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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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2,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,033
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 107 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

As a big fan of hefeweizen-style beer, I truly enjoyed this witbier from leinenkugel. The aroma is highly suggestive of fruit and as expected the taste reminds one of a fruit-flavored breakfast cereal. The head of this beer was practically non-existent, but the overall appearance is what one would expect of a hefeweizen. I really enjoy drinking this beer and believe it to be highly drinkable, especially for those whose taste is more inclined to sweet beers. Would make an exceptional desert beer or a nice complement for a seafood dinner (salmon, lobster, etc.).

05-05-2007 23:12:35 | More by jtslay
Photo of Shaner


2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

I'm a big Leinenkugels fan. That being said, I ordered this beer with high expectations. I drank it out of the bottle, so I can't comment on the head or the color. But with the first drink, the only thing that I could taste was fruity pebbles... Not what I expected. I bit too sweet for my taste. Don't think I"ll be ordering this beer again.

05-05-2007 15:35:31 | More by Shaner
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2.28/5  rDev -31.9%

This beer looks good when you pour it; it's cloudy yellow, and it has a pure white head. It's all down hill from there. There's a strong lemon smell when you open the bottle. The taste is overwhelmingly lemon, like someone mixed a hefeweizen or a Belgian white with a glass of lemonade. It ruins anything that the brewer was trying to do with the wheat. If I wanted lemon flavored malt drinks, I'd buy a Mike's Hard Lemonade. The mouthfeel is decent, but the beer's flavor makes this an undesireable beer.

I don't know why, but Americans just can't seem to get wheat beer right. I think that it's this weird tendency that we have to add citrus to them. I have no idea why we do it, as all it does is detract from the actual taste. Maybe we just can't duplicate the subtleties necessary to create truly great wheat beer, so we substitute citrus instead. We even go so far as to ruin good German and Belgian wheat beers by serving them with lemon and orange wedges, as our wheat beer sensabilities seem to demand citrus. Whatever the reason, it's a shame.

Avoid this beer. Get some Hoegaarden instean.

05-04-2007 20:43:47 | More by WMBierguy
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +6%

It pours a soft, hazy, and carbonated yellow gold. Two fingers of stiff white head settle quite slowly. Lacing was surprisingly spare and diffuse.

The aroma is briefly tart and sweet, rich with wheat, but it's the ensuing combo of blueberry, banana, and a floral spice bit that has the air a bit confused and perfumy.

Upon tasting, the grain sweetness is considerably stronger than anticipated, wrapping the tongue in a slightly tangy sugar hold that, to its credit, does give way to the expected blueberry and banana fruitiness. The general floral tinge comes through again as well, though more on the background here. A yeasty biscuit note comes around toward the close along with another brief brush of sweetness before the finish dries out to a rather clean, lingering crispness. It's actually rather tasty, really, but also a bit more frou-frou than I'd prefer.

Light bodied, the carbonation is the one real noticeable component here, as the grain is swept away in a tidal flash.

They had this on tap during a family dinner at TGIFriday's. That it was there at all was a pleasant surprise, and drinking it was a breeze, at least on its own, but I have to tell you, that tendency to perfume was moderately bothersome. Not only that, the floral and fruit pieces make it less than a willing accompaniment to most strongly flavored meal choices. In fact, it got utterly lost against my Cobb salad and did nothing more then wet my whistle. Still, were I to find myself in the hot sun and this was in my hand, I'd be fine with it. As long as it was the best choice, at least.

05-02-2007 17:46:24 | More by Foxman
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2.9/5  rDev -13.4%

Fairly genuine blueberry flavor comes through very distinctly and blends well with some of the tart wheat flavors, but sort of clashes with the yeasty banana/bubblegum character.

It’s sweeter than most American wheats and quaffable at first, but, personally, I found the blueberry flavor to eventually become cloying.

Not terrible, but I got tired of it quickly.

05-02-2007 02:28:41 | More by arguemaniac
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4.63/5  rDev +38.2%

from Mushroomcloud via Secret Bunny 2007

A - pale hazy straw yellow with plenty of swift carbonation feeding a huge rocky white head, rather inviting after a long day at work, like today (everyday)

S - a nice sweet wheat aroma with infused lemon zest aromas as well, that strange enough, when they become muddle from a few inches further away form a fresh blueberry-esque aroma, some herbal/floral notes from closer up, rather,.... intriguing

T - a surprisingly complex aroma, not that i expected poor quality, just not this much, definitely the best wheat beer i have ever had, lemon, herbal, floral, fruity, layered and layered, what a great flavor

M&D - smooth and light bodied, with a great easy down-ness, i am so surprised i will buy this more and more and more, not just as a BA enjoying and respecting a great beer, but when i have company over, or when its hot out and im sitting on the porch waiting for a thunderstorm to roll in, this is great.

04-30-2007 21:45:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4.9/5  rDev +46.3%

Nice looking cloudy color with a pure white inch thick foam head. Straw yellow in color with a good amount of lacing. Served on tap at O'Driscolls Pub in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. This has to be the best tasting and most drinkable Witbier I've ever had. I've never heard of the brewer or the beer. I just seen the tap and said give me one of those. The aroma was amazing and truly unique. I still can't make out a few of the aroma's qualities. Definately a strong herbal and floral nose. With hints of Lemon, Hops, Wheat, Blueberries, and grassy notes. It does have a taste of fruity pebbles cereal. The mouthfeel was excellent and went down sooo smooth. Could use a bit more carbonation on the mouthfeel. Creamy rolling texture that had a spicey bite and subtle lingering bitterness. I couldnt believe how good it was. I told the wife to try a sip and she hates beer, but was surprised on how good it was, and took a few more sips. Solid five for drinkability here.. The only thing that stopped me from drinking more than two was the friggin' diet I just started. Extremely light and refreshing. Gentle on the throat and stomach. Perfect summer brew. I've been thinking about this beer all weekend and can't wait to go back for another pint. Absolutley amazing taste. Nice spicey hop taste coupled with hints of bluberries and wheat. So much is going on with this brew. It looks and seems simple, but it's not. A must try!

Note: I've found this in bottle form and it does have more carbonation than the tap version.

04-29-2007 22:19:57 | More by kelticblood
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3.95/5  rDev +17.9%

Appearance - Beautiful colored with a mandarin orange haze. Very enticing. Nice two inch head that subsides after a few moments.

Smell - Earthy. Wheat. Orange. Blueberry?

Taste - Wow. Oranges. Low hop bitterness let the orange shine through carried by the wheat. Malty sweetness compliments tartness. As this beer warms the orange flavor is more pronounced. Last sips leave your mouth puckering for more. Damn. This beer tastes good. Successful brew.

Mouth feel - Very nice, healthy body. Well rounded.

Drinkability - Average. Delicious. A little filling. I can't session this beer, but it was a wonderful treat. Very enjoyable.

04-29-2007 01:34:45 | More by laughatdanger11
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3.7/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Totally opaque, brownish golden, like a rich vegetable stock or golden mushroom soup. Two-finger whitish head with tiny bubbles reduces to a thin filmy head that stays around till the very end. Streaky, clumpy lacing.

S: Citrusy, kinda grapefruity, a little orangey, and a little bit of an herbal scent.

T: Citrusy, a little hoppy. Malts appear in the finish and aftertaste once the citrus fades. Spices play a quiet note, but they're there. After warming 10+ degrees, the citrus flavor goes from a light and fruity orange to a more bitter grapefruity flavor. There's a bit o' pepper on the back of your tongue, too, after it warms.

M: Light carbonation, a very fluidic texture. A little thin for a witbier, I think. Warming doesn't help the mouth, either. Seemed like it got thinner... or maybe that was the alcohol kicking in...

D: Much better flavor than Blue Moon, but it takes a way back seat (ie, the very back of the station wagon) to Hoegaarden. This is a nice brew for a summer afternoon—a nice change of pace from the IPAs.

04-28-2007 01:43:48 | More by StarSAELS
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New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -20.9%

AP: Hazy orange tint with big carbonation creating a two-finger deep frothy and foamy pure-white fluff-cloud head that displays really good retention; in fact, nearly 1" of the head remained until the last drop.

nose: blueberry>old spice>citrus/lemmon>boysenberry and cream.

Taste: This is basically a light wheat beer that already has the added lemmon in it...it seriously taste's as if someone had crushed up fresh lemmon and threw it in my beer when I wasn't looking. It's a very authentic citrus flavor but it over-rides all of the other potential flavors.

Feel: light bodied, mildly crisp with a decent smooth effect from the ever-lasting head.

DA: Take it easy on the lemmon/lime wedge effect and this one might be pretty drinkable.

04-28-2007 01:02:15 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.35/5  rDev 0%

A - Murky and bubbly. Not what I expected but pretty good for the price.

S - Very strange herbal smell, with a light hop and maltiness

T - The herbal note returns and is a bit strong, an orange slice lightens the taste and rounds it out

M - Little too much carbonation, bit thin for a witbier

D - The strong herbal notes make it hard to drink fast or more than one. Interesting for any advocate to try.

Overall, good but probably wont buy again. I'd spend the extra to get that cleaner taste.

04-27-2007 03:03:54 | More by Kicksmile67
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3.05/5  rDev -9%

Been trying several different wheat beers lately. Many give me a rash, some don't....anything to the further my beer education. Anyways, it smells grassy but has some other scents That I'm not advanced enough to place. I know there has to be lemon and probably pepper but later in the flavor, I encounter something else. ugh! what is it? the label doesn't say, I haven't tasted it in the others. It's driving me nuts. somebody mentioned either blueberry or pamogranate. Not being a fan of either, I could not tell you what the two would taste like, let alone in a beer. If anyone knows, I'd be willing to listen. It looks good. Its not real heavy and I imagine you could throw down a few, if you don't mind the mystery fruit taste at the end. As it warms, that underlying fruit taste increases. okay, I think the guessing is over....I think I have Friggin' blueberries in my beer.

edit: i guess if I had read the BA notes, I would have known it WAS friggin blueberries.

04-26-2007 10:04:30 | More by beerrookie
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4.05/5  rDev +20.9%

Rich golden color, and slightly cloudy in appearance. Great head which settles to form a thin foam cap atop the beer. Exceptional lacing, sticking to the sides of the glass throughout the beer. Nose and taste both consist of pronounced citrus, specifically orange, and finishes dry. Light bodied mouth feel makes this an excellent summer brew.

Surprisingly smooth and sweet, this would make for an excellent indoctrination to the world of beer for non-beer drinkers (read: girls) but is still more than enjoyable for more seasoned drinkers.

04-24-2007 23:13:13 | More by Dolamite
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4.2/5  rDev +25.4%

Dispensed from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Very cloudy, burnt butter colored beer emerges and is followed by a very nice sized white head of decent retention. Nice lacing down the glass as well.

Aroma is very fruity. I have never had a wheat beer with so much fruit in the nose. Tons of orange and lemon as well as some blueberry and even strawberry.

Taste reflects the fruity nose. Lots of orange and citrus zest. There is some residual sweetness that is a little overboard but certainly doesnt detract from the overall experience.

Decent mouthfeel minus the sticky cloyingness. I could probably polish off a sixer of this with no problem. Perfect summer time beer, as are most wheaties. I say this one shall be in my fridge again in the future.

04-23-2007 20:53:48 | More by SaCkErZ9
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

st: bottle
a:some what cloudy but with a good foam but poured well inside a tall glass no real production date to be seen
t: tasted like sugar pops but with a fruit top
s: some what sweet with a sugar top notes
m: cloudy
d: not a every day drinker but a nice change

04-22-2007 05:32:20 | More by puffybh
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4.1/5  rDev +22.4%

Silly Rabbit, Leinenkugels is for kids! Pours a nice hazy orange. Quick fading head. Smell reminds me of fresh blueberry puree. This is a bit too sweet to have more than one. Like drinking the milk after a good bowl of fruity cereal. Lingering berry aftertaste. Enjoyable and fun though. Overall an interesting beer worth trying.

04-22-2007 01:30:17 | More by Shaggy9356
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3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Seriously, other people have said it, so I will give a quick review.

It smells like and tastes like Trix are for Kids... or Fruity Pebbles.

This isn't a bad thing. It's very drinkable and kind of a fun beer, because of the smell and taste. My wife loves it.

**after further review**
My wife drinks this stuff like water. It is just too sweet for me. Fruity Pebbles was the correct flavor, we've checked the two together. It isn't bad for a summer, lawnmower, beer, but it could be a little too sweet for some.

04-22-2007 01:19:03 | More by chemmie
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Poured a hazy, pale goldenrod with an orangeish tint, quite bubbly in body and a thick head displaying decent retention, some lacing.

S: A orange and citrusy sweet smell over some grainy notes and bit of spice, a very nice bouquet. If this thing tastes half as good as it smells, it's a winner.

T: A very straightforward taste, simply a refreshing wheat beer flavor throughout, nothing spectacular, but that seems to be part of the charm. A slight hop flavor is detectable at the end, rounding out a wheaty finish. Not a whole lot of ups and downs.

M: Decent carbonation, a thin, watery and slick mouthfeel make it smooth overall.

D: Has a good drinkability level due to its flavor composition and watery feel, would do well for a cookout. Being the first truly hot/warm day here for the season, this beer is a good way to kick off the late spring/summer months, but may not hold up in the face of other witbiers.

04-21-2007 21:35:26 | More by CharlieMopps
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3.45/5  rDev +3%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a very pale cloudy golden color. Fizzy white head does hold together well, and leaves some patchy lace when it subsides.

Strong berry-like aroma. Lots of fruits, lemons, oranges, maybe some grapes and apricots. Seems a bit artificial. A bit perfumey as well.

Slightly tart and crisp, with a great amount of sweet fruitiness. Lemons, oranges, and berries. The sweetness is a bit much, and there seems to be just a touch of hops to help out.

Decent body and carbonation. This isn't bad, but it is a bit too sweet, and the fruit flavors don't seem natural. They don't seem blended in, rather they compete with the base of the beer. Still, worth a shot, particularly in the hot weather.

04-21-2007 02:15:18 | More by Bierguy5
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

This finally arrived in Texas! I had been wanting to try it after reading the article about this beer on the BA website.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a very hazy straw, with a 1/4 inch head, and light lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a nice mix of hops, wheat, and lemon.

The taste is amazing! Orange and lemon, along with a good amount of hops, creating a very smooth citrus finish.

Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall, I have to say this is in my top five for best witbiers. Highly enjoyable, and very sessionable.

04-20-2007 06:01:12 | More by beeragent
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2.95/5  rDev -11.9%

Sampled & reviewed on 3/2/07:

Ap: Full finger of head raised which settles within moments to a thin layer. Cloudy & gloden. Has the standard look of a Wit or other wheat-based ale.

Ar: Candied fruits dominate! Just totally pervade the entire aroma. Smells like jujifruits for Pete's sake! Maybe Juicyfruit gum. Smells real fake - oranges, cherries. Kind of like fruit punch or Hi-C.

Ta: The taste scarily reminds me of Fruity Pebbles (Wiiilllmaaa!). I love Fruity Pebbles n' all, but this is ridculous flavor in a beer. Do I like it because I love Fruity Pebbles or do I hate it due to its absolute lack of true beer qualities such as any malt flavor or hop bite?

Mo: Very light, smooth & crisp. Fruitiness leaves palette very clean. Dry finish.

Dr: Extremely easy drinking, but fruitiness wears very quickly. Thirst quenching possibly as is a fruity drink or juice, but not really a "beer" IMO.

Comments: Honestly, I didn't mind this as a beverage, but I don't think I could consider it beer, per se. Tasty, fruity & flavorful, albeit a bit fake tasting, but possesses no qualities you'd expect from beer.

04-17-2007 18:45:57 | More by JMD71
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New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -29%

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a large fluffy white head but little to no lace.

Scent is lemon, orange. Sweet, candy-like and somewhat unnatural; actually reminds me of froot loops cereal.

Taste is tart lemons and sweet oranges, a hint of coriander, peach and banana on top of a wheat base. The froot loops comparison is borne out here too.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. Not heavily carbonated.

Drinkability for me is poor. The unnatural sugary fruity aspect gets old quickly.

Not impressed with this beer at all.

04-14-2007 03:19:40 | More by sethmeister
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Rhode Island

2.3/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

04-13-2007 13:56:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer just made it into our state. Could not wait to taste it, especially after all I had read about it.
It poured a hazy, cloudy yellow-orange. The nose was quite surprising. I was expecting the usual orange peel, but what I got instead was plenty of citrus - lemon and orange - but more in a candy-like form. Also present were hints of licorice, mint and blueberry.
On the palate, same flavors, but more oangey, but still candy-like. Very nice carbonation makes this one pretty enjoyable.
Quite different. This could make it a bit challenging....but worth the challenge!

04-12-2007 20:22:19 | More by Lagaffe74
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4.33/5  rDev +29.3%

Tried this one on draft on a whim last night. Sam's Summer is finding its way to shelves and taps these days but thought I'd give this unfamiliar summer wheat a try.

The head was a light butter-cream color and held up well. My first glass was served with a healthy wedge of orange which at first I imagined was responsible for orangish-slightly sweet aroma. (I was mistaken as I quaffed my second glass sans-orange and was pleased to still encounter a distinctly citrus/orange note drifting up from the glass.)

It poured with a nice veil that's typical of an unfiltered wheat but it was perhaps a bit more amber/honey colored than the golden or straw colored hues of some of the more familiar summer wheats.

The tastes was most surprising....expecting as I did the lemon/pepper spice notes of a typical summer wheats. What I got instead was more of a sweet, almost toasted orange peel and blueberry top note that lingered without being too cloying or too sweet. I was worried this would be one of those "single serving" beers that becomes undrinkable as you get near the bottom of your first pint. Not so. I found myself enjoying the sweet/toasted citrus notes and imagining warmer days to come with one of these in hand....and welcomed the prospect enthusiastically.

Normally I get a little distracted by beers with such noticable or deliberate fruit flavors in them. While I always enjoy the first 3 - 6 ounces or so, eventually the fruit flavor becomes so pronounced that it begins to taste like one of the kids dropped their lollypop or maybe a cough drop into my beer.

3 pints later no such effect occured and while rather noticable and up-front, the citrus notes never overtook the beer. I'll be looking for this one on the shelves for the backyard cooler this year.


04-12-2007 19:00:48 | More by Randori
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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