Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
68
poor

449 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,471
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 17
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of Erish
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of zerofear13
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know what to say. I was pretty excited about trying this delicious Wisconsin brew, but was a bit disappointed. Nice color with nice head, but the smells are of a regular plain hoppy ale or even a lager. Tastes have hints of honey and sweet malts, but not a lot. Mainly hops and a milky taste, but nothing too spectacular. Oddly enough I agree with many reviews when they say it reminds me a macro, because the honey and sweetness is not present enough to say that this is a wonderful craft ale. Overall, Wisconsin has much better brews to offer, don't settle for this rather plain one. (591 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TWIST OFF :-)

Golden straw color beer that isn't quite as pale as most American lagers; It has a bit more of a golden hue to it. This beer keeps its carbonation launching and will keep decent head retention if left alone. I smell herbal notes and honey with just some malt. This beer tastes of the herbal honey notes along with very little hop bitterness and a sweet malt backbone. This is a bit lighter than the beers I've been drinking lately so it's a very nice thirst quencher and drinks very easily. This is the first and only kellerweis I have tried but it is a pleasant one. The wheat is also a noticeable difference from the barley (640 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright straw yellow. The huge foamy head disappears a little too quickly for a wheat beer, really, but does leave some decently thick lacing.

Aroma is of faint honey and citrus, but is barely noticeable.

Very light-bodied, with a palate of faint honey with a backbone of grain, though without even the slightest hint of the characteristic yeasty, wheaty twang of most wheat ales. A bit watery tasting, with a clean, slightly sweet but short-lived finish.

I poured this one after a tiring day of work followed by lawn-mowing, edge-trimming, 100-degree sweaty, dirty Georgia goodness. It's quite refreshing, but seriously lacking in flavor. I almost think an A-B Budweiser has more character. (701 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with short lasting white head. Looks like a light lager basically. Smell is light but slight honey and malt. Taste is decent, crisp from the moderately high carbonation, and mildly sweet from the honey and lingers for just a bit in the after taste along with just a touch of wheatiness. This doesn't taste bad by any means, but is very light and simple. A good replacement for a cheap lager, and it is easy to drink, crisp and refreshing, but nothing to blow you away. (487 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale and transparent lemon color. Two fingers of frothy with head. Poor head retention and minimal to no lacing.

Sweet, slightly fruity smell. Some banana and lemon.

Not a whole lot of wheat flavor, just an underlying bread-like character. Mild honey sweetness, happy to say this characteristic does not dominate. Not much hop character. Vague fruit notes.

Light body. Adequate carbonation. Slick feel from the honey lingers in the aftertaste.

This stuff is alright. Less sweet than expected which is good. It is light and refreshing but lacks in complexity. (562 characters)

Photo of armock
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head

S - Some hops and a little honey

T - Sweet malts with some honey some hops

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in here

D - Its a step above a macro but not buy much I'd rather drink this than BMC (250 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss poured a clear yellow/gold color with a foamy white head that quickly faded to thin lacing. Aroma and taste is clean, of light wheat and sweetness from the fresh light honey. Would have preferred a little more honey flavor. Very little bitterness detected. Mouth feel is light, with bubbly carbonation and a dry crisp finish.

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss is best quaffed during a hot day. Very easy drinking and refreshing, making it a good session brew. (516 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a big time favorite back where I'm from, and is the "go to" craft option for those who really don't drink a lot of craft. So when I saw it down here, I had to get it again so I could remember how this beer tastes.

Smell is vegetal, with a small sweetness, which I'd assume to be the honey. Smells like a sweet macro, really.

Tastes like I'd expect. It has an adjunct-like taste in the body, perhaps cooked veggie, with a definite sweetness on top of it presumably from the honey. I will say that the honey makes what would otherwise be painfully boring a bit better. The wheat shows up in the back with a little lemon zing, wrapping the beer up pretty nicely.

Nothing special nor offensive. I doubt many BA's will seek this out. It's better than having macros, so if you're at a bar in the upper midwest and this is available, I'd say to go for it. (859 characters)

Photo of JMBSH
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour delivers a good size head in my pint glass. The head quickly shrinks to just enough to cover the surface. A steady stream of carbonation keeps this coating through out the tasting. Light yellow in color due to being filtered, I place my nose in the glass. A very faint aroma of honey is detected. Tasting it shows though even less of a honey flavor. Just enough sweetness to be refreshing.Not really picking up any of the usual weiss flavors (clove, banana). Not really getting a hop taste except a little in the aftertaste. I can see having a couple on the patio. (576 characters)

Photo of botham
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear straw color with a few fingers of tight white head after a hard pour.

smell is sweet, with pale malts and some mild hops. corn is detectable in the smell, which pushes the smell off-balance a bit. the honey is only distant in the smell, not providing much sweetness.

taste is malty and sweet up front, with wheat and citrus being the focus. notes of honey, yeast, and mild grassy hops. the taste is much more balanced than the smell; sweeter and more refreshing.

mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, slick and creamy. very smooth liquid.

drinkability is great. there isn't much here to lower drinkability; this is a light brew without any bold or excessive flavors. mild and refreshing, which is just what it is trying to be. (748 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw yellow color with 1 pinky of bubbly white head, some retention, spotty lacing. Smells of wheat with a touch of honey and some lemon. Taste is very biscuit-like with honey and vanilla, and a finish of lemon. Light in body with good carbonation, sweet with a crisp finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink, but not much going on to really excite the palate. (383 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.37/5  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! (813 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This is a flavorful sluggin' beer--a "banquet" beer to use Coors' term-- a beer that you might find a fireman's ball or an old man's fridge.

Pours clear and straw-golden but with a nice head. Smells faintly like lemons and honey with just a hint of malt. Nice smell, surprisingly, but faint.

As much as it may look like a regular macro, it sure as heck doesn't much taste like one. I mean, the taste is still as woefully faint as that of a macro, but it's actually good. Yeast upfront with a hint of citrus and a little wheat bitterness. More wheat in the back and a sweet kick of dry honey. Complex and tasty, but not flavorful enough.

Thin on the body, like a macro, but it's pretty darn smooth and you can pound these all night. (740 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color. Not much of a head on this. Clear.

S - Disappointed. Expected honey or sweetness but not really getting it. Smells malty.

T - Again, its good but just bland. While the taste is of bread, and some sugary finish, there isn't honey flavor at all.

M - Smooth beer. Not heavy and very little carbonation.

D - A good drinker for the summer months.

It isn't a bad beer but not one I'd go after specifically. (424 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at William's bar in uptown Mlps, a while back.

Pours a slightly hazy lemondrop color, with a fluffy though shortlived snow white head.

Smells of wheat, honey (weird, I know), and a nice touch of lemon. Quite refreshing, but no hops or malt smells come through.

Taste is refreshing, like a heavier, more solidifed version of the summer shandy. Not quite as sweet, a bit more heft, more enjoyable when paired with food.
Generally not a huge fan of this category, but Leinie's strikes a good note with this one -- at least in my book. (550 characters)

Photo of Naugros
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass this develop a nice, dense head of foam about two fingers thick which slowly reduced. The beer is a pale yellow with a slight yellow glow and tons of carbonation.

Wonderful smells from the wheat and the yeast. It smells much like a German weizen with a backdrop of astringent lemon. Take that astringency out of it and I would have ranked the smell higher.

Very light in taste...too light. I wanted it to taste as good as it smells and it doesn't. A metallic tang accompanies the rest of the flavors and overshadows them. This beer could have exhibited nice wheat tones and brilliant lemon and subtle coriander with a bit more sweetness from the honey. Instead, those are all pushed to the back and the flaws in the beer shine through. This drops the mouthfeel as well. With the carbonation and classic ingredients, it could have been crisp and refreshing as any weizen, but it's not.

Maybe I'm just spoiled. (938 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very pale yellow colored body with a small white head. some small visible bubbles.

S- honey, metal, and grain.

T- sweeter than normal wheat. i guess thats from the honey.

M- crisp, clean, and refreshing. well carbonated.

D- certainly not one of my favorites, but something i could see myself drinking several of while camping or in an other situation where im "roughing it." easy to drink and reminds me of summer. (423 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard this beer be compared to Blue Moon Honey Wheat a lot so when I saw it in there summer sampler. I thought well I had never tried any of Leinekugel’s beers it was high time that I did.

Appearance- It poured a translucent yellow with a an average sized clean white head.

Smell- It smelled of sweet malt. I think honey always brings out the malt. It had a little but not much of the fruity bouquet that is often affiliated with a wheat beer too.

Taste- Mildly fruity esters as a wheat beer should. Followed by a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. In about the average range nothing spectacular.

Drinkability- I would drink it again. (651 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably my least favorite of Leinenkugel's main offerings. Smell is not very strong, and not very distinct. This is refreshing, but fairly basic. I can taste a hint of honey towards the end. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, though I have to say given the very dense taste of the Blue Moon honey beer I had recently, maybe it is better to err on the side of less-dense rather than more dense for a honey-laden beer. Overall, though I'm a Leinie's fan, this is not particularly special. (490 characters)

Photo of packetknife
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flag-ship of their line I believe. At least it's the one everybody in MN goes for first. A good summer ale, sweet, nice light smell. A bit thicker than you'd expect, which is good. Goes well with large grinder sandwiches. (225 characters)

Photo of RossPeterson
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow with a one-finger head. Died fast but has a good amount of lacing.

S: Grainy malts and wheat. A tiny hint of honey.

T: Very wheaty with a tiny bit of sweet honey.

M: Decent amount of carbonation with a clean finish. A medium body thanks to the trace amount of honey flavor which seems to thicken the beer by a small amount. A little watery nonetheless.

O: Easy to drink, clean finish, one of the more fuller-bodied Kristalweizen's but was still a little too watery. Overall a good beer with common flaws, so compared to others, one of the better ones. (571 characters)

Photo of Clones21
3.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell-Very honey like. Some hops.

Looks-Straw like yellow. Not that great.

Taste-Lots of honey up front. The after taste isn't that great. The after taste, taste like a Bud Light or something like that.

Overall it's not that bad of a beer. Much better than Bud Light or a big mainstreem beer..but not far off from them. Give it a try. (337 characters)

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.