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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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1,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 87 | 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 jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a wheat glass with a large bowl on top from a 12oz brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Cloudy,with yellowy/golden hazyiness. a 1" white head quickly dissapated into a foam ring around the glass. Slight carbination not much for a wheat beer,some webby lacing halfway down the glass

Very clean with zesty lemon aromas and some berry. Smelled like freshly baked lemon drop cookies.

Sweet tangy lemon with hints of berries and a clean slightly citrus finish. Like drinking carbinated lemonade. No real wheat chacteristics to this beer.
Some of those Mikes's malt beverages come to mind.

Light and tangy with some pleasing puckering tartness.Would taste great after mowing the lawn. Too much of a ladies drink for me,it does go down easily though. If you like lemonade give it a try

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 23:44:50 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of cjgator3


2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head that has pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma is highly fruity with mainly orange and blueberry notes and a touch of spice. The smell is too artificial-like and smells a lot like Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles. The taste has a noticeable wheat characteristics with more of the artificial fruit/citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is too undercarbonated and watery. Overall, this is just too artificial for my liking. Would make a great beverage for the women and kids though.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 19:37:01 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Duster72


2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big two finger head. Head settles quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is big on sweet orange and wheat. Slightly articifical smelling. Taste is oranges, pineapple and blueberries. Too sweet. Moutfeel is rather thin with a cloying swallow. Sugar stays on your tounge long after swallowing. Way too sweet to drink more than one. An interesting alternative to Blue Moon, but not necessarily better.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 19:18:42 | More by Duster72
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light orange, slight translucency, a finger and a half of foamy head, quickly dissipating. Slight lacing throughout. Nose is immediately sweet wheats, like Fruit Loops. Taste follow with a Fruit Loopiness up front (sugary and wheaty) but does balance out a bit. That sweetness sticks in the back of your mouth a bit, though. Not your standard witbier, interesting and good after some heavier beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2007 03:11:39 | More by aquatonex
Photo of CharlieLawyer


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden yellow with an inch-thick fluffy white head that disippated to 1/5 of an inch with good lacing.

Smelled just like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. The fruits overwhelmed all other smells on this beer.

Tasted of fruit, then wheat, then malt and hops subdued underneath.

Mouthfeel was good and refreshingly carbonated, fairly light-bodied.

A refreshing and very drinkable beer, but because of all the fruit taste and smell in this beer, I can't drink more than 2 at a time. Still a good summertime beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2007 01:29:45 | More by CharlieLawyer
Photo of vtfan77


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a little orange. Small white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- Extremely sweet nose. Orange juice and blueberry muffins. Smells like breakfast! Almost too sweet, though.

T- Slightly tart upfront with the orange juice flavor. A little wheat flavor in the middle, but not a lot. Spices are fairly mild compared with some other examples of the style, but the coriander is noticeable with a citrusy flavor. Crisp wheat and more sweet blueberries on the finish, with the tiniest hint of bitterness that is gone before you can blink.

M- Pretty thin, fairly highly carbonated. Nothing remarkable.

D- Could be a decent quencher. I might have a couple on a hot day.

About what I expected. Nothing incredible, but not bad either. It's better than Blue Moon, anyway. Not something I'd buy again, but finishing up the six pack won't be an unpleasant task.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 21:35:30 | More by vtfan77
Photo of happygnome


2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: a pale yellow color with about a quarter inch worth of white head that dissapears quickly leaving little to no lacin
s: clean sharp aroma notes of bitterness
t: a crisp flavored, cant really taste the hint of blueberry promised kind of a strange flavor...orange?
m: diffinate sharp carbonation

overall this is a fair beer, not as bad as others have said, im not a fan of the style but its better than other wits ive had. i think this is a sessionable beer, one might get the beer farts if sessioned though

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 02:13:48 | More by happygnome
Photo of JWFokker

New York

4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, it's a rather cloudy orange brew with a big chunky head. The nose consists mostly of orange, wheat and malt. It's a sweet citrusy beer, the malt is repressed and the hops nearly non-existant. It's actually a fairly thin beer as far as mouthfeel goes, but the finish is rather syrupy. It goes down easily, but I have a feeling the sweet finish will get to be cloying after a couple beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 23:17:51 | More by JWFokker
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale golden-orange and very cloudy. Thin white head of tight bubbles shows weak retention but leaves nice big whisps of sticky lace. The nose is of orange-scented pine-sol; the lager yeast seems to have stripped this of the normal ale aromas and replaced it with a strange interpretation of orange rind, faint wheat, distant crystal malt and an odd acetaldehyde note. Sweet upfront with wheat and light crystal malt on the tip of the tounge. The citrus flavor kicks in with a vengence and brings some pineapple and cherry esters with it. Graham crackers and citrus hold on well into the drying aftertaste. A passable balance is achieved with mildly fruity american hop flavor and a muted bitterness. This sure is one wierd Wit.... a lot of unexpected flavors to sort out - but I won't say I don't like brewer's pushing the boundaries. The lighter mouthfel is given texture from the wheat and the medium carbonation seems snappy and lively probably due to some acetaldehyde action. Finishes somewhat candyish- a bit too sweet and overly fruity, I can't say it would be the best summer guzzler; but perhaps the brewers will tweak the recipe and end up with a cool concept brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 07:25:06 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of cruland


1.38/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Terrible beer... if you can call it that. It was like drinking fermented pop. I generally like Leine but this was just an awful one to try and finish. Almost no head, any foam at the beginning fizzed away in seconds like a club soda. Doesn't even taste like hops were used in making it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 00:56:48 | More by cruland
Photo of bobinverted


1.48/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Two words... BOO BERRY! This just needs some marshmallows and it'd be the perfect kid's beer! Seriously it's that bad! I usually LOVE witbier, but I'm thinking about pouring this one down the sink! The sickeningly sweet blueberry bubblegum aftertaste is making wish I was drinking something better like, I hate to say it, bud light! Yeah Sunset Wheat is almost that bad!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 19:39:52 | More by bobinverted
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange hue. Fluffy white head, with good retention,and lacing. Smell is of citrus,and spice. Nice, but a bit weak. Body is light to medium,and carbonated. Taste is of orange cream,and spice. Sweet, but with a nice edge in the finish. This is a good version of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 23:53:26 | More by riversider76
Photo of benito


2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Leinie's Honey Weiss was the beer that made me start liking beer, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I found myself trying their Sunset Wheat. Like many of the Leinie's beers, my fondness for them is mostly subjective and nostalgic, as I know that they're not great beers--the Creamy Dark is an exception, and Sunset Wheat (which I plan to drink plenty of this summer) is no exception.

It's a good looking wit with a long-lasting white head; the bouquet is dominated by blueberry and lemon. Unfortuantely, the two fruits don't ever mesh well in the flavor, and the overall result is a little too sweet and sugary. It's in the mouthfeel that this clash is really distracting. As far as spices go, there's a light peppery note, and I struggle to find any coriander.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer (my irrational love for Leinie's made me write that), but it's not a great one either. There are many, many better American wits.

Take a pass. Unless you're on a lakeshore in Wisconsin this July. It'll work just fine then.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 22:45:07 | More by benito
Photo of mcallister


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale orangish/yellow obviously unfiltered with a pure white head that is highly carbonated, thin fine lace, with little retention.

Well I had this in bottle at the release at the Miller distributor I work for and the first thing I said was "fruity pebbles". Yes one of my favorite cereals growing up so this hits the spot. So much fruit going on in the nose of this beer it's really hard to pinpoint any one particular. Nice though but quit different.

Honestly the most fruity beer I've ever had. I like it. It's refreshing, easy drinking, good carbonation, and leaves you thinking. What the hell is this beer. Hard to even describe. Orange, berry, lemon, etc..etc. Name a fruit it may be in here.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2007 18:39:11 | More by mcallister
Photo of dizheafta

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by a local store in Concord NH and to my surprisement they carried a good selection for being NH, I bought a six pack of this along with some others and this is a very good wheat beer. Its almost as good as the flying goose's wheat beer.They have an awesome wheat beer that is no comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 23:07:15 | More by dizheafta
Photo of HoustonTX


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, lots of haze. Loads of carbonation, press upwards creating a stable white head. Smell has lemons, blueberries, some fruity yeast esters. All melding together to create a bubblegum reminiscent scent. Fruity pebbles is dead on.

Now for the taste. Taste once again has a large amount of blueberries. The good quality about them is they taste like fresh squeezed blueberries. With almost a darker fruit quality about them? Say maybe, raspberries? Taste is almost exactly like the smell, and produces a fruity pebbles flavor indefinitely. Wheat presence is low, as is malt. However it's definitely there providing balance. Finishes with a delicate fruit note on your tongue, and wheat in the back of your palate.

This is a dangerously drinkable summer beer. An excellent gateway beer, and all around a tasty beverage. I'd recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 18:16:34 | More by HoustonTX
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4.75/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a whim. I'm a big wheat beer fan. I had no idea how great this stuff would taste. Pours cloudy golden with a thick head, like a Bavarian wheat, which was quite surprising. Very, very drinkable. A fruity overtone but by no means overwhelming.

Warning: It could be very easy to drink bottle after bottle of this stuff, if you consider that a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 20:07:12 | More by dspell13
Photo of Hibernator


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink #05287 B12034
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with a fluffy white head. The head leaves puffy trails of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Big whiffs of blueberry juice, citrus fruits and wheat.

A juicy fruit profile greets the palate with flavors of orange, lemon zest, blueberry juice & coriander. I'm amazed at how similiar the taste of this beer is with Fruity Pebbles cereal. It's refreshing with a dry wheat profile, but the super fruity and artifical flavors detract from my overall enjoyment.

This brew may have some crossover appeal and will certainly become more enjoyable as the weather warms, but I'll likely find many other beers to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 22:15:24 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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 HugoGrim


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Unfiltered wheat beer/ hefe look. Minimal head.

Fairly intense citrus aroma. Strong lemon with orange on the side.

Sweet wheat and grain, with edges of lemon and orange make up the flavor. There was something else I couldn't put my finger on, then after reading a bit about this beer I found out it's blueberry, which is interesting for this style. After finding this now I can't not taste the blueberry. Faint Belgian spices are also detectable.

As is the style this brew is very drinkable. A bit heavy on the citrus though for my taste. I'm sure this is served on tap with a giant orange slice on the glass, which would just put it over the edge into complete overkill. A little lighter on the fruit, and a bit heavier on the wheat and I could really get into it. It has peaked my interest into looking for other Leinenkugel brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 23:10:48 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of BoozySmurf


4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at PJW in Blue Bell. Cloudy and opaque in appearance with a thin white collar of foam. Aroma was citrusy and with a hint of blueberries. The flavor was mild by witbier standards, almost like a hoegaarden mixed with an american pale wheat ale. There was a definite fake froot loops quality in the flavor as well. Not bad, not good, just present. Oh and of course there was the lovely blueberry taste as well. Very pleasant unless you dislike blueberries I suppose. Mouthfeel was light, crisp and went down smoothly. If by chance I ever see this beer again it would drink well on a warm summer evening. Nice job.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2007 04:39:32 | More by BoozySmurf
Photo of Butch


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To tell the truth, I could sum this one up in three words: “Fruity Pebbles Cereal.” I challenge anyone to take a smell and a drink and not think of fruity pebbles.

A: Slightly cloudy, but not opaque. Nice color, aptly named beer.
S: As I said; Fruity Pebbles. There’s other stuff there, but I can’t get paste that insane amount of faux fruit.
T: Similar to the smell. A bit of that mass-produced staleish aftertaste, but nothing off-putting.
M: A good beer to enjoy on a warm day.
D: Same as above.

Notes: I bought a sixer on a whim and although it’s not great, I don’t regret it. I’m sure they’ll be gone well before they get close to going bad. Hell, I’m sure they’ll be gone well before the days start getting hat.


Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 15:32:46 | More by Butch
Photo of mmmbeer


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle; brewed with malted wheat, cluster hops, coriander, and hints of blueberry. It pours into the weizen glass a cloudy peach/tangerine, with medium carbonation that builds up two fingers of white head before reducing to an eighth of a inch and distributing sparse lacing. It smells of orange juice and blueberry muffins, with a light spiciness and maybe some anise. The body is light and crisp, with airy carbonation and flavors of tart wheat, orange peel/orange soda, spicy coriander, a lemony twang, blueberry, and perhaps some banana, all of which combine to impart a medium finish. Definitely a sessionable beer, and one I found to have both witbier and American pale wheat characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 00:56:06 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of adams82


3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Leinenkugel brew and I thought I'd give em a try. Here goes nothing!

Pours into my Hefe glass a hazy golden/orange color, thin white head which leaves some nice lacing behind. I suppose this is a typical looking wit. Very interesting aromas, floral, spicy and fruity... Coriander, lemon and orange peel are very apparent, followed by and underlying note of blueberry. Very pleasing and very nice! The taste is mostly fruity, slightly floral and slightly spicy. Tastes of blueberry and a nice soft malty flavor start out and linger as the orange peel kicks in towards the middle of my draught and it finishes with a nice spicy hop and coriander flavor with lingering orange peel. Certainly a different Wit, but damn is it nice! Light to medium bodied + low ABV makes this a great session beer and it's quite quaffable!

I went in a little weary but came out rather impressed and surprised. I'll have to visit more of Leinenkugle's lineup soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 00:20:53 | More by adams82
Photo of Onibubba


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy pour with a decent head. Light amber. Looks nice. WTF is that smell? The Trix reviewers are right. They have hit the nose on this beer. Smells like nothing natural on god's green earth. Smells like man created citrus. Taste is actually not bad. Some lemon zing, some wheat, but then than smell comes back at you. Smooth body, great mouthfeel, and a good drinkability. But you've got to be able to get past the smell to enjoy the benefits this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 18:17:18 | More by Onibubba
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