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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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Reviews: 370
Hads: 1,259
Avg: 2.91
pDev: 50.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 206 | 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

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Beer added by: pezoids on 03-25-2002

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a generic, fruit-flavored alcoholic drink, it's not bad. It's supposed to be a beer, though, so I'm reviewing it as one.

If you want beer flavor, look elsewhere. Berry Weiss looks okay; it has an interesting rosey-gold color. That's where the resemblence to beer ends, though. It's tastes and smells like a grape alcopop, or maybe a wine cooler. There are no hops to be found, and the malt is smothered by cloying grape flavors. As a "drink," fine. I wouldn't refuse it if someone offered me one. I just wouldn't go around calling it a beer.

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Photo of DrZarkov
4.04/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When you first pour this stuff its a very red color. It's appearance is a little strange, sort of like a light fizzy cranberry juice or something.
Smell was good, but nothing out standing.
As for the taste, very impressive. It is quite sweet (some might want to try cutting it down by mixing it with honey weiss if its too sweet for their taste,) however its still not nearly as sweet as most of the malted fruit-flavored beers. Although others have said so, I think it is certainly not like a wine cooler. It reminds me a bit of some of the sweeter red wines.
Overall an excellent beer. Quite refreshing compared to most beers, in my opinion.

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Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To quote the hip lads these days..."It is what it is"...Iwhat it is NOT is a Weiss...tastes more like a wine cooler to me than a beer...big strawberry flavor...label says blackberries and I get a little of that too....very sweet...mouthfeel is spritzy like when I mix 7up with orange juice..

I think this is categorized correctly as a fruit vegetable beer...it is bold and overdone with the berries...nothing subtle about this....drinkability is average at best because of the sweetness....mixed with Honey weiss it is much better....if they tweaked the recipe it might be better...a good one for your girlfriend who doesn't like beer....not the worst thing ever made but not one I drink unless the wife buys her six-pack of it for the year and let's bottles sit around in the fridge for too long..

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hand carried back from the twin cities..

pours reddish.. clear. notes of pink and orange, one finger, quickly evacuating off white head with a pink hue. smells like dark berries, on the sweeter side. like a light version of a lindeman's. you can tell in the nose this is a tangy brew. light. easy drinking as long as i dont have six and go diabetic... very refreshing. begins and ends with a nice lager nuttiness.. flavor is pregnant with blackberries, coming dangerously close to many malternatives i've tried in my day. however, there is a solid malt backbone that adds some beeriness, and is noticeable when the berry is not dead-center on your palate.

label suggests honey addition, but i dont get too much of that here. perhaps moreso when fresh.. but it indeed is sweet.

i should hate this but i dont. probably the best in class for what it is (and i dont mean best fruit beer).. if i was out in minneapolis and it was this or a macro, i'd drink it.

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Photo of granger10
2.46/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy, reddish color with a medium tan head. Aroma is all berries but I can't really tell what berries are used. Maybe blackberries? Taste has more of that sweet berry juice flavor. Fine at first sip, sick by the time I'm midway through. I like a sweeter beer from time to time but this one needs more complexity and something to couterbalance the berries. Plus the berry flavor isn't really all that good. Tastes a little fake. Not a terrible beer and maybe refreshing after a workout in the hot summer heat, but so is kool aid.

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Photo of petercmartin1
2.52/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a nice colored red (definately not a traditional beer color, but nice looking anyway). Nice head on it, but didn't stay around long. The aroma was a wonderful berry aroma without a hint of any real beer aromas. Taste is almost sickeningly sweet, almost like a soda. Flavor of berry concentrate overpowers all other flavors, especially the wonderful flavors of a traditional weiss. Definately not a food beer as every food I ate with this beer, made it taste nasty.

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Photo of palliko
2.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The name is German for White Berry. Hm. Are there any white berries? Perhaps they are trying to tell us it is a Weiss type beer, flavored with berries. The appearance is weird – kind of a salmon/coral color. A nice size foamy head that disappears without a trace. Aroma is also weird, like a floral Rhine wine. Aroma smells like a coal-tar derivative berry extract, no hops, no malt, (no cigar). Initial taste is somewhat malty, but that is overwhelmed by the honey-sweet BERRY flavoring. A thin, watery “beer” that leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. Eek.

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Photo of ryantupy
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light reddish berry color with very little head. It smelled like a wine cooler mixed with a coors light. But to if I had to describe the taste I would say it smelled of berrys and with a hint of malt. It tasted like a mix of strong berry concentrate with a slight node of hop. Overall this beer was ok but nothing I would run out and grab again.

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Photo of chilidog
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK, Wine cooler with a head? That was my first thought as I tend to be alittle careful of beers of this style. It poured a light red berry color with a rather nice pink or mauve colored head. (If my wife saw this she would want to paint our room this color for sure.) The carbonation was average and the head did stick around to lace well with web like rings. That was cool and little fiz so appearance up .5.
The aroma was sweet and berry. The taste was kinda bitter-sweet. The honey and malts provide the sweet while the berries tart the whole thing down. I thought more like a rasberry than a black.
The mouth is left pretty tart. Not a beer to go with food. Brewed or offered as a seasonal, once a year is about good enough.
Best off the fresh pour while the carbonation is still active. If it sits or warms, can't do it. Drink cold while your hot. It goes down fast with a nice little kick to it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.65/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer reminded me very much of B-to-the-E in taste, smell, and appearance. Pinkish purple color, smells of grain and berry flavoring. Taste is actually quite unpleasent, sweet but has an odd funkiness about it from the malt. Not very good, I like B-to-the-E better than this, but not by much.

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Photo of pknlincoln
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It was the first beer I'd seen which was a purplish color. It smelled nice, but nothing to great. The taste is good, but has no real beer flavor to it. It is very drinkable with the sweet taste, however it does not taste much like beer. As a college student, I would recommend this to the coeds, but not so much for any true beer fans.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.95/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Fruit punch color. Kinda cloudy. Soapy pinkish foam with some staying power. Leaves a little lacing. Looks high quality, but not real appetizing as a beer.

Smell - Strong sweet generic berry scent with a hint of underlying malt.

Taste - Very strong and sweet generic berry flavor. There is very little beer character at all. Borderline malternative. The flavor definitely isn't bad, just doesn't strike me as something that should be called beer.

Mouthfeel - Very light, thin even.

Drinkability - Nice berry-flavored summer drink that goes down easy on a hot night on the back porch. The beer qualities of this drink are, however, almost totally absent.

This is exhibit no. 1 on the list of out-of-balance fruit beers. To clarify - I like it and in the right situation would drink it. The low grades simply reflect that Leine's Berry Weiss just isn't much of a beer and doesn't, for the most part, meet the minimal standard requirements. Looks, smells and tastes like a berry flavored malternative.

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Photo of whynot44
3.44/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, pink lemonade color with a nice pink head.

Aroma of blackberries with honey.

Taste starts out sweet blackberries, finishes up tart. A beer drinkers wine cooler. Actually, not bad as a desert drink.

Went down well with strawberry shortcake. A little more tart than typical wine coolers, but along the same lines.

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Photo of gimmehead
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours the color of red grapefruit with a thin pinkish head. Smells very sweet, grapes and raspberries. It goes quickly down hill from there. Tastes like sugary sweet fruity Kool-Aid with a bit of toasted wheat that is the only remotely redeeming flavor. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Leinie's is usually reliably mediocre, and I can rely on them when faced with bad beer choices, but this one didn't sit well with me at all.

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Photo of clvand0
3.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark pink color with an off-white head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave behind much lacing. Pretty. Very sweet aroma of raspberries, but not tart at all. The malts and hops don't come through well because of the strenght of the fruit. The flavor is the same as the aroma. Lots of sweet raspberry taste with just a hint of beer in the back. Good and extremely easy to drink. It's just not very beer-like.

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Photo of Rio
2.33/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is a reddish/orange with some pretty good carbonation, and a foamy white head with a bit of a reddish tinge to it. Aroma is very sweet, smelling of, you guessed it, berries. No big surprise there.

Tastes of berries again, seems to focus on raspberries here, and very, very sweet. Tastes more like a malternative than a beer to me. Much to sweet for my taste. Feel is crisp, but a bit too carbonated, again, feeling like a malternative instead of a beer.

For the malternative crowd, this is probably good. I've got a buddy who is hopelessly addicted to sweet ciders, as well, and he loves this stuff. I personally don't care for the sweeter beers, and this definitelly falls into that category.

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Photo of lampkins
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At least once a summer I find myself picking this beer up. The beer pours a dark purple that leads to an impressive head. I can smell berries (raspberry maybe blueberry?) and canno't detect the alcohol. Mouthfeel is different, I have thought the Leinie's carbonates their beers a little too much that leads to beer gut, this beer is no exception, often times the carbonation overcomes the beer. That aside the beers tastes of a berry flavored malt, some say this is a wine cooler, but I disagree, in my opinion the beer is a little thicker than that. Beer tastes better cold and due to the carbonation it is not very drinkable, not a session beer by no means. However, one should try this at least once a year when it is season.

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Photo of beerguy04
2.36/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-light purpulish color small head
s- smelled a prsescence of hops and berry traces
t-the berry taste was very strong with only a slight trace of hops
m and d- very sweet, felt like i was drinking a wine

I'll admit limited knowlege on fruit beer style. But, I feel this beer was just to sweet. I feel they could've done better evening out the berries and the hop and malt taste.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium pink color with two fingers of head. There is just a little lacing. The smell is very fruity, lots of raspberry. Very sweet, almost smells like Lindeman's Framboise. The taste starts out good, with a lot of sweet berries up front. The finish is wheaty and somewhat phenolic. A little off-putting. The body is a little light and watery. The drinkability is just fair as well, mostly due to the taste.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I like this drink, but as a beer goes, it is not exactly a stellar offering. The beer pours a pinkish color, just sort of unnatural for beer. I could handle it if this were brewed with the berry juice, but it is just flavored with it. There is not much coming through in the nose but the berry sweetness. I get blackberries and raspberries from the smell. I like a nice berry wheat beer, if the berry is involved in the fermentation. Tasting the drink, the berry sweetness kick you hard first. After swallowing, there is a hint that you are drinking a beer, but it is just an afterthought. I have to give this a bit of a kick on the drinkability, as I have been known to kill a 6 of this in a night, but because it is flavored with juice, it can't be more than slightly above average.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.22/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a light amber with pink hues and orange accents, formins a modest lightly pink head with good retention and mild lacing. Aroma is noted across the room...tart and juicy blackberries in droves, faint suggestion of macro lager ferment, and a certain dryness. Quite nice. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is average throughout with a cloying medium body. Not as spritzy as I would expect for a "Weiss". Taste begins sweeter than expected with lots of blackberries...bitterness is quite mild, and hop aroma or flavor is absent. Did I mention this is sweet? This is probably the sweetest beer I've had (beyond the sweetness of a dopplebock, which has at least some semblance of hop balance)...it's very much like a candy flavored wine cooler. Drinkability is limited owing to it's sweetness. The fermentation has some macro twang to it, and there is no discernable "weiss" characteristics.

This "beer" of a wine-cooler actually started out nice enough, but I've quickly found that I wouldn't want more than one, it's so sickly sweet. Actually, this would probably go really well mixed 60/40 with a really good IPA or hearty stout, so as to offset the sweetness with some hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of mynie
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is hardly a beer. I mean, it's tasty and it I like it, but it's really not what I would consider a *beer*.

It smells like Hawaiian Punch and it looks like Kool-Aide. And it tastes like fizzy Kool-Aide. Unlike the other girly drinks, malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice and Zima, Berry Weis alone can say that it's completely original. It doesn't taste like fizzy, oversweetened crap. It just tastes good, and completely unique.

I'm not going to say that every beer drinker is going to like Berry Weis, though I do think that every beer drinker should try it. It's truly in a class by itself.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.29/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pink/peach color with a very thin white head which disappeared quickly. There was no lace on the glass at all. This kind of looks to be the color of a raspberry lambic, only a shade or two lighter. The smell is of sweet berries, blackberries, peaches, maybe some raspberry. The taste is very, very sweet, a great amount of blackberry flavor with no hop flavor or bitterness at all. It even seemed a little winey towards the end. Very smooth, with no real peaks of flavor. Very light body, and highly carbonated and fuzzy. This seems right for this type of beer. Overall, didn't seem like a weiss beer at all. Too sweet for me, but not horrible.

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Photo of jimdkc
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy purplish-pink color with a large foamy pink head. The head quickly dissipated to a bubbly pink film. No mistaking the scent... that's definitely berry! Taste is initially like a berry wine cooler, but not quite as sweet and followed by a slight taste of wheat and malt... just barely enough to call this a beer! Mouthfeel is thin but pretty well carbonated. I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these. However, this really isn't as horrible as some of the other reviews make it out to be!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.95/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Berry Weiss is a strange color (equal parts yellow, orange and pink) and looks unnatural. An aggressive pour results in a decent sized off-white head, but there's minimal lace.

The aroma reminds me of a wine cooler. The artificial berry-like sweetness that greets my nose has very little in common with beer. The flavor is slightly malty, but is mostly a sickly sweet berry flavor that turns a little 'beery' at the end. Apparently, blackberry juice was used. I guess I can appreciate that. If left to my own devices, though, I would have said blueberry/raspberry. The mouthfeel is lousy. 'Thin' pretty much sums it up.

This Leinenkugel offering could fairly be described in several ways, from most accurate to least: a berry-flavored malternative, a slightly less sweet wine cooler that has a passing resemblance to beer, and a beer flavored with honey and blackberry juice (which is what it actually is). It has no business being called beer, which may be why the label reads 'bier'. Maybe the brewery's suits were trying to make it sound like a true German weissbier.

Berry Weiss reminds me of that classic Cheers episode in which Norm talks about eating at a restaurant that serves artificial meat. He specifically mentions 'bef' and 'loobster' as two of his favorites. Maybe this stuff should be called 'ber' or 'bere' since it doesn't much resemble beer.

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