Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat

Reviewed by on August 21, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

  • Origin: Chippewa Falls, WI, US

  • Rated On: August 21, 2015

  • Best Before: August 31, 2015

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sunset Wheat is this mid-west brewery’s second entry in this guide in as many weeks, as it has a suitable name for the waning weeks of summer, and is made with ‘natural flavors’, which turns out to be a bit of blueberry, from the brewer themselves.

This 12oz bottle pours a murky, dark apricot amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some low-lying, yet hovering island profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp orange-tinged bubblegum, yeasty blueberries, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, sugary coriander and white pepper, and a plain, indistinct hop bitterness. The taste is more orange and blueberry confectionery fruitiness, a sturdy, and still fairly sweet wheatiness, faint coriander and muddled table-top mill pepper dust, untethered yeast, and the same hard to really pin down or care about hop bitters from the nose. The carbonation is rather zippy in its fizzy and frothy, twin axe attacks (so say my various palates), the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the fruitiness really aiding and abetting here. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, both generic wheat malt and lingering blueberry, orange, and neutered lemon esters still abounding.

Not a bad wheat beer, simple, and easy enough to put back, especially if it’s hot and sunny outside (gee, look at that, it is!), but not really all that much of a proper example of the purported style. Too much sweet fruitiness, really, but that’s a choice you have to make here – tasty, or true to style (not mutually exclusive, I get it)?

Brady White



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