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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

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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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 04:48:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:33:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 19:45:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 01:14:45 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 21:27:59 | More by brentk56
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3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 02:24:51 | More by BEERchitect
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3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 16:35:24 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-31-2011 23:26:04 | More by metter98
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2.4/5  rDev -28.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 20:14:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2007 10:22:06 | More by oberon
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3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:38:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, light straw yella, hazed appearance, with a snowy white head that drifts down to a slight sheet, then a faint ring.

Aroma, bright lemon and orange zest, with light spices on the side. Immediately feels just right for a witbier nose. Clean, zippy, fruity, creamy citrus with commanding coriander.

Big lemon on the tongue, meringue pie, creamy and fruity, but without much substance below. Fills the mouth, but without much beyond lemon, then softly slips away. Way too much lemon in this, not even enough orange, and the spice has disappeared in the flavor. Apes the wit in aroma and looks, but chokes when it comes to the actual taste of it.

too thin in body in the end, just a vapor of character. Finish diminishes behind a whisper of lemon.

Drinkability misses, too, bases on the too- pointed presence of lemon, against anything else. I guess I'd drink it if I had to, but they could have done better, could have tried harder.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 10:01:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2007 13:56:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a date of 02 27 07, which I'm thinking is the bottled or born on date? Pours a hazed straw color with 4+ fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Good lacing * above averag head retention

S: Berries & watermelon?

T: Orange peel, berry punch & slight hint of pepper up front. Tartness follows as this warms along with a peach juice favor. Finishes dry, tart & fruitty

MF: Light & sprtizy

Drinks alright, a lot to fruitty for me, someone probably digs this. I'll be sexist & think it would a just a few women.Not a good example of a wit by far...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 03:03:11 | More by russpowell
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New York

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful citrus scent that compliments the sweet wheat aroma. It has a sweet orange peel feel. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth wheat flavor with a dry, yet flavorful citrus orange finish. This is a damn good brew for the summer months. The mouthfeel is excellent. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It's light with lots of great taste; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 01:59:01 | More by WesWes
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3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 21:44:01 | More by zeff80
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 21:02:56 | More by Knapp85
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3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a patch.

The smell is fruity - mostly blueberry with some orange, lemon, a hint of lime.

The taste is sweet candy-like fruitiness - like aroma, mainly blueberry orange with some lemon and lime. Sweet and tangy with a touch of wheat crispness. Something aritificial about fruitiness. Sugary sweetness in the finish.

The feel is light-bodied, but not too watery - decent for the style.

The sweetness and candy-like fruitiness is too much for me personally. Might be okay in the summer - reminds me of a carbonated Tang in a way. Or better like a Fruit Roll-Up, as there is a plastic-like taste in the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 01:03:36 | More by jwc215
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I could do this review in two words, but that's not very descriptive. Okay let's just call it "fruity pebbles" yep that's what I got that vibe the whole time I drank this beer from aroma to all the flavors flowing. Appears a unfiltered pale golden hazy peach hue large bright white head chunky textured rises well above the rim of my glass, lace is sporadic and uneven but it's clinging. Aroma has citrus rolling lemonade accents with a mild chalky atrificial berry swetness with the mixture of grain and artificial flavoring I get fruity pebbles. Flavor chalky creamy citrus with mild herbal tones and blueberry extract sweetness coming in again with that signature fruity pebbles vibe, dry powdered cream finish. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a creamy spritzy carbonation flowing, wow that's a strange texture but goes down. Drinkability is decent not a whole sixer but one or two really get you in the mood for a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, yabba dabba belch.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 13:47:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin but lasting head, leaves a white coating of lace. The broth is a cloudy Orange-light amber.

Raisin and raspberry aroma. People around me smelled blueberries. Generally sweet nose.

There's a citrusy flavor initially. decent body with a lower level of carbonation. The finish is mildly sour. light stone fruit finish of alto of and cherry.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 18:56:20 | More by smcolw
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3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist-off,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a half finger of white head.

S: It really does smell like Fruity Pebbles, people have said it, it's true. It's actually pretty cool.

T: Fruity Pebbles, strawberry, assorted wheat flavour, orange, banana, nice mix of tastes - fruit salad.

M: Crisp, light-bodied, relatively smooth, but not the cleanest finish.

D: Not too bad. The flavour is quite good, but it's gets a little too sweet at the finish for my tastes. Don't know why people diss this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:40:24 | More by Halcyondays
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3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow/orange with a thin white head. Nose of wheat and orange peel. Taste is medium-bodied with citrus flavor dominating this brew. Wheat flavored front is soon replaced with an overpowering orange and spiced yeast taste. pretty good overall but won't go back to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:26:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad there's a note added about blueberry being added. I thought I might have been handed a Wachusett Blueberry by accident. There's nothing offensive about this beer, which is a good place to start. The flavor is just too spicey/fruity (mostly blueberry). There's hardly any normal beer flavors. I like those, but maybe I'm just a stickler.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2007 02:05:32 | More by tempest
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 5/15/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange-yellow color with an inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet malts and sweet fruits. Not really getting any wheat here, just a lot of sweetness.

t - Taste is exactly that of fruity pebbles. Sweet fruits dominate the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Wasn't a big fan of this beer. I usually like sweet beers but this was way to much even for me. It essentially smells and tastes exactly like fruity pebbles so it was interesting to try, but not something I would have more of or look to have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 13:18:47 | More by mdfb79
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3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at BWW in Oregon, OH during the US-England game. The accompanying orange was promptly discarded both times.

A: The witbier has a golden yellow glow, hazed but brilliant in the tall weizen glass. A finger of white head arrived with each glass.

S: The nose is citrusy sweet with oranges adding a welcome zest. Coriander and wheat hang around, adding to the lush environment.

T: Orange is strong up front, sweet juice as opposed to bitter rinds. As the orange passes, a mild coriander flavor follows. Lingering in the background is ample wheat, tart enough to stand out. That wheat is especially evident during the latter part of each glass, refreshingly tart.

M: An enjoyable witbier, sweet upfront and tart near the finish. The tartness makes me want another sip.

D: I went through two glasses over the course of the game. I enjoyed the witbier, especially the strong orange aspects.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 20:48:12 | More by akorsak
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