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

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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3,852
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1,164
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.29%
 
 
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Photo of Matt_Batta
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mugoogio
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry wheat...I always am skeptical about fruit beers, but the "wheat" piqued my interest, and Sam Adams is a very respectable larger scale brewer.

This beer smells very strongly of cherries. The cherry comes through in the taste as well, but it is not overpowering like the smell. The cherry smell (and taste) is almost a little artificial, but still pleasant.

The "wheat" part of this beer doesn't really come through. When you drink this beer, I guess it does feel...maybe a little thicker than you would expect. But the wheat taste is lost. That is unfortunate, in my opinion. This is not a bitter beer, and the flavor overall is good.

The color is amber and it is fairly clear. I would have expected a wheat to be cloudier.

Overall, I have bought two or three six packs of this beer over the last two years. I am enamored with the idea of cherry wheat, though it could be done better. Still, it is a solid effort. Good, but not great.

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Photo of cracgor
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poors out an orangish red color with a frothy light head. Smells of deep marichino cherries. Little else in the smell aside from a touch of hops..some kind of noble hop if i had to guess but actually pretty nondescript with the screaming cherry over it. Okay so the cherry will hit you right up front. But after this subsides there is a pretty good malty flavor. Actually a delicious maltiness, very earthy and strong. The cherry plays pretty well with it too, if only it tasted a little less like marichino and more like pie filling cherries. As far as fruit beers go this is the second best one I think I have had. Mouthfeel is unassuming and light, maybe a little warming, but i don't know how at 5.2%. The beer is an okay one. I'll warn that if you don't like fruit beers, you won't like it. If you like beer and can appreciate a good mix of fruit in it, then this is a decent beer to try.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a 16oz. unfrosted mug. To my surprise this beer poured a think and fluffy snow white head. Wasn't expected that much head from a bottle. Beer was a dark yellow in color. Not as light as a Pilsner but not as dark as an APA.

Smell was cherries to the extreme right up front. Sublte malt and hops behind this innitial fruit smell, but the cherries by far won battle for smell.

So too did they win the battle for taste. The beer is overflowing with cherry flavor all throughout. The lable says made with real cherries and cherry flavor. Perhaps they went a little overboard on one or both of those. I've only had one other fruit beer from SA and that is there cranberry. My complaint with that beer was that there was no bite or crispness to the end of this. The Cherry Wheat addresses and solves that problem. One very nice thing is that it has a nice tart crisp finish to every sip that is actually rather enjoyable.

The beer is all in all not too bad. Not one of my favorite styles and perhaps not the best beer to enjoy in January. But, that being said, this is something I could see my self getting on occasion throughout the Spring and Summer months. It would seem to hit the spot in that setting.

Nothing special here, but a decent enough brew.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, the beer was a slightly hazy golden color, with a fluffy head of foam about an inch thick. Nice lacing as the pint progressed.
The aroma is big-time sweet and tart. Nice cherry aroma, some light malt sweetness, and a light floral hop aroma.
The taste is a cherry rush. Slightly sweet and tart, with a little malt sweetness.
The beer has good carbonation and a nice feel.
I really like this beer. I've been drinking it for years. I suppose it's my guilty pleasure. It's not the greatest beer on earth, but I dig it.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a SA "perfect pint" glass.

pours a translucent golden tone while yielding a 2" foamy head that quickly lapses into a collar around the glass; no real lacing to speak of.

unsurprisingly, the nose comes out of the blocks with a good dose of cherry, joined by some secondary wheaty notes.

taste delivers more of the same. strong cherry presence through and through, which is blended with a background wheaty, light maltiness.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this beer catches a lot of flak, but to me it's a reasonably enjoyable fruit beer. maybe i'm biased from cherry wheat being an old favorite, and while i wouldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting, i find it relatively tasty and refreshing - a decent summer brew.

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Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarevos
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Golden yellow with pinkish hue. White head that has some decent staying power. Reduces to solid layer of white foam covering whole glass. Looks great.

S: Sweet and sour cherry aroma at first, mild wheat aroma toward the back.

T: Cherry up front. Finish is predominantly wheat with a very mild bitter tail.

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. A refreshing, uncomplicated beer; just calling it "cherry wheat" is a pretty functional definition, because I didn't find too many other flavors hiding in this one. Gets an average drinkability because it was less enjoyable when I poured the second bottle. As always, scores are within the style.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy pale gold. There is visible carbonation and a very thin white head that laced the whole way down. The nose is pure cherries. Holy cow, I wouldn't even know this was beer all there is a scent of cherry and a splash of vanilla. The taste is similar and taste very cherry yet was not overly sweet. The flavor reminded me more of a cherry candy or cough syrup. I wish the beer had a slight more complexity in flavor or another layer or something. I enjoyed the mouth feel it was very smooth while still getting the carbonation tingling against my lips and tongue.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twelveone
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Krills
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Slighty hazy blonde-orangish brew with a thick, frothy, two-finger, white head that lingers for a bit and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Moderate fruity smells with a strong cherry backbone. Very pleasant and smoothing aroma.

T: Smooth fruity and cherry tasting beer with a mild hint of hops and a wheat overtones. Not much alcohol here, but a nice blend of the cherry, wheat, and hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I’m surprised this ranked so low, I thought it was rather enjoyable and refreshing. With that being said, I could only drink this once in a while. But it was nice to try something different for a change.

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Photo of Morris729
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is dominated by ripe sweet cherries with fresh wheat in the background. Taste is similar to the aroma but more subdued. The cherry flavor also offers some tartness not found in the nose. An easy drinking and refreshing beer—would be nice in the summer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color on the pour with a reasonable soapy white head of about 3/4" that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing was pretty good, if a little light.

S: I'm sure some would ding this brew for the smell but I kinda liked it. There is a distinct aroma of maraschino cherries sitting on a light bit of malt. Yeah, sort of foo-foo but I liked it.

T&M: The initial hit is a culmination of cherries and malts that wash over the tongue with the aromas really helping to bring that cherry character to life. The whole thing is relatively light in the mouth with a fairly bubbly carbonation. The finish has that classic wheat aftertaste that fades relatively quickly, ending in a somewhat watery end with the slightest bitterness.

D: When taking a long pull, the texture is almost creamy and rather enjoyable but the cherry sort of wears on me after a while. If you like the fruit, this isn't bad, well, it isn't bad anyway, but I guess I'm just not into the fruit unless it's a lambic.

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

Photo of trep
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white head that fades after a few minutes of sitting idle beside the ole PC. Fairly clear, orange Hi-C looking body with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Leaves a little lacing as it fades into blotchy bubbles on top of the body.

Aromas are dominated by marachino cherries and a little funky, earthy aroma. Probably faint traces of wheat below the fierce cherry aromas.

The taste isn't as cherry dominated as the nose, in fact there's a good bit of clean, easy on the pallate wheat in there. Cherries are prevalent of course, but they're far from the richness that is in the nose. The taste is gone almost as fast as you swallow. No aftertaste whatsoever.

Very thin body. Appropriate carbonation though.

Super easy drinking and something that I might enjoy on a scorching hot afternoon.

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

On-tap 2/20/07 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI, served in a plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color, with a decent off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is mostly a fruity cherry aroma, like a melted red pop-sickle, along with some wheat, spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet cherry flavor as expected, then there’s a transition into a bready wheat flavor. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is quite mild. However, I like the balance that the wheat flavor provides to the fruity sweetness, which is something you don’t get too often within this style. Once the wheat flavor starts to fade, the cherry flavor comes back for a sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry especially for such a sweet beer.

D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, slightly filling, I thought this beer wouldn’t be that great considering how bad the Cranberry Lambic is, but I’ll admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It’s one of the better beers that I’ve had within the style, but I wouldn’t want to drink more than one or two if there were something else available, especially since a given place that would have this beer on-tap will typically have Sam Adams Seasonal among others.

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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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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,852 ratings.
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