Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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1.85/5 rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Now here's a very common problem with a lot of witbier brewers: they act like it's a blank slate that will accept any old flavor and they shovel in a heinous load of spices or an orchard of orange peels or worse yet, a bucket full of fruit extract, and they end up with a horribly disjointed, off-balance candy-beer that they call a witbier because it's an exotic name that will sell a few cases. This is all well and good but for the love of wheat, please don't call it a witbier!
A great witbier is a study in subtlety. It has just a touch of spicyness, just a bare whiff of aromatic citrus, a light twang of phenol from the yeast, a hint of tartness and a delicate dry finish. All these things are present and harmonious, none are overt. Sadly, this is a rarity, but it's a good sign that the style is catching on.
This particular beer has a fruityness the likes of which I generally associate with a bin of Brach's. It reeks of marketing obscuring the brewer's art. I'll yield the point that it uses blueberries in unusual fashion, but it comes off like artificial berry flavor. All the same, I would call this a fruited American wheat beer...not a witbier by a long shot.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2007 03:01:33 | More by ctdfalconer
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3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 22:18:43 | More by SteveJeremy
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,997 ratings.