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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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2,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 123 | 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 Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

I have to admit I am surprised to be writing this review and more shocked that it will be a positive one.

I'm traditionally not a fan of beers that fall into any of the following categories;

- Wheat
- Sweet
- Fruit flavored.

But I have to report that I think the combo really works here.

A wonderful summer session beer.

Pint came with very little head on it and the lacing was very very thin.

Color was a hazy bright copper that I dare say had a hint of the color of a Sunset. Kudos to their marketing team.

Aroma was fantastic and really screamed fresh, bright and fruity (orange)

Taste is on the sweeter side, but I think very well balanced.

Short sweet burst followed by the fresh Orange burst. The spices really help round out the flavor. The finish seemed like a classic wheat beer and almost provided a subtle bready finish.

Carbonation created an almost effervescent mouthfeel which was quite refreshing.

Something tells me it would be gauche to be caught drinking this before Easter or after Labor day.

Take some to the beach. Nice brew.

Reagan1984, May 29, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%

Gently rolled this one and poured an airy white head three fingers tall. Golden yellow in color and hazy with flakes and chunks of sediment moving around. Flakes look odd.

S: Coriander, lemon peel, and fresh apricots are aromas lifted up in the foam and easily distinguishable. A roasted wheat aroma is strong too. Fresh citrus hop aroma comes through.

T: Light but zesty wheat flavor coupled with lemon and a coriander spice. What I expected from the aroma. Subtle banana flavor and touch of yeast flavors impart even more citrus. Some blueberry sweetness follows. Sweetness is not overwhelming but balancing.

M: Smooth, medium light body with tight carbonation. No alcohol warmth to this one.

D: Very drinkable warm weather beer for sippin' on the dock or beach or on the porch. Nice flavors are not too boring after a while either. Good balance to this one.

scottbrew4u, May 26, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%

This brewski pours a cloudy golden color and has a fizzy tan head. The nose has citrus fruits, wheat malt and some spice. The taste is a little lighter with mostly wheat. Average body with heavy carbonation. This is one of Leinenkugel's best beers and goes down well.

rye726, May 26, 2008
Photo of TwinSox33
4.45/5  rDev +32.8%

Ahhh Leinie's...something about this seems to just epitomize summer in the woods of the upper midwest. On tap it poured frothy, with a nice lacey white head. It dissipates into a clingy whispyness. It smells of grain, coriander, and fruits like lemon, lime, and a bit of orange. The taste is exceptional, and it borders on tasting like Fruity Pebbles cereal, if you can believe it! It has an extremely smooth mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. If I had a kegerator, this would be a mainstay.

TwinSox33, May 24, 2008
Photo of casadebia
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%

This beer may not always get a good rap with drinkers who are not expecting the "fruity pebble" experience but I found it enjoyable for what it is. First of all this beer accomplishes some good things in the witbier category and does not come through fully in other parts. The appearence does not offer much more than a 1 finger white head that does not last long and leaves little lacing. The smell fills your nose with spice and citrus with the smell of blueberries in the finish. There is still a hint of sweet wheat in this at the core. When tasting a spicey start greets you followed by a sweet citrus and hints of blueberry that trail off into a tart wheat finish. All throughout this beer has a crisp heavy carbonation that somehow still retains a smooth creamy finish. A low alcohol% and crisp/refreshing and smooth experience are enough to draw away from its sweetness that extends more than a traditional wit. Overall I really enjoy this beer.

casadebia, May 20, 2008
Photo of everetends
2.48/5  rDev -26%

Got this in a 6 pack from the Grub Mart here in J'ville. 12oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: A light golden (golden might be a stretch), with a weak head that vanished quickly.

S: Smelled first and foremost like candied fruit extract. Then you get a little of the wheat.

T: Glad I am not the only one that noticed it tasted like fruity pebbles. Wasn't expecting this and it really turned me off. All I could taste was fruity pebbles.

M: Has a creaminess to it that I wasn't expecting after the taste. This is the only redeeming factor of this beer to me.

D: Not for me. Was not expecting a fruity beer and then I got slapped in the face with one. Not impressed and won't drink again.

everetends, May 20, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden with a twinge of orange, and is cloudy. The head is a nice soapy white lace, which lasts. The nose is very unique, very fruity and sweet. It reminds me of fruity pebbles. Then ever so faint malt and wheat character in the background. The taste is well balanced and is sweet and fruity, but maintains its beer characteristics. It has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

aquaderek, May 15, 2008
Photo of tab021
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%

First off this beer on tap is WAYYY better than bottled. I don't know how a keg can be like 10 times better than the bottle but it was. so ill try and review a bit of them both...

A: light pale goldish with a haziness throughout and a white head that vanishes quickly.

S: wheat and maybe berry/lemon scent

T: Here is where the separation is hands down. On tap it is almost zesty with a berry (blueberry) flavor that doesn't represent this class much at all but when looking past that fact, its pretty good. (and it was on special 23oz for 2 bucks). Bottled thought, it becomes more bland and back of the tongue bitter without the better notes of taste that represented the on tap experience. Unfortunate to say the least

M: creamy and SUPER bubbly. when i poured it from the bottle, I walked away after a good pour with a decent head, and i came back and the thing continuously fizzed and foamed. I have never seen that happen before. crazy

D: Not my favorite by any stretch. Although the draft of this brew is hands down better, it does not make it that much better. Maybe B- for draft

tab021, May 13, 2008
Photo of Bitzy
2.3/5  rDev -31.3%

WOW! What a failure for a wheat beer. Blueberry? Come on, who ever tasted a wheat beer that tastes like blueberries? Maybe banana, cloves, and phenols, but not blueberry. I know there are lots of people who like this beer, however, being a wheat beer lover, I can not see this as a brewer's success story. Maybe the Leinenkugel brew masters made sunset wheat overly sweet to attract women who don't like beer's hoppy characteristics. So although this beer wasn't repulsive, I definately would not buy a sixer of it ever again.

Bitzy, May 11, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy unfiltered apple juice color, with an off-white head of about a finger. Quite fizzy and short-lived. No lacing.

Aroma is blueberry pancake batter, with a limey twang.

Flavor is faint blueberry, and there's no real wheat influence that I can taste. The lime is more subdued in the flavor. Distinctly summery, but I don't know if this is distinctly a witbier. Finish is exceedingly watery. If you poured tonic water into a bowl of fruity pebbles, it would taste like this beer.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated but clean. Not much body here. Easy to drink, refreshing, but boring.

illidurit, May 10, 2008
Photo of nem2006
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%

I have had this beer several times, but never really sat to think about it. I drank it this time in a regular pint glass. Had a nice head, hazy golden yellow with some great carbonation.

One thing I picked up this time around with a little help from the beeradvocate article about this beer is the smell of blueberries. I am shocked how I ever could have missed it.

It is a nice light bodied beer with some citrus notes. Very refreshing and pretty smooth.

nem2006, May 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -10.4%

A: Poured a light pale goldish/orange with some haziness and a bright white head that was moderately lasting.

S: On the nose was some soft wheat and an artificial fruitiness.

T: The flavor starts sweet and ends tart with a sour orange finish and some orange candy notes. Overall not a good representation per style and comes off more as a macro-attempt as an entry beer.

M: moderately creamy and over-carbonated.

D: Overall a bland wheat, monotone spicing and lackluster drinking factor.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2008
Photo of Gunnz
4.83/5  rDev +44.2%

This is a good example of a fruity witbeir. A light amber in color and slightly cloudy makes it quite average for the witbeir catagory. Holds a decent head retention.

Has a very slight but distinctive fruity nose that is very refreshing.

Has a very appealing blueberry taste with a hint of coriander in the aftertaste.

Feels very smooth and clean in the mouth.

Definitely a favorite among the people I sampled this beer with.

Gunnz, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Much better than I expected. Solid wheat beer "look". Hazy dull gold, nice size carbonated head. Head hangs in there a bit. Average wheat beer smell.

Tastes pretty good. Standard (and well done) wheat beer taste up front, astringent, bananas etc. I couldn't identify the second taste and had to look the beer up. Once I knew it was blueberry, I could taste it for myself.

The blueberry really adds to the beer. Makes it seem more complex. The flavors really compliment each other.

Mouthfeel is crisp and about right for this stlye of beer.

Drinkability is good. I could swill a lot of these in the summertime without getting bored with it.

JayQue, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Offa
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%

This seems to be a popular type of beer right now - a supposedly "creative" style that tastes like anything but beer. In fact, this one tastes like the smell of citrusy furniture polish.

It's hazy gold with bits floating in it and a small white head that soon dissipates to a thin foamy ring and wisps.

The aroma has a little light grain with but is mostly sweet, perfumy citrus oil with hints of vanilla, candy, orange blossoms and spices. Ultimately, it has the overly perfumy, artificial-seeming, orange quality of citrus-based furniture polish.

The taste is basically the same, but less complex, being lmoast entirely citrus oil. It's tangy and lightly sweet with a faint tartness. I's basically drinkable and not nasy, but it is tiresome.

Offa, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of BravoTwo
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%

A - Cloudy golden hue with a small white head, that did stay with the beer throughout the entire glass.

S - Nice clean nose with hints of citrus and blueberries, aromatic.

T - Nice taste with flavorful additions of blueberry, which paired well with the style. Very much a witbier, and the addition of the subtle blueberry flavor was a welcome addition.

M - Average with thinner mouthfeel

D - To style, this is a very drinkable beer that could translate well for a larger audience. Very drinkable summer style beer that would be refreshing in a variety of situations.

BravoTwo, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of gpogo
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%

A- Dark hazy straw, small white head.

A- Very fruit smell (blueberries?), slight hint of citrus.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Very fruity taste. Leaves an orange citrus after

M- Light body. Very smooth/creamy. High carbonation.

D- Incredibly refreshing. I remember my first experience with this beer, I loved it. I couldn't put my finger on the fruit at first. I later heard someone refer to it as dryhopping fruity pebbles. That ruined my image of this beer, though I'm sure it was meant to be more of a blueberry taste than of fruity pebbles. If you like more fruit tasting beers give this a try or any other Leinenkugel offering.

gpogo, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of dragonglen
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - It poured a very cloudy, darker straw color with surprisingly little head considering this is a wheat beer.

S - The first smell to hit me was a citrus aroma with some relatively strong and pleasant yeast behind.

T - Again, the first taste was citrus with wheat. Another sip brought out a blueberry flavor that becomes more apparent as I drink it. This was better than I anticipated, and better than my first bottle (as well as 4 months older).

M - Nothing outstanding or exciting, but very good all around. A little more wet than I anticipated, but that's a good thing for this type of beer. Some carbonation keeps me from drinking it too fast, allowing me to enjoy it more than I want.

D - All around a pretty good beer. I could definitely drink a couple of these in a night, but would prefer to probably stick to one. It makes an excellent warm-weather beer that I could easily sip on the front porch with some buddies.

dragonglen, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of streamrunner
4/5  rDev +19.4%

This beer is just good. It smells and tastes like Fruity Pebbles. I agree with the VaTech reviewer about the fruitiness of this beer. It is very refreshing. appearance isn't the greatest and not much of a head, but I can drink these all day long. Yummy. I've never had a sunset wheat that tastes like this. Recommended if you are in the mood for something different.

streamrunner, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of billybob
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

pours a cloudy yellow with a short white head that settled quickly and some very spotty lace. strong orange with a smaller amount of lemon and lime in the nose. taste is same giving it a slightly odd flavor. mouthfeel and carbonation were good. not a beer i would go and look for.

billybob, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
1.83/5  rDev -45.4%

Poured a hazy honey-orange with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. Minimal carbonation and lacing.

Overwhelmed by the essence of an apricot air-freshener. Artificially over-the-top.

Tasted 180 degrees from any Witbier I've ever consumed. Extremely cloying and one-dimensional. Orange cough lozenge-like taste. Where's the wheat?

Flat and thin mouthfeel. Let's hope the sun permanently sets on this one.

CaptainIPA, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
3.15/5  rDev -6%

A> hazy, dark yellow, lively, foamy head with little retention
S>Citrus, a wee bit metallic
T> Salty start, wheaty, spicy finish
M>Foamy, and thin
D> Easy like Sunday morning.
Really not so bad. Better than a whole heck of a lot of American Wheat beers, simply by attempting to have the spice of their German counterparts. Though I didn't rate it so high in many areas, it was pretty drinkable and gone without any grimacing.

1759Girl, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%

THE FRUIT LOOPS OF BEER!!! I love this stuff, nothing else out there tastes anything like it. It doesn't have the best head but you'll forget that as soon as it hits your tongue. The menagerie of fruits and beer blends perfectly into a concoction unlike any other. Definitely a warm weather beer and a definite conversation starter anywhere you go. If you ever see it, buy it!

VaTechHopHead, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Nesued
3.65/5  rDev +9%

Appearance - Yellow light amber in coloring, with a bit of a haze to provide a thought to an unfiltered offering. Carbonation is moderate feeding a slight head that resolves to a slight ring.

Smell - Didn't really have to "smell" far to catch the main fruity/berry aroma in this offering. Light nose with a good refreshing appeal.

Taste - Citrus abounds in this offering with a slight staw/grass background as well. Lemon presence with a smack of hop (barely) at the end.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation provides a bit of body to this, thankfully it adds somewhat of a more dense feel from a small wheat beer.

Drinkability - Let me preface this by saying I'm looking for a "summer beer" for the 2008 spring/summer season. The first time I had this offering was at a local eatery. I was impressed not from the standpoint of it being a "big bold" beer, but strickly from the perspective of it being a "quenching" beer for the dog days of summer.

I think I found my 2008 summer "lawnmower" beer.

Nesued, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%

This was the only palatable brew from Leinenkugel I've found.

Hazy yellow, big white foam head. Smells of yeast, spices, and citus.

The taste is pleasant, introducing some wheat tones with the characteristic yeast and spice contents. For the price, it's a decent example of the style. A bit watery, though.

Overlord, Apr 05, 2008
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.