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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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BA SCORE
69
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1,162 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1162
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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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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

At TJ Rockwell's in E-town.

A: Pretty hazy for a kristalweizen; the middle of the mug verges on amber. Thin white head.

S: Nose has wheat, orange spice, and honey. The sweetness pairs nicely with the mild tartness of the wheat. Honey is a rich addition.

T: The witbier base, spicy with orange zest, is very nice. The wheat, lighter, has just a bit of tartness that is slow to emerge. The honey adds both sweetness and depth, strengthening the ale while bringing a significant sweetness. The entire package is very small, no alcoholic heaviness to be seen. The honey brings plenty to the ale.

M: I gulped through this pretty quickly; it caught me off guard. Very refreshing and sweet; Leinie's has a way of sneaking up on you like that.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 18:47:22 | More by akorsak
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MikeAAL

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A sweet tasting beer. Crisp and refreshing.

Yellow colored body with a white head.

Smells like citrus, hops and honey.

Tastes hoppy with sweetness from the honey and a strong citrus finish.

Light mouthfeel, high carbonation.

I like to drink this beer once in a while. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 19:43:17 | More by MikeAAL
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sweett3k

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grab the fishing pole and a cooler of these and you will have a great day. I do not know what it is but I always relate a Leinies to an outdoor activity. What's wrong with that? I guess it is not too bad. Honey and beer go together like PB & J. A great combination. This beer is a clean crisp and refreshing wheat beer. Not to exciting to look at or smell but it taste pretty damn good. Great session beer. My best friend from Minnesota likes to put a lemon with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:43:45 | More by sweett3k
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle the liquid is a niceclear gold with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is good, a light wheat bread.

The taste is also good, wheat bread with a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a lighter then medium body.

The drinkability is very good, to be sure this is not a big beir, it is clear refreshing and good tasting, really a very drinkable brew but not a beer to chase down, just plain quaffable.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 20:50:31 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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kinger

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel got it right with this brew. The honey is blended perfectly with this wheat beer. Crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing. Pours a nice golden color with decent head and good carbonation. Easy on the taste buds, the honey is just right and does not overpower this beer like the others that I have had. Not a lot of complexity to this one, which is what makes it a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:00:41 | More by kinger
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A:Small, loose head. Completely clear, yellow. High carbonation activity.

S: Nice clean malt, small honey aroma. A tinge of lemon and something else (ammonia?)

T: A little bland but I love how the wheat/malt step up and pleases the palate. Honey only shows itself on the finish, which is a plus in my book.

M: Hgh carbonation pretty much rules the day with this one.

D: Excellent drinkability. A good middle ground for those of us who like good flavors and those who drink the "big 3". I can't say I order or buy this one a lot but I always enjoy it when I do have one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 17:23:21 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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adamboeckman

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a wheat beer? Don't think so. When poured in the glass this brew virtually had no head. Taste like a macro style pilsner. It goes down good, and taste great ice cold on a hot Kansas summer day, however, I don't think this will be a brew that visits the ol fridgo very often.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 22:50:56 | More by adamboeckman
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from my trip to Minnesota along with quite a few others from Leinenkugel's. The body to this brew is like no other, and I can't say its particularly good. Its lighter than golden and literally is almost water colored but slightly hazy. Very strange. There is a good frothy bleach white head however. The nose is mostly pale with some hints of honey to come. The mouthfeel has an edgy, pin prickly feel. There is certainly a full malt character in this offering and the honey notes are a lot more subtle than I would have suspected. In the finish, you get a nice peppery compliment to the mellowing honey character. Very average overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 03:46:31 | More by Hhawk06
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring 08 Long Island festival by Bill Brown. I had high hopes due to my affinity for their Sunset Wheat. This is a weak cousin to be modest.

A: Motts apple juice color, minimal head that dissipated before I finished asking Bill as he poured if he worked for Leinenkugel.

S: Nothing much to report her, faint whiffs of the namesake.

T: Sweet with citrus accents.

M: Watery but easy to go down

D: Moderate and one for the beach or for newcomers to beer and the lassies.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 19:03:33 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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brown2cu

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice gold color. A small head comes up, but dies quickly and doesn't leave any trace that it was ever there.

S: A bit of honey and some bread notes. light, not overwhelming, and forgettable.

T: Pleasant some honey, a bit of peppery spiciness is detectable. There is also a fair amount of lemony zest and some breadiness as well.

M: Heavily carbonated and pleasant.

D: While it is nothing special as far as taste I could go through a six pack easily. It would be a remarkable hot weather beer. On a cold night though it leaves something to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 18:38:50 | More by brown2cu
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