Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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1.68/5 rDev -43.6%
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.
01-02-2004 22:18:35 | More by BigRedN
1.7/5 rDev -43%
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.
02-18-2005 02:13:35 | More by TastyTaste
1.78/5 rDev -40.3%
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.
03-11-2007 22:26:02 | More by KFaulkner
1.8/5 rDev -39.6%
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.
03-11-2004 01:46:55 | More by SetarconeX
1.8/5 rDev -39.6%
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.
04-10-2008 02:49:50 | More by billybob
1.83/5 rDev -38.6%
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.
07-07-2009 15:11:38 | More by mugglesandhops
1.88/5 rDev -36.9%
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.
07-03-2004 04:52:17 | More by TagoMago
1.93/5 rDev -35.2%
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.
12-18-2008 05:52:09 | More by Vendetta
1.93/5 rDev -35.2%
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.
01-28-2012 03:53:36 | More by freddypsu
1.95/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
10-16-2007 05:47:03 | More by jasonpeckins32
1.98/5 rDev -33.6%
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!
02-26-2008 04:37:10 | More by atrus138
1.98/5 rDev -33.6%
If you reside on either coasts, far from the radius of Leinie's distribution, you probably have no idea how hugely popular this beer is, especially up around here. So obiquitous it is, I was once amused to discover a popular gay nightclub in downtown Mineapolis with a sign on the outside, on the main street, declaring "now serving Leinenkugel's Honey Wiess on tap!" Were there really people stopping before entering it's doors and saying," naw, let's skip this gay bar, no Honey Weiss!"
So let's revisit it, already, for the first time in years...
Color, a bright, shiny, utterly transparent bright yellow color, topped with a big, snow-white, fluffy head. Certainly not the "hefe" sort of "Weisen", for there's no haze at all.
Aroma: practically none, containing that usual Leinie's stink, sorry. Bit of a pilsner feel to it, but nothing like I'd expect from any wheat beer, certainly showing no traces of the "real Wisconsin honey" boasted of on the label. Appears a bit sweetish after all, though, but I still don't like it a bit.
Taste: flat, ...uneventful, lacking in malt and hops and anything pleasurable, yielding no texture and very little flavor. The honey does seem to peep up a tad, but any association you may conjure from a weizen of any kind does not abide here at all.
Now, tasting it bare naked, I know why so many prefer it with a lemon. And, now that I have one again, I understand how the customers at my bar felt when I offered them a real weizen instead, and they didn't like them at all. They don't like real weizens, and they probably don't really like beer at all.
This is so carbonated, yet flat in flavor, it's more like a soda pop, than an actual beer. Drinkability might be considered high, if the flavor and mouthfeel weren't so abysmal.
Rotten, really, but girls think it's tops. And girly guys.
Gets sour as it ends. Yuk.
Skip this, let my the sacrifice of my tastebuds not be in vain.
12-21-2003 10:39:26 | More by feloniousmonk
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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