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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

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2,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 185 | 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 civilizedpsycho
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: Nice pale golden color that was very cloudy. Had a good head with good lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus/orange smell.

Taste: Strong orange flavor with a bit of blueberry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Decent character and body from the unfiltered yeast.

Drinkability: Very good beer for the summer months and something that I could enjoy at other times of the year as well.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Appears to have the produced date of 09079.

A - Completely cloudy light golden yellow with a low-retention white two finger head. Some lacing later on. Effervescent too.

S - Yes, its true, it smells like liquid Fruit Loops. Berry sweet fruitiness all throughout with the faint aroma of a wheat backbone. A bit of citrus crispness to it too.

T - Interesting fruity blend to this wheat; berries and citrus. Definite wheat flavor, more-so than it appears in aroma. Dry finish.

M - Sharp, crisp, and dry. Effervescent the whole time giving it a slight bite. Light to medium in body.

D - The flavor may kill the drinkability here in my opinion. It's just a bit much. The first time I had this beer I hated it. Haven't had it since til now and I'd still opt for something else, but if this was all in the fridge, I wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of earshplitten
1.05/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First, let me say my benchmark for a wheat style beer is
Hacker Pschorr Weiss (with no lemon).
Spied the Leiny at the store. Looked interesting.
I drank and liked other Leiny products in the past, but this stuff was awful. Nowhere on the packaging or label does it mention anything about a fruit taste or hint of fruit.
The blueberry taste was overpowering. Blech. So sorry, Leiny. I've always considered you a reputable brewery and still do, but this stuff is just plain bad.

Photo of bmoses
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i have had this beer both on tap and in bottle, as always on tap is better.
A - typical wheat cloudyness, slight head
S - strong wheat and fruit
T - i do not usually like wheat or fruit beer, but this is one of the few that i keep in the fridge always. strong flavor of berry and citrus.
M - again typical of wheat beers, a little watery
D - OMG drikability, easy to drink a six pack and wonder where they went

Photo of epicness
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color

S: Blueberry, Wheat and Orange are the smells that really grabbed me.

T: Just like everyone else is saying... this beer really does taste like Fruity Pebbles cereal. It's really odd. This is a really fruity beer, doesn't really taste like your typical Wit in my opinion.
I'm not a HUGE fan of this beer.. but it's not terrible.. I could see how some people could be crazy about it though.

M: Slight hops. Nice fruity aftertaste

D: In the summer, you can go through case and case and case and case of this stuff. It's a really drinkable beer. When I first started to drink beers this was one of the first beers I was able to put down easily.

Photo of jonziefle
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy honey color, with suspended sediment. Half-finger head that diminishes immediately. No visible carbonation and no lacing.

Smell: Smells with strong artificial fruity with wheat and cereal malts in the background. Smells exactly like the “Fruity Pebbles” Flinstone cereal.

Taste: Tastes exactly the same as it smells, artificial fruity with wheat in the background (Fruity Pebbles again); very unbeer. The wheat malt does taste a bit darker than I was anticipating. Flavor sticks around.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, with a nice mouth tingle. Smooth and long lasting flavor.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, but too artificial tasting for me. The whole “Fruity Pebbles” taste might be okay for a near-beer, but not for me. I would suggest this to non beer drinkers as something they may like, but not something that is beer.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a drab yellow-brown with a big white head. Good retention.

Sweet artificial fruit smell with a big backbone of wheat.

Dirty, muddled taste. Wheat is obvious, along with a big "Fruity Pebbles" taste in the middle and a resinous aftertaste. Snappy carbonation and adequate body.

This isn't hard to drink, and it'd be a decent choice for a session beer, but I can't say I'd ever pick it.

Photo of vishneda
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass at home.

Poured to a light, one finger head that quickly fizzled head ring. Some lacing but nothing exciting. More orange than yellow, darker than the typical white beer but with the typical witbier murkiness.

Strong blueberry smell off the pour. Hints of lemon and some floral notes in there as well.

Strong and lively, this beer comes on tangy and turns sweet. A balance of bitterness is there, but it is not prominent. Mild orange peel. The warmer this beer gets, the heartier the flavor becomes. Its not as not as complicated as many in this space but it has sticks to you. I didn't notice any peppery or phenolic notes. Leaves a little dry but again not too bitter.

This beer has a predictably light feel with ample carbonation. Higher carbonation suits the style, but this one seemed more airy than other white interpretations.

Some might be put off by the berry notes, but I found this beer to be very refreshing and an easy drinker. Low end ABV makes it a good summer afternoon drink that you can trust won't wipe you out. I could see tiring of it over a long session, however.

Photo of arnoldbrew
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- hazy as it should be. Aroma- I immediately picked up the wheat, very fruity.
Taste- Just like the aroma you're hit with the fruitiness of the beer right away nice crisp bitterness then the wheat comes through. Mouthfeel is moderate-light not too heavy.

Overall I think this is a good beer for a warm summer day.

Photo of DurtyUI
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinie's is my perfect summer domestic wit beer, and I find myself longing for the first warm day in New England to enjoy this refreshing libation.

A seductively cloudy wheat beer with a unique yet sweet smell and taste. There's a strong thread of berry, which may turn you off but simply take a sip and you'll be sold. It certainly is more gurly than a corona or a hoegaarden but when it's over 85 degrees, a frosty glass of this summer fruit makes it the perfect day!

Slender lacing makes this beer very drinkable, so pace yourself!

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a re-review 2 years later. This bottle is fresher than the previous review, wasn't avail in Texas 1st time. Again, pours a nice hazy orange with little to no head. Aroma of fruit but is just a bit sweet. The sweetness isn't overpowering but man is this refreshing. I get some orange, tangelo and other fruit's in there. Smooth, clean and refreshing. This may be one of the best summer beers out there and I can't get tired of it. Very good and WAY to drinkable.

Photo of MLasoski
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When you try this beer, you will find that it has an unique fruity taste. You'll be surprised.

Served: On-tap, poured into a plastic cup (cheap bar).

A: Hazy and golden, it had a typical witbier complexion. The way it was poured allowed for no head to form.

S: Smells of wheat, orange, blueberry, and other things, I'm just not sure to be honest.

T: Fruity Pebbles! This beer tastes just like the cereal. It comes through in the aftertaste, but when you think of Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles, you're going to be like, "Oh wow, this guy's right!" I feel like I could just pour it over the cereal and it would complement it perfectly.

M: Slightly hoppy at the beginning, giving way to a wheat complexion and then all the fruit comes out in the end, leaving a great aftertaste.

D: I wish I could find this beer in cases. I would be drinking this beer all summer aside from Corona, the staple summer beer. The unique flavor will have you coming back for more.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: This pours a hazy golden color. A little bit of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Smells like wheat and orange. Although I was served this with an orange slice in it, you could smell it even without.

Taste: The flavors of wheat, orange, and blueberry come through.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was just right to make it a nice and refreshing beer. Thin body aids it in going down quite easily.

Drinkability: One of Leinenkugel's better beers, and with the pretty low price of it it's worth keeping around as a cool off drink.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a hazy yellow with a finger's white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

The nose is wheat (of course), some orange and some other fruits (maybe berries). The taste is more of the same. The fruits even seem to overpower the wheat.

As expected, it is thin and refreshing. Drinkability is good; I could have another (or two).

This isn't a bad beer by any definition of the word, but I'll pass on buying it again. I've seen this described as tasting like a liquid version of fruity cereal, and I think that fits rather nicely. I wouldn't turn it down if offerred, but my money's going elsewhere.

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

Hazy orange with a little whispy head.

Smells like wheat, orange peels, and berries. I kind of smells like a wine cooler.

I've read some reviews and general comments about this tasting like fruity pebbles or fruit loops, and I think that about sums it up. It's ok, but I can't seem to take it seriously.

Heavy carbonation and not only does it smell like, but it drinks like a wine cooler.

It's light enough that it goes down easy, but it was too fruity in an artificial way.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick hazy yellowish orange with a foamy fuzzy head.

S - Fruity, with large orange scents. Wheat backbone has bits of banana and some other fruits. Very fruity.

T/M - Just as fruity as it smells. Huge orange flavor that powers over everything else. Good thing it's a pleasant taste. No metallic flavor that i'm used to from Lienies, so nothing detracts from the rest of the taste. Soft wheat flavor with some banana and blueberries if you really really look for them. Feels light and frothy.

D - Very very drinkable. Orange feels more subdued with each sip, which is a good thing, and low alcohol means I could drink this all night.

Photo of justincolts
4.63/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A favorite of mine, pours a thick head, has an exceptional golden color, great citrusy smell and taste. Very easy to drink several, has a great summer outdoors appeal. Good stuff all around. Even better on tap. A great readily available, go to beer, very representative of a good Sunset Wheat.

Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky yellow green. Less than one finger head. No lacing at all.

S- Wheat, fruity, banana, orange, some berries. Sweet smelling.

T- Fruity taste. Some wheat. Reminds me of fruit cocktail or fruit salad. Lemon rind finish.

M- Lighter bodied. Quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue.

D- Really pretty drinkable. Great summer beer. Refreshing, fruity and light.

Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow/apricot color with a good full fluffy head and nice sticky lace.

Very refreshing nose, sweet citrus, blueberries, and coriander. The wheat aroma surfaces as it warms (leine recommends you serve it well chilled).

Taste was good, but maybe seemed a bit too much like artificial pie filling or something. Flavors were blueberry, crisp citrus, lime, and a dash of coriander backed by a somewhat subtly yeasty finish.

Body was thin-medium, never seemed watery and the carbonation was perfect to aid in refreshment and lightness. Nice fizzyness throughout and a slightly dry finish.

Very refreshing beer, light and flavorful, sessionable on the dock/porch. I drank it on a warm day and an empty stomach, so it went down quick.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish yellow color that is cloudy to the point of almost being opaque. Light prickle and a light froth head. Fruity nose almost like a raspberry or blueberry character. Smooth sweet attack with hints of blueberry. The flavor is clean and refreshing although dominated by sweet fruity sensations. The fruit is lighter in the flavor than in the nose, but it still is omnipresent. The aforementioned berries are seemingly cut by a citrus type presence. Clean finish and a fresh aftertaste. Very nice even though I didn't anticipate the fruit.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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

poured hazy dark yellow into a pint glass. no head to speak of. looks like dirty dish water but

smell is blueberries and a funky wheat nose. orange and lemon peel.

Taste is overpowering blueberries and wheat. a lingering yeast quality in the background. One dimensional and bland but goes well after a hot lawn mowing afternoon.

Photo of DannyS
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Very nice golden amber with a pretty fluffy head that stayed well and left good lacing.

S - Candied orange and wheat. Not much else.

T - Very citric with a good bit of sweetness. Not bad, but tastes slightly artificial. Another reviewer mentioned Fruity pebbles; I understand what their talking about with its almost candy-like sweetness. Finishes clean, no aftertaste.

M - Light but not watery, with a decent bit of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Goes down easy and has modest ABV. Easily sessionable if you like sweeter wheat beers.

Overall - Kind of enigmatic. It's certainly not bad, but the flavors don't come off as very natural. My cousin loved it when he had it on draft, and he continues to like the bottled version. I'll definitely drink it, but I probably would not buy it at all if my cousin wasn't a fan of it.

Photo of cjl1209
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've heard the legend of "Liquid Fruity Pebbles" but the bottle says nothing other than "Beer with Natural Flavors"

A - Pours a hazy orange that literally looks like orange juice. A 2+ finger lumpy white head appears with respectable lacing becoming apparent.

S - Even as the beer is being poured I am bombarded by the blast of sweet, fake blueberries this beer brings to the table.

T - Upon first sip blueberries completely dominate the taste buds. Very sweet. There's no way actual blueberries are used in this beer, it has got to be straight concentrate. Blueberries even dance around your mouth after you swallow. However the more you drink the more you get used to the blueberries and begin to pick up the other flavors. Orange becomes prevalent and pretty much all citrus fruits start to come out. Overall it's just artificial blueberries with a hint of wheat.

M - Light and slick. Fairly smooth.

D - This "beer" goes down easy at first but after two of these I could see the sweet fruitiness starting to become nauseating. It's a refreshing fruit flavored beverage on its own that could be easily chuggable, but then again it's like you're drinking juice.

Final Thoughts: This beer has the rep of being called "Liquid Fruity Pebbles" and the nickname is well earned.

Photo of mjw06
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy dark pineapple-orange color with a hints of brown and red in its deep middle. a fluffy white head that leaves a nice lacing.

a really enjoyed the smell on this one, citrus base with a strong, deep array of spice that fills the nose.

good taste, however just a little too orangey for me. the orange is definitely overpowering the taste hear, furthermore all of the spice you get in the nose almost seem non-existent on the palate. nonetheless, it is still an above-average tasting selection.

this is an excellent witbier selection, and i without a doubt would have another on a nice spring day. a female friend of mine really enjoyed it as well.

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,173 ratings.