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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 Chrissybeer
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There was an immediate aroma of berries as the beer was opened. The beer poured a light purple color and was cloudy in appearance. There was about a 2 1/2 finger head in the glass after being poured.

The first sip was pretty sweet with strong berry flavor. There was some tart to the beer, but left a very sweet after taste in your mouth.

Light lacing left in the glass while drinking.

Worth trying, but not recommended for an everyday drink...

Chrissybeer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of bcgoldtoe
3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful red color, one finger head, but dissipates rapidly

S: Delicious. Like freshly picked blackberries.

T: Like a smoothie. It's very fruity but also retains a note of hops. A little bitter but that's from the fruit, not the hops.

M: Watery but pleasing to the palate.

D: this is a sipping beer, not a guzzling one. Two would suffice; three would be too much sweetness.

bcgoldtoe, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of everetends
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle acquired from Whole Foods in ATL at my girlfriend's request. Figured I would give it a shot. Poured into a pint.

A: Poured a strange, enchanting color. Has yellow and pink hues. Got a huge, bubbly pink head. Actually created some sticky lacing that was a bit of a shock. Not bad looking.

S: Uh, smells like sugar, berries, over ripe fruits, and candy.

T: Candied berries, very sweet with heavy sugar. Not tasting much of anything else

M: Very thing but still coats the mouth. Probably the sugar. Has a lot of carbonation.

D: Girlfriend loves it, not a fan myself. Way to sweet and too many artifical flavor masking any trace of beer. Blah.

everetends, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass and this beer has a very unique color, kind of a red-pinkish-orange if you will. Decent head a little on the rose side with good retention, I had to knock it on appearance just for the color of the head alone. No one wants a beer with a pink head. Smell is good. Smells of bread, yeast, and some berry, but not as much as I anticipated. Taste is pretty good too considering the style. Yes, its sweet as can be and an orgy of berry flavor but its ok. Just dont get it confused with the taste of Boones Farm cause I did that once or twice. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, overall a relatively drinkable beer. I had some with my gal out at a the pool and that was a perfect setting.

bunnyhustle, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of ATPete
1.7/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle

The berry weiss pours 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... Avoid this during your summer beer search. There are lots of better options in the 'flavored wheat beer' category. Try a Lambic, Blue Point Blueberry Ale, DFH Black and Blue or Red and White instead. Or you could just stick with the good old Sunset Wheat from Leinenkugels!

ATPete, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Pours a nice clear amber with a definite pink hue to it. Nice 1 - 2 finger pinkish head with good retention and nice lacing.

The smell is very nice, indeed. Very fruity. Raspberries and blackberries stand out above all else. Not unlike a Lambic, as far as the smell goes.

Raspberries hit the tongue first, followed by a little bit of blackberries and maybe some cherries on the end. Cherry could be something else, I'm not 100% sure. A little bit of malt down deep and a touch of honey. There's no hint of alcohol in the taste, just a little tiny bit of warmth in the belly.

Feels very smooth in the mouth. A little lighter than expected, but this works to it's advantage.

Very easy to drink as long as you don't mind the sweetness. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

coldmeat23, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

It pours a clear reddsh amber with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some good lacing and the head retention is good.

The smell is big on the berries that kind of remind me of a Lindemans. I like fruit beers so the nose is impressive to me.

The taste is nice. Big flavour of raspberry and a good note of blackberry with some honey and overall, it's quite sweet but it suits my palate nicely.

Good medium to medium thick mouthfeel for the most part but it does border on syrupy near the finish.

This is a good fruit beer that, imo, doesn't have a whole lot of complexity going on but I don't look for that in every beer I try. It's simple, and it's good.

Bitterbill, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of BigBry
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One selection from the Summer Beers 12 pack. Brown 12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a slightly pink color. Short white head, with some good retention and thin lace. Points for uniqueness. You can smell the berries and some yeast, strong but not overpowering. Taste is quite sweet, almost like a wine cooler. Lots of berry flavor, raspberry and blackberry. Sweet and slightly sticky mouthfeel, but there is still enough wheat element. A good fruity hot weather drink, but a bit too sweet for me to have more than one at a time.

BigBry, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a pinkish color with a light pink head. Good head retention, nice lacing

S : Strong fruit smells. It overwhelms everything else.

T : Strong fruit flavors of raspberries and blackberries. There is a bready aftertaste. The fruit flavors are so strong that there's no malt or hops that shine through.

M : Crisp and light

D : On a hot summer day, it would be perfect.

mhewes, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a good thick head peaking right at the top of the glass and forming a decent amount of lacing down the glass as the head slowly recessed. Pink/rose in color.

S: Smells strong of berries and yeast but the hops and grains that make up the beer are lost in the abundance of fruit.

T: Very sugary! Strong flavors of several berries, raspberry is the most identifiable flavor and maybe blackberry mixed in. Actually I just now looked at the bottle label and noticed it says they used raspberries and blackberries to make the beer how cool is it that I was able to guess the berries. The beer also sported a good yeast bread aftertaste that consumed the palette for a long period of time after the sip.

M/D: Leaves a syrupy slimy feel in the mouth and feels heavy as you drink it. I probably couldn't drink to many of these quickly and probably only after a meal for a dessert. The flavors keep you coming back to the beer but the amount of sugar hits the stomach hard.

Kemmerlin, May 31, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Mickey's pint glass.

A: Poured a deep tinted purple/reddish amber color with a chilled haze and a frothy head of whitish foam.

S: A full bouquet of berries rises without even having to put your nose to it. A potent mixture of fresh berries which is quite pleasing.

T: Holy white zinfandel, Batman! It's got that distinct, vinous alcohol flavor mixed with a mouthfull of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. There's no hop taste that I can find, and the sweetness of the berries negates any real malted beer taste to it.

M: Mouthfeel is fizzy, because despite being sticky sweet at times, this brew is well carbonated.

D: As drinkable as say, Harpoon Raspberry UFO, except the lack of hops or other malt flavors impedes the drinkability a tad. It's a whole lot of fruit flavoring, and is tailor-made for summer.

For what it is, it's a very fruity beer with natural flavoring, as opposed to a Miller Chill or Bud Lime. It's better than some other fruit beers, but it's no lambic. If you love berries, be my guest. I'll pass from now on.

Gambrinus1184, May 30, 2008
Photo of Gunnz
3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple/copper in color. A nice white head with only decent retantion and size after an agressive pour.

Very fruity nose with distinct nose of raspberry and blackberry.

Rather sweet with a strong front of raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.

Very light and smooth. Nice and crisp. Not a very carbonated feel but not a flat beer by any means. Mouthfeel as well as body more like a cider than a typical beer.

Absolutely drinkable especially for those that are leery about beers tasting too bitter. Something I could enjoy on a nice summer night.

Gunnz, May 21, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clean, copper-rose blended body with ample carbonation. Tight pink head - color of a champagne rose - with decent lacing. For what it is, it doesn't look too bad at all.

Definitely an extract-like scent. Slight wheat electricity but not a whole lot. Berry scent is magnified by diffusion from the carbonation. This has a little tone of either a low-end Riesling or a Moscato d'Asti. This is much more PLEASANT than it is BEER, so it leaves me wanting a bit. Besides the very slight wheat electricity I'm getting sort of a stale, macro light lager bitterness. Oo-fah.

It has a lower-quality macro lager bitter adjunct backbone, with the layer of sweet mixed berry extract. Sweetness overpowers the berries as this gets a little warmer. It doesn't taste horrible; it just doesn't taste a whole lot like beer. Drink it VERY cold - it gets sticky as it warms...towards the Parrot Bay zone.

WAY too much artificial residual sugar here. It's got a cool, pleasant refreshing mouthfeel when cold, but when it warms all I can think of is stepping on the floor at Wendy's about 20 minutes after someone spilled a Coke and they didn't get 'round to cleaning it up. Becomes downright grody.

The first 1 or 2 sips are enjoyable. Outside in the sun or at Miller Park for a ballgame, I could easily enjoy a couple of these worked in with more traditional fare. But it gets ugly quickly as it warms and it's not something to sit and contemplate. Grip it and rip it at your own peril, but only once or twice.

IBUnit63, May 20, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a beautiful bright amber-orange with a slight ivory capping that soon diminished.

S: fruity and sweet with fresh raspberry aroma.

T: very sweet and sugary with raspberries. Very sweet upfront with dominant raspberry flavor with supporting fruitiness of apple and pear juice which quickly fades. Overall the flavor was very fruity and sugary.

M: light, sugary sweet almost to much so.

D: Drinkability was extremely limited due to the extreme sugary sweetness of this beer. Drank like a concentrated fruit juice box.

beerthulhu, May 20, 2008
Photo of SiphonKing
3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off. This beer is what it is. A fruit beer for mass consumption and for those who aren't going to buy a fruit lambic to experience good fruit/beer combinations. This beer is highly drinkable during the warmer months. the color is that of well...berries. The taste is predominantly blackberry with a hint of wheat characteristics to it. There is nothing wrong with this beer, it is just what it says on the bottle: a berry wheat. For a more interesting Leinie's beer go for the Creamy Dark.

SiphonKing, May 05, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.03/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like sweet berry and feels good and viscous in the mouth

A- Didn't pour out of the bottle although I assume it would look sorta like a pale ale

S- Smelled good and sorta like berries

T- I enjoyed the taste of the beer. It is mostly berries but not overpowering with some malts in the background.

M- I love the mouthfeel of sweet beers and wines. This one is no exception. full-bodied and velvety smooth on the tongue with not much carbonation.

D- Drinks OK. I never like to drink too many fruit beers.

EnojysAnyBeer, May 04, 2008
Photo of Hokies
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a light purple color with a pink/white head this disolves quickly.

S: Distinct berry scent with not a whole lot else going on.

T: The taste has even more berries then smell would leave you to believe. It almost reminds me of a sangria without the rum.

M: Moderate carbonation that leaves the mouth dry.

D: I could have about two before the berries would get to sweet for me.

Hokies, May 03, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Couldn't find a freshness date on the bottle.

A: Poured a clear light violet color with a thin, but very retentive head. The white head had a purple haze to it as well. The head ws very clingy to the glass, but the beer left very little film on the glass.

S: A combination of a multiple berry scent fills your nose. Including blackberries, cranberries and grapes. There is also a light scent of honey.

T: Just as fruity as the smell would allow you to believe. There is a honey and bitter yeast taste to the beer that follows the sweet beginning.

M: Light bodied beer that leaves the mouth very dry. Plenty of carbonation dances across the tongue though.

D: If you really like fruit beers this would be a good one to have. The yeast and honey keep the fruits in check and running away with the flavor. For me however only 1 will do in a sitting.

bilyboy65, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Uh... not so good, but here it goes.

Hazy amber color with some purple tints. A nice purple tan head as well. This was the best part of the beer.

Sweet berries and honey.

Wow, this stuff taste like a berry wine cooler.

Thick and sugary body. Good carbonation.

Way too sweet and artificial for my taste.

rye726, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It's a cloudy fuschia and rose-red color with a thin white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. The color is really neat, though.

S: All I smell is berry. No real beer smell anywhere--this smells like a wine cooler, malt beverage, or something else. I dig fruit beers--I really do--but it's still gotta be a beer.

T&M: Tastes like it smells. Tons of berry, hardly any beer. I think I can detect some malt amongst the berries, and maybe a hint of bitterness on the back end in an attempt to balance. This "beer" is light bodied with a lot of carbonation--further adding to its wine-coolerish-ness.

D: Well, it's gotta be drinkable. It's like a Smirnoff Ice without the staggering amount of sugar. The sweetness could still be overpowering eventually, but it wouldn't be difficult to enjoy a few of these on a hot day. I'm just not sure you can actually call this a beer.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of eb003
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer, but I have to say that I enjoyed it. I think it leans a bit more towards a lambic with as much fruit and sweetness that it has. My idea of a weiss would be a bit more subtle in flavor.

I did find it light on the palate and refreshing. Overall I wouldn't drink this everyday, but I find it to be a very enjoyable "summer brew".

I say the appearance is good...it's rose color is a bit different than anything I've seen.

The smell is somewhat average as I don't get a strong hint of any beer ingredients...but I do smell the berry.

I liked the taste...although it's much sweeter than any weiss I'm used to.

The mouthfeel was good, I thought. It was still very light and balanced. It was refreshing and crisp.

I rated this pretty good on drinkability mainly because I personally liked the flavor and it is light enough of a beer (not filling) that I could sip on it all night.

Overall I found it enjoyable, but I know this wouldn't be for everyone.

eb003, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark pink color with a foamy white head. Thickness of a darkly pink iced tea. Formidable!

A slightly sour, tart dark berry aroma. Combination of raspberry and maybe blueberry? The sourness keeps it from going to a too-sweet place.

First sip is a sour, puckery berry. Does have a wheaty backbone which has a good, dry counterpunch. It's got a lot of disparate flavors. Not exactly a symphony, but it's a nice selection of tastes within the beer anyhow. Gets better as it warms up.

Feels smooth and milky. Leaves a big film which remains for a while. It's a sweet drink that is much thicker than expected. Really pleasant and balanced sweetness and sour.

williamherbert, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of gpogo
2.1/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark pink almost the color of grapefruit and slightly hazy with thin off-white pink tinted head.

A- Almost overpowering sweet berries

T- Berries are the first thing I taste similar to a malt beverage like Schmirnoff but that gives way to a malty flavor and aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate-high carbonation.

D- It reminds me of a malt beverage or a mixed drink with a bit of malt added more than anything. Perhaps a non-beer drinker would like this beer, but it's too sweet for my taste.

gpogo, Apr 24, 2008
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
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.