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

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S = There was a nice black/raspberry smell.

T = The sweetness hits you directly, then the malt/wheat flavors begin to slowly kick in bringing a little balance. The finish was nice with no bitterness.

MF = Very smooth and crisp with moderate carbonation.

I know this particular beer is very polarized in it's reviews. Overall, I felt it was a refreshing beer to have every now and then...but, I wouldn't make it a "session".

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Photo of bmeehan
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

I think all of Leinenkugels' fruit beers are the same: fruity and delicious, but leave you wishing they had something more distinguishing than which fruit is in this particular beer you're drinking at that moment.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Mickey's pint glass.

A: Poured a deep tinted purple/reddish amber color with a chilled haze and a frothy head of whitish foam.

S: A full bouquet of berries rises without even having to put your nose to it. A potent mixture of fresh berries which is quite pleasing.

T: Holy white zinfandel, Batman! It's got that distinct, vinous alcohol flavor mixed with a mouthfull of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. There's no hop taste that I can find, and the sweetness of the berries negates any real malted beer taste to it.

M: Mouthfeel is fizzy, because despite being sticky sweet at times, this brew is well carbonated.

D: As drinkable as say, Harpoon Raspberry UFO, except the lack of hops or other malt flavors impedes the drinkability a tad. It's a whole lot of fruit flavoring, and is tailor-made for summer.

For what it is, it's a very fruity beer with natural flavoring, as opposed to a Miller Chill or Bud Lime. It's better than some other fruit beers, but it's no lambic. If you love berries, be my guest. I'll pass from now on.

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Photo of berserker256
3.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird beer. It's pink with a purple/pink hued head. Odd appearance. Smells good like a little kid's juice box or a Capri Sun or something... But with a touch of beer. Very sweet and fruity taste. Raspberries, mostly. Maybe strawberries as well. Tastes like jam. This beer would be more aptly be named "the champagne of beers" instead of Miller High Life. It's too sweet to drink too many of. Good... but chick beer. My wife can have the rest of them.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.73/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a hazy pinkish-amber body with a good inch of pinkish-white head. Smells like raspberry and perhaps some strawberry and/or cranberry thrown in. Tastes predominantly like strawberry and raspberry and very little else. Pretty dry finish. Light bodied with an awful lot of carbonation. Pretty drinkable, though it'd be better if it were a bit sweeter or more malty IMO. Okay, but not sure it's something I'd get again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +27.4%

Having some kale chips and pub cheese. Lets see if this is a good pairing (probably not...)

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance (3.75) : A girly pinkish 2 fingered head atop a pink melon colored body. About 60% opacity. The head leaves casual broken rings around the glass as it recedes. Pretty.

Smell (4) : Berry. Strawberry, Raspberry, a little sucrose. Some faint wheat underneath. The smell really pops out at you.

Taste (3.5) : Pretty tasty. It has this type of malt beverage taste but retains the ale character. I taste strawberry, pink lemonade, a little lime. It ends almost flat and lacking flavor but oddly I don't mind. At worst you could say its a rotten berry soda. But on the beer side of things its pleasantly fruity. The flavor seems to float off your tongue, it ends just a smidgen sour.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy, milky, carbonated. It is not exceptional but for this type of beer the mouthfeel nails it.

Overall (3.72) : I would buy this again. Yummy, lots of esters, lots of fruit and lambic type of flavors. An easy beer for a breezy afternoon.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Precious and I used to watch the show "Storage Wars". It's a reality show not worth talking about except one of the stars [sic] was a guy named Barry Weiss. He's a bit of a character, and Precious loves him. So Precious went to visit her mom, and after I dropped her off at the airport I made a beeline for the beer store. I saw this on the shelf. I told Precious about it, and she told me that I had to go back and get some.

I don't know if this can really be called "beer" because it's so different. The color is a kind of purple/violet type color, and it smells like a fruity, sweet wine almost like a moscato. But the taste just isn't there. Like the title suggests, it has a hint of a berry flavor, but it's a little syrupy and heavy. If you like that, then this might be worth trying.

I love Leinenkugel's for their ingenuity and originality. I encourage experimentation. I'm the first one in the pool. But this just doesn't do it.

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Photo of matty
3.67/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pinkish red beer with a bubbly foan that vanishes to a lacing.Smell is blackberry, blueberry and raspberry.Taste is the same except that there is a dominant honey aftertaste.This is different than any beer I have ever had but in a good way.If you have a sweet tooth definetly worth a try!!

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Photo of BDIMike
3.67/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy, purple color. There is a lot of fizz and a very thin head that goes away immediately.
Nice smell to this beer. Smells strongly of blackberry with a touch of honey in the smell as well.
The taste is nice with a good berry taste. Does not have much to the taste besides blackberries, but a touch of wheat and malts can be detected as well. A little bit of a strange aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is nice and sharp, but slightly smooth as well.
Good drinkability for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Chrissybeer
3.67/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There was an immediate aroma of berries as the beer was opened. The beer poured a light purple color and was cloudy in appearance. There was about a 2 1/2 finger head in the glass after being poured.

The first sip was pretty sweet with strong berry flavor. There was some tart to the beer, but left a very sweet after taste in your mouth.

Light lacing left in the glass while drinking.

Worth trying, but not recommended for an everyday drink...

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.67/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Pours a nice clear amber with a definite pink hue to it. Nice 1 - 2 finger pinkish head with good retention and nice lacing.

The smell is very nice, indeed. Very fruity. Raspberries and blackberries stand out above all else. Not unlike a Lambic, as far as the smell goes.

Raspberries hit the tongue first, followed by a little bit of blackberries and maybe some cherries on the end. Cherry could be something else, I'm not 100% sure. A little bit of malt down deep and a touch of honey. There's no hint of alcohol in the taste, just a little tiny bit of warmth in the belly.

Feels very smooth in the mouth. A little lighter than expected, but this works to it's advantage.

Very easy to drink as long as you don't mind the sweetness. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.67/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Small head that disappeared quickly, mildly cloudy, with not too much action going on inside my glass.

Smell: Obviously fruity, specifically with blackberries. Cant specifically identify any other berries , but would not be surprised to learn that there were more used.

Taste: Not too knowledgeable on Berliner Weissbier's (I assume this is what it is modeled after), but I thought this was pretty clean. Blackberry flavors to start, definitely refreshing, brief malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light/watery, more on the carbonated side.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, especially on a summer day. Definitely no problem with getting another one. I think I may do that right now.

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Photo of gskitt
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sounded interesting in the store. Waited for a hot day for with this beer it seemed fitting. Yikes, wine cooler. Effervescent pour, clear gold with little or no head. Smelled of berries but not fresh, artificial. Tasted very crisp and refreshing, but to much and very much like a wine cooler. It was tart and fruity and really was not bad. Drinkable? Yes, no doubt. Wait for a sultry summer day.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A bright glowing pink purple color emerges after the pour. This looks more like a wine cooler than a beer. small soapy head.

S- Straight up swwet black raspberry, honey; and maybe even some apple.

T- This is a beer for non-beer drinkers. This beer was sampled and enjoyed by beer haters such as my mother and girlfriend. Sweet and sour berry flavors most notably strawberry and raspberry. There was no wheat flavor at all,. I could not even tell this was a beer.

M- light and airy. This went down easily similar to a fruity juice drink.

D- too swwet to drink all night. this is enjoyable if I was craving for a soda not a beer.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a 12 oz. bottle of this with no freshness date. Pours a hazy bright pink, with a white, foamy head at first. Very little retention. Smell is completely dominated by sweet berries. Taste is dominated of it, too, although there's a decent malty finish. Good mouthfeel to it. Overall, not a bad beer. Not terribly complex, but it's up front about being a fruit beer, and it does a good job of fulfilling it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite interesting and pleasant. Though there are some criticisms, it's still quite drinkable. The berry presence is noticed immediately with its bright ruby color and vibrant carbonation. Not so good on the head retention or body, but the flavors are nice. Tastes and smells of mildly tart and mostly sweet raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and grapes. Along with that carbonation, the beer becomes very wine-cooler-ish. Fizzy feel on the toung and sweet berry-like in the finish. A sticky-sweetness lingers for too long. A total chick beer.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a reddish color with a very light pinkish colored fluffy head. The head does not last very long. There is decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite fruity and sweet. Aroma of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries. Smells almost like a fruit soda. There is also some malty aromas too, but they somewhat hidden by the berries.

Taste is quite nice. It has a tartness too it, not overly sweet. The berry flavors are the same as the aromas, and taste natural. There are some malty flavors that seem to balance it out for me. Finish is a bit malty with some very slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, kind of smooth with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good too.

Overall, one of the better fruit beers I have had. Does not taste artificial. Will definitely have this one again.

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Photo of biggmike
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a color that was attractive and reminiscent of pink grapefruit juice or pink lemonade only a little darker. Upon opening of the bottle, your nose is overwhelmed by the smell of berries. The aroma to me was very much like wine. The taste was also of berries, a balanced convergence of sweet and tart flavors. The mouthfeel was very pleasant and nicely carbonated. I thought this was very refreshing. I could not session it, but its a nice refresher.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pink lemonade color with a forthy head that shows great retention and lacing

Smell: A big whiff of raspberry/blackberry

Taste: Opens with a sweet/tart berry flavor, with the sweeter elements winning the battle both before and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: Not a bad fruit beer but just not my type of fruit beer

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've always known about Leinenkugel's beers and I finally bought a sampler pack. I first tried the berry weiss and I was kind of shocked. There is a tremendous amount of berry flavor but blended quit well with the beer, and didn't drown out the beer flavor. There wasn't much carbonation but wasn't expected in a fruit beer. Overall I was very impressed and a very simple beer to drink year round I believe.

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Photo of Hybrid3rdGen
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A really nice light fruity beer. Nothing too bad but also nothing absolutely fantastic. I picked up a six for those times when I just wanted something light and this definitely fits the bill. I didn't pour it out, so no comment on the head or the over all colour. The taste had just enough 'beer' to it to let me know it was a beer and not a wine cooler. Honestly, I think this is a beer that a lot of people (who normally wouldn't like) could come to enjoy. Will I get another six... sure, now that my girlfriend likes it and she's busting into some of my other exotic craft beers. :)

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Photo of Onibubba
3.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pink with a short lived pink head. Big berry smell that promises uncomprimising sweetness. Taste delivers on that note, although not near as cloying as I expected. Crisp, dare I say refreshing. Good pop like carbonation. Very soda like in character. As such, drinkability is high, but couldn't see myself drinking more than a couple in a setting.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.59/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Think raspberry ice tea out of a drink fountain at McDonald's.

Smell: Extremely fruity. Raspberries and blackberries especially. Not a bad smell, but not a beer smell. I like it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ok, this stuff is not necessarily biter but, but fairly sour. Tastes like fruit punch and raspberry ice tea (see above). If you love berries, you might like this. Supreme smoothness and suprisingly thick...leaves a sugary residue in your mouth.

Drinkability: Considering it does not taste like alcohol at all, you can chug this stuff with no problem. (I did.)

Overall: Refreshing on cool to warm spring/fall afternoon. Definitely fits into Leinie's fruit obsession.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.59/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The foam was light wheat with a obvious reddish pink hue that dissapated quickly. The color was a apple red haze with a wheat lighlight. The smell - the 1st experience was a dominate rasberry aroma with small hints of blueberry. Couldn't really smell anything else. Taste had a somewhat dominate rasberry overtone with deep undertones of wheat, blackberry and a sharp crispness at the end. Mouthfeel - smooth, fruity and somewhat light-bodied. Drinkability - with the smoothness of the wheaty fruit, it was a good session.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/14/2016. Pours lightly hazy orange/pink/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, cherry, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of berries, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of tart blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, cherry, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/tannic tartness and light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, cherry, wheat, cracker, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of berries, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitter/tartness as well. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly acidic/tannic, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice fruit wheat beer. All around good balance and robustness of berries, pale malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.92 out of 5 based on 1,324 ratings.
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