This one is a little different for us. None of us are really into the fruit beers, but a friend brought over some Sam Adam’s Cherry Wheat, so we decided to give it a try. Read on to see what we thought about it.
From the Brewery: Crisp and fruity with a hint of honey, this cherry brewed ale has surprising depth while being light on the palate.
Aroma: Strong sugary cherry smell, almost like Cherry Garcia ice cream (for those of you familiar with the Ben & Jerry’s wonder…), that totally dominates the nose.
Taste and Drinking Experience: This one doesn’t taste as sweet as the smell would suggest. The cherry is present throughout, but in a more subdued sense. Up front, it’s light a very light wheat beer. The problem is that there is no flavor on the back at all. It’s like drinking cherry seltzer, but your mouth really expects something else to happen. This beer is incredibly palette cleansing, almost to the point of overkill.
Overall: This beer might be refreshing in warm weather. It’s not undrinkable, but there is not much substance in terms of the flavor. We would personally probably reach for a regular wheat beer, but if Sam Adams was trying to make a very refreshing fruit beer that would appeal to those who like fruit in their beer, or who are not really beer drinkers, then they succeeded. This one isn’t that bad.
Grade: We are going to waffle on this one a bit. In terms of just judging it as a “good beer” that we would want to drink, we only give it a C+. But in terms of the style, it seems Sam Adams accomplished what they set out to do, and from that perspective, this might warrant a grade as high as a B.
Let us know what you think of Sam Adam’s Cherry Wheat in the comments.
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