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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,878
Reviews:
1,173
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.29%
 
 
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55
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784
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Photo of wiscokid920
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Hazy golden with lots of carbonation. Nice two white two finger head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Tons of cherry sweetness

T- Takes off running from where the nose left off. Cherry sweetness followed by malty sweetness. Did I mention that it’s sweet?

M- Thin and fizzy. Not as crisp and tart like I would have expected it to be.

O- Way to sweet for my taste buds, but I might have found a beer my girlfriend would like! Seems way to sweet for a cherry wheat as if it’s jam packed with cherry artificial flavors rather than the natural tartness I was looking for.

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Photo of kinger
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strong supporter of Sammy's products but this isn't my cup of tea. Pleasant sweet aroma the cherry is nice to the nose. Tacky feel, finish is alright. Flavor is a lost cause for me. The beer has enough malt character but the cherry just seems forced and unnatural. Slightly overdone perhaps, but I prefer cherries in darker beers. Solid effort and the ladies seem to dig it so it's not a bad beer, just isn't my style.

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Photo of biggmike
2.77/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Average, not one of Sams Adams best, not really all that drinkable. I could have one or two at the most. A little too much cherry sweetness for my palate, but overall not bad. Did smell good, however. Mouthfeel was pleasant. Not much lacing on glass.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light, slightly cloudy copper color. The off-white head is very foamy, about 1 1/2 inches and sticks around a while with lots of lace. It smells like sweet cherries, more cherry-coke like than anything else. I couldn't really smell anything else other than the cherries. It tastes like cherry too, but it's not a strong flavor. There's a grainy/wheat taste in there too, but like the cherry taste, it's not strong at all. Not much of an aftertaste either. The beer smells better than it tastes. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, and it is easy to drink. Overall I'm not impressed. I usually like Samuel Adams beers, but this offering is very average. I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me for free, but I don't think I'd buy this beer again. There's many more beers I would rather spend my money on.

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Photo of scottyshades
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours surprisingly bright, huge white head that lasts the whole way thru. Smells overwhelmingly like cherry, very sweet, some spices. Tastes very bitter, overwhelmingly cherry-y, slight malts, bad aftertaste. This beer is not very drinkable, but you should try it I guess.
I am sure that this otherwise perfect brewery has to be a little disappointed in this one

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Photo of sweemzander
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by Feb. 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod color that produced a rather admirable bubbly white head that is leaving behind some bits of lacing as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Tons of tart cherries that paired with the wheat reminds me of cherry pie.

(T)- The smell dictated something totally different than how it tastes. The cherries are there, but very artificial-like and more subdued than I would have thought. All the wheat takes center stage; plenty of cloying biscuity hay.

(M)- Very crisp carbonation level. A good decent balance, but the smell deceives you into thinking this will taste good. Very thick feeling and artificially tasting.

(D)- A beer for those seeking something different. Its alright, but I would much rather grab a better tasting fruit beer than this when the mood hits me for this style. Someone who isnt a beer drinker might like this though. . .

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Photo of waughbrew
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Gold like a pale ale, big soft head. Sweetened cherries with some bready malt and a hint of earthy hops. Not bad, just dominated by a simple sweetened fruit flavor that gets annoying to me. Medium-bodied, smooth and soft. Well-made. Fine beer, not my favorite flavor and rather simple strong cherry. I can enjoy one of these every once-in-a-while.

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Photo of callmescraps
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another one from the mixed pack. I've had it before, but now for the review.

Appearance- A slightly cloudy gold, old hay color. A half inch of nice creamy head. A couple of little floaties.

Smell- Sweet, medicinal cherry. Not even cherry pie filling, but more like cherry cough syrup. There is a hint of the yeast and wheat as well. But mostly the cough syrup. Maybe a cherry Jolly Rancher. Weird. It smells delicious, if it was something other than beer. But it'd be a sweet candy.

Taste- Follows the nose a little too much. Tastes like the center of one of those chocolate covered cherries. Marischino cherry. Oh, and some wheat in there too. Finishes sweet too.

Mouthfeel- A nice thick richness.

Drinkability- It would be terrible, but the sweetness sort of mellows out eventually.

Yeah, this isn't my favorite. And I like cherry cough medicine and Jolly Ranchers. Too much, frankly.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear and golden with thin, foamy, white head. Expected a darker color actually.

Smell: Ok Sam Adams, we get it. Cherry is way over-the-top here. Needs to be toned down a bit. Smells extremely syrupy!

Taste: IBC Cherry Cola.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a nasty aftertaste... yuck.

Drinkability: Poor taste, but not poior enough to keep me from drinking at least one more. Then again....

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks ok, not necessarily a cherry appearance. A little noticeable in the head. Aroma is ample.

Taste is more reminiscient of a totally different style, like a lambic or diet cherry coke moreso than beer. None of the usual indicators that this is a wheat beer either. I'd say if you like fruit, go lambic or saison, if you like wheat beers, get a normal wheat/white/wit for that kind of thing.

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Photo of Timc32
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A lot more cherry flavor than i was expecting, it's a little overwhelming. It was decent at first but the more i drink the more artificial/cough syrup flavor i get, which is also how it smells.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly-hazy copper with a white foamy head that thins to a persitent layer. Large bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very strong and overpowering candy-like cherry aromas.

Taste: Light cherry flavor upfront, that fades into an American-style-wheat-beer flavor in the finish. The cherry flavor is present throughout and while not overpowering is a little cough-syrupy. The finish is grainy with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate carbonation, smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Refreshing aside from the slight cough syrup flavor.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like beer
Smells like cherry and wheat, actually. Some ester, some sugar
Tastes like cherry but sort of synthetically and medicinally so. Corn, wheat
A little syrupy
After a few sips it gets kind of sickening. Definitely won't be ordering this one

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle BB 3/15 at about 42 degrees into 8 oz glass
Aroma of cherry cough syrup
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 5 mm ring with 1 mm bullseye layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor extremely sweet cherry cough syrup followed by a bitter chemical aftertaste. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, fizzy carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 2, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of maleman
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with no indication of drop dead date.

A - poured a light caramel with hazy opaqueness. a less than one finger head that quickly receded into a thin, spidery cap. some minimal lacing present.

S - cherries, duh? but what smelled like very sweet cherries. a little touch of barley could also be detected.

T - surprisingly not much there, not even a cherry taste...it was not strong, or bitter in any way, but no distinctive wheat taste, either. disappointing!

M - light bodied, not much aftertaste to speak of. tasted mostly in the back of the mouth. less than average carbonation.

D - Sadly, just nothing here to get excited about. Not even a session type beer...might as well drink tea...it'd be stronger. Just toured the SA brewery in Jamaica Plain...glad this wasn't one of the brews we sampled!

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Photo of chillwave22
2.8/5  rDev -13%

Photo of LutherBrau
2.8/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ovaltine
2.8/5  rDev -13%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy burnt peach colored body, fizzy eggshell colored head that only leaves a ring, no lacing or film on top.

Aroma: Cherries definitely come through nicely, faint malts.

Taste: Immediate cherry sweetness and tartness, grainy cereal notes fill out the palate. A pretty sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of bright carbonation, not very smooth.

Overall: It tastes like a cherry wheat beer. The cherry component is really spot-on, the rest of the beer is rough around the edges.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From random notes: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a small but lasting white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of cherry cough syrup and light notes of wheat. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Like drinking watered down cherry cough syrup. Not a good beer for me.

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Photo of Redwood21
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts with a 4 finger head, that goes away after a while. The smell is very strong of cherry, which i guess is the point, but is almost overpowering. It almost tastes like a a cross between a wheat beer and a melted cherry slushy. Its hard to reallly describe the taste, its a must try if only to understand the flavor. I agree with the last reviewer that this beer is probably for non-beer drinkers or those who like lambic beers. I personally am not fond of the cherry flavor either but its definatly a different and interesting beer.

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Photo of dippy
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I want to preface this by saying that I like Sam Adams.

This Beer is horrible. I haver friends that love it. I can't stand it. Perhaps if I have a cough I will drink it again. It tastes like cough syrup. It is not subtle cherry. It is tart/sweet/cherry death.

This is a good beer for highschool girls (I am not saying that underage girls should drink)so that they can learn to enjoy better beer.

This is obviously a popular beer for Sam Adams but I am not feeling it. Sorry Jim.

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Photo of tjacobs610
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A:Very pale amber ale. Has a three inch head with little retention and lace. No carbonation is visible

S: Cherry smell sticks out but isn’t over powering to the nostrils. It does however overpower the other ingredients such as the hops which are not detectable at all

T:Has a very sweet cherry taste all the way through, with a hint of honey mixed in. Also has a very dry taste that

M:Very thin feel, very large amount of carbonation and dry finish. Goes down very quick and easy giving this beer a high drinkability.

O:This beer has good color and aroma but lacks the impressionable taste and feel to go with it making this beer good if you liked flavored beers but nothing special to try if you don’t.

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Photo of joshwindholz
2.8/5  rDev -13%

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,878 ratings.
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