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  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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  • Country: United States
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Style: Fruit Beers
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  • PHM Grade: A

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

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I’m sure you’ve all heard those popular commercials with the soothing voice of Tim Allan coaxing you to visit pure Michigan (.org). “With rolling sand dunes, tranquil bays, sprawling woodlands, clear streams and pristine golf courses,” the Mitten State is the perfect place for a quick weekend get away. What some of you might not know is that Michigan is the world’s leading producer of cherries.

Recognizing this national resource, the brewers at Boston Brewing Co. decided to utilize these cherries in a brew. Now, some of you might think that fruit in your beer is “pansy” or “disgusting.” I would argue that fruit, when properly used, can compliment a beer and enhance its overall enjoyment. I have had beers where all you smell and taste is the fruit, which does serve as a turn-off … I will not lie.

However, Sam Adams does such an awesome job at balancing a remarkable wheat beer with just enough cherries to create what I think is one of the most palatable beers on the market. It quickly became my favorite beer of all time (and I don’t even like cherries). Even after sampling over 400 beers in 2+ years, I find myself coming back for the following reasons.

  • Interesting hazy straw-gold with foamy off-white head and an ever-so-light red hue
  • The nose pops with notes of fresh picked cherries over a grainy wheat backbone
  • Mouthfeel is light and satisfying
  • The taste is a mixture of fruity liveliness harmonizing with subtle wheat beer qualities
  • Finishes ridiculously crisp and distinct – I credit this to the cherries which are not overpowering, but provide a slight tartness
  • The aftertaste is the best part of the whole experience – the wheat malt leaves a delightful breadiness on the palate
  • It’s a great beer for all seasons – refreshes on hot Summer days, pairs well with Fall meals, fights Winter blues, and welcomes in Spring
  • Both tasty on tap (will have more pronounced wheat flavors) and in the bottle

Do you find yourself many miles away from Michigan wishing to experience its grandeur? All you have to do is pour yourself a Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat. It is pure Michigan in a glass!

ABV: 5.35%

Grade: A

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, 3.3 out of 5 based on 6 ratings
  1. I like fruit. I like beer. I think I will like this.

    Michael — March 2nd, 2010, 11:25 AM
  2. well said, michael. and well described, tom. i need to try this again.

    Noel — March 2nd, 2010, 1:05 PM
  3. I agree. While the best beer I’ve had is the Dublin Genny on tap (NOT the bottled Canadian crap), this is still hands-down my favorite fruit beer, and I’d give it a solid B+. Great review.

    Mikey — June 8th, 2010, 1:57 PM
  4. Thanks Mikey! I’m curious, what was Dublin Genny like?

    Tom — June 9th, 2010, 9:56 AM
  5. I recently tried the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer. Tom’s review is on the money. It is superb.

    Craig — October 16th, 2010, 11:15 PM
  6. Thanks Craig! I appreciate your comments and I’m glad you liked it. May there be many more.

    Tom — October 18th, 2010, 8:04 PM
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