Sunset Wheat
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
78
Avg:
3.4 | pDev: 20.29%
Reviews:
912
Ratings:
2,426
From:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  57
Gots
  443
SCORE
78
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Notes: Belgian Wit in style, but brewed with a lager yeast strain and a top-note of blueberry added (info directly from the Leinenkugel Bros).
Reviews: 912 | Ratings: 2,426 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this a couple years ago and at first thought it was a nice change from bitter beer. As I start another six pack (appreciation payment from a theatre director for photography well done), I am reminded at how interesting this stuff is. Kinda fruity, like a cheer beer for the urban elite. It's drinkable. I down one in two pizza slices. But it's not a regular beer for me. ca. 2010

Nov 13, 2018
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mikelisse from New York

4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great summer beer for me. It smells just like the cereal Fruity Pebbles to me; and it tastes very similar. The fruity aroma carries through to the taste and is a very easy beer to drink.

Jan 07, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle marked Nov 13 2017. Pours a light cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Strong blueberry smell, as soon as I opened the bottle. Slick feel. Taste is wheat and blueberries. A bit artificial somehow. I could see this being decent outdoors on a hot day, but it's not really a sipping beer.

Oct 06, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a murky orange gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of fruit, spice and some caramel. The taste is wheat with some fruit nicely blended in.

Sep 15, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Aroma is very fruity--pineapple especially. Hazy gold color, little head, moderate lacing. Taste is almost as fruity as the aroma--pineapple, lemon, wheaty taste. Medium-bodied. Pretty decent wheat beer.

Jun 10, 2017
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deeznuts4431 from Kentucky

4.86/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is exceptional. This is hands down the best beer I have ever had. It provides a delicious, malty sweetness and a powerful citrusy aftertaste. This beer is not bitter at all so if you're looking for that this isn't the beer for you but if you want something sweet and delicious, this is the beer for you.

May 27, 2017
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TRStinson from California

4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You'll hear the term "Fruity Pebbles" a lot with this beer. If the thought of a beer having a Fruity Pebbles-like aftertaste is appealing to you, try this beer! You'll probably like it! If that same thought appalls you, steer clear of this one. Maybe there is a vegan beer that might be better suited for you! :)

May 07, 2017
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JBrasca from South Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very refreshing and wets your palette! Has a light yellow haze color with a thin white cap; smells very sweet and fruity; has your expected wheat flavor, very citrusy, almost too fruity, with very little carbonation, and a little spicy note with the blueberry somewhat masked by a clash of fruit flavor; it is very refreshing and highly recommended for a hot summer day in South Carolina. Not the best flavor profile, taste, look or smell, but is very smooth and quenches your thirst!

May 06, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden yellow with a finger width white head. Has a citrus smell to it. Taste is liquidfied fruity pebbles cereal. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Overall, like most Leine's beers there ok for a summer drink.

Jan 13, 2017
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this variety from Leinenkugel's. This beer is not what I expected when I bought it originally, smell is almost like half beer and half cranberry juice. Taste is basically like a cranberry shandy beer, with a clean, wet finish. Carbonation is good and could be potentially refreshing as it is not a dry beer at all and leaves little aftertaste.

To me, the beer is very average. I don't mind a shandy here and there, just as long as I knew that's what it is-- I was under the impression that the beer's taste was closer to say, Blue Moon-- instead it is more like a raspberry shandy....

Jan 08, 2017
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A - small wispy head. Cloudy melted butter body. 3.5

S - flowers and candied pears. Pleasantly surprised. 4.0

T - chrysanthemum and apple jack cereal. 3.5

M - Sadly watery and thin. 2.5

D - overall much better than expected. Very sweet and flavorful. 3.75

Nov 18, 2016
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Md35 from Washington

4.61/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK.... let's get this out of the way. This is a hot summer day or night "I wish I had a beer right now" kinda beer. I love the fruityness of this beer! I'm a shandy-wheat beer kinda guy. Let's put it this way. I haven't met a wheat or shandy that I couldn't drink...ever! If you haven't figured it out for yourself, it's blueberry! And orange! It's awesome. On the list of top 5 beers for this guy. It's great all year round, every single person, at every BBQ at our place has said " hmmm....thats good. Period!

Oct 16, 2016
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PDGreenB from Kentucky

3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent wheat beer out of Chippewa Falls, has a good summer feel to it. Tastes like a Blue Moon or Shock Top with light citrus notes and a bit of hops. Has a slightly dry mouth feel.

Sep 24, 2016
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stucat from Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I thought it was a decent enough wheat beer for a Leinie's but then someone said "fruity pebbles." Oh my god, it smells and tastes just like the sweet artificial flavor of the nasty kid's cereal. I can't ever drink one these again.

Aug 01, 2016
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harbqll from Washington

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers, which is a little odd for me as I'm generally a fan of stouts and porters. A Belgian Witbier, but with fruity overtones. I also seem to detect an aroma of pine forest in the head. It was my go-to beer when I lived in the south, especially for hot summer days; in Washington I can't seem to find it anywhere and had to brew my own from a clone kit.

It pairs great with Rosemary in a beef pie, by the way.

Jun 14, 2016
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singletary from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a cloudy orange haze with a strong smell of citrus. The taste is sweet with a fresh citrusy feel. A nice wheat beer for the summer, some may think to sweet but I felt for a hot humid Mississippi afternoon it was perfect.

Jun 12, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky orange gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of fruit, spice and some caramel. The taste is big on wheat with some fruit nicely blended in.

Jun 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow with haze. Lacked much head. No retention. Aroma was fruity corn pops. Like kids cereal.

Taste dropped more unbalanced sugar added sweetness. Just too sweet. I like fruit beers. I like some sweet beers. I did not like this beer. No wheat quotient noticeable, just dominated by sugar. For just being blueberry, a not sweet fruit really, I don't know where all this comes from. Just didn't work on any level for me. Not really a wit or wheat beer. The fruit doesn't come across as fruity, more sugary. The other base is lacking, the lager yeast seems misplaced. GTFO with this.

May 30, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light color with white cap and decent lacing.

Rather nice aroma of orange backed by vibrant fruit. I don't find malt or hops but do notice a melange of berry scents.

Taste is uncomplicated but rich. Orange leads followed by berries. I know it's blueberry (according to the brewer) but to me tastes more like raspberry-blackberry-dark cherry. The brewer doesn't list all that stuff but they don't define what "beer with natural flavors" means either. The underlying wheat beer is sufficiently mild to conceal it's identity happy to let the fruit dominate. A bit of tartness emerges just before the finish and lasts into the aftertaste.

Light medium texture.

It's a light, clean, refreshing wheat beer with lots of frutit/berry flavors. Undemanding, it should serve as a background to conversation. Fruity enough that I don't really see it as a food beer but it could substitute for morning orange juice.

May 23, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 05/03/16:

Very cloudy light honey amber with lemon-white foamy head of moderate retention. Sweet oranges, sour lemons, and peel of either to the nose, but also honey and shortcake. Witbier palate, sweet and citrusy, blueberries, some bread, some rindy bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth, sudsy to sloshy with fine tingles. If this is indeed a Witbier, Leinie surprisingly does a better job than a number of craft breweries (which Leinie, according to some, does not qualify as).

May 18, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly rusty dark golden yellow with a half finger of white foam.

Citrus fruit, wheat, grainy.

Lemon and orange zest, mild spice, herbal/floral hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a light and refreshing wheat beer.

May 15, 2016
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a single bottle of this into a beer glass.
Pours this cloudy dark yellowish/brown colour. Minimal foam head that does not sit or last except around the edge of the glass.

Smells fruity, like peach or citrus.

Taste is interesting, tastes more fruity than I was expecting for a wheat beer, almost like peach. But not so strong that it's a peach flavor, more of a hint.

Feels smooth, moderate carbonation that rolls off the tongue.

Overall, too fruity for me, but pleasantly surprised.

Apr 03, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/18/2016. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, blueberry, peach, orange peel, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, blueberry, peach, orange peel, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness and minimal fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, blueberry, peach, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very good fruited witbier style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 27, 2016
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Took a sip from Atticus before the Grizzlies game. A nice version of what it is - a wheat beer with a hint of blueberry. The fruit is mostly in the nose. Cloudy in a good way.

Feb 20, 2016
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KentMills from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this beer requires context. Please, if you think you don't like it, have a cookout. This is the perfect beer to accompany a good beat. In fact, I'm having one right now! Just try it...

Jan 21, 2016
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