Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

By on January 24, 2008 @ 3 PM (9 Comments)

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 (?)

9 Comments (Add Your Comments)

  1. Dave says:

    Couldn’t agree more on the Berry Weiss. If I’m not mistaken they make a point of the fresh Wisconsin blueberries and lingonberries. That may be true but I also get a sickly sweet flavor note. I’m pretty skeptical by habit on most fruit infused beers. I can handle a Belgian Peach Lambic in the summer time which is a pretty solid Belgian ale with a hint of peach. However, as a general beer rule…no fruit please outside of a squeeze of lemon in my Hefeweizen.

  2. Pete says:

    Good, but a little bit too fruity and sweet. I think Sunset Wheat is much better. Actually Sunset Wheat is an excellent beer! Still, I think that Berry Weiss deserves some attention. Good choice for hot summer days. Three and 1/2 stars from me.
    Pete NYC

  3. Yvonne says:

    Ahh…I have found my beer. I have never been a fan of beer, not that I didn’t want to be. Oh how I envied all those that would grab their six pack and be on their way. The yeast and hops just did not jive with my taste buds so imagine my surprise when I stopped to sample Berry Weiss and loved it. It still has a “beery” taste but the honey and mixed berry juices don’t leave that yeasty taste at the back of tongue that was a turn off for me.
    So now I proudly carry my six pack with my head held high… thank you Leinenkugel for making me a beer drinker!

  4. Kristin says:

    YUM! Very nice berry flavor and quite sweet. Not for those who enjoy a hoppy flavor. Definitely a good choice for those who prefer a fruity drink to a beer.

  5. Steffi says:

    The only drink beer when I go out, and it’s almost always Bud Light…. but I bought a 6 pack of Berry Weiss and I LOVE it. It’s the only beer I’ll regularly keep in my refrigerator. Definitely a girls beer though, I can understand why guys don’t like it.

  6. Steffi says:

    haha I meant “I only drink beer when I go out….”

  7. Sean says:

    I love this beer i was a bud drinker but for some reason i tried this beer out of curiosity and never went back to Budweiser

  8. Gary says:

    Slowly Pour Berry Weiss into a large glass filled halfway with ice and then let the foamy head subside. Then Enjoy, the ice cuts the sweetness for a just right taste, very refreshing on a hot summer day and very addicting its the only thing in my fridge.

  9. Jill says:

    I love Berry Weiss!! I have loved it since it first came out, and what I like about it most is that my husband won’t touch it, not even when he runs out of his. Thank you, but please make it a little cheaper for me, I’m on a budget here. :)

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