Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss
Beer temp. 45.1F (7.3C), ABV 4.4%. Pours peach color with a small, fizzy, white head that dissipated quickly with virtually no lacing. The carbonation was soft and had a hazy appearance which I like in a wheat beer. Malt aromas were biscuit, honey and wheat. I could find no hop aromas with maybe a touch of dough for the yeast aroma. Misc. aromas were blackberry and possibly raspberry. Initial flavor was heavy sweetness and a mild tart flavor. Finish flavor was the same and was mercifully short and had a dry mouthfeel.
Almost no hop bitterness which would be nice. I think the berries are good but way overpowered by the sweetness. Less like a beer and more like Kool-Aid. Could be OK for someone who doesn’t like the taste of beer. The balance is skewed way too much too sweet and no detectable malt flavor which are very delicate in wheat beers. Interesting but no favorite. Abita Purple Haze has better balance.
On reflection I would rather pour it over vanilla ice cream than drink it but it’s too runny. How about with vanilla ice cream and make a float, a beer float, now that just might work.
Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss Rating: 3 out of 10 (?)
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