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
Reviews:
1,164
Ratings:
3,849
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.29%
 
 
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Photo of mbenthall
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color that retains a nice lace around the glass.

Smell: Crisp and clean with notes of cherry.

Taste: Crisp and clean with a dry malt flavor and cherry underneath.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a dry finish.

Drinkability: I know a lot of people don't like this beer, I do. It's a good fruit beer pleasantly crisp with good flavor. It's a refreshing beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a large white head, lots of lace. Aroma is dominated by tart cherries and wheat undertones. Taste is very crisp and refreshing, tart cherries and alcohol come across strongly, a touch of bitterness at the end. Crisp and refreshing, a very nice summer beer.

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Photo of Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer as it is not as sweet as a lot of the fruit infused beers on the market. I actually enjoyed the ale in the very Sam Adam'=s glass that was ever so generously sent to me from the Sam Adams brewery for being a founding member of the great Beer Advocate magazine. Cheers! The wheaty taste and hint of black cherries made it very quaffable as a light after dinner "dessert" drink.

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Photo of matty
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice change from the everyday domestic beers.No heavy carbonation and it doesn't have that watery finish of some beers.Good aftertaste of cherries no bitterness. I will drink this beer again!!! Highly recommended!! Just remember to bring a little spare cash with you.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a one and a half finger head. Dissipates quickly to a light cap and sticky lacing.

S - Heavy sweet cherries, background of wheat, very nice.

T - Sweet at first, very small cherry flavor, then a huge burst of the cherries on the swallow. Mild yeast and hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, heavy carbonation. Needs less bubbles.

O - I feel this is a really good cherry beer, a little heavy handed in the aroma but a great flavor profile. Like many of their beers, a bit too much carbonation. Nice to have if you are in the mood for a fruity beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a golden body with a whit head that has good retention and decent lacing, carbonation is decent in this beer. The smell is a very strong cherry flavor along with some wheat, and yeast. The taste is a strong cherry taste that stays from beginning until the end along with some hints of wheat, yeast, hops, a little citrus, and some banana at the end. It has a creamy smooth mouthfeel with a little stickiness and it is a drinkable beer, but not as drinkable as I'd like it to be since it is a beer that is filling compared to others I recently tried. This is a good beer to check out if your in the mood for a cherry flavored brew.

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Photo of littlebibs
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy experiementing with so many beers, its summer presently
and its hot and theres nothing like drinking a nice chilled beer in
the hot weather, especially when you know there will be several
more to come... I really haven't tried a beer by this brewer that
I don't like, I love blueberry ales, strawberries aren't bad, I've
tried blackberry, granny smith style apple, and I said hell, cherry
can't be all that bad. I bought a six pack and I have to say its
not that bad. I love cherries in the summer and this one does
have a nice cherry smell and light cherry taste. Its not overwelming
at all, its like strawberry blond from petes, it nice on a hot day
I drink several of them, they're light and they don't over power
with a buzz, it does have a very slight sour note back their I like-
it works on the sweetness. It gets a bit dry as well. I would recommend this one, if you like to try a fruit wheat beer. Theres
lots to choose out their, this is an average beer, I wouldn't say
its the best but it does have some merit to it.

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Photo of Behrhunter
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer on a regular basis years ago. The wife and I had a sampler at the Yard House that included this beer. I was reminded of years gone by.

This beer is a light cloudy amber color, not much head. Smells wonderful. Now I'm not great at describing flovors but it tastes great. Cold, bubbly and sweet....with a toasty wheat finish, really nice. If Sam Adams fruits the beer...I'm fine with it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle on April 16. Color was hazy gold with some straw to it. Just over a finger of head. Light circular white lacing on the top. Some wet film on the sides.

Big whiff of cherry, naturally. Reminded me a bit of Cherry Garcia. Really couldn’t get anything else, but I don’t think I really needed anything else. Of course I’m also a sucker for the Cherry Chocolate Bock.

Pretty much what I expected on the taste. Just a nice, smooth cherry flavor that went down rather easily. Good lingering aftertaste.

Light-to-medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Nice smooth finish, lingering well after the sip.

Maybe I’m a bit of a sucker for these fruit beers, but this one was pretty good. I’d definitely give it another try.

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Photo of lehows
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large and fluffy white head. Surprisingly good retention and lacing. Large and sweet aromas of cherry floats to the nose and not much else. Cherry taste is more subdued than in the aroma. Cherries and cream comes to mind, theres also a bit of grain and wheat but the cherry flavor dominates. Overall a tasty and drinkable beer, I found this sessionable but certainly more so in the summer-time. But still a good go for one or two during winter.

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Photo of MerkinMan
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I do not normally like fruit beers, but this was a part of a mix pack, and I gave it a try. I am pleasantly surprised. I have even had this very beer before and not liked it, but I like it this time. Might be the glass - .5 liter wheat beer glass. This helps taste the cherry, which may be a tad too much.

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Photo of majesticsock
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light amber color, with not much head to speak of.

The smell of this beer is lovely; nothing but cherries.

The taste of this one is interesting. A strong cherry taste is present and, at the same time, a hint of wheat. However, a strong wheat aftertaste finishes it off.

Mouthfeel is about average.

When I first started drinking this, I thought it would be too sweet to drink more than one or two bottles, however the sweetness doesn't seem to carry the weight that other fruit flavored drinks do.

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Photo of michfan23
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am normally opposed to the idea of "fruity" beers but this one was done very nicely. The smell is really sweet however the flavor is not too sweet. Unlike some other fruity beers you can still taste the beers in this Sam Adams. It was easy to drink but I can't see myself buying it a lot just because you have to be in the right mood for it.

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Photo of vapegawd
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An obvious classic. Any time of year, any food pairing. Pairs well with Cosmic Fog Milk and Honey ejuice. Pleasant aroma heavy of cherry , thick creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The viscosity is a bit thick with a hint of carbonation. The artificial cherry flavor stings your tounge slightly but the hoppy wheat like flavor kind of balances it out . An easy drinker . Great beer overall.

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Photo of Mattyssox
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a pint glass. Nice amber color, showing obvious signs of a fruit beer. Sweet smell, but not over the top. Head fizzles down quick. A real easy drinking beer, that seems to lack the carbonation of most beers. Pretty good out of a bottle, but better off a tap. This is a beer that goes well with a salty snack (wings or pizza). Easy to drink a few.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Waitress told me she found the coldest glass just for me (why???). Anyway, after my first three selections were unavailable, I reluctantly went for the Cherry Wheat. I was pleasantly surprised here. Great taste and smell (unlike some flavored beers that only have a hint added - i.e. Saranac Caramel). Almost as tasty of a fruit/vegetable beer at the Cottonwood Pumpkin. If you like cherry, definitely try it out.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper color. Light prickle with a wispy head. Cherry and grain on the nose. The cherry smell is reminiscent of cherry skoal smokeless tobacco. The attack is mild and clean. Faint hints of cherry and grain in the flavor. Relatively clean finish with just a little bite of wheat. The aftertaste is definitely cherry. This is a pretty unique beer to say the least. My wife says that it tastes like Smith Bros. cherry throat lozenges.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this this evening, and this was/is one of the oddest, most unique beers I have tried in a while. Poured a warm amber gold, clear, with a 1/2" head of mixed cream foam. The nose - wow! Blindlfolded I would have guessed black cherry soda/pop. Unbelieveable. Perhaps some slight yeast and bread tones, but the cherry aroma was amazing.

The nose carried over to the taste. Again, I could see this being mistaken for a micro black cherry soda. The cherry taste is very strong on the tongue, with some hints of the wheat and yeast. Smooth, pretty sweet, rather light, and even. The taste melded on the tongue and it finished very clean, not as fruity as the tongue, but with a toned done sweetness and clean aftertaste.

This will certainly not be for everyone, but I think this would be a great transitional beer for those who like fruit based mixed drinks. It would also go well with spicy foods, maybe even a fruit dessert. Without question one of the more unique beers I have recently tried, and a great summer beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours about a finger and a half of a straw color. Not hazy at all for a supposed "wheat" beer, and a bit below average for a Sam Adams appearance.

Smell: Cherries cherries cherries. The cherries smell a bit artificial, and just a little bit 'cough syrupy'. It's not a bad smell though, it just make me excited to try it. I get a bit of the wheat in the background too, not much else though.

Taste: The cherries come on strong right away here. Interesting thing here - the cherry taste is mostly from the nose. Try a swig from the bottle, the cherry taste will be much more muted. Then, try taking a swig with your nose held. Much less cherry taste. The wheat comes in as the glass moves away from the nose, leaving a wheaty aftertaste that doesn't linger for long.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and a light body makes this go down easy - carbonation highlights the cherry well.

Drinkability: For a highly "fruited" beer, this goes down very well.

A very good and unique offering from Sam Adams that has spawned many imitators. C'mon, try it!

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Photo of ruckus232
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Darker yellow in color with a hazy appearance and nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Very nice fruity smell that has a distinct cherry smell

Taste: The carbonation seems slightly high, especially in a wheat but there is a nice sweetness with only a slight cherry taste.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not normally a fan of fruit beers but I found this to be surprisingly good. Had a golden color with just a tinge of red to it. The aroma definitely announced that cherry was present. The taste is not sweet. You get the cherry with a slight tartness and the wheat flavors come across as well. One doesn't overwhelm the other. It was very crisp and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So its summer here and I have been drinking alto of wheat...Here we go on the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Poured from a 12oz bottle the beer itself was a amber color, darker than most wheat's, with slight red and orange hints. The head was a large(3/4 inch) creamy white(slight pink hints also present) that took a while to diminish. Lots of white lace left from the head...all around the edge of the glass. This beer almost does not smell like a beer. It is exactly what it says a cherry wheat....there is a strong smell of sweet cherry(lots of cherry and I can't stress that enough), and lots of sweet malt. The beer itself is not nearly as sweet as it smells. There is a lot of sweet malt, and cherries present in the forefront of the body. But it finishes surprisingly crisp with just a light bit of hops to balance it out, and a tartness from the cherries. For something that could be so sweet...Sam really knows how to balance his beer. Sam Adams does wonders with this beer. the smell is over the top, and the taste toned down enough to complement it. It appeals to multiple senses at once. The beer has ample carbonation creating a pleasant mouthfeel, and for a fruit beer it is surprisingly drinkable. Maybe I should put a disclaimer on this....I don't mind sweet beers, and this time of year fruit wheat's are great in the hot southern weather.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - very light amber color with a slight (not as much as expected) haze, thick head that settles but is well retained

S - cherry aroma with some wheat malt notes

T - dominate cherry taste, but strong wheat malt base behind it and a very slight hop finish

M - medium body with a moderate carbonation

D - As far as fruit beers go, this is probably one of the best commercial beer available (that's not a lambic or lambic variant - way different ballgame). It has a nice fruit flavor but isn't cloying and has a nice strong beer base backing it - enjoyable anytime of year.

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Photo of chilidog
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on draft and it arrived with a thin film on top, not the classic head as from the bottle.I wondered why? Anyway all good from there, it even managed to lace fairly well. This is my favorite fruit stand-by beer. From its aroma to taste, its cherries all the way. Its cherry-pie tart, slighty sweet but yet crisp to the mouth. I like this brew anytime of year, its just that good.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat

Pours a hazy orange color, with a frothy large white head. Carbonation is crazy, and streams of millions of bubbles flow gently towards the top. Smell is a blast of cherry syrup. Cherries, cherries, and more cherries. The smell is excellent overall. We have a nice quaffer here folks. Going to be hard for the taste to out do the smell. But, we must taste it first to determine that, so lets proceed.

Taste is delicious as well. Lots of wheat, with strong notes of cherries. The wheat is not overwhealming and mixes with the cherries well. This beer is not complex, but still stands its own. My only gripe on the taste, is that the aftertaste is almost completly flavorless. For some this may be a positive. Anyways, the overall flavor is outstanding. Mouthfeel is tingly and wet. Drinkability is good.

A very good Fruit Beer, and to be honest it's one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings thus far.

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