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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,068 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-orange wheat on tap at Buffalo Raceway Brewfest. Moderately cidery aroma. Sourness aggressive carbonation and drying. Average drinkability. Medium to lighter mouthfeel, with a bit of fruit and wheat in here.A summer beer served by surprise at the end of winter, and not too unwelcome.

Sammy, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fake citrus aromas, and a perfume-like note. Taste is much the same with an artificial aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is not really all that beer-like in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite hazy and yellow/gold with a fairly decent white head.

S: Lots of citrus going on here. Mostly lemon with a bit of spiciness.

T: Wheat malt comes through underneath the fresh lemon flavor.

M: Fairly thin, although quite a bit thicker than the typical adjunct lager.

D: A little bit too sweet to be really drinkable, but a decent cool-me-off beer in the summer.

Thorpe429, May 02, 2009
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19.4%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -40.3%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of orange peel stand out in the nose, which also has some hints of berries.
T: The taste is also similar to the smell and also has flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is both easy to drink and refreshing. The berries add an interesting twist and make the taste a bit different compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honeuy color with a reasonable head (not unexpected for a wit) that leaves a few stripes of lace

Smell: Smells a bit like a fruit salad, with lots of orange and blueberry esters; the coriander adds a perfumey element that is a bit unusual

Taste: The orange and blueberry flavors jump all over the tongue from the outset and get sweeter and juicer at mid-palate; after the swallow, the orange dominates and I can faintly detect a little coriander on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Too sweet and fruity, without enough complexity; almost tastes like liquid juicy fruit gum

brentk56, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hugely cloudy apricot with pale banana edges. The cap is lemon-tinted ivory in color and may be the creamiest Leinie's crown that I've seen yet. It's substantial enough to last and tacky enough to deposit lace in sudsy streamers. A textbook APWA appearance.

Beer of this style needs a hook, something to allow it to rise above simple, liquid white bread. Most good one use hops. Sunset Wheat uses coriander, a good choice. The nose is sweet and tangily wheaty and is just spicy enough to be distinctive and more interesting than the style average. Do I smell blueberries as well? Odd.

I actually had hopes that this would be my favorite beer of the Leinenkugel's line... and then I tasted it. That isn't to say that it's bad beer, just that it doesn't please my taste buds as much as it pleases my nose. Like most beer from this brewery, it suffers from a serious lack of malt; not as noticeable here as in some other styles, but still.

I'm glad that the website lists 'natural' coriander as one of the ingredients (is there any other kind?) because the coriander flavor tastes artificial to me, extract-like. It's a sweet, perfume-like flavor that doesn't taste much like the coriander that I've come to know and love in good witbiers. In fact, it tastes like grains of paradise. I guess it was too much to ask for these guys to actually nail a new beer, but I have to give them points for trying something different.

The body is light to light-medium. Again, not a problem in a style that isn't meant to be chewy. Still though, a little light creaminess would be welcome. At least it isn't bubbled to within an inch of its life.

I hadn't heard good things about Sunset Wheat, but it's actually decent beer and is an acceptable summer quaffer if well-chilled. I have to give Leinenkugel's credit for thinking outside the box with regard to the coriander (and something else?). Too bad they seem to have an inherent inabililty to brew truly good beer.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like they blended a nice Witbier and an American Wheat. The beer had a mildly murky yellow-ness with a soft white glaze, yet disapointing head retention. Citrusy with lemon and orange zest and a rind-like bittering. Spiced up with maybe a dash of corriander, but relying on the wheat / yeast esters to decorate. The body, like most American Wheats, end up void. Finishes nicely crisp and clean except for the lingering bitterness.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with a moderate white fizzy head that faded quickly with no lace. Smell was very sweet, lots of lemon and wheat hints in here. Wow, the taste, if I did not know better I would swear there was a lemon in the bottle. Smooth and light, but really sweet. I would not have put soo much lemon or corriander or whatever that herb is thats sweeting it, other than that, a very sessionable summer beer.

mikesgroove, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger head with little lacing on a murky golden and crimson body. Very little to the aroma with hints of wheat and a Maury presence. Mostly wheat but overall a rather bland flavor. Not mcu else is there that is easy to detect. High carbonation and light body. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall a plain beer for the masses. Easy to drink but offers little else.

kylehay2004, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $3.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, burnished gold body with a thin layering of white fizz which soon dissipates to a very thin white ring.

Smell: A scent of artificial lemons and synthetic blueberries. It doesn't even smell like a beer.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly tangy taste of malted wheat trailed by a upsurge of lemon and blueberry flavor, a noticeable carryover of that Fruity Pebbels character from that Berry of theirs. Very small hint of coriander, likely placebic. Not much of a hop presence or apparent bitterness. Lemony, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, a tad fizzy.

Drinkability: No thanks. It's a bit watery, a bit too fizzy, and, yeesh, there's that artificial-tasting flavoring quality to it -- for me, it's just subpar in all its facets. So, again, no thanks!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite from Leinie's, I had this beer for the first time at Ozzfest 2007. I was probably charged out the ass for it there but at the time I wanted a beer and I wanted something other than Miller or Coors. This beer was perfect for that blistering hot summer day out in the elements of my least favorite season. Had these been cheaper there I would have gotten a lot more.

The beer had been on my mind till I came across it again at a local bar on tap. I was really stoked to have it again. I ordered up a pint and they dolled it up with an orange slice which I tossed into the glass once I got it. I figured why not?

The beer was a really nice hazy golden orange color with a foamy white head on top what gave off a pretty good lacing. The smell is so refreshing, It's got orange, melon, blueberries, lemon and the some nice grainy aromas coming through. The taste is a sweet but not disgustingly sweet. It's got a great balance in my opinion between the fruity sweetness and the grainy base of the beer. The fruit flavors are dominant throughout the beer but maintain their strength and don't become bland. The mouthfeel is very smooth and lightly carbonated. This beer could easily be drank very quickly. This is my "goto" beer for the summer season. Seldom will I pick something other than this one if it's available.

Knapp85, May 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well Leinie is starting to show up around here in wny ahh the memories....On tap at Mammosers here in Hamburg,Poured a hazed orange/peach color with a thin wispy head.Big artificial orange essence in the nose along with some toasty malt like my wife said like orange fruity pebbles,not all bad just artificial,that artifical orange comes thru in the flavor with a cereal-like toasted quality it gets a tad sweet in the finish.Well a wheat beer with orange flavoring added a good fu fu beer and maybe decent on a warmer day but not something to be on the lookout for by any means.

Oh and did I mention it came with a sunset wheat flavored chapstick?Just added bonus to run and try this beer....uhm yeah.

oberon, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I has a cloudy, pumpkin-like color and a small foamy head. It smelled of orange and yeast. It tasted like clove and citrus. I guess that may have been the corriander. There was also a noticeable wheat flavor. It was a little grainy in terms of mouthfeel. It was fairly drinkable, but there are many other wheat beers that I would grab before this version.

zeff80, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jake's lemony and berryish Sunset Wheat really hits the spot on a hot summer day (not that there are an over-abudance of those in Wisconsin!), or even a cold winter night with friends gathered round. It pours a cloudy gold that's almost like brass, and a huge head of frothy white. The retention is quite good, and the head slowly dwindles to a wide collar of creamy bright white along with a cottony, almost-solid, surface covering. It continually leaves lace throughout the glass in wide, craggy splashes... very nice! It's so fruity in the nose that you might initially think you've poured the Berry Wheat mistakenly until you realize it's more citrusy (lime). It is juicy, and tangy like berries though. As it warms the wheaty malt becomes apparent, as does some spice (grains of paradise? white pepper?... maybe it's just from the yeast... doubtful). It's a touch peachy and apricot-like as well. It's smooth across the palate with a gentle zest of carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor is as the nose suggests, with citrusy flavors dominating a light, sweet, somewhat wheaty malt base. The bitterness is limited, but it's balanced by the tartness of the citrus. Quite refreshing! And interesting to boot! It's drinkability might be up in the air, depending upon what you like, but if you're open to a fruity and citrusy beer, this one might work.

NeroFiddled, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code, no freshness date.

A- Cloudy yellow with a short white head that holds together well.

S- Smells of tart citrus; lemon and lime ... more lemon though. Hint of white pepper, coriander and faint mint as well. Different ... reminds me of a gruit in a way.

T&M- Mild wheat character, crisp in a moderate body. Touch of hop bitterness, really just enough.Suggestions of Lemonhead candy, tarragon and lemon juice. Finishes with a lemon zest and fermented wheat twang.

D- Is this the new "American White Ale"? A decent "flavored wheat ale", solid intro beer for the non-beer drinker that thinks beer is simply a pale fizzy beverage. An OK pick for the veteran beer drinker that wants something light yet summerish.

Jason, May 01, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap 4/12/07 at The Abbey in Providence, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale orange color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity with orange & lemon. There’s also some wheat and a faint touch of hops in there.

T: The taste is quite sweet and fruity with the same flavors of orange & lemon that you get in the smell. There’s a little bit of spice and some wheat flavor in it as well. Despite the fruity sweetness, the malt character is thin and there’s barely any hops presence. The after-taste is sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is somewhat clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, to be honest I didn’t like it at all and would not drink it again, however, if you like Blue Moon, you’d probably like this beer as well. I was sad to see that this beer had replaced the Newport Storm of the Season tap at The Abbey and mentioned as much to the bartender for it whatever it may have been worth.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 13, 2007
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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.