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RATINGS: 1769   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat® follows the centuries old American tradition of brewing beer with native ingredients, in this case Michigan cherries as well as a touch of honey. The sweet fruitiness of the cherries is balanced against the crisp, cereal note from the malted wheat and the subtle citrus flavor from the Noble hops. The end result is a sweet, refreshing beer that is light on the palate but long on complexity. Introduced in 1995 as a summer seasonal brew, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat® developed a large enough following to be introduced as a year round style. Its distinct cherry character has made it one of the most unique and well liked styles of Samuel Adams® beer ever. Cherries are added at two different points during the brewing process. Once during the mash and again during finishing.

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hershiser2 (3672) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
I suppose this beer comes down to the question, "Do you like cherries?" If ya do, sample it. If not, why would you even consider it? I tried this more out of curiosity than anything else, and I must say the results were better than the expectations I had. Great look...medium coppy, with a hint of amber running through. Great head. It's nice and fluffy and looks very yummy. It does have a nice black cherry smell, and it actually smells like black cherries rather than some cheap substitute air freshener (as I had expected, since I have encountered that several times). It's an OK taste. Nothing overly special, but it does seem to have a genuine cherry taste, rather than tasting like candy. I can't say I'd make this a part of my rotation... but it's really not bad.

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2004
blea... might be okay if it was more of a roasted dark cherry flavor, but c'mon, these things never really work for wheats. Kind of tasted like everything else, syrupy, not exciting with a detached fruit flavor.

Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2004 Yellow color, thick frothy head. Nose is strongly cherry and wheat. Flavor is artificial and thin, a total let down after the nose.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 Drank this on tap in the Hotlanta Airport. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. Very strong cherry flavor and buttery palate. Update: On tap at National airport. Pours hazy cloudy light brown-orange with a medium white head. Has a strong cherry aroma. Surprisingly the flavor is very kriek like. There are big cherries here and a mild tart finish. This is a really competent fruit wheat beer. Unfortunately it was at a stupid expensive airport price of $7 a pint.

Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Smells very light, pours clear, and if there's wheat here it's very well hidden. Smells and tastes like a lightish lager with a shot of maraschino cherry flavor. Not repulsive, but close.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
Smells like cream soda, golden amber, pours a large tight, off-white head, with plenty of bubbling action. Tastes mildly of cream soda, with a bit of malt, but no wheat? Light bodied, just doesn't seem like a beer.

firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Lots of excellent cherries in the nose, smooth & pretty drinkable, sweet aftertaste, the cherry flavors were almost overpowering. Pretty good.

Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2004
This beer has a moderately dark golden color. The aroma gives a hint of cherries, which is present a little more strongly in the taste. The palate is very smooth. The beer is only mildly carbonated, which fits the flavor well.

jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Tried this on a frat retreat to Chicago. Okay mouth feel and nice cherry aroma that translates into almost a medicinal/artificial cherry taste.

zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a golden color with a good white head. Has a creamy, cherry nose to it. Has a good cherry flavor mixed with good carbonation and a nice wheat/creamy finish to it. Kind of tastes like cherry iced tea. Very good.

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