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

Nice middle-golden color with a reddish twinge and a small, white head. Smells strongly of cherries (imagine that), which blend nicely with wheat tones in the taste as well. A touch medicinal at first taste, that character quickly fades into a nice overall flavor, softly incorporating the cherries and wheat with a nice backbone of crispness.

Not nearly as girly as I might have guessed. I'll drink this from time to time.

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Photo of dpend
4.13/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer several times, but I tend to slack on my reviews so I'm finally getting to this one.

Pours well with nice retention and lace, something that is a common characteristic of the Boston Beer varieties.Although refreshing, I taste cherry syrup, but the draft versions seems to be a bit more natural tasting.I think it would be more interseting if this beer was bottle conditioned and had traditional wheat characteristics.Maybe I'll try a homebrew and do it that way.

A decent, balanced beer overall.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Logan Airport. Clear red color with a nice sticky head that leaves lacing after every sip. Smell is of tart cherry cough syrup and a bit of sour wheat. Taste is smooth, more cherry cough syrup with a decent malt balance and a touch of hops. Not bad, one of my early favorites and introductions to the world of good beer.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whole lot better than I expected. Enjoyed this at the bar next to the movie theatre before watching Kill Bill. Poured a little darker than a typical lager. Pretty dark for a wheat. Large white head,good lacing, etc. I didn't bother to smell it because I was in a crowded bar. Taste was very much like their Summer Ale, with only a hint of cherry if any. Drinkability was pretty high. I enjoyed it and it was a little bland, but refreshing.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy deep golden yellow with a thin off-white head that fades somewhat fast, lace is spotty. Aroma reminds me of watered down cherry flavored cough syrup, or maybe kool-aid, theres some wheat malts giving an overall sweetness in with the flat cherryness that seems artificial to me. A powerful nose as it warms but seems almost to much and a bit artificial. Taste is sweet malts of wheat, pale and soft, with a kick of cherry tart flavor thats a bit to sweet and again comes across somewhat artificial and syrupy. A little hard to get past the cherryness with a bubbly carbonation and lighter feel that nearly makes it champagne-like. As it warms it becomes alot easier to handle and makes for a nice drinker but I don't think I'd have alot of this before the flavor starts to get old.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuels Adams Cherry Wheat is certainly an interesting concept for a beer, and in my opinion is one of the more easily accessible fruit beers. Those who are turned off by even a light, cloying sweetness would do best to avoid this beer as this is definitely on of the sweeter beers available. However, Boston Beer Co. pulls this one off well enough that one doesn't think of it as a alcoholic soda-pop while drinking it.

This beer pours a rather nice, mostly-clear copper color with an off-white 2-finger foam head which lasts about 2 minutes before thinning out (and leaving some light lace). The smell is almost all cherry, with just a very light graininess underneath that. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and lightly carbonated, but retains a decent smoothness. The taste? What can I say: cherries! Somewhat reminicent of a Luden's cough drop, but it has a very light edge of tartness so that it isn't too cloying. The malt/wheat flavors in this beer are very light indeed, but somewhat detectable. The hop bitterness is very light and hardly noticeable in the finish. The aftertaste has cherry flavor of course, but also a pretty nice toasted wheat flavor, which reminds of coffee for some reason. This finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This is an easy drinking brew (unless you get sickened easy by sweet stuff). This could be served as an after-dinner or desert beer. Just make sure you like cherries before trying this one.

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Photo of ithacabaron
2.42/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice blonde, but no haze. Where is my wheat haze? Hmm.

Smells of sweetened sour cherries, acid, no wheat esters. Where are my wheat esters?

Taste is cloyingly sweet, mostly of government-issue cherry syrup flavor, and a bit of a sour back. I'm sure they did use some natural cherries in here, but along side it, there's a whole artificial sweetness that drowns out what could have been a very nice cherry taste.

Traditional wheat tastes are no where to be seen. Where are my wheat tastes? Hmm.

Overall, very disappointing. Took what could have been a very nice idea, and blew it all to hell.

Next time Sam Adams wants to make a cherry wheat, they should use real cherries....and more than an ounce of wheat grain!

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Photo of Ianhockey91
2.44/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Looked like it wasnt going to be a decent wheat, nice golden hazy color, decent white head which stayed, but alas the taste was the downfall. Cherry, cherry, and more cherry not the good cherry either mind you, the cheap caugh syrup type cherry....yuuuck. Behind the cherry theyre was little to tell, not much hop to it, just seemed clean. Unfortunately the horrid cherry flavor masked a decent american wheat, my advice to boston beer, use natural cherry flavor.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden blond, with lots of streamers gliding through the beer to feed the head. The beer is topped with a thick creamy white head, excellent retention, lasting well past the beer, coating the glass with tons of sticky lace.
Aroma is very big, with tons of wheat malt and a powerful, almost cloying cherry overtone. Light yeast aroma. The cherry is reminiscent of cough syrup, or the cherry syrup you get at IHOP with pancakes. Very sweet and extracty, with an overly sweet sugary quality. Almost too much, toeing the line expertly between enough and too sweet. The cherry is powerful enough to work with the malt, but not too light, so that the beer retains that bland american wheat feel. Sweet and candy-like, with a suggestion of grape kool-aid.
The flavor starts with a light, pale wheat maltiness, the syrupy cherry flavor kicking in almost immediately. Body is very heavy for a wheat ale, almost sticky. Big cherry flavor, like that of a maraschino cherry, not entirely natural. Nearly cloying sweetness, with a syrupy flavor towards the ned. Small bubbled, active carbonation providing some spritzy lightness on the tongue. A vague hint of caramel or toastiness way in the back. The beer finishes with a lingering cherry flavor and some wheat malt. Some yeast and wheat linger into the finish, very smooth, and surprisingly pleasant, particularly considering how sweet it is.
Very tasty, this is definitely a great gateway beer, perfect for those friends with a sweet tooth. Smooth and very fruity, this is still decent for those with a more refined palate. I can only drink 2-3 of these. The sweetness gets to be a little too much after a while.

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Photo of dedalus
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pretty color in the glass, kind of a golden wheat color. fluffy white head that didn't dissipate too quickly, moderate clingy lacing.

the aromas were a) an overwhelming blast of artificial cherry reek, and b) subtle hints of wheat trying desperately to push their way past the pseudocherries.

the "cherries" were, thankfully, much less pronounced in the palate, although still very much a part of the flavor profile. a good, solid wheat background supports the cherries in the palate, and when the light hopping makes itself known, one can almost forget the abominbale cherry scents and flavors.

the mouthfeel was okay, not too much carbonation, not too thick, not too thin.

when i first heard about this beer, i emailed the sam adams web page to ask if the cherry flavors were all natural, and they replied that they use all natural ingredients. being naive, i believed them, and bought the beer without first examining the labels on the six pack. sure enough, i get home and the label reads something like "with natural cherries and cherry flavor added" (i'm paraphrasing). which means they are most likely stretching the word "natural" to its utmost limits. the cherries smelled and tasted like cough medicine, artificial to the core, which is a shame, because the beer has a great-tasting wheat background, that, if combined with more subtle, natural-tasting cherry flavors, would have resulted in a great beer. as it is, though, it seems as if sam adams is either stretching the truth a bit with their claim of all natural ingredients, or has somehow made real cherries smell and taste like red kool aid with cough drops swimming in it. a real disappointment, but then again, i've tasted far worse. i'd choose it over most macros, but wouldn't recommend drinking it if you can help it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16oz sample, tasted on draft at the Samuel Adams Bar in Miami International Airport.

Appearance: It was late at night, but even after the long flight from LAX to Miami, the orange color of the beer was a surprise and quite bright. Massive frothy white head that stayed throughout the drink and caused a few problems for the server at times.

Nose: Cherry essence is very prevalent and dominates the nose; it has a very sweet fruity odor to it, appealing.

Taste: Whilst the 'in yer face' Cherry nose if fine, the taste is far too overwhelmingly “Cherry” with some light malt, far too much for my liking. This is no Wheat Beer with a hint of Cherry, oh no, this is positively drowned in extract of Cherry, whole cherries would never produce such a strong flavor like this without altering the color of the beer. It had almost a cough syrup aspect to it that put me off, almost a medicinal feel. Take 3 spoonfuls after meals. If they toned the amount of cherry flavoring down a bit, I would imagine this to be much more palatable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and it sits quiet nicely in the mouth. It has a good feel and the carbonation levels obviously help this.

Drinkability: Well, I had a whole 16oz to get through, and although I had 2 hours until my next flight to Rio, it took me a long while to drink this one.

Overall: Well, I have not had this before, so I decided to try it. But to be honest, even the small 16oz sample was far too sickly-cherry for me, maybe it would be OK as a dessert beer though. It is not a bad beer, far from it; it just has too much cherry flavoring to make it more than the occasional beer I believe.

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Photo of taez555
4.31/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Brewhouse at Logan Airport in Boston.

It poured a clear amber orange body with a small white head.

The nose of this beer is simply amazing. Pure fresh cherries, almost like a top notch but soft lambic. Some light caramel and hops could be smelled as well, but mostly fresh fresh soft cherries.

The taste was light to medium bodied. A soft even carbonation. Nice crisp earthy hop bitterness. The cherry flavor is present but it deffinatly takes a bit more of a backseat. A classic sort of 2 row malt taste. Light caramel tone, but just very clean and malty. The whole time with this really fresh non syrupy, but pure cherry tone.

It ends with a slight touch of bitterness complimented by a soft cherry wtih almost, dare I say, a touch of pepper.

I'm a big fan of this beer and have had it in bottle, on tap in different locations and even on tap at the brewery. The bottle is a little disapointing to be honest, but on tap this beer is simply amazing. Fresh cherries and soft clean crisp malt. An often overlooked and laughed at beer that just proves Sam Adams still makes damn good beer.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to make of this one. Orange color with a decent head, all of which lands on the pretty side of normal. If the beer has anything really going for it, it's the smell. It has a lovely, sweet cherry smell. Taste is perhaps not as overpowering as the smell.

The taste is lightly tangy and sweet, with a pleasent and not overwhelming cherry aftertaste. A decent beer, but one which probably needs some food to go along with it. Perhaps a nice cherry pie desert. Definately not something I'd ever have a craving for on it's own.

To its credit, another decent and somewhat refreshing beer from Sam Adams. In my opinion, Sam Adams sometimes doesn't get the credit it deserves. This isn't their best, but it's more than drinkable. Drink up.

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Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent tawny/orangey-gold hue. White head, moderate size (less than a half inch), decent retention. Spotty, unorganized lace. Very nice nose, the potency of the cherries (which seem very similar to pie filling) is ideally strong but not overbearing. The invitation is well received. The palate is a wheaty cherry pie with a faint hint of medicinal qualities (like cough syrup). The sweetness is present but not cloying the tartness is very distant, the wheat is definitely noticeable. The finish is clean, curt, and refreshing (more so than expected). The carbonation is ideal. The mouthfeel is medium-light, a touch thin. SA Cherry Wheat is like Thanksgiving dinner/fall hayrack rides in a glass. Decent enough, I’d buy a six-pack of this one again... its not “girly.” Try one.

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

Fairly potent aroma of cherries, yet not really overpowering. Decent enough amber color, and a bit cloudy. The taste has a good wheat backbone, with the cherries more than fairly evident. A little more cherry, and it would be too much. Very good, but I can't drink too many of them.

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Photo of steelreign
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say up front that I am typically not a flavored beer fan (lambics notwithstanding! :)). This one by Sam Adams is actually rather refreshing in the summer months if you are looking for a change of pace. The wheat aspect of the beer comes through rather nicely. However, I think they really overdo it with the cherry flavoring, as it does tend to overpower the subtleties of this brew. All in all a nice addition to the flavored beer arena, and I could session with this one if I were in the mood for it.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know what it is but I really enjoy this beer. It is very refreshing with a nice blast of cherry but not overwhelming. It is a great summer/fall beer. Has a nice wheat/ale underlying taste. Not like a regular wheat beer but a definite light taste. Would go great with the right meal.

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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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Photo of beerbill
4.33/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an emmaculent apperance. Clear and inviting. It has a very pleasing aroma as well. It has an excellent taste of cherry that is accompanied by a nice hint of malt that plays against the cherry very well. I typically find wheat beers to be a bit too spicy for my taste, but this wheat beer is excellent.

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Photo of alexgash
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a standard to dark yellow, with a bubbly, medium-sized white head. Lots of bubbles rising up. Smell is dominated by cherry scent--cherry syrup more than fresh cherries (a la New Glarus). Taste starts with the cherry syrup. Not overly sweet (thank God!). Finish is slightly dry and bitter, with hints of cherry lingering. Pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is nothing special. The cherry syrup flavor would/will prevent me from drinking this often.

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Photo of WesWes
3.86/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pretty clear golden color with virtually no head . This style calls for both hazy color and good head retention. The aroma is out of this world. The sweet smell of cherries overpowers you at first smell. A great aroma! The taste however is pretty weak. There is still that taste of cherries, but it's not as strong as the odor. There is also a very clean beer taste here. Look, wheat beers are supposed to be hazy. They are supposed to taste like wheat malt; not pale ale. The mouthfeel is good. The body is very light and it drinks easy. Again, wheat beers are best when they are left alone. These big breweries think they need to clean them up to sell more, but in the process they lose the drinkers that got them going.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden with a rather thick foamy head. The obvious aroma is of cherry and malt overtones. A sharp, yet pleasant fruit taste, creamy cherry pie, malt in the background. Bordering on medium bodied. Refreshing and not too overpowering for an APA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.12/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 slitherySOB
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping to try a different selection from the Boston Beer Factory as my first review from them, but this was all the bar had. Poured a gold colour with a little cloudy & haziness sediment. Whoof, smell them cherries from a mile away. Wheat too, and a little other grain. Hey, I don't smell adjunct. I'll be damned. Tasted I'd say 3/5000 too sweet. Just a little sweeter than I thought. Had to mark points off for that. But hey, the wheat is detectable on the palate, as is a little yeast. That suited this beer. But then the cherries are detected. Hmm, didn't like it. I don't like cherries, so excuse my bias. The cherry flavour seemed a little like childrens' cough syrup. Damn. But that's okay. I still like this beer. It's crisp, a little sour/tart, and I do taste some diacetyl. An above average beer. My advice, add a little more bitterness and a little less cherries.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this beer to top off my evening after eating ribs. I opened it up and was struck by the blatant cherry smell. It poured a nice white head that slowly discipated. The tast was overwhelming cherry followed by wheat. it was very smooth but lacked a nice consistency. It was a nice beer to top off the night. I definitely could not have more than one of these a sitting.

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