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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
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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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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
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

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

Honey Weiss is a fairly average beer. It smells sweet. I almost thought it taste a bit lemony. Other than that, there wasn't a great deal of flavor. It didn't have an overly appealing look, just a light yellow color with little to no head. It wasn't necessarily a bad beer, but there wasn't much that set it apart from others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 02:34:23 | More by Cubsfan1087
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A - bubbly straw yellow, with fluffy temporary 2 finger head.

S - grain, wheat, hint of honey.

T - more grain and wheat taste with such a subtle sweet finish from the honey.

M - light body, goes down smooth

D - This is one of my favorite Leinie's; good summer beer and many non-beer lovers may enjoy it. Very sessionable. Great post grass-cutting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 16:15:40 | More by BeerLover99
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation and about an inch of foamy white head.

Smell: Sweet smell with a slight bit of yeastiness to it.

Taste: Really pleasant taste. It has a little bit of a bread like taste mixed with a little bit of sweetness. There is very little bitterness to balance the sweetness but the sweet flavor is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:37:23 | More by ruckus232
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer came a bright gold with a touch of orange with a haze of bubbles sustaining a thin larger bubbled head. Smells of dirty corn with a comical honey flavor and candy sourness. Tastes of more dirty corn with a sharp sourness (an added lemon makes this a bit more manageable) with a decisive honey-like finish. Mouth feel is medium with a medium carbonation. This is a non-intrusive and relatively flavorful beer that is very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2005 19:54:10 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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plaid75

New York

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat aroma with hints of lemon zest and sweet honey. Quick and fleeting banana aroma.

The taste was light and clean with a subtle wheat malt with a clear presence of some adjunct grains. A solid sour lemon and light candied honey were present as well.

The mouthfeel was light and dry with ample carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Certainly not a wheat ale, but with the lemon element, more like a very drinkable macro summer ale. Thanks to makeitavintage for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 04:46:27 | More by plaid75
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clean and clear yellow with a pure white head that fades rather quickly into a ring, good active carbonation but that's about it. No lacing. Overall, meh.

S: The honey is there but rather faint, smells like a flat Blue Moon and rather skunky for a wheat beer, maybe this one's a bit old, oh well.

T/MF: Light bodied and crisp again with a faint honey tinge as to be expected, yeasty and crackery and some strange vegetable flavors, corn and something else, finishes a bit slick and sort of bitter on the tongue.

D: I can't believe I used to like these, we all grow up I suppose but if I were going to drink a Leine I'd stick with a red.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 04:23:34 | More by bluemoonswoon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a firm gold color. Minimal head and minimal lacing. Smell is mild with just a tiny bit of sweetness, most likely from the honey. Taste is definitely honey influenced, but not that much in the grand scheme of things. Overall it seems like a typical beer that just got a shot in the arm with the honey. I have never had a wheat brew that was this light before. Something to try once, but nothing worth running to the end of the Earth for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 15:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 11/9/09, into a deep goblet.

A: Clear, bright gold body; small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace; very light on the visible carbonation. Boring.

S: Light, grainy, and somewhat sweet. Nothing much, but nothing off either.

T: Light and refreshing, with just a hint of wheat spice and yeastiness. Honey sweetness and dry breadiness fight it out on the finish. Just what I'd look for in beer of this style.

M: Light bodied with ample, soft carbonation (far more than its appearance boded). Not bad.

D: A touch sweeter than some other beers of its style, but still quite quaffable.

Notes: This has long been a go-to summer refresher for me, and I think it's one of the more successful brews in Leinie's lineup. Nothing truly remarkable, but always satisfying.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:30:11 | More by woosterbill
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Erish

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was served this beer in a plastic cup at U.S. Cellular Field. Go Sox!

A: hazy, wheat-colored, abundant, frothy white head that falls into a thick cap with good lacing.

S: lemon zest, a hint of fruity yeast funk, and of course, honey.

T: this beer pretty much tasted just like it smells. There is not a lot of complexity to this beer, just cold refreshment.

M: very light-bodied, somewhat slick, moderate carbonation.

D: great lawnmower beer, and goes well with the polish sausage and grilled onions at the Cell.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 14:35:50 | More by Erish
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lwillitz

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - very clear golden yellow beer under a thick 3-finger white head. The head melts away in average time, leaving ample lacing. A layer of white foam lingers on the top for quite a while.

S - lots of citrus (lemony), some wheat, and maybe a hint of honey

T - decent weizen flavor with a hint of lemon; fairly grainy and not much for hops; refreshing, would be great for a warm summer day

M - light-bodied and high carbonation

D - I could put down two or three of these with little effort.

If you've never had Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, it's definately worth a try. I recommend Leinenkugel's Spring Variety Pack, which includes Honey Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 18:28:56 | More by lwillitz
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