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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,350 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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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Photo of thecheapies
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Oct. 8, 2012. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass with gusto.

Pours a light honey color with tremendous clarity. Very little head off the pour is a bit disappointing. After a mere 30 seconds, the beer is just as transparent looking down upon the surface to the bottom, sans some pesky surface foam.

The only aromatics I'm getting off of Honey Weiss is tangy wheat and honey. The malts are there, but the hops are minute.

Tastes like a wheat ale with adjuncts and a light dose of honey. The wheaty tang is overpowered with bittering hop preservatives and grainy husks. I can pick up some cooked veggies in the mix. A little rigorous in the finish. Aftertaste carries out some honey. Faint banana, but it's a washout.

Very thin and bubbly. Watery, even. Hard to hold back a burp on each sip. A rather stale mouthfeel.

A mediocre wheat ale, and hardly a kristalweizen. The honey flavor is not entirely forgiving, but at least it gives it character. I'm not a Leinie's fan, but this one was a big disappointment. Regrettable last beer of the night.

thecheapies, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of champ103
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear yellow/gold with a small white head that fades fast. Almost no lace on the glass, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.
S: Light malt and hops, faint smell of sweet honey and citrus.
T: sweet malt with notes of honey and a bit of hops. Sweet and crisp. Carbonation is present and tastes like champagne to me.
D: To much carbonation. About as drinkable as a macro beer.

Again, I wish Texas could get some of Leiny's good beers (like Creamy Dark). As it is, I like this better than the Sunset Wheat, but that is not saying much. I can make out an odd distinct champagne like sweetness and carbonation for some reason, and it is a turn off for me.

champ103, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw an inch of head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemony, some grassy hops and a light malt.

T - Sweetish and very macro-like. Not tasting a lot of honey or wheat for that matter. Kinda boozy for 4.9 %.

M - Light body and high carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not tasty.

allergictomacros, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Murrhey
2.33/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. Slightly golden body, light and very high clarity.

S- Honey, grass, light malts. Very light and not appealing.

T- Sweet and grassy. Light and somewhat drinkable, but offputting with the grassiness.

M- Light and bubbly. Like carbonated water.

O- Not disgusting, but definitely one to avoid.

Murrhey, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of wolfer
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer in the supermarket, having never seen it before. I bought a six pack as I love Wheat beers. One thing to note right away, this is not a Hefe Weizen and is not advertised as such.

Poured the beer and foam was average, bubble size average.
Foam retention was average, which for a wheat beer is not a good sign.

I noticed a definite cardboard flavor. The beer seemed either pasteurized too much or it had oxidized.

I was dissapointed with this beer. It really seemed more like a normal run of the day lager, no fruity esters or wheat taste...I wonder how much wheat is in it, I'd venture to guess less than 50% which in my mind disqualifies it as a wheat beer. Sorry.

wolfer, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks absolutely jewel clear with a pale straw color, big fluffy head that stops by briefly to say hello and than vanishes in only a minute, without any lacing at all... Smells exceedingly faintly of pale wheat malt and a little tiny bit of honey, I am severely disappointed because I have smelled (and tasted) stronger honeyed nuances off other beers that don't even have the word in their name, nor include it in the brewing!
Tastes like it smells, faint weak wheat with a whisper of barely-there honey. It also has a watery thin body, which is refreshing as a summer thirst quencher, and the carbonation is quite appropriate...crisp and clean finish...I just wish there was more flavor in it. I believe that it is a good lawnmower beer, at least it is better than a BMC, but really mostly only by the virtue of not having any strange off-flavors.

WastingFreetime, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of illidurit
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, pale yellow. Weak little white head that fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing. Grainy faint aroma with a touch of tartness. Pretty weak, no real detectable wheat influence. Flavor is sort of like a really wimpy berliner weisse, a little tart and a little sweet and grainy. Quite watery, thin body. Borefest.

illidurit, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of cbill
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i don't have much experiance with wheat beers, but this definately is not like the others i've had. pours very pale just like a mass produced lager with no head at all. there was no cloudiness as i've seen in other wheat beers. very slight honey flavor, but not too noticeable. save your money and just buy bud or miller, this really isn't any better and i don't thionk you're realy getting a wheat beer.

cbill, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of hardy008
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow color. The head has poor retention. Smell is of wheat and some sweetness, can't say the sweetness is from honey though. The taste is the same, but I don't taste honey. Kind of a bland beer overall. Clean mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Light bodied. Not offensive, also not special. Decent drinkability. Nothing special. Kind of eh.

hardy008, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of xav33
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English Pint
Recent brewing, stung by 05/07

Poured a clear yellow with a large fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate light bread, honey.

Taste was upfront light sweet bread and honey followed by a light to moderate bitter doughy white bread and light sweet honey and lemon twang on a short finish.

Palate was light bodied, oily, and softly carbonated.

Overall, this seemed like a very insipid and uninspired beer. It has some flavor, but nothing amazing.

xav33, May 18, 2007
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank a ton of this back in the day, had another recently to confirm my thoughts. Meh. Good clarity, lots of carbonation. Smell was of nutrisweet and sawdust.

Taste, like diet tea, toffee, nutrisweet. One of my least favotite offerings from Leinies, and I subscribe to the thought process of Leinie Red = Leinie Feet.

Can't believe this stuff is going for $7+ a 6er now, not worth it at even half that price.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of frankiepop
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is not okay with me. I like a sweet beer, but this is over the top sweet for me. I really felt like i was drinking a bud lager with a couple of tablespoons of honey stirred in. I have to place the beer on the low. I hope to try a better beer from old Jacob soon. So stayed tune.

frankiepop, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a champagne yellow with a thin head and very little lacing.

S: I can smell the honey with a blend of what I think is wheat. Smells crisp but not too much going for it on the nose.

T: A very lite bready biscuit flavor but absolutely no honey in the taste. Overall it has a very lite thin flavor.

M: light to medium body with very little carbonation.

D: There is not enough flavor in this beer an will quickly become a session beer in the hot sun in my book.

Gobzilla, May 09, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Oelschlager, Jul 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

beerbrains, Apr 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of windigo32
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Transparent pale yellow with a half inch white head made of fine bubbles. The head vanishes to a fine layer on the top after a very short time. There is visible carbonation throughout.

S: Smells of wheat beer and clover honey.

T: Very wheaty taste. Honey is very slight on the after taste. Has almost a tart sensation to it.

M: Feels watery and lightly carbonated.

D: Although drinkable, not something I'd buy a full case of. I have six bottles from their Adventure Sampler and that's plenty for me.

windigo32, May 13, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

thelargeone, Jul 09, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

DanMolony, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BeerdNick
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

BeerdNick, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
Photo of caverog
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

caverog, Mar 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

FFATS, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of weizenbob
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This 12 ounce can of Honey Weiss came from a Summer Sampler 12-Pack. What a novel idea. "Best" by June 27, 2011. I cracked the can open and poured into a weizen glass. A moderate pour yields a finger of white head that remains in a temporary state of renewal from the very active carbonation visible through the glass. This must be filtered because it is crystal clear. Once the initial blast of carbonation dies down the head quickly follows. Lacing is non-existent. The beer itself is golden hued.

The aroma gives the impression of an adjunct lager, but I could find no information on the Leinenkugel website as to whether this is a lager or an ale. I'm not really picking up any wheat in the nose, but I am picking up a distinct sweet corn aroma, which may actually be the "real Wisconsin honey" that the label claims this is brewed with. The scent is suspiciously similar to PBR.

The flavor is also very reminiscent of adjunct lager. It is very watery. One sided graininess hits with a short burst of sweetness that quickly drops off, leaving a mild bitterness to fill the vacuum. It might be hops or it might be a bite from the high level of carbonation in the beer. I'm guessing it's the latter. Where's the wheat?

This is a very light bodied brew. The high level of carbonation adds an unpleasant effervescence that detracts from the taste and feel of the beer. Otherwise it's quite watery, and so I guess you could call it easy drinking. Though it's not a particularly expensive brew it is still a bit pricy for its quality level. 4.8% alcohol is hidden and is not going to lay you out anyway. For my money however, I'd go with the similar and much cheaper Pabst Blue Ribbon; but to each his own.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale (reference my profile for an explanation)
I do not give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss.

weizenbob, Apr 30, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

TheBigBoy, Jan 04, 2013
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.