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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 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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