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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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1,089 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 28.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-25-2002)
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almychristopher

New York

3.18/5  rDev +13.6%

this beer pours a hazy orange with an off white head that might be a bit pink. the head fades to lacing giving off quite a bit of berry already. the taste is overwhelmingly berry there isn't much room for the yeast or malts here. even with the decent co2 and good body this just doesn't really make a decent attempt at being a beer.

03-29-2009 03:40:06 | More by almychristopher
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wchesak

South Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -8.9%

someone gave me a 5 of them after not enjoying the one they had
poured in a pint glass

A- pours a pinkish amber color with a pinkish white head, about a finger or so's worth, head dissipates to leave a thin ring of the pinkish white head, some lacing

S- red berries, like cherry and strawberry, do pick some some dark fruits like blackberry, has a weird lingering smell of a lager/pilsner

T- sweet, sweet, like others have said, more juice than beer, only hint of beer is in the aftertaste, the same weird lager/pilsner essence

M- good carbonation to increase the fruit flavors

D- too sweet for me, if I wanted sweet i would get a lambic or one of dogfish's fruit beers, i could see using it for cooking maybe

03-26-2009 20:04:32 | More by wchesak
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jonziefle

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance: Poured a pinkish amber, slightly cloudy. Two-finger pinkish-white foamy head, with good retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Very sweet berries and sweet malts. Maybe a hint of hops, but the berry pretty much overwhelms everything else.

Taste: Sweet berries up front, very juicelike. Some bready malts near the end after the sweetness wears off, kind of lager-like.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Little carbonation bite, but nothing special.

Drinkability: More of a "near-beer" or alcoholic juice than a true beer. Very easy to drink, but nothing but sweetness and berries. Might be a decent "beach" beer, but not much else.

03-23-2009 02:31:36 | More by jonziefle
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +33.2%

Appearance: Small head that disappeared quickly, mildly cloudy, with not too much action going on inside my glass.

Smell: Obviously fruity, specifically with blackberries. Cant specifically identify any other berries , but would not be surprised to learn that there were more used.

Taste: Not too knowledgeable on Berliner Weissbier's (I assume this is what it is modeled after), but I thought this was pretty clean. Blackberry flavors to start, definitely refreshing, brief malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light/watery, more on the carbonated side.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, especially on a summer day. Definitely no problem with getting another one. I think I may do that right now.

03-15-2009 19:32:54 | More by Jimmys
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured a very awkward color. Its not sure if its red or if its slightly orange, a bit pink, or maybe even brown. Its got a big foamy white head that sticks to the glass. Its smell is awful. Lots of rotten fruit, sugar sweetness, rancid apple cider and yea berries. It also packs an unpleasant tingly astringent-like feeling in the nose. It tastes bad too, any form of a wheat/bread character is totally blocked by the sweetness. It's cloying. It coats your mouth, deadens your tongue and sticks with you long after you take a sip. This was a dumper...

03-06-2009 16:51:31 | More by HopEnthusiast
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev +1.8%

Another beer that I picked up in Totowa recently. This was available in single bottles so I figured why not give it a shot...even though I don't see myself having another one of these for a long time!

The pour looked pretty nice, in that this had a nice purple-pink hue to it and caught the light nicely. There wasn't a lot of head and the lacing was nowhere to be seen...which isn't surprising given the taste. Take a wine cooler, add some syrup, sugar, and a bit of club soda, take the carbonation away, and this is what you're left with. It stays on the palate for a while and I can almost feel a bit of bubble-type scrubbing from this, but that's about it. The taste is that of berry, honey, and of course suger. Diabetics, you'll want to skip this - not that there's a lot of sugar in here, but it'll remind you of what you should be staying away from!

Just like the Honey Weiss I had last night, this has a pretty low 4.70% ABV to it. It doesn't matter much, even though it's a session beer, I doubt that too many people are gonna be chugging 3 or 4 of these in one sitting. This would be a good beer to have after dinner to clean your mouth out before a stronger stout takes over and finishes the night off properly. An average beer, but personally, I could think of quite a few ways I'd rather get berries into my diet...

02-18-2009 06:56:55 | More by JerzDevl2000
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Immediately overpowered by the aroma. It is very fruity. It has a purple, pink, brownish hue. It is definitely berry flavored. I am not a huge fan but I could see it going down pretty easily on a warm summer day. It almost tastes more like a wine cooler than a beer. It is too sweet for my liking. Probably a big hit with people who are not fans of the taste of beer.

02-15-2009 00:29:35 | More by buschbeer
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ChrisQ

Nebraska

2.83/5  rDev +1.1%

This purplish-red beer is a berry patch version of Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy: pour blackberry, boysenberry and ripe raspberry juice into a easy-going wheat beer.

The combination of sugars and silky wheat beer give this drink a slightly syrupy feel that can put one off if not in the proper mood. But when a drinker wants a soda pop beer, this is a nice choice. This is a great drink for desserts or an autumn evening campfire.

02-13-2009 04:01:20 | More by ChrisQ
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours an odd color. It's not fully commited to the berry color. It's got a nice clarity and it's kinda like a pale brown pink purple like watered 50% welches grape and 50% seltzer water.

Smell is alright. Berries. Pale lager characteristics. Light pale malts, and grain.

Taste is also not bad.

Drinks easy and it's a nice summer beer for the non craft crowd. Almost a gateway beer and almost a step in the wrong direction. (may lead to zima or hard lemonade or other malternatives)

02-11-2009 03:26:34 | More by gonzo46and2
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kmeves

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a pink raspberry color with a thin off-white and slightly pink head. Little retention or glass lacing. Aroma is decidedly fresh berries with notes of honey and spice. Flavor is sweet and syrupy with decidedly raspberry, candy sugar, and fresh ripe fruit notes. Generally light body with a sticky sweet mouthfeel. Very sweet. Mix it with the honey weiss for a good brew.

01-14-2009 19:21:54 | More by kmeves
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discovolante65

Rhode Island

2.03/5  rDev -27.5%

I had a friend bring this over, raving about it. Thanks.
I cracked this one for my wife, trying to prove that it's beer for people who hate beer, +1 for me!

Poured into a Guinness Pint Glass (I think it winced). It pours a light brown color with a pinkish hue. Small head, nice carbonation.

Smells like Sugar-coated kids cereal. I'm going with Cap'n Crunch oops all berry for a smell on this one. I don't particularly like fruity pebbles.

Tastes as though Crystal Light is breaking into the beer market. Aspartame, stinging fake sugar taste. Tastes like chemicals. Nothing beer about this. Reminds me of some fruity Mad Dog 20/20 flavor I had in college.

Feels like alum in my mouth. Like it's tasting me and taking away all the saliva in my mouth at the same time. Watery and thin. Carbonation isn't all that bad though.

Ugh. I would rather staple my nuts to a burning building than have another one of these. This is like some shitty shirt you get from your grandma with some lame ass saying on the front and your name printed on the back. Play along and pretend you like it while she's in town, dear.

My wife on the other hand, hates beer, thinks this is delicious, and asked me for another one to my disgust.
Great beer for a woman who hates beer!

01-12-2009 22:00:41 | More by discovolante65
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -17.9%

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, pinkish-orangey body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Fruity Pebbles on the nose.

Taste: Sugary sweet berry blend, baby! A dash of Snapple, Kool-Aid, a packet of artificial sweetener, and booze. No hops or bitterness. You'll find more IBU's in the angry glare I'm giving this thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This one just isn't for me. Has more in common with those malternative beverages and, if that's your bag, then maybe you'll be damn pleased to pound down a Berry Weiss.

12-24-2008 07:57:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium cloudy amber with pinkish purple hue. Half finger white frothy head which dissipates quickly leaving a light bead of carbonation on the surface. Leaves decent lacing as you drink.

S: Wheat and strong raspberry nose.

T: Wheat, a little hops, and strong raspberry.

M: Carbonation fills the mouth. Starts with a hint of hoppiness, then the raspberry overtones take over and linger; along with something of a soapy aftertaste.

D: Light body, flavorful. Drinks easy.

Sweet fruity flavor, and not too much in the way of wheat. Nevertheless, it is refreshing, and an overall decent quaff if you like fruit beers. Again it should be noted, if you're mostly a wheat fan, you may be a little disappointed as the fruit leads this dance.

12-18-2008 04:13:48 | More by bmwats
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -3.6%

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a peach mango color with lots of cloudiness. The fiance says i am gay for calling it mango. Oh well! Nice lacing on the glass and a quick running head. Tints of purple as well.

S- a sugary malted berry aroma. Very vinegar like and not overly appealing but not horrendous either.

T- very berry and highly carbonated. It is like a tropical berry punch. It seems too gassy for me.

M- carbonation, carbonation and oh yeah carbonation. highly sweet berry juice.

D- one of these was enough, i thought it might be good to try but i cant drink anymore of these. Nice to sample but not to buy a case or even a sixer.

12-16-2008 00:08:17 | More by Dodo2step
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UDbeernut

New York

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%

bottle poured into pint glass

a: light purple color, foamy 1/2" head with very little retention

s: strong sweet berry aroma

t: same as the aroma, berry flavor dominates. Don't know if this is a beer or a malternative.

m&d: light bodied, very easy to drink.

Very disapointing flavor, wish it had more bready or yeasty flavor to it to remind that a beer was being drunk.

Cheers!!!

12-13-2008 21:15:31 | More by UDbeernut
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WakeandBake

Michigan

1.73/5  rDev -38.2%

Pours a light purple-pink, with a light pink head that quickly dissipates. Smells like fruit juice from a box--the kind you had in your lunchbox as a kid. The taste is the same: shockingly un-beerlike fruit drink. There might be a tiny bit of wheat in there, but it's totally burried beneath a crushing nastyness of berry-punch Juicy Juice. Gave me horrible heatrburn,will never drink again if I can help it

12-07-2008 13:39:21 | More by WakeandBake
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from the bottle to a reddish-orange with a medium white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was fruity raspberry, and mouthfeel was carbonated and slightly tangy. Taste was sweet raspberry, and the finish somewhat short.

Not a bad beer, but on those rare occasions when I want a fruit beer, I'll stick with a Belgian Lambic.

12-01-2008 01:45:07 | More by kimcgolf
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albern

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev +1.1%

This falls into the "you have to be kidding, right?" category in terms of beer reviews. This beer is more like a cheap wine cooler than anything serious. It pours a slightly hazy purplish color from all those berries; it then settles in to a more orange, slightly pink amber - if there is such a color. There is a white head and a bit of lacing to the beer. The nose on this beer is all berry, strawberry spritz, and wine color or weak spiked punch. This is a silly beer, and I can tell just by the aroma.

The taste is blueberry, strawberry, orange burst, some lemony citrus, with a touch of cheap malty flavors in the rear. As for hops, there aren't any that I can detect. This is a wine cooler or a beer for the summer where you offer it to someone who doesn't like beer. It's refreshing, sweet, lightly alcoholic, decently carbonated, and just plain silly. This isn't a sophisticated after dinner lambic and don't approach it with that expectation.

11-23-2008 17:40:32 | More by albern
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MTNboy

Germany

3.5/5  rDev +25%

It has a weizen aroma you can smell almost immediately with a huge berry aroma wafting at you. The head has a fuchsia tint but is of good size and there is some very nice lacing. The body is a red almost pink color. It tastes very sweet with a sour berry aftertaste. It reminds me of a lot of the malternatives around. The mouthfeel is light but has a lot carbonation causing fizz burn.

11-22-2008 12:34:02 | More by MTNboy
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -30.4%

Out of a bottle this beer was a murky brown-pink color with a huge three-finger head of slightly pink foam. It left very good lacing and the retention was pretty good as a thin collar.. The aroma was all raspberries and strawberries and a candy-like sweetness. The flavors were very, very sweet. Cloying, in your-face, too-much sweet. Getting beyond the sweetness was difficult and all I could really discern beyond that was some sourness and an awkward, artificial aftertaste. The body was medium/light and the carbonation a little too high. I don't know what they were shooting for here but they totally missed the mark.

11-21-2008 18:14:51 | More by thekevlarkid
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deereless

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev +17.1%

A: The color of pink grapefruit with a hint of white, layer of frothy foam - 3.50, S: This is one of those beers that you can smell from afar, lots of berry busting out of this thing, putting the beer under my nose and this brings me back to the high school days when wine coolers were the drink of preference, overpowering aromas of black berries and raspberries, for what this beer is supposed to be it isn't half bad, reminds me of some lambics - 4.00, T: The honey comes through on the palate, less of a beer than a wine spritzer, I struggle to determine whether I'm impressed or terrified by this one, loads of berry flavors, no hops that I can discern, the slightest hint of some tartness on the tail - 3.00, M: Thin to medium bodied - 3.50, D: On a hot day under the sun this beer might have its place, it's not half as bad as I expected but it really pushes the definition of beer - 3.00

11-15-2008 00:50:51 | More by deereless
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Mosstrooper

California

3.63/5  rDev +29.6%

This is going to be a very short and sweet review without all the technicalities.

Basically, I was in the store looking for a refreshing beer after a hard game of dodgeball, and that's what I got in this. Very sweet and fruity, as previous reviewers said- but that's what I expected when I bought it. This isn't a beer that I could have more than, maybe, two or three consecutively- but it is what it is and it makes an excellent brew for quick refreshment.

To sum it up, if you want something refreshing, this does its job quite well. If you're looking for something else, though, don't drink it.

11-04-2008 04:20:30 | More by Mosstrooper
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jim102864

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev +19.6%

The name of this brew pretty much says it all. Not being a "fruit beer" kinda guy, it was a stretch to even make the purchase. But I wanted something light and drinkable so I gave it a whirl.

Predictable pinkish copper hue when poured from the 12 ouncer into my Sam Adams custom glass. Light carbonation and only a sliver of a head.

Nothing overly discernable in the nose that bops you in the head. In fact, it took a fair amount of swirling for the slightest whiff of strawberry/raspberry to appear. More evident as it warmed.

The taste was...well, juice like. Sweet from the red berries. It could easily pass for a NAB.

Mouthfeel reflected the taste. Juice like with little evidence of etoh.

You really gotta be in the mood for this stuff. A little too sweet for my palatte, though refreshing enough on a hot day I suppose.

11-02-2008 12:32:26 | More by jim102864
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -15%

Pours hazy copper color with a little pink in there. This beer smells like any other mixed berry product. Taste is pretty much that... a mixed berry flavor which is very sweet. This is so sweet and fruity I can only drink one of these at a time.

I won't say that's it's terrible because I'll finish the rest that I got. But I would not get this again.

11-02-2008 01:56:03 | More by Buggies
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xtremejammn

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev +10%

Pours a mostly red but slightly purple dark color with a short lived head.

A: The color makes up for the quickly fading head, it's the kind of beer color that makes you just curious enough to try it at least once.

S: Smells like fruit punch concentrate. Gets you curious to take a sip to see if the taste follows up the strong fruity scent.

T: Too fruity for me. The only thing you taste besides something comparable to a berry smoothie is a hint of hops and a slight raw alcohol taste.

M: It's bubbly but not to the point where it hurts to swish it a bit in your mouth.

D: I'm not going to call it a queer beer, because it isn't, but it does go down like water- (rough exaggeration).

Bottom line- An ok price for a slightly below average beer. If you like a heavy fruit taste in your beer you should give it a try, but it's just not really my cup of tea.

10-28-2008 00:16:57 | More by xtremejammn
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.