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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

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1,863 Ratings

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Ratings: 1863
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.13%

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 smakawhat


2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

More poker night leftovers, poured into a Hoegarden glass from the bottle. Seemed to be witbier cicking it all of a sudden.

A light golden dull brass color, a mix of haze and clarity in appearance for the body. Manages some decent retention and a light white sudsy merringue like head. Settles slowly to a good puck. Not much rising carbonation on this,

This nose smells like green melon. Really smells like cantaloupe. Sugary sweet smelling, dime store candy. Smells more like fruit soda than beer.

Strangely in the palate more of that melon character is there, but much more subdued. More finish on the aftertaste, sweet Tang like melon characters with a decent full body. Flattened cola tasting a bit, but lots of sweetness on the finish.

It's sort of a melon thick soda than a witbier. Not feeling the love on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 21:14:27 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Mojo


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very hazy straw color with an enormous head and substantial lacing. The smell is floral, lemons, and oranges. Mouthfeel is about overdone with carbonation. If they could dial that back a little it would be much more pleasing. Taste is a fruitiness upfront that seamlessly gives way to a spicy mild bitterness on the finish. A very average beer, but very drinkable. I wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:16:20 | More by Mojo
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazed, opaque, slightly pale yellow-gold coloring with a thin, white coating of head. Aromas of fruitcake, with a lemony highlight and a slight roasting. Flavors are sharp, with an effervescence that almost obliterates the flavors. The fruit sweetness is short-lived, and there is a tangy floral end flavor that really sours the palate. The aftertaste is watered down, with a touch of floral dashed in there. Bleh, it's turning into a bit of a mess now. Filmy, cloying finish. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 01:14:24 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fake citrus aromas, and a perfume-like note. Taste is much the same with an artificial aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is not really all that beer-like in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:33:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent summery beer, more like an American pale wheat ale than a witbier in some regards. It has a distinct wheat flavor, but is also light and mildy spicy. It's a suitable summer session beer for anyone. Those who aren't particularly adventurous with beer, but do like a Blue Moon from time to time would probably enjoy this. For me, it's a little too indistinct to be a regular summer choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:55:05 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of ThirstinHowell

4.4/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently my favorite beer. About a year ago I went to Buffalo Wild Wings where I was introduced to this it. Instead of ordering my usual glass of Hefe I asked the bartender to give me something different. He gave me this and immediately I tasted fruity pebbles cereal and fell in love. Needless to say I was feeling so good when it was time to leave, i forgot to ask what the name of the beer was. After a few more attempts and the same results, I finally asked the name BEFORE I asked for the "fruity pebbles" beer. They told me and I've been buying it ever since....I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:43:11 | More by ThirstinHowell
Photo of Wasatch


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, lemon, and some nice fruityness. The taste is malty, yeast, fruity, with some citrus notes. Medium body. A nice brew for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:54:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of heine1


1.93/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The body of the beer is fizzy and light but seems to have few flavors native to the fundamental brewing process; almost all of the flavorings seem imported after the fact, and these seem oily and aromatic and thus made this beer taste like furniture polish or something even more industrial; the top notes are falsely fruity, but below that are the more citrusy, Lemon Pledge sorts of effects, with other odd chemical notes. This beer, in its thinness and weird, artificial tang bears no resemblance to a typical Weizen. I tried to get used to it with a gamey sense of experiment, but the sense that I was drinking unpleasant chemicals in the name of beer actually got more offensive as I persisted.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 15:14:58 | More by heine1
Photo of Mavigo


3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a golden orange/light brown, has wheat grains floating in it,

S - Smells somewhat like fruit, can also smell wheat, hops

T - Tastes pretty good, can taste, wheat, hops

M - Refreshing, relaxing, very crisp, clean, a pleasure to sip on

O - Great for a summer afternoon, while it may not be outstanding, it is still very good

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 00:26:25 | More by Mavigo
Photo of busterwhite


2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A friend gave me one of these at a 4th of July cookout yesterday.

Poured a very cloudy yellow with 1 finger head.

Suger sweet fruit juice smell, can't really figure out what type, almost a fruit punch smell.

Syrupy artificial fruit flavor up front followed by a little malt.

Mouthfeel was thin.

Overall, not my cup of tea. Artificial fruit flavor mixed with a thin beer. Ended with a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:27:17 | More by busterwhite
Photo of barnzy78


2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle out of a summer sampler, pours a cloudy yellow with trace orange hues, foamy white head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and odd hinting wheat, orange Tang, cherry, and blueberry. Tastes are complex, but are also odd, especially for the style: fruity yeast reminiscent of a canned fruit cup, orange zest, lemon, grass, wheat, blueberry, and maybe a hint of agave, not much for spiciness as you would expect for the style. Mouth-feel is thin for a wheat ale, but not terribly thin. Plenty of carbonation and finishes on the palate tangy and tingly. Overall, this was weird for me. Blueberry, orange Tang, fruit cup? It kept me thinking about it as I drank it, but that's about it. I guess I'd take it over a macro-lager, but it's not much better than that.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:29:39 | More by barnzy78
Photo of BostonHops


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a hazy, dull golden tone while yielding a 1" off white head. middling retention, lacing. nose is lead by orange peel with some blueberry characters in the background. wheaty with a hint of spices.

the flavor breakdown follows the aroma very closely. citrusy (primarily orange, maybe a little lemon) with a touch of blueberry, followed by an undertone of malted wheat. medium-light bodied mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

all in all not a terrible beer. make no mistake, it won't be challenging the plinys and KBS's of the world for brewing supremacy, but i'd say it has its place on a hot summer day.

(originally reviewed: 01-12-2012)

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:51:34 | More by BostonHops
Photo of GuyNamedSid

4.63/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had my doubts about this brew. I am not partial to the 'fruity" type beers.

However, this is one of the most refreshing summer brews I've had to date! You have got to try this. You'd be letting yourself down if you pass this one up.

Overall: DEF TRY!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:29:40 | More by GuyNamedSid
Photo of JackieTH


2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nothing wrong with the appearance, it's a bit hazy with a smallish head. Smell is sharply sugary, watermelon Jolly Ranchers comes to mind. Taste isn't nearly as sugary as the smell, but nonetheless it's sweet, sort of like off-brand strawberry or raspberry flavored jelly beans. Mouthfeel and carbonation are okay. This one is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 20:58:31 | More by JackieTH
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I must agree with a previous poster. As soon as you taste this beer you think, " Fruity Pebbles ". Pretty good beer, Although surprisingly not as easy to drink as what you would imagine. A little too sweet for my liking. I believe that drinking enough of these would make me feel sick to my stomach. Although, A great beer to get if you're throwing a party and inviting a couple of girl's who won't drink most beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:34:36 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of BigDRS


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light orange with a thin white head. Hazy, but not extreme.

S - Nose smells like Fruity Pebbles cereal. Brewer says that there is blueberry added to it somewhere in the process.

T - Fruity with a bit of wheat. Somewhat sweet. Goes down really easy.

M - Very light, crisp and refreshing. Would make a decent lawnmower beer for sure.

O - Some might turn their nose at the blueberry addition and fruit character, but when I'm in the mood for this beer it really hits the spot. Great on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:24:50 | More by BigDRS
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange gold is the beer, with a dirty white head that shrinks to a ring leaving barely any lacing. A wheat sediment is normal, but this sediment in here is rather strange.

Smell is sharp orange peals, coriander, and not much else.

Taste is tangy citrus, and a bitter/tangy wheat finish that lasts.

Texture has some body, but is a touch fizzy.

Flavor is nice, but as a wheat it falls a little short in most categories.


Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 18:15:00 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of malsprower


4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what people are saying but this beer is delicious! It's like juice and beer in a bottle. I love its fruity aroma mixed with a unique beer taste. When I tried this stuff at a party the flavor took me by suprise. Maybe I am just used to crappy beers or something and the others can afford pricey ones. I would say this is one of my most favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 18:55:05 | More by malsprower
Photo of SteelTrooper

North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

While the beer has a decent orange glow in the glass, and mediocre head, the one thing that was offputting was being preoccupied with the fruit notes. They were not the normal citrusy, crisp, refreshing type I love in a Summer wheat. Instead, I found myself bothered by the fact that it seemed very artificial and overly sweet.

Upon my second bottle I thought I had nailed the taste and smell as Trix cereal and had my wife verify my assumption. I was off a bit - she nailed it on the head. It was Fruity Pebbles cereal. And not the cereal nature many beers have due to the malt and barley. No, it was artificial fruit flavoring that slimed the tongue and caused a wincing in my temples.

I found the wheat secondary or tertiary to this flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth with a light body. Not a beer I will try again as it was much to fake and sugary tasting - like a low grade malt bevereage.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 20:51:23 | More by SteelTrooper
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Arrives a hazy orangish yellow with an off-white head. Retention is short but decent lacing.
Smell is wheat, light citrus and sweet. Fairly light overall.
Taste is better with wheat, malt, citrus, light hops and an artificial sweetness. Balance is fine.
Until the aftertaste, this a straight up wheat. Aftertaste has a sugary, artificial aspect that is a bit off-putting. It ain't bad, but it ain't great. Drink it if someone else is buying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 00:12:32 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat has a very thick, cream-colored, fluffy head and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance with tiny streaming bubbles and some lacing left behind. The aroma is strongly sweet, citrus, and bready. Taste is likewise sweet, citrus, candy-like, mild brown bread, spices, and with a touch of bitterness, however, this is minimal. The body is medium, and Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat finishes semi-dry, mild, and drinkable. For a flavored beer, which I admittedly don’t care for, it’s very good, and I would say it’s worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 10:52:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy and hazy straw yellow color with no head

S: Very fruity, mostly blueberries and citrus. Some malts, mostly wheat. Slight hints of lager yeast

T: Follows the nose, with the lager yeast standing out a bit more and the wheat fading a bit. Still fruity with mostly blueberry and then lemon... odd combination

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: Certainly a different take with the lager yeast, not too sure about how I actually feel about it though. Also not too sure about how I feel with the blueberry/citrus combo... decent beer, though. Definitely on the girly side.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 19:59:29 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of jimmah120


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

12oz bottle best by jul 09 2012

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small frothy head and some lacing. Smell is lemon, a small amount of pine, wheat, grass, corn, and honey. Taste is sweet lemon rind, grass, wheat, corn, clove, and a bit of pepper.

Good witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 02:13:38 | More by jimmah120
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white 2 finger head. Good retention. Leaves a behind a nice lace.

Smell - Fruity aromatic qualities. Orange. Berries. a bit of wheat sneaks in there too. Wonderful smelling brew.

Taste - Lots, and lots of fruity flavors. A varietal "fruity pebbles" in flavor, with orange being the dominant character. Not much hop presence, but look hard enough and you'll find it at the tail end of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Smooth and refreshing. A bit foamy / creamy.

Overall - A very sweet, fruity wheat beer. Screw the "light beers", when I want something on a hot summer's day, I'm reaching for a LSW!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:54:07 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of MJCF26

New York

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing. "5 mile run-parched throat" refreshing. Light and easy to drink or chug (provided the occasion). Great to use as the base of a marinade for steak or chicken.
Definitely a summer beer.

A: Golden orange, slightly cloudy.

S: Musky orange. Reminiscent of baseball.

T: Again somewhat of a musky orange-grassy taste. Interesting note of blueberry.

M: Smooth, easy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:34:22 | More by MJCF26
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.