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 rowew
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Obscure date code on the neck. First time I have seen this in Colorado.

Appearance: Very cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint, nice head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of citrus, a bit of malt sweetness and yeast.

Taste: Again, lots of citrus .. not overly sweet taste, a decent wheat flavor.

Overall impression: This is obviously meant to take a piece of the Blue Moon market. It's not a bad beer, but I'd take a Blue Moon over this any day.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.39/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle with pull by date on neck into a weizen glass. Had a yellowish color with good head that slowly dissipated. Little carb. The smell was heavy on the citrus with strong overtones of taragon/black licorice. The taste followed the smell and was way too reliant on the extreme citrus. Found it hard to finish the beer because of the strong citrus/licorice flavors. Read some good reviews on this and was excited to try but already looking to dump the rest of my sixer on unsuspecting friends. Only worth trying if you want to mark off list. (2.0, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of Morris729
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light golden color with a thin white head and a fine carbonation of tiny bubbles billowing up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of wheat in the nose along with some spicy coriander. That same coriander is a bit overpowering in the taste but there is another strong lemony (almost like a lemon scented cleanser) flavor that stands out. Seems out of place for the style.

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Photo of Jredner
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New in town. Got a six pack at Albertsons. The aroma invokes a picturesque stroll through an Orange Grove. The sweet yet subtle scent of Orange Blossoms lingers in the air and you imagine you can even smell a bit of the bitter notes of orange peel and snapped citrus branches. Then you step on the skunk lurking below your feet and he sprays you with his own special social retardant. So to recap: oranges, orange blossoms, citrus branch and nasty skunk musk. The body is a hazy pale yellow the color of a sick canary and holds a diminishing pinky sized white head. The flavor offers sweetened cereal grains in the fore reminiscent of the sugary milk slop you’d gulp down after finishing your Sweetum Smacks as fuel for a vigorous Saturday morning of cartoon watching. Some orange dreamsicle notes appear bursting with artificial orange and cream. The effect is very manufactured in that the flavors seem chemically induced through additives rather than from the brewing process. But, I guess brewing is chemistry. I'm not saying the sweetness IS artificial it very well may not be...but it does TASTE artificial. It’s not awful, but it is sickly sweet and rather reminds me of some poorly made fruit beers with its sweet intensity.

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Photo of jdoherty
4.52/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THE summer wheat beer to drink in the Midwest. You would think since its so widely avaliable and Leinenkugel's is going "macro" it would be diluted, but there's no denying this is the beer of the summer.

The appearance doesn't have the same haze as most wheats, in fact its quite clear. The smell gives off an orange aroma, which is best augmented with an orange peel.

The taste is out of this world, just enough carbonation to tingle the tongue, but little enough to make it feel incredibly smooth in your mouth. This beer is as drinkable as water, expect to finish your entire 6-pack rather quickly

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Photo of SMark
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical appearance for a wheat beer. Nice foam head, good cloudy color and bubbles.

Orange smell at first. Other spices and fruitiness follow.

Glad to get the orange taste. Did not have to add my own slice. Thought it very refreshing.

Could have lasted longer but was adequate. Had more than a second sip.

One of Leinenkugel's better efforts. A fun beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Dizzy
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden color into my wheat beer glass. Nice white head that it retains well and it leaves some lacing. Aroma isn't what I expected, citrusy and some spices. Tastes citrusy, the coriander is too strong and it has almost a chemical taste, it reminds me of suntan lotion (well, how it smells). I don't get the funk others are talking about. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied. I don't like this one at all, I wish I didn't have 5 more of these.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very hazy, nice wheat-straw color, though the head is almost non-existent. Pleasant nose consisting of strong wheat note and light coriander. Good wheat flavor, citrusy, but coriander is much stronger and out of balance, almost soapy. Powdery texture, a little watery in the body.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a strong orange aroma couched in a nice wheaty element. Some lemon and coriander noted as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront orange and lemon with a pretty decent wheaty yeast body. Bit of a black licorice flavor as well. Nice biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was rather chewy.

Overall a pretty decent wheat ale. Very impresive for a macro type offering. Thanks to makeitavintage for this one.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
1.72/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy blonde with a thick fluffy white head. Aroma is astringent and heavily spiced with pepper and coriander.

Taste is heavy all the way around: coriander, old socks, cloves, licorice, white pepper and just a trace of peppermint (about the only element in this beer that is not exaggerated). Flavors of funk, bitter orange rind, maybe some old fish. Did someone drop their salmon croquette in while it was fermenting?

Mouthfeel is medium, a little bready, but this is a real chore to finish. Nothing in here works; everything is waaaay too much, tries too hard. I don't know if this was intended as a hefe or a saison but it tastes like a mutant Frankenwit. Blech.

Pretty bad when you have to scour your pantry for something to take the taste out of your mouth. Garden Herb Triscuits did it.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.34/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$1.30 for a single @ Jacks. Having had Leiny's in the past and not having liked any of them I am very skeptical, but this was recommended by a friend whose judgment in beer I can generally trust. This one pours out to a truly milky faint peach color, forming a soapy white head. Despite a vigorous pour, retention is poor and lacing is minimum. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is pleasantly surprising and smells very nice...tons of fresh orange, like orange julius, as well as coriander and bubblegum with a nice sweetness and clean ferment. No phenols. Thankfully, no adjuncty or off-putting aromas. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium-light body. The taste is very good...opens up with a bold fresh (yet candy-like) orange flavor and coriander. Bitterness is mild and there is a well-balanced malty sweetness throughout. Fresh orange lingers in the aftertaste with an orange-pith like bitterness which I find pleasant and helps to maintain it's drinkability. I could use a little more fresh hop bitterness in the finish because as it stands, I think the sweetness would get to me after about 3 of these. Thankfully, it's nowhere near as sickly sweet as their Berry-Weiss.

Pleasantly surprised! The first good beer I've had from Leinenkugel. I would buy this again, and I think I will snatch up a 6 pack before they disappear, as they are probably falling out of season. This is nearly as good as Vuuve (in a similar way) and Celis (in a different way), and far surpasses Blue Moon and Sam Adams as far as macrobrewed Wit's go. Recommended!

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Photo of loren01
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Had this at the Brett Favre steakhouse in GB. Poured a cloudy yellow color with small head, no lacing.
S: Smells citrusy, slight yeasty scent
T: Tastes spicy kind of funky. Maybe corriander and orange peel
M: Flat flat flat
D: Not too bad, I kind of like the funkiness in this one. Was the best brew from Leinenkugel that I had in my opinion.

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Photo of mmcave
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow copper with quickly dissipating head. The smell is anise, candy, citrus, bubble gum and or fruity pebbles. Taste is not bad, but there is medium to weak body, the complexity is all in front and doesn't last through the end. Honestly it doesn't do too much for me and I wont buy it again( Thank heavens a friend gave it to me and I didn't buy it). If you want a real wheat beer this is not it, leave this to the kids.

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Photo of supercolter
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was the best Leinenkugel's beer I have had to date. The appearance was fantastic. Just not enough head or excitement with the color for me to give a 5.
The smell was good as well. Lots of fruit characteristics, mainly citrus. So much orange that it was almost too much and too focused on one flavor.
Taste was the same as the smell, with a bit of dark fruit taste peaking through.
Mouthfeel was thin however.
Drinkability was right where it should have been.

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Photo of teg8612
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy yellow with no head after it was placed in front of me.

S- Very tart citrus, like grapefruit, with lemon and coriander. I have smelled this before in diet soft drink. Fresca anyone.

T&M- Grainy wheat but doesn't coat the palate. Very sweat and fizzy. Grapefruit with lemon and spicy coriander. Very juicy and not very beery. Very slick. This is more Fresca than beer.

D- I could barely finish this one. I love wheat ales but this just about killed me. My mom would love this.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a thick white head that dissipates to a creamy 1/8inch head that lasts the entire drink. Excellent aroma with the strong smell of orange and hints of lemon zest and blueberry. I loved the taste of this beer! True, it's different, but that is part of the appeal. Very smooth taste with a citrus fruity flavor that is very refreshing.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow with a thin head of tiny white boubles. Aroma is strange but not altogether offputting mix of lemon zest and peptobismal. This beer is light bodied and very high in astringincy with a thin and artifical citrus flavor that is seriously like drinking the yellow Fruit Loops. Honestly I'm kinda into this, but it is very funky, and near the bottom of my list for the style and the brewery. Refreshing though.

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Photo of Hap
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a unique beer. Probably not a beer that I'd have two or more in succession, though. It would be a good choice to offer to a "non-beer drinking" friend - especially if the friend is female. It just might convert them.

The appearance is light-straw and cloudy. Smell is lemony. The taste is very unique, like oranges and lemons and fresh cut flowers with very little noticeable malt or hops. A number of my friends have compared this to Blue Moon but I find it to be quite different - in a good way. Worth trying once.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks interesting, pouring a hazy pale orange with a 1/2 finger head. Produced nice lacings and was decently carbonated.

This beer smelt mostly like orange, with a hint of lemoniness from the coriander. Some grassy-skunky hops were buried in there somewhere, and i may have imagined doughy white bread scents.

Reminded me of an orange creamsicle with some coriander tang. There was just a hint of grassy hops, as well as a faint hint of the wheat.

Medium bodied creamy, citrusy and somewhat tart. Not a balanced brew as the orange predominates, and theres only hints of the wheat.

I happened to enjoy orange creamsicles as a kid, and as such i found this to be drinkable, and enjoyed how it took me back to summer as a kid. It wasnt much of a beer, but was enjoyable in more of a guilty pleasure fashion. Could knock a few of these back, although i would suggest avoiding it if you dont like orange creamsicles. Might make a good crossover beer for an appropriately targeted audience.

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Photo of milljs
4.52/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer very quickly after it came out, as I am a huge Leinenkugel's fan. It did not disappoint. Pours a golden/orange color with a nice head. Has hints of citrus and blueberry in the aroma. The taste was great, a nice fullness with hints of blueberry, citrus and corriander. A very refreshing drink on a hot day, but I believe will still stand up for a fuller winter beer.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the kind of sour you get from kissing your own sister(I can say this because I don't have one.). Sour because she is beautiful and you are in love and you have yet to learn that she is indeed your sister. A chance encounter kind of sour but with this one you're perpetually suspended in the moment that you are first told so that sour is good and the world is still beautiful and you're in love and your sister is still your girl. You get the point. A renegade wheat beer with a pucker face that doesn't go into a full blown suck. Light, citrusy and tangy as a nine volt battery.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This Pale Wheat Ale while not great, does have some nice things going for it. The appearance is of a blonde wheat, light orange, nice and cloudy. Decent head retention, and plenty of hefe in the pour. The aroma tart. Ditto for the taste. The overwhelming thing about this beer is the lemon. This ale should be advertised as a lemon wheat ale. The body was thin, and while one cannot discern any hops, the finish is dry.

Not a bad ale, but just the same, it is not one to get excited about.

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Photo of tcayiajr
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Miller Brewing introduced this beer to counteract the success their rival Coors brewing had had with their Blue Moon offering. After pouring a glass of the Leinenkugel's Sunset wheat out I notice that it had a distinct blond appearance much similar to that of Blue Moon. The smell was uninspiring. After tasting the beer I was pleased to find a nice sweet and smooth taste. The beer gopes down easy and it doesn't take long for 1 beer to be finished off. I am disappointed to report that the relative differences between this and Blue Moon are farely undistinguishable in my opinion. However, this beer does feel good while watching the sun set over a midwestern lake. Not a bad beer for the summer months at all. I would recommend this to anyone who has some time to kill up at the lake or enjoys sweet wheat beers.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3.5's across the board on this one. Not great by any means, but above average and no doubt drinkable in my humble opinion.

In the past Leine beers have done little to nothing for me, this was a nice surprise however.

Upon pouring there was the predictable cloudy haze, that one would attribute to the style. The head wasn't massive by any means, but managed to hold out for most of the glass and left some nice belgian lace.

The aroma reminded me of a Belgian Wit. Citrus was the defining scent, though there were some underlying spices as well. Pretty decent smelling brew all in all.

not a ton of wheat in the tasting profile, but just enough to let one know it's a wheat beer. The same citrus that's predominant in the smell, also is the alpha taste characteristic. Not really tasting much beyond that actually, but hey it's nice and refreshing on a summer's night, if not overly complex.

I'm going to stick with my initial 3.5's across the board here. Would I choose this if given the choice between this and countless other beers? Likely not, but for what it is... a no frills average American wheat beer, you can do alot worse.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass (what the heck). The beer is a hazy dark yellow. A smallish head (about 1/2 inch) forms after a vigorous pour. The head has some staying power before it fades to a nice cover on the liquid. Some olacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Wow, this is one citrousy mf. I get a solid blast of lemon from this.

Taste: After smelling this I am anticipating a nice citrusy zing, perhaps a little tartness. What I get is definitely a lemony zesty taste, but its also ridiculously sweet. Touch sour on the finish. No bitterness here, not even really malty.

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated. A little prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, not bad, but just too sweet for me to enjoy more than one at a time. This one be a good chick beer or maybe for some one who really doesn't like the taste of beer and likes alcopops.

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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 2,370 ratings.
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