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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,045 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian Wit in style, but brewed with a lager yeast strain and a top-note of blueberry added (info directly from the Leinenkugel Bros).

(Beer added by: jj21 on 03-16-2006)
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MichaelProcton

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -40.3%

01-18-2014 03:57:00 | More by MichaelProcton
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oberon

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%

Well Leinie is starting to show up around here in wny ahh the memories....On tap at Mammosers here in Hamburg,Poured a hazed orange/peach color with a thin wispy head.Big artificial orange essence in the nose along with some toasty malt like my wife said like orange fruity pebbles,not all bad just artificial,that artifical orange comes thru in the flavor with a cereal-like toasted quality it gets a tad sweet in the finish.Well a wheat beer with orange flavoring added a good fu fu beer and maybe decent on a warmer day but not something to be on the lookout for by any means.

Oh and did I mention it came with a sunset wheat flavored chapstick?Just added bonus to run and try this beer....uhm yeah.

01-10-2007 10:22:06 | More by oberon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

1.68/5  rDev -49.9%

Hazed yellow orange with thin lacing. Spicy sweet aroma of oranges in Hawaiian punch. Tastes like orange life savors dipped in sugar. Very sweet! No finish, no bitterness, no hops, no wheat, just orange sweetness and maybe a coriander touch. Very fruit juicy and unbeerlike. Cloying at a level equal to or greater than a Bacardi O alchy pop and with a similar flavor too. A dumper for me.

04-26-2006 19:47:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a tainted copper color with peachy, golden highlights - inevitable witbier haze throughout, capped off with a frothy, almost-creamy white head that settles shortly after the pour and deposits trace amounts of lacing on the glass. Surprisingly aromatic, nice combination of light spices, wheat, and a collection of fruitiness. Lemon zest and orange peels are the most prominent, but I feel like there's some other kind of berry in there. To be completely honest, the aroma draws a striking resemblance to a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles. The dry wheat aroma settles things down a bit. Not getting much of a hop profile, if any, from the nose.

The taste draws from that same fruitiness; lemon and orange zest, again, some type of unidentifiable berry. The spice comes out a bit more, side by side with the bread-filled, wheat laced backbone. Some slightly floral and delicate perfumey aromas and tastes start to jump out - not sure if it's from the hops or from some of the spices used. Wheat stays strong despite the fruit onslaught. Maybe it's just my nose tricking me, but I even get a subtle taste of Fruity Pebbles as well. I'm telling you, try this one and tell me it doesn't smell/taste like Fruity Pebbles. Overall a bit watery at times, it wouldn't hurt to be amped up a bit in terms of robustness and/or flavor, but then again, I guess that's not what you expect from a Leinie wheat beer. Pretty thin body, medium-high amount of carbonation gives it a tight, crispy snap.

This one holds a special place in my heart because it was the first "craft" beer (albeit possible faux craft, but that's beside the point) I ever had, and it was long before my actual endeavor into craft beers. My friends and I used to go to the store and pick up a few six packs of Sunset Wheat and play video games all night. Those were the days. Upon revisiting, I'm definitely not nearly as infatuated with this brew as I once was, but it's not a bad beer at all. Still remains sessionable and nice for a summertime cool-down.

01-24-2013 21:02:17 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-16-2013 21:47:37 | More by OhioBobcat
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%

Cloudy yellow with a thin head of tiny white boubles. Aroma is strange but not altogether offputting mix of lemon zest and peptobismal. This beer is light bodied and very high in astringincy with a thin and artifical citrus flavor that is seriously like drinking the yellow Fruit Loops. Honestly I'm kinda into this, but it is very funky, and near the bottom of my list for the style and the brewery. Refreshing though.

08-31-2006 01:57:42 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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SteelerFan


5/5  rDev +49.3%

06-14-2012 21:36:41 | More by SteelerFan
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Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -3%

03-08-2013 01:52:30 | More by tbryan5
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J2L


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-16-2012 01:13:38 | More by J2L
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

08-07-2014 00:39:58 | More by GameOfBeers
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

11-12-2012 23:13:42 | More by dmheinz57
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JMD71

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%

Sampled & reviewed on 3/2/07:

Ap: Full finger of head raised which settles within moments to a thin layer. Cloudy & gloden. Has the standard look of a Wit or other wheat-based ale.

Ar: Candied fruits dominate! Just totally pervade the entire aroma. Smells like jujifruits for Pete's sake! Maybe Juicyfruit gum. Smells real fake - oranges, cherries. Kind of like fruit punch or Hi-C.

Ta: The taste scarily reminds me of Fruity Pebbles (Wiiilllmaaa!). I love Fruity Pebbles n' all, but this is ridculous flavor in a beer. Do I like it because I love Fruity Pebbles or do I hate it due to its absolute lack of true beer qualities such as any malt flavor or hop bite?

Mo: Very light, smooth & crisp. Fruitiness leaves palette very clean. Dry finish.

Dr: Extremely easy drinking, but fruitiness wears very quickly. Thirst quenching possibly as is a fruity drink or juice, but not really a "beer" IMO.

Comments: Honestly, I didn't mind this as a beverage, but I don't think I could consider it beer, per se. Tasty, fruity & flavorful, albeit a bit fake tasting, but possesses no qualities you'd expect from beer.

04-17-2007 18:45:57 | More by JMD71
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Dmann

California

2.58/5  rDev -23%

An ok beer for sure, but not one that I will be rushing out to get again. The pour was nice with a good frothy white head and a nice cloudy golden color. The smell was a bit too sweet for me, it smelt like fresh blueberries with a hint of lime in there. The taste was ok with a bitter citrus flavor up front, followed by a pretty dry aftertaste of blueberries once again. The mouthfeel did not impress me either, it was too frothy. Anyways, try it if you are looking for something new, but there are many better witbier's our there for sure.

06-19-2008 01:06:03 | More by Dmann
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MikeC144

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-09-2014 15:50:13 | More by MikeC144
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loose5682

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

04-19-2013 04:15:28 | More by loose5682
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

06-29-2013 16:35:07 | More by markallmon
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +19.4%

03-21-2012 15:38:44 | More by sabitu
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beaversfan12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-25-2013 17:00:06 | More by beaversfan12
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

A pleasant surprise. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange in appearance with a medium-size white head. Spicy citrus aroma. Orange and spice in the taste, tiny bit of malt. Maybe a little bland, but definitely a beer you could drink for a while.

08-29-2007 21:18:12 | More by lordofthewiens
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%

I have this beer i tap,served in plastic cup.

The appearance was a light browny color with a white head.

The smell was a good one,not so strong,it have citrus fruits on it,

Taste was good, hops were there ,also some citrus fruits, lime, some spices also.

Feels really good in the mouth,i would drink this beer again but is hard to find.

08-10-2007 05:51:27 | More by BeerDreadz
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jonphilipp


3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

07-08-2012 18:21:01 | More by jonphilipp
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Duster72

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a cloudy orange with a big two finger head. Head settles quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is big on sweet orange and wheat. Slightly articifical smelling. Taste is oranges, pineapple and blueberries. Too sweet. Moutfeel is rather thin with a cloying swallow. Sugar stays on your tounge long after swallowing. Way too sweet to drink more than one. An interesting alternative to Blue Moon, but not necessarily better.

03-24-2007 19:18:42 | More by Duster72
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

04-14-2013 19:37:38 | More by JakerLou
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +6%

12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code, no freshness date.

A- Cloudy yellow with a short white head that holds together well.

S- Smells of tart citrus; lemon and lime ... more lemon though. Hint of white pepper, coriander and faint mint as well. Different ... reminds me of a gruit in a way.

T&M- Mild wheat character, crisp in a moderate body. Touch of hop bitterness, really just enough.Suggestions of Lemonhead candy, tarragon and lemon juice. Finishes with a lemon zest and fermented wheat twang.

D- Is this the new "American White Ale"? A decent "flavored wheat ale", solid intro beer for the non-beer drinker that thinks beer is simply a pale fizzy beverage. An OK pick for the veteran beer drinker that wants something light yet summerish.

05-01-2006 00:23:31 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +3%

Body is a hazy, dull yellow. Smallish white head is fleeting and leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity, with orange and lemongrass competing with some pepper and coriander notes. Mouthfeel is thin and selzery. Spritzy carbonation. Taste mirrors the aroma. Lemonrind and coriander with a hint of pepper and malted wheat. Thin and unsubtantial. Very refreshing and bargain priced, a nice pale wheat ale for summer sessions, otherwise unremarkable.

01-22-2007 13:54:20 | More by merlin48
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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.