Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

I bought this as a single beer at the Schnapp Shop for $1.79. It smelled and tasted wonderful. After about half the bottle, I ventured to describe it as tasting like Fruity Pebbles.*

Overall, this, by no means, was a bad beer. The description "Fruity Pebbles" was the closest flavor I could think of and the beer is extremely drinkable. The more I focused on the idea of Fruity Pebbles, the more I could smell it.

I only drank about 75% of the beer (approx. 9 fluid ounces).

12 FL. OZ. Bottle; 4.9% ALC/VOL [Note: This is different from the website information below.]

*Side story: the descriptor "Fruity Pebbles" reminded me of a time I went to a restaurant with my friends and the waitress was taking orders for drinks. One of my friends told me a particular drink tasted like Fruity Pebbles. While I thought she meant that I should try it, she then told me that I shouldn't get it because she didn't mean it in a good way. For whatever reason, we all started laughing. In any case, I subsequently changed my order, because I wasn't in the mood for trying a potentially bad beer.

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Off-Topic: I read "The Art of Serving a Leinie's" and "The Art of Tasting" on the Leinenkugel's website. Both were quite informative. Learning about how to appreciate beer is definitely one of the aims I have with my "Drink" series of blog posts.

Ink on Neck:
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At Yard House, I got a North Coast Brother Thelonious. My friend got a Boddingtons Pub Ale followed by a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. Fortunately for me, he didn't finish his Sunset Wheat, and so I happily took a sip.

Today it tasted too much like Fruity Pebbles.* I wrote, "The Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat tasted like Fruity Pebbles today. Hmmm... Oh, there's a citrus taste from a real orange slice." The extra orange slice definitely added to the flavor.

Unfortunately, my opinion of the Sunset Wheat had taken a turn for the worse. I did not enjoy the citrus and Fruity Pebble taste. Perhaps the orange slice was overwhelming or the tasted of the Brother Thelonious had altered my tasted buds. It's also possible the beer was warmer and exposed too much flavor. In any case, I'll have to assign it a lower grade.

*I didn't realize at the time (20110621) that I had already described the taste of the Sunset Wheat as tasting like Fruity Pebbles.** I'm glad I'm being consistent.
**I'm happy to report that various BeerAdvocate.com reviews contain the words "fruity," "citrusy," and "Fruity Pebbles." I also found I haven't been liking Blue Moon Belgian White all that much. I'd be willing to draw the conclusion that I don't like my beers overly citrusy, at least for the time being. I probably enjoy Leinie's Sunset Wheat and Blue Moon when they are colder - when their citrusy flavors are more subtle. See Yuengling 20110622.

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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

Relevant Links:
Leinenkugel's Website Month DD YY State
Leinenkugels Sunset Wheat (RateBeer.com)
Leienenkugel's Sunset Wheat (BeerAdvocate.com)
My Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss post
My Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown post

Website Information:
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

A Soothing Belgian Witbier

ABV: 4.8% // IBU: 13.5
Malts: Blend of Wheat & Pale // Hops: Cluster
Serving temperature: 40 Degrees [4 Degrees Celsius]
Other: Natural coriander flavor, naturally cloudy
Availability: Year-round

Nutrition: (Based on a 12-oz. serving)
Calories: 165; Carb. grams: 16; Protein grams: 1.7; Fat grams: 0.0

Awards Won: Silver medal of the 2006 Great American Beer Festival(R) and Bronze winner of the 2006 & 2007 World Beer Cup(R) in the Herb and Spice category.

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