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

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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 vdread
2.71/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
bottle to glass

pours a hazy yellow with a thin little stark white head. the smell of cherries kick you in the mouth. it smells as though i've opened a jar of em. hiding behind that, some heavy yeastiness and wheat. it's hard to distinguish much else beyond the strong cherry smell. i guess that's good for the style, but it's a bit overwhelming.

taste is same as smell. it's cherries all over with some ripe bananas, wheat, yeastiness, and some grain back there, too. mouthfeel is light, slick, watery. somewhat off-putting. it actually felt and tasted kind of like drinking a melted cherry lip balm concoction.

drinkability low. i find this cherry wheat similar to the blackberry wit i reviewed a few weeks ago. too much fruit, not enough beer. i think Boston Brewing would do better with these types of beers if they learned to tone them down a bit and ramp up some of the other flavors. i'm not impressed.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A darker straw color, with an obviously unfiltered look. Head has an almost soapy consistency as does the lacing.
Smells of tart cherries, like maraschino cherries.
Almost has the taste and smell of a cherry strudel. Kind of cool!

This is not my favorite beer due to the extra sweetness but it is definitely better than Purple Haze.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. In full disclosure, I will confess that I love cherries in general and cherry beer usuall receives high marks from me.

Appearance: hazy golden-orange color with some small floaties in it. Two-finger ivory head dissipated somewhat quickly but left an attractive lace.

Smell: mostly cherries but a hint of citrusy wheat aroma comes through. The cherries are nice and present but not overdone; I like it.

Taste: nice cherry flavor; there's also a nice rather dry bite toward the end as the fruit yields to the wheat. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation which yields a nice creamy texture. Great!

Drinkability: I enjoy this beer a great deal and could drink sixer after sixer of it.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- golden brown, a little cloudy, as a wheat beer would be expected to be. Decent head with pretty good retention

s- strong bready smell with tart cherries mixed in. Smelled like a bakery or even some type of cherry pastry

t- overpoweringly sweet at times, but still a nice change of pace from the standard fare of fruit beers. Depending on season, the beer is either great or average

m- a little watery, not what i expected. not a ton of body

d- easy to drink, as long as the cherries aren't too tart

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Photo of Gatch
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cherry flavor really overpowers everything in this beer. I've had it on tap at the brewery and it was much better. Great beer to drink in hotter weather because it's reminiscent of summer and can be considered refreshing. Some malt and carbonation in the finish but cherries throughout. It has some body and can be respected fruit beer, unlike the Cranberry Lambic.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apple cider-esq pint with a 3/4 oatmeal colored finger head that doesn't have the greatest of retention.

Smell: Unmistakably cherry in the aroma, might have a bit too much even that nothing else can really work its way through.

Taste: The flavor tastes much like what you would expect, there isn't much of a surprise. It is heavy on the wheat and tastes like its cherry flavored; think hefeweizen with cherry syrup. The good thing is that is doesn't taste like cough medicine but then again it doesn't strike me as if there are real ones either. Somewhat artificial but not sickeningly so.

Mouthfeel: Thick and fluffy and definately sticks around long after you've swallowed. It's a medium bodied brew overall but quaff it fast or the prominent cherry will turn medicinal.

Drinkability: Surely could throw back a few on a brisk evening because it warms you up and isn't light.

Overall: If this style is your thing then youll truly enjoy, if not.. well why are you considering.

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Photo of gilman
4.85/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer for something different now and then.
I get this in a growler when available and also in bottles. I prefer the growlers freshness.
Wheat aroma with cherry flavoring, I like the biteness in this beer.
Crisp and refreshing out of the fridge with a medium light body.
Good inch foam head but doesnt last long enough.
I get this on tap at a local eatery and they serve it up with a cherry in the glass tasty.

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Photo of illidurit
2.09/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours ruddy orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is big on cherries, but rather than the normal cherry beer debate of whether it is an artificial or natural cherry character, the only question here is which cough syrup it most recalls. My choice is DayQuil. The beer has that almost stinging quality to it, making it plainly difficult to drink. Avoid.

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Photo of mnrider
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light cider looking color with one finger white head. Leaves very little lacing from the quickly minimizing head.

S: Sweet cherry and more cherry.

T/M: Cherry flavor (probably artificial) with some wheat and little malts. Wheat does help balance the cherry taste a bit.

D: Good fruit beer, not that offensive. Cherry is a little overpowering, but the wheat helps out. Probably not a future purchase.


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Photo of droomyster
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer's only flaw is in how literally it takes the "cherry challenge," but even so, I think it is tasty. Pours an attractive hazy gold with a bright white head. Smells of cherry flavored gumdrops, perhaps a bit medicinal. The wheatiness is surprisingly surpressed in favor an interesting tartnesss. The cherry comes out on the finish. Medium bodied and all-around okay.

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Photo of lester619
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

God help me, I kind of like this. I consider myself a purest, beer should taste like beer and any added flavors don't belong. But this is kind of ok. Smell is only of cherries. Artificial cherries like in cherry coke. I like the smell of cherry coke. Cloudy, golden color like a typical wheat beer. About one inch of sticky white head remains after pouring. The taste is incredibly smooth. Fruity, sweet, a little tangy definately a lot of vanilla presance. Cherry vanilla Dr Pepper with the typical sour twang of a wheat beer. The sour twang was actually the least pleasant part. I like cherry vanilla dr pepper, but i'm not sure if those flavors belong in a beer. It does taste good, so how wrong can it be? This is way too sweet to have more than one. This is a once every six months change of pace kind of beer. This is a better choice than smirnoff ice or one of the other sweet, not really beer concoctions. I think that is the audiance for this stuff.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was my first venture into the craft world back in 99. Poured into a SA glass two fingers of head with hardly any retention. A cloudy orange/amber color. Great laceing on the Sam glass.

Cherries really pop in the smell. Smells sweet as well

Taste the cherries big time I pick up the wheat malt as well. It seems sweeter than I remember all thoes years ago. The cheery really overpowers the wheat all the way down.

Very crisp right out of the fridge but it loses it the more it warms. Medium light body.

I don't see myself knockin more than one of these back a session.

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Photo of maleman
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with no indication of drop dead date.

A - poured a light caramel with hazy opaqueness. a less than one finger head that quickly receded into a thin, spidery cap. some minimal lacing present.

S - cherries, duh? but what smelled like very sweet cherries. a little touch of barley could also be detected.

T - surprisingly not much there, not even a cherry was not strong, or bitter in any way, but no distinctive wheat taste, either. disappointing!

M - light bodied, not much aftertaste to speak of. tasted mostly in the back of the mouth. less than average carbonation.

D - Sadly, just nothing here to get excited about. Not even a session type beer...might as well drink'd be stronger. Just toured the SA brewery in Jamaica Plain...glad this wasn't one of the brews we sampled!

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Photo of paul0311
1.12/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm a fan of the Samuel Adams Boston Lager. I purchased the Harvest Sampler Pack and had the displeasure of tasting the Cherry Wheat Ale.

Serving: Bottle..pint glass

Appearance: Light Amber to Gold, cloudy unfiltered look. Pours a 1 finger head of foam and quickly dissipates with no lacing what-so-ever.

Smell: Terrible, cherry additive is overwhelming.

Taste: Cherry taste is overwhelming and almost like a wine

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and over carbonated, watery

Drinkability: I could down a few if I had a set of boobs, but that is not the case.

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Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pour is a cloudy golden orange-brown with a small light beige head, and good lacing.

smell is of grenadine, and some yeast.

taste is sweet, cherry, wheat, and some malt.

overall good for a fruit beer, cherry is not overwhelming, and the wheat comes through nicely, a little too sweet though.

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Photo of aval89
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very skeptical about trying this brew. It was on sale at my local grocery store so I finally decided to pick it up.

Relaxed after a long day and poured this brew in a pint glass. Poured a somewhat dark caramel color that left a good size head. I was very impressed with the appearance of this beer. Also note that it was hazy.

The initial smell was very similar to Ludens cough drops. Its not a foul smell. Its a sweet smell that I never encountered from any beer. That was the only smell I picked up..

From the first sip I got a mixture of dark cherry bitterness along with a somewhat wheat beer taste. I was expecting a cough syrup taste. It has mostly cherry features but it somehow also gives u a somewhat traditional wheat beer taste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonated. The finish was dry. I mean very dry. But the dryness caused me to keep sippin. Haha. the drinkability is good for a beer I barely tried and is a beer I usually don't think twice about picking up. I'd definitely recommend this beer to the ladies or for people who want to enter the world of better beer.


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Photo of Winter
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber in color with a thin surface head. Sweet cherry aroma dominates the nose. Mouthfeel is seltzer-like with a persistent carbonation across the tongue. Taste has a wheat malt front that quickly transitions into a sugary cherry sweetness. Midway the cherry flavor turns tart and almost metallic. The metallic taste follows into the finish, which features the return of the bready wheat flavor along with a lingering cherry taste that turns medicinal. This was much better cold out of the fridge and as the temperature of the beer warned up, the flavor appeal lessened.

I had this years ago and didn't care much for it. To include this in the Sam Adams Harvest Seasonal mixed pack seems like a summer after-though. I don't associate cherries with Fall really and this isn't thirst quenching enough for a summer offering or comforting enough for a Fall Seasonal.

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Photo of argock
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date notched on front label. Purchased as part of SA Harvest Collection 12-pack for $15.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky amber with golden edges and slightly fizzy off-white 1-finger head with average retention and thick cap of lace at the top but not much else down the glass.

S: Smells like cherry cough drops with heavy medicinal edge and light wheat tanginess but not much else

T: Also taste like a Ludens cherry cough drop with barely detectable grain, light wheat note, and mostly syrupy, medicinal cherry extract flavors with a little sour tartness in the finish. Not too great.

M: Thin with light body and light tart, drying finish and cough drop aftertaste.

D: Better than Cranberry Lambic, but that's not saying much. Should be retired from the SA lineup -- tastes like cherry cough drop soda.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. Thanks for the bottle Ryan.

A- Sammy's cherry wheat is a pale orange color that does not resemble cherries or redness in any way. Not a fault, I just thought it would be darker, but it is a wheat beer so there is that. The slightest bit of sediment. A very hard pour yielded a quarter inch of off white head, no lacing.

S- Somewhere between a wheat and fruit beer with the former winning the race. A nice wheat scent with some cherry influence. Kinda smells like the base beer was a wheat and some cherry was infused. Very minimally, this comes off as cough elixir. Some underlining sweet malt, no hops come up.

T- Kinda mirrors the smell with the wheat taste beating the fruit just by a nose. I remember this being more fruity in the past, perhaps SA re-tooled the recipe? A wheat base with some cherry syrup put in, I don't know. Some soothing caramel malts for the finish. Children's cough suppressant, not as much in the past, which works better IMO.

M&D- A bit of crispness initially from the carb, but that dies as this warms. Cherry wheat is a step below medium bodied with a O.K. feel. For a fruit beer I expect the cherry flavor to stay with me for a bit, but this just kind of vanishes away. A low ABV and a decent taste make this good for two bottles, I would not go farther than that though.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Not as cloudy as other wheat beers like a hefeweizen, but still has that cloudiness you'd expect, pale-ish orange amber, head isn't too big and shrinks to less than 1 finger

S: Smells like sticking your nose over a jar of maraschino cherries, sugary and syrupy sweet, but I like it

T: Tastes more like bitter cherries than beer with cherries, all the sweet flavoring, which seems like artificial flavor not actual cherries, muddies the other flavors of the beer resulting in a strange unpleasant flavor, also has a lingering bitterness

M: The mouthfeel is one of the stronger points for this beer, solid medium feel, its nice and refreshing with good carbonation to help clear out all the sweet flavor

Notes: Not as good as I remember it being out of the bottle. I'll admit though that I've never poured it into a glass, and I've learned that it can make a big difference. Once the flavors are allowed to develop some real errors appear. One of Sam Adams weaker beers for sure. I'll still have this occasionally because I like it out of the bottle.

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Photo of Nezzy
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Really nice pour with wheat colors and slight hint of rust and very thin lacing.

Smell: Smell is actually really good of a wheat beer with hints of the cherry coming through.

Taste: The cherry is very powerful on the first sip and to me almost too powerful. However, it ends nicely and the cherry becomes less strong in the after taste. Problem is after a while the cherry becomes pretty bitter and the bitterness gets stronger the more you drink. It's actually a little off putting.

Mouthfeel: It's not too carbonated and actually pretty smooth.

Drinkability: This is really a type of beer that must be had with food and it should be a desert. Even with that said, I found it hard to go through my whole pint because the bitterness of the beer really got to me. So it's sort of good for novelty sake, but can't see myself drinking more then one in a night.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color that cloudy with a fluffy head. It keeps a soapy lace all the way down. Beer is nice and healthy as its out of the new harvest collection and is fresh until Jan 10. Looks like a typical wheat beer. For some reason, I expected it to be red.

All I smell are cherries! cherries and some malt background. Much much else happening.

I was actually quite surprised by the 1st initial taste. I like it! It reminds me of Magic Hats Wacko if you've ever had it. This beer has a front of cherry that is nicely balanced with a bit of malt flavor in the background that finishes with plenty of sourdough bready goodness.

I liked this one. It was well balanced and enjoyable. Not the overpowering cherry tart I was expecting...I pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.62/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, lazy yellow with a small bubbly head, no retention and minimal lacing, barely even a crown on the glass.

Nose is sweet, bright cherries. The label says this is brewed with cherries and cherry flavor added, so some of the nose may be artificial.
Taste is smooth and easy, pleasant cherry taste and not anywhere near as sweet as it smells. Decent malt balance, a touch of yeast, and slightly more than average carbonation make this a genuine entry for a fruit flavored beer instead of just dumping in some fruit juice at the end and calling it so. A good beer to have with dessert and a fine session brew for the fall or spring.

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Photo of medic25
2.54/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First impressions are good; cloudy wheat-gold color with a pillowy white head. The nose is a little off-putting; wheat, with a strong air of unpleasant cherry-robitussin scent. Taste is initally very poor; like a bitter cherry pill. The wheat seems to become a little more evident after the first few sips, but it's still nothing special. The beer has a bitter, medicinal aftertaste that lingers after each sip. Definitely the weak link in the sampler pack.

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Photo of greengorilla
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. It is a hazy orange with a nice white head.

It smells like a cherry Icee, but I like cherry Icees, so I would say I like the smell.

It tastes bad. It doesn't taste like beer or like an Icee either.

The mouthfeels is alright, but I could only swallow about 4 ounces before I gave the rest to my wife. She liked it, but I did not.

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