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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks ok, not necessarily a cherry appearance. A little noticeable in the head. Aroma is ample.

Taste is more reminiscient of a totally different style, like a lambic or diet cherry coke moreso than beer. None of the usual indicators that this is a wheat beer either. I'd say if you like fruit, go lambic or saison, if you like wheat beers, get a normal wheat/white/wit for that kind of thing.

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Photo of moocey
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like alcoholic cherry soda, not beer. Really simple, direct, and a little too sweet. It's drinkable, but if I wanted a malternative, I would have bought one. There are much better fruit beers out there. This is the first time I've been disappointed with a Sam Adams brew.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy gold in color, with a big fluffy head of foam
Aroma-Up front medicinal cherry, hints of wheat
Taste-Wheat, lingering cherry cough drop flavor, astringent
Overall, a dissapointment. I was expecting better when I saw on the label that Michigan cherries were used. The cherry flavor that I got was artificial and medicinal, and too pronounced for me to be able to enjoy this beer. Pretty unbalanced all around.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the idea but not the results. This beer is 100% sweetened. There is no wheat to be mentioned. Huge, unbalanced flavors of sweet cherries that has no sort of tart backing. The beer taste the exact same from start to finish, warm or cold. A long lingering slimy, soda feeling is left on the tongue and teeth. If feels like i'm drinking a crude cherry flavored soda. Not recommended and I hate that this is the "fancy" beer at most parties.

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

I had a couple of these on draft during the preakness a couple years ago. The beer was pouring from a really cold tap into a pint glass.

A. The beer was a deep golden color with decent head which reduced to a cap after a few minutes.

S. Smells of fresh cherries and citrus.

T. Cherry wheat tastes pretty good with a sweet flavor and a little bitter after swallowing.

M/D. Cool and refreshing but wouldn't drink too many at a time.

Wish I had seen this on tap in more places.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy golden color, with a fluffy head of foam about an inch thick. Nice lacing as the pint progressed.
The aroma is big-time sweet and tart. Nice cherry aroma, some light malt sweetness, and a light floral hop aroma.
The taste is a cherry rush. Slightly sweet and tart, with a little malt sweetness.
The beer has good carbonation and a nice feel.
I really like this beer. I've been drinking it for years. I suppose it's my guilty pleasure. It's not the greatest beer on earth, but I dig it.

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

A - Cloudy amber with a reddish hue. Clean white head.

S - Cherries, kind of an artificial cherry smell, like cherry licorice or something of that sort.

T - A tart cherry taste, kind of like cherry cough syrup but with alot of wheat beer tossed in. Tartness really kicks ya. I like it though.

M - So-so, nothin special.

D - This is a good brew but the tartness really eats away at me, I couldn't drink alot at one sitting.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ehh. This is not a good beer. The cherry doesn't taste good at all in this beer. Hits you as soon as it touches the tongue and then again on the swallow. The wheat makes an appearance but only to say hi. I don't think the medicine tasting cherry helps this beer in any of the reviews. Won't drink it again, and won't recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.32/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance> Warm amber with a nice head. Lively.

Smell> Cherry cough syrup.

Taste> Cherry start. Starts to taste really wheaty. Nice BUT then it goes to tasting like cough syrup . HORRIBLE HANG.

Mouf> Good. Easy.

Drinkability> noooo

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Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very strong of cherries. Taste is cherries, some wheat, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable warm weather beer.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wheat glass. Pours a clear golden with only a hit of the cloudiness that I expected of a wheat. The head is thick, white and soapy, thinning down to a film and leaving a bunch of lacing.

Aroma is strong cherry, like cough syrup, not much else going on, probably inviting for casual beer drinkers. Flavor continues the cough syrup from the aroma. Fortunately that's not all, there's some grassy hop flavors as well as some malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel isn't thick or syrupy, it's actually quite pleasant. Carbonation is just right. Drinkability is probably the best part of this beer, as long as you don't mind the cough syrup it's easy drinking.

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Photo of Andreji
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some things are plain intriguing. I had a sixer of Brooklyn winter ale in my hands when up-pops the sight deep in the freezers of a few cherry wheaters.

I like the idea of fruity; don't get me wrong. But not synthetic, cherry candy sort of thing. Had this been a better blend i'd perhaps give it a better score, but i think i've been fair to it.

Nice pour and nose. seems like an American Wheat to the eye, definetly with a welcoming sight. And the nose...frutti di bosco indeed, not half hidden but right out there, sort of competing with the wheat for your nose. nice.

but the quite simply. too confronting, and with a sort of artificial feeling "cherry concentrate" or something. too strong for me and certainly out of context with the beer. thick bodied and good wheat-bitter finish though. but i won't be buying this one again anytime soon (provided there's so many great things out here!)

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Photo of lbaker
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my wife's favorite variety of Sam Adams, but don't be fooled. This beer is 0% wheat and 100% cherry cider.

(a) Pretty consistent of fruit beers, darker colored ale, resemblent of amber. Light lacing and one finger foam. (4/5)

(s) Smell is great, but very strong. All cherry and nothing else. Very promising...but (4/5)

(t) I understand this is a fruit ale, but lets call it Sam Adams Cherry slushy and just give the "wheat" to something deserving. Taste is overpowering everything else and every sip taste the same as the last. Needs balance, asap. This has the potential to be a great beer, but geesh, lay off the cherry pump. (3/5)

(m) Not sure what is to be felt here. Very heavy "syrup" like feel all throughout the palate. Very thick and slimy residue aftertaste. (2.5/5)

(d) Drinkability is another area where this beer is lacking. If im going to be limited to 2-3 beers you bet your ass its going to be with an Extreme American Ale. This beer is like too much desert, halfway through the second helping your immediately reqretting your decision to pick up the damn fork. (2.5/5)

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden yellow. Just a thin ring of white head around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Smells exactly like a cherry slushy - cherry syrup. Hints of wheat are barely detectable in the background. Smells like this is going to be over the top sweet.

T: A good amount of cherry flavor here, but it's not as overpowering as the nose suggested. A decent balance is achieved by the wheat/malt flavors and the cherry sweetness. Sweetness becomes slightly cloying once the beer warms a bit. A little artificial. Meh.

M: A medium body with lots of carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

O: A decent brew, but probably not something I'll try again. This brew's aroma is way too artificial and it's other aspects are just average. Someone must be buying this and Cranberry Lambic, but I don't know who. While I'm a big proponent of Sam Adams, I am not sure why they insist on making these underwhelming fruity beers—especially in such large quantities.

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Photo of SamN
1.7/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Macro-esque color and clarity- just darker than your average lager. Pretty good head, swelled to about two fingers, then fades to a half.

S- Wow, huge cherry smell. This is easily the fruitiest beer I have ever smelled. Behind the cherries are slight corn grains, but mostly it's just artificial cherry aromas, like syrup for sno-cones. It is appetizing...

T- Blech, awful taste. Fake tasting, flat character, no redeeming qualities. Drainpours wanna pour this down the drain. What a huge disappointment.

M- Poor as well, like thick water. No body, but fairly smooth.

D- None. The taste is too awful, especially for such an established brewery that usually knows what it is doing (sans the "lambic"...).


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

I've been scared of Sam Adams fruit beers ever since I had my first cranberry lambic.

Hazy straw color with chunky white head. Lots of sticky layers left by a thin skim retention.

Smells like Luden's cherry cough drops and wheat. Taste parallels aroma. Crisp and refreshing.

Cherries are tough. Too syrupy and it tastes like cough syrup, too sugary and it tastes like cough drops, too natural and it's really sour, etc. This beer does a good job with'em.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another one from the mixed pack. I've had it before, but now for the review.

Appearance- A slightly cloudy gold, old hay color. A half inch of nice creamy head. A couple of little floaties.

Smell- Sweet, medicinal cherry. Not even cherry pie filling, but more like cherry cough syrup. There is a hint of the yeast and wheat as well. But mostly the cough syrup. Maybe a cherry Jolly Rancher. Weird. It smells delicious, if it was something other than beer. But it'd be a sweet candy.

Taste- Follows the nose a little too much. Tastes like the center of one of those chocolate covered cherries. Marischino cherry. Oh, and some wheat in there too. Finishes sweet too.

Mouthfeel- A nice thick richness.

Drinkability- It would be terrible, but the sweetness sort of mellows out eventually.

Yeah, this isn't my favorite. And I like cherry cough medicine and Jolly Ranchers. Too much, frankly.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another solid brew by the Boston Beer Company. True to it's form, it has a nice head with good lacing. Very sweet cherry scents, woody, and wheaty on the nose. A true wheat beer, with high cherry accents and a slight twingy hop finish. A really nice change of pace, but hard to drink more than one or two in a session, because of the style.

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Photo of beer272
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

May 2010 notch date

Bottle poured into glass.

The smell of cherries were nice. It color is amber and can see through the glass. The comment on the bottle, generous wheat was a definite degradation for my tastes.

The smell of the cherries was more evident than the taste of cherries.

One thing was the carbonation very active, reminds me of soda, the carbonation actually sizzles on the tongue, which you can hear. Makes me wonder how the carbonation was handled.

Active carbonation the whole time, no noticeable nucleation sites, nice tiny bubbles.

M - thin

Says 2001 gold winner, but for me the beer was a turn off.

I do not plan to buy this beer again.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I like that there is a wheat base, with that hint of cherries. Kriek style, almost like their specialty beer after the Belgian take on a Lambic. This beer is ok, out of a bottle, but an even better way to enjoy this beer is to have it poured into a int glass from either a bottle, or of course on tap. On tap this beer is phenomenal!

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was superb and it looked fantastic. Thick frothy head that seemed to stick around for days.

The aroma bordered on overpowering with cherries and the taste was almost a mixture of beer and cough syrup. Too much cherry taste for me.

The texture was good but unless someone buys it for me or it happens to be the last beer in the fridge I don't plan on drinking this again anytime soon.

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Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this at Hard Rock Cafe in Denver on tap, into pint glass

Appearance - Pours an opaque golden/brown colour with white head, good retention

Smell - Strong cherry

Taste - Strong cherry, with a balance of maltiness and hoppiness

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a dry yet dangerously smooth finish

Drinkability - Could drink these all day

Overall - Another favourite

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Photo of mtyrrell
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium brown body, white foamy head that sticks around for a while.

S- The cherry aroma is very strong and inviting

T- A little hoppy, strong tart cherry taste, a little malt follows

M- Fairly smooth, medium body

D- A decent fruit beer, but I there are much bettter options

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

When I poured the SA cherry wheat into my glass it had a light golden color to it with a thin white head that dissipates into a think white lace. I smell a very nice aroma of cherry and wheat. A very nice taste of cherry and wheat that leaves a little bit of an after taste on the back of your tongue. I think it is a very drinkable beer that would be good as a dessert beer. I couldn't drink them all of the time but once in a while for something different is cool with me.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Once served in my bayern mug:

A: An amber color very cloudy, seems like malt nectar, the foamy head is thin and fine with good lacing;

S: Sweet, cherry and bubble gum, probable use the same formula that the tutsi-pop pallets;

T: A lot of cherry with a finish of bubble gum and wheat that goes almost unnoticed

M: Slightly dry and bitter sweet, the body is light to medium with good carbonation;

D: Is like the chiclocentro of the tutsi-pops with beer.

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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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