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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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1,065 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 28.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with a date of May 23 11. Sadly I bought it yesterday at Spec's, thanks for selling beer past it's pull date guys. Pours a hazed, reddish-copper color with a lavender tinted head. Retention is average and lacing is good.

Nose is very berry-oriented with more of a sweet lean than tart. Blackberry is most identifiable fruit and the wheat gets lost in the fruit-dominated aroma. More like a soda or alcopop than beer.

Waaay sweeter than I expected...leaves a syrupy, fruity residue on the lips. Beery aspects of this beverage are almost completely lost to artificial-tasting sweet fruit juice. I have a soft spot for fruit beers, but this is difficult for me to finish. I dont know if a fresher sample would help, but I cant help but think the sweet, artificial berry flavor would still be overwhelming. As much as I hate the malt beverage cliche 'panty-dropper', that is what came to mind right off the bat for this atrocity.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 17:33:30 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is full and strongly of raspberry - and I love raspberry. It pours a curious pinkish amber, unusual but not unappetizing. Flavor is mainly fruity, more like a cider than a beer, but crisp and tasty - the raspberry dominates the malt. If you love raspberry, this beer should wet your whistle.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 22:22:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3/5  rDev +6.8%

07-05-2013 01:02:31 | More by WOLFGANG
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

03-09-2012 05:03:50 | More by iL0VEbeer
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
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..

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 04:30:29 | More by ZAP
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-01-2013 02:44:18 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

3/5  rDev +6.8%

12-15-2011 04:42:30 | More by Duff27
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barnzy78

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

11-27-2011 06:00:16 | More by barnzy78
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Gobzilla

California

3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a pinkish purple into my tulip with a finger of head tha had hardly any lacing on the glass.

S: intense berry aromas that almost make the beer smell like fruit punch. Very little malt character without any hop presence.

T: a very crisp berry kick that reminds me of a blonde style brewed beer with the fruit added. I kinda gotta a slight wheat flavor after a couple sips too.

M: meduim bodied with good bubbly carbonation to add the overall fruit backbone.

D: probably would only drink one due to the sweetness of the beer but a good offering from leinenkugel. Sunset wheat is still my favorite from them.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 09:00:14 | More by Gobzilla
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

07-03-2013 19:30:01 | More by mrfrancis
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 15:24:04 | More by Haybeerman
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cjgator3

Florida

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
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

01-29-2013 14:54:35 | More by DmanGTR
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cokes

Wisconsin

1.73/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

ADR summed this one up perfect. A train wreck in a bottle. Berries all over the place with nothing to constrain them. No balance, no drinkability. As ADR said, the berry flavor that seems interesting on the first sip, quickly becomes obnoxious. I just say "yuck".
BW looks like beer, but that is about it. More like one of those Jack Daniels coolers that my girlfriend drinks on occasion. She even said this wasn't bad, which spells disaster for any beer (as she is a swore beer hater). She and I are able to find middle ground in our relationship, other than our drinking patterns, but this beer should be avoided by everyone.
And I am from Wis, so I should be biased. But as a local, let me tell you to stay the hell away from this.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 01:56:29 | More by cokes
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Brenden

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a cloudy reddish-brown with an odd pinkish tint. A whitish head sits pretty thick for a little while at about two fingers and retains pretty well, leaving a little thin lacing around.
The aroma is...well, fruits. It's a bit artificial with a saccharine sweetness. A very light grains presence is barely detectable, but there's no malt or hops presence noted.
Fruits are all over the flavor as well, with a sugary sweetness and, again, lingering grains. Malts remain undetectable, though a light hops presence sits underneath.
The body is on the light side of medium and there's a crisp bite to it.
It's better than the mess I imagine a totally macro effort at a fruit beer would be, but average as it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:24:29 | More by Brenden
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rather sickly pinkish-brown, hazy body topped with an inch of dense white foam that shows average retention and leaves little lace. This would get at least a 3.5 if it weren't for the unappetizing color.

S: Super-sweet mixed berry aroma is overwhelming, but not unpleasant. I actually caught a whiff of dark cherries up front that reminded me of a quad - something I never, ever expected to compare to this "beer." That moment of similarity was quickly supplanted, though, but the more superficially sweet berries that dominate this brew.

T: Sickeningly sweet, with blackberries, raspberries, and cherries completely controlling the flavor profile - no malt, no hops, nothing but fruit. A little sourness on the finish keeps it from being completely cloying, though.

M: Light-to-medium-bodies with ample, but understated, carbonation. No complaints here.

D: A bit overly sweet, but the slightly tart finish keeps the sweetness from precluding quaffability. I personally wouldn't want to drink more than one of these, but that's more a reflection on my own distaste for heavily fruited beers than a condemnation of this brew's actual drinkability.

Notes: I'll always remember Berry Weiss as the first full beer I ever drank - thanks, Eric's uncle, for hooking up some twelve year olds with girly beer. At the time I thought it was absolutely delicious, but my tastes have obviously matured just a bit since then. Now, I find it boringly artificial in its onslaught of overly sweet fruit - but I bet that preteens and non-beer drinkers the world over would still find it tasty and accessible. It does what it aims to do reasonably well - I just wish Leinie's would stop making beers like this for the lowest common denominator and come out with something for BAs genuinely to enjoy.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:30:39 | More by woosterbill
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sweemzander

Illinois

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
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Boone757

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

09-12-2013 22:41:46 | More by Boone757
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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev +6.8%

03-24-2013 18:55:47 | More by Lare453
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mynie

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is hardly a beer. I mean, it's tasty and it I like it, but it's really not what I would consider a *beer*.

It smells like Hawaiian Punch and it looks like Kool-Aide. And it tastes like fizzy Kool-Aide. Unlike the other girly drinks, malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice and Zima, Berry Weis alone can say that it's completely original. It doesn't taste like fizzy, oversweetened crap. It just tastes good, and completely unique.

I'm not going to say that every beer drinker is going to like Berry Weis, though I do think that every beer drinker should try it. It's truly in a class by itself.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 03:54:16 | More by mynie
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into sparse lacing. The aroma is fruit punch Hi-C. There is nothing remotely "beery" about it. The taste is much like the aroma, but not quite as sweet, yet still very sweet. The is also a lingering, annoying artificial flavoring aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. It is nice to see Leinie's not going overboard with the carbonation like they usually do. Overall, this is more wine cooler than beer. I enjoy fruit beer when they are made with actual fruit. They one clearly is made for a lot of artificial flavorings which make it come across as an extremely processed product. I'm not a huge fan of processed homogenized products.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 19:17:41 | More by KarlHungus
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev +6.8%

09-06-2012 09:20:06 | More by enelson
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mhaugo

California

1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

12-17-2011 17:21:45 | More by mhaugo
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Brent

Kentucky

1.35/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Simply ghastly. Poured a creepy pinkish color. The bottle noted blackberrys used in the brewing, but the aroma was more raspberry candy. Cloyingly sweet berry flavor. If there is beer beneath this onslaught of berry syrup, I can't find it. This is more like some malternative berry cooler than beer. I toughed it out through half the bottle, and decided life is to short to struggle on with finishing the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2003 21:57:59 | More by Brent
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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