Review: Berry Weiss, Leinenkugel

Berry Weiss
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. — Chippewa Falls, WI

  • Style:  Fruit Beer
  • Bitterness:  13.5 IBU
  • ABV:  4.7%  
  • Malts:  Pale, Munich, and Caramel
  • Hops:  Cluster
  • Calories:  207 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "Brewed with Pale and Wheat malt and an enticing blend of blackberries, elderberries and loganberries that are all indigenous to Wisconsin, Berry Weiss is deliciously different." — Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Yesterday, I profiled Leienkugel's Summer Shandy. Today I'm tasting their Berry Weiss. Wheat beers with berries are the perfect combination for summer. According to the label, this one is "beer brewed with honey and flavored with blackberry juice and other natural berry flavors". Based on this description, I expect the beer never comes in contact with whole fruit. Not a bad thing, just sayin'...

The tasting:  Pink in color, cloudy, with a light pink head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks nice. Whoa! Sweet, syrupy blackberry dominates the aroma! It ain't subtle and smells like a flavored soda. That same syrupy sweetness overwhelms the flavor—to the extent that I can't taste anything else. It's just cloyingly sweet! Alcohol and hop bitterness are not noticeable among the berry sweetness. Berry Weiss is light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and finishes with (care to guess??)—syrupy sweet berry! 

Rating:   2 star.  Drinkable, but not sure I want to.  Sometimes less is more. That's certainly the case with Berry Weiss. Dial down the berry juice in Chippewa Falls already! It's funny, I thought Summer Shandy needed more sweetness, and Berry Weiss has it in spades. If you like sweet (and I mean really sweet) beer, you'll love this one. I actually blended Berry Weiss with Summer Shandy and created my own Berry Shandy (last photo at the bottom). Although the combination actually tasted pretty decent, this is likely to be my last bottle of Berry Weiss.

Have you tasted Berry Weiss?  What do you think?

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  1. I think the last time I tried this was either last summer or the summer before and I thought then that it was way to sweet. It's not so much a berry flavored beer, but a berry soda a little beer flavoring and alcohol.

    I think it's from using natural flavoring, instead of adding some fruit puree to the brewing process.

  2. I agree with your description! It is more like a soda than a beer.

  3. This beer is awful. However, I know a few women who will drink it, so to each his own. Thanks for the review.

  4. This has been my favorite beer since I first tried it at Summerfest in Milwaukee WI in 1996. I absolutely love it with some fresh lemon squeezed in... oh, and a frosty mug. Mmmmmm


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