Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweet/sour cherry aroma and taste, with a little bit of wheat malt peeking through. Accent is more on sweet than sour, by a long shot. Fizzy palate and body. Cherry flavor tastes fake. This is a very girly beer.
PorterPounder (7431) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 Rerate On tap at Atlanta Airport - Sweet artificial aroma of cherries; mouthfeel - slightly thin, Decent dark golden appearance - good head. Cherry is only prominent flavor, tad too much carbonation. Original 2.8 Smooth drinking hut kind of had a cough syrup taste to it - too artificial - the cherry flavor was not subtle at all. No real sense that this was a wheat beer- no cloudiness etc.
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Definitely not my favorite beer, or even my favorite SA. Has a slightly sour medicinal quality to the cherry in both the aroma and flavor. Not much to back it up. I’m starting the think that wheat beers just weren’t meant to be fruit flavored.
VTIrishman99 (64) - Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty damn good brew... been a while since i’ve had it, although I dont think the cherry is really quite as noticable as you would think it should be... but pretty yummy.
Ale Boy99 (19) - Twin Lake, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Small head that disappears in a few moments. Aroma of cherries only, no hops, malts or anything else. Lightly carbonated with a very slight taste of cherries. But the worst wasyet to come! The aftertaste was terrible! Wasn’t bad yeast, hops or spoiled beer. Very bad taste. Will not purchase this again!
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have liked this beer in past years, but this year it seems to have gone downhill. It had a tiny head that soon dissipated and had a hazy orange color in the glass. The aroma was pure cherries, no hops, malt or alcohol that I could detect. Now for the taste (and this is where it went downhill in my opinion). It was lightly carbonated and had a slight taste of cherries. It wasn’t over powering, however it was the only flavor I tasted. Then there was this horrible bitter taste at the end. It wasn’t anything like a hoppy finish, it was a rotten type sour taste, like something went bad in the beer. It wasn’t very pleasant and wasn’t anything I have experienced in the past from Sam Adams. Usually the beers are pretty consistant from Sam. Maybe I just got a bad batch. Maybe I’ll try it again next year, if I can get this horrible aftertaste out of my mouth by then.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has varied over the years, and at its best is essentially an American Wheat augmented with cherries, at its worst a bizarre unbalanced mess. The color is nice, usually.
qbird599 (1) - USA - AUG 2, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is a great beer. Its real smooth and it goes down easy. you can taste the diversity of the flavors with an excellnt finish of cherry
sethatuml (38) - USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This years batch tastes more like cherries than in years past. Very nice change from the norm.
edfabry99 (6) - Phila., Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2002 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
nice clean taste, goes down easy