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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
poor

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:07:46 | More by DrDemento456
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MadTown1000

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 00:15:12 | More by MadTown1000
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 04:13:21 | More by gmfessen
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:18:54 | More by jwc215
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 06:04:25 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 22:41:09 | More by Cylinsier
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ShamusOGrady

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:29:08 | More by ShamusOGrady
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 18:45:34 | More by neenerzig
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 22:27:47 | More by AaronHomoya
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dstc

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 19:52:01 | More by dstc
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 04:47:09 | More by Durge
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Josievan

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 04:23:58 | More by Josievan
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 05:19:22 | More by MattyG85
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey Weiss is an attractive golden color with an average level of carbonation. Head is of a medium height and is somewhat thick. Retention is weak. Taste is a combination of a moderately crisp wheat flavor and an underlying honey-tinged malt sweetness. The honey is used well here, it enhances the malt flavor without taking over. Wheat flavor becomes most apparent in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is a nice stab at the American pale wheat style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 22:31:09 | More by Gagnonsux
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, golden yellow in color, low carbonation

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: sweet honey and grass

Mouthfeel: crisp, light body, moderately sweet, and medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: As a pale wheat ale, this actually is not all that bad a beer. It tastes like a pale wheat with honey--not overly fruited. A different take on the style, that I could session.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 15:54:08 | More by tigg924
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#28. My second Leinenkugel product review. The label doesn't reveal much about the product, so I'm gonna have to dive in blindly this time.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Great pour. Pours a thick two finger depth super foamy head that recedes at a modest pace, but stops at a half finger depth leaving a thick cover over the beer. Lacing is bolder than in most light beers. Color is very light amber, a near champagne tone. Carbonation is very lively. This beer has a bright and spritely appearance. It looks quite good. 4.5

(Smell) Wheat with a touch of honey and perhaps some light citrus ream. Spices, malts and hops are hard to find. Smell is very light and clean. Could be much bolder and have more dimension. Aroma doesn't stand out much. 3

(Taste) Taste is a medium tone of wheat and honey finishing with bold honey tones and slightly bitter spices. Some very faint bitter hops don't interfere with the taste much, but it's pleasant. Nothing knocks me out cold here, but the beer is decent. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slightly thicker and more frothy finish. Beer is relatively smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation doesn't intervene much here. The beer is slightly dry. The mouthfeel is pretty good makes this a pretty good honey wheat beer. 4

(Drinkability) Easy to drink, even with being a medium bodied wheat beer, flavor is enjoyable enough to have a second round. 3.5

Verdict: Looks very good, tastes above average. There isn't much to distinguish this beer above the crowd of honey and wheat brews. You shouldn't be disappointed, but then again you shouldn't be astounded either. Not a bad Leinenkugel brew. I wouldn't mind running into this one again. B (3.65)

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 21:32:21 | More by Jadjunk
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BigSteinsEmpire

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked one of these on a great spring day...can't get much better for the bargain. Sure there's better beers but this one hits great price point and is a quality brew. Great notes of Honey...go figure. Just enough sweetness in it to get you through a warm spring/summer day. I'd take this over the Shandy any day....the shandy is too sweet and fills you up so fast. This is a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:40:53 | More by BigSteinsEmpire
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punky796

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-gold pour, white head, doesn't last long.

S - Mostly malt and honey.

T - Malt, not as heavy on the honey as you'd expect, kinda grainy.

M - Moderate carbonation, somewhat dry. Leaves you with that syrupy-mouth feeling after you've had a lot of pop.

O - Not bad. I like the honey, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 05:21:40 | More by punky796
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 18:17:26 | More by Jason
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word? "Watery." I really wanted to like this one. (I'm a Leinie's Lodge card holder.) It looked great (nice gold color) in the glass, decent head, nice carbonation, a bit of sweet wheat (very little) in the nose... smelled like beer. And it tasted good (e.g., refreshing), but a bit watery in the taste department. You could throw back a bunch of these and really enjoy them. Nothing bad in the taste dept (no metallic, no strange bitterness, no stale flavors, etc.) but when you start rating a beer by what it's NOT, you had probably better move on to something more flavorful. That said, I'd definitely buy this for my summer BBQ parties. It would go well with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 00:36:22 | More by tugdriver7
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Stoneman78

California

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in Milwaukee

Appearance is a clear light golden hue, minimal white head and lacing

Smell is light wheat and yeast, touch of honey, peppermint, sweet candy

Taste is light malts and wheat with very subdued highlights of honey, light earthy hops, finishes sweet

Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, thin and watery texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a nice unoffensive light wheat ale with a touch of sweetness, subdued flavors but easy-drinking

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 06:21:08 | More by Stoneman78
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splat215

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light yellow with moderate carbonation, and thin head which slowly subsides
S - Banana-like alcohol scent, with subtle honey
M - Bubbly and carbonated, medium-light bodied
T - Mostly wheat-beer hints, with the honey coming through slightly on the backend
D - A good wheat beer with the honey adding some slight sweetness and keeping it from becoming too dry

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 18:01:48 | More by splat215
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear pale gold with a big foamy white head. This shrunk to a thin sheet that stayed throughout the drink. Mild carbonation. Excellent webbing along glass side.

Smelled some sweet honey, floral, maybe some fresh bread.

Very crisp brew with very low bitterness. Pretty thin and watery, yet smooth. Slight metallic aftertaste. This did not taste like your typical weiss. I couldn't pick up any of the usual wheat, banana, clove, etc. This came across more like a blonde ale.

All in all, this was a refreshing brew, but was a far cry from the style it claimed to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 12:16:47 | More by Onenote81
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a clear golden straw color with a good-sized white cap. Snowy, creamy and smooth atop, it also sports a festive bead from underneath off the SA glass etching. No lace to speak of, the beer looks a little too slick for stick, but does put up a few random dots.

Aroma - grainy, mild sugary sweetness like a Dundee's honey brown.

Taste - wheat/grain start is decent, albeit fairly average. The sweetness is kept to a minimum. Some light bitterness hits on the swallow, partially obscured by mucho carbonation. Part bitter, a touch salty. In fact, it actually needs a touch more sweetness to offset the high bubbles and astringency, never thought I'd say that. A clean finish.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, almost sparkly. Lighter body.

Drinkability - pretty good session beer for summer, I wouldn't turn another one down.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 21:27:42 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow/gold with a very thin head. Nose is fairly bland with a light hint of honey.

Taste is lightly sweet and wheaty. Very clear for a wheat beer but it's really quite easy to drink and really light. It's got a bit of that BMC twang but better than most macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:26:43 | More by kingcrowing
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.