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Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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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3.22
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Photo of Enola
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer smells like black cherry ice cream. It tastes a little like cough syrup. It looks like a slightly amber hued light beer. The mouthfeel is not that great. I could possibly drink more than one but I'm not sure I'd want to. Ole Sam puts out some pretty good brews but I think this one comes up a little short. Maybe it's time this one is voted out of the brewtanks.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ever have one of those beers that is always in your beer store that you want to try but you continually pass up for something you think is better? This is that beer for me. Dec is clearly marked on bottle. Inside of cap says gold medal LA 2004. I wish other brewers would put their awards on the inside of the caps like S.A. does.
A:Mostly amber and gold with some red and orange hues. Nice two finger head that hangs around for a while with an agressive pour.
S: Sweet cherries with a hint of oats, wheat or barley.
T: Kind of taken aback with the first sip. Taste like that cough medicine that my mom would force down my throat as a child. Take 2- Still mediciney(is that a word?) but nice cherry aftertaste. Taste more like heavy cherry flavoring than fresh cherries.
M: Too syrupy. Almost waxy.
D: I could imagine having several in succession, but the mouthfeel really hurts the drinkability.
I'll finish my sixer, but then I'm done with Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good under the right circumstances. Overall, i'd say this is a bit too close to beer-flavored cherry cola. Perhaps a little heavy-handed on the cherry flavor. Would have liked for the wheat and yeast characteristics to be a little more forward. Hops are minimal.

But certainly very drinkable.

Probably a decent crossover beer for the ladies : )

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dried apricot that appears crystal clear with indirect lighting and significantly hazy with an infusion of sunlight. It's definitely an interesting visual effect. The pale oatmeal colored cap is attractive. It resembles a windswept mesa as it deflates, and leaves a fair amount of sudsy lace behind.

There's no shortage of cherry in the nose. In fact, it smells so much like sweet cherries that there's no room left for it to smell like beer. It may not be the overpowering cherry bomb that some cherry lambics are, but there's no doubt what fruit was used. I'll have to give credit to BBC, they didn't do this one halfway. As to the question of artificial cherry versus actual cherry juice, it's sort of in the middle.

I'm definitely not as impressed with the flavor as I am with the appearance and the aroma. Whereas the nose is 95% cherries and 5% beer, the flavor is much more the latter than the former. SA Cherry Wheat tastes like what a wheat ale flavored with cherry should taste like (in a general sense at least). It doesn't hang together for me though. The base beer is too grainy and rough and tends to dominate the fruit.

It seems to me that a more neutral wheat ale, or even a pale ale, would have been a better choice. I also pick up a faint metallic tang and I can't shake the impression that the beer needs salt. As it warms, the cherry flavor takes on an increasingly artificial, almost medicinal quality. The mouthfeel is light-medium, is slightly chalky (odd) and heads toward watery on the finish.

Cherry Wheat may be my least favorite Samuel Adams offering to date. If my memory is accurate, I even thought the much maligned Cranberry Lambic was better. With a major tweak or two this could be an okay fruit beer. In its present form, no thank you.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drink by 11/05, poured into a chalice.
Dr. Pepper comes to mind. That cherry flavor you find in cherry colas, or those fake processed cherries that every icecream parlor carries.
Looks pretty good, like a cloudy pale ale and a white head; laces the glass some.
The smell introduces you to the Dr. Pepper similarities... some malty sweetness can be found in there but it's overpowered by cherry flavoring.
The taste is even more so. The wheat chimes in a little bit in the flavor but mostly that Dr. Pepper impersonator thing comes through. I haven't had a cherry cola in a long time so this lights a nostalgia bulb for me.
The mouthfeel on this one fluctuates but it has one of the worst finishes I can recall in a beer. The thin body and soda-like carbonation (and some wheaty texture) save this some, but the finish is just harsh. Artificial flavor, sticks to the teeth, chewing on cardboard, something is wrong here finish to the mouthfeel.
If you keep guzzling this down you can procrastinate experiencing the finish (perhaps a beer bong candidate). Nothing else is terrifically intense so otherwise this goes down pretty easily, but reaching for another bottle just doesnt seem like a good idea.
If you like Dr. Pepper and chewing on cardboard, then this is the beer for you!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in an 11 oz glass at MagGregors. This came to me as a nice hazy orange color with nice lacing. The fruit/cherry aroma is very pleasant. This has always tasted more like a cherry fruit drink than a beer to me. The wheat side is there but sorta weak. Overall though it is an enjoyable brew. Very malty. The moouthfeel was slightly creamy and moderate. In terms of drinkability could drink this forever, just might get a little bored.

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Photo of PaterIovisLII
4.77/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is in a nice bottle and don't let that "Don't judge a good book by its cover" idea fool you this beer lives up to its potential. This beer gets a decent head and pours a nice deep amber but not too dark. The smell of this makes one look forward to drinking it and when it hits the toungue it has a fantastic typical lager flavor but after swallowing, the cherry aftertaste makes this a spectacular beer. SA Cherry Wheat is a simple classic beer. Nothing special enough to spend hundreds on but certainly one that I recommend. This Beer, like most Samuel Adams, are good with Beef, a Steak, a Burger, etc...Try it, you won't be disappointed

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Photo of Bumpon10s
2.62/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours yellowy, golden with a small head that flees.

S - Smells of cherries alright, a little wheat and alcohol. It isn't the sweet cherries you may be used to, but more the bitter, dark kind.

T - Cherries up front, cherries in the back. It tastes as if you dropped some cherries in a miller light, not too great.

M - It is a very abrasive beer, it doesn't kill your taste at all, but is very sharp, between the bitterness of the cherry and the carbonation, it makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

D - Not too high, in fact, I had trouble drinking one. I'm sure there is a segment for this beer, and with the low ABV it is a steady drinker, but not to me, and likely the majority of BA's.

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Photo of whynot44
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, light copper colored with a decent white head that stayed for a while and left some moderate lacing on the way down.

There is a definite cherry aroma with a hint of hops and not much else.

The flavor is a mix of cherry with some light malt and a slight hops finish. Cherry flavor is definite but not overpowering, crisp, refreshing.

Something different, not something I would drink everyday but drinkable, could be very nice on a hot summer day relaxing in the shade.

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Photo of gatorsuf1
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish-amber color with a light tan head. Not as cloudy as other wheat beers. The head quickly faded to leave decent lacing. It smells of sweet cherries and not much else. Tastes the same way as it smells; hops are barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky; almost like cherry syrup. Also leaves the lips very sticky. I enjoy this beer after dinner occasionally as a dessert, but more than two would make me feel sick. It would have been nice for S.A. to add more complexity to this underachieving brew.

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Photo of texashammer
1.96/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

light orange to yellow and transluscent with thin white head. smells exactly like sour cherry cough syrup. overwhelms anything else that might be there. not good.
the flavors start of with the cough syrup and finish that way. I think it may chill out a little in the middle but I'm not sure. zingy bite of carbonation.
this is sort of sickening. I poured it down the sink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big on the cherry flavor, but lacking on everything else. Pours a less-red-than-expected- color with disapointing head retention for a wheat. Aromas are big of cherry and nothing else. Flavors like cherry Kool-Aid (not real cherries). It has some good fruity tartness and a lacking barley or wheat quality. Lacking in the wheat flavors, textures, and apprearance. Yeast offers no fruity esters or spiciness. Barley malt is hardly detected. A thin mouthfeel and a fleeting finish. I am suprised that this beer didn't turn out better.

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Photo of BeerBeing
2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck US-generic bottle, white/yellow/brown label

Appearance: hazy gold color, big white head, good lacing

Smell: cherry with minor hops in background

Taste: light body, crisp mouthfeel, some malt, strong cherry flavor, minor bitterness of hops

Notes: flavors don't mixed together well

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Photo of beerluvr
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice white head settling over oh so slightly hazy gold/amber liquid, tinged with a light pink/red cast. The nose is sweet cherries and malt with light hopping. The light mouthfeel offers flavors of cherry, sweet malt grass and decent hop bitterness. Finishes light, spritzy and easy to drink...one of my favorite hot weather brews.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger head which is dissipating slowly. Golden amber in color.


Smell: A slight malt smell comes through but a strong smell of maraschino cherries really comes through.


Taste: A slight malt taste first and then the beer tastes of cherries. At the very end you get a nice wheat taste.


Mouthfeel: A good Mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.


Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a row.

Overall, another good beer from the folks at the Boston Brewing Company. I really like how this beer finishes with a nice wheat taste. Keep up the great work!!!

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Photo of brewQ
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sam Adams Brewhouse- Pittsburgh Airport.
Bartender tells me it is a top seller!

Looks like a nice lager with a touch of bronze color.
Light sheathing through the drink.

Aroma is restrained cherry but the flavor, I can only say it is a bit odd.
The cherry tastes like what you'd find in a kid's sucker-
very sugary and artifically "loud".

Amazingly, it does die down at the finish.

This would be a rare occasion brew for me but I guess at the Pitts
airport it is a competitor for the Malternative crowd!

Easier to drink than SA Cranberry.

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Photo of scratchchance
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first time I had seen this Cherry Wheat so decided to try it even though I am not a big fan of cherrys. I was supprised by the nice head, slightly cream coloured. The appearace was a dark red colour smelling of a light cherry odour but not overwellming as some flavoured beers can be. It was extreamly drinkable with the cherry not overwellming, not much hops involved in the brew I suspect but too much would lend to a bad aftertaste with the cherry.

Overall I was very impressed with this first sampeling of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

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Photo of jmichaelp
4.8/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice beer, I often drink it during the Summer as a refreshing change of pace. When compared to Pete's Strawberry Blonde, another widely available fruit-based beer, SA Cherry Wheat has a more pronounced fruit taste. However, it's not at all overpowering & compliments the wheat nicely. I also find the sweetness to be quire neutral. I really detest any sweet drinks - I've never been able to finish a six-pack of milk stout I bought & never drink fruity mixed drinks, so if you're looking for something sweet probably look elswhere.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
1.48/5  rDev -54%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picture a jar of those super red Marsachio (sp?) cherrys. That's EXACTLY what this terrible beer smells like. The taste...well it's very similar to a bottle of cough syrup.

I couldn't believe that a reputable brewer like Samual Adams would produce such a terrible obnoxious tasting beer. I was very shocked. Especially because I was having it at a Sam Adams tasting. Oh well.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: cloudy orange, foamy head, not as tinted as i would have imagined

smell: cherry, very sweet

taste: sweet cherries, underlying wheat taste. not a particularly great wheat beer, maybe a better fruit beer, interesting at least.

mouthfeel: smooth, refreshing

drinkability: the cherry would have been too much after a couple more

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Photo of ypsifly
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz with the label notched best before Dec 05, poured into a pint.

Tall white head over light, clear copper and good carbonation. Wispy lace and good retention.

The nose is almost all cherries, with a suggestion of wheat underneath. Smells like real cherries, not some generic juice, I like that.

Tastes of cherries followed by dry hops, but the cherries are dominate throughout and leave an oily finish. Not balanced at all. If more wheat was able to come through, this would be a lot better.

The mouthfeel seems a bit oily and its more of a malted fruit concoction than a balanced beer. Therefore I would not want another.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this this evening, and this was/is one of the oddest, most unique beers I have tried in a while. Poured a warm amber gold, clear, with a 1/2" head of mixed cream foam. The nose - wow! Blindlfolded I would have guessed black cherry soda/pop. Unbelieveable. Perhaps some slight yeast and bread tones, but the cherry aroma was amazing.

The nose carried over to the taste. Again, I could see this being mistaken for a micro black cherry soda. The cherry taste is very strong on the tongue, with some hints of the wheat and yeast. Smooth, pretty sweet, rather light, and even. The taste melded on the tongue and it finished very clean, not as fruity as the tongue, but with a toned done sweetness and clean aftertaste.

This will certainly not be for everyone, but I think this would be a great transitional beer for those who like fruit based mixed drinks. It would also go well with spicy foods, maybe even a fruit dessert. Without question one of the more unique beers I have recently tried, and a great summer beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small head which does not last long, but lots of carbonation. A nice lacing after pour though. Scent is very sweet with a cherry aroma. Light body with a very nice cherry after taste, not really much bite, but what do you expect from a 5.2% brew. As with most if not all SAs brews very drinkable. This brew really surprised me since I've never had any kind of beer with a fruit in it. A very nice session beer.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchase Before Date is notched December 2005

Upon pouring, the head of large white bubbles quickly recedes. The color is a very clear medium amber. Some slight lacing is left behind on the walls of the glass.

The first smell I notice is that of cherry pie filling. Slightly artificial, I guess from the cherry flavoring, but not too hokey. The cherry is not too powerful and allows the malt to show itself. Behind the cherry and malt, some clean and spicy hops can be found. There is a slight hint of orange peel type citrus.

The beer is pretty highly carbonated, and the mouthfeel medium thin.

The cherry flavor is not overdone, nor does it seem as artificial as on the nose. There is a decent amount of malt to back up the cherry flavors. Hops are present throughout the sip, but become most noticeable after the swallowing when some of the cherry and malt notes subside. Finish is a slight hop bitterness with some tart cherry notes.

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Photo of circuitmonkey
2.71/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an average white head, which doesn’t last very long.


The aroma is very sweet and is about the only thing that I would say this beer has going for it. Color is a light orange, almost between a light and amber color.


The texture is smooth and goes down easy. However the flavor is less than I had expected. It doesn’t quite taste like a good wheat beer, or a good fruit beer. I think you might be able to recreate the flavor with bud light and some amaretto.

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