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

Samuel Adams Cherry WheatSamuel Adams Cherry Wheat
BA SCORE
3.16/5
3,885 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,450
Reviews:
1,173
Ratings:
3,885
pDev:
23.73%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
790
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,885 |  Reviews: 1,173
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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Photo of UBrew1984
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Deadhed88
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%

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

A: The beer pours an amber color with a short lived off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells like cherries, big time cherries. It's pretty much like a jar of maraschino cherries, but it's enjoyable. The more I smell it, the better I like the cherry character that's there. Not really much else going on in terms of the aroma.

T: The cherry flavor is nowhere near as prominent as the cherry aroma, but it is there. There is a surprising creaminess and an almost vanilla flavor. Sweet wheat and bread are actually noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation that is nice and smooth.

D: I guess I wouldn't be pounding down a 12 pack of this, but it's not a bad beer to have once every so often.

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

Pours a lovely tan with a decent head that dissipates after a bit into a ring but leaves some lacing.

Smells like cherries with some cherry ice cream on the side plus a cherry slurpee with a side of cherries. I thought it smelled great, but there wasn't a whole lot other than cherries to describe.

I tasted a rather strong presence of (guess what) cherries, with a side of nice wheat beer and a little bit of barely detectable hops. It's actually a very nice brew IMO, but lacks just a bit on balance. Even then, this beer has appeal. Overall I think it's a pretty good brew, considerably better than the blackberry witbier (which was too too much blackberry to the point of mediciney taste).

Feels pretty nice, a fairly thick and slick concoction that's ok by me.

Drinkability is average. I find myself buying this one about once every six months, one sixer. I wouldn't want it all the time, but it has its moments.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Cherry Wheat Beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color, produced a small white head, average retention and an ample amount of lacing was left on the glass. The aroma consisted of soft wheat and maraschino cherries.- Aroma is outstanding. Light in body, the foundation contained malted wheat and tart cherries. For a fruit beer, crisp, refreshing and a nice session beer.

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

The beer pours a surprisingly yellow with only a slight oranging to suggest the cherries. I sits in the glass as a murky gold with some nice bubbles of carbonation. The beer pours with a nice white head but this mellows down into just a scrim, though it does regenerate when agitated. Lacing for this beer is negligible. The beer smells like cherry coke. The cherry is far too sweet and cloying for natural cherries, but reminds me of a maraschino cherry, which is a nice smell. I’m not expecting this to be the most natural beer, but the candied smell is definitely intriguing. The malt body, hops, and yeast are all overpowered by the cherries except for the smallest ghost of a suggestion of biscuitiness. The beer tastes like a bready cherry cola. The aftertaste is well built with buttery biscuit and only a faint cherry sweet that goes slightly vegetal. The initial sip, however, was heavy with sweet cherries, though the very initial taste is surprisingly heavy with the biscuit malts, but the cherries quickly wash them away to suggest cherry cola. Mouthfeel is a little prickly with the carbonation, leaving a slight tingle, but thick and creamy in the initial sip which that mellows into a watery feeling. The mouth is left with the cloying feel of sweet cherries but little of the flavor and a slight dry burn on the back of the tongue which tingles beneath the light trickle of saliva your mouth works up. Overall this is a strange beer. Its smell and flavor are actually quite good, but the mouthfeel really pulls it back in scoring. It is actually quite good for what the company was going for, as this is a refreshing and tasty fruit beer that is easily mass produced. I compare this more to a cherry cola than to a beer, and I really wouldn’t drink a lot of these due to their cloying nature but one on a hot summer day is not a bad thing to sip when you are looking for something a little different.

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

Appearance: Pours to a murky orange with a miniscule white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Cherry.

Taste: Cherry. Earthy malts and subtle citrus hops become apparent in the finish. Yeasty, bready aftertaste is actually quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with quite a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor actually isn't that bad given how predominant the cherry is. Cherry dominates the smell, and almost dominates the flavor. The subtle return of earthy malts and citrus hops saves the beer.

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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 Kettle1
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice.

Pour a lightly clouded honey color with a rocky one finger head that recedes leaving nice lacing.

Aroma is cherry up front. Malt with floral yeast. Wheat with cherries. Aroma is quit like cherry cake with vanilla butter cream icing.

Flavor is wheat and grain. Oat bran and cherry. Fresh cherry flavor is upfront but not cloying. Grains really come through on ht eback with a nice bready flavor that yields to a warming alcohol finishing with rolled wheat bran.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice creamy consistency. Carbonation is middle of the road between harsh and soft. very silky and creamy with a slickness in the mouth.

Drinkability is good, but I think the cherry would get old after a while.

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

I'll start by saying that I tend to not like fruit flavoured beer. That being given I did like this beer. It was another well crafted SA brew. My girlfriend ordered this on tap at Taps in Boston. We had been walking around a lot and it was actually pretty refreshing.

I can't say that I would order it myself if only because I prefer pale ales which are the opposite of sweet. However if the opportunity came up again to have one I would not refuse it and maybe even look forward to it.

If you do like fruitish beer then I'm betting you will enjoy this.

Having read some of the other reviews I would also recommend drinking it on tap rather than from the bottle.

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

They were giving bottles of this away at a local Bennigans for 25 cents over the summer -- GREAT DEAL! I like this much better than Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic. Smell is of sweet cherry & it's really close in taste to a black cherry soda -- with alcohol, of course. The apperance is nice -- pretty basic amber with a good head. Drinkability is also good--had three before they told me they were all out. Wasn't surprised considering the price...

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

Look - Murky, straw colored with very good 2 finger's worth of head and good carbonation.

Smell - As would not be surprising, a very strong cherry aroma, beyond which I cannot smell anything.

Taste and Mouthfeel - seems a bit hoppy, but the the cherry flavor is almost overwhelming. It tastes like a fairly natural Marichinno cherry flavor. General texture is fairly well-balanced. Cherry aftertaste too, with almost no bitterness.

Drinkability - Good enough brew if you like cherries. A little more filling, so maybe not worth drinking a lot of at one time. Interesting enough, but maybe a little cliche for this brewer.

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Photo of kds10011
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a summer variety pack, coupled with Boston Lager, East-West Koelsch, Nobel Pils, Summer Ale, and Belgian Session.

I felt a bit skeptical of this, weary that it might be overdone, as are many beers with fruit. Served in a New Belgium globe, with sediment intentionally and properly delivered.

A: Bright body, shining head of fine bubbles that doesn't stay around too long. It did, however, cling to the glass.
S: MARASCHINO. (caps for emphasis.) No trace of hops or malt. Pleasant.
Body: A breed of smoothness that reminds me of Chimay Tripel, owing to the fine bubbles. Graspable.
T: Sweet. First words out of my mouth: Cherry Coke. But not in a bad way, honestly. It doesn't have the biting acidity of an over-carbonated soda. Later, a vague trace of hops. Aftertaste has a remnant of light malt. As it warms, you get a fresh marshmallow impression, if such a thing could exist.

This is incredibly pleasant, despite the fact that it makes little celebration of hops and malt. I think this is meant as a tool to get people interested in different beers. For that, I like it. It's a bit one-dimensional, but tasty indeed. It might be fun to cook with this. Hey! It's in a SUMMER pack, after all! Lighten up.

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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 thekevlarkid
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer was a slightly hazy yellow. Two fingers of fine head topped it and it displayed both good retention and very good lacing. The aroma was dominated by cherries with some metallic hints behind that which makes it a little artificial. The flavors were quite sweet at first but not cloying, but they mellowed out into a maltiness before finishing with a yeast tang. The tang is a little bitter and it makes the aftertaste unpleasant. Still, I found this one quite drinkable, summery and generally pleasant. It's a good medium bodied beer and probably a great swimming in the river, getting girls bikini tops off kinda brew. Hell yeah.

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Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kurt1326_
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,885 ratings
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