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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Ratings: 2,397 |  Reviews: 910
Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good weizeny pour--erm, American wheat pour. Very hazy gold with a big, retentive white head.

Smells very fruity, almost aritifical. Lots of orange with a hint of spice. Like a dulled weizen, really.

Surprising taste! Big, sweet orange malt, backed up by solid whitepepper wheatmalt spice and a nice kiss of a sweet aftertaste.

For less than five dollars a six pack, this is one hell of a solid summer beer.

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Photo of granger10
1.61/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Part of the Leiny giftpack I received as a present. Hazy yellow straw color with some orange around the sides. Decent fluffy medium white head that dissipates very quickly. Not too much lacing. Aroma is quite sweet and quite citric with just a moderate amount of coriander spice involved. The spice is ok but the whole smell in general is fake and too sweet. Taste follows suit but is even faker and sweeter. It seems like there's lots of aspartame in here and some orange syrup extract. Thinnish body does nothing. This is awful. I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, light straw yella, hazed appearance, with a snowy white head that drifts down to a slight sheet, then a faint ring.

Aroma, bright lemon and orange zest, with light spices on the side. Immediately feels just right for a witbier nose. Clean, zippy, fruity, creamy citrus with commanding coriander.

Big lemon on the tongue, meringue pie, creamy and fruity, but without much substance below. Fills the mouth, but without much beyond lemon, then softly slips away. Way too much lemon in this, not even enough orange, and the spice has disappeared in the flavor. Apes the wit in aroma and looks, but chokes when it comes to the actual taste of it.

too thin in body in the end, just a vapor of character. Finish diminishes behind a whisper of lemon.

Drinkability misses, too, bases on the too- pointed presence of lemon, against anything else. I guess I'd drink it if I had to, but they could have done better, could have tried harder.

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Photo of thaichile
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a normal sized head. Nose is licorice and citrus. Flavors continue with spice and anise flavors with citrus/lemon and a dash of banana. I was completely very pleasently suprised by this one and was sorry to see the pint end. Very interesting merger of flavors. Creamy, refreshing, delicious; I’d definately have this one again. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of jp32
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, soft orange color with yellowish highlights. Minimal white head leaves decent lacings and sticks around for a while.

The nose is a lemon-orange citrusy whirl. Excitingly fruity. I also notice bananas, pineapple, and pear. I wish they'd make an air freshener like this.

The flavor is citrusy and fruity up front, which gives way to a clean, almost watery tasting finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, which was expected. The drinkability is fine as well. This one would be great on a hot summer day at a campground.

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Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy Yellow orange with a bit of white head.

Smell is sweet and very lemony.

Taste has a bit of crisp wheat flavors with a heavy lemon zip. A bit of sweet malts and a slight hint of hops round it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly dry.

Overall not to bad, much better than I expected. Will make a decent summer offering.

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Photo of patrick16o
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy light golden hue with a thin white crown. The aroma is for the most part lemon/citrus/rind. The taste has some wheat character, but an overload of lemon zest follows that and finishes the beer. I think the beer should have a more of a wheat base to start and a bit less lemon/citrus flavor. I can't really catch any hints of the hops. It tastes like somone has already added a slice of lemon to the beer. Its refreshing but the drinkablity factor is not high considering the generous amounts of lemon/citrus found in the beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code, no freshness date.

A- Cloudy yellow with a short white head that holds together well.

S- Smells of tart citrus; lemon and lime ... more lemon though. Hint of white pepper, coriander and faint mint as well. Different ... reminds me of a gruit in a way.

T&M- Mild wheat character, crisp in a moderate body. Touch of hop bitterness, really just enough.Suggestions of Lemonhead candy, tarragon and lemon juice. Finishes with a lemon zest and fermented wheat twang.

D- Is this the new "American White Ale"? A decent "flavored wheat ale", solid intro beer for the non-beer drinker that thinks beer is simply a pale fizzy beverage. An OK pick for the veteran beer drinker that wants something light yet summerish.

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Photo of BeerBob
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat pours a very cloudy amber blond from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to about two fingers then went down to a broken carpet of foam islands with a full ring.

Nose is a wonderful lemon grapefruit citrus. Palate... is a citrus something... grapefruit peal, coriander, and the bight of carbonation. Missing are the banana and clove that I was expecting to find.

This brew could pass for a Belgium White, except for the color, good tasting... but just a bit off style in my humble opinion

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Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this is one of the more flavorfull Leinie offerings. Big on the oranges. Some will say it is overdone and it is but I think it tastes fine.

A ton of orange juice/orange peel aroma on the nose...tastes like drinking an orange-injected beer. Easy drinking and thirst quenching. Would be a great beer for breakfeast with some sausage and eggs on a Saturday morning...Also a nice thirst quenching beer to keep bedside during the night if you get thirsty....you get the idea....really doesn't taste like a beer..sure it has some whit characteristics but the orange is so dominant it overpowers everything...

Personally I can handle drinking a few of these but will not purchase again except for the ladies..

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Photo of Bighuge
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks a little like a wit, but more yellow. Quite cloudy. Slight frothy white head. Lace is adequate. Holy crap!! Talk about orange. This is orange all the way on the nose. A little bit artificial, like those chewy, sugar coated orange candies. Pretty charged up feel with the carbonation. Light to medium in body. Very sweet beer. Orange and corriander dominating. Artificial tasting though. Doesn't taste like beer. Not my cup of tea...er, pint of beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.73/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Hazed yellow orange with thin lacing. Spicy sweet aroma of oranges in Hawaiian punch. Tastes like orange life savors dipped in sugar. Very sweet! No finish, no bitterness, no hops, no wheat, just orange sweetness and maybe a coriander touch. Very fruit juicy and unbeerlike. Cloying at a level equal to or greater than a Bacardi O alchy pop and with a similar flavor too. A dumper for me.

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Photo of dmtaylor
2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is a BLAST of lemony coriander and sweet candy. WAY over the top on the coriander. I might detect the faintest hint of malt. Color is a hazy orange-yellow, a bit dark for a wit (assuming that is what it is really sort of intended to be). The head was big on the pour, and a small head sticks around for the whole session. The flavor is of lemony, orangey coriander, with some pepper, and a tad of grainy malt in the finish. Very sweet in the mouth but very dry in the finish. The pepper spiciness and coriander flavors stick around in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-full. This ain’t a wit. It is far too overdone. No hop bitterness to balance the sickly sweetness. This beer may please the girlie masses, but it doesn’t please me.

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Photo of Gump
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
Fruity, sweet wheat beer with a taste of honey and orange.

Pours cloudy yellow with frothy white head. Clean foam leaves no lacing inside the glass.
Clean, neat aroma. Not much to smell.

Tastes mainly of orange citrus. Similar to the Leinenkugel Honey, but with an orange twist.

Very easy drinking. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at an Easter-evening cookout with some friends overlooking Lake Mendota from James Madison Park.

Pours a pale-ish golden yellow, hazy, with lots of white fluffy head. Nose is ripe with aromatic citrus, coriander, husky wheat and a hint of blueberry. Taste was surprisingly fruity as well, dripping with citrus, coriander/clove, and ripe blueberry over belgian wit yeast. Mouthfeel is a little harsh and bubbly as Leine's fruitier beers tend towards, but still quite refreshing. I can certainly see myself chugging through a sixer of this on a summer day at the park while disc golfing. Nice to see Leine's taking a chance with a very Wit-like APWA. Leaps and bounds better than Capital's sour, astringent, ever-more advertaised attempt with Island Wheat.

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Photo of mac56
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer of this at Surdyk's in Mpls this afternoon. A Leinie rep was pouring samples, and doing pretty well, I might add.

Got it home. Poured a glass. Gave my wife a sip.

She wrinkled her nose. "That's a bit much." Took another sip. "Tastes like fruit tea."

I gotta agree. This is very - very - fizzy, fruity alcopop. Leinie should have named this "Fizzy Lifting Drink". The only thing that saves it is the slight coriander note.


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Photo of hanco005
2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Something new from Leine’s? I think I’ll give it a shot. 12 oz bottle with 07246 and C21755 on the neck, poured into a weissen glass

A—pours pale orange and cloudy with a short fizzy head that fades away quickly, similar to a soda, just a few spots of bubbles on top and on the glass wall as I drink it

S—sweet and tangy orange is all I can pick out….smells like a cross between orange tic tacs and those sugar coated orange slices.

T---bitter oranges, some candy sweetness, finishes really dry, has a bit of a chalky taste as well

M—extremely fizzy in the mouth, but not in the glass, medium bodied

D—an interesting change of pace, not one that I will buy again. Tastes similar to a fruit juice wine cooler or malternative. I think I’ll pass.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour to a hazy yellow-orange color, with a white head that diminishes to a ring. Leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of corriander, and a mix of orange and pineapple juice.

The flavor is juicy....like juice...orange mixed with pineapple again. It has quite a bit of corriander spice flavor too. Different.

It is light in body, and really trying to be refreshing, but the orange-corriander is overdone. Too fruit juicy for me.

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Photo of deliriumtremens
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

You know... it's really not bad. I was prepared to dislike this beer. Leine's already has Honey Weiss, why do they need another wheat beer? And it's supposed to be like Blue Moon? I can see this going badly.

My first surprise was on the pour. I expected a very pale, hazy yellow, like a Kristal Weiss, or a witbier with a few drops of yellow food coloring. But this looked more like a standard weiss beer. Medium yellow, very hazy, fluffy white head. Not too bad looking.

The smell is mostly of citrus, with some coriander. No noticeable clove smell - this is certainly looking up.

Taste is... interesting. Now, I like Leine's beers, and drink them fairly often, but I appreciate them for what they are - unimaginative offerings, as one has a right to expect from the "craft" arm of one of America's mega-breweries. But this... this is unique. Lots of citrus, a bit of the typical witbier flavor, but this is not a wit by any means. At first, I can't tell if I like it, so I try some more. What is that? Do I taste a hint of blueberries? That's weird. I mention it to the tasting guy, and he laughs - yeah, they brew it with blueberry extract. That was a pleasant surprise. This is not a fruit beer, but the fruity flavors really enhance the background, which is a mixture of wit and weiss. Yeah, I think I like this.

Drinkablity is exceptional. People talk about lawnmower beers, and how they can toss back can-after-can of Coors Light or whatever. I don't see it. I can't even stomach *one* of those, much less a case. This, though, I could definitely see finishing off a six-pack on a hot summer afternoon.

Not the *best* beer in the world, but pretty not bad.

(edit: some stats from their info card... 35% malted wheat, 65% pale malts, all cascade hops (barely evident, though), 4.9% alcohol)

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Photo of ADR
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Uniformly hazy straw yellow color, flat white head of about 1/4 of an inch in height and pretty short duration. Incomplete slipping lacing. Aroma is awfully reminiscent of fruit punch with a cinnamon stick in it, Cascade hops play no role -- which is fine in a Wit style though I wonder about the sales pitch. Lightish mouthfeel, carbonation comes in at a tick lower than average. Very spiced flavors, orangey, somewhat limey with pineapple and a quick transition to a chalky nutiness with coriander accents. Lots of similarities to orange "ribbon" fruit candy that used to be popular in holiday bowls at Christmas -- especially in the aftertaste. Seems rather obvious and not very appealing to me. I'd give it a nod over Berry Weiss, but that's not much of a recommendation at all.

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Photo of Skidz
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy pale straw and sits cloudy gold in the glass with a good sized soapy white head, fading to a good skim on the surface with some minor lacings around the glass.

Astringently overpowering aromas of corriander and orange peel, picking up some blueberry-esque notes along the way, most likely a coincidence between the two. This would be like sticking you nose into a bowl of Quaker instant oatmeal, oranges & cream flavored, if such a flavor existed.

Tastes soft and wheaty up front with immediate pilings of orange peel and corriander on the tongue, the rest...fades away. Finishes with mild bitterness and a smooth yeasty pallatte.

Very soft in the mouth, big loose carbonation, mild to moderate, and a light-medium body.

This is not half bad, in fact it's not bad at all. I can't help but note that the orange and corriander portions are rediculous and cloud over almost everything else in the beer. This will go over well.

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Photo of jj21
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leininkugel's attempt at a Blue Moon-esque Belgian White beer. Pours nice. Cloudy orange with a decent white head. Aromas of orange, coriander and yeast. A lot better aromas than I expected from a Macro brewery (Yes, they should be concidered as such) were surprising as was the flavor. Somewhat overpowering spices make it a bit harsher and seem artifcial. In the end, a decent job by Leinie's.

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