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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Ratings: 3,922 |  Reviews: 1,177
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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Photo of xgrigorix
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with a blossoming off white head.

Smells like cherries & wheat.

Tastes like cherries, very sweet. The malt can't really cut through the cherries. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but not enough to balance the tartness of the cherries.

Not something that I particularly want to drink more than one of (and only if I'm in the mood).

Fortunately I think this beer has a lot of uses in the kithchen!

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Photo of rastaman
1.82/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

AIBA 2003: artificial cherry aroma, candy like flavours, sweetish, but dries out a touch towards the end, abit stupid, but not all that bad. Maybe a nice one for the friend who doesn't like beer, or anything that resembles anything complex . Didn't really get into it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice limpid golden amber to copper color with a modest head and decent lace to coat the glass, Nose has a nice sweet hint of cherries, and the underlying malts add much to the appeal. Start sweet, the top light in its feel, the finish overly acidic, the hops adequate with the aftertaste dry. A drinkable beer, but not something I'm wild about, but many will like it.

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Photo of ADR
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazyish orange color with a skim head that persists pretty well...slightly plastic phenolic aroma -- cherry smells are slightly artificial in the "Mountain Dew Code Red" category. Slighly husky grainy malt flavors, cherry is mercifully subdued but seeming overly sweet to my tongue. Mouthfeel ranges to the overcarbonated side for me, but finishes fairly dry and composed in aftertaste. Lacks the pithy astringency of a well-done Lambic -- but this brew is less offensive than some other Fruit Experimental brews from this side of the pond. I just can't recommend it as drinkable...

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Photo of kelticblood
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a surprisingly above average appearance.Poured a giant head a reduced slowly leaving chunky white lace everywhere.The color is a hazy gold to an almost orange.Aroma is all cherries and smells quite good.Has a slight bitterness and a somewhat watery mouthfeel.A light body with no real malt presence.Extremely light with a sweet cherry taste.Not too complex here.Could use more malt to thickens things up a bit.Light and refreshing.Would be great on a hot day.Other than that its nothing to write home about.Lacked in crispness and carbonation.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This isnt a bad drink. I will admit this is the first cherry flavored beer that i have had, so i dont have much to compare it to. Not much of a head on the pour, a slightly dark yellow color. It does taste like cherrys, but it is not too overpowering, the beer flavor still comes through. If youre going to be sitting outside this summer, i would say give it a try.

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

I really enjoyed this beer, and it far exceded my expectations. It poured a medium golden color with a decent white head. The first thing that caught me was the smell of cheries, very cool. The taste was good, with a malty start, then the cheries kicked in, then a little bit of a crisp, bitter finnish. This is not a beer I could drink everyday, but on occation it would work very well.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very nicely, wheat yellow in color. Nice head and lacing, typical of SA. The smell is very appealing. It smells of cherries, but not overpoweringly so. Taste is rich and smooth, somewhat sweet. You get the cherry and wheat flavors mingling well. This is a special occasion beer, in my unsophisticated opinion. Great price for a beer of this caliber.

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

Much better than I expected! This beer was highly superior to Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic. This poured a nice golden, wheat-like colour with a nice head of foam on top of it. This smelled like...cherries, and it tasted like cherries as well with some wheat thrown in for good measure. This beer is not too sweet, and the mix of beer flavor and cherry flavor really works quite well. I would like to try this one on tap if I can find it somewhere. This had a mediocre, crisp mouthfeel and a decent drinkability as well.

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Photo of hyuga
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is golden-orange, and there's a bit of a haze. White head on top, which stays fairly well. The aroma is all about sweet maraschino cherries. I think I'm getting some slight metallic aromas as well, that could just be the cherries though. Either way, that aspect of the aroma isn't the most pleasing. Makes it smell artificial. The flavor shows more promise. Lots of cherries again, but backed up by a generous amount of wheaty/malty character, especially for a medium-bodied beer. Hop bitterness makes it crisp and clean. Very slightly metallic and a bit artificial tasting. But hey, better than I expected. It could use some work though.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse in Boston. Was a golden color with a fairly small head. Nose was definitely fruity cherry. Light to medium bodied. Taste was dry wheat malt, obvious cherry. Very crisp. A little on the bitter side. Not too bad. I've had this in the bottle also, but tap is better.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a cloudy golden color with a quarter inch white head and good lacing. Actually it had awesome lacing. The aroma is all cherry with maybe a little bit of a malty note. I expected the taste to be all cherry as well but much to my surprise it was not. I mean of course there was some cherry taste but it wasn't overwhelming. The cherry hits up front followed by a malty sweetness. One thing I didn't like about the cherry flavor, it seemed artificial. I was expecting a natural cherry flavor but it was more like a cherry syrup type of taste. I looked at the bottle and it said made with real cherries but it also said cherry flavoring added. Overall I didn't think this beer was too bad, it surprised me. It won't become a regular but I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.07/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear, light amber with a small head which soon becomes nothing. Aroma is strong cherries....kind of like maraschino cherries. Mouthfeel is very smooth and pretty light. Cherries come through strongly in the flavor of course, with some sweet maltiness as well. Just a touch of hops shows up in the finish. This is a very sweet beer, but it doesn't seem overly sweet to me. It's a very enjoyable beer, perfect for summer nights.

This beer has been a staple in my fridge for about 4 summers now. It has sweetness but still stays refreshing. I don't think the cherry flavor is overdone either.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color. Not much of a head or lace to note talking about.

Aroma: There is this indication of cherry (hence the name) I think it may be a bit over powering. Faint hints of malt and hops are present.

Taste. A dry start, hints of malt turn to the cherry flavoring. A touch of hops maybe on the finish. It is a dry finish. The cherry doesn’t seem to be too overwhelming but it is a bit too much for MY taste.

Over all a bit above average for a flavored beer in my book. Drink ability is ok. I don’t know if I would drink this for a session brew but a few here and there….I could do that

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Photo of scottum
1.56/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I was offered this at a college party. I normally don't mine fruity brews, but this is just downright aweful! Yuck!!! I taste the cherry and I taste the wheat, but why does it have to taste so bad? The balances are way off or something. Sam Adams sure messed up with this one. Side note: maybe they didn't mess up because this seems to be rather popular. People like lousy beer though.

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Photo of kwill
4.94/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden color, but looks thin when held up to a light. Head pours a little small, but portions of it linger through most of the beer.

Smell is distinctively cherry, but is not too powerful or too sweet. Taste has a small hint of wheat, but it is the cherry flavor that really comes through. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and finishes clean.

I have been looking forward to reviewing this one as Sam Adams Cherry Wheat has been one of my favorite beers for a long time. This is the perfect beer for a hot Texas summer day sitting by the pool and waiting for the steaks to go on the grill :). I only wish I could have given the appearance a better score so that this beer could receive a perfect 5.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really nice pour with a good cake of cream-colored foam and effervescence one expects in a wheat beer. Laces nicely throughout the drink. Color is a nearly clear gold--not striking but certainly not unpleasant. Candied cherry aromas dominate the smell. While appealing, these notes smother the wheat more than balance it. The taste is more even than the smell, with the crisp grains melding rather nicely with the cherry flavors, which are a bit more tart than those found in the nose. Tastes more like a wheat beer as the cherry taste fades away into a rather crisp, dry finish. A more complex flavor profile than one finds in many fruit beers. Mouthfeel is stickier than in typical wheat beers, and the strength of the cherry scents and flavors likewise makes this beer less appealing that most wheats.

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Photo of Delirium
4.13/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's a candy! It's a beer! It's a CANDY BEER! As George Washington fictitiously said, "I cannot tell a lie, it was I who cut down the cherry beer tree." Pours cloudy light red amber with cherry lollipop smell and you can immediately tell there is artificial flavor here, but what the hell. Wheat meets a candy treat in Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

*Quench your sweet tooth.*

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Photo of psugrad98
2.05/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what I was thinking giving this beer a decent review earlier. Medium amber with hint of red color. Moderately carbonated with quickly disappearing head. Syruppy sweet cherry aroma with trace of almost underfermented beer to it. Very sweet, cloying like a lollipop. Slippery mouthfeel. Tastes like a cheap soda. Skip this one.

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Photo of chilidog
3.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on draft and it arrived with a thin film on top, not the classic head as from the bottle.I wondered why? Anyway all good from there, it even managed to lace fairly well. This is my favorite fruit stand-by beer. From its aroma to taste, its cherries all the way. Its cherry-pie tart, slighty sweet but yet crisp to the mouth. I like this brew anytime of year, its just that good.

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

Pours hazy-cloudy golden yellow color, nice big creamy white head, leaves a clingy lace to the sides of my glass, sweet fruity cherry aroma. Flavor of cherries and wheat, very sweet, tart cherry flavor, almost sour, I guess this is OK for a fruit beer.

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Photo of twi1609372
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

chery wheat has to be one of my favorite beers. the taste is exceptional, the flavor excelllent. i am flabergasted by the bad reviews about this beer. this is a high quality beer, the cherry flavor isnt overpowering. this is a great beer i reccomend it for anyone.

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