Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Berry WeissLeinenkugel's Berry Weiss
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 03-25-2002

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Reviews:
379
Ratings:
1,327
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
27.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 379 | Ratings: 1,327
Photo of CNeilP09
4.21/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss. I grabbed a sixer of this on my way out of work the other day for my girlfriend to try. Yeah yeah yeah. i know. you think i'm trying to pawn this off on her. but really, she likes flavored beers from time to time, so i thought she'd like to try this. Of course, i grabbed a swig from her first beer, and ended up splitting the pack with her. This stuff is really good! It pours a rich garnet, clear ruby color, with a surprisingly thick 1/2 inch head. it doesn't have the most appealing smell, kind of fleetingly sweet and a bit funky, but nothing unappetizing. Tastes like juicy blackberries in a bowl of cereal. not overbearing, light enough to want another several. tastes great while dipping copenhagen snuff. the bittersweet balance is mouthwatering. as far as mouthfeel, it's creamy, slightly overcarbonated, but has a nice dry finish--where the cereal flavors come in. Good Beer. Get a sixer for your girlfriend and drink it for her.

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Photo of keoki182
1.76/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This "beer" is the kind of beer that minors drink and then say that they like the taste of beer. Quite frankly, a wine cooler has more beer taste than this. It kind of looks like beer upon pouring, but then the saccharine scent and flavor gives it away. My fiance likes it a lot, but she hates beer. I’m the complete opposite.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ya know, if you can't appreciate a beer with some fruit in it, don't review it. That's my theory. Fortunately, I have an open mind.
This pours -dare I say- pretty. A mostly clear/slightly hazy redish radish colour with a pink head that stays around for a while and sticks to the side.

Smell is blackberry and raspberry. Can't really get any malt or hops out of the smell. Very fruity, and perhaps too much so. I'd like at least a hint of barley.

Taste is, um, like a wine cooler. This takes the raspberry wheat theme to a new level. It actually is like a wine cooler. And this is where it lost me. I just can't decipher any malt out of it.

At this point I've lost a bit of interest. And while the mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, it just doesn't taste like a beer.

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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 znarf
4.17/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is a fun change for those who like to challenge their beer taste buds. As a surprise this beer comes off like a wine cooler. Get past the, “this is too sweet to be beer” and enjoy the enveloping berry flavor. Try it on your favorite female companion and get her opinion. A man drink Leinenkugel Berry Weiss is like man driving a Mozda Miata or wearing a kilt. Just let go, be free and enjoy the experience….

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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 slyke
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer pours a bright red color with a pink head. The head falls to a thin cap - there is some lacing as the beer is drunk. While these aren't the colors I'm used to seeing, the beer has an inviting appearance.

Smell: Berries, berries, berries. Particularly the tartness of raspberry.

Taste: Berries again. Aside from a bit of alcohol, the taste is berry-dominated. No noticeable hoppy or malty qualities.

Mouthfeel: Not much there, but it is a beer that many enjoy on a hot day so a light feel is probably intended.

Drinkability: If you can deal with the raspberry flavor, it is a pretty drinkable beer. It seems like it would be best on a hot summer day in place of a slushy juice drink.

I was first coerced to try Leinie's Berry Weiss by my girlfriend who counts it as her favorite. While it isn't my favorite of the style, or the best of the style; it is worth a try.

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.2/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You call this beer? Pour is a brighter red color. Not really the color you expect from beer. The head of non-existent and no lacing to speak of.

The smell was poor over all. No malt or hops to speak of. A more wine cooler smell.

The taste is similar. Wine cooler wild berry taste. No really malt detection nor any hops. More of a sugary syrup with artificial tropical flavoring. The flavor itself is not bad but you cant call it beer.

The body was light. A tad watery and limited carbonation. Overall this is not a beer, it’s a wine cooler.

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

Wow, liquid syrup in a bottle. When they say it’s brewed with honey, they mean it. Also, it is “flavored” with blackberry juice and other natural berry flavors” – don’t like that aspect of the brew. The sweet berry flavors were just to overpowering, dominating every taste.

The pour, rose red color, medium bodied texture were all fine – just not very drinkable with that soda pop berry flavor. Closer to a alco pop malt beverage than a brew.

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a generic, fruit-flavored alcoholic drink, it's not bad. It's supposed to be a beer, though, so I'm reviewing it as one.

If you want beer flavor, look elsewhere. Berry Weiss looks okay; it has an interesting rosey-gold color. That's where the resemblence to beer ends, though. It's tastes and smells like a grape alcopop, or maybe a wine cooler. There are no hops to be found, and the malt is smothered by cloying grape flavors. As a "drink," fine. I wouldn't refuse it if someone offered me one. I just wouldn't go around calling it a beer.

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Photo of DrZarkov
4.04/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When you first pour this stuff its a very red color. It's appearance is a little strange, sort of like a light fizzy cranberry juice or something.
Smell was good, but nothing out standing.
As for the taste, very impressive. It is quite sweet (some might want to try cutting it down by mixing it with honey weiss if its too sweet for their taste,) however its still not nearly as sweet as most of the malted fruit-flavored beers. Although others have said so, I think it is certainly not like a wine cooler. It reminds me a bit of some of the sweeter red wines.
Overall an excellent beer. Quite refreshing compared to most beers, in my opinion.

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

To quote the hip lads these days..."It is what it is"...Iwhat it is NOT is a Weiss...tastes more like a wine cooler to me than a beer...big strawberry flavor...label says blackberries and I get a little of that too....very sweet...mouthfeel is spritzy like when I mix 7up with orange juice..

I think this is categorized correctly as a fruit vegetable beer...it is bold and overdone with the berries...nothing subtle about this....drinkability is average at best because of the sweetness....mixed with Honey weiss it is much better....if they tweaked the recipe it might be better...a good one for your girlfriend who doesn't like beer....not the worst thing ever made but not one I drink unless the wife buys her six-pack of it for the year and let's bottles sit around in the fridge for too long..

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hand carried back from the twin cities..

pours reddish.. clear. notes of pink and orange, one finger, quickly evacuating off white head with a pink hue. smells like dark berries, on the sweeter side. like a light version of a lindeman's. you can tell in the nose this is a tangy brew. light. easy drinking as long as i dont have six and go diabetic... very refreshing. begins and ends with a nice lager nuttiness.. flavor is pregnant with blackberries, coming dangerously close to many malternatives i've tried in my day. however, there is a solid malt backbone that adds some beeriness, and is noticeable when the berry is not dead-center on your palate.

label suggests honey addition, but i dont get too much of that here. perhaps moreso when fresh.. but it indeed is sweet.

i should hate this but i dont. probably the best in class for what it is (and i dont mean best fruit beer).. if i was out in minneapolis and it was this or a macro, i'd drink it.

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Photo of granger10
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy, reddish color with a medium tan head. Aroma is all berries but I can't really tell what berries are used. Maybe blackberries? Taste has more of that sweet berry juice flavor. Fine at first sip, sick by the time I'm midway through. I like a sweeter beer from time to time but this one needs more complexity and something to couterbalance the berries. Plus the berry flavor isn't really all that good. Tastes a little fake. Not a terrible beer and maybe refreshing after a workout in the hot summer heat, but so is kool aid.

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Photo of petercmartin1
2.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a nice colored red (definately not a traditional beer color, but nice looking anyway). Nice head on it, but didn't stay around long. The aroma was a wonderful berry aroma without a hint of any real beer aromas. Taste is almost sickeningly sweet, almost like a soda. Flavor of berry concentrate overpowers all other flavors, especially the wonderful flavors of a traditional weiss. Definately not a food beer as every food I ate with this beer, made it taste nasty.

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Photo of palliko
2.43/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The name is German for White Berry. Hm. Are there any white berries? Perhaps they are trying to tell us it is a Weiss type beer, flavored with berries. The appearance is weird – kind of a salmon/coral color. A nice size foamy head that disappears without a trace. Aroma is also weird, like a floral Rhine wine. Aroma smells like a coal-tar derivative berry extract, no hops, no malt, (no cigar). Initial taste is somewhat malty, but that is overwhelmed by the honey-sweet BERRY flavoring. A thin, watery “beer” that leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. Eek.

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Photo of ryantupy
2.4/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light reddish berry color with very little head. It smelled like a wine cooler mixed with a coors light. But to if I had to describe the taste I would say it smelled of berrys and with a hint of malt. It tasted like a mix of strong berry concentrate with a slight node of hop. Overall this beer was ok but nothing I would run out and grab again.

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Photo of chilidog
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK, Wine cooler with a head? That was my first thought as I tend to be alittle careful of beers of this style. It poured a light red berry color with a rather nice pink or mauve colored head. (If my wife saw this she would want to paint our room this color for sure.) The carbonation was average and the head did stick around to lace well with web like rings. That was cool and little fiz so appearance up .5.
The aroma was sweet and berry. The taste was kinda bitter-sweet. The honey and malts provide the sweet while the berries tart the whole thing down. I thought more like a rasberry than a black.
The mouth is left pretty tart. Not a beer to go with food. Brewed or offered as a seasonal, once a year is about good enough.
Best off the fresh pour while the carbonation is still active. If it sits or warms, can't do it. Drink cold while your hot. It goes down fast with a nice little kick to it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.65/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer reminded me very much of B-to-the-E in taste, smell, and appearance. Pinkish purple color, smells of grain and berry flavoring. Taste is actually quite unpleasent, sweet but has an odd funkiness about it from the malt. Not very good, I like B-to-the-E better than this, but not by much.

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Photo of pknlincoln
3.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It was the first beer I'd seen which was a purplish color. It smelled nice, but nothing to great. The taste is good, but has no real beer flavor to it. It is very drinkable with the sweet taste, however it does not taste much like beer. As a college student, I would recommend this to the coeds, but not so much for any true beer fans.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.95/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Fruit punch color. Kinda cloudy. Soapy pinkish foam with some staying power. Leaves a little lacing. Looks high quality, but not real appetizing as a beer.

Smell - Strong sweet generic berry scent with a hint of underlying malt.

Taste - Very strong and sweet generic berry flavor. There is very little beer character at all. Borderline malternative. The flavor definitely isn't bad, just doesn't strike me as something that should be called beer.

Mouthfeel - Very light, thin even.

Drinkability - Nice berry-flavored summer drink that goes down easy on a hot night on the back porch. The beer qualities of this drink are, however, almost totally absent.

This is exhibit no. 1 on the list of out-of-balance fruit beers. To clarify - I like it and in the right situation would drink it. The low grades simply reflect that Leine's Berry Weiss just isn't much of a beer and doesn't, for the most part, meet the minimal standard requirements. Looks, smells and tastes like a berry flavored malternative.

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Photo of whynot44
3.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, pink lemonade color with a nice pink head.

Aroma of blackberries with honey.

Taste starts out sweet blackberries, finishes up tart. A beer drinkers wine cooler. Actually, not bad as a desert drink.

Went down well with strawberry shortcake. A little more tart than typical wine coolers, but along the same lines.

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Photo of gimmehead
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours the color of red grapefruit with a thin pinkish head. Smells very sweet, grapes and raspberries. It goes quickly down hill from there. Tastes like sugary sweet fruity Kool-Aid with a bit of toasted wheat that is the only remotely redeeming flavor. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Leinie's is usually reliably mediocre, and I can rely on them when faced with bad beer choices, but this one didn't sit well with me at all.

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Photo of clvand0
3.93/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark pink color with an off-white head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave behind much lacing. Pretty. Very sweet aroma of raspberries, but not tart at all. The malts and hops don't come through well because of the strenght of the fruit. The flavor is the same as the aroma. Lots of sweet raspberry taste with just a hint of beer in the back. Good and extremely easy to drink. It's just not very beer-like.

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Photo of Rio
2.33/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is a reddish/orange with some pretty good carbonation, and a foamy white head with a bit of a reddish tinge to it. Aroma is very sweet, smelling of, you guessed it, berries. No big surprise there.

Tastes of berries again, seems to focus on raspberries here, and very, very sweet. Tastes more like a malternative than a beer to me. Much to sweet for my taste. Feel is crisp, but a bit too carbonated, again, feeling like a malternative instead of a beer.

For the malternative crowd, this is probably good. I've got a buddy who is hopelessly addicted to sweet ciders, as well, and he loves this stuff. I personally don't care for the sweeter beers, and this definitelly falls into that category.

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Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.92 out of 5 based on 1,327 ratings.
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