Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
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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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Photo of jt31914
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Drank from 12 oz. Bottle:

A: Look is slightly hazy; very pale and carbonated. Nothing unusual for the style.

S: Smells of citrus; nothing spectacular.

T: It tastes like fruity pebbles in a glass; there is no form of hops or actual beer taste that is noticeable in the brew. For a juice product this is good, but if you want an actual beer you'll be disappointed.

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkable, carbonation is alright.

D: Extremely drinkable.

This tastes pretty good, it just doesn't really taste like beer to me - if you want to drink something mild without any bitterness than this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't much different from the bottle. The head sticks around a bit longer, and I'd say there's a bit less balance and complexity and slightly less hops presence, not that there's much in the bottle per se. Other than that, I'd say the drinkability remains almost as high and the nice mix of smoothness and crispness remains.

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Photo of fropones
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale pumpkin orange with 1.5-2 fingers white head sitting on top. Citrus and a little bit of coriander in the smell. Honestly, fruity pebbles comes to mind instantly. Taste is more of that citrus; more fruity pebbles. Some lemon zest. Honestly, for a witbier, I don't really get that much wheat. Some bubbly effervescense, but kind of watery. Besides for the lack of wheat for a witbier, Sunset Wheat is very drinkable; nice on a warm summer night.

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Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at a bar in Winston-Salem, NC where there weren't too many options and I wanted to try something new. I suddenly had a hankering for a sweet kids' breakfast cereal, and something mysteriously drew me to this beer.

The sequence that occurred upon ordering this beer was so intense that I think I'll remember it the rest of my life. Must have only been five seconds but it felt like an eternity. The bartender grabbed an orange slice and moved it toward the rim of the glass. I yelled, "NOOO!!!" and made a break for the bar, knocking over an old lady with a walker and then jumping and sliding across the bar, knocking triple hops brewed Miller Lites all over a gang of 6'6" 300lb bikers who happened to be sitting at the bar. I grabbed the orange out of her hand and grabbed my Sunset Wheat with the other. The appearance of the beer was a hazy light golden-orange-yellow color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly.

While still sliding, I simultaneously threw the orange slice into the eye of one of the angry bikers to distract him and took a whiff of the beer, thinking to myself, "Wow, this really smells like Fruity Pebbles." I also picked up a little orange, lemon, and wheat.

While taking my first sip of the beer, another one of the bikers stood up and ran at me. I quickly dispatched him with a flying Chuck Norris style roundhouse kick, while enjoying the flavor, which was somewhat similar to the aroma, dominated by Fruity Pebbles, but also having rough wheat, spices, and orange. I yelled out, "What is this? Did Fred Flintstone brew this shit?" Looks like Leinie's (MillerCoors) took the term "cereal grains" a little too literally. I'm looking forward to their Count Chocula beer.

The palate was light and crisp, fairly refreshing. Sort of hit the spot after a few seconds of intense bar fighting.

Well, there's nothing like preventing an orange slice from tarnishing your beer to get your adrenaline pumping. The rush from the Fruity Pebble sweetness also fires you up at first, but unfortunately subsides rather quickly. Eventually you lose your superhuman powers and snap back into reality. This is exactly what happened. The old lady got up and yelled, "Get him! He's drinking one of those fruity wheat beers! That's not even triple hops brewed, doesn't taste cold like the Rockies, and it doesn't have drinkability like Bud Light does!" Fortunately they were wrong about the last part - this beer was pretty drinkable, although the sweetness of the Fruity Pebbles detracts from that a little. As she and the biker gang approached me, I downed it quickly and got out of there, hopping into a friend's getaway car that was conveniently waiting outside the bar.

Well, the beer is not too exciting overall, although it is a bit different from others in the style in that it tastes exactly like Fruity Pebbles. If you ever order this though, I highly recommend that you save yourself the trouble and tell them you don't want an orange slice at the get-go.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orange, cloudy hue with nice head.

Smell: citrus, lightly sweet, wheat, hint of fig/raisin

Taste: balance of sweet with light amount of wheat and hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, little aftertaste

Drinkability: high, this is one of my standard Summer beers. It is better than Bud/Miller/Coors and is usually available in most places. One can have many on a hot summer day and not feel full, but also have nice flavor too.

Solid, mainstream witbier/hefeweizen.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical bottle to glass combination. Pours a light colored, slightly orange hue with a decent amount of quick white foam.

Smells/tastes wheaty and citrussy. Mild tart finish, reminiscent of lemons. Overall a fairly subdued taste.

Slightly watery in the mouthfeel.

A tasty enough beer, good drinkability. Well done.

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.39/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into tumbler
A: nice orange hu with yeast sediment and white fluffy head
S: citris comes through first and the sweetness of the wheat malt almost honey like
T: starts off nice and tart and citrisy nice fruity easters
M: medium body chrispy finish and very sweet mmm
D: high drinkability cause its good

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Photo of Schwab
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer on an international Delta flight with my dinner and was pleasantly surprised, especially since I had it twice before on tap at a local bar and did not like it at all. As a matter of fact, I thought it was outright disgusting when I had it on tap locally. Not so this can.

A - I poured it in my small plastic cup and you could immediately see the nice sight of a wit beer. Left a nice head on both pours.

S - A somewhat typical wit beer, the hint of fruit (blueberry) cannot be missed. Some other notes were there, too, but I was unable to identify something specific.

T - Smooth wit beer, not spicy, hint of berries. Balanced for sure!

M - Somewhat refreshing, definitely no hint of anything but wit beer style characteristics. No dry finish or other unbalanced or bitter notes.

D - I can see this a beer for warm days and even more for people who are not too much into hoppy beers, stouts, etc.

Overall I was quite surprised by this experience, especially since I really hated it the first two times I tried it. Not that I would run to a store and buy it, but when I have the next time the choice between Heineken, BMC and this one - I will certainly take the Sunset Wheat again.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - bright and cloudy with a nice white head.
Smell - this is definitely a candy beer. It has a nice citrus smell to it is very inviting.
Taste/ Mouthfeel - this taste is not for everyone, even though every brewery is doing some form of this style of beer, but I like it. It is clean, refreshing and full of tons of sweet flavors. It's not a heffe, but a hybrid of sorts that with the power of Miller, is targeting a certain set of folks. I like it and probably 4 out of 5 of my friends can't stand it, but the Mikes Hard Lemonade drinker liked it, go figure.
Drinkability - after drinking the high booze double IPA's and many euro lagers, this is a nice change of pace, I have probably gone through a few cases on my own of this already this year, good stuff on a Saturday afternoon, not so much at the pub.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer with the production of a fair amount of foam. It slowly reduced down to a slight amount of lacing. The aroma of sweet hops, wheat, and cloves greats the nose. As the taste follows suit in the sweeter malt with a well balance of hops. The tastebuds pick up on cloves, slight coriander taste and a wheat adjunct. Overall a good beer for the summer season.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nicely, with a good wheat beer appearance: hazy orange, creamy little head. Aroma is not so good: lemon detergent.

Flavor is similar to the aroma but not quite as bad. There is some breadiness, but the artificial lemon is still there. I can see how some people think this beer is refreshing, but I'd reach for an unflavored hefeweizen or pilsner any day over this stuff.

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Photo of Kooz
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first time trying this beer, and I find I like it a lot more than others here. Looks beautiful--unfiltered and golden with a half-inch head (which quickly dissolves). Smells sweeter than it tastes. Smells strongly of citrus, tastes of citrus and spices. Bites the tongue just a bit--it's not overly carbonated, but maybe a little too carbonated for its flavors. Good for drinking on a warm day--it's refreshing. Too heavy to have more than a few though.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into S.A. glass. Pours a dark golden color and cloudy with moderate white head. Head mostly diminishes. Aroma of spices and fruit. Wheat, orange, pepper?, lemon, coriander. Good summer wheat beer in my opinion. Easy to drink but not watery at all, very flavorful throughout. Lacing slightly lingers. Good, smooth finish. A good pick as a summer session beer and would work well with guests to a BBQ - Cheers to Leiney!

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Photo of callmescraps
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought for the lady friend, reviewed for fun.

Appearance - A dark, cloudy near gold color. Sort of hay colored. Stark white head leaves the scene quickly. No lacing.

Smell - Like a lemon drop. Very sweet lemon. A hint of spice. Just too sweet. Very strong aroma. A little wet blanket as well.

Taste - Follows the taste. It's got a lot of lemon tartness. But the sweetness behind it all is a little much. Balanced with some spiciness. It mellows out in the middle, which is nice. Some real bready malt goodness.

Mouthfeel - Good body on this one. Nice and crisp, good carbonation. Not too thin.

Drinkability - Would be great if not for all the sweet. A couple and my stomach would churn.

This is a nice, refreshing summer bev. It's nice and light, but a little less intense lemon would be great. It's just not balanced enough. But a nice beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've bought Leinenkugel's on my own and I'm very delighted in the results. Seems as though I like this beer a lot more than other posters on average.

Appearance is very opaque, very almond-apple in color. So opaque that I can't tell if bubbles are present on the interior or not. Smell is bland and much less present than any other aspect.

Has a very refreshing and present citrus flavor, backed with pleasant orange aftertaste. The beer definitely has a unique taste and I could without a doubt identify it in any taste-test.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, drinkability is high.

Overall a very good beer. I believe it's a low A grade brew.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a two-finger head. The smell is very citrus, with some definite orange and lemon. The taste starts off with some sweet orange that goes to a tiny bit of hops and spices in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly watery with enough carbonation to make it crisp. This certainly isn't the best beer in the style, but for a $5 growler you can't ask for much more.

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Photo of schmitter
2.41/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Seriously? Is this beer serious when it says it has natural ingredients? Here's a tip, google fruity pebbles beer, see what you find.

The beer looks good enough, a bit cloudy yet bright.
Smells like fruity pebbles mixed with OJ.
Tastes like some kind of berry cider hybrid. My girlfriend loves it. meh

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Photo of ujsplace
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Nice clouded over-ripened orange in color, thick, chunky white head that disappeared leaving little to no lacing...

S: Orange and wheat

T: Very orange up front and some other citrus maybe lime, but it has a nice refreshing citrus flavor.

M: Light and carbonated

D: Highly enjoyable on a nice summer day...goes down easy...

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Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish yellow color. There is a small head to it. The smell is of orange and spice with some wheat. The taste is of orange at the intial bite and gives way to some spice not sure what and wheat. The overall mouthfeel is not overally carbonated. The drinkability is very high. This is a very good beer smooth and refreshing, a beer that is solid and can please everyone.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bland clear wheat beer

appearance: lager like

smell: very little smell

taste: clear refresher

mouthfeel: thin, drinks like a lager

drinkability: Not the best wheat beer out there but I have had worse. A great starter beer for someone learning. I have had mush else from Leinkugels, Hope there are better choices.

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Photo of capra12
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed alone on this one.

Appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. With no head.

Smell:very fruity almost like artificial candied fruit.

Taste: Opens very fruity almost like fruity pebbles without the sweet sugary charater of the cereal. From the middle to end there is a very brief hop profile and citrus ending.

Mouthfeel: very light bodied. Fully carbonated throughout. No after taste

Drinkability: this brew is one I would drink as a starter but I prefer stronger and darker brews.

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Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew pours a orange color with white head that fades to an island. Has some nice lacing.

Brew smells of all orange - some wheat as well.

The brew tastes very orange; creamy, refreshing. Has some spice to the taste. A very drinkable brew - perfect for a hot day.

Great drinkability - could polish off many of these brews (and have). A very solid wheat beer.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with a restrained tight head. Brew color is a nice hazy hefeweise appearance with an "apple cider" honey color. Not bad.

Smell: Sweet citrus. Orange. Minor malt and some yeast detected during aroma sustain. Very crisp and nice. Good job.

Taste: Flavor is somewhat restrained. There is a bready/yeast flavor that fights with citrus for presence on the tongue. Malt is restrained. This is a good summer beer. I do not understand some of the previous posts that mention berries. There is little to no berry presence. It is possible that there has been a reformulation since they now have a specific berry wheat selection. This is definitely a "hot summer day" brew.

Mouthfeel: The citrus flavors are a little muddled. Flavor definition is not very sharp. Palate clears well. Not bad.

Drinkability: Moderately light...certainly for a wheat/wit this is light. Excellent for hot summer afternoons on the porch.


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On second thought, perhaps there is a very minor berry presence. It is, however, very reserved and definitely is in the background. The flavor profile is definitely citrus and bread/yeast.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the past, I've always been impressed with these beers. Really good.
The foam was wheat almost white in color, thick, 1 finger length, smooth and lacey. The color was a very hazy honey with light amber highlights - looked like honey in a glass. The smell was sweet, aromatic, honey highlights, hints of orange and wheat and a nice ginger/almond undertone. The first main taste was of orange and ginger with wheat and an undertone of sharp vanilla. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and spicey. Drinkability - has a wonderfull complex aroma. Had a good time with this beer.

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Photo of Anthony1
1.73/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass

Purchased this beer because i thought it was going to be a dark wheat beer. I had no idea it was a blueberry beer! Nothing in the label warned me.

Pours a light yellow, some what cloudy, with a thin white head that was quick to flee.

Smells very berry-tastic. some lemon and corriander.

Tastes way to sweet, i couldn't handle it. It was just a up front blueberry juice with a bit of orange, lemon, and corriander.

Light body, ok carbonation.

I make sure to stay away from this beer. way to sweet.

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Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 2,397 ratings