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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 1,249
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 24.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 200 | 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 kajerm
1.86/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

had a bottle at a friend's place, but to be honest I probably could have reviewed this beer without tasting it. pours cloudy and headless, decent color but where's the foam?

the nose is raspberries and sugar. tastes like raspberries and sugar. finishes wiht notes of-- wait for it-- raspberries and sugar. no wheat in evidence, except maybe in the color. there's a shade of tanginess that's just not strong enough to be interesting. if anything, it's a sign to me that this beer has potential. I could see it going a bit more in the lambic direction and still retaining some mass appeal. right now it tastes too damned much like Mike's Hard Something. and I'll be honest, drinking it makes me feel like less of a man.

bottom line: this beer is limp-wristed and cloying. (775 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like raspberry soda. Sweet, fruity, and refreshing! My initial thought was that it reminded me of some of the over-sweet Belgian fruit-lambics... and for a mere fraction of the price! And then I thought of some of the other raspberry beers from Belgium that aren't nearly as full or complex, and this one beats them hands down! That said, it pours a pinkish and ruby orange body beneath a fluffy head of pink foam. The head retention is very good and it leaves some really nice rings of craggy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is bright with sugary fruit (it acutally reminded me of Hawaiian-Punch a bit) and not much else. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a dextrinous edge; and delicately prickly with carbonation... kind of like soda. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, but with more of a "real" fruit character. It starts sweet and finishes sweet with a healthy dose of cleansing acidity across the middle. The bitterness is very low-key, for obvious reasons; and although it lingers a bit in the finish it's never overly sweet. Again, kind of like a raspberry soda. For this type of product, I think it's one oof the better ones I've had. (1,171 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
2.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Berry Weisse pours out with minimal head over
a cloudy pink brew. The nose is not unexpectedly of berries
over the top of a yeasty odor. The flavor is, again, of berries,
with a dry finish. There's a slight aftertaste of wheat. Mouthfeel
is a bit thin. It's not that bad, but I would have preferred either
a more subtle fruit presence or a much bigger fruit flavor, but dry.
I don't think going for a happy medium is helping here. Meh. Alcohol
by volume- 4.7%. (481 characters)

Photo of cameraman
2.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is my sister-in-laws beer of discovery, she just thinks its great, we shall see. It pours a pinkish amber color with a thin white head on top, vewry visible signs of carbonation in the glass. The scent is totally dominated with the berry aroma, rasberry seems to be the strongest. The taste starts with the tartness of berries, and almost becoming overbearing, then a light wheat flavor blends in right at the end. Very thin and watery, the berries do leave the palate dry. This beer may not be what I like in a beer and I am not giving high score, but if it brings a non-beer drinking person, like my sister-in-law, to the world of beer, then I am all for it. Plus, several weeks later, I got her to try a framboise, and she was floored. (748 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper and pink hue. There was a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell was 100% sweet berry. Champagne like esters.

The taste resembled champagne with a strong berry sweetness. Only minor detection of wheat body.

The mouthfeel was dry and a bit astringent.

Overall not a very drinkable beer. Too much like a wine cooler for my taste. Interesting champagne character though. (454 characters)

Photo of teg8612
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pink. nuff said.

S- Sweat Halle Berry, Batman! Where do I turn in my man card?

T&M- Blackberry juice, tons of carbonation and only a tinge of beer bitterness on the backside. It is like they took HoneyWeiss and dumped in Juicy Juice. Creamy syrup yet thin and watery at the same time. I look at my "beer" and notice I need a manicure.

D- This just ended my evening of not drinking beer perfectly. First I drink the Fresca tasting Sunset Wheat then this. I guess you have to see how low you can go every once in awhile. Very wine-cooler/malt beverage like and I feel somehow diminished. (598 characters)

Photo of Illinick
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark pink in color with a medium sized pink head. Not much lacing.
S: Blackberries and an "all-berry" scent. Some wheat and slight hop smells also. Often faint.
T: Additive tasting "all-berry" flavor with hints of wheat and slight hops. The berry flavors aren't horrible but they are not fresh tasting in the least. Refreshing-maybe, fresh-No.
MF: Light.
Overall: A below par offering and one that should be avoided. (425 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy red color with large white puffy head. Smell is sweetish with mild berry scents in the foreground. Taste shows some weiis beer characteristics with some pleasnt berry undertones present. Finishes nice and refreshing. While not my favorite style of beer, I found this one to be a nice summer afternoon change-of-pace brew. (335 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.67/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Berry Weiss is one of the better fruit beers available in my opinion. Until very recently it was only available in the summer months, but due to customer feedback, Leinenkugel is going to offer it year round now. I have had it in 12oz bottles and on tap. In a glass it has a pinkish color and you can really smell the berry flavors. Unlike most berry flavored beers, this one is on the sweeter side and not tart at all. It has a nice amount of carbonation, but very little head retention. Perfect for a hot afternoon to cool down, and equally suitable as a palate cleansing beer after drinking some high hopped or heavier styles. (629 characters)

Photo of mcallister
2.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A pale off colored burgundy ruby color very cloudy. A white head with red tints leaves a decent amount of very sticky lacing behind.

Fresh raspberry with hints of strawberry, apricot, and blackberry. A nice crisp smell. Sweet and distinct.

Lacking backbone. Needs either more malt or some hop content to balance the sweetness. Nice berry flavors with a hint of blood orange. Some carbonation but a thin and subdued mouthfeel with a short undesirable finish. This is a one and done type of beer. (500 characters)

Photo of xzqrut
1.93/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer poured out a nice amber color, with a nice light head and good retention. There was good carbonation in the beer as well. Once we got past appearances the beer lost me a little. Smell gave what you would expect, raz and wheat. The taste for me was just too much, almost like artificial sweeteners, and I am one who can appreciate a fruit beer. I wouldn't go so far as to call this more of a wine cooler, but it was just too much. Mouthfeel was not quite what I expected, somewhat foamy at times. In the end I struggled to finish it. (541 characters)

Photo of CNeilP09
4.21/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss. I grabbed a sixer of this on my way out of work the other day for my girlfriend to try. Yeah yeah yeah. i know. you think i'm trying to pawn this off on her. but really, she likes flavored beers from time to time, so i thought she'd like to try this. Of course, i grabbed a swig from her first beer, and ended up splitting the pack with her. This stuff is really good! It pours a rich garnet, clear ruby color, with a surprisingly thick 1/2 inch head. it doesn't have the most appealing smell, kind of fleetingly sweet and a bit funky, but nothing unappetizing. Tastes like juicy blackberries in a bowl of cereal. not overbearing, light enough to want another several. tastes great while dipping copenhagen snuff. the bittersweet balance is mouthwatering. as far as mouthfeel, it's creamy, slightly overcarbonated, but has a nice dry finish--where the cereal flavors come in. Good Beer. Get a sixer for your girlfriend and drink it for her. (967 characters)

Photo of keoki182
1.76/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This "beer" is the kind of beer that minors drink and then say that they like the taste of beer. Quite frankly, a wine cooler has more beer taste than this. It kind of looks like beer upon pouring, but then the saccharine scent and flavor gives it away. My fiance likes it a lot, but she hates beer. I’m the complete opposite. (327 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.01/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ya know, if you can't appreciate a beer with some fruit in it, don't review it. That's my theory. Fortunately, I have an open mind.
This pours -dare I say- pretty. A mostly clear/slightly hazy redish radish colour with a pink head that stays around for a while and sticks to the side.

Smell is blackberry and raspberry. Can't really get any malt or hops out of the smell. Very fruity, and perhaps too much so. I'd like at least a hint of barley.

Taste is, um, like a wine cooler. This takes the raspberry wheat theme to a new level. It actually is like a wine cooler. And this is where it lost me. I just can't decipher any malt out of it.

At this point I've lost a bit of interest. And while the mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, it just doesn't taste like a beer. (780 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a rhubarb pale red clear body with a thin white head that is gone before I set the glass down.

S- The dry fruity notes of strawberry, raspberry and a hint of powdered sugar with a cherry finish.

T- The sweet strawberry fruit flavor has a faint wheat hint and a slight tart finish of cherry punch.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel with a fizzy texture.

D- This beer is sweet has fizzy. The fruit flavors are pretty natural but they need something to balance them. (527 characters)

Photo of znarf
4.17/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is a fun change for those who like to challenge their beer taste buds. As a surprise this beer comes off like a wine cooler. Get past the, “this is too sweet to be beer” and enjoy the enveloping berry flavor. Try it on your favorite female companion and get her opinion. A man drink Leinenkugel Berry Weiss is like man driving a Mozda Miata or wearing a kilt. Just let go, be free and enjoy the experience…. (415 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite interesting and pleasant. Though there are some criticisms, it's still quite drinkable. The berry presence is noticed immediately with its bright ruby color and vibrant carbonation. Not so good on the head retention or body, but the flavors are nice. Tastes and smells of mildly tart and mostly sweet raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and grapes. Along with that carbonation, the beer becomes very wine-cooler-ish. Fizzy feel on the toung and sweet berry-like in the finish. A sticky-sweetness lingers for too long. A total chick beer. (547 characters)

Photo of slyke
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer pours a bright red color with a pink head. The head falls to a thin cap - there is some lacing as the beer is drunk. While these aren't the colors I'm used to seeing, the beer has an inviting appearance.

Smell: Berries, berries, berries. Particularly the tartness of raspberry.

Taste: Berries again. Aside from a bit of alcohol, the taste is berry-dominated. No noticeable hoppy or malty qualities.

Mouthfeel: Not much there, but it is a beer that many enjoy on a hot day so a light feel is probably intended.

Drinkability: If you can deal with the raspberry flavor, it is a pretty drinkable beer. It seems like it would be best on a hot summer day in place of a slushy juice drink.

I was first coerced to try Leinie's Berry Weiss by my girlfriend who counts it as her favorite. While it isn't my favorite of the style, or the best of the style; it is worth a try. (900 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
1.2/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You call this beer? Pour is a brighter red color. Not really the color you expect from beer. The head of non-existent and no lacing to speak of.

The smell was poor over all. No malt or hops to speak of. A more wine cooler smell.

The taste is similar. Wine cooler wild berry taste. No really malt detection nor any hops. More of a sugary syrup with artificial tropical flavoring. The flavor itself is not bad but you cant call it beer.

The body was light. A tad watery and limited carbonation. Overall this is not a beer, it’s a wine cooler. (550 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, liquid syrup in a bottle. When they say it’s brewed with honey, they mean it. Also, it is “flavored” with blackberry juice and other natural berry flavors” – don’t like that aspect of the brew. The sweet berry flavors were just to overpowering, dominating every taste.

The pour, rose red color, medium bodied texture were all fine – just not very drinkable with that soda pop berry flavor. Closer to a alco pop malt beverage than a brew. (452 characters)

Photo of bearrunner44
2.11/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of DrZarkov
4.04/5  rDev +36.5%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
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.. (801 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of granger10
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (530 characters)

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