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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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BA SCORE
69
poor

1,278 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 49 | 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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nortmand

Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm usually able to appreciate Leine's ability to make somewhat different pseudo-micro stuff, but this was a disappointment from the get-go. First, It poured CLEAR yellow, with little white, foamy head. Not at all what a wheat beer is "supposed" to be. Very sour, sickly sweet smell, not at all endearing. Tastes vaguely like honey, but overall, more like a honey lager, and not a honey wheat. Mouthfeel is almost greasy, coating the tongue and throat, not enjoyable and definitely making this a one time beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 01:05:34 | More by nortmand
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AleWatcher

Illinois

1.63/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Very clear and light golden color. Two fingers of starch white foamy head settled quickly into a thin soapy film. No lacing.

The nose has small hints of banana and a grainy malt profile.
The flavor is a dose of the same, but with a sweet aftertaste... In fact, the beer is too sweet. The overall flavor reminds me of sweetened cereal grains.

The body is thin, very thin. Very bubbly. This is practically Miller Lite in nearly all aspects.

Overall... Well, after not having one of these for 7 or 8 years, I can pmfortably say that I will go at least double that before reaching for another (except in those dire situations, perhaps at a BBQ?!)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:23:22 | More by AleWatcher
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.63/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Extremely pale straw yellow. My experience is still on the limited side, but I don't think I've seen a beer this pale before. The head is bright white, almost the color of cotton, is short-lived and leaves negligible lace.

The nose is honeyish and somewhat sweet. I also smell an underlying unpleasantness that I'll call 'musty' for want of a better term. Looks like the flavor could be in trouble.

Wow, it's even worse than anticipated. LHW actually tastes like a macro. It's sort of stale and sour with an unpleasant bitterness that tweaks my tongue and makes it beg for good beer. Sweetness is noted, but it sure doesn't taste like honey. The mouthfeel is abysmally thin and watery.

It can't be that hard to brew decent beer, can it? Give Honey Weiss a wide berth.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 20:45:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

1.68/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Looks like a macro. Clear, light gold. Moderately tall, soapy head that doesn't stick around too long. Fizzy.

Smell - Quite light, even indistinct. Grainy with maybe a hint of a citrus smell.

Taste - Dry and malty. A little citrusy sourness at the end. Flavor seems very thin.

Mouthfeel - Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is quite thin. Stingingly carbonated.

Drinkability - Not real good, not something I'd keep around.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 04:09:53 | More by scaliasux
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BigRedN

Nebraska

1.68/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Yellow. About all I can say.
Smell: Expected honey or other scent of a typical wheat beer, but got nothing.
Taste: Slightly sweet, with a hint of honey, like it was added as an afterthought. They brewed this an went "Oh yeah, we got to add the honey." Then just added it to the mix.
Mouthfeel: Slightly flat, with no aftertaste (thankfully).
Drinkability: Not a wheat beer. Won't have this again.

Final Thoughts: Not what I expected. Definitely worse...but don't even get me started on the Berry Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 22:18:35 | More by BigRedN
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Finally getting around to reviewing this stuff, have had it many times in years past. Found a Leinie's 12 pack sampler for $6.99 on closeout, probably the only way you could convince me to buy it. Clear gold in color, almost no head, just a couple bubbles. Smell is of nothing much, light malt and something adjuncty. Taste is unimpressive and boring. The little sweetness that the honey imparts doesn't make up for how poorly crafted this stuff is. Not a very good beer, aviod unless you get a deal like I did.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 02:13:35 | More by TastyTaste
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Jimboe


1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

10-03-2012 16:04:43 | More by Jimboe
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Drk93TT

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

05-18-2012 02:50:19 | More by Drk93TT
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Nebergall


1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

12-10-2012 01:06:46 | More by Nebergall
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neckbeered

Montana

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

06-11-2013 00:17:35 | More by neckbeered
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server222

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

04-21-2012 03:05:17 | More by server222
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

06-08-2014 18:05:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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soccerfancooch

Wisconsin

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

06-15-2012 20:34:12 | More by soccerfancooch
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nineworldseries

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

06-02-2013 23:58:08 | More by nineworldseries
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Rozyravens

Texas

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

04-15-2012 20:32:56 | More by Rozyravens
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Stoshua

Missouri

1.75/5  rDev -41.3%

01-16-2013 23:19:00 | More by Stoshua
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KFaulkner

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer into a weizen glass thinking it was a wheat beer. Little did I know, it was Coors Light.

That's what it looked like at least; yellow, fizzy with almost no head... completely clear and exceedingly boring.

The smell was somewhat skunky; light, flavorless with almost no aroma. Bready and yeasty.

Taste was bland and almost unnatural. Absolutely no hint of sweetness from honey (as the name implies) and a very mild wheaty undertone which is more breadlike than that yeasty taste you expect from the style.

Surprisingly, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is quite good; mostly because of it's fruitiness as derived from blueberries added. This beer really has nothing to offer, especially one advertised as a honey weiss.

Maybe your buddies who drink nothing other than Miller Light will enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 22:26:02 | More by KFaulkner
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SetarconeX

Florida

1.8/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It's a good thing they told me on the bottle that this was a honey weiss, otherwise I'd swear this is a pilsner. Picked this up on a trip to the midwest, hoping to soak in local color for a bit. Imagine my dissapointment. It comes out a perfectly clear golden color, smells a bit like a bottle of Miller, and tastes..

Not even really sure what to say about the taste. Starts off a bit sweet, which I'd like to think is due to some honey somewhere, even if it just tastes like sugar. Then it finishes sour. A mediocre, unhoppy sour.

You can do better than this. Feel free to avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 01:46:55 | More by SetarconeX
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billybob

Massachusetts

1.8/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a short white head that quickly faded to the beer and no lace. weak smell of cooked veggies matchs the taste thats all i want to say about that. mouthfeel was watery and carbonation weak. drinkability zero.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:49:50 | More by billybob
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

1.83/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a piss yellow with very little head and no lacing. Smelled of artificial honey, rice, corn, steamed veggies. Taste of lemon and grainy. Thin body. This was my first drain pour. I thought it would be a good beer on a hot day but after drinking the quality of beers that I have been drinking there was no way I was going to was my taste buds on this crap.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 15:11:38 | More by mugglesandhops
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TagoMago

New York

1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Appearance: Pale yellow, nearly straw in color. The beer pours with a very wimpy head which subsides to nothing in literally a matter of seconds.

Aroma: Cheap, generic ale-like aroma that is almost overpowered by a sickly-sweet, artificial, vaguely honey-like character. I think Bud might even smell better than this swill.

Taste: This tastes more like a lager than an ale. It bascially tastes like a honey lager. Very little wheat beer characteristics, if any, are noticed.

Overall: Wow! What a crappy beer. This is one of the worst micro/craft brews I've ever had. I had a stomach ache after just three of these. I will never buy this beer again, and I urge you to save yourself from the bad beer blues that this crap induces. This beer is subpar in every aspect - gross, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 04:52:17 | More by TagoMago
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Vendetta

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale, clear yellow. Decent head, good lacing. Carbonation apparent, not very good looking for a macro.

Smell is near non-existenet. After trying for a bit, all I can get is corn. Absolutely horrid. It can maybe be construed as a bit of corn, nothing else.

There's a bit of honey here, overpowered by the carbonation. I expected more malt, but got very little. This beer is very much mass-market oriented. The corn is readily apparent, the honey seems forced, the carbonation overpowers.

Carbonation affects the mouthfeel as always, and the drinkability is hampered. Not a good track record for Leinenkugel's thus far from me, after this winter pack I'll probably never try another brew from them.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 05:52:09 | More by Vendetta
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freddypsu

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Very clear, light yellow. Head is quick to dissipate.
Smell - Like a Miller light with a sweet note...not impressive
Taste - Drinkable, summer cutting grass type...that you want to guzzle down. No honey aftertaste and you cannot taste any wheat.
Mouthfeel - carbonated.
Overall - would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:53:36 | More by freddypsu
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

1.95/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not very big on this beer. Tried it several times, and its actually never been very bad, but its also never been good. The idea that they even include honey, or weiss, in the name of this one is beyond me, as it doesnt seem to include either. Just a plain, run of the mill, macro lager for all I'm concerned.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2007 05:47:03 | More by jasonpeckins32
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atrus138

Kentucky

1.98/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into my weisen glass. Absolutely clear light orange. You literally could read through this. A thin layer of suds lay on top and left zero lacing. Smell is comparable to a musty barnyard but with hints of some zesty fruit, mainly lemon. Not very appetizing. Taste is essentially nonconfrontational. There isn't too much there. I noticed some honey as advertised, but it's quite subtle. Some citrus is apparent. I didn't even notice any wheat until the aftertaste. Body is extremely light and it is overly carbonated. Boooring!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 04:37:10 | More by atrus138
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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