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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: 1,133
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 buschbeer
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

buschbeer, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ChrisQ
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

ChrisQ, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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)

gonzo46and2, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of kmeves
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

kmeves, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of discovolante65
2.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

discovolante65, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bmwats, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Dodo2step, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.


UDbeernut, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
1.73/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 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

WakeandBake, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kimcgolf, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of albern
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

albern, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
1.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

thekevlarkid, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of deereless
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

deereless, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mosstrooper, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of jim102864
3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

jim102864, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Buggies
2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Buggies, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of xtremejammn
3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

xtremejammn, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a reddish color with a very light pinkish colored fluffy head. The head does not last very long. There is decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite fruity and sweet. Aroma of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries. Smells almost like a fruit soda. There is also some malty aromas too, but they somewhat hidden by the berries.

Taste is quite nice. It has a tartness too it, not overly sweet. The berry flavors are the same as the aromas, and taste natural. There are some malty flavors that seem to balance it out for me. Finish is a bit malty with some very slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, kind of smooth with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good too.

Overall, one of the better fruit beers I have had. Does not taste artificial. Will definitely have this one again.

NHGrafx, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Likeburning
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This reddish creamy beer was a little better than I expected. Pretty light with a significant berry flavor, but not to overwhelmingly fruity that you can't taste the fact that it's a wheatbeer. While far from one of my favorites, it beats some of the Sam Adams berry beers that I have had by quite a large margin.

Likeburning, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
1.55/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A= scary purple not typical of beer with a light head
S= fruity not a beer smell at all. Coulda fooled me into thinking it was wine
T= Way way way to fruity. They over did this beer. I'm usually a fan of Lines but this one is just not for me. I know plenty of girls who live for it though
M= high carbonation which in my opinion made it a little more drinkable
D= Hard to do more than one without something in between. Gave me a little tummy ache :(

jjanega08, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Red color with orange around teh edges where the light hits. Pours a two finger foamy white head with fair retention. Decanted steadily. No lacing.

S: Strong scent of sweet blueberries and rasberries.

T: Very fruit-juicy; frnaly not minful of beer. There is a slight malty taste, but it gets lost quicly in sweet berries.

M: Light and thin. Ample carbonation brightens the sweetness.

D: More of a flavored alcohol beverage thatn a weis as the name implied. Drinkable as long as you can stomach the sweet taste - some have more tolerance of that others.

Haybeerman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pink, orange, purple, some weird blend of colors, with a decent head. Nice looking foam. Appearance isn't bad, just something out of the ordinary for beer.

Aroma: Berries are VERY strong in this. Fruity which was the intent, obviously

Taste: Rather syrupy and the berries are predominant. A little much, I'd say, a lambic might not be this syrupy. Not bad, though.

Mouthfeel: Light, kind of crisp, but not too much. Body isn't too heavy, but its not meant to be.

Drinkability: Fruity and light, so it would work out for many people who aren't too fond of the taste of beer. Its a beer for those who don't like beer. Does that job well. I'm not the target consumer for this style, but I wouldn't mind a couple.

kshankar, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Whoa, this one is just way too fruity. Tastes like one of those alcopop things, not like a beer at all. If you're in the mood for an alcoholic fruit juice grab this guy, but otherwise steer clear. I mean I don't mind fruit beers at all.. but this one's a little too much... I'd pass on it.. it's almost too hard to finish a single bottle.

oriolesfan4, Oct 03, 2008
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.