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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,262
Reviews:
1,173
Ratings:
3,901
pDev:
23.73%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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Ratings: 3,901 |  Reviews: 1,173
Photo of Patrick999
2.37/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First the positives. Pours a tawny red, and like most Sam Adams brews, the head is ample and the retention excellent. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated; seems to have a thirst-quenching feel.

Negatives - Smells like an artificially flavored "macro" black cherry soda, and pretty much tastes like one too, minus the sugar. Wheat spine is nice, but the artificial cherry taste overpowers it. Drinkability is limited due to taste.

Upon closer inspection, I find that this is a "wheat ale brewed with real cherries and cherry flavor." My guess is that barely any real cherries were used, instead substituting the artificial cherry flavor. I suspect that this would be an excellent beer if ONLY real cherries were used. I am a Beer Advocate who believes that artificial flavors have no place in beer. If it's not cost-effective to make this using 100% actual cherries, as I'm sure it probably isn't, then maybe the beer shouldn't be made at all.

I'll finish my sixer, but with no great enjoyment.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.36/5  rDev -25.3%
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 -21.8%
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 Lettsgo3
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Punisher
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of bsm80x
1.5/5  rDev -52.5%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Sebas
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of beerme626
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tmbgnicu
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +50.3%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mkennedy119
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of whynot44
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
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 atr2605
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours an orange/really soft amber coloe with a fluffy off white head with pretty good retention
S-cherry cough syrup and wheat
T-More of the same. Cherry and wheat malt mixed up front met with some hop bitterness and leaves cherry flavor on the palate. It's honestly not badly balanced but the artificial cherry flavor is a bit much
M-medium-light bodied
O-Not my favorite but I could drink it

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Photo of Bill235
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of godawgs
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 3,901 ratings
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