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 and Field 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 CBFanWish
3.74/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not usually a flavored beer guy I decide to buy a six pack of this, anyway. I figured Sam Adams hasn't let me down yet, why not. It pours a very hazy orange amber with little head that recedes very quickly. The smell of cherry is very strong. It smells like a jar of maricino cheeries. The taste is also very strong in the cherry aspect. It's all I can really taste. I'm giving it a good grade because it really delivers what the name implies. But This isn't a drink I can have too often. It is a little too sweet. It's like a candy in many ways.

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Photo of travolta
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Bottle poured into a glass.

Apperance: The head did not retain as well as i'd like. I got a quickly escaping Coors Light head out of this one. Honey gold in color in natural light and toasted honey in artificial.

Smell: By far the most impressive part of this beer would be it's nose. As soon as you pour it the head releases that great smell you got from the machino cherry jar. When I was a kid I loved drinking the juice from the machino cherry jar. i thought I was going to be in for a treat. The nose opens with sweet cherries, mild lemon and maybe some cream.

Taste: Lightly bitter, cherry, some lemon in the background, leaves you ready to drink more. Not much more than that.

Notes: start the night with your favorites, then step to the cherry wheat, your tastebuds wont be mad at you for trying to sneak on past 'em. I disagree with the cherry flavored addative. The lack of added artificial ingredients is why I love my other Sams.

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Photo of granger10
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a cloudy golden color with a thick off white head. The smell is strong on cherry flavor with a little bit of fresh baked bread in there as well. The taste was quite unusual at first but I liked it the more I drank it. Starts out very strong in cherry flavor. Sweet at first then tarty towards the end. Wheat provides the base and is also a strong flavor. The two flavors mix well together. The finish is acidic and dry. It is also very crisp. This wasn't the most complex brew in the world, but I could definitely see myself drinking it on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.14/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very mild flavored beer, with a noticeable cherry flavor. It has a cloudy wheat-like appearance and the wheat flavor is indeed also noticeable. This is one of my husband's favorite beers (and he considers it a "guilty pleasure" because it is artificially flavored.) It isn't very hoppy or malty. There are times when you want one of these, it quenches thirst well.

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Photo of kwalters
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I remember drinking this year's ago, before I was a beer geek, and thinking it was strange. After tasting it again last night, I still think it's a strange brew.

Appearance: Upon pouring it into a tall pilsner glass, a large fizzy/bubbly head formed. It's highly effervescent. The color is golden with a slight pinkish hue. Or maybe I was seeing pink only because my mind new it was flavored with cherries?

Smell/Taste: It definately had a cherry aroma, but very little "beer" scent. The best way I can describe it's flavor and mouthfeel is to say it seems very similar to diet cherry 7-Up. It wasn't at all beery, not even in that unique wheat-beer sort of way. If you were into the flavor (which I'm not) you could probably down a fair amount of these.

As it is, I'm glad I only purchased a single just so I could have the bottle for my collection. This is the only beer I've had recently that I definately will not be buying again.

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Photo of JAL67
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fruity beer. Pours a nice golden yellow with very thin head. Taste is obviously cherries. This beer did nothing for me. It's harmless enough and maybe one or two would be ok butI just wouldn't buy this again.

Sam Adams has done better than this but for what it is it's ok.


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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.69/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, time to review my old stand-by, my beloved Sam Adams Cherry wheat.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color, good head which dissipated quickly, but with a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Very clear.

Smell: Delicious fruity cherry smell, not overpowering at all, I've always thought that this is what a "fruit" beer should smell like.

Taste: Well balanced cherry taste, not medicinal at all, nice sweetness that finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Aftertaste is hardly perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful carbonation. Nice and full body, alcohol is well masked. Not a very dry finish, a bit drier and this would have been a five as well.

Drinkability: For me, at least, off the chart. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. I drink some of the other SA products, but this is what I think of when I think of beer. Outstanding. A bit more cherry up front on the taste, a bit more head, and a bit drier, and this would have been a five across the board. I truly do love this beer.

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Photo of usualpulp
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well I had high hopes for this beer, and I was very let down. It pours a very promising gold color with a nice thick white head, which went away fairly quick. The smell was decent, smelled like a typical weat or ale, with a very small cherry smell. The overall flavor was quite bland, not much of anything stood out other than the artificial cherry taste and an odd aftertaste. I dont think I would buy another 6pk of this, although i may try it on tap sometime, to see if its any better.

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Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this previously on draft, and the bottled version seemed to have more flavor. All in all, a refreshing brew..if unspectacular. A nice appearance..light copper with a decent head. Smell was mainly a strong cherry aroma...with virtually no wheaty elements. Taste likewise was strong on cherry, but not a whole lot more...This might be an excellent alternative for cider drinkers. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability was ok....although the overemphasis on cherry was a bit much. If you like the flavor of cherries, try it. If not, I would stay away.

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a interesting lager like yellow with a hint of red, adequate head. Actually smells like cherries, surprisingly enough. Taste is only meh. True enough, cherries are a distinct flavor along with the hops, and reasonably complex. The trouble is, for me the whole package just doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t feel the cherry taste complements the beer in any way, it just overrides it. Cheers to Sam Adams for trying an interesting brew to say the least, but nothing special here.

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Photo of ThreePistols
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with a long lasting short head and lace till the end. If you like cherries, you might like this one. A little heavy on the artifical flavoring though. The nose is full of sweet dark cherry aroma with a slight malt background. The taste is full of cherry followed by the malt. A lingering cherry aftertaste. A fun beer to drink but not one I'd drink very often. Kinda like a flavored coffee. It's okay once in awhile but it's best without all the flavorings.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured it was a light golden yellow with very little foam. The smell of cherries was very evident along with a hint of a yeasty wheat aroma. The taste of cherries was pleasant but sort of short on the after taste and very little wheat in the finish. Not what I expected, but, it could have been worst. An average beer from Samuel Adams that I will not purchase again!

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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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