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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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow/orange with a thin white head. Nose of wheat and orange peel. Taste is medium-bodied with citrus flavor dominating this brew. Wheat flavored front is soon replaced with an overpowering orange and spiced yeast taste. pretty good overall but won't go back to it.

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

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance: Nice pale golden color that was very cloudy. Had a good head with good lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus/orange smell.

Taste: Strong orange flavor with a bit of blueberry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Decent character and body from the unfiltered yeast.

Drinkability: Very good beer for the summer months and something that I could enjoy at other times of the year as well.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Appears to have the produced date of 09079.

A - Completely cloudy light golden yellow with a low-retention white two finger head. Some lacing later on. Effervescent too.

S - Yes, its true, it smells like liquid Fruit Loops. Berry sweet fruitiness all throughout with the faint aroma of a wheat backbone. A bit of citrus crispness to it too.

T - Interesting fruity blend to this wheat; berries and citrus. Definite wheat flavor, more-so than it appears in aroma. Dry finish.

M - Sharp, crisp, and dry. Effervescent the whole time giving it a slight bite. Light to medium in body.

D - The flavor may kill the drinkability here in my opinion. It's just a bit much. The first time I had this beer I hated it. Haven't had it since til now and I'd still opt for something else, but if this was all in the fridge, I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of earshplitten
1.06/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First, let me say my benchmark for a wheat style beer is
Hacker Pschorr Weiss (with no lemon).
Spied the Leiny at the store. Looked interesting.
I drank and liked other Leiny products in the past, but this stuff was awful. Nowhere on the packaging or label does it mention anything about a fruit taste or hint of fruit.
The blueberry taste was overpowering. Blech. So sorry, Leiny. I've always considered you a reputable brewery and still do, but this stuff is just plain bad.

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Photo of bmoses
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i have had this beer both on tap and in bottle, as always on tap is better.
A - typical wheat cloudyness, slight head
S - strong wheat and fruit
T - i do not usually like wheat or fruit beer, but this is one of the few that i keep in the fridge always. strong flavor of berry and citrus.
M - again typical of wheat beers, a little watery
D - OMG drikability, easy to drink a six pack and wonder where they went

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Photo of epicness
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color

S: Blueberry, Wheat and Orange are the smells that really grabbed me.

T: Just like everyone else is saying... this beer really does taste like Fruity Pebbles cereal. It's really odd. This is a really fruity beer, doesn't really taste like your typical Wit in my opinion.
I'm not a HUGE fan of this beer.. but it's not terrible.. I could see how some people could be crazy about it though.

M: Slight hops. Nice fruity aftertaste

D: In the summer, you can go through case and case and case and case of this stuff. It's a really drinkable beer. When I first started to drink beers this was one of the first beers I was able to put down easily.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy honey color, with suspended sediment. Half-finger head that diminishes immediately. No visible carbonation and no lacing.

Smell: Smells with strong artificial fruity with wheat and cereal malts in the background. Smells exactly like the “Fruity Pebbles” Flinstone cereal.

Taste: Tastes exactly the same as it smells, artificial fruity with wheat in the background (Fruity Pebbles again); very unbeer. The wheat malt does taste a bit darker than I was anticipating. Flavor sticks around.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, with a nice mouth tingle. Smooth and long lasting flavor.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, but too artificial tasting for me. The whole “Fruity Pebbles” taste might be okay for a near-beer, but not for me. I would suggest this to non beer drinkers as something they may like, but not something that is beer.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a drab yellow-brown with a big white head. Good retention.

Sweet artificial fruit smell with a big backbone of wheat.

Dirty, muddled taste. Wheat is obvious, along with a big "Fruity Pebbles" taste in the middle and a resinous aftertaste. Snappy carbonation and adequate body.

This isn't hard to drink, and it'd be a decent choice for a session beer, but I can't say I'd ever pick it.

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Photo of vishneda
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass at home.

Poured to a light, one finger head that quickly fizzled head ring. Some lacing but nothing exciting. More orange than yellow, darker than the typical white beer but with the typical witbier murkiness.

Strong blueberry smell off the pour. Hints of lemon and some floral notes in there as well.

Strong and lively, this beer comes on tangy and turns sweet. A balance of bitterness is there, but it is not prominent. Mild orange peel. The warmer this beer gets, the heartier the flavor becomes. Its not as not as complicated as many in this space but it has sticks to you. I didn't notice any peppery or phenolic notes. Leaves a little dry but again not too bitter.

This beer has a predictably light feel with ample carbonation. Higher carbonation suits the style, but this one seemed more airy than other white interpretations.

Some might be put off by the berry notes, but I found this beer to be very refreshing and an easy drinker. Low end ABV makes it a good summer afternoon drink that you can trust won't wipe you out. I could see tiring of it over a long session, however.

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Photo of arnoldbrew
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- hazy as it should be. Aroma- I immediately picked up the wheat, very fruity.
Taste- Just like the aroma you're hit with the fruitiness of the beer right away nice crisp bitterness then the wheat comes through. Mouthfeel is moderate-light not too heavy.

Overall I think this is a good beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of DurtyUI
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinie's is my perfect summer domestic wit beer, and I find myself longing for the first warm day in New England to enjoy this refreshing libation.

A seductively cloudy wheat beer with a unique yet sweet smell and taste. There's a strong thread of berry, which may turn you off but simply take a sip and you'll be sold. It certainly is more gurly than a corona or a hoegaarden but when it's over 85 degrees, a frosty glass of this summer fruit makes it the perfect day!

Slender lacing makes this beer very drinkable, so pace yourself!

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a re-review 2 years later. This bottle is fresher than the previous review, wasn't avail in Texas 1st time. Again, pours a nice hazy orange with little to no head. Aroma of fruit but is just a bit sweet. The sweetness isn't overpowering but man is this refreshing. I get some orange, tangelo and other fruit's in there. Smooth, clean and refreshing. This may be one of the best summer beers out there and I can't get tired of it. Very good and WAY to drinkable.

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Photo of MLasoski
4.72/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When you try this beer, you will find that it has an unique fruity taste. You'll be surprised.

Served: On-tap, poured into a plastic cup (cheap bar).

A: Hazy and golden, it had a typical witbier complexion. The way it was poured allowed for no head to form.

S: Smells of wheat, orange, blueberry, and other things, I'm just not sure to be honest.

T: Fruity Pebbles! This beer tastes just like the cereal. It comes through in the aftertaste, but when you think of Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles, you're going to be like, "Oh wow, this guy's right!" I feel like I could just pour it over the cereal and it would complement it perfectly.

M: Slightly hoppy at the beginning, giving way to a wheat complexion and then all the fruit comes out in the end, leaving a great aftertaste.

D: I wish I could find this beer in cases. I would be drinking this beer all summer aside from Corona, the staple summer beer. The unique flavor will have you coming back for more.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: This pours a hazy golden color. A little bit of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Smells like wheat and orange. Although I was served this with an orange slice in it, you could smell it even without.

Taste: The flavors of wheat, orange, and blueberry come through.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was just right to make it a nice and refreshing beer. Thin body aids it in going down quite easily.

Drinkability: One of Leinenkugel's better beers, and with the pretty low price of it it's worth keeping around as a cool off drink.

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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 2,383 ratings.
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