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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2001

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Photo of Murrhey
2.01/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at the Stadium Tavern in Fullerton, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Typical Sam Adams fluffy head. Finger and a half thick. Orange color. Long retention.

S- Smells like cherry cough medicine. Very strong. Oofah.

T- I think someone just poured cough medicine into my beer. Disgusting.

M- Medium bodied and sticky.

O- Avoid unless you like adult koolaid.

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Photo of Liberatiscioli
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Winter
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber in color with a thin surface head. Sweet cherry aroma dominates the nose. Mouthfeel is seltzer-like with a persistent carbonation across the tongue. Taste has a wheat malt front that quickly transitions into a sugary cherry sweetness. Midway the cherry flavor turns tart and almost metallic. The metallic taste follows into the finish, which features the return of the bready wheat flavor along with a lingering cherry taste that turns medicinal. This was much better cold out of the fridge and as the temperature of the beer warned up, the flavor appeal lessened.

I had this years ago and didn't care much for it. To include this in the Sam Adams Harvest Seasonal mixed pack seems like a summer after-though. I don't associate cherries with Fall really and this isn't thirst quenching enough for a summer offering or comforting enough for a Fall Seasonal.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.84/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy amber color. Very thin white head with mild lacing.

Smell: Cherries, lots of cherries. Some wheat and hop notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Delicious cherry and wheat flavors.

Overall: Excellent cherry wheat. Well balanced and flavorful. Always enjoy this brew.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MasterRigger
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of clager
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Good foam and lacing action. Holds kind of a golden-orange appearance. Yeah. It's good.

Smell: Cherries. Cherries. forgot...CHERRIES! One of the strongest beers, at least from Sam Adams. Very clear that this is made with cherries, which shouldn't be earth-shattering. It's not that complex and is kind of bitter.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again...cherries. Very bitter actually, but not gross. The lack of complexity though makes this flavor the key aspect to this beer.

Drinkability: Honestly, the taste would get to me after a while and I would need a more palate-cleansing taste.

Overall: It's an average beer. I do like the cherries but this needs something else. Not hops, but maybe malts.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

L: Pours a gold color with a creamy white head that doesn't dissipate and lots of lacing.

S: Very artificial and sweet cherry, a light wheat note.

T: Very sweet artificial cherry, kinda like cough syrup. A solid note of wheat at the end.

O: This beer tastes way too artificial to me.

F: Easy drinking, light but creamy.

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Photo of Stimack
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew poured to a slightly hazy golden color with a good sized white head that had good retention and left a good amount of lacing, over all it is a good looking brew. The aroma screams cherries, to be frank that is really all I am picking up, they give off a very sweet scent that to me seems too much. The flavor again seems to be all about the cherries which in my opinion are way over the top. It almost has a cherry coke flavor to it. If you thought the nose had a strong cherry presence, you haven’t seen anything yet! I suppose that some folks might enjoy such a brew but the cherry flavor seems to be way out of balance with a slight artificial taste. To me this one is not a keeper, would like to have something different in the summer mix pack.

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Photo of Blanco
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of objectivemonkey
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass, pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a decent whitish head and ok stringy lacing. Nose has wheat hints, thought I picked up banana hints when colder, but now just a kind of junky cherry thing going on. Taste is similar, a decent wheat malt in front, but I just don't like the marachino cherry thing it has going on, bordering on the comical, like cough syrup or 'cherry' flouride, just isn't balanced out right, too much cherry when cold or warm, first sip and last. Mouth is probably the best thing about this beer, creamy, enough carbonation to give it a bit of spring. This is a desert beer if anything, but not one I'd buy again. Sorry Sam, not your best work.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mitch3114
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers. Pours a nice reddish-brown, and the smell is delicious. This definitely isn't a beer that can be drank in mass quantities; it's more of a "sippin' a few with the boys" beer, or a dessert beer. The cherry taste is definitely present, but is not overwhelming. I have found this to be a beer that people either love or hate, and I love it. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is big, off-white, foamy. The beer is almost clear, a dirty orange-amber. Aroma is very sweet: cherry ice cream, really. Sweet cherries dominate the front with sweet cream filling in the middle. It's almost a white chocolate taste. Finishes better: the sweetness tames, it bitters a little and nuts show. This isn't a bad beer. Creamy, with a nice, nutty finish. But it's too sweet for me, even as an ice cream beer.

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Photo of sleazo
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear brown with a two finger head. disspates down to a nice slick of cream couloured bubbles. Lacing is minimal

S sweet cherries and not much else

T. Sweet cherries overpower any hops and malt. Not bad but it doesn't do much for me. A little more twang would do good.

M-light bodied and medium carbonaion.

D-For what it is it isn't awful but not really my cup of tea. I would like a little more than cherries

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Photo of kwkdmk
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber, clear. Mild head, mild carbonation.

Cherries, mild sweet malt backbone.

Medium bodied and full of cherries. Wheaty malt base: grainy, dry, and kind of chalky. Hops are pretty much invisible, slightly floral and citric. Mild carbonation, foamy. Finishes mostly clean and slightly tart, bitter, and dry.

Hurray for cherry beer. Not the greatest, but definitely not bad. Refreshing and fairly light. I like that it is not red, i.e. no food coloring.

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Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of my mixed sampler. I know Ive had it on tap (@ Bdubds in Medina, OH I do believe).

The body is a light yellow with what was a huge white had that has dissipated into a quarter inch.

Artificial cherries like everywhere. Super candy sweet, not cough syrup (more of a cherry flavoring grenadine type thing).

I cant really get down with the taste unless Im in the mood for it.Its a light American Wheat base, but damn its got cough syrup cherry flavors everywhere. It gets more balanced as I drink it. I get more adjunct (corn) grains and less of that cherry flavor, but that cough syrup cherry flavor still stays at the forefront.

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Photo of Walkerjgt
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of comfortablynirm
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of freshflesh
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cbl2
2.24/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Pale cloudy straw w/ thick white head that leaves a nice lace

Ludens cough drops is about the nicest thing that comes to mind. Not very inviting.


Slightly bitter, but overwhelmingly the flavor is of cherry cough syrup. Avoid this beer at all costs. You'd be better off going out and drinking a bottle of Robitussin

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Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.22 out of 5 based on 3,873 ratings.
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