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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Berry WeissLeinenkugel's Berry Weiss

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 374 | Ratings: 1,313
Photo of jwc215
1.9/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazed fruit punch color (pinkish?) with a thin pink head that descends to a patch. I would say it's not a particularly attractive color for a beer.

Smells like a fruity wine spritzer with added fruitiness - esp. blackberry. Very fruity - I guess that's what they were going for.

The taste is ... not good. Sweet artificial fruit syrup with honey added as a bonus on top of the sweetness from the fruit syrup. There's a touch of maltiness, adding more to sweetness - Forget the hops. Imbalanced sweetness. If this were a fruity "malt beverage" I would say it was not bad, but it has "bier" written on it. Why write it in German? Why write it at all? Hardly has any beer characteristics - a touch of malt...a vague tartness, maybe? Just barely enough to keep sweetness from lingering forever (though it lasts too long, anyway.) Finishes...sweet.

Light-bodied and fizzy. Over-carbonation's only redeeming quality (if it has any) is that it lifts away some of the sweet aftertaste, a bit.

Is this beer or a malternative? With willpower (and putting beer out of my mind) I was able to finish one (and give the rest to a female neighbor who drinks the "malt beverages" to share with her friends. Better them than me!

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark reddish amber with a loose, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - blackberries

T - tart, blackberries, juice-like but not as sugary or sweet

M - light bodied, well carbonated, crisp at times

This is a mediocre, simple fruit beer. If you like blackberries and a light bodied beer then this is a decent offering. If you're looking for something complex or full bodied, look elsewhere.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Berry Weiss beer is a good fruit/veggie beer. The berries obviously dominate the smell and taste. The color was nice with decent white head. The mouthfeel was nice a light great for summertime libations. Although to sweet for me and I would not drink alot of this stuff.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a pinkish purple into my tulip with a finger of head tha had hardly any lacing on the glass.

S: intense berry aromas that almost make the beer smell like fruit punch. Very little malt character without any hop presence.

T: a very crisp berry kick that reminds me of a blonde style brewed beer with the fruit added. I kinda gotta a slight wheat flavor after a couple sips too.

M: meduim bodied with good bubbly carbonation to add the overall fruit backbone.

D: probably would only drink one due to the sweetness of the beer but a good offering from leinenkugel. Sunset wheat is still my favorite from them.

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Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy purple color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and wheat malt scent along with a sweet blackberry aroma. The taste is average. It has a watery wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a tangy blackberry taste. It's sweet tasting with a thin watery feel. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This tastes more like soda than beer. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, berries. The taste is malty, slight yeasty, some berries in there. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, better than I expected.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well I unknowingly ordered this Berry Leiney, I was hoping it was just a wheat beer, but to my dismay it was riddled with berry flavor.

It looked good, soapy white head on a cloudy bright yellow liquid.

The aroma was faint and consisted of raspberries namely, some blackberry too.

The flavor was a major dissappointmet. Tastes like a blueberry/raspberry puree poured into a wheat beer. It is what it is. Finishes a bit sour and overly sweet. Lemony hop is out of place here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability rates low, cloyingly sweet, artificial berry taste, whats to like? I would reccommend this to a casual beer drinker, not a beer enthusiast who appreciates better beer.

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Photo of plaid75
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper and pink hue. There was a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell was 100% sweet berry. Champagne like esters.

The taste resembled champagne with a strong berry sweetness. Only minor detection of wheat body.

The mouthfeel was dry and a bit astringent.

Overall not a very drinkable beer. Too much like a wine cooler for my taste. Interesting champagne character though.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Jul 06 15. Sampled May 15, 2015.

The color is a sort of orange-strawberry sparkling water color with a burst of white head that fizzles as fast as it erupts.

The aroma is mostly strawberry, blackberry, and a tiny hint of honey.

Light body

The flavor surprised me a little. I do get the weakest note of toasted bread and a very mild bitterness but otherwise it is all berries.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-finger pinkish head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear red/amber color. Maybe its a blackberry nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet and tart berry(?) with a sweet and sour finish. Would make a good summer beer - not one with two feet of snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a beautiful bright amber-orange with a slight ivory capping that soon diminished.

S: fruity and sweet with fresh raspberry aroma.

T: very sweet and sugary with raspberries. Very sweet upfront with dominant raspberry flavor with supporting fruitiness of apple and pear juice which quickly fades. Overall the flavor was very fruity and sugary.

M: light, sugary sweet almost to much so.

D: Drinkability was extremely limited due to the extreme sugary sweetness of this beer. Drank like a concentrated fruit juice box.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a rhubarb pale red clear body with a thin white head that is gone before I set the glass down.

S- The dry fruity notes of strawberry, raspberry and a hint of powdered sugar with a cherry finish.

T- The sweet strawberry fruit flavor has a faint wheat hint and a slight tart finish of cherry punch.

M- This beer has a very light mouthfeel with a fizzy texture.

D- This beer is sweet has fizzy. The fruit flavors are pretty natural but they need something to balance them.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.66/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an a pinkish amber color with a pretty nice off-white head that has good lacing and retention qualities . The aroma is very sweet and slightly tart and filled with blackberries, raspberries and other different wildberry smells. The taste like the aroma is almost overwhelmingly sweet with berry flavors and just a touch of wheat flavor under all the sweetness. Overall, this is not a horrible beer, but it is way too sweet for my palate. It almost tastes like a couple of sugar packets were dumped into this beer before consumption. It is one and done for me, thankfully I just bought a single bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

It pours a clear reddsh amber with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some good lacing and the head retention is good.

The smell is big on the berries that kind of remind me of a Lindemans. I like fruit beers so the nose is impressive to me.

The taste is nice. Big flavour of raspberry and a good note of blackberry with some honey and overall, it's quite sweet but it suits my palate nicely.

Good medium to medium thick mouthfeel for the most part but it does border on syrupy near the finish.

This is a good fruit beer that, imo, doesn't have a whole lot of complexity going on but I don't look for that in every beer I try. It's simple, and it's good.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Red color with orange around teh edges where the light hits. Pours a two finger foamy white head with fair retention. Decanted steadily. No lacing.

S: Strong scent of sweet blueberries and rasberries.

T: Very fruit-juicy; frnaly not minful of beer. There is a slight malty taste, but it gets lost quicly in sweet berries.

M: Light and thin. Ample carbonation brightens the sweetness.

D: More of a flavored alcohol beverage thatn a weis as the name implied. Drinkable as long as you can stomach the sweet taste - some have more tolerance of that others.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had this I poured it out because it tasted too much like soda pop. I like the brewery so I thought I would try it again.
L: Hazy pink with a 2” foam cap that is creamy and malty.
S: smells like grape or berry soda with a big artificial fruit flavor.
T: Pretty much sweet and artificial tasting.
F: Light and fizzy.
O: This is the kind of beer that people who are under age and do not like beer would like.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, there's a date of SEP 26 11 printed on it, but I have no idea if that's the bottled on or best by date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a pinkish/amber color with a half inch light pink head. The head goes away quickly, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells like berry fruit juice/drinks and grain. For the most part it tastes like it smells, it tastes like a mix of fruit juice, grainy malt and berry flavored carbonated water. The flavor isn't quite as artificial tasting as I was expecting, so that's a plus. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a little bit syrupy and is well carbonated. As far as fruit beers go, I'd have to say this is average all around. I've had better and I've had worse. I don't think I'd buy a 6 pack of this, but if someone gave me a bottle (a friend did give me this one) I wouldn't turn it down, either.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Easily one of my favorite beers. Sometime you want a little flavored beer now and again.

A - Pretty average pinkish lemonade like color.
S - The berry smell is awesome in this beer. Almost too good.
T - Man what a treat of a beer! Berry delicious with just a hint of sour. Like a poor mans lambic.
M - Watery but full bodied.
D - I could easily slam a six pack without thinking twice. It really does have a "light beer" tone to it so you really don't notice its around 5 percent.

Overall I used to get this by the case but now I tend to try better things. Really a good beer and I would agree that if your in the mood for a fruit beer and don't want too much sour crack open a Leine!

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Photo of tigg924
2.74/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: cloudy, 1/2 inch head, neon purple with a bit of red and brown in color, high carbonation, lots of lacing

Smell: berries: strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries

Taste: berries: strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries..some wheat

Mouthfeel: sticky sweet, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: On a hot day I could have a couple, but this is kind of hard to finish on a cold day. It almost tastes more like a wine cooler. Sometimes the flavor is a bit too sweet. Leinies has way better beers in their offerings. Would not disgard this in their mix pack, but would never buy a six of it.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy yet pale red color with a white to gray head that dissipated immediately.

(S)- Smells seriously fruity! Raspberry, Strawberry, cherry, and blueberrry. Has a sugary sweetness behind it.

(T)- The massive fruits from the smell become really subdued in the taste. They are there, but are hidden behind a corn husk and strong sugary sweetness.

(M)- Kinda lackluster in all categories besides smell. Even the carbonation could be better.

(D)- A fun beer to have around for parties for people who dont like beer but will drink this :/ But nothing really great in my opinion. Reminds me of a wine cooler. I would much rather have something else than this anyways.

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Photo of Brad007
3.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color: Raspberry red color with a very thick head of foam that sticks around for a while, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Very strong berry aroma, likening to a mix of blackberry and raspberry. Seems to mask any other flavors that might be present, which could mean berry flavor is an extract.

Taste: Sweet with berry flavor mingling with wheat. Tastes more like a berry soda than a beer though. Nothing but berries in the taste. Fades to a bit of sourness/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Berries! Not much else to pick out

Verdict: Too sweet to be an actual weissbeer. It's decent but overdone with the berries. Still might be enjoyable as a summer beer on a hot day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.97/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Somewhat of a pink hue to the appearance, almost no head. Aroma was sweetener and candy like, not impressed, lacking any fruit connotation to it.

Taste was just rough. More sweetener. Almost nothing in the way of beer like notes except for the bottle it came in. Just nothing going on here that would ever make me recommend it. No hops, malt, fruit in a fruit beer. Staaaahp.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep orange/red color. Medium foamy white head with purple tinting. Real sweet berry nose. Can they really call this a weiss. I'm curious what percentage of wheat malt is utilized. (I would bet in the 10-15 % range.) As with their Honey Weiss, there is absoutely no trace of weizen characteristics. This beer is very fruity and fairly highly carbonated. It is not obnoxious at all in taste, but it doesn't taste like a beer. If you're looking for a beer that tastes like a wine cooler, this is perfect.

(A side note: Last summer, at my sister's gift opening party at my mom and dad's house the Sunday after her Wedding, there were coolers macrobrews available. Among others, Leiney's Honey and Berry were available. ZAP and I hid in the garage with the coolers during the actual "gift opening." We discovered a half and half mix of berry and honey actually tasted halfway decent. It went down pretty easy on a day we both were experiencing minor hang overs.)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Muddled pink color, no head. Aroma of corn syrup and nerds candy.

I hate to use the word disgusting, but it seems apt here. Wheat aspect is commendable, but the 'fruit' aspect, is questionable at best. Comes off more like a soda with some wheat to it, moreso than a 'beer'. This type of beer gives other fruit beers bad names. When people say cough syrup (although at least this is a 'thin' one) or kool aid beer, this kinda gives them some ammo to substantiate their claim.

Really no redeeming quality to this 'beer', other than the fact its not absolutely terrible, it just kinda sucks.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy pinkish-purple color with a hint of an orange reddish color and a big billowy pink colored head. The fizzy head fades rather slowly over time as big carbonation bubbles pop within the head. Once the head fades away it leaves some rather nice foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet. Right upon opening the bottle you can smell it. Its biggest aroma is that of a raspberry and blackberry smell. Mixed with these smells are some other berry notes of strawberry and even a little bit of current. A grain and wheaty aroma as well as a bit of yeast are there as well, giving the beer an overall very berry and slightly grainy smell overall.

Taste – The taste is hugely sweet with tons of sugary raspberry and strawberry. The flavors are mixed with a blackberry like sweetness as well as a bit of lemon and honey. There are some lighter wheat and malt flavors that develop more toward the middle and a very light herbal flavor that develops at the end. These malt and herbal flavors are very light overall however, being overshadowed by the sweet fruit flavors. Overall the brew is very cloying and due to the lighter malt base, the beer has, and leaves, a very wine cooler like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a higher carbonation level. The higher carbonation is nice for the very sweet and fruity flavors of the brew, although a bit of a thinner body may have been more fitting for the sweet wine cooler characteristics of the beer.

Overall – From what I have tasted this is pretty much a wine cooler. If you want something very sweet and lower in alcohol this may be it, but if looking for something that tastes anything like a beer then you may want to stay away.

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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.92 out of 5 based on 1,313 ratings.
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