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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,273 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of Leinenkugel's. maybe it's the healthy Minnesota/Wisconsin rivalry. Poured straw yellow, with almost no head. Taste is very sweet. The honey is there, but also a faint fruitiness. Finishes sweet and syrupy. Overall, I had heard bad things about this beer. I did not hate it, in fact it was a nice change of pace. Wouldn't recommend it, but wouldn't turn down a bottle either.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 16:48:02 | More by Rifrafboy
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Bright but thin straw color. Medium carbonation pours into a slight white bubbly head which quickly dissipates leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Pretty substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. No real lacing.

S: A little malt, wheat, yeast, prominent lemon, and a touch of honey.

T: Wheat and yeast. Hoppy and lemony.

M: Light body, sharp, and a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

D: Light body, refreshing body with a decent flavor make for good drinkability.

Decent atmosphere. A nice distinctive nose. Flavor is decent, but the honey (as the name suggests) doesn't really come out in the flavor. Feel is okay. When it's all said and done, a solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:04:12 | More by bmwats
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmmm...I guess this is meant to be an adverturesome beer for the summertime masses, I mean it is a "honey weiss bier" according to the label so that makes it darn near foreign!

Actually, this beer may have wheat and honey but their distinctive traits have been strategically removed during the brewing process, what is left is a gold beer with a light head, a mild unoffending taste and aroma with a hint of lemon and sweetness. The beer goes down smooth without offending anyone. I guess this is a "bier" meant to be drunk when the temperature hits 85 and your cooler is empty of everything else.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 17:12:46 | More by brakspear
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gpogo

California

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly

A- Grain and wheat aroma

T- Grain taste, leaves a bit of a sweetness in my mouth. Very mellow hops.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate-high carbonation.

D- Not my favorite Leinenkugel offering. It's refreshing, but it tastes just like an american wheat with nothing spectacular going for it. It is a warm day and I am enjoying it though.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:06:43 | More by gpogo
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold and clear in color with an unimpressive head

S- Smells of Honey, Grain, malts

T- A bit of honey sweetness, toasted grain, a little lemony citrus in the finish

M- Clean and light, good carbonation

D- For what it is, it is an extremely drinkable beer, nice on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 19:55:44 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pale, faded yellow.

S: Wheat, malt and faint honey...

T: Mild wheat with slight honey and mild hops.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, would be thirst quenching on a summer day.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is just too light in flavor for my taste..

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:01:17 | More by ujsplace
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden straw yellow color. Poured with three finger creamy white head that dissipated steadily. Decanted steadily. Irregular and inconsistent lacing.

S: Grains and a mild sugary sweetness.

T: Grains up front. Not overpoweringly sweet; turninng to an almost bitter dryness that leads to a fairly clean finish. May benefit from a little more sweetness to balance the carbonation and dryness.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation.

D: Definitely drinkable. Unlike some, the mild sweetness would make me tire of the taste (that said, I still think it could be a little sweeter).

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 13:06:35 | More by Haybeerman
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Florida9

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow. Served with about an inch of foamy head that actually stuck around for awhile.

S: White bread, biscuits, and a light lemon scent.

T: Mildly sweet (but not a malt sweetness), which I will assume is supposed to be the honey. Crisp malt. Lemon. Absolutely no hop character.

M: Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Lively.

D: Very easy drinker. Really, there's just not that much going on with this beer. It's weak, very simple and non-offensive. Only slightly better than the typical American adjunct lager.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 00:33:03 | More by Florida9
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass (I don't have a Weizen glass)

Look - straw color, clear, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - not too much of a smell. Subtle hop flavor, maybe nobel hops. Not smelling much of the honey.

Taste and Mouthfeel - sweet taste in general, but can't seem to find the "honey" in it except maybe in the finish. As with the smell, not a very strong taste. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Drinkability - drinkable brew, but not complex at all in the taste. Still not bad-tasting either. Had one yesterday in the bottle and tasted completely different.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 06:30:21 | More by Nerudamann
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dali27

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 12 oz. bottle into weizen glass.

A: Darker clear golden yellow, with thin nearly white head.

S: Hints of sweet honey, but mostly grains and malts.

T: This beer tastes very much like a thicker version of an adjunct. Mild honey flavor which could be more. (I remember more) Clean/empty flavor that comes with a macro. No wheat flavor present.

M: Crisp and clean. Light to medium body.

O: Reading the description of a Kristalweisen, I suppose this beer fits the bill. In essence it's a combination of an AAL and a weiss beer. I am interested in trying others now.

Overall, it's easy to drink and pairs well with most foods. On the other hand, it's a bit boring and uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 06:34:39 | More by dali27
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darkmartin

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear, yellowish-gold with a fizzy white head that doesnt last.

Smell: Smells yeasty with some citrus hops.

Taste: Not a whole lot going on in the taste, some mild yeast and butter, only faint traces of the honey. Decent presence of citrus hops in the finish, yet still dull.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Fairly mild taste with a light body makes this easy to drink in the summer heat, but I wont be craving it anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 05:28:26 | More by darkmartin
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almychristopher

New York

3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a clear golden color with a tall white head that recedes to a film of lace. the aroma is malty and a bit on the lagerish side, I'm not sure if it's the honey that's responsible. the taste is sweet with quite a bit of malt. the crisp mouthfeel seems right for an american wheat. not a terrible drink, but not one that I'll look for.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:09:30 | More by almychristopher
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.16/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was much better than the Berry Weiss, the honey flavor is a bit subdued and makes for an overall better beer. Still feels a bit lackluster but not too bad for a honey flavored beer. Drinkability is high as it's so light but taste wise and body wise it can improve immensely.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 23:09:45 | More by oriolesfan4
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend was drinking free all night at the Nitty Gritty here in Madison for her birthday, so I mooched off of her for a while. This is on tap at just about every bar in Wisconsin, pretty standard stuff in these parts.

Pale golden and bubbly in appearance, looks like your standard macro. Smells adjuncty and malty sweet, that's about it. Tastes adjuncty and malty/honey sweet with a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is macro bubbly and thin. It take it over a BMC any day, but there isn't much to praise here. A sweet malty drinker, gets the job done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 20:59:14 | More by Golden2wenty1
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light (but crisp) golden colour with a mid-sized to smallish head that has virtually no retention time as it fizzles down to a thin lace while at the same time leaving gobs of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a bit grainy with some wheat, along with a fair amount of sweetness and of course honey. Simple and to the point, overall.

The flavour is essentially very much the same, although it might pack slightly more of a punch than the aroma: wheat in the back with a bit more honey sweetness lingering throughout, with perhaps a slight touch of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very much light bodied but quite crisp and refreshing.

This isn't a bad brew, it's just not memorable and basically average all around. It's easy as hell to drink and makes for a decent thirst quencher in the summer, but I can still think of many others that I'd grab in the hot summer months before this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:07:47 | More by guinness33
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, not a good beer. very average. A little watery on the back of the palate. Not a lot going on. Some honey and wheat characteristics. No real bitterness to note. A no frills beer, best saved for the summer time. I got a leinenkugel's sampler case for 20 bucks, never having heard of their beers. I may have some every once in a while and will offer them to my friends as well. Not bad. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:37:34 | More by jasonjlewis
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odietrying

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into 7 oz. glass.

Light golden color. Perfectly clear, which I don't like to see in wheats. Head disappeared quickly. Lacing weak, non-existent.

Honey smell faint, but decent.

Taste of honey much less obvious than other honey beers. Good balance of malt and hops. Medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel is like carbonated water, except for the malt.

Could easily do a session, but wouldn't necessarily want to.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 19:42:02 | More by odietrying
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden. Head is pretty prominant and holds on pretty well.
S- Smell is sweet, I feel like that's likely the result of the honey. Really the honey sweetness is all that's on the nose.
T- Sweet honey flavor, maybe a bit grainy. One-dimensional throughout, with a bit of a musty finish.
M- Light bodied, quite crisp. Actually the carbonation needs to be dialed back a bit.
O- It's a decent intro beer, but it's not one that I regularly pursue. The honey flavor is kinda nice but it doesn't go anywhere. A beer stuck in first gear I would say.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 08:13:57 | More by jsprain1
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Couldn't find a freshness date.

A: Very clear golden yellow beer. Head quickly reseeds as fast as it forms. Very bubbly with little lacing and barely sticks to the glass. Good amount of carbonation can be seen.

S: Malty nose that is lightly highlighted by a honey scent. Nothing special.

T: Not a lot of defining taste here. The wheat is the leader in the flavor with a cereal like quality. Hints of honey add a low level complexity. Finishes on a bitter wheat taste and leaves little aftertaste.

M: Clean, crisp and dry feel. Very light bodied beer.

D: Very drinkable beer. Easy to handle and a good transition beer. With no strong taste will make for a good beer to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 03:00:02 | More by bilyboy65
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very lite in color. Medium head, slow fade. Slight hint of wheat in the aroma. The “characteristic” rusty Linny taste is present. Just smoothed out slightly by the addition of honey. I would never classify this in the wheat family. But as the Linny family goes, it is one of their better offerings. A good summer, hot day beer. No fresh date.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 12:09:01 | More by BobLuvBeer
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zimm421

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a very clear yellow with an average white head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smells of wheat and other grains with a tiny hint of sweetness. The taste is very similar. Starts out very grainy with a slight honey flavor as well. Nothing real impressive in this, but not too horrible.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above average carbonation. This is fairly drinkable, goes down pretty easy, but the taste isn't really something that makes you want to go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 23:20:24 | More by zimm421
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinie's Honey Weiss pours with a good amount of head production, which retains well with fine lacing. The body is pale gold, and ultra clear. It reminds me of how a kristall weizen should look.

Aromas are very citrusy, with lemon being in the forefront. It actually smells more like a shandy/radler more so than a straight up wheat beer.

The taste is also very radler/shandy like with lemon being very upfront. There is only a very faint bitterness in the end.

This feels prickly with a lot of carbonation.

Altogether this is an enjoyable beer that offers not too many complexities to ponder. It's a good trade over from the BMC scene.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 15:12:27 | More by TheSarge
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Leiny giftpack I received as a gift. Quite a light golden color with a medium creamy white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Aroma is lighter with a honey touch and maybe a bit of a grassy note. Taste is also light. I don't taste too much wheat but more of a lighter honey aspect and a bready kind of taste. There is a lighter grassy aspect towards the finish and somewhat in the body. The honey seems to be done well, I notice it but its not too cloying like I thought it might be. Still, this is a take it or leave it type beer. Fairly average by all accounts. I don't think I'd buy this again, but it wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 22:33:16 | More by granger10
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name Honey weiss is misleading in multiple ways: don't expect it to taste like honey, don't be fooled into thinking that they used some bavarian weiss yeast strain that produces banana and clove nuances, and for that matter, don't expect to taste the wheat.

This brilliantly clear gold beer (w. 3/4 inch head that recedes) is not an ale at all, I would bet, but a lager. There is some subtle malty flavor that makes it reminiscent of a german lager, and the maltyness alone makes it better than the american lagers, but it has no wheat beer flavors (American and especially Bavarian). That said, its subtle barley sweetness tastes better than many American lagers and it's easy drinking, smooth in the mouth, and there's nothing wrong about that!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:21:45 | More by pweis909
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Halcyondays

California

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, picked up in AZ,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a light white head, solid retention, spotty lace.

S: Sweet corn and honey, but very mild, not interesting.

T: I was wondering why this was classified as an AAL, but I get now. There is nothing that would identify this as made with honey or wheat (OK maybe a little with the wheat, but it's mild). A light beer, grainy malt, not the worst tasting thing in the world, honey comes out a bit as it warms, but I'm always wanting more.

M: Light-bodied. Has a fairly firm beer body, nice carbonation and crisp. Bigger than the typical adjunct lager which is nice.

D: For the style this is not bad at all. There is actually some nuance in the flavour, a slight hint of honey. But don't expect anything more than that. I could drink a few of these on a hot AZ day and not be upset. It is a drinkable beer, which is a lot better than many macros.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 05:43:09 | More by Halcyondays
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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