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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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2,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,198
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 35
Gots: 230 | 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:
Beer added by: jj21 on 03-16-2006

Belgian Wit in style, but brewed with a lager yeast strain and a top-note of blueberry added (info directly from the Leinenkugel Bros).
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Photo of AlexJ
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Heavily hazed pale yellow in color with a stark head of paper white froth. Very little retention and lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, with a slight citric twang and subtle undertones of wheat. As it warms a bit, an undenyable blueberry pie note emerges.

Flavor nearly identical in description. Sweet, almost candylike citrus and blueberry flavors with subtle notes of citrus, lemon, pepper, and wheat. Wittesque, but definately not true to style and too sweet. The blueberry note is OK at first, but i really couldn't drink more than one or two of these. Note: I was burping artificial blueberry for like an hour after drinking this.

Body is rather light and refreshing with a slick, wheaty mouthfeel and soft, creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is the most attractive aspect of this beer.

Photo of Jaynuze
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a tap, the beer is a cloudy gold with a nice thick white head. A bit of lace as the beer is drunk, though I had the beer at a local bar that isn't known for its clean glassware (or its floors, dishes ... I digress).

The nose has a very forward lemony zest with a bit of citrus ... not grapefruit ... I couldn't place it. It definitely had a spicier note to it than most Wits ... peppercorn (?) maybe.

At first sip, I tasted notes of lemon, pepper, citrus, and a little wheat. However, after the second and preceding sips, the taste became far too sweet for my palate (almost like a Sam's Summer with lemonade). I'm not sure if it was the beer or the tap lines, but the sweetness became so overpowering to the point that I could not really taste much else.

The beer is well carbonated and is quite smooth. It's a bit chewy too, which really annoys me since the sugary taste just kills the beer for me. It’s a well structured beer minus the fact that the sweetness really knocks it off balance.

This beer is way too sweet for me. This might be a good way to get someone into beer by hitting them with this sugary Wit, but for someone who knows the style a little better I would not recommend this. It's just way too sugary.

Photo of nowise
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is wonderful. Light cloudy yellow with plenty of bubbles.

Smells good, citrusy, like an orange slice has already been added.

Taste is, well, sweet. And a little spicy... but too sweet for me. Tasted like orange soda or something.

Mouthfeel is a little flat and not very carbonated. It didn't agree with me. Actually if you leave it in a glass for more than a few minutes it gets way too flat.

Drinkability is poor. If I drank more than a few, it would feel like I just ate dessert. Definitely a one or 2 kinda beer.

Photo of beveritt
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Shared a pitcher of this at alocal place with a pitcher and a pie deal. Arrived in a plastic pitcher with two chilled pint glasses.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 inch off white head. This settles into a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is a hazy medium yellow with the slightest hints of orange.

Smell: Very sweet and tart. Lots of fruit. Hints of oranges, Tang, blueberries, and lemons.

Taste: Upfront tartness as if from lemons or oranges. Heavy sweet undertones with a little bit of wheat tang. Finishes with a slightly acidic blueberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation, pretty foamy. Body of average.

Drinkability: I had this sitting inside with okay weather outside. I imagine this beer would have tasted a little better if I was sitting outside on a sunny day. Not bad, but the taste is almost too artificial for me.

Photo of RBorsato
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy peach color with a decent white head and good carbonation. Interesting citrus fruity aroma and flavor; akin to orange juice. The coriander is not really noticeable at all. Light-medium bodied with a biting citrus finish.

An average hybrid American Wheat/Wit that I wouldn't bother buying again... esp. at insane Las Vegas prices.

Per 6-pack Carrier: "Brewed with Malted Wheat, Cluster Hops, and Natural Coriander"

Per JL website:
Malts: Wheat and Pale
Hops: Cluster
4.9% ABV
2006 GABF - Silver - Herb and Spice Beer

'04307' lasered on neck
Tasted: 02/27/07

($11.84 / 6-pack with tax included ... ouch !)

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad there's a note added about blueberry being added. I thought I might have been handed a Wachusett Blueberry by accident. There's nothing offensive about this beer, which is a good place to start. The flavor is just too spicey/fruity (mostly blueberry). There's hardly any normal beer flavors. I like those, but maybe I'm just a stickler.

Photo of cichief
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six-pack on the advice of BA.

A- Nice and cloudy, poured with a nice white head, which hung around.

S- A lot of fruit citrus, smells inviting on a warm day.

T- A lot of lemon, but very sweet, a little too sweet.

M- A good body, nice for a light "lawnmower" beer.

D- This would be a good beer after doing some chores around the house on a summer day.

I tried this right after an Allagash White, but there is no comprison, the Allagash blows this away, but the Leinie is lighter, so it may be better after a hot day.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a wheat glass with a large bowl on top from a 12oz brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Cloudy,with yellowy/golden hazyiness. a 1" white head quickly dissapated into a foam ring around the glass. Slight carbination not much for a wheat beer,some webby lacing halfway down the glass

Very clean with zesty lemon aromas and some berry. Smelled like freshly baked lemon drop cookies.

Sweet tangy lemon with hints of berries and a clean slightly citrus finish. Like drinking carbinated lemonade. No real wheat chacteristics to this beer.
Some of those Mikes's malt beverages come to mind.

Light and tangy with some pleasing puckering tartness.Would taste great after mowing the lawn. Too much of a ladies drink for me,it does go down easily though. If you like lemonade give it a try

Photo of cjgator3
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head that has pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma is highly fruity with mainly orange and blueberry notes and a touch of spice. The smell is too artificial-like and smells a lot like Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles. The taste has a noticeable wheat characteristics with more of the artificial fruit/citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is too undercarbonated and watery. Overall, this is just too artificial for my liking. Would make a great beverage for the women and kids though.

Photo of Duster72
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big two finger head. Head settles quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is big on sweet orange and wheat. Slightly articifical smelling. Taste is oranges, pineapple and blueberries. Too sweet. Moutfeel is rather thin with a cloying swallow. Sugar stays on your tounge long after swallowing. Way too sweet to drink more than one. An interesting alternative to Blue Moon, but not necessarily better.

Photo of aquatonex
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light orange, slight translucency, a finger and a half of foamy head, quickly dissipating. Slight lacing throughout. Nose is immediately sweet wheats, like Fruit Loops. Taste follow with a Fruit Loopiness up front (sugary and wheaty) but does balance out a bit. That sweetness sticks in the back of your mouth a bit, though. Not your standard witbier, interesting and good after some heavier beers.

Photo of CharlieLawyer
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden yellow with an inch-thick fluffy white head that disippated to 1/5 of an inch with good lacing.

Smelled just like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. The fruits overwhelmed all other smells on this beer.

Tasted of fruit, then wheat, then malt and hops subdued underneath.

Mouthfeel was good and refreshingly carbonated, fairly light-bodied.

A refreshing and very drinkable beer, but because of all the fruit taste and smell in this beer, I can't drink more than 2 at a time. Still a good summertime beer.

Photo of vtfan77
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light straw with a little orange. Small white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- Extremely sweet nose. Orange juice and blueberry muffins. Smells like breakfast! Almost too sweet, though.

T- Slightly tart upfront with the orange juice flavor. A little wheat flavor in the middle, but not a lot. Spices are fairly mild compared with some other examples of the style, but the coriander is noticeable with a citrusy flavor. Crisp wheat and more sweet blueberries on the finish, with the tiniest hint of bitterness that is gone before you can blink.

M- Pretty thin, fairly highly carbonated. Nothing remarkable.

D- Could be a decent quencher. I might have a couple on a hot day.

About what I expected. Nothing incredible, but not bad either. It's better than Blue Moon, anyway. Not something I'd buy again, but finishing up the six pack won't be an unpleasant task.

Photo of happygnome
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: a pale yellow color with about a quarter inch worth of white head that dissapears quickly leaving little to no lacin
s: clean sharp aroma notes of bitterness
t: a crisp flavored, cant really taste the hint of blueberry promised kind of a strange flavor...orange?
m: diffinate sharp carbonation

overall this is a fair beer, not as bad as others have said, im not a fan of the style but its better than other wits ive had. i think this is a sessionable beer, one might get the beer farts if sessioned though

Photo of JWFokker
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, it's a rather cloudy orange brew with a big chunky head. The nose consists mostly of orange, wheat and malt. It's a sweet citrusy beer, the malt is repressed and the hops nearly non-existant. It's actually a fairly thin beer as far as mouthfeel goes, but the finish is rather syrupy. It goes down easily, but I have a feeling the sweet finish will get to be cloying after a couple beers.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale golden-orange and very cloudy. Thin white head of tight bubbles shows weak retention but leaves nice big whisps of sticky lace. The nose is of orange-scented pine-sol; the lager yeast seems to have stripped this of the normal ale aromas and replaced it with a strange interpretation of orange rind, faint wheat, distant crystal malt and an odd acetaldehyde note. Sweet upfront with wheat and light crystal malt on the tip of the tounge. The citrus flavor kicks in with a vengence and brings some pineapple and cherry esters with it. Graham crackers and citrus hold on well into the drying aftertaste. A passable balance is achieved with mildly fruity american hop flavor and a muted bitterness. This sure is one wierd Wit.... a lot of unexpected flavors to sort out - but I won't say I don't like brewer's pushing the boundaries. The lighter mouthfel is given texture from the wheat and the medium carbonation seems snappy and lively probably due to some acetaldehyde action. Finishes somewhat candyish- a bit too sweet and overly fruity, I can't say it would be the best summer guzzler; but perhaps the brewers will tweak the recipe and end up with a cool concept brew.

Photo of cruland
1.42/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Terrible beer... if you can call it that. It was like drinking fermented pop. I generally like Leine but this was just an awful one to try and finish. Almost no head, any foam at the beginning fizzed away in seconds like a club soda. Doesn't even taste like hops were used in making it.

Photo of bobinverted
1.51/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Two words... BOO BERRY! This just needs some marshmallows and it'd be the perfect kid's beer! Seriously it's that bad! I usually LOVE witbier, but I'm thinking about pouring this one down the sink! The sickeningly sweet blueberry bubblegum aftertaste is making wish I was drinking something better like, I hate to say it, bud light! Yeah Sunset Wheat is almost that bad!

Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange hue. Fluffy white head, with good retention,and lacing. Smell is of citrus,and spice. Nice, but a bit weak. Body is light to medium,and carbonated. Taste is of orange cream,and spice. Sweet, but with a nice edge in the finish. This is a good version of this style.

Photo of benito
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Leinie's Honey Weiss was the beer that made me start liking beer, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I found myself trying their Sunset Wheat. Like many of the Leinie's beers, my fondness for them is mostly subjective and nostalgic, as I know that they're not great beers--the Creamy Dark is an exception, and Sunset Wheat (which I plan to drink plenty of this summer) is no exception.

It's a good looking wit with a long-lasting white head; the bouquet is dominated by blueberry and lemon. Unfortuantely, the two fruits don't ever mesh well in the flavor, and the overall result is a little too sweet and sugary. It's in the mouthfeel that this clash is really distracting. As far as spices go, there's a light peppery note, and I struggle to find any coriander.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer (my irrational love for Leinie's made me write that), but it's not a great one either. There are many, many better American wits.

Take a pass. Unless you're on a lakeshore in Wisconsin this July. It'll work just fine then.

Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale orangish/yellow obviously unfiltered with a pure white head that is highly carbonated, thin fine lace, with little retention.

Well I had this in bottle at the release at the Miller distributor I work for and the first thing I said was "fruity pebbles". Yes one of my favorite cereals growing up so this hits the spot. So much fruit going on in the nose of this beer it's really hard to pinpoint any one particular. Nice though but quit different.

Honestly the most fruity beer I've ever had. I like it. It's refreshing, easy drinking, good carbonation, and leaves you thinking. What the hell is this beer. Hard to even describe. Orange, berry, lemon, etc..etc. Name a fruit it may be in here.

Photo of dizheafta
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by a local store in Concord NH and to my surprisement they carried a good selection for being NH, I bought a six pack of this along with some others and this is a very good wheat beer. Its almost as good as the flying goose's wheat beer.They have an awesome wheat beer that is no comparison.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden, lots of haze. Loads of carbonation, press upwards creating a stable white head. Smell has lemons, blueberries, some fruity yeast esters. All melding together to create a bubblegum reminiscent scent. Fruity pebbles is dead on.

Now for the taste. Taste once again has a large amount of blueberries. The good quality about them is they taste like fresh squeezed blueberries. With almost a darker fruit quality about them? Say maybe, raspberries? Taste is almost exactly like the smell, and produces a fruity pebbles flavor indefinitely. Wheat presence is low, as is malt. However it's definitely there providing balance. Finishes with a delicate fruit note on your tongue, and wheat in the back of your palate.

This is a dangerously drinkable summer beer. An excellent gateway beer, and all around a tasty beverage. I'd recommend this one.

Photo of dspell13
4.73/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a whim. I'm a big wheat beer fan. I had no idea how great this stuff would taste. Pours cloudy golden with a thick head, like a Bavarian wheat, which was quite surprising. Very, very drinkable. A fruity overtone but by no means overwhelming.

Warning: It could be very easy to drink bottle after bottle of this stuff, if you consider that a bad thing.

Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink #05287 B12034
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with a fluffy white head. The head leaves puffy trails of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Big whiffs of blueberry juice, citrus fruits and wheat.

A juicy fruit profile greets the palate with flavors of orange, lemon zest, blueberry juice & coriander. I'm amazed at how similiar the taste of this beer is with Fruity Pebbles cereal. It's refreshing with a dry wheat profile, but the super fruity and artifical flavors detract from my overall enjoyment.

This brew may have some crossover appeal and will certainly become more enjoyable as the weather warms, but I'll likely find many other beers to choose from.

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 2,198 ratings.