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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Berry WeissLeinenkugel's Berry Weiss

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 29.18%

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 emmasdad


1.83/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a dark orange color, with some hints of purple (could be my imagination) and a frothy whiteish head. I get some berries in the aroma, and not a whole lot more. Taking my first drink of this one, I immediately get the feeling I am drinking a sickly, sweet berry flavored soda. Too much carbonation and too much fake berry flavors. Truly a horrible beer; I could not come close to finishing a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:13:26 | More by emmasdad
Photo of kmpitz2


2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I like this drink, but as a beer goes, it is not exactly a stellar offering. The beer pours a pinkish color, just sort of unnatural for beer. I could handle it if this were brewed with the berry juice, but it is just flavored with it. There is not much coming through in the nose but the berry sweetness. I get blackberries and raspberries from the smell. I like a nice berry wheat beer, if the berry is involved in the fermentation. Tasting the drink, the berry sweetness kick you hard first. After swallowing, there is a hint that you are drinking a beer, but it is just an afterthought. I have to give this a bit of a kick on the drinkability, as I have been known to kill a 6 of this in a night, but because it is flavored with juice, it can't be more than slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 02:33:41 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Mitchster


3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out to a light amber with pink hues and orange accents, formins a modest lightly pink head with good retention and mild lacing. Aroma is noted across the room...tart and juicy blackberries in droves, faint suggestion of macro lager ferment, and a certain dryness. Quite nice. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is average throughout with a cloying medium body. Not as spritzy as I would expect for a "Weiss". Taste begins sweeter than expected with lots of blackberries...bitterness is quite mild, and hop aroma or flavor is absent. Did I mention this is sweet? This is probably the sweetest beer I've had (beyond the sweetness of a dopplebock, which has at least some semblance of hop balance)...it's very much like a candy flavored wine cooler. Drinkability is limited owing to it's sweetness. The fermentation has some macro twang to it, and there is no discernable "weiss" characteristics.

This "beer" of a wine-cooler actually started out nice enough, but I've quickly found that I wouldn't want more than one, it's so sickly sweet. Actually, this would probably go really well mixed 60/40 with a really good IPA or hearty stout, so as to offset the sweetness with some hop flavor and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 21:46:12 | More by Mitchster
Photo of cjgator3


2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 01:48:57 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Overlord


1.53/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer was just an abysmal mess. I'm not even sure it's beer.

Pours a bright pink (seriously) with a wacko foam head. Smell is chemicals and fruit, taste is much the same. Just a rancid, fake fruit taste with carbonation bubbling and a watery texture.

Avoid completely.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 09:08:58 | More by Overlord
Photo of mdaschaf


2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:31:23 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single, twelve ounce bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange... Out of all of the Leinenkugel beers I've sampled, this was by far my least favorite... The berry flavor was way too intense and too strongly reminiscent of a blackberry or berry soda for me to actually consider this a drinkable beer...
Pours an off-color, reddish hue with a modest head...
Smell was replete with blackberries, wheat, and sugars...
Taste was way too sweet with too much sugar in the backbone and a cloying presence of berries that rendered this one basically undrinkable for me...
Not recommended... Literally tastes liked spiked soda...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 23:51:19 | More by dsa7783
Photo of prototypic


2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's a bit of a hazy pink color with a one finger foamy head. Head has a slight pink color to it as well. Decent retention and very light lacing. Interesting pink color though.

Smell: Mostly smells of fresh berries (blueberry, rasberry, and strawberry). That's the overwhelming aroma. Underleath lies some earthy, grainy smells and a decent malt presence.

Taste: It's interesting, I'll give it that. Big time blueberry and rasberry taste. It's very sweet. Too sweet for what I prefer in a beer. At the tail-end is a nice malty taste that somewhat redeems it, but not completely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied. Very sweet. I think the sweetness makes it hard to drink. I couldn't handle more than one. It's really not a bad drink. But, I'm not impressed with it as a beer. Overall, it's an interesting beer, but not a good one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 00:05:01 | More by prototypic
Photo of WoodBrew


3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Berry Weiss beer is a good fruit/veggie beer. The berries obviously dominate the smell and taste. The color was nice with decent white head. The mouthfeel was nice a light great for summertime libations. Although to sweet for me and I would not drink alot of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 15:29:31 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of ADR


2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet-berry disaster in my opinion...way above and beyond the call of a fruit beer in that there's no trace of balance for the sweetness and little mouthfeel to balance the over-carbed fizziness...can be refreshing on first impression but the over sweet and bubbly taste and cloying swallow annoy me more with every sip...not recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2002 13:22:41 | More by ADR
Photo of sweemzander


2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy yet pale red color with a white to gray head that dissipated immediately.

(S)- Smells seriously fruity! Raspberry, Strawberry, cherry, and blueberrry. Has a sugary sweetness behind it.

(T)- The massive fruits from the smell become really subdued in the taste. They are there, but are hidden behind a corn husk and strong sugary sweetness.

(M)- Kinda lackluster in all categories besides smell. Even the carbonation could be better.

(D)- A fun beer to have around for parties for people who dont like beer but will drink this :/ But nothing really great in my opinion. Reminds me of a wine cooler. I would much rather have something else than this anyways.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:26:01 | More by sweemzander
Photo of bditty187


3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It looks great (interesting?) in a glass, a nice purple tint. Small head, it disapears fast though. The berries are very crisp for a beer, and yes, it does taste like beer. This is not a "girly drink" or a Wine Cooler. This is how I like fruit beers to taste... with noticeable fruit flavor yet it stays true to being a beer (although I struggle to taste/smell the wheat in this one).

I wouldn't drink this all-of-the-time but it is a nice change-of-pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2002 14:26:52 | More by bditty187
Photo of thekevlarkid


1.95/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 18:14:51 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of TastyTaste


1.63/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer reminded me very much of B-to-the-E in taste, smell, and appearance. Pinkish purple color, smells of grain and berry flavoring. Taste is actually quite unpleasent, sweet but has an odd funkiness about it from the malt. Not very good, I like B-to-the-E better than this, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 13:31:48 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of mcallister


2.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:50:29 | More by mcallister
Photo of allengarvin


2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer, served in a 12 oz mug, is a rather hazy light-reddish-amber color with a very small, fading head. Nose is sweetly berry-ish, but not too cloying nor does it smell like certain childrens' cereals (as do many berry beers). Unfortunately, bleagh, the flavor is overwhelmingly sweet and cloyingly berry-laden. I can't find any detectable beer or weizen character. One-dimensional at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 05:07:21 | More by allengarvin
Photo of rye726


2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 00:42:14 | More by rye726
Photo of Pegasus


3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Moderately hazy amber brown in color, with a small, coarse, off-white head, and scattered, broken lacing, and slight carbonation. There is some slight sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: Strong aroma of blackberries, lesser honey, alcohol, and minor notes of herbal hops.

Taste: Rather pronounced notes of blackberries, almost like a blackberry cordial. Midway through the taste, some honey notes appear. Interestingly, none of the classic characteristics of wheat malt, seem to be present. Finishes dry, with a lingering blackberry wine note. Very sweet throughout.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, although more like a wine cooler, than a beer. The blackberry notes overwhelm the distinctive character of wheat malt.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 01:56:23 | More by Pegasus
Photo of clvand0


3.93/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark pink color with an off-white head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave behind much lacing. Pretty. Very sweet aroma of raspberries, but not tart at all. The malts and hops don't come through well because of the strenght of the fruit. The flavor is the same as the aroma. Lots of sweet raspberry taste with just a hint of beer in the back. Good and extremely easy to drink. It's just not very beer-like.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 20:02:25 | More by clvand0
Photo of armock

New York

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a cloudy purple color with a pink head a little weird

S - Smells a lot like wine lots of berry scents

T - Is like drinking a lighter tasting wine with carbonation

M - This beer has light to medium carbonation

D - Well this is the definition of a girl beer very fruity and sweet I can't say that I'll ever want this beer again once is enough

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 02:48:53 | More by armock
Photo of Jayli


3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/25

A: This beer pours a golden color with a reddish/pink tinges to it. A one finger white head sits on top, recedes very slowly and leaves some nice wispy lacing throughout.

S: Nose is of berries, some honey, some light malts are also present.

T: Taste is what it is. This is a very sweet beer. Berry presence, with honey make it sweet all the way through. There is a decent malt presence as well, but sweetness is the dominant on this one.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, smooth going down with a somewhat sticky finish.

D: This is an OK beer, the ABV makes it sessionable, and could see myself potentially going for this one on a hot summer day. Other than that, nothing really stands out about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 19:36:53 | More by Jayli
Photo of JamesS


3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very red/pinkish color, with a bit of head and a bit of lacing, not bad for a wheat. Very cider/lambic type of aroma, it has a strong berry scent (blackberry mostly), with a bit of apple and honey as well. Nice flavor, although the berry (mostly) and honey (a fair bit) overpower the wheat beer, there's still a bit of it there. It goes down very smoothly, a very refreshing beer, if you want something sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 21:53:47 | More by JamesS
Photo of JDV


3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright clearish glowing orange color with a big lasting beige head. Smell is citrusy, orange, fruity and floral sweet hoppiness. Really nice, fresh smell. Taste is strongly hoppy with big citrusy, hoppy orange flavor. Nice crisp bitterness, but malt is nicely balancing it on through the finish. Really drinkable, refreshing and delicious. Fantastic double IPA!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:00:24 | More by JDV
Photo of Bierguy5


3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pink/peach color with a very thin white head which disappeared quickly. There was no lace on the glass at all. This kind of looks to be the color of a raspberry lambic, only a shade or two lighter. The smell is of sweet berries, blackberries, peaches, maybe some raspberry. The taste is very, very sweet, a great amount of blackberry flavor with no hop flavor or bitterness at all. It even seemed a little winey towards the end. Very smooth, with no real peaks of flavor. Very light body, and highly carbonated and fuzzy. This seems right for this type of beer. Overall, didn't seem like a weiss beer at all. Too sweet for me, but not horrible.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 01:26:53 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Started off well - poured a reddish purple w 1 finger of white foam. The smell was very beer - a sweetness/tartness comes through that is nicely aromatic.

Then it all falls apart. The taste is quite honestly just not very good. Fruity, bordering on a cough syrup overtone. The berry flavor imparts a medicinal taste with honey notes that make it almost sickly sweet and too tart.

This one was hard to finish. As for the remaining five beers, I'm not sure when, or if, those will get finished.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 17:26:10 | More by KTCamm
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