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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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884 Reviews
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Reviews: 884
Hads: 2,270
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 44
Gots: 321 | 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:
Beer added by: jj21 on 03-16-2006

Belgian Wit in style, but brewed with a lager yeast strain and a top-note of blueberry added (info directly from the Leinenkugel Bros).
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Reviews: 884 | Hads: 2,270
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  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. (298 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.84/5  rDev -16%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  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. (372 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  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 (661 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from the beer aisle of one of Sandpoint, Idaho's surprising number of large grocery stores.

This beer pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying, yet hovering island profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp orange-tinged bubblegum, yeasty blueberries, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, sugary coriander and white pepper, and a plain, indistinct hop bitterness. The taste is more orange and blueberry confectionery fruitiness, a sturdy, and still fairly sweet wheatiness, faint coriander and muddled table-top mill pepper dust, untethered yeast, and the same hard to really pin down or care about hop bitters from the nose.

The carbonation is rather zippy in its fizzy and frothy, twin axe attacks (so say my various palates), the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the fruitiness really aiding and abetting here. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, both generic wheat malt and lingering blueberry, orange, and neutered lemon esters still abounding.

Not a bad wheat beer, simple, and easy enough to put back, especially if it's hot and sunny outside (gee, look at that, it is!), but not really all that much of a good example of the purported style. Too much sweet fruitiness, really, but that's a choice you have to make here - tasty, or true to style (not mutually exclusive, I get it)? (1,468 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  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. (1,956 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
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! (866 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head settles slowly and leaves a bit of lace. The body is hazy and pale gold in color.

S - A nice note of spicy wheat, clove and oranges.

T - A big orange peel note up front, along with banana, clove, and spicy wheat. Mild hop presence with low bitterness in the finish.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and more flavorful than I expected as well. The yeast character is very nice, while the spices are restrained, but bold enough to do their job. (527 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a wheat glass.
A - A hazed golden w/ a 2.5 inch white head made of compact bubbles. The frothy head leaves a spotty film of lace.

S - Crisp, fruity aromas w/ light spice. Kind of tangerine/white grape w/ clove.

M - This has a feel like a spritzer, very light and fruity. The effervesence is high, lively an clean w/ a semi-dry finish. A tinge of spice lingers on after the swallow.

T - A taste of wheat with a rush of fruity sweet and juicy flavor. It is the equivalent of drinking Trix cereal in beer form. There are certainly cereal qualities w/ citrus tastes that are very pronounced. A grassiness w/ a tea like edge comes out as it warms. I would say it is surprising how much fruity taste you get. The finish is rather clean.

D - Very quaffable and nicely spiced. Not the best wit ever, in fact it lacks some of the wit character, but worth trying. An interesting choice w/ the lager yeast. It does seem cleaner in the finish than a wit and not quite as creamy. (987 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came out at a local grocery store out of nowhere so gave it a whirl. Pretty good I must say, pours a very cloudy golden color. Has a good amount of fruit taste to it, a lot more so than the average Wit, but I think it works well. I see some people thought it was overbearing but I didn't think so at all... a pretty solid beer right here. (343 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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... (564 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at the TLA, Philly, PA

Poured a cloudy golden with some carbonation, and a foamy two fingers of white head. Garnished with an orange wedge. Citrus and sweet sugars in the aroma. Sweet malty taste, and very citrusy, almost juice-like. Some hop bitterness makes its way through. Light mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but a bit on the sweet side for my taste, and lacking the crispness that--to me--defines a good witbier. (439 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -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. (961 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (344 characters)

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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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