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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Berry WeissLeinenkugel's Berry Weiss

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 28.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-25-2002)
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Photo of cjgator3
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an a pinkish amber color with a pretty nice off-white head that has good lacing and retention qualities . The aroma is very sweet and slightly tart and filled with blackberries, raspberries and other different wildberry smells. The taste like the aroma is almost overwhelmingly sweet with berry flavors and just a touch of wheat flavor under all the sweetness. Overall, this is not a horrible beer, but it is way too sweet for my palate. It almost tastes like a couple of sugar packets were dumped into this beer before consumption. It is one and done for me, thankfully I just bought a single bottle.

cjgator3, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer, it isn't overly sweet like a lot of fruit beer. I had this beer in a pint glass and a refridgerated temperature. Pours a mild golden color. Smells of blue berries, ripe raspberries, not toobad. Tastes just the same but toned down a little. Smooth and fairly easy drinking.

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of billybob
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a pink color with a one finger off white head that held well and some nice lacing on the glass. sweet smell of berrys in the nose. the taste of the berrys is ok but much to sweet, like drinking raspberry soda. mouthfeel and carbonation ok. as a desert one bottle would do, how about a berry float with a scoop ice cream?

billybob, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've always known about Leinenkugel's beers and I finally bought a sampler pack. I first tried the berry weiss and I was kind of shocked. There is a tremendous amount of berry flavor but blended quit well with the beer, and didn't drown out the beer flavor. There wasn't much carbonation but wasn't expected in a fruit beer. Overall I was very impressed and a very simple beer to drink year round I believe.

VaTechHopHead, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a hazy pinkish-amber body with a good inch of pinkish-white head. Smells like raspberry and perhaps some strawberry and/or cranberry thrown in. Tastes predominantly like strawberry and raspberry and very little else. Pretty dry finish. Light bodied with an awful lot of carbonation. Pretty drinkable, though it'd be better if it were a bit sweeter or more malty IMO. Okay, but not sure it's something I'd get again.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is full and strongly of raspberry - and I love raspberry. It pours a curious pinkish amber, unusual but not unappetizing. Flavor is mainly fruity, more like a cider than a beer, but crisp and tasty - the raspberry dominates the malt. If you love raspberry, this beer should wet your whistle.

Cyberkedi, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Overlord
1.53/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer was just an abysmal mess. I'm not even sure it's beer.

Pours a bright pink (seriously) with a wacko foam head. Smell is chemicals and fruit, taste is much the same. Just a rancid, fake fruit taste with carbonation bubbling and a watery texture.

Avoid completely.

Overlord, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours what essentially amounts to a pink colour. Sure there are hints of a light amber, but make no mistake, this is a pink beer (with a foamy light pink head that has a bit of creaminess to it and leaves patches of residue on the glass after setting in). That said, colour aside, this one actually looks quite nice overall.

The aroma is a blend of a bit of wheat, a slight bit of honey and a whole lot of sweet and tart berry notes. Too much berry for my liking, as it was like sniffing a Capri Sun.

The flavour is much like the aroma in that it's just too fruit/berry heavy and ultimately ends up tasting more like a watery smoothie than a beer. Tart raspberry starts off each sip before blending with a sweeter berry flavour and a bit of wheat. Honey is most apparent at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly refreshing, but a bit too tart.

Did not enjoy this one overall. Give me more beer flavour and less of a fruit bomb. I'd pass on this one again.

SixpointJMH, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
1.85/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer with a meal in Mattoon, IL. Before ordering it, I asked the waitress if it had a strong fruit taste. She said it did not but she must have been winging it because this tasted like kool-aid. I couldn't drink it because it was soooo sweet with a powerful berry taste. I couldn't tell it was a wheat beer at all.

Tucquan, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very red/pinkish color, with a bit of head and a bit of lacing, not bad for a wheat. Very cider/lambic type of aroma, it has a strong berry scent (blackberry mostly), with a bit of apple and honey as well. Nice flavor, although the berry (mostly) and honey (a fair bit) overpower the wheat beer, there's still a bit of it there. It goes down very smoothly, a very refreshing beer, if you want something sweet.

JamesS, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-finger pinkish head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear red/amber color. Maybe its a blackberry nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet and tart berry(?) with a sweet and sour finish. Would make a good summer beer - not one with two feet of snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer was strawberry in color with a large, pink, foamy head. Heavy carbonation with a very small amount of lacing around the glass. Looks and smells more like a soda than a beer.

Aroma was super sweet with watermelon, raspberry and blueberry.

Taste was sweet as candy. Strawberry and raspberry dominate. Tastes like a Jones soda.

This just isn't for me. It seems like they're trying to pass of a wine cooler or flavored soda as a beer. I just wasn't into it.

drumrboy22, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of BACTAdam
4.08/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours the color of watermelon with a large foamy head that lingers nicely with some lacing.

S- You can smell this beer across the room. Strong berry scent, not surprising.

T- Maybe not the popular opinion but I loved the taste. Had a fragrant, almost sour taste that reminded me very much of lingenberry soda that you can buy at IKEA. But despite its strong berry, almost fruit wine taste, I sensed some hints of wheat, almost bready or doughy at the back of the tongue. Slightly more complex than I was expecting.

M- Pretty good. Not a whole lot to note here except its almost wine cooler type mouthfeel.

D- Quite drinkable if you're into the fruit beers.

Overall, considerably better than most reviews here would lead you to believe (in my opinion). Leinenkugal's makes a nice product.

BACTAdam, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of armock
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a cloudy purple color with a pink head a little weird

S - Smells a lot like wine lots of berry scents

T - Is like drinking a lighter tasting wine with carbonation

M - This beer has light to medium carbonation

D - Well this is the definition of a girl beer very fruity and sweet I can't say that I'll ever want this beer again once is enough

armock, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color: Raspberry red color with a very thick head of foam that sticks around for a while, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Very strong berry aroma, likening to a mix of blackberry and raspberry. Seems to mask any other flavors that might be present, which could mean berry flavor is an extract.

Taste: Sweet with berry flavor mingling with wheat. Tastes more like a berry soda than a beer though. Nothing but berries in the taste. Fades to a bit of sourness/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Berries! Not much else to pick out

Verdict: Too sweet to be an actual weissbeer. It's decent but overdone with the berries. Still might be enjoyable as a summer beer on a hot day.

Brad007, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S = There was a nice black/raspberry smell.

T = The sweetness hits you directly, then the malt/wheat flavors begin to slowly kick in bringing a little balance. The finish was nice with no bitterness.

MF = Very smooth and crisp with moderate carbonation.

I know this particular beer is very polarized in it's reviews. Overall, I felt it was a refreshing beer to have every now and then...but, I wouldn't make it a "session".

Riverwarrior, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy, purple color. There is a lot of fizz and a very thin head that goes away immediately.
Nice smell to this beer. Smells strongly of blackberry with a touch of honey in the smell as well.
The taste is nice with a good berry taste. Does not have much to the taste besides blackberries, but a touch of wheat and malts can be detected as well. A little bit of a strange aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is nice and sharp, but slightly smooth as well.
Good drinkability for a fruit beer.

BDIMike, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of kbeals
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As soon as I poured the beer all I could think about was Arbor Mist wine. And essentially that's what this beer tastes and looks like. Has a red/pink appearance. Smells of fruit of course, blackberries mostly. The taste was pleasing, but not really a good beer taste, more like alcoholic fruit juice with honey. The beer was smooth overall with good amount of carbonation. If you plan to drink this in front of the boys,though, you better wear a skirt.

kbeals, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pinkish red beer with a bubbly foan that vanishes to a lacing.Smell is blackberry, blueberry and raspberry.Taste is the same except that there is a dominant honey aftertaste.This is different than any beer I have ever had but in a good way.If you have a sweet tooth definetly worth a try!!

matty, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of beeragent
3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a sixer of this for my girlfriend, but being curious, I had to try one (and you know you did too.) Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a medium red/purple fruit punch color, forming a thin pinkish white head that quickly faded. No lacing to be seen. The aroma is completely dominated by the berry aroma. If there's anything else there, I cant smell it. The flavor is basically the same. Strong berry flavoring, with maybe a hint of wheat. In better terms, its like drinking an alcoholic fruit punch. Light and smooth mouthfeel. For a fruit beer, it drinks very well, but way too sweet to ever be a session ale. I think I would be sick if I were to drink more than one of these in one night. Overall, I suppose its not a bad beverage, but I couldnt really call this a beer IMO. Way too sweet for a beer, but maybe just right to start bringing non-beer drinkers into the field.

beeragent, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird beer. It's pink with a purple/pink hued head. Odd appearance. Smells good like a little kid's juice box or a Capri Sun or something... But with a touch of beer. Very sweet and fruity taste. Raspberries, mostly. Maybe strawberries as well. Tastes like jam. This beer would be more aptly be named "the champagne of beers" instead of Miller High Life. It's too sweet to drink too many of. Good... but chick beer. My wife can have the rest of them.

berserker256, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A bright glowing pink purple color emerges after the pour. This looks more like a wine cooler than a beer. small soapy head.

S- Straight up swwet black raspberry, honey; and maybe even some apple.

T- This is a beer for non-beer drinkers. This beer was sampled and enjoyed by beer haters such as my mother and girlfriend. Sweet and sour berry flavors most notably strawberry and raspberry. There was no wheat flavor at all,. I could not even tell this was a beer.

M- light and airy. This went down easily similar to a fruity juice drink.

D- too swwet to drink all night. this is enjoyable if I was craving for a soda not a beer.

DavidSeanNJ, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of pijiu
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beers pours out as a thin pink honey. Minimal and porous head that forms a thin ring on the surface. Thin trails of fine carbonation throughout.

Smell: Sweet and Fruity. You can definitely smell the berry (raspberry and strawberry) and stone fruit (apricot and plum).

Taste: Sweet and fruity with a tart tail. Tastes more like a wine cooler or bellini. Very overt taste of strawberry, raspberry and apricot. A hint of citrus. It reminds me of berry-flavoured Boston Seltzer (remember that?)

Mouthfeel: Very thin and easy to drink. Feels like a spiked juice or soft drink. Minor carbonation, very unobstrusive.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. Tastes sweet and not at all harsh. I would recommend for people who want to drink something sweet, or who are looking for an alcoholic alternative to soda. Good for those who typically do not enjoy more dense beer. Definitely serve cold.

Serving type: bottle poured into a pint glass.

pijiu, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of larshultqvist
4.47/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very refreshing beer with a high drinkability. It is low in bitterness and high in sweetness. I love really bitter IPA:s but you can not judge this beer from that kind of perspective. This beer has got very low ratings on this site and I think it is unfair. There is definately room for this type of beer among the many different types you can try but try this with an open mind. I suspect that this beer has got low ratings on this site by people who are not really used to different types of beers. It is very different but has such a great and refreshing taste that I rank it high for it's originality.

larshultqvist, Feb 07, 2008
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.