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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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2,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 872
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 27
Gots: 163 | 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 dsa7783
4.97/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an awesome beer! Just recently tried this one for the first time, and was immediately hooked! Although taste is subjective, this really does taste like fruit loops - no joke! It has such a distinct flavor and smell that after buying a sixer, I ran back to the liquor store the next day to grab another one... A terrific example of a truly unique witbier... I could drink this all day - it's that drinkable, with a nice cloudy-yellowish appearance that perfectly complements it's sweet, bubble-gum, aromatic flavor... Definitely try this one... don't think you'll be dissapointed... This is without a doubt one of my favorites.... got this for only $6.99 for a six-pack, which is relatively inexpensive compared to some other more well known samples out there... Certainly one of my all-time favorites!

dsa7783, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a bubbly white head that settles to just cover the surface

S - Kinda like a bowl of Fruit loops

T - A little wheaty with lots of citrus

M - Feels a little watery with quite a bit of carbonation

D - This is very drinkable I could drink this all night

armock, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Yeasty golden orange with a quarter inch frothy head that stuck around for a while. Fades to pale yellow with rising suds.

S - Delicious blueberry scent which overpowers just about everything else. It smells fresh too, not like an artificially flavored scent.

T - A bit sour, but the citrus flavors almost balance this out. Yeasty profile with a bit of an aftertaste that reminds me of sun tan lotion.

M - Has mild carbonation and an oily feel to it, not entirely pleasant.

D - It's harder to get through the warmer it gets, I don't think I could do more than one. An interesting idea overall, and possibly great for someone who enjoys Blue Moon, but this was not for me.

PhageLab, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer leaps from the 12-ounce bottle a fuzzy lemon yellow with a portly creamy white head that lingers long, finally, the lace gets to put on its show with a nice coating to surround the glass. Nose has a nice fresh wheat bread aroma, sweet with a citrus like crispness, a touch of orange peel, with a lemon twist. Start has a mild wheat presence; a trace of bitterness at the back, top is light to middling in feel. Finish has steady acidity with the mild hops adding a bit of twang, somewhat sweet and certainly dry aftertaste finishes the beer, a nice refreshing brew tis' true.

Gusler, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I could do this review in two words, but that's not very descriptive. Okay let's just call it "fruity pebbles" yep that's what I got that vibe the whole time I drank this beer from aroma to all the flavors flowing. Appears a unfiltered pale golden hazy peach hue large bright white head chunky textured rises well above the rim of my glass, lace is sporadic and uneven but it's clinging. Aroma has citrus rolling lemonade accents with a mild chalky atrificial berry swetness with the mixture of grain and artificial flavoring I get fruity pebbles. Flavor chalky creamy citrus with mild herbal tones and blueberry extract sweetness coming in again with that signature fruity pebbles vibe, dry powdered cream finish. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a creamy spritzy carbonation flowing, wow that's a strange texture but goes down. Drinkability is decent not a whole sixer but one or two really get you in the mood for a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, yabba dabba belch.

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of sweetkness
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know if it's just too many guys out there that are trained not to like "fruity" tasting beers or what, but I seem to be on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to opinions on this beer. I think it is one of Leinie's best, and I'm glad to see some bars have this to choose from over the usual boring lagers.

A - Nice head which settles slowly. It has that classic cloudly witbier look with more of a orange tint that most.

S - Wonderful fruity, citrus aroma.

T - Fruit and whatever yeast strain was used definetly dominate. This is a beer you can really get into debate as to what flavors are noticed. There are various fruit flavors that can be noticed, particularly blueberry, orange, and lemon, possibly even some coriander. I can see where some may classify at as a fruit loops/cereal flavor, but its not really what I pick up on. If you are looking for the hops or even the malt, you will have a hard time. Like I said the yeast profiles dominate along with the fruit.

M - Probably a bit on the overcarbonated side. But it does get balanced a bit by that nice witbier creamy mouthfeel.

D - This really depends on your preferences. While I do like this beer quite a bit, the dominating fruit flavors do make it one that I tend to only be able to have 2 of in a session at the most.

sweetkness, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 3in mean chunky white batter-like foam atop a hazy golden-orange brew. head becomes soapy and swiss cheese forming a 1/8in disk and staying there.

S- smarties, good n plenty mike n ike candy bubble gum citrus wheat and grain.

T- grape/watermelon/bubblegum candy maybe artificial? VERY BUBBLEGUM! tastes like high quality candy sweet/sour throughout with wheat, lots of wheat, yeast white bread, biscuit, sour saltine cracker, and sprite.

MF- soda pop consistency, powdery bazooka gum feeling, meduim carbonation, refreshing and thirst quenching.

D- as far as witbiers go, this is good, but it lacks that traditional feeling, it seems so macro with its artificial flavorings i just can't dig it. but it drinks like pop and if you're thirsty this will definitely do it for ya.

hustlesworth, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of GIG
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will have to say this is one of my favorite beers. It pours a beautiful hazy typical witbier color. The smell of this beer is the most unique i've come across. Some say artificial or fruity pebbles, i just say damn good and fruity. Taste is more of the same with a musty yeastiness and lemon and orange, tasty! Overall this has to be one of the most drinkable, quaffable, thirst-quenching and AFFORDABLE beers around. A great stab at the style and a classic in the making!! At 5.99 a sixer, there is no going wrong here! Outstanding!

GIG, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Picked up one from ABC amongst a handful of others. Pours very nicely with a decent lace and nice head, had the classic witbier cloudiness. Smells very wheaty and fruity, specifically blueberry and lemon. Tastes very similar to how it smells, very fruity. Decent mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

scottyshades, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Bonhoeffer
1.58/5  rDev -53%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I have this thing where i like beer. ALL beer. I like ale, lager, Belgian, German, English, dark, light, hoppy, malty, sweet, bitter, sour, spicy, whatever. I've had good examples of darn near every style of beer on earth.

Which is why i'm so surprised that i hated this beer so much. HATED it. This is literally only the second beer i've ever tasted that i could not finish because it was so bad it had to be poured down the drain. The other? Cave Creek Chili Beer, which we all know is a joke beer not even meant to be consumed except by poor college frat pledges being hazed.

It was not skunked nor oxidized nor infected. Rather, it tasted like someone took Widmer Hefeweizen and soaked a bowl of Fruit Loops in it for about a day. Some sort of sick alcopop kind of thing going on here, with cheap imitation fruit flavors. Poorly imitated fruit flavors.

Just gross and i will never touch it again. I'm gettin the shakes just thinking about my experience with this beer.

Bonhoeffer, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of brewshakes
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer while on National Guard duty in Wisconsin on the recommendation from the barkeep. When it came with a slice of orange I was a little on the iffy side but I was pleasantly surprised. Has the smell of Fruity Pebbles. Goes down very smooth. If you're a fan of wheat beers then you have to give this one a shot.

brewshakes, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of BeerManDan
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the color was of an hazy wheat yellow with a reddish hue. The smell was really different than any wheat ale that I've had in quite awhile. The smell was of yeast, wheat, citrus and what blows my mind, Pastry. Yes, I thought I was in a bakery, smelling pastries.

The taste was of a bitter/sweet nature, with a hint of citrus, wheat, yeast and pastry. This is a really different wheat beer. It's so different, that I kind of like it. I felt that I was drinking a liquid donut! Wow, is that different or is that different. Donuts?

BeerManDan, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at On Tap Pub. The beer is a hazy light amber/orange color with a thin off-white head. Minimal lacing throughout. The aroma is akin to Fruity Pebbles. Light-bodied and smooth with sweet fruit and spice flavors, along with a bit of wheat. The finish is sweet with a mild clove aftertaste. Not as sugary sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe but still just an average beer.

Dogbrick, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of lpayette
2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance- A cloudy yellow straw color with bright white head that sticks around for a limited time but manages to leave some brussels lace.

Smell- oddly enough, blueberries hits me first followed by some wheat/a grainy cereal-like smell.

taste- It's not typical for me to give out such a low score on taste... although the taste was certainly not terrible, I just simply don't like it. It tastes like the left over milk from a bowl of boo-berry (minus most of the milk properties, but not all). Now don't get me wrong, I'm a big supporter of boo-berry, franken-berry, and count chocula, but I wouldn't want any of my beers to taste like them. While boo-berry flavored milk sums up most of this beer's flavor profile there is the small addition of a bit of bubble gum. Simply not a good combination.

Mouthfeel - about right for the style... the style being a flavored american wheat beer and not a witbier, as listed of course.

Drinkability- Normally a beer of this nature would almost automatically score higher in this category. However, the boo-berry qualities really distract and annoy my palate. I don't really agree with listing this as a witbier. Although there are some certain similarities in taste, this seems inbetween styles, but closer to an american wheat... just not a very good one. Was looking forward to this one after reading about it in Yankee Brew news, but ended up dissappointed.

lpayette, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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 -3.9%
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 +2.7%
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 +14.6%
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%
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%
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 +24.4%
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 +36.3%
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 +20.5%
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%
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%
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
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.