My Favorite Wheat Beer

Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat

If Blue Moon is your go-to wheat beer of choice, then I have a new favorite for you that you probably haven't tried. (It's been around a long time, so if you have, then it's likely you already drink this instead) This is the wheat/orange/fruity beer that Blue Moon wants to be, but doesn't quite live up to. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to hate on Blue Moon and since it's on tap at pretty much every bar and restaurant in America, I drink a good bit of it)

This wheat-y/orange-y deliciousness is none other than Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat. Not to be confused with Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss or Summer Shandy (the gross lemon-y one your local bar keeps on draft all Summer). The orange, coriander and who knows what else is brewed to perfection in this witbier, creating a smooth, kind of sweet, happy beer that is complimented perfectly by a squeeze of fresh orange. I've heard a lot of people reference Sunset Wheat as the beer that "tastes like Fruity Pebbles," but I don't see it myself. Granted, I wasn't really a Fruity Pebbles girl growing up, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms were more my speed. Anyway... I enjoy this beer at home year round as I find it to be enjoyable during any season. Luckily, it's one of Leinenkugel's year round brews, so depending on your market area, you can usually find it at anytime. (Unless your local grocery decides to cram its shelves full of Leinenkugel's seasonals all year, then good luck spotting this one. I'm looking at you, Kroger) Unfortunately, finding this one on draft at your local bar is much less likely, but if you do, ugh.... enjoy it so. Draft is always better...

Quick tip for my fellow lazy friends who don't want to make orange-y messes in your kitchen-- Sip a little beer out of the top of the bottle, then splash a tiny bit of bottled OJ in the top. Plug the top, give it one quick upside down turn (think Corona & lime style here) then turn it up and enjoy. Do this over a sink or something because sometimes it foams. It's not quite the same as fresh OJ, but still makes the flavor even better. Cheers!

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