Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Wit in style, but brewed with a lager yeast strain and a top-note of blueberry added (info directly from the Leinenkugel Bros).

Added by jj21 on 03-16-2006

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Reviews: 904 | Ratings: 2,370
Photo of beerguy04
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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....

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Md35
4.61/5  rDev +37.2%
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!

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of stucat
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of harbqll
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of singletary
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Squire123
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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).

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of KentMills
4.48/5  rDev +33.3%
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...

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.37/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy orangeish gold color with plenty of head. Smells like blueberry when you pour it into a typical pint glass. Do not see a whole lot of carbonation but lacing is definitely there and hangs on for quite a while. Initial taste is fruity, blueberrys, citrus and light yeast. Aftertaste is pleasant and dry, making you want more. Overall I really enjoy this beer. This is the 1st fruity brew that I think has been done well. Is a good change but I don't think I could site down and drink a 6-pack, to sweet for volume consumption.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Looked good, felt good, smelled sweet, but the taste was WAY too sweet. I kept thinking I was smelling Froot Loops or Trix cereal. No kidding. It was almost overbearing. And the taste was even sweeter. I like Witbiers, but this is not one of my favorites. I like some of Leinenkugels other beers, but not this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from the beer aisle of one of Sandpoint, Idaho's surprising number of large grocery stores.

This beer pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying, yet hovering island profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp orange-tinged bubblegum, yeasty blueberries, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, sugary coriander and white pepper, and a plain, indistinct hop bitterness. The taste is more orange and blueberry confectionery fruitiness, a sturdy, and still fairly sweet wheatiness, faint coriander and muddled table-top mill pepper dust, untethered yeast, and the same hard to really pin down or care about hop bitters from the nose.

The carbonation is rather zippy in its fizzy and frothy, twin axe attacks (so say my various palates), the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the fruitiness really aiding and abetting here. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, both generic wheat malt and lingering blueberry, orange, and neutered lemon fruity esters still abounding.

Not a bad wheat beer, simple, and easy enough to put back, especially if it's hot and sunny outside (gee, look at that, it is!), but not really all that much of a good example of the purported style. Too much sweet fruitiness, really, but that's a choice you have to make here - tasty, or true to style (not mutually exclusive, I get it)?

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it's more sweet tasting than i'd prefer for a wheat beer but it's still pretty good. it has a lemony/grapefruity taste, similar to leinenkugles grapefruit shandy.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Date: June 3, 2015... Glassware: Weihenstephan wheat... Occasion: pre-Fourth of July prep (mostly) done... Appearance: hazy, golden, glowing--an unfiltered look; the head is snow white and thick, leaving solar flares as it descends from a three-finger head to a quarter-inch cream... Aroma: surprisingly fruity hits early--coriander, yes, but bubblegum, malty wheat, and some woody hints; fragrant wheat esters complete an alluring start... Palate: smooth, slightly astringent sip; surprisingly creamy and medium-bodied; some effervescence late; some intrusion from pulpy, woody textures...Taste: the coriander suggests orange peel, with some odd bitterness and band-aid astringency; probably could use a garnish to amplify the flavor profile; otherwise, pretty limited .Overall: not quite the sunset promised by the label; the hops addition makes for a strong start, but the most important aspect of the experience--the taste--is a bit off...the beer is refreshing but not enjoyable as a stand-alone; crisp but uneven...

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this one in the bottle at a BBQ, figured I had to try it since this stuff is everywhere and all the BMC people like it. After trying my first sip, this stuff tastes like fruity pebbles. It's cloying in its sweetness and is artificial. Feels heavy in the stomach, barely tastes like beer.

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Photo of Anacross
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well balanced and crisp, refreshing and very drinkable. Possibly one of the best mass production domestic wheat beers in the US market. Very enjoyable like most of Leinenkugel beers are. It makes a great summer beer and how can I ask for more than that?

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange color with citrus and another great aroma. I can't tell what it is, yeast? It smells great. I don't get the "Fruity pebbles" and licorice taste reviews, it doesn't taste any thing like that at all. But the taste doesn't stand out much, standard citrus and wheat mixture that I've had a lot of. Other than the incredible smell, it's an average wheat.

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