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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,152 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 28.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 95 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-25-2002)
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Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big ups to BeerWolf77 for being a man of his word and hunting down some Wisco beers in a CAN that I had had on my Wants for a while. CAN the man get some love from a brother? I CAN always use some more CANs for this nonsense. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867."; "Beer brewed with honey and flavored with blackberry juice and other natural flavors"; "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel family for five generations"; "Brewed with select malted wheat and flavored with a blend of berries from the Northwoods of Wisconsin. A berry good beer!" Ha! They made a funny with that last bit. Wait, I'm supposed to be the joker/ punster/funny man around here. This is a union shop, you boys, and you should leave the funny stuff to us professionals since we take it seriously.

Direct from the Leinie Lodge to my glass, the Crack & Glug produced two fingers of cotton candy, I mean cotton candy-like pink head with good retention. For you jaspers that wonder why it is so important to decant from CAN to a glass, the visuals on this one would be your answer. Pink beer! Like pink lemonade, including a slight haze. I am cuing up the theme to "Pink Panther", "F**kin' Perfect" by Pink, and "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd as musical accompaniment. The head disappeared fairly quickly, allowing me to get my nose deep into the pink. It smelled like ... wait for it ... raspberries! What did you think I was going to type? That scent came from the equally pink, but horribly nasty Bud Light Chelada. Shame on you! I was transported back to my paternal grandmother's backyard garden, where she had red raspberry bushes in abundance and as kids, we would raid those bushes like there was no tomorrow. Mouthfeel was soda pop fizzy and the natural flavors of blackberries and raspberries were prevalent on the tongue. It reminded me of those wine coolers of the early 1980's in terms of its tart sweetness and the fizziness. I hate to say it, but this was more of a beer for the G/F who might not dig some of the other beers in the cooler. Finish was very berry-like and it was not unpleasant, but one would probably be enough for this hophead.

woodychandler, May 13, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3/5  rDev +7.1%

dbrauneis, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

LXIXME, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Editing my review. First review on 8-12-2008. This is more accurate.

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Color is a peach pink color. Hazy head is 1/2 fingers. The head is a pink/off-white. Fizzles down quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is very fruity. Lots of berries. Smells more like juice than beer. Wine cooler aroma.

Taste is almost exactly like a wine cooler. B and Js Sangria comes to mind (my gf likes these so I have tried it). Lots of berries. This is quite interesting, not in a good way.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat smooth. Ends with a mouth full of berries. Kind of dry. Medium to light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Overall: I would not have this again because I would want a beer instead. Buy this for your girlfriend that enjoys wine coolers.

mothman, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Trashcat
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ejimhof, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

A: Berry Weiss is a orange/pink color with a 2 finger white head upon pouring. The head fades slowly, but leaves at least a little bit on top for the entire time. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of sugary berries, hard to distinguish which ones though.

T: Extremely sweet. Heavy berry flavor, but very sugary. There is a bit of honey and some wheat. Hard to really pick anything else out above the sugary berry flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky.

O: The sugary/sweetness keeps this beer from being very drinkable. I was happy enough to try it, but certainly did not want another one. I can see why some people might like this beer though.

mdaschaf, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-finger pinkish head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear red/amber color. Maybe its a blackberry nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet and tart berry(?) with a sweet and sour finish. Would make a good summer beer - not one with two feet of snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well I unknowingly ordered this Berry Leiney, I was hoping it was just a wheat beer, but to my dismay it was riddled with berry flavor.

It looked good, soapy white head on a cloudy bright yellow liquid.

The aroma was faint and consisted of raspberries namely, some blackberry too.

The flavor was a major dissappointmet. Tastes like a blueberry/raspberry puree poured into a wheat beer. It is what it is. Finishes a bit sour and overly sweet. Lemony hop is out of place here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability rates low, cloyingly sweet, artificial berry taste, whats to like? I would reccommend this to a casual beer drinker, not a beer enthusiast who appreciates better beer.

Stinkypuss, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Mebuzzard, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, berries. The taste is malty, slight yeasty, some berries in there. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, better than I expected.

Wasatch, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark reddish amber with a loose, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - blackberries

T - tart, blackberries, juice-like but not as sugary or sweet

M - light bodied, well carbonated, crisp at times

This is a mediocre, simple fruit beer. If you like blackberries and a light bodied beer then this is a decent offering. If you're looking for something complex or full bodied, look elsewhere.

tdm168, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of plaid75
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

plaid75, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Kelp, May 05, 2013
Photo of billab914
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single given to me in a mix of beers and poured into my Sam Adams glass. It poured a somewhat hazy, pink amberish color with a large and fizzy head to it. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of fruit extract flavors to it. I get some sweeter blackberry and cherry notes to it. I don't get much else coming out from behind the fruit extract flavors.

The taste has a sweet, fruit juice profile to it. I get cherry, blackberry and raspberry to it, but it's more of an extract fruitiness to it rather then fresh fruit. A lot of the sugary fruit sweetness is there as well making it almost Kool-Aid like.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was easy drinking, light and would probably be nice on a real hot day. Unfortunately though I just didn't think it was a very good beer. It was very sweet and sugary like a fruit punch and the fruity flavors felt very extracty to me. Would be a good beer to give to non-beer lovers though so I'm sure it has it's place and fans.

billab914, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev +25%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
1/5  rDev -64.3%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
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 Bighuge
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep orange/red color. Medium foamy white head with purple tinting. Real sweet berry nose. Can they really call this a weiss. I'm curious what percentage of wheat malt is utilized. (I would bet in the 10-15 % range.) As with their Honey Weiss, there is absoutely no trace of weizen characteristics. This beer is very fruity and fairly highly carbonated. It is not obnoxious at all in taste, but it doesn't taste like a beer. If you're looking for a beer that tastes like a wine cooler, this is perfect.

(A side note: Last summer, at my sister's gift opening party at my mom and dad's house the Sunday after her Wedding, there were coolers macrobrews available. Among others, Leiney's Honey and Berry were available. ZAP and I hid in the garage with the coolers during the actual "gift opening." We discovered a half and half mix of berry and honey actually tasted halfway decent. It went down pretty easy on a day we both were experiencing minor hang overs.)

Bighuge, Jul 02, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Muddled pink color, no head. Aroma of corn syrup and nerds candy.

I hate to use the word disgusting, but it seems apt here. Wheat aspect is commendable, but the 'fruit' aspect, is questionable at best. Comes off more like a soda with some wheat to it, moreso than a 'beer'. This type of beer gives other fruit beers bad names. When people say cough syrup (although at least this is a 'thin' one) or kool aid beer, this kinda gives them some ammo to substantiate their claim.

Really no redeeming quality to this 'beer', other than the fact its not absolutely terrible, it just kinda sucks.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

harpus, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color: Raspberry red color with a very thick head of foam that sticks around for a while, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Very strong berry aroma, likening to a mix of blackberry and raspberry. Seems to mask any other flavors that might be present, which could mean berry flavor is an extract.

Taste: Sweet with berry flavor mingling with wheat. Tastes more like a berry soda than a beer though. Nothing but berries in the taste. Fades to a bit of sourness/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Berries! Not much else to pick out

Verdict: Too sweet to be an actual weissbeer. It's decent but overdone with the berries. Still might be enjoyable as a summer beer on a hot day.

Brad007, Mar 02, 2008
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.