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

Enjoyed on tap at TGI Friday's, Millbury, MA, presented in a 23oz hefe-type glass.

Smallish slightly off-white head on an amber shaded brew. Lacing was excellent. Reasonably strong cherry aroma. Taste was pale malts balanced with cherry flavor, but not overpowered by them. Mouthfeel was good for a fruit beer, which is a reasonable compliment since I am not the world's biggest fruit beer fan. Drinkability was good as well, although I am guessing the cherry flavor was strong enough to get old after awhile. Better than I thought it would be, give it a try.

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

Golden with light amber notes, a low white head, good carbonation, and decent lace rings. Nice almost real cherry aroma but a bit like cherry cough syrup. Decent spicy cherry fruit flavors but a bit more medicinal than I remember the draft version being. Medium bodied and smooth.

Per Label: "Wheat Ale Brewed with Real Cherries and Cherry Flavor" & "Michigan Cherries and Wheat Malt"

Per BB website: 13.15 P / 1.0128 SG. 5.4% ABV.
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Malted Wheat, Munich.
Hops: Tettnang Tettnanger.
Michigan cherries as well as a touch of honey.

Enjoy Before: Sep '06 (notched)
Tasted: 09/07/06

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 6/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of black cherry, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of black cherry and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of black cherry, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of black cherry, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of black cherry and bready malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a good fruit wheat beer. All around good balance and robustness of black cherry and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay glass.
Gold color with small head and some lace.
Aroma of cherry vanilla soda.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of cherry vanilla soda, light ginger, lemongrass, apricot. Overall relatively light, refreshing, sweet, with a slight spice and bitterness.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Atlanta airport. Nice presentation with an interesting amber clouded clour. Adequate 1+ finger white head that stuck around a bit. Smell was a bit of some dulled cherries and some yeast. Nothing remarkable. Taste was pretty decent. I will preface this by saying I grew up on Michigan cherries and enjoy that tart over the top taste. That being said, I didn't get the medicine taste as others have pointed out. A definite fruit beer that IMO is a good combination and quite drinkable. Feel was a good bit of carbonation and medium body. Overall- I think it a pretty good effort from SA. I like the tartness and blend of the hops that evident. Probably need to really enjoy cherries for this one to go down smoothly. An interesting blend that I would drink again-

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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 adevans
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep yellow color that is almost translucent. One-and-a-half finger head that dissipates slowly with lacing.

S - Smells strongly of cherries. It's a big smell up front. Followed up by a yeasty smell.

T - Very little in the way of hops. Mostly a cherry flavor, but NOT like cough syrup. I'm surprised by how well the cherry flavor melds into the bready flavor of the beer.

M - Smooth. Moderate carbonation that rounds out the beer well.

O - A good beer, though it's hard for me to call it that. It seems like a cherry-flavored mixed drink with bread. It's something I'll remember to pick up in the future.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up as part of Sam Adam's Summer Styles mixed 12 pack. 12oz bottle poured into pint glass, best before October 2007.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one inch head that fades into a thin cap, decent carbonation.

S: Wow, lots and lots of cherries with a yeasty background, its quite an inviting aroma and would smell like cherry soda if it were not for the yeasty backgound. It says cherry flavor on the bottle so there must be a bit of sugar added to this beer.

T/MF: This beer has an interesting effect when I took my first sip, it sort of made the back of my mouth seize up a bit (I'm not allergic to cherries so I'm not quite sure what the cause of this is, I'm not saying this is bad, just interesting) pretty smooth on the pallate with nice soft bubbly carbonation that spreads across the pallate. Cherry flavor dominates upfront as expected but stays away from tasting like cough syrup with a nice balance of grainy cracker, almost rice-cake like background taste that washes over the cherry in the beginning. Still, for me, tastes a bit too much like breakfast ceral and not enough like beer.

D: A good but not great beer, I'd say Blue Moon is better than this, but a pretty interesting offering if just a bit gimmicky. Would not pick this one up on a regular basis.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy tropical orange from the bottle with a finger of white head. Smell is an enticing blend of maraschino cherries, macadamia nuts, and just a little wheat around the edges. Taste is less full of cherry, unfortunately. There are still sweet cherry and nut flavors, but with an added astringent note.

Mouthfeel is a thinner than I remember, and with a lightly grassy, bitter finish that gets a little sticky, this is the low point of Cherry Wheat for me. If it wasn't for that bitter finish, I'd consider Cherry Wheat very drinkable.

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Photo of odietrying
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat [Ale] poured from bottle to U.K. pint glass.

Lacing sticks strongly to glass. Relatively clear, little cloudiness. Brown honey, maybe light copper in color. Very strong cherry aroma. Starts sweet with a pleasantly mild aftertaste. The cherry is less noticeable in the taste than the aroma. The wheat is more noticeable after a few seconds. Mild hops. Mouthfeel was a little understated. Drinkable for session, but it would not be my first choice.

Overall, not bad for a fruit beer. I would have preferred a little more cherry flavor versus aroma, and stronger hops and mouthfeel. Not a bad beer by my standards.

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Photo of pweis909
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first fruit beer, I believe.

It poured a light amber with a moderate head that disappeared fast. The reddish deviation from the more typical golden-yellow wheat argues persuasively that they really do make the stuff with cherries. You could call it a strawberry blond color, only I guess you really can't.

If the color doesn't convince you, take a whiff. The cherry aroma is powerful. However, if you take a deep whiff, you can detect a wheat beer under the fruit.

The cherries add some sweetness and a mild tartness to what would probably be an fairly standard american wheat beer, otherwise. None of the estery tones common to a german wheat were noticed.

As with some other wheats, I find the finish to be dry and light.

This is probably a like it or leave it kind of beer, depending on whether you like cherries in beer. For me, I think it makes a good summer drinker, a nice change of pace, but maybe not one I would drink often. I also think it might appeal to those who are less inclinced to the flavor of beer.

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Photo of JamesS
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice red-tinged golden color, with good head, but not so much lacing. Has an excellent crips scent, straw-like with great fruit overtones. A great taste, too, although maybe a little overboard on the cherry. Still, a great fruited wheat beer, clean and crisp with a nice blending of the fruit. Goes down fine, would never say no to another.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with thick white head. No lacing or crust.

Smells of cherry cola. Not sure if that's necessarily a good thing, but I like the smell.

Taste isn't as cherry cola-y as I expected. Some cherry notes up front, hop bitterness on the finish. Also some maltiness.

Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of AltBock
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with a label that isn't as nice as the one pictured on BA. Mine had a simple label with a small picture at the bottom of of Samuel Adams holding a mug up giving a cheers sign. On the side there is a Best Before month on the side and mine being the month of March. There is also a small neck label giving information about the beer you're drinking.

Appearance: When poured into my mug, it was this light hazy orange color with a 1 finger head of white foam. It dissiapted slowly and left some rings and lace around the glass.

Smell: I found the aroma to be quite pleasing of nothing but cherries and little wheat in the background. It may not be the most complex aroma, but it still was very good.

Taste: The taste was opposite of the smell, by having more wheat up front than the cherries and the cherries being more like the wheat and only a little bit in the background. It was ok, but I wish there was a little more of a cherry taste than that of a wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: I found it to be light with a slight waterd down cherry aftertaste. Not too watery, but it still was watery.

Drinkability: It may not be the best of the Sam Adams line, but I still found it to be somewhat refreshing. An ok beer if you can find it on sale somewhere and nothing else is available.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the first one i had didn't have a real strong cherry taste to it, but after that i have had a few that you can barely taste the beer. this is a good beer if you are in the mood for it and that is all i can say. it goes down great, but if you are looking for a true beer, it is not what you are looking for. it is very fruity

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Semi opaque amber-copper color with a two-finger white head. Head retention isn't amazing but it leaves some decent lacing.

S: Smells like strong flavorful cherries with a little bit of a wheat smell. Basically smells like candy, I'm very excited to taste off the smell alone.

T: Very interesting, tastes more like a light bodied wheat beer with a small dry-sweet cherry finish. Even when warmed up the flavor doesn't show as much as I hoped.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation, which is probably the cause of the lack of bold flavor.

Overall: Smells amazing but doesn't follow up on the taste, it's not very well carbonated but is still very drinkable. I'd say try a bottle if you get it cheap, I wouldn't avoid it but probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that really wowed me in my earlier beer drinking days. Now I'm taking a good look at it to do a review. Pouring into my mug the look of the beer is less than great. Almost no head and a slightly hazy yellow body. Taking a whiff I smell nothing but cherries. Not the artificial sugary candy cherry, but fresh unsweetened cherries. Not much in the way of malt. Tasting it is mostly crisp cherries also but with a small amount of wheat flavor and mild hop bitterness. Very drinkable beer with a nice taste. Could use some more malt and hop complexity to make it a serious brew. Would be better with the cherries as an afterthought to an already good beer, rather than the predominant ingredient, because without the cherries this would be a very weak wheat beer.
Overall, I do like it, but I think next time I'll drink it straight from the bottle while cooking up some bbq with some friends.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a clear golden color and a nice white foam head. Aroma is distinctly cherry. The mix of wheat and cherry makes for an enjoyable flavor. I’ve had some beers where the fruity flavor ruins it, but there’s just the right balance of cherry and wheat beer in this brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this a bit before I got into craft beer. I went back to it out of curiosity.
Pours a nice looking straw orange color with a big head. It's look is its best quality.
Aroma is all about cherries but with an artificial sweetener feel.
Similarly, the taste has a cherry cola like quality. Crisp and fairly light.
It is certainly refreshing, however, the artificial quality bothered me a bit. Not as good as I used to think it was.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one straight from the bottle. Aroma was sweet cherry syrup tempered by wheat bread. Taste follows, with the cherry flavor coming through crisp and sweet, and not cloying or artificial. This could be the light cherry ale I've been looking for.

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Photo of Tgrant02
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of soulgrowl
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is actually a very good-looking beer, an ordinary hefeweizen hazy orange with a slight, sunsetty tinge of cherry rouge. The head on top is no slouch, puffy and cumulous and white with fantastic retention. The aroma smells like cherry kringle - not much depth, but it smells nice. The flavor is tart with cherry, which dominates, but there is a sort of wheaty tang and some bready notes underneath, plus a snap of hops in the end. Nice mouthfeel with very soft carbonation and a solid dryness; there is a bit of sweetness to this beer, but the overall impression is one of balance. I was pleasantly surprised with this beer! The cherry flavor is fresh and robust, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of jmartinger
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lorihall1
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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