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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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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 84 | 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 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
Photo of kimcgolf


2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap to a carbonanted golden color with hint of orange, true to it’s "sunset" name. Had a medium white head that lingered shortly and left okay lacing. Aroma was very strong of orange and apricot, with a hint of wheat. While this was pleasing at first, it became too much throughout the beer. Flavor followed suit. The initial taste was pleasant citrus, but very quickly became a mixture of kid’s cereals, popsicles, and a taste that reminded me of children’s liquid antibiotics I had years ago. Finish was a super-sweet aftertaste that was did not remind me of having a beer at all.

This beer started out promising, but turned to disappointment quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2007 04:09:46 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of roblowther


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never heard of this one but they seem to do a lot of brewing. It pours a cloudy golden color, with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is all blueberries. Blueberry muffins, really. Sort of a blueberry and butter combo. Sugar is everywhere here. The taste follows suit, you feel like you're drinking a muffin. Blueberries dominate with a little orange peel to remind you that its a wheat (with, is that what we're going for?) beer. Mouthfeel is silky, with a medium body. Drinkability is good, would be better if I had this on a hot summer day. The tart finish balances the sweet start nicely. Not bad, but probably best as an intro for your friends who "don't like beer".

addendum - I've just been reading other reviews of this beer (I never do that before I review). Am I nuts? Does no one else get blueberry muffins out of this thing? You have GOT to be kidding me! I mean in a blind smell test I couldn't tell the difference between this beer and a muffin if you put a gun to my head. Maybe I've got a very unusual brain tumor...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:57:58 | More by roblowther
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jake's lemony and berryish Sunset Wheat really hits the spot on a hot summer day (not that there are an over-abudance of those in Wisconsin!), or even a cold winter night with friends gathered round. It pours a cloudy gold that's almost like brass, and a huge head of frothy white. The retention is quite good, and the head slowly dwindles to a wide collar of creamy bright white along with a cottony, almost-solid, surface covering. It continually leaves lace throughout the glass in wide, craggy splashes... very nice! It's so fruity in the nose that you might initially think you've poured the Berry Wheat mistakenly until you realize it's more citrusy (lime). It is juicy, and tangy like berries though. As it warms the wheaty malt becomes apparent, as does some spice (grains of paradise? white pepper?... maybe it's just from the yeast... doubtful). It's a touch peachy and apricot-like as well. It's smooth across the palate with a gentle zest of carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor is as the nose suggests, with citrusy flavors dominating a light, sweet, somewhat wheaty malt base. The bitterness is limited, but it's balanced by the tartness of the citrus. Quite refreshing! And interesting to boot! It's drinkability might be up in the air, depending upon what you like, but if you're open to a fruity and citrusy beer, this one might work.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:38:59 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jettjon


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale pinkish color with no visible carbonation beneath a thin white cap which quickly fades leaving nothing behind and minimal lace. Nose is spicy and citrusy with sweet malt. Tastes sweet with spicy clove/coriander up front, and tasty sweet citrus, similar to pink grapefruit juice. Mild hops presence. A bit of bready yeast at the end. Mouth is smooth, crisp, and wet but not too thin—clean, with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability is excellent; this is a very tasty and smooth-drinking beer.

Overall: A solid hefe/wheat beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 20:17:01 | More by jettjon
Photo of slyke


3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sunset Wheat pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a generous white rocky head that fades to a thin cap after about five minutes, some lacing.

The aroma is light and citrusy with a hint of alcohol. No noticeable hop notes. Taste is citrusy, very lightly hopped, and has a note reminiscent of blueberries.

Mouthfeel is thinner than some other unfiltered American wheat ales out there. This beer is easy to drink, especially on a warm day, and sessionable at 4.9% abv. I could, and sometimes do have two or three. It is widely available at restaurants in my area, (often served with a slice of orange) but there are other beers I'd prefer if they were available at those locations. This one is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 21:16:43 | More by slyke
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, but not very thick head that stays for a while. It has A VERY VERY NICE and present citrusy smell. very inticing. Very citrusy and nice taste. Needs a little more hop presence and finishes a little watery and dry. It is very crisp and an easy to drink spring or summer time beer. It's definetly worth a try at its low price.

It is better than the honey weiss so far. I have the creamy dark and the red to try in my mix case. This one makes me more eager than the honey weiss did.

EDIT: This beer has much better head and retention in a weizen glass. Pour into one of them for max apperance.

EDIT: Taste is much better now, it's very good, but lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is thinner than rated previously.

Edit: I had this beer 3-30-06, very strong blueberry presence, like a blueberry muffin.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 22:22:39 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of LarryKemp


3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy medium tan with a ample white head that lasted a fair amount of time that left a large circle of foam around the side of the glass The aroma of coriander was the outstanding smell with some hops and a little malt thrown in. The coriander came through on the tongue as well and dominated the little malt sweetness. NO hops. The mouthfeel was a little light with a touch of carbonation. A nice wheat beer but not outstanding in any aspect.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 01:23:17 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of buxwheat


1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The most noticeable feature of this beer was the smell, especially that smell you get when you have a mouthful: perfumy! My God was it powerful, sort of like industrial strength Janitor in a Drum. I got the impression they must have flavor this stuff with a used urinal mint. Certainly will not replace Hoegaarden in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 22:29:39 | More by buxwheat
Photo of scaliasux


1.55/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Opaque murky yellow. Not the most appetizing color I've seen. Bright white head. Head's a little thin and short-lived.

Smell - Oooorange and coriander (I cross-checked my glass and a jar of spice, coriander it is). Faint yeastiness, but beer character largely masked.

Taste - Rather sweet. Very distinct orange, coriander flavor. Similar to some of Leine's other brews, the beer is overwhelmed by the fruit flavor. Seems like there's a light beer in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Light and highly carbonated. Feels more like a macro light than a hefe.

Drinkability - I'm not real big on the Leine's, but I have been more likely to choose a Leinenkugel than a Miller, Bud or Coors. Not real excited about the recent barely beers being produced by this local legend. Is Miller going to use this brand to straddle the boundary between alchopops and beer? Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 03:05:30 | More by scaliasux
Photo of ewurm


2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour this wheat beer into a tall glass, and you are instantly impressed. A golden/orange hue radiates from the semi-clouded glass. A finger head dissipates to a whisper. The aroma brings fruit, especially orange and lemon. The taste is a serious surprise if you are looking for a straight hefeweizen. The fruit aroma does not hesitate to transfer to the taste buds. If you are looking for a less intense flavor as I was, you are surprised. It is smooth, with a semi-fruity finish. If you like the taste of A LOT of citrus in your beer, indulge. I found it to be a sensory overload.


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 02:32:22 | More by ewurm
Photo of HardTarget


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty, lists 4.9% abv. and a confusing lasered neck code of 12256 (12/25/06, best by? Why not just list a date, eh?)

Aroma: Lemon and clove nose, maybe a little bubblegum and coriander? Wow, very nice sniff!

Appearance: Murky dark yellow glass sports a head momma would be proud of. Holds tight and laces fairly.

Flavor: A candy quality, sweet and sour combo going. I get firm lemon rind, some wheat, and I really think that’s coriander (a check of the website confirms it). A definite spice finish is nice. All in all, the flavor is well constructed and not too complex.

Mouthfeel: A touch fizzy, medium light body, a bit too gassy for me.

Overall Impression: Impressed! Figured this for an easy karma point, and really ended up enjoying it. A lot of good things going on in this beer, and no obvious flaw (well, maybe the body and carbonation level, and the fact that it is tied with Miller- damn you Miller). A great summer brew, I’ll look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 00:27:09 | More by HardTarget
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.