1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
69
poor

1,161 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1161
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)
View: Beers (34) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,161 | Reviews: 441 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of kwalters
kwalters

Michigan

2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm reminded of a Jerry Seinfeld bit about Grapenuts cereal. Jerry says: "What's the deal with Grapenuts? No grapes, no nuts!" Well allow me to ask "What's the deal with Leiny's Honey Weiss? No honey, no wheat!"

Sure, Honey Weiss pours a nice golden yellow. It has a sparkling white head that quickly disappears. But there's not much flavor or aroma to write about. What little taste there is certainly isn't offensive, but it's not what you'd expect from something called Honey Weiss.

If you don't want to be seen with a Budweiser or a Miller in hand and want to put on a "microbrew" facade, then perhaps this is the pale yellow beer for you. If you want real honey and wheat characteristics, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 14:26:59 | More by kwalters
Photo of kimcgolf
kimcgolf

Georgia

2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I’m not a real Weiss beer fan, and this beer sure as hell didn’t convince me otherwise. Yellowish-red appearance with a nice head was about all it really had going for it. Not a bad tasting beer, but just not anything that made it special. Most likely won’t be drinking this again, since there are way too many beers that are so much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 17:56:03 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of pumarocks
pumarocks

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow, where to begin with this one. Leinenkugel has brewed some fine beers that I really enjoy (Red Lager, Sunset Wheat come to mind). So I figured why not try this honey weiss. This beer absolutly reeks! It more or less tastes like a water-down stale natural light! There was little to no head, mouthfeel was non-existent, and it looks like a Falls City Lager on its best day. I picked up a bottle while shopping at Target of all places. Stay clear of this one fellas. If you are gonna try something from Leinenkugel try anything but this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 23:35:08 | More by pumarocks
Photo of osi
osi

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Yellow with a golden tint. 3 Lines of bubbles trailing to the top. Head was disappointing with almost no lace. Really resembles a light lager.

S - Alcohol, malts, more alcohol. A trace of honey slips in right in the middle of the whiff. When the smells mix altogether, reminds me of a nice skunk.

T - Almost all malts. There is a wheaty undertone and it finishes with alcohol with an after thought of honey at the end.

M - A plus to this beer as it very light and crisp and finishes clean. Carbonation through the swig that finishes nice and leaves no trail that it was there.

D - Would not drink this beer again. This beer had good potential but did not live up to anything. Easily a below average brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 19:43:19 | More by osi
Photo of everetends
everetends

Alabama

2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle out of a six pack my buddy bought out of curiousity. Served up in a DFH shaped pint.

A: Poured a very pale, incredibly pale yellow. Very macro yellow. Incredibly macro yellow. The head was about a finger but it went away as quick as I poured it. No lace. Nothing. Lame.

S: Smell is a lot of corn presence. If it is a plus, the corn smells fresh and sweet. There is a slight honey scent, but it is incredibly faint. This smells like your basic lager.

T: Taste is very much of a pale lager. Lots of corn and grassy hops. The honey is very light and I suppose it sweetens this up a little. The beer is totally of a pale lager macro.

M: Light bodied brew with a very high carbonation. The carbonation makes this incredibly crisp and refreshing. The high point of this beer is that it is so easy to drink. No ABV going on here.

D: This beer is simple and a bit of a let down. If that is your thing, this the beer for you. Personally, if I want a macro, I'll buy a 12 pack of High Life for the price of this six pack. Flavors, look and smells are all basic and kind of crappy. This doesn't stand up the the style at all IMO. Not a fan, but hey, at least it doesn't have the crazy fruity pebbles flavor the Berry Weiss and Sunset Wheat had.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:35:17 | More by everetends
Photo of tvljr
tvljr

Virginia

2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Extremely clean pour and appearance, even for a kristalweisen, with a short lived and lacy head.s

No hint of honey in the smell or the taste. I kind of expected that in a Honey Weiss.

More bitter than I expected for a Honey Weiss with a shot of hops in the aftertaste.

Dry finish. Could probably drink it on the hottest of July days, but only if nothing else was available.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:41:58 | More by tvljr
Photo of wolffman17
wolffman17

Texas

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

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Fluffy head fades fast; no lace sticks. Looks like a pilsner.
Not much aroma to speak of. There's some corn with faint honey.
Taste is unimpressive. The touch of honey is overpowered by an odd, harsh bitterness.
The unpleasant bitterness results in low drinkability.

This is on odd beer. Doesn't look, smell, or taste like a wheat. Not even an American wheat. Buy a single, not a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 00:25:38 | More by wolffman17
Photo of windigo32
windigo32

Pennsylvania

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

A: Transparent pale yellow with a half inch white head made of fine bubbles. The head vanishes to a fine layer on the top after a very short time. There is visible carbonation throughout.

S: Smells of wheat beer and clover honey.

T: Very wheaty taste. Honey is very slight on the after taste. Has almost a tart sensation to it.

M: Feels watery and lightly carbonated.

D: Although drinkable, not something I'd buy a full case of. I have six bottles from their Adventure Sampler and that's plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:38:09 | More by windigo32
Photo of dananabanana
dananabanana

Massachusetts

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

When I poured it into a glass, the head disappeared right away.

The color is bright gold and translucent, you can see straight through it. It has a mildly sweet smell, almost floral.

At first taste, it is very watery, with almost no flavor. I can't detect any malt or hops. At least it is very thirst-quenching.

After about half of the glass, the flavor develops a bit more. The honey is more noticeable, with a hint of lemon. I suppose it would be an okay session beer, but it doesn't taste good enough to be worth it. It barely differs from the standard American macrobrews.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 20:24:19 | More by dananabanana
Photo of JamesS
JamesS

Indiana

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

Pours a nice straw color with a bit of head, although no lacing and no floaties. Taste and aroma were like lemon dusting spray. Couldn't finish it, but had to pour it out. It was pretty horrible. I went down fine, but that's second to the taste. I couldn't even get the honey flavor from it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 19:24:14 | More by JamesS
Photo of cnally
cnally

Indiana

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

more honey beers. jeez.

the beer pours a slightly dark yellow, and a creamy white head that all but disappears within a minute of pouring.

musty, grainy aroma. the honey smells are very muted and a faint whiff of dirt accompanies it all.

flavor is very sour right up front, with all the qualities of a bad adjunct-influenced beer, not saying there are adjuncts in this one, it just tastes that way. grainy, bready but not yeasty, like a sourdough..no honey in the flavor and little sweetness. mild bitterness from hops on the middle save it from being very bad.

light and crisp on the tongue. kind of dry.

drinkable? not in my mind. the flavor is pungently underwhelming, and sour to boot. combine to that the lack of decent other qualities, and this becomes one wasteful soul short of a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:49:30 | More by cnally
Photo of weizenbob
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.

---

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
Photo of Gobzilla
Gobzilla

California

2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a champagne yellow with a thin head and very little lacing.

S: I can smell the honey with a blend of what I think is wheat. Smells crisp but not too much going for it on the nose.

T: A very lite bready biscuit flavor but absolutely no honey in the taste. Overall it has a very lite thin flavor.

M: light to medium body with very little carbonation.

D: There is not enough flavor in this beer an will quickly become a session beer in the hot sun in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 06:36:48 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank a ton of this back in the day, had another recently to confirm my thoughts. Meh. Good clarity, lots of carbonation. Smell was of nutrisweet and sawdust.

Taste, like diet tea, toffee, nutrisweet. One of my least favotite offerings from Leinies, and I subscribe to the thought process of Leinie Red = Leinie Feet.

Can't believe this stuff is going for $7+ a 6er now, not worth it at even half that price.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 22:49:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of frankiepop
frankiepop

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is not okay with me. I like a sweet beer, but this is over the top sweet for me. I really felt like i was drinking a bud lager with a couple of tablespoons of honey stirred in. I have to place the beer on the low. I hope to try a better beer from old Jacob soon. So stayed tune.

Serving type: can

11-21-2011 00:07:58 | More by frankiepop
Photo of cbill
cbill

Florida

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

i don't have much experiance with wheat beers, but this definately is not like the others i've had. pours very pale just like a mass produced lager with no head at all. there was no cloudiness as i've seen in other wheat beers. very slight honey flavor, but not too noticeable. save your money and just buy bud or miller, this really isn't any better and i don't thionk you're realy getting a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 16:09:59 | More by cbill
Photo of xav33
xav33

Michigan

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

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English Pint
Recent brewing, stung by 05/07

Poured a clear yellow with a large fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate light bread, honey.

Taste was upfront light sweet bread and honey followed by a light to moderate bitter doughy white bread and light sweet honey and lemon twang on a short finish.

Palate was light bodied, oily, and softly carbonated.

Overall, this seemed like a very insipid and uninspired beer. It has some flavor, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 05:54:27 | More by xav33
Photo of wolfer
wolfer

Denmark

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

I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer in the supermarket, having never seen it before. I bought a six pack as I love Wheat beers. One thing to note right away, this is not a Hefe Weizen and is not advertised as such.

Poured the beer and foam was average, bubble size average.
Foam retention was average, which for a wheat beer is not a good sign.

I noticed a definite cardboard flavor. The beer seemed either pasteurized too much or it had oxidized.

I was dissapointed with this beer. It really seemed more like a normal run of the day lager, no fruity esters or wheat taste...I wonder how much wheat is in it, I'd venture to guess less than 50% which in my mind disqualifies it as a wheat beer. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 19:57:41 | More by wolfer
Photo of illidurit
illidurit

California

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

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, pale yellow. Weak little white head that fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing. Grainy faint aroma with a touch of tartness. Pretty weak, no real detectable wheat influence. Flavor is sort of like a really wimpy berliner weisse, a little tart and a little sweet and grainy. Quite watery, thin body. Borefest.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 07:57:58 | More by illidurit
Photo of hardy008
hardy008

Minnesota

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

Pours a golden yellow color. The head has poor retention. Smell is of wheat and some sweetness, can't say the sweetness is from honey though. The taste is the same, but I don't taste honey. Kind of a bland beer overall. Clean mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Light bodied. Not offensive, also not special. Decent drinkability. Nothing special. Kind of eh.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 03:37:41 | More by hardy008
Photo of WastingFreetime
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
Photo of Murrhey
Murrhey

Montana

2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. Slightly golden body, light and very high clarity.

S- Honey, grass, light malts. Very light and not appealing.

T- Sweet and grassy. Light and somewhat drinkable, but offputting with the grassiness.

M- Light and bubbly. Like carbonated water.

O- Not disgusting, but definitely one to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 04:29:50 | More by Murrhey
Photo of champ103
champ103

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear yellow/gold with a small white head that fades fast. Almost no lace on the glass, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.
S: Light malt and hops, faint smell of sweet honey and citrus.
T: sweet malt with notes of honey and a bit of hops. Sweet and crisp. Carbonation is present and tastes like champagne to me.
D: To much carbonation. About as drinkable as a macro beer.

Again, I wish Texas could get some of Leiny's good beers (like Creamy Dark). As it is, I like this better than the Sunset Wheat, but that is not saying much. I can make out an odd distinct champagne like sweetness and carbonation for some reason, and it is a turn off for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 18:24:08 | More by champ103
Photo of allergictomacros
allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw an inch of head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemony, some grassy hops and a light malt.

T - Sweetish and very macro-like. Not tasting a lot of honey or wheat for that matter. Kinda boozy for 4.9 %.

M - Light body and high carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 00:00:47 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of ADR
ADR

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly clear darker yellow color. Head is sparse after 20 seconds. A little estery aroma. Certainly not an overbearing sense of honey (like a Michelob Honey Lager), but then there's not an overbearing sense of any flavor. Vague maple sweetness, a little hazelnut in the aftertaste but little to no spice or any other Wheat characters. This beer is pretty dang bad -- like many "Leinies" products, the flavors just aren't there.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 07:29:03 | More by ADR
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.