generic American wheat beer with cough syrup added for depth. It tastes very medicinal and the phenolic cherry is impossible to ignore. Just bad, I can't imagine why they would keep brewing this... really.

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Photo of nastley3
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, with poor head retention. Light orange color.

S: Strong, very strong smell of cherries. Although the strong cherry smell is to be expected, in this case it is overwhelming and reminds me of an artificial flavor.

T: Just as the smell indicates, the flavor of the cherries overpowers everything else. Although this is not my style, I think this is a nice tasting cherry wheat. If you don't want to taste cherries you shouldn't be drinking a cherry wheat.

M: This beer has a good mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O: Overall I would not buy this beer or go out of my way to drink it again. I have not had many cherry wheats, and do not really know how to compare this to other cherry wheats, but in general I think this is an average beer.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date: 15 May 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, 2-finger head into strong film, small bubble sticky lacing, clear gold color.

Aroma is full of cherries....but not medicinal, but more like the cherries in a can that you use to make a quick cherry pie. Actually, this is just like a cherry coffee cake, with loads of vanilla and cake aroma. Taste does not taste very wheat-like. Light, pils-like malts and slightly tart cherry, and a touch of pale malt. Mouthfeel is very light-bodied, sweet and sour on the palate. Not a bad sessionable beer, but too heavy in cherry.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The cherry wheat is exactly what it is advertized as, a beer that has the flavor and aroma of cherries. I was surprised by the beer, however, i am not a fan of cherries and could have done without sampling this beer. I would recommended the beer to fans of cherries.

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

Hazy straw color with bubbly white head that fades fast. Sweet aroma of cherry purée, candied syrup, and subtle wheat. Tastes of unripe cherries, wheat, subtle light fruit juice, some fruity artificial flavors that linger on the palate. Light body with high carbonation. Focuses on cherries but without a solid backbone of a wheat beer. Tastes artificial and cheap.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with a white creamy film. Some lacing on the glass from the head. Eventually the head disappears.

Fresh cherries all around. Smells quite sweet.

I get cherry upfront but then blends into a almost vanilla/caramel toastiness with a dry wheat flavor. Not bad.

Carbonation on the medium side. Light, quite crisp clean flavor.

Not a bad fruit beer. It's a nice summer beer for sure. Smell of sweet cherries is definitely the highlight here.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.05/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with enjoy by date of Oct. 2011. It was poured into a weizen glass. The pour yielded two fingers of foamy head. Retention is moderate. Small patches of lace stick to the glass. The beer is golden and mildly hazy with a barely noticeable pink tint. Up close, a lot of carbonation can be seen rising to the top of the glass.

The aroma is loaded with cherry but it is unlike any aroma that I've smelled from other cherry beers. Whereas most cherry brews give off a tart aroma, this beer gives off a very sweet, almost maraschino cherry aroma. It reminds me of cherry ice cream. It doesn't smell natural, but it is alluring.

The flavor profile is wonderfully soft on the palate while remaining substantial. Sweet cherry flavor is dominant on the front end in a manner similar to the aroma. The malt profile tastes a bit unconventional but compliments the cherry flavor wonderfully. The wheat portion has been jacked up but it creates a mellow flavor that is very smooth. There is a biscuity flavor in the finish, and a mild hop bitterness remains in the aftertaste.

This is a really nice feeling beer in the mouth. I would still call this light bodied, but it certainly feels heavier than what I would associate with a wheat beer. The carbonation is moderate to high but the feel is surprisingly creamy, especially for a beer this light.

They don't really come much more drinkable than Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. It is sweet, mellow and wonderfully balanced. Though it's a pinch high in alcohol for extended sessioning, the virtually unnoticed 5.3% ABV makes it easy to put a couple down the hatch in a sitting. That's ideal as this beer is more of a special treat than a daily driver.


The Two Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
Most days I'd give two Schlitz for Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

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