Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian 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 nicksta
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a solid orange cloud, with a fluffy head that slowly recedes. As you drink a fair amount of lacing gets left on the glass.

S: I can smell some lemony zest, and Trix. Trix, as in the breakfast cereal.

T: I first I can taste some orange juice and lemonade concentrate, then I can taste the Trix cereal that I smelled at the beginning. Unfortunately, it ends sharply and watery.

M: It is just a tad watery towards the end of a drink.

D: Not bad, but the sharp taste will limit your chugging.

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Photo of dmowen
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, hazy amber color with a nice 2- finger head with fair head retention. Nice lacing on the glass. Has a very nice citrus smell to it; mouth-feel is decent and goes down good. Does have a slight bitter after-tatst though. A very refreshing beer on a hot summer day. Good beer!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber color with modest white puffy head. Smell is a nice combination of spices, bananas, and some summer fruits (apricot, peaches) . Taste is also fruity with someotes of raspberry and lemon to be found. Finished is summer refreshing with nice mothfeel, though a bit thin. A nice drinking beer, very refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like they blended a nice Witbier and an American Wheat. The beer had a mildly murky yellow-ness with a soft white glaze, yet disapointing head retention. Citrusy with lemon and orange zest and a rind-like bittering. Spiced up with maybe a dash of corriander, but relying on the wheat / yeast esters to decorate. The body, like most American Wheats, end up void. Finishes nicely crisp and clean except for the lingering bitterness.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
2.19/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I first tried it from a bottle a friend of mine provided. I wanted to give it another chance, so I went to the Leinie's gift shop and tried it there on tap.

If you expect a typical wit style beer, you will be sorely disappointed. It was served to me in a glass with an orange wedge. I removed the wedge, but the beer maintained it's overwhelming citrus aroma. The color is a hazy orange, actually very pleasant. The taste puts it somewhere between a wit and a fruit beer; too sweet as a wit, too dry for a dessert style beer. I think Leinie's would do better off turning this into a full fledged fruit beer, such as berry weiss.

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

This beer may be off style, out of whack and even have the taste of Fruity Pebbles as other reviewers have suggested.

Yet, in a sick way, I like it!

For Leinies I think all that citric, floral and peach flavor is a bold statement. They may be talking to women and younger drinkers but I believe that this is a brew to address those who think beer can't appeal to wine and malternative drinkers.

I enjoyed the look and smell and even the sweet taste.

Won't personally buy it a case at a time but this is an adequate summer beer choice.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.44/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schell weizen glass, no orange. Hazy pale yellow body, a little carbonation visible. 3" of white head are formed after an aggresive pour. Lemon-lime soda in the nose up front, a little graininess follows. Taste is bland versus the style, pie crust grainy/sweetness and a little citrus is all I garner from this unremarkable beer. If this was onsale for $8.99 a 12'er (as Leinie's sometimes is) I would consider getting it if it were 95 degrees and percent humidity out. Other than that, I will pass.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very hazy and very light straw color with a finger-sized head that falls quickly to a small ring around the top. Carbonation is not apparent. Aroma is very citrusy. Very fruity orange, lime and lemon, with corriander spice, and a mild wheaty character. Its pleasing, but a little overloaded for my taste. Flavor is again dominated with citrusy orange and lime, with the corriander spice, backed by a mild American wheat base. It finishes very clean with just a touch of orange sweetness hanging on with a very mild bitter as well. Mouthfeel is on the light end of moderate with a moderate carbonation that keeps this one feeling lighter than it is. I just think that this one goes overboard with the fruit tones that should be supporting the flavors, not defining them. I can see where this one will go over well with some as a refreshing drink in the summer heat, but I'll not be reaching for this one at my local as a go-to.

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Photo of Redrover
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a darkish opaque straw with a fairly dense white head.

The nose is slightly spicy with some wet grass and clear orange/tangerine smell.

The first taste is citrus (orange again) with some very subtle spices. The spices are a bit overwhelmed by the orange taste. It kind of reminds me of one of those soft candy orange slices that have the hard sugar on back. Some grainy malts emerge later.

The mouth is solid with a nice level of carbonation. Drinkablity is a bit of a tougher call. The beer is not bad and is something a little different. I would have this one again, but could never see more than having one in a night.

This may be a good beer to wean folks off those sweet alco pops. I’m glad to see Leines continuing to try new beers, perhaps they will launch a pale ale soon???

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Photo of bort11
1.93/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Included in a mix-and-match sixer at Hy-Vee. Poured into a pint glass. Color is a hazy golden orange. Head is about a finger thick, recedes to a filmy lace.

Smell is very fruity and floral. I had a hard time pin-pointing exactly what the smell is. I passed the glass around the bunch of friends hanging out on the deck. We finally decided that it smelled like Fruit-Loops and lavender.

Taste is also a mixture of different fruits. There is peach, and orange, a little bit of lemon. It is cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy like a nectar juice.

The taste was so sweet and un-beerlike that I couldn't even finish it. I tried to pass it on my Irish friend who didn't want a beer to go to waste. Even he couldn't do it. Down the drain it goes.

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Photo of budgood1
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a hazy, dirty golden colour with a big fluffy head that sticks around to lace the glass as i drink. aroma of lemonhead candy. lots of lemon and other citric induced smells....never smelled a beer like this one. as for the taste...it's unique to say the least. liquid starburst comes to mind...a hint of spice...lots of tartness; lemon zest and grapefruit juice. oranges, tangerines etc. there is some wheat characteristics in the background...and the coriander aspect adds a nice balancing act to the overt citric overload. mouthfeel is dry and puckered on top of a lightish body. drinkability suffers just because it's not my style of wheat beer.

this is one wacky brew. it's too citrusy for my taste in wheat beers. not a summer beer that's aimed at the discerning beer drinker looking for the perfect hefeweizen to dance with in summer. but it could be a fine quencher to those looking to expand beyond the normal fare.

i won't buy this again but i might steer someone who is looking to kill a summer thirst to buy this.

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Photo of Winter
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of wheat malt and orange peel. The nose has an antiseptic quality to it also. Medium-bodied and airy mouthfeel. Orange citrus flavor dominates this brew. Wheat flavored front is soon replaced with an overpowering orange and spiced yeast taste. The overly sweet finish totally reminds me of Post Fruity Pebbles.

This beer is out of whack. Leinie's took a technique of adding an orange to your wheat/wit beer for taste and completely brewed a beer that takes that citrusy taste and turns it into overkill. A really disappointing summer brew.

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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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