Boston Beer Company – Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Serving type: Bottle into mason jar
Please excuse the terrible picture and the equally terrible review that is about to accompany it. I am reviewing this beer two months after actually tasting it on Christmas Eve. The picture is from my Blackberry at my grandma’s house, which just proves that even during family gatherings during holidays, I can’t go without trying a new beer and bashing it for my amusement. My review is coming from notes I jotted down on a cocktail wiener napkin that I proceeded to wipe my mouth with. So enough lowering your expectations, here is the sweet stuff.
I know the picture sucks, but this beer really does pour an extra hazy gold. It had an off-white head that stayed around for a good while. Pretty standard appearance for the style. Unfortunately the mason jar I was drinking out of looked like a little girl’s tea cup, so it made the overall presentation pretty sad. But I’m not rating my grandma’s drink wares, although if I was I would have to say it wasn’t Nanna’s strongest showing.
The beer smells pretty good actually. The name doesn’t disappoint at all as it has big cherry character to it with some nice hints of wheat and spice. Now you would think that would translate pretty well to the taste, but you would be sadly mistaken. The taste is big and bold and doesn’t pull punches with the cherry taste. My main beef with it is that it tastes way too artificial. I love black cherry taste, but this is a little too much for my liking.
The carbonation and body of the beer were light and refreshing. I would usually give a beer like this an average rating, but I had to bump it for the cherry flavor. It was just too unpleasant and overpowering that I really didn’t want a second one. But the Irish in me, combined with it being Christmas forced me grab a second one. Take two was a similar struggle and only reenforced my crappy attitude towards this beer and all my Christmas presents.