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 SpecialK088
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very cloudy orange color with little head retention but a good lace throughout.
S-Very fragrent brew smells of the cherry as you would expect, also hints of barley and hops.
T-Tastes as it smells with a little bitterness in the finish but overall a very sweet beer with the cherry at the forefront
M-Little to carbonated goes down easy though.
D-a dessert beer or maybe a good beer gateway beer.

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Photo of Gump
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear yellow, with a pinkish red hue. A little of the pinkish color comes through to the head. Leaves alot of lace behind.
Bright clean, artificial, sugary cherry aroma.
Well balanced with hops. A slight dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, if you like the fruit.

Cherry is not my favorite flavor in a beer, but this is well crafted and balanced.
If you don't like the aroma try drinking it from the bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh... Sam Cherry Wheat... a guilty pleasure of mine for years. As a more refined beer drinker, I'm not supposed to like this... but I do. Perhaps since it is brewed with MI cherries and I am a son of the mitten state. Maybe because it brings me back to my youth, with cherry cough syrup nostalgia. Or possibly because it's just a unique and flavorful beer experience that conjures fond memories. Poured in to a tulip glass, it fills with a hazy, golden honey color and one inch of white froth. The head dissipated quickly, leaving only a thin ring atop the nectar-like liquid. Maraschino cherries and honey sweetness in the nose. A touch of cereal grain and subtle noble hop character. There is certainly ample cherry flavor that brings a medicinal quality, but it is washed away in the finish with a wheat thin like aftertaste. The hops brighten the beer with only a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is average, but suits the brew well. It is deliciously drinkable for such a polarizing concoction. This is sure to turn some people off with its cherry lozenge likeness, but to others it's a perfect pleasure that can be savored on occasion. I typically crush these pretty quickly, so maybe savor is the wrong word. Maybe I drink them fast because it has a relatively tame ABV and it's refreshing. Or possibly because I want to hide the evidence as quickly as possible. Either way, I will continue to enjoy these from time to time.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- golden brown, a little cloudy, as a wheat beer would be expected to be. Decent head with pretty good retention

s- strong bready smell with tart cherries mixed in. Smelled like a bakery or even some type of cherry pastry

t- overpoweringly sweet at times, but still a nice change of pace from the standard fare of fruit beers. Depending on season, the beer is either great or average

m- a little watery, not what i expected. not a ton of body

d- easy to drink, as long as the cherries aren't too tart

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Champions. Oh yeah, the Ravens beat the Saints!

A: The ale is cloudy, a coppery light color that looks heavy with sediment. That sediment leaves the ale opaque despite the lighter hue. A finger of white head accompanies the beer.

S: The nose has sweet cherry juice that dominates all other aspects. The fruits reign supreme and what little wheat escapes is bready rather than tart.

T: The ale practically screams out 'Cherry Juice'. That sweetness, a tempered flavor, semi-sweet and lacking a syrupy twang, isn't as bad as you'd think. Objectively, it comes close to cloying but, just as it does, the wheat rides in to save the day. The flavor, sweet with a bready flavor that doesn't come close to wheat tartness, isn't half bad, especially if one is in the mood for a fruit beer.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, full of sweet cherry juices. The malt body is thick, an able support for the cherries.

D: Very drinkable and lower in alcohol. Not a go-to fruit beer but drinkable enough.

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Photo of pisano
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice looking hazy golden orange with half finger white head

s: malt sweetness, maraschino cherries, light spice notes

t: similar to the nose but with good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, some sweetness from the honey, biscuity finish with lingering bitterness

m: medium body, moderate carbonation

o: not much going on with this one but i don't mind it

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Photo of warmstorage
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, states 5.35% ABV, notches indicate best before date of November 2007. Bottle states "wheat ale brewed with real cherries and cherry flavor"

Appearance: Deep orange with a hazy red color, light off-white head, big lacing, noticeable carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: definite cherry candy flavor, a little tart/sharp. Hints at cheap graininess (think BMC) as it warms up closer to room temp.

Taste: huge cherry flavor, finish is slightly off, but aftertaste is sour and tart and tasty. The cherry flavor is somewhere between sour/tart cherry candy, and Robitussin cough syrup. Hops and malt body are minimal to undetectable.

Mouth: Tingly carbonation, moderately slick.

Overall, a decent, drinkable cherry beer, and something I'd drink again, but nothing amazing. I've brewed with real cherries, and canned, and cherry flavoring (from Steinbart, I think.) Cherries are tough to brew with, and not get a cough syrup result from, and Spam has done pretty well with this one. I'm more impressed than I thought I'd be.

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Photo of qcghost
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my wife's favorites back when we were first getting acquainted with beer, and I'll still occasionally bring some home as a surprise. I haven't had one in years, though, and this is a lot different than what I remembered. Maybe my palate is different, maybe I was colored by nostalgia, but this is really sweet on the cherry in the nose. Much less comes through on the palate, which is otherwise fairly nondescript.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved the billowy, spontaneous head that developed over the light orange body. Egg white and sticky, it gave this beer a nice appearance. Smell was cold cherry ice--and refreshing.

The cherry grain taste was good and refreshing. Notes of vanilla. A sizable hop bitterness comes in and lasts towards the end, which turned this a little more into a drinkable beer for me.

Mouthfeel was creamy, with medium body. However, I would've like something a little more lively. Very easy to drink, but I wouldn't feel like drinking more than two I think.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 10-15-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a somewhat dark caramel color that left a good size head. hazy body..

smell: initial smell was very similar to Ludens cough drops. Its not a foul smell, just sweet. lots of cherries, medicinal like. also picked up some grainy notes.

From the first sip I got a mixture of dark cherry bitterness along with somewhat of a wheat beer taste. I was expecting a cough syrup taste. It has mostly cherry features but it somehow also gives you a traditional wheat beer taste. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonated.

the drinkability is above average, but I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of ggroller
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a cloudy peach color in the pint glass with plenty of tiny bubbles of carbonation. A slightly fluffy white head sits atop the beer with a little bit of sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smells like Ludens cherry cough drops.

Tastes like cherry vanilla ice cream.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy.

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Photo of njthebestofme
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice color a yellowish tan

S- very sweet with hints of cherry to the nose

T- Sweet and lots of cherry .. wheat was used just right

M- A nice smooth medium body mouthful, with good amount of carbonation.

D- no more than 2 with an after diner drink.. can over power what meal you have

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Photo of parris
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It has a light hazy body, pale golden color and a big thick white head. The aroma of cherries is very strong in this beer. There are some light malt flavors that are mostly covered up by the sweetness of the cherries and honey. The taste is good but the body doesn't really support the sweetness. Its light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. It's a very good looking and smelling beer but its balance is a little to sweet for me. However this may go well with a dark chocolate brownie. I think I will give that a try.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright orange with a white, finger width head which dissipates quickly, leaving behind a spotty lacing.

Smell - Lots of cherry aroma. Not a whole of of other layers come through the nose.

Taste - Predominately cherry. A bit of wheat sits behind this. Not a whole lot else.

Mouthfeel - Light and undercarbonated. Could use more bite to give the cherry flavor a nice zing.

Overall - A simple cherry beer. If you like cherries, you'll at least like it. If not, then probably best to avoid. It's nothing special, but I do dig the flavor.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rdgreenberg85
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of edthehead
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devinoconnor
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat is a good summertime beer.

Pours a bright golden color.

Smell is what's advertised: cherries.

Although there's an abundant amount of cherries involved, the beer is well-balanced. The cherry flavoring doesn't take over the beer.

Nice drinking beer with a steak on the grill.

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

I've been scared of Sam Adams fruit beers ever since I had my first cranberry lambic.

Hazy straw color with chunky white head. Lots of sticky layers left by a thin skim retention.

Smells like Luden's cherry cough drops and wheat. Taste parallels aroma. Crisp and refreshing.

Cherries are tough. Too syrupy and it tastes like cough syrup, too sugary and it tastes like cough drops, too natural and it's really sour, etc. This beer does a good job with'em.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with a small head. The aroma is cherries and some grains,the grains are light. The taste is malts,cherry and wheat. This beer is sweet,but not too sweet. The malts blend well with the cherries and although there is some bitterness it does not ruin the beer in the least. There are some light hops but yes the cherry is the main flavor.
The feel is a dry,high carbonation
syrup and sweet. The carbonation is high,but in a good way. I prefer the dry finish.

Notes: A lot of talk regarding whether this is a chic beer. I suppose that many women do like fruit flavors,but a good beer is a good beer regardless of style. I do not prefer fruit/vegetable beers and yet I thought this would be a good alternative to a Corona on a hot summer day. I buy one from time to time and while this beer may not define or represent the manliness of the beer I normally drink it is fine for certain moments. I do not care to worry what the "macho men" seem to think. I drink for the experience and not the hang over.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Straw/golden color with a slight haze. One finger head dies down to a thick collar, some lacing. Steady bubbles from the bottom.

S - Cherries cherries cherries. Really, more like cherry candy. A slight hint of malt really adds some depth to it; despite the aroma being a little on the artificial side there is something strangely complex and appealing about it.

T - Similar to the nose and not terribly complex. Very assertive "Jolly Rancher"-like cherry flavor with a good bit of sweetness to match. Crescendos quickly and then slowly dies away to a semi-dry, cereal grain finish. Some noticable tangy wheat malt hides behind the sweetness of the cherries to balance. The cherry and wheat go remarkably well with each other, but the bland and uninspiring finish ruin the taste for me. A little sweet on the palate as well, but a minor annoyance.

M - Carbonated much like any macro lager, but a little creamy. A little out of balance and my first impulse is to call for less carbonation, but the carbonation is probably keeping a lot of the sweetness in check.

D - The candy-like nature of this brew makes it less like a beer and more like a drier, off tasting soda. I might have a couple, but I wouldn't make a night of these; it's simply too intense and too simple.

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3.52/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.52/5  rDev +11.4%

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,944 ratings