PW's Year of Beer: Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

Now here is a divisive beer if ever there was one. You’ll see few beers get as loud a blasting as this one often gets on review sites, and yet the folks at Samuel Adams have continued to brew it for well over a decade. If people hate it that much, why keep brewing it? Because there is an equally large (albeit much quieter) segment of the beer drinking public that love it. The base wheat beer is pretty standard stuff—grassy, herbal, and easy drinking. It’s that big cherry flavor that you’ll either love or hate. Plenty of sweet cherry flavoring presents itself in each sip, almost reminding you of a Ludens cough drop, with a touch of honey to add to the sweetness. Some mix this beer with a sweet stout for a dessert-like beer. Others find it refreshing on a hot summer day. Either way, if you love the taste of cherries, give this a try at Bar-ly Chinatown.

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