Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.65/5 rDev +30.4%
GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees
Pours a nice clear amber with a definite pink hue to it. Nice 1 - 2 finger pinkish head with good retention and nice lacing.
The smell is very nice, indeed. Very fruity. Raspberries and blackberries stand out above all else. Not unlike a Lambic, as far as the smell goes.
Raspberries hit the tongue first, followed by a little bit of blackberries and maybe some cherries on the end. Cherry could be something else, I'm not 100% sure. A little bit of malt down deep and a touch of honey. There's no hint of alcohol in the taste, just a little tiny bit of warmth in the belly.
Feels very smooth in the mouth. A little lighter than expected, but this works to it's advantage.
Very easy to drink as long as you don't mind the sweetness. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.
06-09-2008 20:24:58 | More by coldmeat23
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2.55/5 rDev -8.9%
Berry Weiss. I already don't like the sound of that, but who am I to turn down a free beer? Pours a weird, off-shade of copper with a strange reddish hue to it, almost pink, but not quite there. The head grows big and foamy, but it's about as wispy as they come as it's gone within a minute, no lacing gets left behind.
The aroma is a splash of berries and sweetness; raspberry, blackberry, and some other kind of berries I'm sure (not really getting much strawberry, though). It's pretty artificial and "fake" smelling, like the aroma you'd expect from a candle or some kind of wall plug-in air freshener. But actually even a bit worse than those, since this has a somewhat chalky and medicinal character to it. Like crushed vitamins or something.
The flavor doesn't stray too far from the aroma - it's an awkward concoction of artificial berry juice, residual sweetness, and remnants of beer. Almost more akin to a wine cooler or a flavored malt liquor beverage, if it weren't for the wheat and yeast coated that gets left on the palate in the aftertaste. The strange chalkiness from the nose comes back to haunt the flavor a bit, too. Pretty sweet overall - not necessarily cloying, but it's not a desirable sweetness, either. Body is thin with a crisp mouth feel from the heavy dose of carbonation.
Yeah, this really isn't my thing. Glad that I tried it just so I know to steer absolutely clear of it next time. It's like a poor man's version of The Soft Parade by Shorts. I'll pass on this one next time.
04-03-2013 11:47:35 | More by tectactoe
2.33/5 rDev -16.8%
12oz. bottle poured into a Leinie's weiss glass
It pours a orange pink color with a frothy 2 finger head in the slightest pink shade that lingers a surprising amount of time. The beer has just a touch of haziness to it. A very minimal amount of lacing
The nose is upfront and fairly sweet with the berries. Unlike other well done fruit beers where the smell of fresh fruit is overpowering this one lends itself to a seemingly artificial extract raspberry smell without much backbone to it.
The first thing that hits my tongue is an overwhelming amount of sweetness. Those raspberry extract flavors then through with the expected flavors that come with using flavoring. The sweetness and the raspberry completely over powers any beer type taste. While swishing the beer in my mouth I could detect just the slightest flavor and mouthfeel of wheat. Besides that it's a very one dimensional sweet tasting fruit beer and not a very good example
The mouth feel is pretty clean, crisp and dry. I understand that all of Leinie's regular offerings are produced as lagers this shows. Hardly any body to the beer at all. The carbonation level is on the higher side which to me help wash away all the sweetness. Drinkability is pretty low because of the sweetness. Out of the many times I've had this beer I always find the last half of the pint almost unbearable in the how sugary it tastes.
07-23-2010 03:17:24 | More by weatherdog
3.3/5 rDev +17.9%
A: Dark pink with a light white head
S: Smells a lot like a sweet whine. The berry dominates
T: Very strong berry taste with a nice wheat background.
M: light and crisp with no burn or bitterness
D: as long as you like sweet flavors it's incredibly drinkable
Overall, a nice easy beer for those that don't love the taste of beer.
01-31-2010 00:12:47 | More by tuckevalastin
2.2/5 rDev -21.4%
This was one of the selections in the Leinie variety pack. Maybe I would have liked it better on a warm summer day, but I doubt it. This was a reddish/pink beer with a small pink head. When the head quickly disappeared, it looked like fruit juice. It had a sweet berry aroma, not too bad. But the sweetness overwhelmed the taste. Way too sweet, way too juice-like.
03-26-2008 15:07:57 | More by lordofthewiens
2.4/5 rDev -14.3%
It's a pink beer--like a carnation ale. Interestingly, I read that it's honey and blackberries, but its pinkish tone gives off more of a raspberry and/orcherry vibe. As usual, I start my review unable to avoid seeing the present grade (C+). It looks like a fruit beer--not syrupy or anything, but it's supposed to have some color! Since I knew I was having this style beverage, I expected something like this...and I like it. I'm pleasantly surprised that it's not really fizzy (like other macro fruit beers I've experienced). Quite frankly, I think it's a very good-looking beverage.
The smell is a little much. I've read about the smell of artificial sweetness (not just subtle sweeteners, but the core of the taste), and the smell gives me that suspicion. It's a very berry smelly.
Maybe I was wrong about the syrup. I must've been fooled by the look because it tastes purty syrupy. Maybe that's the honey, but (and perhaps this is because of the smell) it tastes synthetic. Sure strawberries taste better with sugar on top, but you CAN overdo the sugar. At the very least, this beer hinges on overly sweet. I love fruit beers, but this one is too much like a fountain drink. It does taste kind of like those concentrated cola bags mixed with water. Not that it's bad, but it's certainly not a manly beer (what was I expecting, right?). It's like a beer cooler.
The mouthfeel is dominated by sweetness. It's also carbonated. A neat sensation at first, but I tire of it quickly. All this sugar (or aspartame or whatever) kills the drinkability. I think when I looked at this beer it reminded me of Fort--a beverage I've really enjoyed. Not that it's trying to compete with that, but this one pales in comparison. If you drink this, you should share it...but you could probably do without.
05-11-2009 00:54:54 | More by marvin213
3.5/5 rDev +25%
The beer poured from the bottle a light opaque reddish color with golden tones. Minimal off-white head that did not last. The many carbonation bubbles stayed long after the head disappeared. As this is a berry beer, the berry smell is very strong, almost like a sugary fruit punch. The first taste is similar. It has a very strong berry flavor, similar to a berry soft drink, with an underlying alcohol flavor. It feels light and bubbly in your mouth. For those who like berry or fruit beers, the taste is palatable, but those who don't will definitely not like this beer. If you are opposed to fruit beers, the "berry-ness" is undeniably overwhelming.
07-23-2009 00:13:59 | More by BlueHammer
2.7/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance: cloudy, 1/2 inch head, neon purple with a bit of red and brown in color, high carbonation, lots of lacing
Smell: berries: strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
Taste: berries: strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries..some wheat
Mouthfeel: sticky sweet, light bodied, high carbonation
Drinkability: On a hot day I could have a couple, but this is kind of hard to finish on a cold day. It almost tastes more like a wine cooler. Sometimes the flavor is a bit too sweet. Leinies has way better beers in their offerings. Would not disgard this in their mix pack, but would never buy a six of it.
04-27-2010 15:41:13 | More by tigg924
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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