The 4th of July has come and gone, leaving the streets of Pueblo filthy with the stank litter of fireworks and the hearts of the citizens just a little bit happier. There’s just something about bright lights and explosions that leave people in awe, especially if they get to light the fuse.
I was fortunate to participate this year. Beer and Black Cats go hand-in-hand, so the chances of having me work at the liquor store were pretty high. Since the fourth was on a Friday this year, one of my usually scheduled days off, I was graciously given the morning shift, leaving my night free and clear for celebrating.
And celebrate I did. My girlfriend’s aunt tossed a BBQ for the family, and there was food, mischief, laughs, and three kinds of beer; Bud Light Lime, Fat Tire, and Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.
As the night progressed, and as people began falling asleep in the dirt, I found myself favoring the Cherry Wheat by Samuel Adams. It was a sweet little beer to have for dessert after a long night of hamburgers and bratwursts. So, naturally, I chose it for this weeks beer review.
Cherry Wheat, when poured into glass, has a brownish color tinted subtly with red, almost so subtle that if you didn’t know it was cherry, you might not see it.
A strong cherry aroma is present, however, when you sniff a fresh bottle. Not as strong as cherry cough syrup, but pretty close, so if you have bad memories of the stuff, this might be a negative factor. I personally found it appealing.
And it tastes, you guessed it, like cherries, and in a good way at that. This isn’t your mom’s wine cooler. There’s plenty of hops and wheat to be enjoyed mixed in with all that cherry goodness, leaving a nicely balanced, tasty beer for those occasions when something a little sweet is in order.
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is a new favorite of mine. Its great after big meals, the ladies love it, and at $7.99 a six pack, it’s an affordable treat for any special occasion, especially those that may cause fire damage.
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat gets a 4 out of 5.