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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

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1,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 1860
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.13%

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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Photo of teddybear60


5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. I'm a big fan of all of Leinenkugel's seasonals though. When smelling and tasting the sunset wheat, it resembles fruit loops in my opinion. I could easily drink a six pack of this in a short period of time, and I have. Definitely give this a try if you like fruity tasting beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:43:09 | More by teddybear60
Photo of lochef81


3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim. Pours a cloudy pale straw color with little head or lacing. The nose is artificial blueberry and belgian yeast. Think a blueberry eggo with some yeasty bread dough on top. The flavor is bready with lots of bitter not fresh blueberries. Not what I expected when I grabbed thus and not something I'd come back to.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:38:10 | More by lochef81
Photo of ccoyle


3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not like hoppy beers, and since wheat beers are supposedly one of the least hoppy styles, I decided to try a six pack of this brew. I am not disappointed. Sunset Wheat pours a cloudy orange color. Mine had about a half-finger of head that faded quickly leaving some nice lacing. The smell is only so-so, but the taste is fine, with citrus notes right up front and a kind of 'sharp' quality to it. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated. True to the style, there is only a slight bitterness to the finish. Overall, I find it to be a refreshing brew, and probably a good session beer, though for me a 'session' is usually one. IPA lovers will probably hate it, but for those of us who are not fans of high IBU's, this one will do the job.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:15:25 | More by ccoyle
Photo of RVigz


2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell: The smell of this beer is pretty promising as it smalls like a sour/sweet fruity grain smell.

Taste:This beer i can honestly say tastes almost exactly like fruity pebbles the cereal. It has a sort of synthetic fruit taste that isnt very fresh. Finish is a bit sour and leaves a weird taste on the tongue. Overall it tastes like cereal mixed with grain. Pretty different.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:30:48 | More by RVigz
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle marked Feb1014, rest illegible, 40 degrees, into 12 oz glass
Aroma slightly lemony
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing
No lacing
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins very sweet, mixed berry flavor
Flavor ends abruptly, leaving only a vague sweetness
No hops evident, no alcohol tasted, no diacetyl
Light watery body with soft carbonation

This was left with me after a party two days ago. It is very much a perfumey, girlie beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 13:17:04 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of Jadjunk


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is brewed in the style of a Witbier with blueberry extract added. Most interesting is the use of a lager yeast strain in place of an ale strain. This has always been a year-round release, arguably the flagship beer of Leinenkugel's brewery since their shift to focusing on traditional German and Belgian craft styles. Available in bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an eggshell-white head of a crisp foamy consistency over a pale golden amber body with a moderate haze. Carbonation is light and relaxed. Head retention is average at best, lacing is very light and does not stick. 3.5

(Smell) Blueberry is an immediately evident aroma from the moment you open the bottle, dry, potent blueberry extract and artificial blueberry syrup. Following the blueberry is a light wheat malt, some cereal grain, a dash of orange peel and some light coriander. While not quite as profound in berry potency as Berry Weiss, the main focus on this beer is in the blueberry impact. It does manage to come off as moderately enjoyable, although some may find the strength of the blueberry a nauseating profile. 3.25

(Taste) A mild wheat profile with an equally mellow sweetness, mildly bitter orange peel and a dash of spice. Blueberry is a definite accent in the finish although it doesn't come off nearly as strong as it does in the aroma. No hop presence nor bitterness to speak of. Overall I found the blueberry an assertive compliment to an otherwise pedestrian witbier. I couldn't see it being memorable without the blueberry, as the remaining flavor would otherwise be remarkably light and potentially bland. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chalky and zesty dry. Carbonation adds some crispness to the tongue. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. The balance is sweet over bitter, although it's still a bit arid, thin and dry, not all are unexpected for the style but collectively it's jarring for drinkability somewhat. Perhaps the lager yeast had a profound impact on how the texture and body of this beer is perceived, as it's unique, but not wholly enjoyable. 3.5

(Overall) While my impressions about this beer have changed, they have changed for the better. Sunset Wheat is a very light beer in malt profile as well as in other style-defining guidelines. What makes this beer different is the use of a lager strain for a cleaner, crisper and lighter malt profile as well as the inclusion of blueberries, which do a decent job of complimenting the flavors of this witbier, but may easily be seen as a flavor burden for some who are going for something more simple or traditional. If you choose any light beer out of Leinenkugel's lineup, this is the one I'd most likely recommend, but try it on draft to see if you find it enjoyable enough to get more of. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:36:48 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very small white head dies quickly to barely a lacing at all above a cloudy washed out pale straw golden colored beer.

Blueberry fruity aroma.

Light blueberries on a wheat grain taste.

Light dry aftertaste without much taste sticking around with this light bodied beer.

Light tasting wheat beer, not really sold on this beer being worth recommending.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:03:04 | More by LXIXME
Photo of ShamusOGrady


3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to mug.
Cloudy, dark yellow, different.
Fruity, berry hint, nice.
Blueberry, that's it. Like having a beer with a blueberry muffin.
Smooth, nice drinkability.
A suprise when had, pleasant though, may consider again in the future.
May your beer be cold and your women hot.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:37:03 | More by ShamusOGrady
Photo of Lana_Christine


4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For a relatively affordable beer that you can find almost anywhere, this beer was by far my favorite of the summer. It's similar to something like Blue Moon... slightly citrusy, bubbly and delicious. Perfect for poolside fun & I've never had a friend say anything negative about the brew. Works well for picky beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 08:59:31 | More by Lana_Christine
Photo of JohnnyJam


3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the bottle into a pint glass and I get 1 finger on head. The date looks like Oct 9, 2014.? That doesn't make sense.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color and I get 1 finger of head that dissipates fast to leave a soapy ring around the glass. There is little to no lacing.

S: I smell some lemon and some wheat. Not much but maybe some fruit...berry of some sort.

T: Blueberries upfront and then some lemon zest and then finishes sweet. It's sweet, too sweet. Am I not supposed to taste coriander? It's not there. It tastes mostly of blueberries.

M: Creamy at first with some carbonation and a little bitterness. It goes down good but it is very sweet.

O: I'm not a fan because it is so sweet. It goes down good enough though but I don't want another. However, the girls here seemed to gravitate towards this one. My friend said that she doesn't like beer, generally, but likes this one. Go figure.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:36:49 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of alphagnome


3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass, a pale, hazy orange color greets you with a thin, cream-colored head. A decent amount of carbonation and little bit of lacing with noticeable legs wraps up the welcome appearance.

Very pleasant. A bit of malt, orange and lemon, spiced up with coriander and surrounded by blueberries. Gobs of blueberries. Sweet, crisp, and straight to the point.

Not as much blueberry as the nose leads you to believe, but plenty of coriander. Light hints of honey and creamy wheat malts with no detectable hops and a crisp finish. Reminds me of Fruity Pebbles, which is used to love growing up.

Creamy. Medium-bodied with nice levels of carbonation. Easy to drink and highly refreshing.

I could easily enjoy multiples of this witbier in one sitting. Incredibly easy to drink. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:01:33 | More by alphagnome
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange copper color with a billowy one finger white head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is on the sweeter side with a variety of fruit smells. Orange and lemon are the strongest, but other light fruit aromas of peach and some berry seem to be there as well. Along with the sweet is some spice of coriander and a decent showing of wheat, overall leading to a fruity wit aroma.

Taste –The taste begins with a more grainy wheat taste accentuated by a larger amount of mixed fruit. As the taste advances some flavors of yeast come to the tongue along with some spice which all in all combined in the end to leave a sweet and fruity wheat taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are quite fitting for the style and make it a nice summer style beer.

Overall – An alright brew overall. Nothing super out of the ordinary, but nothing wrong with it either.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 19:25:23 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Hermanater


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I haven't been a huge fan of Leinenkugel stuff and so in my tasting session I wasn't expecting much here. I was pleasantly wrong.

AP: much more coppery in color than most wheat beers I'm accustom to.

SM: Although I don't believe it's in there, it has a faint anise smell.

M: effervescence evidence of bottle conditioning

T: the black licorice flavors return and provide a surprising bitter-sweetness.

I had this in a tasting session and compared/contrasted it with Hoegaarden which also has coriander in it. The Sunset Wheat isn't tempered with orange peel however and I think this is what leads to the anise overtones. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:50:07 | More by Hermanater
Photo of archyquaffer


1.4/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm reviewing this beer from "notes" (consisting, in part, of vivid nightmares!!). I try really hard to like a beer, and have found few that I couldn't drink, but this execrable potion is one. I like most Leinie beers, and wish that some of them were more available in my area....But, when I try to find some Leinies, its usually this stuff that stares me in the face, or some variety pack wherein this "beer" figures prominently.

There's enough sediment in this beer, that it goes way beyond hazy and into the realm of "tainted". The sediment in one bottle was definitely discolored (as in decay). To compare the taste of this beer to Fruity Pebbles, as some have done, would be an insult to Fruity Pebbles. It's more like that old terrible cereal "Boo Berry" (yuck and double yuck)- really fakey fruit taste infused into puffed rice- this sounds not too far off, actually....

I have fond memories of Leinie's in the returnable longnecks-- I wish breweries would bring back this custom. Nowadays, I really like the amber lager, if available, and would really like to try the "creamy dark". But, they really miss with this one. Maybe if they get enough of this crap sent back, they'll replace it with something decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:51:39 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of JackMcAwesome


3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a mug.

Look: You have to pour a bit aggressive to get a nice one finger head going. It pours a golden brown that is hazy throughout. The head diminishes to a thin ring and it leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Getting some things that I don't generally smell in a Witbier, peach is the most prevalent. Seems to be a bit of coriander maybe? A very pleasant aroma that stay throughout.

Taste: Generally good. Lots of wheat and malt with a bit of the fruit that you smell. Maybe a type of berry as well. Black or blue maybe? Not sure. I generally don't like those type of berries, but it's working out nicely here.

Feel: Very light and refreshing. I wish it was hot out so I could enjoy that a bit more. The carbonation level is right around my preference.

Overall: I was very surprised by this. I picked it up in a mix-six but would definitely grab a full six next time. It's light and fun, and with the lower abv, I could knock a few back in mid-day after some yard work. (Always a plus)

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 21:36:42 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of bbluemzbeer


2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am glad I bought one bootle at the store. It is was way to sweet and 'fruity.

Appreance: Golden yellow with a white frothy head
Smells L fruits and whean
Taste YOu can taste fruits, with no balnce ot it '
Mouthful : is very acidic in the mouth

Overall : I would pick up a blue moon any day before this beer. THis is an average beer on hot summer day at best !

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 07:12:27 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of AngrrryMan


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Drank from the bottle, so didn't get a good look.

Smell: Sweet smell.

Taste: Tasted fruity, and a little like Fruity Pebbles. After a while it began to get a more and more bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Was smooth.

Drinkability: Good to drink with a fruit salad, or for breakfast. LOL!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:22:00 | More by AngrrryMan
Photo of YardmanFTB


3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to kill it with the ladies during the spring/summer time. It is another one of Leinenkugel's extract style fruity beers. It like the others tastes "soda-like". But this one especially tastes like "Fruity Pebbles" of all things. It sounds odd but it really does. This beer will always do well in the spring and especially with the ladies with a sweet tooth for beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:26:08 | More by YardmanFTB
Photo of teromous


2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very hazy medium shade of orange and golden straw body, with a fluffy white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like fruity pebbles, lemons, and only a hint of hop muskiness pops out in the end. Mostly it smells just like a bowl of fruity pebbles.

T: Some wheat twangy flavor mixed with fruity pebble cereal. It doesn't taste like a wit, but I get what they're doing with it. My only qualm is that the flavor tastes very artificial. I don't know if it has real flavoring or not, but it tastes too harsh. It's hard to pick out the flavors in the beer when my palate is washed with fruit.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. It is pretty easy to drink, and has a fairly light body. There is some texture to the beer as well.

O: Overall I was not a fan of the beer. I thought that it really didn't taste like a witbier, and seriously was a lot like drinking fruity pebbles. I would have liked to taste more of the beer and less of the fruit flavoring. It's worth trying if you really like fruit beers, but I don't think it's a beer that would draw a person back.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 17:39:22 | More by teromous
Photo of tectactoe


3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 21:02:17 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sunset Wheat

LOOK: Pale cloudy yellow. Soapy white head and little to no lacing.

SMELL: Wheat, grain, and berry like notes.

TASTE: Sweet wheat malt and a blueberry note. Little to no bitterness. Sweet malty flavor rounds out the beer.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied with a fair amount of malt sweetness in the finish.

OVERALL: This is a lager with blueberry flavor. Pretty average for a lager with moderate artificial flavor. Avoid unless you can't handle the flavor of a real beer or if you simply love blueberries.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:18:51 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of BottleOfPills

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First discovered this beer when at a local restaurant was serving it with blueberries. Took a sample and well my better half seems to enjoy the said combination.

Bought this six pack for the holidays from the local Sheetz, and poured into a glass. What a few of the others have said below about a nice head and such - I get none, mine was light if anything and quickly faded to a small foamy rim around the edge of the glass. The color is creamy - like a thick cream ale - yeah I guess that really isn't a color, but the overall appearance doesn't put my off, but it doesn't stand out either.

This being a wheat beer you can smell the fruity'ness, but I don't really get the orange scent or the coriander as you find in others. I definetly can get the blueberry idea though. I'm not saying it smells like blueberry, just that I can see where that would taste well with it. The fruity isn't girly, but it doesn't scream Metal either. Average

Taste I actually like, this is my second one today. Although I don't think I'll have a third. It's fruity, lemon like caramel. (try that with some Jelly Belly's and see how it taste??) Again I don't get the normal corieander spice kick that I find with most wheat beers I've tasted. Above average.

Mouthfeel - in all my reviews I've done, if it's crisp I give it a good rating - this is crisp, doesn't leave a filmy taste on my mouth. I'll go with 4

I will say I don't normally enjoy wheat beers but this one isn't that bad and I will definitly try again and may even shop for it. It's good, not great in my opinion. If you like wheats try it. If you don't it may be different enough that you still may want to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 18:46:53 | More by BottleOfPills
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2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

More poker night leftovers, poured into a Hoegarden glass from the bottle. Seemed to be witbier cicking it all of a sudden.

A light golden dull brass color, a mix of haze and clarity in appearance for the body. Manages some decent retention and a light white sudsy merringue like head. Settles slowly to a good puck. Not much rising carbonation on this,

This nose smells like green melon. Really smells like cantaloupe. Sugary sweet smelling, dime store candy. Smells more like fruit soda than beer.

Strangely in the palate more of that melon character is there, but much more subdued. More finish on the aftertaste, sweet Tang like melon characters with a decent full body. Flattened cola tasting a bit, but lots of sweetness on the finish.

It's sort of a melon thick soda than a witbier. Not feeling the love on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 21:14:27 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Mojo


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very hazy straw color with an enormous head and substantial lacing. The smell is floral, lemons, and oranges. Mouthfeel is about overdone with carbonation. If they could dial that back a little it would be much more pleasing. Taste is a fruitiness upfront that seamlessly gives way to a spicy mild bitterness on the finish. A very average beer, but very drinkable. I wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:16:20 | More by Mojo
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North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazed, opaque, slightly pale yellow-gold coloring with a thin, white coating of head. Aromas of fruitcake, with a lemony highlight and a slight roasting. Flavors are sharp, with an effervescence that almost obliterates the flavors. The fruit sweetness is short-lived, and there is a tangy floral end flavor that really sours the palate. The aftertaste is watered down, with a touch of floral dashed in there. Bleh, it's turning into a bit of a mess now. Filmy, cloying finish. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 01:14:24 | More by GarthDanielson
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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.