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).

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Photo of Brittmb29
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pokal glass, no best buy date on bottle.

A- half finger white fine foam head to ring that stays, hazy golden/slight tan body.

S- lemony citrus melds with sweet blueberry scent mild tangy scent slight grains.

T- first sip is very sweet blueberry forward, after the flavor of beer comes out nice bready yeast and wheat flavors citric hop flavors emerge. unique fruitiness to the beer from mix of blueberry and hops and balanced sweetness.

M- soft mouthfeel, thin body without being watery. dry after taste w/ slight bitter.

O- the first time i tried this i thought it was blueberry syrup, this try the beer was nice and cold as was not a simple blueberry wheat. very asthetic beer but still not my choice of a fruity wheat as the blueberry flavor is not the sort i prefer.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar weizen glass.

A: Ruddy copper/cider color. Mostly opaque with 1 finger of off-white head that doesn't linger long. A few little snakes of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

S: Whoa! Big burst of citrus punches you on the nose. A little coriander afterwards to staunch the bleeding.

T: Far too sweet. It's got the standard wit flavors of orange and coriander and spice, but overall it's like if somebody made a beer out of Fruit Loops. Some cereal grains and... dare I say it, I suspect there's some corn in here.

M: Surprisingly thick and heavy for a witbier, and a touch grainy. Chewy with a tickly field of carbonation that rolls down the tongue. Odd overall, but not unpleasant

O: I've heard people tout beer and Fruit Loops as a great breakfast. With Leinenkugel's sunset wheat, you don't even need the cereal. An awkward example of the style.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep goldenrod color that is completely hazy, pours with a nice finger of bubbly head that is white and lingers nicely
S: very pleasant scent of fruits, berries, and an overall sweetness
T: initial sweetness that is backed up by a finish that is strangely and strongly reminiscent of fruity pebbles
M: a little thick on the palate, small amount of carbonation tingle, smooth finish
O: a really pleasant brew, very refreshing after mowing the lawn in the hot summer heat, overall nice

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a bottle at a state park in South Dakota. Color seemed to be light golden or light orange, but a bit cloudy. Head and film/lacing - N/A.

Smelled citrusy, mainly lemon, lime and orange. Also some wheat in there. Good smell. Pretty explosive.

First taste was cloudy, but then exactly like Fruity Pebbles. Lots of fruit flavors blended together.

Refreshing, crisp and perfect for the summer. Stayed good throughout.

Enjoyed this beer overall. Felt a bit like a girl for liking it, but I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of kneeland
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat beers are awesome, and this is one of the best I've tried. It goes down easier than Blue Moon, but doesn't have the same color and aroma. It's almost Belgium styled tasting, very hefe-like.

Tastes freshly brewed with natural spring water. Has a citrus taste/smell to it, with a hint of clove.

Overall, this is a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Paincane
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured golden yellow into a New Belgium globe glass producing a white frothy head that lasted a minute before leaving small lacing.
S: Aroma is best described as fruity wheat and flavor is similar to smell.
T: Fruity, cherry and orange with wheat.
M: Sweet, crisp, tad bit acidic.
D: A very drinkable refreshing summer beer, but it is almost too fruity. Enjoyed it more the first time I tried it than today's re-tasting for this review.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber with good carbonation and a thin layer of head. Smells like fruity pebbles…tastes like fruity pebbles. Body is moderate. There is more citrus flavor in this than in a bowl of the cereal though. A crisp wheat and lemon/orange finish. Good summer beer, highly drinkable, and my BMC friends LOVE it.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with fizzy medium head. Light lacing. Smells of lemon zest and coriander.

Wacky taste with blueberry, lemon and lots of orange. Coriander and bubblegum make an appearance. Very fizzy and watery mouthfeel. Acceptable patio beer but a little too overly-flavoured for my liking.

Pair with french fries or nachos.


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Photo of drowninginhops
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass.

A: Hazy orange, white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Orange, corriander, and some bubblegum. Smells slightly like Fruity Pebbles.

T: Orange and fruity pebbles.

M: Smooth and well made and well carbonated.

D: I will return.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #200
12 ounce can as part of a Leinie's summer pack.

I have reviewed this one from a bottle this past spring and this will be somewhat redundant.

A hazy orange brew, Sunset Wheat has a very distinctive aroma and flavor profile that rums somewhere between Fruit Loops and key lime with hints of blueberry and coriander.

Not something that most BAs will flock too, but a fun (if novelty) beer.

Not great but I like this for it uniqueness alone. Worth trying.

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Photo of Mdog
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy, orange, ok head.

Smell: Orange juice, a little spice.

Taste: Lots of orange with some spicy notes underneath.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, lawnmower beer.

Leinie's answer to Blue Moon, the Sunset Wheat. This beer has a kind of artificial orange flavor to it that dominates. It is easy to drink (if you like oranges) and an interesting take on witbier (if you like oranges, anyway).

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Photo of kflorence
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - MAY 22, 2008

Bottle. Smells fruity, lemons and oranges mostly, with some hints of wheat and blueberry. Tastes very sweet, probably the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. ThaBobfather is right, it does taste like fruity pebbles. It’s a good flavor, but kind of weird for a beer I must say. The oranges, lemon and blueberry flavor come out as soon as it hits your tongue... perhaps a bit too strong as it overpowers the wheat, malts and yeast. You can hardly taste the hops, but the yeast does come through a bit more at the end. Very smooth on the tongue, and the citrus flavor lingers around after you’re done. Not bad, but as others have said you can only drink a few before the sweetness gets to you.

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Photo of Hopperbolic
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Looks decent, Nice Cloudy Orange/amber. A little lacing

S: Its nothing crazy and one dimensional. Little Wheat on the Nose and IMO fake blueberry sent,as well as some Anise.

T: Fake Blueberry taste, little anise ( i hate anise ) sweet wheat. Im bored with this Brew,its not entertaining my palate at all.

M: Dry on the finish but again boring.

O: IMO this is a very Disjointed brew. i dont know what else to say other than I wont be drinking this again. IMO very major pass on this brew.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.28/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat…..in a bottle

Appearance-loads of carbonation from the start show off this beer, yellow color with a large head, the bubbles are everywhere.

Smell-sort of an odd mix, grain and peeled wheatgrass mixed with wheat, also loads of berries are here, the sort of which is hard to pinpoint, makes me wonder whether these are real berries or some sort of fake syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel-layered artificial taste, very sweet, light mouthfeel, active carbonation and decent smoothness. The sweetness is almost overpowering until some hop bitterness and trace of malted bread comes to back it up at the end. A muddled affair with lots of things going on that don’t work, sweetness too overpowering, not enough balance.

Overall-this beer seems to be ambitious, but it falls flat on its face. The berry flavor mixed with the sweetness is too much for me. I had high hopes here but this beer was just not refreshing on a hot day, frankly that was its only role.

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Photo of 6993bc
4.11/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JLBC has done it again. Very good beer. I drank this beer on 97 degree day in the mid west. This was the most refreshing beer I'd drank all weekend. I wish I'd picked up a 6 pack.

A- Pours a malty golden color with just under an inch of head.

S- Berries, Berrries and more Berries

T- A refreshing taste, even more berry taste than I thought when I smelt it. Full body.

M- Thick full body

Overall: I am not typically a fruity beer type, but this was a very good summer beer. Refreshing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours golden with a foamy white head. No lacing and fair retention.

Sweet wheat and yeasty nose. Some spice and fruit.

Ugh - Berry up front. Blackberry? Blueberry? An artificial edge to this. Here comes the wheat, which is husky and has a bitter finish. Some yeast, some...lemon notes. Spice. Some sweet grain, and the ever-present berry in every sip. What a mess.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

My hatred for a beer is generally measured by my ability to consume it. This beer has nice structure, appropriate body, and has good color. But the taste is not getting me there--there's alot to this that I am having a hard time consuming. I finished 3/4 and got sick of being lazy, dumped it, and got something else from the cooler. This might be the second one from this brewer that I've really disliked. They obviously know how to brew beer, they just make some very bad choices in the process.

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Photo of tjsmith910
4.16/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible beer. What a beer of this style should taste like. Refreshing, Smooth, with a hint of Wheat and Citrus.

A - Cloudy gold looking with nice lingering head that never fully dissipates ( or I didnt give it the time to ) .

S - I do average on every beer.

T - Pure bliss. Wheat and Citrus with a smooth feeling.

M - Pure, not bitter, very over powering. every drink leaves you with a desire to drink more before you set your glass down

O - Nearly Perfect.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a cloudy golden color body with a nice fizzy white head, which hangs around for a little bit, then faids down to a thin lace. The smell is fruity, i sence some lemon and blueberry and a little bit of wheat. The taste of the first sip is like fruit loops, then the lemon comes out and the blueberry. Then a little bit of hops hits the back of the tongue. Great mouth feel and smooth going down. Overall i think this is a good beer and could drink it more often.

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Photo of csiewert
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer enjoyed at the abner pub in Norman, ok. This beer pours a hazy golden color with a trace of white bubbly head that retains a little bit, but laces poorly. The aroma is strong with orange, orange, orange, some blueberry an a little spiciness. The taste has wheat notes with an abundance of orange, blueberry and finishes with some spiciness. The mouthfeel is somewhat empty. Overall an ok wheat during summertime... But a little too fruity for my taste.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this last night at a friends housewarming party, 12 ounce bottle served into a pint glass, mainly for the curiosity of it. Sunset Wheat... doesn't sound too bad.

A: Hazy golden yellow body with a thick and fluffy white head. Surprisingly it's pretty nice looking though the overall color of the body looks a bit artificial to me. Still, a pretty beer.

S: Lemon, anise, blueberry and some residual bubblegum left in the latter aroma. A fruity, summer and rather confusing nose with the anise becoming more evident as this warmed.

T: Fruity pebbles on the first sip all the way. Really, there's no other way to describe it. Subsequent sips reveal some lemon and artificial blueberry flavoring. When this beer warms, a huge and gross licorice flavor comes through and essentially overwhelms the beer. It turned from something light and fruity to quite disgusting. I can't help but give this a low overall score for the taste, despite it starting with promise.

M: Thin, bubbly and really carbonated. It's pretty light and refreshing as far as the body goes, something you'd enjoy on a hot day for thirst quenching.

Well, I figured this was going to turn out quite bad and it did. I didn't drink this beer fast enough and ended up with a licorice laden blend of fruits and anise. Not enjoyable to me, really, but okay, well I tried it.

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Photo of ranger7
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, "Beers of the World" concession stand (Third Base entrance). Served with a wedge of lemon.

A - Very bright and cheery. Looks light. Small head which dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of lacing behind.

S - Fruity. I don't know about the "fruit loops" smell of the other reviewers here, but it is at least a citrusy-sweet smell. Like an orange. Possibly some coriander, as mentioned in the 'notes' section above.

T - Light - no doubt about it, it's a wheat beer. Also sweet, the lemon slice helps balance it by adding a bit of a tart kick. Quite refreshing.

M - Smooth, but unfortunate sweet film coats the mouth after a while. Eat something with this - peanuts, Cracker Jacks, you know the drill.

Summary - Definitely not a beer to swoon over, but as far as the Ballpark goes, this is one of the better choices. Better than any light beer, refreshing, and a good drink on a hot day. I would drink it again, at the ballgame, but not from a six-pack at home. Recommended with a slice of lemon.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recently picked up a Leinenkugel's summer sampler 12 pack for a day of golf. Well, the golf didn't pan out, so I figure I may as well review a few of these.

Poured out of a 12oz can into my Lost Coast pint glass.

A) A nice looking inch of white head, perfectly topping off this hazy orange brew. The head was gone quickly. No lacing noted.

S) Really fruity, mostly oranges and blueberry. I actually find the smell very pleasing.

T) Smells better than it tastes. It's wheaty, and fruity, maybe some very, very light hops. Not a fan of the finish.

M) Light to medium body, seems lighter than other wheat beers I've had the pleasure of drinking recently. The carbonation is slightly off for my palate. It just seems a bit fizzy.

O) I don't mind drinking this on occasion, usually with an orange slice. This beer is okay. I would have rather had it golfing, which would have saved me from thinking about what I'd rather be drinking. Oh well, could be worse.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy amber color with a one finger head
S: Smells like a dry sugar-free lemonade mix, with hints of coriander and a slight bubblegum/spearmint gum mix.
T: I agree with those below who mention the fruit loops/fruity pebbles. Primarily what influenced, with just a bit of hops bitterness.
M: Average. Nothing stands out good or bad.
O: An okay beer, but one better suited for drinking cold out of the can after mowing the lawn on a hot day rather than sitting and contemplating.

It should also be noted I get none of the blueberries mentioned in the 'notes' section above, nor does the brewer's info on the box (which does mention the beer being brewed with coriander).

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Photo of Stunner97
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance- slight yellow to orange coloration with white head that quickly faded away to lacing, murky and cloudy

Smell- alot of fruit and citrus on the nose with touch wheat, overall i pull mostly orange

Taste- the flavor profile of this beer has always reminded me of one thing most clearly above all other fruit loops, it really reminds me of that lol, its mostly mix of citrus /orange notes that linger with moderate level sweetness and end out with with wheat and faint bitterness, the flavor is all right nothing incredible but decent

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability/overall- this beer is all right its nothing i could really session that much cuz to me its just to sweet to really pound away, the flavor is a bit over the top to me in terms of citrus and fruit notes, its just a bit to much for my liking but dont get me wrong this is not a bad beer but just not one i could usually see my self sitting around drinking often

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Photo of SisuPride
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For me this was a completely average wheat beer. I liked it ut nothing stood out. It would be a good baseline wheat beer to try. It is decent all the way around but not great. I consider it a good value beer - not as good as Tom Brady in the 6th round but still good. A beer that you can have a case of.

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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,375 ratings.
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