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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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Reviews: 450
Hads: 1,489
Avg: 2.94
pDev: 36.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 191 | 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:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of kinger
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.69/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright, clear yellow. About a 2 cm head...sticks around a little bit with a little foamy lacing.

Smells of a little citrus, but predominantly a wheaty smell. No hint of honey.

Very light and carbonated on the first drink. No hops to be tasted, very little malt overtone, and about the same amount of wheat taste as other weizens. For the life of me I can't find the honey...maybe just a little towards the end of the drink.

Drinkability is very good. I could pound these like bud lights all night.

Overall, nothing outstanding. But on a hot summer day of mowing grass, it'd be great. Was expecting a little more honey taste, not sure how that would affect the beer overall, but an interesting thought. In the end, I would recommend this brew, for someone looking for an easy to drink weizen.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.67/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

My fathers favorite brew. One of the first beers I ever consumed.

A - Golden yellow color

S - Ah! Smell that processed honey smell. As bad as it sounds it is rather appealing.

T - Slight malt flavor with faint honey character. Just enough honey to make it enjoyable and memorable.

M - Heavy carbonation, very crisp

D - Decently drinkable. Best consumed ice cold and on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.67/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light flavored, not quite as malty as some of this style. I think one problem with this is the glass that it came in. I ordered the 22 oz size, draught, and it came in a large thick soda glass, not a large half-liter weizen glass that it should've been served in. I will hold that against Tony Roma's at the Mall of America, not Leinie's. This had a light lagered flavor, so to give it a kick I went against the norm and dropped in the lemon wedge that came with the glass. It did help a little. If you want a good summery beer, and you live within the Leinie's distribution area, I will give this a good recommendation. Once summer is over, you'll want to switch to something different, but this will do nicely during for the season

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Photo of brown2cu
3.66/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of adamboeckman
3.66/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a pretty clear golden yellow. Carbonation is quite good over a half inch of head that sticks around for a while.

S - Smells rather pleasant. Got the honey, mild grain, and lemony zest down perfectly.

T - Liked it considering Leinenkugel's does great things with the flavor of their beers. You get sweet honey balanced with mild hops (very little) and grain then finishes kind of bitter with lemon.

M - Where it gets in flavor lacks in body. Very light and thin

D - Kind of boring, one dimensional and body was way to light for me to consider a second purchase. Still it was cool to try and overall a tasty beverage.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.64/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very crisp and fresh with a lightness and drinkability. great beer on a hot day, maybe after some yard work. very smooth with a slight mild honey comb finish. i find this beer dangerous cause i feel like i could drink quite a few in one sitting with ease.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.62/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist-cap bottle - poured into weizen glass:

Pours light straw yellow with a sizeable white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some vanishing lace temporarily sticks to the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang - some clove - a hint of honey.

The taste is of wheat tang with a touch of clove spiciness. Some well-integrated honey (not too overbearing or sticky) appears in the crisp finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and refreshing. Quite a bit of carbonation without being too harsh or fizzy.

Quite refreshing and thirst-quenching. Honey aspect pretty well-incorporated into the wheat aspect. Not bad for a basic American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light yellow-golden color with a glistening white bubbly head. Smell is mostly of the wheat malt and slightly sweet of honey. Taste is like the nose, no apparent hops but well balanced with a clean finish. Body is very light with lots of creamy carbonation. This is an easy to drink beer, light in body; not too much on the flavor, but what is there isn't bad.

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Photo of ShamusOGrady
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to mug.
Little head and light on the lace. Nice color, bright and inviting.
Very slight sweet aroma, malty.
Touch of sweetness and low on the hops.
Carbonated well but enjoyably smooth.
I quite enjoyed it, would suggest, good to just sit down and chill out with, not overwhelming.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.57/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Plain yellow, like an American macro. Soda pop type fizz. Lots of internal bubbles. Nothing worth looking at.

Smell: Not much. What there is gives no hint it's a wheat beer. Again, resembles an American macro lager, with some sweetness.

Taste: Well balanced. You can tell it's a wheat beer if you pay close attention, but the honey counteracts that nicely. Also slightly adjuncty, but the other competing flavors keep that from becoming too obvious. Not complex really, but it all comes together nicely.

Mouthfeel: A little bit more substantial than I'd expect from the color. It holds its flavor for a while.

Overall: This beer doesn't promise much, but it overdelivers. Not an everyday thing, I don't think, but certainly one of the better options out of the Leinie's variety pack.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.57/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear yellow gold. Light white head dissipates down to a film.

Smells wheaty and dry.

Tastes the same. Good wheat flavors with clean freshness.

The mouthfeel has a good sharpness from the carbonation. Thin but not water thin.

A good wheat beer. No bitterness makes it easy to throw back a few.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.57/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a very light yellow translucent body with virtually no head. Smells of some lemon and vanilla, faintly... Tastes like biscuit malt, with hints of lemon and hints of diacetyl. Very light in body with ample carbonation to make this a refreshing easy drinker. The flavor though, while okay, isn't great and certainly isn't the best of the style I've had.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.56/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Light brown almost yellow color. Tall head that's very fluffy and dissipates quickly but stays throughout the drink. Small amount of lacing only toward the end of the beer
S= Not much of anything, Very subtle hints of corn, malt and a very light note of hops
T= What I would imagine miller high life tastes like if it had a little honey in it... It's ok but it's not really my thing. Light taste with a little honey when it goes down at the end. A small bit at first. More Miller in the middle.
M= Very smooth and light. Low carbonation dull finish
D= High, a good session beer that you can drink a lot of.

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Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow color with nice white head the faded to nothing in the first minute with little lacing.

S: Little sweet I guess from the honey and a little malty.

T: Crisp, clean with a hint of honey but a little on the metallic side.

M: Light, watery with the right amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

D: Fairly drinkable beer. To me it leaves a bit of an aftertaste that is slightly unpleasnt but I still enjoy this beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, fairly light golden color. Head was about 1/4 inch when poured. Settles to a thin surface covering. Aromas of honey and wheat are present along with a bit of hops for good measure. Tastes sweet with the honey and the wheat coming through followed by a hint of hops. Not very complex flavor wise. Has a slightly crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. easy to drink in a good way. An okay beer overall but certainly nothing special. Worth a try though. Not bad, but not great.


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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good-sized head and a nice, golden color. Yeasty, sweet aroma. Taste is sweet, with a bit of wheat character and yeast. Has a lager-like clean character in the taste. A bit of hops in the finish. Light, bubbly mouthfeel. Drinkable, but pretty straightforward in its sweet, light character.

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Photo of Durge
3.52/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at the the former Thunderbird now Ramada Mall Hotel in Minneapolis this one shows a clear gold with nominal bubblage, a modest white uneven cover and a reasonable bit of lacing. It has a simple cereal wheat aroma with a touch of citrus. The taste is a fairly healthy grainy grass and a hint of malt. Modest carbonation and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of Josievan
3.52/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color without too much head. Kind of blase looking.

Smell: Lemony and slighty wheaty.

Taste: I'm getting a lot of lemon. Honey is not really detectable, despite the beer's name. Light wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes easily and could be consumed in large doses without becoming tedious.

Notes: They should call this beer Lemon Weiss instead of Honey Weiss, because that is the dominant characteristic I taste in this beer. In fact, this beer is so lemony, that it encroaches on Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy territory. If this WAS the Summer Shandy, I'd be understanding of the lemon taste, but since it's not, it comes off as a rather generic pale wheat beer with too much lemon.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Grains, wheat, and pale malts with some light hints of citrus and honey. Aroma is very light with the honey being very subtle. The wheat kind of smells like a Hefewiezen wheat with a very subtle hint of banana.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Lots of sweet pale malts and grains with wheat and subtle hints of citrus, banana, and honey. Everything is pretty light but noticeable and fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very light but fairly tasty brew best had in the summer.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code on the neck ... no freshness date.

A- Quick up and down head, thin white lacing barely sticks. Crystal clear yellow golden color.

S- Light crisp malt grain snap, hint of refined honey. Clean nose.

T&M- Superb crispness on a light and dry mouth feel. A one two snap and twang from the wheat meets a faint honey character and even fainter hop bitterness. No cloying sweetness. Clean wheat malt with a semi-dry finish.

D- A very easy drinking and simple brew. An obvious pick for a summer time beer, or even a stepping stone brew for the drinking impaired. Paired well with some pickled herring and stone ground wheat crackers.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.