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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 1,159 | Ratings: 3,825
Photo of Tylergross1
3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The obvious and must abundant ingredient it the Cherry flavoring. I enjoy a little bit of fruity taste in beers. After my initial taste I could also detect a small trace of honey in the recipe that really made for a smooth blend that was light and crisp.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass, pours an golden copper color with a large amount of carbonation flowing in the glass. Smell is of strong cherries in the nose also a bit of roasted character. Taste is actually pretty good, imo this beer is better on tap it has a malty character to it more than it has that cherry taste, it was very good and a bit chewy and made me want to eat a good meal. I could drink this on tap all day long it went down smooth and I could drink this all day long, unlike other fruity beers that I could only tolerate a few of.

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Photo of Nesued
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy with a nice 1/4in head when poured from the bottle at "chilled" time (see below comments).

Smell: As expected, a pronounced cherry aroma that mixes with the barley/hops background. Not overpowering but at the same time an unexpected scent to the unsuspecting.

Taste: In my opinion, very temp. dependant. Served too cold and the cherry flavor is almost lost, making it almost your "average beer with a bit of cherry flavor". Served chilled and the cherry presentation is well formed and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth entrance, a bit of a bite but not much to speak of, very mild of a finish.

Drinkability: For what this beer is trying to do, in my opinion it is successful (i.e. providing a cherry flavor to an existing beer base). This is not a cherry lambic, nor does it have the price tag of one either. To those ends if you are wanting a flavored beer with a mild base, this is a good beer. If you are trying to replace a cherry lambic ('cause the price is better) you may be suprised to find that this may fit the bill.

Additional comments: The first time I had this beer was many, many years ago in Boston at a cyclorama beer tasting event. Michael Jackson was there and the attendees were provided ten (10) beers to try/rate/etc. The reason why I mention this is at that time, this beer was the "cats meow" of those in attendance. Since then, I've tried it a number of times and can't say I recall why it was so favored.

Until now.

The times I've had this beer, it was served way too cold which didn't allow the cherry favor to present well with the foundation. Therefore, I would recommend this beer to be served chilled, but removed from the chiller about 30min before serving.

This presentation made all the difference in the world, and increased my rating significantly!

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice fruit wheat beer. The most dominant characteristic is the cherry aroma. It's inescapable. Nice wheat-beer haze in a deep golden color. The beer has a decent sized white head, and a pleasing balance. Not as sweet as I anticipated.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured an orange/amber color. Pour produced a white foam head that subsided into a thin swampy film. Good carbonation and lacing throughout.

S - Malty yeasty aroma of bread fading out to the smell of cherry jolly ranchers.

T - Bready with slight hints of citrus followed by a slightly sweet cherry soda after taste.

MF&D - A good thirst quencher/BBQ beer. A little too sweet to drink all the time, but it did wonders on the beach at the Jersey Shore.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought a six-pack of this over for Hotfest and left a few in the fridge.

Appearance: gold with a slight haze; a nice 3/4" head on the pour; looks pretty nice
Smell: cherries
Taste: cherries with some sweet malt; very pleasant flavor
Mouthfeel: too thin; i wish there was some thicker fruit beers out there
Drinkability: nice; i could put down a few of these in a night

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Photo of bobgrave
3.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice example of fruit + wheat.

This beer kicks you in the teeth with its cherry smell and flavor.

This is one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. Never fails to impress.

This is a one or 2 only beer. Any more, and you start to lose the cherry bite. A lighter fare desert beer? I think so.

This beer goes very well with mild milk chocolate, shortbread cookies, or even M&M's. Don't Judge!

GF and I found that if you are drinking this beer and eating M&M's, the end result is just like a Chocolate Covered Cherry.

Try it...

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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 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 SonictheBeerhog
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really really really enjoy this! I like the smell and the taste. It tastes so much like cherries! Its great for a dessert beer, but I feel I could drink this as soda every night for dinner.

If you don't like cherries and still want to give this a try... Don't.

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Photo of Kooz
3.99/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavy cherry scent over a bed of wheat base. Very nice smell.

Looks like a typical wheat ale--golden, maybe a bit straw-colored, and clear.

Tastes mellow and smooth--no bite so you can take a nice long pull; cherry flavor but not strong (I remember this from years ago being too sweet--I don't know if my tastes have changed or their beer). I like the taste of this--I'm finding it to be very refreshing.

Excellent mouthfeel as I've come to expect from Sam Adams. Very creamy and thick--excellent.

I'm really surprised by this beer. I haven't tried it in 10 years, and my memories of it were not kind. I am pleased to report it is actually pretty amazing!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1/4 inch head, clear, reddish-gold in color

Smell:sweet and tart cherries and light wheat

Taste: sweet and tart cherries, light wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet

Overall: An old time favorite and one that I find refreshing. I try to get a six of this a year. The cherries are present but never too sweet. One of Sam's better classic beers.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bastard son of a wheat beer and froot loops. This beer has been in my fridge for a long time. My girlfriend picked up a 6er a long time ago and they have just sat there. I had one after a night of drinking Maredsous 10 and I thought it was more akin to snorting Pixie sticks than having a beer. Never come close to this beer unless you are firm in your opinion that you want a fruit beer. It isn't one of the best beers of had, but compared to the competitors in this genre it ain't too bad.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very unusual beer. Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat has a thick, fluffy, off-white head and a hazy, golden appearance, with little descending brown flecks and lots of streaming bubbles. The beer really clouded up when I swished it and poured the remaining third. Aroma is cherries and bread, and the taste is likewise cherries, bread, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat finishes easy drinking and fairly refreshing. Overall, this is a good beer.


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Photo of arguemaniac
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange amber with a full, rocky off-white head. Pleasant cherry bouquet in the aroma. The palate features a very authentic tart cherry, a good degree of wheat malt sweetness and nice honey note throughout.

Honestly one of the best American fruit beers out there; the cheery flavor light, genuine and quite tasty. Pair that with some solid wheat flavors and that nice hint honey and you’ve got one very drinkable brew.


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Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice amber color, low head. It smelled sweet and hoppy, with light cherry overtones.

The taste was of crisp wheat, with a cherry fore- and after-taste. As I like fruit beers, and like cherries, this was very nice.

Overall, a very nice, drinkable beer and one to try either by itself or with light, non-spicy snacks on a warm summer's day.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a great beer because the cherry taste is very well assimilated. I am impressed with the company lately and they are one of the bigger ones that can pull novel beers like this off. The taste is not medicinal or anything other than a natural overtone. I liked it. Not my favorite, but it's good.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a clear golden/straw color with a large fluffy white head. Nose is wheat and lots of sharp cherry. Taste is a decidedly non-yeasty wheat base that has just a hint of funk. Lots of sharp bitter cherries that may be a tad too strong for my taste. Mouthfeel is med-light and quite high carb with lotsa dryness.

Fruit beers are tricky and this one pulls it off. Wheat dryness and cherry dryness go well together. Did I mention this is dry and tart? Maybe a bit too much cherry going on. Worth a try and a good beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, I would like to start out by saying that this is most definitely a good beer and highly reccommended for wheat lovers.

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A nice, light, golden body with about a one inch head with slow retention. After a while (and a few sips), reduces to a nice lacing that never leaves until you take the last sip, letting you know that the flavor and smells of this beer are constantly being released for your enjoyment.

A nice, pleasant and sweet smell; kind of like dried cherries. At first, seemed so sweet that my initial reaction was that it reminded me of a cherry Jolly Rancher, but luckily it was not that sweet.

A nice, smooth and sweet taste to back up the sweet smell. A little tart and pungent because of the cherries but the cherries also leave a very nice aftertaste to go along with each swig.

Mouthfeel was very nice; not too thick and not thin at all. Very enjoyable and filling; felt like you were drinking a very nice, smooth beer.

Very drinkable beer and, again, highly reccommended. A nice, fun enjoyable beer that seems like it can go with anything. However, it seems more like a summer beer since it is lighter in character so I reccommend waiting for the temperature to rise for this brew to be at its finest.

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Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sam Adams summer pack. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear copper, forming a creamy 2 inch head, leaving medium rings of lace along the glass. The aroma is just like a blackcherry soda. This might be a turn-off to some, but I think it smells great! The taste is a little less strong, but not a disappointment. Cherry flavor mixed in with a light wheat ale. Thats about it. Simple but enjoyable. Light smooth mouthfeel and finish. Easy to drink. Overall, I actually enjoyed this brew. While I'm not sure if I could drink a sixer of this, I could see having one or two throughout the night. Definitely worth a try. I'm curious to try some of the mixes that people use with this beer.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper body, low carbonation but decent retention and great lace. Head is off-white and consists mostly of tiny bubbles.
Cherries whap your face when sniffing this brew, very strong and apparent, sweet, ripe, big cherry scent.
The flavor is more subdued than the scent though the cherries are still dominant, some marcipan and a faint nougat flavor. Aftertaste is very similar to the upfront taste and quite pleasant.
Body is full without going into the stout domain, leaves a good coating on the palate.
Good sommer brew, crisp sweet and light.


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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orangish color, with a slight haze. Two finger head is densely packed and retains well. Leaves nice spiderweb lacing. Maraschino cherries dominate the nose, with wheat and some pale malt just pulling through. Wheat and a surprisingly mild cherry syrup flavor make up the bulk of the flavor. Aftertaste shows some very quiet earthy tones, mild hops and cherry skins. Medium body and medium carbonation allow a very smooth mouthfeel and drinkability. Finish is a touch sweet, but won't detract from you enjoying something this unique and refreshing.

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Photo of Reed415
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden amber, Finger of head that diminished quickly

S - Cherry, Tart, Sort of smells like Candy

T - Smooth, Citrus, Cherry, Bread, Cereal.

M - Average Carbonation, Decent Body for wheat

D - Nice Cherry flavor but not overwhelming. Very good for a fruit flavored beer.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a light, golden color that you can see through. The head pours thin and stays thin with very little lacing. The color is light and adds to the light and refreshing aspect of the beer.

The smell is...wait for it...CHERRY! What else is there to be said. Maybe...CHERRY!

The taste is...on the count of Cherry...wait for it...CHERRY! No bitterness, no hops, and the sweetness is entirely derived from...CHERRIES!

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, not even too carbonated, which is a classic downfall of light beers.

Overall I like this beer. It is lively and refreshing. As a rule of thumb, if you hate cherries, do not drink this beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a nice head and lasting lacing. Wonderful nose of cherry. Light medium body with a smooth feel. Low average carbonation. Crisp with a good burst of cherry flavor. Lightly hopped as it should be. My SA favorite and one of the reasons I started homebrewing. I've been drinking this beer since 1995. When you get a good bottle (very crisp finish and tart cherry flavor), this one is hard to beat. However, over the years, they have had quality problems. The last few years they have been more consistent.

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