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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,985 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 84 | 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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WMBierguy

Maryland

2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks good when you pour it; it's cloudy yellow, and it has a pure white head. It's all down hill from there. There's a strong lemon smell when you open the bottle. The taste is overwhelmingly lemon, like someone mixed a hefeweizen or a Belgian white with a glass of lemonade. It ruins anything that the brewer was trying to do with the wheat. If I wanted lemon flavored malt drinks, I'd buy a Mike's Hard Lemonade. The mouthfeel is decent, but the beer's flavor makes this an undesireable beer.

I don't know why, but Americans just can't seem to get wheat beer right. I think that it's this weird tendency that we have to add citrus to them. I have no idea why we do it, as all it does is detract from the actual taste. Maybe we just can't duplicate the subtleties necessary to create truly great wheat beer, so we substitute citrus instead. We even go so far as to ruin good German and Belgian wheat beers by serving them with lemon and orange wedges, as our wheat beer sensabilities seem to demand citrus. Whatever the reason, it's a shame.

Avoid this beer. Get some Hoegaarden instean.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 20:43:47 | More by WMBierguy
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Again, Leinenkugel continues to wow me in many different ways, providing me with memorable flavors in numerous different varieties. If we're referring to it as a "macrobrew," then it's currently my favorite macrobrew, for few other breweries I've had churn out more and more delicious products with extreme consistency.

Sunset Wheat is, by far, the brewery's most underrated offering to date. We don't carry it at my specific store, but I feel it compliments the summer season beautifully, and just as well as their equally impressive line of shandies. The beer, a lot like Bell's Oberon, bears a taste eerily similar to the smell and intoxication one gets from the archetypal summer night, and to that I don't complain. It's a taste that combines the succulent aroma of aromatic hops combined with a taste that's equal parts fruity and absorbing as it is slightly bitter, but nowhere near the offputting equivalent of a pale ale.

All and all, another great beer from a terrific brewery. Here's to officially earning it.

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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.