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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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Ratings: 1155
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.8%


Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002)
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Strand

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss is a wheat beer made by Leinenkugel's Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It's availabe mainly throughout the midwest US. It is one of my favorite three or four beers.

It's a fairly typical wheat beer, with a touch of a honey taste, however the honey taste isn't at all overpowering. The closest beer I can compare it with is Dundee's Honey Brown. It's typically served with a lemon slice, which I actually prefer not to have. It's remarkably refreshing during the summer, and smoothly satisfying even in the coldest of winter.

This is what I call a "gateway beer". So many people in the US are die hard Bud Light or Miller Light or <insert crappy mass produced American lager name here> fans, this is the beer I typically give these people to get them exposed to a different style of beer. This is the beer that woke me up to a whole new beer culture, and I am grateful for it.

Leinenkugel's also has a wide variety of other beers in their lineup, and most of them are good as well. In my opinion, Leinenkugel's has the best batch of variety beers (Sam Adams being a close second). To the people in Leinie country, I say thank you, and keep on brewing. To the people who have never tried a Leinie's, I say what are you waiting for? Drink up!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 19:18:17 | More by Strand
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RyanLaCount03

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was actually a very good beer in my opinion. The aromas of honey when you open the bottle were very noticeable. The taste of this was also very good and will continue to drink this beer when I am able to do so. This is very popular in my area as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 18:39:15 | More by RyanLaCount03
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: True to its character as a filtered wheat beer, it has a golden yellow color with descent head and good lacing.

S: Sweet grass fields in summer sunshine also sporting light yeast notes.

T: Sweet honey taste true to its style with floral hop notes in the back and slightly bittering at the end. The aftertaste is of very clean wheat and long lasting honey.

M/D: Not to light and not to heavy of a feel. The head is creamy and the brew doesn't leave your mouth super dry. A superb thirst quencher and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 00:53:00 | More by Kemmerlin
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this beer today (New Beer Sunday Week ###) in honor of UncleJedI who was in town yesterday for the Cask Ale Fest in Lititz and was talking about having been to the Leinie Lodge on his recent cross-country adventure. The CAN came to me in a rolling (no other way to describe it) trade with resi and it seems like a good way to greet the day.

From the CAN: "Wheat Beer brewed with real Wisconsin honey"; "A unique Northwoods refresher brewed with select malted wheat, Cluster hops & a hint of honey". I have known several real Wisconsin honeys and there is a real reason that I visit that state at least once a year!

Following the Crack & Glug, I was going for maximum head, so I utilized my soon-to-be-famous inverted pour, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was like liquid sunshine in a glass. Beautiful! Deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. King Midas would have been envious of the gold. Nose was very malty sweet. As a previous reviewer put it very succinctly - it smelled like being on a tour of the brewery! Dig that! I like brewery tours, BTW. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a wheat beer taste initially, followed by a lingering honey taste on the finish. Man, this was very tasty and a definite CANdidate for the imaginary cooler that I am continually filling for a beach outing. MUCH better than their Summer Shandy, which just begs to be blended with Furthermore's Knot Stock to become a Lemon Pepper Beer. Suddenly, I want to try the Berry Weiss that much more.

Serving type: can

10-31-2010 12:13:52 | More by woodychandler
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bcpriess

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves once you get past the German, Austrian, and Mexican lagers. As with many beers, this one is a bit better on draft - just a bit fresher tasting.

A: Always a nice golden yellow, fairly clear. It pours with a foamy head, which quickly dissipates, leaving behind some lacing.

S: Not overpowering. Just solidly beery, with a hint of sweetness, and something giving it a freshness.

T: Good. The honey comes through without being overpowering. Just a tinge of bitterness, but because of the presence of the honey, it is very well balanced. Serves well with a squeezed lemon. Taste remains palatable even after a couple pours.

M: This beer fizzes as you drink it, nice carbonation. It feels very clean, and doesn't seem to leave behind any unwanted residual flavors.

D: Pretty good, again. There is a certain fullness to this beer, but it isn't heavy by any means. I think it is just the carbonation. It is definitely a refreshing beer, and one of the better beers in this aspect, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 01:43:49 | More by bcpriess
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somebody left this behind in my fridge from a recent party. Looks like I win.

A - Very pale straw color. Very little head.

S - Pretty good smelling beer. Can smell the honey and a bit of lemon.

T - Sweet taste of honey.

M - Great light feel, plenty of carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer. I could have several of these with no problems at all.

Pretty good beer. Admittedly my tastes are a bit on the week side but I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:15:54 | More by richkrull
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shoxroxice

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Honey Weiss is of course a honey wheat beer, it's got a little bit more of a bitter flavor than can compare to Michelob's Honey Lager - but of course we're talking ales vs. lagers here. It's a good flavor, and readily available around where I live.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 16:40:28 | More by shoxroxice
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad!

From the bottle; no glass involved as I have already had this beer on draught so I know the color.

Straw yellow, clear and not hazy

Smells of honey, and wheat malt

Taste: lemony malt, honey, and slightly bitter finish; well balanced beer

Mouthfeel: smooth

Its not what I normally drink! But, when someone else gives me a six pack, I'm game.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:24:04 | More by BierStein711
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eb003

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion this is just a "good, solid" beer. It's not fantastic and won't set the world on fire, but it's good. I think it has a very clean flavor. The color is also good...more clear than I'd expect for a wheat beer. The smell is also good...I also smelled a yeast/wheat smell. The mouthfeel and drinkability are also good. Like I said...it's just a good, solid beer. I'll say it ranks as "better than most" in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 05:55:22 | More by eb003
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A refreshing light-bodied ale that goes down easy

A- Very clear amber-yellow with thin, big-bubbled head

S- Smells a bit like honey along with a bottle/metal hint. Not much smell

T- Tastes great on the tongue with many sweet hints carried by light carbonation. After-taste is sorta bottle/metal.

M&D- Feels real good with a light-body and slight carbonation that downs easy

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 05:55:13 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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merddyn2002

Texas

4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, not a bad beer, but I expected more of a honey profile in the beer. There's a bit of honey in the nose but It's barely perceptible in the beer itself. Overall the beer is good, but the wife and I just didn't pick up much of it's namesake in the profile. It's very drinkable, but I'd rather have a sunset wheat if I had a choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 15:20:54 | More by merddyn2002
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a very small white fizzy head on it. The body is a nice golden color body. The smell is sweet of honey and some wheat. I don't taste any wheat, but i get a sweet start and a little hop finish to it, very crisp though. The mouth feel is nice and crisp on the tongue. Overall i think this is a good summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 18:57:12 | More by chefhatt
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow, almost orange. Ok head rentention that dissipates quickly. A bit flat-looking, but by no means a bad beer.

Smell: Very faint hints of honey. Honestly, for an adjunct, Honey Weiss smells extremely pleasant. Very summery and refreshing. The honey almost transforms into a malt that evades throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Honey with a creamy maltiness. Almost no hops, but some lemon bitterness maybe. Despite the appearance, Honey Weiss is quite thick in a good way. Creamy, honey, good.

Drinkability: Probably the best American Adjunct Lager. Easy to drink with no nasty taste.

Overall: Underutilized and underappreciated.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 21:55:41 | More by tjsdomer2
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huxcrunner

New York

3.9/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- appearance is a light golden with little white head that quickly dies down, with nice carbonation

s-The smell has a good mixture of wheat aromas with a hint of honey

t-the honey flavor in this beer is not very strong or over powering more or less just hints of honey flavor, it does not over power the malt flavors in the beer

m-light feel to this beer and pretty smooth finish

d-lighter body and good flavor combination that are not to overpowering make this beer good to drink on thous warm spring/summer days

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 17:05:54 | More by huxcrunner
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getch

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-golden clear, little shadow, little head when pouring, looks like a regular light beer, but more golden yellow

s-the smell has a hint of honey

t-nice crisp taste with a hint of honey, the honey is not overpowering like berryweiss

m-very enjoyable smooth,

d-one of my favorite light beers, like i stated above the honey is very light and can easily drink a few of these beers

Serving type: can

10-15-2007 23:25:26 | More by getch
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a variety pack at Beer Zoo in Harrisburg, PA.

A-Clear yet a little hazy

S-honey and wheat

T-was very tasty in that it had that hint of honey that made the pale ale tolerable (for me anyways)

D- I would def recommend a six pack to sit back and enjoy for the games.

Overall i liked the beer even though i am not a Pale Ale lover.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 22:41:29 | More by Dodo2step
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Portertime

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I picked this one out I expected what I got. Pours a bright, clear gold, with an unusually white head. Smells of honey off the comb and a little wheat esters. Tastes a bit thin but up front honey and a little wheat undertones. Pretty easy drinking and an alright after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 21:27:18 | More by Portertime
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chilidog

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You wouldn't know this was a wheat beer if the bottle didn't say. I mean, its appearance isn't your typical cloud or haze. Rather this beer is pretty clear, straw in color with a small, non-laceing white head. The aroma is not overly sweet, but about average. The taste is crisp, just a touch of honey blends this brew to a nice balance between the slight hop and the wheat malt. The mouth is left alittle dry, wanting more. Im not big on over-sweet brews, thisone just hit the spot. I'll buy thisone again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 12:55:53 | More by chilidog
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a golden color with a generous inch or higher white head that has good retention time. Leaves a fair amount of lacing very nice
s: kind of a sweet aroma with deffinate hop presence,
t: very nice sweet and bitter combination dry finish
m: medium bodied beer that is smooth and not overly carbonated

overall this is a very good beer that i can see as a session beer

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 01:58:03 | More by happygnome
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss- drank 9/19, bottle>tulip
4.9% ABV, 149 cals ps
A 3.5
Good head, gone quick, semi ok lacing. Bright yellow with a golden honey color, noticeable carbonation
S 3.0
semi neutral, hints of skunkiness, wheat with honey hints are present but subtle
T 3.5
Semi wheat taste, honey on back stage, not hoppy at all, mild body, semi thin in taste
MF 4.0 lightly syrupy in initial palate, buttery honey texture on finish
D 4.5
I drink this stuff if it is the right price, but it would not be my first pick in Honey Wheat beer. It does have less overwhelming honey notes, which I do like that part. It is highly drinkable when it's on sale fro $4 a sixer in the fall. It is a solid session beer for the right price.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 16:52:44 | More by unclejimbay
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow gold. Short head of bright white foam drops readily. Limited lacing at best. Sweetish malt in the nose with a flicker of yeasty sulpur and some delicate honey. Medium-light bodied. Delicately crisp, smooth. Flavor offers a drizzle of honey flavor, some mild wheat character, and a sublime but balancing bitterness. Well-rounded but on the sweet side. Finishes clean and semi-dry with a touch of residual honey-like sweetness. Never cloying. Accessible. Enjoyable and refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 01:46:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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teg8612

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear golden color with nice carbonation and weak head. The mouthful is nice and crisp. The wheat taste is crisp without the grainy yeast texture. The honey sweatens the deal a little without being overbearing. The hops are nicely matched and even out the finish. Good beer for summer or those wanting to try craft beers for the first time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 15:22:56 | More by teg8612
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a nice quarter inch of pure white head.

Smell - Malt and honey aroma that is very tempting.

Taste - It starts out with a crisp malt flavor and moves on to finish with a subtle sweet honey taste. The flavor is smooth and well rounded for a mild brew.

Mouthfeel - The texture of this brew is slightly coarse even with a wet feel is has.

~ I enjoy this beer and am proud to say it's brewed only an hour and a half away from my home. If you haven't had a Honey Weiss, you need to try one and see what the buzz is about.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 02:16:54 | More by cdkrenz
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cdrogers

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Subtle golden honey in color. Subtle amber.

Smell: Can definitely smell the sweetness from the Wisconsin honey but the lack of an good aroma hop made it too sweet-smelling. Maybe a sterling or saaz hop to add some balance?

Taste: Definitely sweet from the honey but way too much. The cluster hops in this wasn't really enough to overcome the sweet honey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned in the 'Taste' section above the sweetness really carries through in this and is overwhelming. It wasn't horrible if you like a sweeter brew but I can only give it a good.

Drinkability: Maybe something good to have for dessert?

Can recommend this for the most part, enjoyed it a little more than the Classic Amber Leinenkugel.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 05:22:19 | More by cdrogers
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deebo

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden with thin head that quickly dissipates

S-A faint hint of barley/wheat like aroma with a touch of ethanol

T-upfront barley with a hint of sweetness, end note of clean hops that quickly cleans up begging you for another drink

M-Smooth, thin and easy to drink

D-Easy drinking, made for any occassion, a nice local beer.

I've drank a lot of this one in my day. My favorite from Leines. They seem to have become more interested in making a buck vs. complex beers with a lot of their recent offerings. Honey weiss is one they have had in their rotation for many years so making it efficiently was probably less of a concern before being bought by Miller. Perhaps this is why this beer has more complexity, albeit not much, vs. their new offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 01:52:00 | More by deebo
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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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