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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,990 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 85 | 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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vacax

California

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Leinie's Explorer Pack (variety box) purchased at BevMo Cypress.

A: Big white head well over an inch tall, dwindles down at a good pace, but some appealing head retention remains after several minutes. Attractively cloudy with typical wheat coloring along the edge of the glass darkening into luscious orange blossoms in the center.

S: Originally I thought I was insane when I finally placed the obscure scent as blueberry. It turns out this was spot-on, so I am relieved. Though this is an artificial smell.

T: Tart blueberry flavoring gets mixed in with any hops presence on my tongue. I say blueberry, as that is the best descriptor I have found, but there is a definite artificial or perhaps spiced aspect to this (which would fit the concept of a witbier). Hint of anise. A flavor that is unique to Sunset Wheat, which I had an intersting time trying to put my finger on. I did not particularly care for said flavor. Near everlasting aftertaste.

M: Witbier with a lager yeast strain with fruit notes that is called "wheat." What? Thick mouthfeel goes beyond all of these categories. Interesting combinations all around, and nothing to protest.

D: Very prominent backend flavor of artificial blueberries. Does this make me want to drink faster or slower? For me this is a sipper beer due to the unique tart, almost spiced fruit. I don't want more than one at a time.

Peculiar flavor destined to be both loved and hated. I had an interesting time with this beer, but didn't find myself loving it. I can see how this may appeal to many, as well as to atypical beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 04:17:49 | More by vacax
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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.