1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

2,172 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 183 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,172 | Reviews: 875 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of stormstarter28
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of drjones633
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of Strix
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Gutensheisse
4.3/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of champ103
2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Photo of musicjustintime
4/5  rDev +19%
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!

Photo of whiplash3825
3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ism
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A real nice cloudy amber. It pors to form an average head and lace.

Smell- Very fruity and citrus. With hints of wheat

Taste- A very strong orange and lemon taste. Small hints of hops but mainly sweet and the malt is apparent.

Mouthfeel- Kind of fluffy.

Drinkability- A refreshing all occasion beer.

Photo of macster
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a beer tent at the recent music fest in Bethlehem, PA. Pours a cloudy amber-orange color producing a thin, small bubbled white head. Nose is fruity sweet with huge notes of orange juice, vanilla cream, crushed berries, perfume and ground wheat. Very different and unique aroma profile here for sure. Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing but slightly thin and watery as you swallow. Taste very similar to the aromas but not as distractingly perfumey. Refreshingly sweet creamsicle, fresh squeezed orange juice, blueberry, heavy cream and some coriander and pepper come through. Finish is a bit thin and quick but a nice thirst quencher on a hot day.

Photo of dubman003
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I picked this up randomly at a convenience store. Fortunately, it was fresh. Wonderful smell and taste. We took it out on the boat, but as the beer warmed the mouthfeel got a bit unpleasant. Otherwise, this is an incredible beer that really brings around a strong, sweet blueberry taste and smell; impressive for a micro shipped from wisconsin to new hampshire.

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,172 ratings.