Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
4.9% Alcohol by Volume
Color of Head = #F6E79D
Color of Body = #FF9B2E
I was expecting to be harshly brought down from the high I was on from the last Leinenkugel beer with this one, but I am still sitting pretty on my cloud. And you know why? This is a damn good beer. And it smells like freaking blueberries. EXACTLY like freeze dried blueberries. I think there is a little bit of allspice in there, too. You know the Little Debby blueberry pies? It smells like that filling. Very carbonated like the Summer Shandy. This beer is a good deal darker than the last one, bordering on lager territory. It is a little brown, and somehow manages to change colors from light to dark from bottom to top. Noticeably lacking from this frosty beverage is any hint of orange peel, or citrus of any kind. Normally this would be a complaint, but writing a niche blog like this can be a little repetitive at times so a change of pace is nice. This is a pretty sweet beer too. No part of it hits your tongue bitterly. It reminds me A LOT of Sweetwater Blue, which is one of my favorite beers. The blueberry taste is a little overwhelming though, which makes it hard for this poor lil ole beer reviewer to pick out some of the more subtle flavors. Not that I'm that good at tasting to begin with. But, I have the INTERNET to help me! I'll be right back, I'm gonna check out their website real quick and see what they have to say about this wacky beer.
OK, now I'm pissed. They say NOTHING about the blueberry taste. The only thing they mention is the coriander, which I couldn't even taste. Maybe I had just kept the beer in my fridge too damn long. Actually, that's pretty cool. Maybe my refrigerator has magical, taste transforming properties. It's interesting to note that Leinenkugel's website mimics the bottle in its design choices. Those being that it sucks. The loading screen is cool though, it's a glass of beer filling up. And additionally, there is a recipe section that freaking rocks. It's pretty cool to see a good sized company like this show off a little down home cooking. And what's really special is that it seems like that section is on the site not because they thought it would be good branding or pr, but rather because Peg (the recipe master) really wanted to share her knowledge with the world. It reminds me of something my parents would do if given the chance.
The glass is empty now, sadly. I was genuinely surprised by this beer. I thought it was gonna suck hardcore. But while I enjoyed it, I really don't think it was representative of what a true wheat beer should be. The color was wrong, the taste was off, it was very unbalanced (like the Summer Shandy) and the consistency just didn't seem right. Luckily for Leinenkugel though, it tasted pretty damn good.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2008 05:55:50 | More by mereed2
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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
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