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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 1,259
Avg: 2.91
pDev: 50.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 206 | FT: 1
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 03-25-2002

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +27.8%

Having some kale chips and pub cheese. Lets see if this is a good pairing (probably not...)

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance (3.75) : A girly pinkish 2 fingered head atop a pink melon colored body. About 60% opacity. The head leaves casual broken rings around the glass as it recedes. Pretty.

Smell (4) : Berry. Strawberry, Raspberry, a little sucrose. Some faint wheat underneath. The smell really pops out at you.

Taste (3.5) : Pretty tasty. It has this type of malt beverage taste but retains the ale character. I taste strawberry, pink lemonade, a little lime. It ends almost flat and lacking flavor but oddly I don't mind. At worst you could say its a rotten berry soda. But on the beer side of things its pleasantly fruity. The flavor seems to float off your tongue, it ends just a smidgen sour.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy, milky, carbonated. It is not exceptional but for this type of beer the mouthfeel nails it.

Overall (3.72) : I would buy this again. Yummy, lots of esters, lots of fruit and lambic type of flavors. An easy beer for a breezy afternoon.

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Photo of Kris450
3/5  rDev +3.1%

It was really sweet. More like a berry cider. No real taste of beer to speak of. Fizzy. Berry laden and sweet. Refreshing on a hot summer day, but I couldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not beer, this is carbonated berry kool aid in a bottle. It was sickening sweet and not pleasant in the least. Had a medicinal cough syrup type of flavor to it.

Will not purchase again.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.32/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a white head and red grapefruit-like color. Aroma is mixed berries, pale wheat beer (the base beer aroma is strong with this one) and a hint of liquid antibiotic. Flavor is sweet, tart and fruity with a nice grainy background. Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly not syrupy. Overall a decent and economical choice for those who like raspberry flavored beers.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

DATE REVIEWED: May 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Lindeman's flute... OCCASION: NFL draft, day three--building the future (again)... APPEARANCE: slightly hazy, slightly bubbly light amber body with reasonably creamy white head; lacing forms icicles... AROMA: immediate raspberry that evokes cough syrup and Valentine's candy hearts... PALATE: a chiasmused mullet in mouthfeel--fizzy party up front, swift, flat drop at the throat; refreshing but also awkwardly lingering...TASTE: cranberry, raspberry, and malty--not offensive; like an Italian soda but extra sweet due to the malt; refreshing, but undesirably tart...OVERALLL: this is at home on the deck in the heat, or at a party where the other beer choices are pedestrian...not sessionable, and not worth a close-up here....

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Photo of sonnens4
3.19/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: hazy, light purple with red undertone, decent sized head-slight pink undertone

Smell: berry, blackberry, raspberry, sweet, citrus

Taste: Honey, blackberries--very sweet, but not incredibly overwhelming

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, easy to go down, refreshing

Overall: A decent fruity-flavored beer, but not outstanding by any means.. but refreshing on a hot summer day, and enjoyable time to time--the berry flavors are appreciated

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.32/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light purple brown color.
Aroma: Sweet berry smell, like a wine cooler.
Flavor: Malty, very sweet berry taste; non-hoppy. Light bodied.
Overall: Malty like a beer, sweet like a wine cooler. No real redeeming quality to this 'beer', other than the fact its not absolutely terrible. It just kinda sucks!!

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Beer brewed with honey and flavored with blackberry juice and other natural berry flavors." Brewed in the style of a Weissbier with berry flavor added. One of Leinenkugel's year round beers and their most berry-laden option. This beer in particular seems to draw the greatest amount of ire from the craft beer community out of all of Leinenkugel's beer releases. Regularly available in bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pearly champagne-white head over a mildly hazy deep copper body with slight pink highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and excited. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. Despite being notably visually altered due to the berry addition, this isn't a bad-looking beer. 3.25

(Smell) Juicy mixed berry syrup up front and in-your-face. Mostly sweet with a little tartness, not quite as bad as extract, but almost definitely overdone for the average wheat beer connoisseur. The wheat backbone is considerably muddled following the berry aroma. Otherwise, this is a very one-dimensional aroma that doesn't pander to much beyond fans of incredibly fruity and cloyingly sweet alcoholic beverages. 3

(Taste) The taste delivers a lot more of the same- very heavy raspberry and blackberry flavor with just as much sweetness as predicted. The tartness does it very little justice, and the balance is far in favor of sweet, syrupy fruit extract. Wheat may simply be present here for body or texture, but it's really useless to single it out. Perhaps the most redeeming part in this beer is that it's clean, smooth and keeps fairly low on alcohol. It's going to be a case-by-case judgment on whether it's drinkable or not, but don't expect anything short of an incredibly sweet, fruit-syrup-forward beer. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, slick with a moderate syrupy viscosity and a very mild tart dryness. Carbonation adds a brisk crispness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is very low, already low by percentage but hidden behind the berry assault even better than expected. 3

(Overall) I can't hate this beer, but find it less than ideal for what it is right now. I could realistically find it a much more ideal beer with consumers in general if it had a much less prevalent berry flavor and a beefed up wheat base. If wheat is the malt base, then a berry compliment would be enjoyable, but what this has going for it is way too far over the top. The last beer that I had that was remotely close to the intensity of this was Wild Blue but I think that this might still be slightly more enjoyable due to a more enjoyable mouthfeel, believe it or not. Is this rightfully one of Leinenkugel's lowest-rated beers? I could easily understand why. Recommended possibly only as fulfillment for those who thought that Sunset Wheat was too malty and not sweet/fruity enough. Otherwise, approach with extreme caution, or an entire box of saltine crackers. 3

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy pinkish-purple color with a hint of an orange reddish color and a big billowy pink colored head. The fizzy head fades rather slowly over time as big carbonation bubbles pop within the head. Once the head fades away it leaves some rather nice foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet. Right upon opening the bottle you can smell it. Its biggest aroma is that of a raspberry and blackberry smell. Mixed with these smells are some other berry notes of strawberry and even a little bit of current. A grain and wheaty aroma as well as a bit of yeast are there as well, giving the beer an overall very berry and slightly grainy smell overall.

Taste – The taste is hugely sweet with tons of sugary raspberry and strawberry. The flavors are mixed with a blackberry like sweetness as well as a bit of lemon and honey. There are some lighter wheat and malt flavors that develop more toward the middle and a very light herbal flavor that develops at the end. These malt and herbal flavors are very light overall however, being overshadowed by the sweet fruit flavors. Overall the brew is very cloying and due to the lighter malt base, the beer has, and leaves, a very wine cooler like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a higher carbonation level. The higher carbonation is nice for the very sweet and fruity flavors of the brew, although a bit of a thinner body may have been more fitting for the sweet wine cooler characteristics of the beer.

Overall – From what I have tasted this is pretty much a wine cooler. If you want something very sweet and lower in alcohol this may be it, but if looking for something that tastes anything like a beer then you may want to stay away.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.14/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (best before Oct 21, 2013) served in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pink/orange (almost like a deep grapefruit) color. Thin white/lt. pink foam across the top. Some occasional strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Blackberry, fruity, just a barest hint of grain under it all.

Taste: Fruit up front, in the middle, and at the back. If there is beer in here, it is well hidden. Fruit is blackberry with some citrus thrown in. Some hints of strawberry as well but I suspect that's one of the other berries in this beer. Quite sweet - approaching cloying.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, but otherwise more like a juice in mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: I got this an extra at a beer tasting. When this particular beer is mixed with Leinenkugel's summer shandy it is a very nice combo. By itself, I can see why others in the room thought this was a wine cooler. Fruity and the beer gets lost in it all. I finished this bottle, but I don't think I would go for another, although I'll give it a slight increase in rating due to it being refreshing. Which I suppose is the whole point behind a shandy or radler during the summer. That fruit serves as a pick-me-up when its hot out and you want something to drink, but not to get drunk. This works on the grounds of slaking thirst and it's not awful, but it's awfully sweet and once done, I'm good and have no interest in another.

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Photo of atomicskier1889
1.26/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I remember drinking this in college, thinking it would be an upgrade to the cheap crap I was drinking at the time. Boy, was I wrong. If you like the taste of Fruity Pebbles, this is the beer for you. Otherwise, I would steer clear of this one from Leiney's, as they have many other better options.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Leinenkugel's Summer Sampler pack. Expectations are fairly low for this one, since I haven't been a big fan of some of the other shandy / wine cooler type beers put out by Leinenkugel's, but I'm gonna give it a shot.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a light bloody ruby color reminiscent of what grape juice concentrate with a little bit of alcohol mixed in would look like. Quarter inch of fizzing purple-pink suds disappears within seconds.

S - Smells of artificial "berry" flavor and grape juice concentrate. Seriously, this is like some Welch's grape juice with a tad bit of vodka or gin mixed in there. Smells like a medicinal lollipop that you give kids for a sore throat. Artificial grapes.

T - Carbonated, medicinal, artificial grape juice with a slight bit of sour funk to it. Not bad tasting or horrifying, but I'm not totally convinced that this is actually a beer. More along the lines of a berry version of Mike's Hard Lemonade. Also, this doesn't taste like actual berries at all. It tastes like the berry juice blend you buy and then later learn is mostly made of apple juice and grape juice. Doesn't taste as bad as the Leinenkugel's Lemon Berry Shandy did though.

M - Fruity, sugary, carbonated. Lightly bodied. Not much else to say.

Overall, a beer for the hot summer beach days. Beer? Is this a beer? I'm not so certain. It's more akin to an artificially flavored wine cooler, in my opinion. Highly drinkable 4.70% abv, I can definitely see a market for this, and I would drink it again, but this isn't real beer.

Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss ---2.5/5

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Photo of CBearNM
3.54/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Medium foam which clung to the glass but cleared

smell was very fruity but pleasant

taste was consistent with the aroma. A bit setter than I prefer and stayed around.

The feel was smooth but foamy.

A nice beer from a good brewer.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
1.91/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My sister turned 21, and being the naive little girl she is, she's going through this "I'm buying alcohol" phase. Hence, my excuse to drink this malt beverage.

Appearance: Pink malt beverage. Little head that fades quickly.

Smell: Overpoweringly sweet. Alcoholic fruit soda.

Taste: Mildly alcoholic, thick Juicy-Juice. Way too sweet. I knew it would be.

Mouthfeel: Feels like beer, but it really isn't. This review is over.

Overall: I didn't enjoy this. Got to hit every style though, I suppose... it was there, so why not? If you're a beer fan, you won't like it most likely.

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Photo of CurtisPeacock
2.57/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A light reddish pink with a decent head that quickly dies down. Very little lacing.

Smell: A strong mixture of fruity berries. A first smell I already know that this beer is not going to be for me.

Taste: Extremely tart. Way too sweet for my liking. When I initially purchased this beer I expected a slight berry taste with a least some beer taste to it. But that is not the case with this beer, it tastes like a berry soda. Isn't terrible for hot days but that's the best review I can give it. After each drink I cringe at the tartness. Could not drink more than one bottle in a day. I'll give the rest of the six pack to my girlfriend and hope it doesn't go to waste.

Mouthfeel: Feel is medium body but not due to any normal ingredients you expect in a beer but medium because of the amount of sugar they pour into this beer.

Overall: The first drink or two is ok but even after that tasting I can already feel myself growing distant from the beer. I've heard of people mixing this beer half and half with other beers and I can understand why. It's simply overwhelming, if Leinenkugels could cut the taste in half I would be much more satisfied.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.07/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium orange with dissipating head, no noticable lacing.

Smell: Sweet berries

Taste: Sweet berry flavor similar to wine cooler or berry flavored soft drink

Mouthfeel: Light texture with medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is not very complex, but will work on a really hot day or for people who don't really like beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark reddish amber with a loose, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - blackberries

T - tart, blackberries, juice-like but not as sugary or sweet

M - light bodied, well carbonated, crisp at times

This is a mediocre, simple fruit beer. If you like blackberries and a light bodied beer then this is a decent offering. If you're looking for something complex or full bodied, look elsewhere.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.22/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can best by sep2012/

Look is a cloudy berry-red with a brown hue to it. Rough pour yielded an eerie light pink head that just looked wrong. Smell is raspberries, strawberries, and wheat. Taste is inoffensive, almost nonexistent wheat, tart berries with a cloying sweetness, with a dirty feeling finish. +1 feel for drinkability.

Definitely not my style of 'beer', but Leiny's knows it's fruit beers. It is what it says: a light wheat beer with tons of berries from the "northwoods of Wisconsin". A step above a wine cooler, I guess.

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Photo of Hybrid3rdGen
3.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A really nice light fruity beer. Nothing too bad but also nothing absolutely fantastic. I picked up a six for those times when I just wanted something light and this definitely fits the bill. I didn't pour it out, so no comment on the head or the over all colour. The taste had just enough 'beer' to it to let me know it was a beer and not a wine cooler. Honestly, I think this is a beer that a lot of people (who normally wouldn't like) could come to enjoy. Will I get another six... sure, now that my girlfriend likes it and she's busting into some of my other exotic craft beers. :)

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a dark pink with a finger and a half worth of head. Interesting, to say the least. It smells exactly like a strawberry milkshake and is very appealing to anybody, even my girlfriend who typically doesn't enjoy any type of beer. The taste is of cherry 7up and that's about it. Not bad, But not really that great. While leaving it in the mouth, No additional flavors come through, it only feels like sparkling wine upon your tongue. Once again, interesting. Overall, This was a good " beer " however not something that I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of goneDutch
4.03/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a summer beer that doesn't taste like regular beers. It's for hot days when in Europe a lot of people start switching to pink wine, this is the beer equivalent.

In the Netherlands I would drink Hoegaarden Rosée, this comes close in quality and level of refreshment.

In europe aften called a girl beer, lots of guys drink it too. Refreshing beer, that is anything but a traditional beer. For that, yes, it's way too sweet.

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Photo of Jsondrunkpunx
1.23/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is without a doubt one of the worst beers I have ever tried, It is not even worthy of a pour into any of my glassware lest the super sweet artificial flavors may forever taint my glassware, i would rather drink any other beer before this atrocity, The only way i was able to finish half the bottle(wich was left at my house after a cookout) was to pretend it was a wine cooler, wich it's taste more resembles....do not buy, do not drink for free

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pinkish rapidly dissipating head on a reddish orange hazy body.

S: raspberry, cherry and strawberry.

T: very sweet with nearly every berry flavor in one beer. No other flavors really.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Alcoholic fruit juice, period. Mikes hard fruit juice basically.

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Photo of bnes09
1.71/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Transparent and bubbly watermelon red. Thick head on the pour with a soda-like consistency. Brief head life and minimal lacing.

Smell is fruity with intense blackberry notes and almost gives me a headache.

Flavor is way too sweet. Some honey character and a massive berry flavor and tartness with candied sweetness. Just the slightest hint of barley malt. No hops or bitterness can be detected. Tastes like a berry soda.

Feel is dense, sticky and syrupy from all the sugars. This is honestly like drinking blackberry nectar if such a thing exists. Its only saving grace is the carbonation.

This stuff is absolute garbage! Each sip I took to write this review was painful and I can't wait til I'm done to pour this down the drain. What these brewers have to realize is that with fruity beers, less is more; its all about the balance. If you want to try a good example of this style, pick up some Founders cerise.

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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.