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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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1,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 25
Gots: 91 | 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 mattd017


2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought this beer after hearing the raves about it, I wanted to see what it was all about. It poured like a normal wheat beer. No real head. no lacing. tasted like fruity pebbles. nothing i will try again, especially with the speciality beer price tag

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 21:33:13 | More by mattd017
Photo of alexskovan

New York

2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy yellow with a fine-grained white head. Aroma is big on coriander with some citrus behind it. I smelled this beer and thought, "This is going to taste too sweet", and I took a sip -- I was right. Sickly sweet tasting with a flavor reminiscent of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, then a flat watery finish. Cloying and unbalanced.

Not the most impressive wheat beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 23:19:54 | More by alexskovan
Photo of Vancer


3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Llywelyn’s , a darn fine Wit – of course the party atmosphere in the bar area may have influenced my ratings. Oh well, I enjoyed the pint of hazy amber orange, thinnish with head – still produced some sticky laces.

Subtle notes of wheat and orange in the aroma, but the taste kicked it up a notch. Rich and tangy (for a Wit), full bodied wheats with touches of an orangey citrus. Very nick drinker, I’ll make sure I pick some up for the wif-zilla – whom luvs this style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2007 14:27:22 | More by Vancer
Photo of kernalklink


2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured light and cloudy with a moderate spice character and aroma. Slightly sweet malts and no real hop presence- not exactly balanced. Not sure what the natural flavors are which this beer is brewed with, but the taste is overwhelmingly artificially fruity. Mix a bag of pop rocks with a miller lite- same effect. The only saving grace was that it went down smooth and fast with no real problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 18:27:07 | More by kernalklink
Photo of techdiver


4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is startling; blueberry? Yes, this is a first.

Taste has a bit of complexity to it as the blueberry is there and it makes it difficult to pick up the underlying flavors.Well balanced, smooth and enjoyable.

Fairly light in the mouth with modest carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good, and were it not winter now, I could easily see putting a few away on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 04:56:37 | More by techdiver
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

12 ouncer w/o freshness indication, pours typical, cloudy light tangerine, with a near white head that quickly morphs to a thin, tiny bubble film. A moderate swirl leaves respectable sticky lacing. Lemony sweet nose, then a pleasant, smooth yeasty, lemony wheat experience. Nice American wheat, decent warm weather quaffer. Nothing amazing but would do with a warm weather lunch, salad, cheese,bread etc.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 00:59:23 | More by Billolick
Photo of gmfessen


4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy pale yellow-gold color wiht a fizzy white head. The smell is huge, I can smell it from a foot away. Citrus, orange and lemon dominate with coriander and other spices on backup. Taste is very much like the nose, with the orange citrus and coriander coming through the most and has a wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light, with a decent amount of fizzy carbonation. This is a drinkable beer and for the price you'll be hard pressed to find another as tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 05:24:35 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Drew966


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat pours a gold color with a white head into my pint glass. There is a fruity aroma that is mostly citrus. Taste is dominated by an orange flavor and you can taste the wheat somewhat. There also seems to be some other spices that I can't put my finger on. I enjoyed this beer, I don't think it's something I would buy all the time, but under the right circumstances it quite enjoyable. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2007 06:35:43 | More by Drew966
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a modest fluffy head, very white, on top of a slightly hazed peach-gold. A little lace left on the glass.

Aroma is Trix or Fruity Pebbles cereal. Other reviewers are right on about this...it's there! Also citrus, especially orange, and a little bit of spice, like old and not very potent white pepper.

Flavor reminds of those cereals, definitely an orange flavor present too. It's sweet, and way too heavy on the citrus/orange/fruit-cereal thing. You don't get any subtleties with this brew, it's just full-on citrus all the time. Cloying, I believe they call it...each bottle tastes worse than the last one over the few weeks it's taken me to choke down the 6-pack I bought. The first bottle was okay but annoying, second bottle awful, and every one after that abominable.

Far too lop-sided, leaning ridiculously heavy toward the citrus and Flavor #37 (or whatever they flavor Trix with)...it forgets about the things that make a great wheat beer great. Never again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 22:57:55 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of pumarocks


3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Wow this is a tasty beer! I did not expect much because it pours like a typical macro brew from St. Louis. The head is ok but subsides very fast. The taste is what is very impressive here. This brew tastes very much like the breakfast cereal fruity pebbles! It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. I give this brew two mugs up.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 20:44:19 | More by pumarocks
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with three finger white head that goes quickly leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Apricot nose. Starts with a apricot flavor but is nicely balanced, finish is clean. Unusual wheat. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 23:54:39 | More by jdhilt
Photo of SetarconeX


3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like much. Sorta a cloudy, yellow, swampwater-looking brew. Luckily, it smells absolutely heavenly. Extremely sweet, heavy citrus notes , lemon and orange being most prominent. The coriander mentioned in all the advertising also makes a very distinct appearance on the nose.

Doesn't taste half bad either. Quite a bit like a Blue Moon, with the same type of odd, overwhelming sweetness that comes just a bit too close to being cloying. Much of the citrus from the nose seems to vanish on the taste, oddly enough. There is, however, an odd sour aftertaste that prevents me from giving it a higher score.

Still, most of the way through the bottle, it's growing on me. It's actually a surprisingly drinkable brew. Just might end up picking up some more at a later time.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 22:37:01 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of sauron681


4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull yellow/golden typical "American" style wheat beer. Decent head that lasts but not lone enough. Nice lacing around the outside of glass.
Initial aroma of light lemon citrus with a slight corriander note, and a little spice of some sort.
Has a nice full flavor taste that is smooth. The tartness really comes through, as well as an aftertaste of blueberrys and light grain. Goes great with the usual orange wedge on the side. A very appealing summer beer, however, not one I would drink several of at one time.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 20:10:08 | More by sauron681
Photo of merlin48


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is a hazy, dull yellow. Smallish white head is fleeting and leaves some patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity, with orange and lemongrass competing with some pepper and coriander notes. Mouthfeel is thin and selzery. Spritzy carbonation. Taste mirrors the aroma. Lemonrind and coriander with a hint of pepper and malted wheat. Thin and unsubtantial. Very refreshing and bargain priced, a nice pale wheat ale for summer sessions, otherwise unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 13:54:20 | More by merlin48
Photo of SchaefMan


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

This beer took me by surprise. A friend had a bunch in the fridge, which his brother in law brought, and he had not tried it. We opened it, and there was not much to the smell, beyond the typical citrus for a wheat beer. When I took a swig, though, the berry flavor was kind of a shock, since it did not mention it on the label. Very unusual, but as I finished it off, I decided it was a good thing. The appearance, even though I had it out of the bottle, I could tell was the cloudy gold you would expect. Mouthfeel was light, and well carbonated. I had three of them, and at that, it was not overpowering, so I figure the drinkability was pretty high, but I am not sure I would want to overdo it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 14:41:53 | More by SchaefMan
Photo of adammills


1.73/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beer poured a very cloudy banana color with very little head. The smell is a bit of yeast and very strong citrus flavoring. It is the same in taste. It almost tastes like they used some super citrus candy extract to create this flavor because it is almost unnatural. Not pleasant at all and I really wanted to like this beer. Carbonation was sharp, and in pair with the flavor really sealed the deal on this brew not being worth it. I am shocked to see the ratings that others have given it. Lord I just hope the lines were dirty at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 02:02:06 | More by adammills
Photo of lehows

New York

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow with a small white head. Served with an orange slice as well. Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Mostly citrus and thats about it. Taste was very light and citrusy, tons of lemon, orange, coriander. Not much hops going on but it is tasty nonetheless. It definitely had a fizzy and thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very drinkable and light wheat ale, something that would hit the spot in July, but not very welcoming now (mid-January).

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2007 05:41:16 | More by lehows
Photo of DrinkinBoy


3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After being poured in a glass this beer appears a opaque bright gold. It had a white head with little retention.

It smells of blueberry with little hint of any beer.

Sunset Wheat has a strong taste. It reminds me of the Fruity Pebbles I ate as a kid. The taste of beer is very faint, and the after taste is similar to drinking orange juice.

The mouthfeel is light, but it is heavily carbonated.

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is a delicious tasting beer, if you enjoy fruity flavors in beers. It is a bit of an over the top version, and is probably a very polaring flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 04:04:36 | More by DrinkinBoy
Photo of ark1ebs


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

Had this brew during an Arkansas vs. Ole Miss game at Buffalo Wild Wings. I don't know many better "chain" restaurants in terms of variety of beers on tap. The Leinenkugal offering was a pleasant surprise for me since I haven't seen this brewery offered on tap in Northwest Arkansas before.

The overall sensation is blueberry. You pretty much know what to expect from a wheat. The blueberry is the surprise that makes you say, "Hmmm..."

Mouthfeel is full and the wheat is definitely present. I had a couple of Sam Adams Winter Lager just prior. and this was pleasantly full in place of a lager.

Overall this beer will probably be rated lower by more sophisticated reviewers, but dammit, this beer is a nice curveball in a lineup of fast pitches.

I'll drink it again...maybe just not in mass quantity like other brews.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2007 01:12:04 | More by ark1ebs
Photo of jackorain


2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-odd golden brown ruddy dirty diswater color with a 3/4 inchewhite dense head that fade in about 20 seconds to a thin coat.

S-lemon, orange and other citrus (not grapefruit) a little spicy coriander note

T&M lots of cirus has a bitter orange pith taste, not hops but pith. Hops nor malts show through at all. The is some fermeted wheat taste in there too, kinda like white bread past is date on a hot summer day. Medium body with a very fizzy soda like carbonation. Much too fizzy. This kinda reminds of a home orange soda with orange rinds left in.

Overall not something I would buy on my own as this was a case club selection.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 23:33:13 | More by jackorain
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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

Pours a cloudy golden colour with a big frothy yet creamy white head. Stickiness is pretty good overall with a fair amount of residue left on the glass.

Aroma is a weird (but good) blend of licorice, mint, some spice and hints of citrus fruit.

Licorice is just as prevalent in the flavour but blends nicely with citrus (mostly lemon, which almost becomes lemonade -esque at times) flavours along with a healthy dose of general wheat flavour as well. Some hop notes lightly mix into the flavour here and there. Mouthfeel is light bodied and nice and crisp.

I wasn't expecting much with this one and was pleasantly surprised. Could I drink many of these in one sitting? Likely not, but it's still a solid brew in all aspects that I'll likely pick up again and that is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 04:55:20 | More by guinness33
Photo of hylton44


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm really trying to step outside myself here, since I don't really like this style of beer very much. And I really would have considered it a Whitbier, rather than an American Pale Wheat Ale. Be that as it may, it has an unfiltered, cloudy appearance with a volumnous cloud of white, frothy foam after the pour. The smell: piña colada, cotton candy, ripe oranges, and coconut. The taste, pretty much what you'd expect from the smell: Orange Julius. Interesting...again, not to my taste, but I think the brewer really put his or her mark on this beer, and I gotta respect that. Nevertheless, I think the cacauphony of flavors overwhelm the malt and the beer part gets lost, which is never a good thing. Moderately full body, especially considering the fruity overtones. I can see where this could be a quite refreshing drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 06:31:48 | More by hylton44
Photo of montageman


2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy yellow in color with loads of carbonation - head is bright white and thick at first, it also sticks around the whole time with some lacing. Smells like lemon and other citrus - maybe a little bread there, but it's predominantly lemon. Taste is also extremely citrusy as though a bunch of lemon juice got in the batch, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it could be more subdued. There is also a bit of biscuit taste in the end. Mouthfeel is fine - way too much carbonation for me. It feels like I'm drinking soda. This could be refreshing on summer's day - seems like it would be good for folks who aren't into beer yet. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 03:32:17 | More by montageman
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well Leinie is starting to show up around here in wny ahh the memories....On tap at Mammosers here in Hamburg,Poured a hazed orange/peach color with a thin wispy head.Big artificial orange essence in the nose along with some toasty malt like my wife said like orange fruity pebbles,not all bad just artificial,that artifical orange comes thru in the flavor with a cereal-like toasted quality it gets a tad sweet in the finish.Well a wheat beer with orange flavoring added a good fu fu beer and maybe decent on a warmer day but not something to be on the lookout for by any means.

Oh and did I mention it came with a sunset wheat flavored chapstick?Just added bonus to run and try this beer....uhm yeah.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2007 10:22:06 | More by oberon
Photo of wingman14


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

This one pours a cloudy light orange with a foamy white head. The smell is very fruity, orange, cherry, lots of sweet notes, reminds me of fruity pebbles cereal. The tase was mostly orange, but many fruit notes, tasted like cereal, but not in a super offensive "what happened to this beer" sort of way. There wasn't much else to the taste, the wheat was there, but the fruit drives this beer beginning middle and end. It had a good balance to it being a medium-light beer with good carbonation. I wouldnt be able to drink more that a few just from the powerful taste, but it was nice and refreshing. Worth checking out if, especially if you are into the fruit beers. I don't know why they call it an American pale wheat ale, no hops to speak of and very little wheat. Oh well, Leinenkugels makes good beer for the low price. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 02:54:43 | More by wingman14
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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