Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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2,378 Ratings
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Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,378
Reviews:
907
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
20.47%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
430
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,378 |  Reviews: 907
Photo of harbqll
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers, which is a little odd for me as I'm generally a fan of stouts and porters. A Belgian Witbier, but with fruity overtones. I also seem to detect an aroma of pine forest in the head. It was my go-to beer when I lived in the south, especially for hot summer days; in Washington I can't seem to find it anywhere and had to brew my own from a clone kit.

It pairs great with Rosemary in a beef pie, by the way.

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Photo of singletary
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a cloudy orange haze with a strong smell of citrus. The taste is sweet with a fresh citrusy feel. A nice wheat beer for the summer, some may think to sweet but I felt for a hot humid Mississippi afternoon it was perfect.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Texasthrowed
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky orange gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of fruit, spice and some caramel. The taste is big on wheat with some fruit nicely blended in.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow with haze. Lacked much head. No retention. Aroma was fruity corn pops. Like kids cereal.

Taste dropped more unbalanced sugar added sweetness. Just too sweet. I like fruit beers. I like some sweet beers. I did not like this beer. No wheat quotient noticeable, just dominated by sugar. For just being blueberry, a not sweet fruit really, I don't know where all this comes from. Just didn't work on any level for me. Not really a wit or wheat beer. The fruit doesn't come across as fruity, more sugary. The other base is lacking, the lager yeast seems misplaced. GTFO with this.

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Photo of zaraspook
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bjm94
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyTwins
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aoyoc
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light color with white cap and decent lacing.

Rather nice aroma of orange backed by vibrant fruit. I don't find malt or hops but do notice a melange of berry scents.

Taste is uncomplicated but rich. Orange leads followed by berries. I know it's blueberry (according to the brewer) but to me tastes more like raspberry-blackberry-dark cherry. The brewer doesn't list all that stuff but they don't define what "beer with natural flavors" means either. The underlying wheat beer is sufficiently mild to conceal it's identity happy to let the fruit dominate. A bit of tartness emerges just before the finish and lasts into the aftertaste.

Light medium texture.

It's a light, clean, refreshing wheat beer with lots of frutit/berry flavors. Undemanding, it should serve as a background to conversation. Fruity enough that I don't really see it as a food beer but it could substitute for morning orange juice.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 05/03/16:

Very cloudy light honey amber with lemon-white foamy head of moderate retention. Sweet oranges, sour lemons, and peel of either to the nose, but also honey and shortcake. Witbier palate, sweet and citrusy, blueberries, some bread, some rindy bitterness. Medium-bodied, smooth, sudsy to sloshy with fine tingles. If this is indeed a Witbier, Leinie surprisingly does a better job than a number of craft breweries (which Leinie, according to some, does not qualify as).

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly rusty dark golden yellow with a half finger of white foam.

Citrus fruit, wheat, grainy.

Lemon and orange zest, mild spice, herbal/floral hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Overall, a light and refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of COR8RFAN
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Abhinav
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent, very fruity for a witbier, you can taste the blueberry.

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Photo of AD17
2.27/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of LizT
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a single bottle of this into a beer glass.
Pours this cloudy dark yellowish/brown colour. Minimal foam head that does not sit or last except around the edge of the glass.

Smells fruity, like peach or citrus.

Taste is interesting, tastes more fruity than I was expecting for a wheat beer, almost like peach. But not so strong that it's a peach flavor, more of a hint.

Feels smooth, moderate carbonation that rolls off the tongue.

Overall, too fruity for me, but pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Fabiand
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ctodorow
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/18/2016. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, blueberry, peach, orange peel, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, blueberry, peach, orange peel, coriander, light pepper/clove, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness and minimal fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, blueberry, peach, orange peel, coriander, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very good fruited witbier style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, fruit/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of holder1422
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brent_B
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.54/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Millersbrewers
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 2,378 ratings.
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