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:
3,871
Reviews:
1,171
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
23.29%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
775
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at some bar deep in queens; served in a weizen glass.

A: Its a clear staw with a smidgen of white head...nothing wrong here

S: Smells like artificial cherry pie filling. I know SA claims that this is from real cherries, but I've never smelled cherries that smelled like this. Its a pretty rough aroma - cloying and nasty; no wheat here.

T: Tastes like they took coastal wheat and dumped a tablespoon of Robitussin in it, seriously, that's exactly what it tastes like.

D: Due to it being nasty, this one loses in the drinkability department. Its not bad enough to be a drainpour, but its flavour is just not that good. Fortunately, the flavour is a little light.

Overall: I was not a fan of this. Its tough to make a good fruit wheat beer, and still every brewery thinks they can do it. This is pretty rough stuff and lacks the balance that Sam Adams usually gets down.

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Photo of jettjon
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I’m hardly a stranger to the “fruit/vegetable beer” style, having rated about 13 of them thus far ranging from the very good Unibroue black currant beer to the substandard Sea Dog raspberry wheat. I expected a good showing from Sam Adams, but unfortunately that was not the case.

Presented in a 12 oz. bottle with best-by Feb 2007 date, decanted into a pilsner a hazy amber with a minimal amount of tiny, Champaign-like bubbles along the edges of the glass. Head is generous, pillowy, and light tan in color; it fades at a leisurely pace leaving minor lacing and disappearing by the bottom of the glass. Overall, a good looking beer. Nose, even as it warms, leaves much to be desired, dominated wholly by an artificial cherry scent reminiscent of cough syrup. Try as I might, I couldn’t coax any other smell out of this one. Taste is slightly more complex, though still dominated by an artificial cherry flavor. Maybe there are some hops in the background, but they’re virtually indiscernible. Mouth is not bad, semi-viscous and wet. Drinkability is OK if you’re into this sort of beer; to me, it’s oversweet with little complexity to keep me coming back for more. One is enough.

Overall: An overly sweet fruit beer, nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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 kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Punisher
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of bsm80x
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of beerme626
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of tmryan21
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +47.5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Tbone2131
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkennedy119
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of whynot44
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, light copper colored with a decent white head that stayed for a while and left some moderate lacing on the way down.

There is a definite cherry aroma with a hint of hops and not much else.

The flavor is a mix of cherry with some light malt and a slight hops finish. Cherry flavor is definite but not overpowering, crisp, refreshing.

Something different, not something I would drink everyday but drinkable, could be very nice on a hot summer day relaxing in the shade.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.61/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly with a nice bit of lacing around the glass. Only a few carbonation bubbles are visible rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: An overpowering cherry smell. Smells good (like candy), but it sure doesn't smell like beer. If you have seen my review of Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic I said it smelled like somebody ate cranberry sauce and puked it up- this is kind of like that, but not quite as offensive.

Taste: Starts with hints of artificial cherry, and finishes with a very bitter but still somewhat sweet cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a deceptively heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: Not necessarily bad, but it is a bit weird. I would recommend it because it's different and worth a taste, but this isn't something I would get excited about drinking.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,871 ratings.
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