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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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2,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,100
Reviews: 871
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 146 | 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 oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent sun golden body, fluffy off-white creamy head with some small bubbles. Decent retention and lace.
Sweet creamy lemon scent dominates the nose, crisp and fresh.
The taste is equally sweet and lemony wth a hint of pepper and other spices. The aftertaste is a citric twist with some hops and pepper.
Medium to full body, slight coating and drier than I thought it would be.
The drinkability is clearly high. Sweet, fresh citrus and low abv. Great post-mowing summer beer.


oelergud, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of botham
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy apricot with a couple fingers of white head that remains for a couple minutes.

smells strongly of citrus and coriander. little else. almost overwhelming in concentration. orange and lemon dominate the aroma, while a bit of peach is mixed in as well. no real beer characteristics to the aroma, only fruit and coriander.

taste is more of the same. coriander adds a distict character to the brew, but overall there is too much citrus and coriander, overpowering any chance of malts or hops to show through.

mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a CO2 bite and a very sweet character.

drinkability is decent. this brew will be loved by fans of citrus and coriander flavors, but for little else. balance is biased heavily to the sweet side, but no malts are present. everything in moderation Leinie's, everything in moderation.

botham, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not what I had expected, actually quite good. Seemed very reminiscent of a microbrew with a lot of attention. Actually sparked my interest in trying out some other "Leineys"

A- Cloudy and what you would expect from this type of beer.

S- Best trait. Strong strong aroma.

T- Coriander is very clear here, dont notice much of the other fruits.

M- Very frothy but enjoyable nonetheless.

D- Definitely unique taste, can drink many of these because they are so smooth on the way down.

marcpal, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of 484dan
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This particular beer had a very smooth silky texture to it. The taste had some what of a blueberry flavor with just a hint of orange. I have to admit, I really didn't examine the color to much. This beer reminds me of summer time. Overall it is a very mellow beer to enjoy.

484dan, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of peterittenhouse
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange hue. On par with what I would expect.

S- Lemons, blueberries. Nice fresh smell

T-Interesting beer. Not really what I would expect from a witbier. Has the snappy carbonation but the overall taste is of lemon and blueberry. Hoppy upfront which works for this beer

M- Not quite as soft as I would expect for a witbier but not bad

D- Overall, not a bad product. Actually, this is a nice refreshing summer beer that you could drink as a session beer. Nice change if you are looking for something a little different.

Go Phillies!

peterittenhouse, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow that includes a slight touch of orange. Head was thin, but very dense and had good staying power and great lacing. Smell was mostly lemon with a bit of other citrus (orange, and a touch of lime?) too. The coriander spiceness comes in below the citrus. Flavor was a solid lemon-peppery combination with a bit of hops filling in after a few sips. Also noticed a pleasant dry/sharp wheat taste and crispness that fills in underneath the initial lemon-pepper. Nice creaminess too. I think this is my 2nd Witbier sample, and I’m actually coming around to enjoying this style more than I thought I would. I’m thinking this might be nice with Thai food.

wcdoyle, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured this, it quite resembled a witbier minus some very effervescent head, but I did not know what to expect since the smell was more of berries than anything you'd normally see in a witbier. It did taste rather interesting, refreshing actually, something I would likely actively seek out on a hot summer day. Exceptionally drinkable, rather smooth going down.

I enjoyed this beer for it's refreshing characteristics, a decent variation of the witbier style.

funkengruven, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of smilsdo
4.58/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.Enjoyable ice cold. has a refreshingly citrus scent that is noticeable immediately. Citrus fruit flavoring readily obvious which seems to be why a slice of orange is placed in a glass of Blue Moon or Hoegarten. With Sunset Wheat, no orange slice is necessary. Somewhat filling but very drinkable. I like this one.

smilsdo, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale hazy gold color with lots of bubbles. Persistent white head caps the beer. Blueberry(from the coriander), orange and lemon nose smells just great. Very tasty sweet and tart flavors make this oh so refreshing. A wonderful summer or hot-weather brew. High drinkability due to it's excellent flavor. Easy to see why this beer's popularity took off around the country. Good, solid refresher. A cross-over beer for many macro drinkers I have found.

mshallah, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good warm weather beer. Very fruity, strong coriander and citrus flavor with noticable blueberry. Very odd, most Wisconsin brews try to use more cheries, raspberries, and honey. I'm not a big fan of fruit wedges in beer, but this could take a slice of orange without distorting the flavor. The trick to this beer is to keep it cold, once it warms up the citrus flavor becomes a it strong. Still very enjoyable Summertime beer.

Homerbag, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really like this beer. It can be consumed in a lot of different ways in a lot of different circumstances. A lot of people tell me it tastes like fruit loops, but I enjoy it. Great look and smooth, fruity taste. On a warm day, this is a great draft beer to grab.

BDIMike, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of stormstarter28
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a very interesting brew...it seems like people either love it or hate it. Mark me down as a lover. Darker than most wheat, it has a rather weak head with little retention. Plenty of aroma, smells of strong blueberries and maybe sweet vanilla. I love the taste...I could drink this for dessert every day. Strong blueberry flavor, but not too strong, with a smooth after taste. The most drinkable beer for me yet. Finishes as good as it started. I highly recommend.

stormstarter28, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of drjones633
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

starting backwards, it has such a nice finish, the after taste is delicious. From there Id say its rather sweet, reminds me of a sweet tart or perhaps tequza. However I must say there is a deepness to the levels of flavor. It really grows on a tongue. I can really taste the time they spent on the flavors. worth a try.

drjones633, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach's Kings Harbor

Only three dollars, so very tempting on the hot summer day

Bartender recommended it as a good wheat beer that has been around for a very long time from Wisconsin

Had heard a few things about this brewery before, but heard their IPA was much better than this, so I will try that next

Bright yellow color with a very thick white head

Smell was filled with a strong citrus scent, almost like a lemondae from Hot Dog On A Stick, as crazy as that sounds

Tasted like a mixture between lemon juice and beer, not my favorite

Taste did not last long which made it very easy to drink, to along with its low alcohol content and lightness

Love or hate beer, you either enjoy sweet wheat beers or you do not, try it and figure it out for yourself

Floydster, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quaffed a bottle of this while watching college football this past weekend. Poured an effervescent golden with a foamy, spongelike head. Aroma was of grains, sweet grains, yeast and a hint of blueberry. Taste was quite nice. Really enjoyed how you get the refreshing wheaty sweetness, maybe a glancing of hops, and then the blueberry note on the way down. Truly tasty and refreshing. Almost like blueberry pancakes or a sinful dessert. I could definitely go for another one of these. Worth a shot.

Bamabrew22, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel caught my eye at a open air music festival in South Florida in April 07. The only non mass produced beer on the list and a wheat so why not i said. What a good choice!

From the first whiff to the last quaf, the armos of fruit pervades. Took me some time and asking fellow geeks, but the coridander and blueberry are the secret ingredient in my humble pallet.

1.5 fingers of head if poured from a tap but mighty respectible from the bottle as well.

Taste-Crisp and full with overlaying after tastes. When i saw it was Wisconson and originally family brew business, I was an instant fan.

Brianmerrilyn, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a pleasant surprise. Very fruity, but it a good way. Initial notes were citrus.. orange?.. but most of the way through it finally dawned on me - blueberry. Not just blueberry, but blueberry muffin. I could see how this could be a turnoff for some who aren't into the fruitiness, but I have to give Leinie's props for this one. It's something different.

Strix, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Gutensheisse
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very aromatic, has a sweet and fruity smell (due to coriander and blueberry). One of my friends described it as smelling like fruity pebbles cereal. Good head retention, got about 1.5 fingers of head after I poured mine into a tall weissen glass. Crisp and tasty, everything you'd want in a beer. Sunset wheat is easily my favorite American beer. If it were a woman I'd be popping the question right now, if it were a man I'd beg for a civil union. Leinenkugels is going to be huge thanks to this beauty. Its availability is shocking, for I used to live in Tomah, WI and knew about Leinies before I moved to Texas but I've found it ON TAP at local pubs here in Houston. Sunset wheat is possibly the best weissen brewed in the U.S.

Gutensheisse, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of champ103
2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: A gold/yellow color and a little hazy. Has a two finger head and a little lace.
S: An overpowering fruity smell. Sweet citrus smell
T: Very sweet fruit. Tastes like a fruity cereal of some kind, fruity pebbles or trix (take your pick).
D: Can taste alc and carbonation when it warms up. You need to drink this as cold as possible from the bottle. Not very impressive.

If you are into very fruity beers, this is for you. A sub par wheat beer. This is unfortunate because I generally like Leiny's beer. To bad this is the only offering I can find in Texas.

champ103, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of musicjustintime
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy brought me some of these...and I've never had 'em 'till now. Very "different" in the way of a "beer," but very much a treat. Smells great, like citrus, and tastes much the same, along with the hint of corriander and a touch of fresh blueberrys! WOW! How unique this is. Color is pretty typical for a wheat. Cloudy, light orange/yellow. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Clean brew that again, doesn't have that "beer" flavor...but it's not supposed to I'm guessing. Nice summertime brew I think. I'd highly recommend this as something different to offer a guest or a buddy. Most people will like this! Saaalute my friends! Cheers too!

musicjustintime, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of whiplash3825
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a three-finger head which dissipates to a lasting cap with a little lacing.

S - Very nice bright citrus, grain, and coriander. One of the best-smelling beers I've had!

T - Orange and wheat dominate, but the hops are evident also. A very smooth and clean finish leaves you wanting another. This is really good... flavors are very well balanced.

M - A little watery, but nice carbonation.

D - This is a great summer beer, and I'll drink plenty of these on this hot humid day. They seem to go down super-easy and at this point (after 2) the flavor is still as good as the first sip was.

To sum up, this is one of the better American brews I've had. Pretty impressive considering German hefes are my mainstay beer.

whiplash3825, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat pours to a cloudy golden color with a nice amount of foam that fades quickly. The scent of citrus and coriander fills the air following a good pour.

This beer has a taste that emphasizes fruit, with lemon and a touch of orange dominating. The flavor of coriander isn’t too far behind, followed by wheat and other light herbs. There is only a faint taste of hops and the beer is sweet overall.

Rootdog316, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Slatetank, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange in appearance with a medium-size white head. Spicy citrus aroma. Orange and spice in the taste, tiny bit of malt. Maybe a little bland, but definitely a beer you could drink for a while.

lordofthewiens, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of ism
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap from a Friday's in Parsipanny, NJ waiting for rush hour to ebb. The hazy apricot body contrasted against the starkly cloudy grey outside. The nose was wheat with citrus, appropriately enough. At first sip, a surprisingly fruity sweetness belies the style. Emptying the glass, the base flavors are true -- coriander, lemon -- but there is a dominant sweet presence. The medium body is nice, and it goes down smooth, though lacking bitterness. It's refreshing, in the same way orange juice is, and I couldn't deal with a second pour.

ism, Aug 24, 2007
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