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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Berry WeissLeinenkugel's Berry Weiss

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 29.18%

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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Photo of weizenbob


3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 ounce can of Berry Weiss came from a Summer Sampler 12-Pack. I initially thought that was a cool idea, but the other three brews in the sampler (Summer Shandy, Honey Weiss, and Sunset Wheat) were all bombs. Here’s one final shot at redemption. "Best" by July 4, 2011. I cracked the can open and poured into a weizen glass.

A careful pour yields three fingers of head. Oh God; it’s pink. That goes for the head and the beer. Head retention is moderate to poor, though a lot of lacing does stick to the glass. A little bit of carbonation can be seen rising lazily. It is somewhat akin to pink champagne in appearance with an added pinch of haze.

The aroma boasts very literally of blackberries. I’m instantly taken back to my freshman year of college when I would buy Clearly Canadian Blackberry Sparkling Water from the cafeteria with my meal card. So I’m getting a warm fuzzy feeling about this; then it hits me. This is beer. Suddenly I’m not so sure what to think. At least this is being sold as a fruit beer, unlike Sunset Wheat which was labeled as a witbier but tasted like Froot Loops. So fruit beer it is, though I should note that I’m not smelling anything resembling beer.

Okay, so I have mixed feelings about the taste as well. First off, it’s delicious. The initial flavor is a virtual clone of the Clearly Canadian that I so loved and didn’t even know that I missed (do they even make that stuff anymore). This is highly carbonated and extremely sweet, with an underlying bitterness that is more reminiscent of cranberries than of hops. Only upon the finish do I notice a malt profile. There is definitely a nice wheat beer hidden under all of that artifice. Wheat flavor becomes the holding pattern into the aftertaste, reminding me that I am in fact drinking beer. But should I have to be reminded that I’m drinking beer?

Berry Weiss is light bodied, but on the heftier end of light. Alcohol is completely hidden. As stated before, there is a ton of carbonation, which would be really off-putting if not for the saccharine-like sweetness. This is a tough beer to review, because it doesn’t play by the rules, even for a fruit beer. I can’t really give it a thumbs up as beer, but this is super delicious and very thirst quenching. It’s only 4.8% alcohol by volume, but if I had a full 12-pack of these I’d be hammered.

So I think that this was my favorite “beer” in the Leinenkugel Summer Sampler Pack. While the other three brews only dabbled in ridiculousness, this beer is totally off the deep end. It might be the worst beer I’ve ever bought, but that won’t keep it out of my fridge for the foreseeable future.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
When I want beer, I do not give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel Berry Weiss. But when I want a light sparkling beverage, then I do give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel Berry Weiss.

Serving type: can

05-01-2011 02:51:00 | More by weizenbob
Photo of NODAK


4.05/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't had this in a while, but I still laughed when the girl who sold me it said it tasted JUST like grape juice. So I popped the top...and it smells just like red grape juice. Did Welch's make this??

The taste isn't too much of a surprise. Pretty dang sweet...definitely on par with any wine cooler. Definitely a grape presence with raspberries also in there...maybe blackberries as well. In the finish, the wheat does appear in the back along with a good tart twang from the berries that tempers it from being too overwhelmingly sweet on the finish.

It isn't a complicated beer. If you're grabbing this one, you need to be prepared for perhaps the sweetest beer you've had in quite some time. I'll admit I did enjoy it as a change. Not every beer needs to be hyper bitter...this is a decent change-up.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 01:05:26 | More by NODAK
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in wine glass (all that was avail.)

A: beautiful lavender-pink, with little head
S: very lovely berry smell, but as if kool aid
T: yep, it's kool aid; and sometimes you need a beer that tastes like kool aid, so I didn't dock points; it's very sweet, in the style of a lambic, infused with blackberry and other berry flavors
M: very foamy

Once again, don't try it if you're not planning on enjoying a very sweet beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 17:30:59 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Lemke10


4/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 12pk Summer Sampler cans from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in spring 2011.

Poours a reddish amber color with a thin head on it. Great cranberry scent that reminds me very much of Ocean Spray. Very strong cranberry taste as well. Drinks rather smooth and has a great taste. I can understand why many BA's rate this beer rather low as it doesn't taste anything like a beer and more like a cranberry malternative. No real beer taste here but I enjoyed it. Something great to try this summer!

Serving type: can

04-12-2011 03:24:52 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Brunite


2.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy red hued color with a 2 finger head which retained well. The color was a pinkish color.

S: Strong berry smell.

T: Wow. Way too sweet. Sour on the finish. Where is the beer? Tastes like soda.

M: Light body.

O: Did not care for. Just way too much berry...off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:04:08 | More by Brunite
Photo of ronniebruner


3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a few of these at a spring training game in Tempe, AZ. The beer was surprisingly decent for a fruity beer. The beer obviously had an aroma of sweetened berries, a purplish color wih no head, a sweet finish and surprisingly good taste. No carbonation like I thought there would be, and no aftertaste. Overall a decent beer If you get a chance to try it, you will be surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:47:16 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a pint glass and given to me by my in laws.

i knew i was in trouble when this candy like color starts to fill the glass, with a fizzy white top that seams to pop up and fall down immediatly. ehh. but then i took a whiff, fake berries, and just light kool aid like aroma. not even close to a good fruit beer. way too light and the flavors and aromas are so blatently artificial it was downright scary. light berrys and hints of sweet malts try and poke up but they are just remnants of what would make a good beer.

overall no. some of these i can get by with and make a pass, but this was just way off the mark. too light, too fruity, just a mess.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:46:05 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of CuriousMonk


2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes: Poured an orangish pinkish hue with white bubbly moderate head, and a light haze. Aromas are artificial berry, sugary and sweet with crystal light and fruit punch shining through largely. Initial is the same, light carbonation, and a sweet berry punch like feel. It really feel a lot of raspberry crystal light. Not very beer like, but this could have been much worse. A little sweet and cloying, clearly. But not awful.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 22:41:57 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of mpcrump


2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy rose color. About an inch of pinkish white head that disappears quickly.

S: Sweet berries smell.

T: Blackberries, honey. The sweet taste and blackberries are very dominant. Not much else comes out.

M: Light and easy drinking.

D: Sweet and light but comes across more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:50:46 | More by mpcrump
Photo of SamN


2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ruby red highlights, very slightly hazy and with a pinkish white foam crown. Color's pretty good, deep and dynamic coloring. Head is, well, pink. Pretty decent looking Wisconsin fruit beer. Smells pretty fruity; berries, obviously, rasp and blue varieties. Some softer wheat tones, with a twist on citrus rind. Very sweet and candy-like, but not exactly immature. Taste is very sweet, however, overpoweringly so. Lots of anonymous berry flavors loaded with sweet syrup. Big shot of streaky cereal adjuncts up the middle with a lasting clean aluminum flavor. Deeper inspection reveals some very pale malts used here, along with a faint touch of the honey mentioned on the label.

Way too sweet and one-sided. Hardly a beer, honestly. Drinkability is tough with this kiddie beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:18:09 | More by SamN
Photo of gskitt

New York

3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sounded interesting in the store. Waited for a hot day for with this beer it seemed fitting. Yikes, wine cooler. Effervescent pour, clear gold with little or no head. Smelled of berries but not fresh, artificial. Tasted very crisp and refreshing, but to much and very much like a wine cooler. It was tart and fruity and really was not bad. Drinkable? Yes, no doubt. Wait for a sultry summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:31:39 | More by gskitt
Photo of DannyDan


3.9/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a reddish color with a thin pinkish white head. Carbonation is moderate, little retention and little lacing.
The smell is blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, honey and wheat.
This has a strong berry taste followed by some honey,wheat and a little bit of hops. Also has a berry flavored syrup taste that reminds me of fruit flavored pop, but the alcohol reminds me of some wines.
The mouthfeel is a sweet sticky feel on the lips and tongue.
I'd say this is a nice drinkable beer and worth checking out for those that like fruit flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:20:13 | More by DannyDan
Photo of BeerLover99


2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pinkish, purple body, big 2 finger head, and very little lacing.

S: raspberry, logan berry, perhaps blueberry. sugary sweet.

T: powerful sweet berries similar to the scent.

M: syrupy, big carbonation, feels a like a wine cooler or berry cola.

D: Can't handle more than one due to the sweetness. After visiting Leine's Chippewa Falls Brewery, I asked the tour guide, "do people actually buy Berry Weiss?" He responded, "it's a huge hit with the ladies."

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 15:59:23 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pinkish/orange with small white head. Aroma of berrys, grapes, blueberry. Taste of blueberry , grapes, very fruity and sweet. Palate is light body, very bubbly carbonation. Reminds me of a wine cooler. Finish is very sweet. Did not like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 02:50:52 | More by Samp01
Photo of Thorpe429


2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a moderate caramelish color with maybe a hint of red. The nose is bright berries and a lot of sweetness. Cloying to start. The taste really gets in there with the sweetness and berry. Almost like beer juice. The feel is just too much with a lot of sugar. Way too much to drink more than a few ounces of; don't know how I did this in college.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 03:10:03 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Slygato


3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance- Has about an inch or two of a pink head when poured settles quickly beer is a pinkish amber

Smell- Berries and a little wheat

Taste- Taste a variety of barries and some honey definite fruit taste

Mouthfeel- Is a ligher bodied beer, goes down smooth

Drinkability- This beer is right about average it is decent but nothing to brag about

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 06:30:40 | More by Slygato
Photo of Nerudamann


3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look - semi-hazy in color and in visible texture. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - The berry aroma is pretty strong, after that a slight hoppiness. The berry flavor is somewhat ambiguous. Blackberries might be slightly more prominent.

Taste - very sweet at the very onset. Drinking this beer is more like drinking a strongly berry-flavored sweet tea, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Likewise with the smell, the blackberry juice taste might be somewhat more prominent. Texture is creamier than I would have thought it to be.

Drinkability - this brew is a little too sweet for me to endure in a beer, but much better-tasting than some beers of this same variety.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:39:24 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of shand


3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Pours a reddish-pink with a finger's worth of head. Retention is below average, just wisps of the head remain a minute after pouring.

Smell: Berries and wheat. At least I can smell the wheat here, unlike Sunset Wheat (which I enjoyed, for the record).

Taste: Berries, berries, berries. Where'd the wheat go? I sure don't taste it. This tastes like some sort of fruit juice/wine cooler hybrid. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like beer either.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, par for the courss for a Leine.

Drinkability: It drinks more like juice than beer.

Does your girlfriend just love wine coolers but you can't bring yourself to buy them? Buy her some Berry Weiss instead!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 00:07:05 | More by shand
Photo of brewmandan


1.27/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

stupidity on my part i took a drink from the bottle, so the appearcnce of the beer i didn't get much of a chance to see.
high berry fruity smell. remember the miller lite commercials with the celebrities in the glass box making the "beer rules"? the smell of berry weiss reminds me of that commercial of "don't fruit the beer".
the taste i think is worse than the smell. took one drink and spit it out in the sink. tried to pawn of the open bottle onto my wife, who also took one drink and that was it. we dumped the rest of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 22:00:20 | More by brewmandan
Photo of StoutsMcgee


2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One finger of light pink head disopates into a light ring floating on the foggy pink/amber beer. Looks quite appealing.

Smells like berries, not much else, no alcohol smell.

Tastes a bit like wine, very tart and dry. I get a lot of cranberry, blackberry, and some grapefruit.

Pretty thin feel, although it leaves a pleasant sweet finish. No lingering aftertaste.

I recommend trying this with some cheese and crackers... before the heavy stuff comes out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 17:05:52 | More by StoutsMcgee
Photo of weatherdog


2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 03:17:24 | More by weatherdog
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy reddish amber in color with an inch of bubbly head that didn't last too long.

S - Very fruity as one would expect from this beer, lots of berry aromas, raspberry and blackberry for sure. The wheat vs. the berries makes it interesting.

T - This is pretty tasty, but not something I would run out and get for myself. A little bitter, a little sour, and for sure fruity.

M - This beer is very crisp and leaves a slight sugary coating after each sip.

D - Light alcohol fruit beer, refreshing and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 19:14:25 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of hardy008


1.65/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pinkish-orange color with an off white head with poor retention and little lacing. Smells of artificial berries, definitely not a good sign. Tastes like artificial berry flavoring. Too sweet, and reminds me of Celis Raspberry, which was not good. Light bodied, thin, decent carbonation. I would say to avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:47:47 | More by hardy008
Photo of gboy515duo


3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy, pink tinted fruit beer with a thin but noticable head
S: Fruity, but bitter aroma. Strong blackberry smell.
M: Sharp, strong carbonation, but very light.
T: It had a taste that reminded me of Berry Juicy Juice with a very bitter aftertasted
D: It's something I could definitely drink a few of, but it was so sweet, it's not something I would want to start drinking with.

This beer belongs in a category of Dessert Beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 16:11:32 | More by gboy515duo
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 25 Jul 2007.

Medium sized pinkish head. Rosy slightly cloudy purple haze. Smells like raspberry jam, but kinda one dimensional. Tastes like very sweet well carbonated raspberry koolaid. Finishes with a faint tartness. Medium body. Alcohol minimal.

The beer to drink when the beer you want is a slightly alcoholic berry soda.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 06:04:13 | More by htomsirveaux
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