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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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WACHUSETTblue

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

kind of looks and feels like a Budweiser defiantly has a little more flavor and the honey after taste is a pleasant surprise , there is nothing special as far as appearance really looks like a miller lite or bud , has a decent head but dissipates quickly leaving no lacing If this beer was a little cheaper I wouldn't mind throwing these down to get a good buzz on or maybe grab 9 for a game of golf but besides that these aren't as crafty as they may appear

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:47:12 | More by WACHUSETTblue
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks absolutely jewel clear with a pale straw color, big fluffy head that stops by briefly to say hello and than vanishes in only a minute, without any lacing at all... Smells exceedingly faintly of pale wheat malt and a little tiny bit of honey, I am severely disappointed because I have smelled (and tasted) stronger honeyed nuances off other beers that don't even have the word in their name, nor include it in the brewing!
Tastes like it smells, faint weak wheat with a whisper of barely-there honey. It also has a watery thin body, which is refreshing as a summer thirst quencher, and the carbonation is quite appropriate...crisp and clean finish...I just wish there was more flavor in it. I believe that it is a good lawnmower beer, at least it is better than a BMC, but really mostly only by the virtue of not having any strange off-flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 15:52:07 | More by WastingFreetime
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BucannonXC5

California

2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of a bottle at a state park in South Dakota. Color was a fair light golden. Head and film/lacing - N/A.

Smelled heavy of honey, but not as strong as you’d think with the name. Slight malt or wheat in there, too.

Honey dominate on the tastes, but average overall. Nothing else really stood out.

Highly carbonated. Surprisingly refreshing.

Pretty average overall. Actually, just below it. I did have another one later in the week and it tasted a bit better, but I think my ratings will stick.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 06:34:33 | More by BucannonXC5
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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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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a big thick head which stays around. The aroma is of grains and sweet malt, there is not a lot going. The aroma is faint and hard to get. The taste is much the same grainy with a hint of sweet malt and a touch of honey. The taste seems closer to an adjunct than a kristal. The taste is muted and hard to identify. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp. Overall it is okay I probably wouldn't have this one again. The taste and aroma just weren't there.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 17:56:01 | More by goblue3509
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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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clint1019

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a very clear straw color. Too clear for wheat beer if you ask me. It did however have a decent head on it.

There wasn't much of a aroma to the beer. It had a slight fruity aroma, but nothing else. No Malt. No Honey. No Wheat.

This was the worst part of the beer. It tasted too much like a mass market, thin, watered down beer than it did a craft beer. There was very little malt flavor and that's about it.

Very thin, light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

This beer is not really a good beer. The only thing I would recommend this beer for is possibly a transition beer. People just getting off mass market beers may be interested in this. I would not recommend it to anyone else and I won't be drinking this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:48:14 | More by clint1019
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Brunite

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear. At least they got this right for a Kristal.

S: Weiss? Nope Honey? Nope? Meh? Yep.

T: Huge disappoint here. No weiss tastes....no honey. Just a thin, watery, macroish taste.

M: Thin and carbonated.

O: One and done. Stop those ads making this sound like a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 06:38:30 | More by Brunite
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear yellow with half-inch head and lasting lace. The aroma is of citrus, honey, and flowers. It's flavor has lemon, vanilla, and honey notes. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Leinenkugels Honey Wheat is a good beer, very dry, crisp, and refreshing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:39:01 | More by B967ierhunter177
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale golden color--almost anemically so--but had a nice cap of foam. The aroma is an admixture of lightly toasted malt and honey. The flavor profile is similar to the nose. The beer goes down easy, but the sweetness from the honey becomes a bit much more my tastes. The beer is a little light through the center and finishes with not more than a whimper.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 18:13:11 | More by BeardedBoffin
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have finally reached the end of the summer sampler pack.

Poured this one out of a 12oz can pretty quickly into a regular old pint glass.

A) The quick pour resulted in a nice inch of head, but it was gone in a hurry. The beer was a pale yellow.

S) Light grains and a bit of honey sweetness. Nothing offensive.

T) It's like a light beer with a hint of honey. I mean, you pick up a trace amount of honey, but I'm not sure about the Weiss. It doesn't taste bad.

M) A fairly light bodied beer. It's decent for warm weather, as it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

O) This is okay. If you're at a summer get together, and this one is on the top layer of ice in the cooler... Well, I say dig to the bottom and hope for the best.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 01:31:41 | More by RoamingGnome
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

A big shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of wheat and grains, a touch of honey. Taste is also big on the wheat, some honey is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 00:42:20 | More by tone77
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Northsider

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The fact that I've seen advertisements for this beer was a big turn off for me. ALL of the beers I've seen ads for have turned out to be complete duds. This was no different.

Appearance was "kristal" clear, no head. Smelled of nothing really. You could tell a slight hint of the honey and weiss that is mentioned in the beer's name. Nothing more.

Taste was much of the same. Watery and flavorless. I would compare this more with an adjunct macro than to a filtered hefe.

Not a good beer at all in my opinion. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:00:20 | More by Northsider
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Weizen glass
A: Banana yellow, thick two finger head. Nice bubbles.
S: Honey and bananas.
T: Wheaty malt with subtle honey.
M: Smooth and mellow. Nice, easy to drink beer.
O: Nothing out of this world, but very solid. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up in being a straightforward easy to drink beer, which sometimes is all you ned.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 04:44:30 | More by ONUMello
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mk3

Utah

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pilsener. A very light straw color with really no head.

There is really not much of a smell to it, maybe a hint of honey?

Mouth? I'm drinking one as I write this, is thin with a little too much carbonation.

As far as taste goes, I've had a few kristall's and this isn't even close. there is no "sourness"? that should be in a weiss, even a kristall weiss.

All in all, I don't think I will buy this beer again, it just doesn't have much going for it other than you could drink a lot of this in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:48:29 | More by mk3
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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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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a very small white fizzy head on it. The body is a nice golden color body. The smell is sweet of honey and some wheat. I don't taste any wheat, but i get a sweet start and a little hop finish to it, very crisp though. The mouth feel is nice and crisp on the tongue. Overall i think this is a good summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 18:57:12 | More by chefhatt
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bnes09

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:19:57 | More by bnes09
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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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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's been a few years since I last tried this beer. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow, with thick white bubbles that settle very quickly. Almost reminds me more of a light lager than anything else.

S: I don't get any honey on the nose. Grainy malt with just a touch of fruity, grassy hops.

T: Grainy malt with just a touch of honey, and some lemon peel, followed by a touch of floral hops. There's also a metallic aspect to this beer I cannot get past. Crisp finish, with a slightly astringent aftertaste.

Notes: This light-bodied beer is another example of a product that is meant to be craft, but geared towards the mainstream crowd. Drinkable, and not horrible, but not a beer for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 06:08:56 | More by WYVYRN527
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I cringe to see this grouped in with the Weihenstephaner Kristallweizen - that's a great beer, this ain't. Honey Weiss doesn't recall the style much - very thin, weak aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Yeah, there's honey. Yeah, there's kind of a cereal, toasted wheat flavor. But you're really straining to get either - comes out mostly (but only minimally) in the aftertaste. This beer's just about as thin as any light lager - has a bit of a bitter, corny taste to it as well. It's okay drinking on a hot day, I'm sure, but don't look for much dazzlement on your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:12:29 | More by Bouleboubier
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Honey Weiss pours out at a crystal clear yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves a little lacing in the beginning but trails off by mid glass. The smell is slightly sweet with a mix of grains and malts. The flavor of the beer doesn't scream honey like I would have liked it too. The taste is clean and fairly refreshing on a hot day though. The body of this brew is light and easy to drink. Overall I'm not the biggest fan of this brew but I wouldn't turn this beer away if it were offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 15:44:37 | More by Knapp85
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Stunner97

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- clear golden yellow with small amount of carbonation slowly streaming the glass, thick white head retains to medium foam,

Smell- slight hop, malt, and slight wheat, little bit lemon

Taste- slightly sweet up front and then fades into a little bit of a bitter hop finish, slight corn and malt flavor, not getting whole lot of the honey here, not particularly sweet or citrus y compared to many other wheat beers more dry and lager like, not very complex and overally a little disappointed with this ones flavor profile

Mouthfeel- overally and exceedingly light in mouth feel very thin and watery

Drinkability- this beers not hard to drink as it is so light but its just lacking enough enjoyability for it to be a good go to choice, flavor profile is just to thin and simplistic, just not enough going on here and I think probably the weakest of there line in my opinion, its not the worst beer in the world but certainly nothing special

Serving type: can

05-10-2011 04:26:55 | More by Stunner97
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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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weizenbob

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This 12 ounce can of Honey Weiss came from a Summer Sampler 12-Pack. What a novel idea. "Best" by June 27, 2011. I cracked the can open and poured into a weizen glass. A moderate pour yields a finger of white head that remains in a temporary state of renewal from the very active carbonation visible through the glass. This must be filtered because it is crystal clear. Once the initial blast of carbonation dies down the head quickly follows. Lacing is non-existent. The beer itself is golden hued.

The aroma gives the impression of an adjunct lager, but I could find no information on the Leinenkugel website as to whether this is a lager or an ale. I'm not really picking up any wheat in the nose, but I am picking up a distinct sweet corn aroma, which may actually be the "real Wisconsin honey" that the label claims this is brewed with. The scent is suspiciously similar to PBR.

The flavor is also very reminiscent of adjunct lager. It is very watery. One sided graininess hits with a short burst of sweetness that quickly drops off, leaving a mild bitterness to fill the vacuum. It might be hops or it might be a bite from the high level of carbonation in the beer. I'm guessing it's the latter. Where's the wheat?

This is a very light bodied brew. The high level of carbonation adds an unpleasant effervescence that detracts from the taste and feel of the beer. Otherwise it's quite watery, and so I guess you could call it easy drinking. Though it's not a particularly expensive brew it is still a bit pricy for its quality level. 4.8% alcohol is hidden and is not going to lay you out anyway. For my money however, I'd go with the similar and much cheaper Pabst Blue Ribbon; but to each his own.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale (reference my profile for an explanation)
I do not give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 18:14:32 | More by weizenbob
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