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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

1,162 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 1162
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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cretemixer

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with an impressive pure-white head . The head retention is good and it finally settles to a fairly thick, even layer on the beer's surface.

Slightly skunky barley based aroma is most prominent. There is a sweet earthy aroma too.

Rather thin tasting, slightly metalic. A bit of hop bitterness, but very mild. I don't really taste the honey or any wheat beer characteristics either.

Carbonation and body are average as is the drinkablility. There are much better beers out there though in this price range.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 14:15:24 | More by cretemixer
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beckerboots

Ontario (Canada)

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

Made a recent family journey to Flint Michigan and our first stop was at a Rite-Aid for a candy bar. Lo and behold on the floor was a 12 pack on sale of Leinenkugel Honey Weiss. My curiosity overtook me. I have never ever had a Leinenkugel product and was quite excited at the prospect. Now "Rite Aid" and "on sale" should have clued me in, but I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Poured to a very pale yellow almost like grapefruit juice, with liitle to no head to speak of. I'm no chemist, but honey+wheat do not equal skunky (normally). The merit of this beer is its longevity. Tasted exactly the same (maybe even better) when room temperature was achieved. Macro brewing personified. Lifeless and redundant.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 21:17:48 | More by beckerboots
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz from the "these beers probably should have been drank by now basement cooler".. A couple of these were brought back to Boise by coworkers who spent some time in Minnesota earlier this year... this is my last one.

Pours very clear very light straw color.. short head and minimal lacing.

Smells sweet with some honey remnants.. I am not even picking out pale malts let alone hops... not my cup of tea, although the honey would probably be better in a cup of green tea.

Sweet.. maybe a little citrus mid palate.. finishes slightly sweet with some lingering honey flavors and a touch of yeasty fruitiness... very one dimensional... body is very light and carbonation is very high.. just Okay at absolute best... unpleasant sour as it warms... no malts to speak of.

I really didn't like this one the first time and like it less this time around... If it was available in Boise, I would buy a few and try to turn my macro drinking coworkers and then chastise them for ever liking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 07:41:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

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

Honey Weiss poured a cloudy bright yellow color, with not much head. There really wasn't much of a smell, hints of honey were present but not much else. The taste had hints of lemon and honey, but had a grainy and unpleasant after taste. Light flavor, and not very enjoyable, overall stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 23:29:16 | More by vette2006c5r
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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

Best by Oct. 8, 2012. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass with gusto.

Pours a light honey color with tremendous clarity. Very little head off the pour is a bit disappointing. After a mere 30 seconds, the beer is just as transparent looking down upon the surface to the bottom, sans some pesky surface foam.

The only aromatics I'm getting off of Honey Weiss is tangy wheat and honey. The malts are there, but the hops are minute.

Tastes like a wheat ale with adjuncts and a light dose of honey. The wheaty tang is overpowered with bittering hop preservatives and grainy husks. I can pick up some cooked veggies in the mix. A little rigorous in the finish. Aftertaste carries out some honey. Faint banana, but it's a washout.

Very thin and bubbly. Watery, even. Hard to hold back a burp on each sip. A rather stale mouthfeel.

A mediocre wheat ale, and hardly a kristalweizen. The honey flavor is not entirely forgiving, but at least it gives it character. I'm not a Leinie's fan, but this one was a big disappointment. Regrettable last beer of the night.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 05:10:24 | More by thecheapies
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i'll continue the whipping of this beer............bright yellow color, thin head. very muted aroma of honey and lemon. tastes like nothing. my taste buds are straining to pick up the wheat and honey characteristics..........oh well, it's pretty slammable which gets it a slightly higher drinkability score. a good summer brew for the masses. a bad anytime brew for the advocates.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 18:58:17 | More by budgood1
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stogie12

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured thin, with pretty much no head. The color is a pale yellow and the beer seemed very carbonated with tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The first smell was some what disturbing. Smelled of rotten wheat. The taste was similar to a cheap light beer. There was a little bit of hoppiness in as it hit the tongue which was the highlight but other than that very light and watery. Easy to drink, but not very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 05:04:45 | More by stogie12
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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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ClavisAurea

New York

2.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Consumed in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: very pale amber with minor head and very little lace

Smell: cheap mass produced hefeweizen, flowers in the bottom notes

Taste/Mouthfeel: roasted wheat and orange, light and flowery

There are better American wheat beers made out there but I still respect the small craft brewers even if they sell out to the big boys.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 23:39:38 | More by ClavisAurea
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Kooz

New York

2.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale, little head which dissipates immediately.

Not much smell to it at all.

Taste's light, but no honey. There's a hint of vegetables--broccoli. Bizarre, really. Not great.

Decent mouthfeel. Best thing about this beer. It's pretty full-bodied.

Not very drinkable, but would do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:30:57 | More by Kooz
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown 12fl oz bottle, just out of date when reviewed. The third beer in my random weird tasting evening 28 Jan 2011.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice: Kristal clear body, bright, golden colour: head did a runner before I could take a look, thin collar after first sip.

Tried to detect some honey smells, but failed, no taste of honey either. The whole experience was a little bland to be honest, lacked any real flavours or individuality, just a boring brew with a name that promised a lot more than it gave.

I'll not be having another!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 21:14:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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donnebaby

North Carolina

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

A very nice thick head with massive retention of cream for the duration of the drinking. Otherwise unimpressive pale gold clearish color--very clear for a hefe. Mostly scentless.

Taste is sweet or nothing, with some sweet honey in the aftertaste. Served very cold with high carbonation, and almost no taste, this is a poor example of a hefeweizen--or a wheat--or anything!

Had on-tap at the Miller Factory in Milwaukee.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2004 18:23:32 | More by donnebaby
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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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match1112

Illinois

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

poured out a light honey color. clear body with a thin white head that quickly fizzes out. has poor retention and lacing. smells like wheat and honey. tastes like watered down honey and wheat. has a thin watery mouthfeel with little carbonation and no hops presence what so ever. overall this is a poor example of what a kristalweizen can be.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:17:22 | More by match1112
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soju6

Missouri

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

A: Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of grains, malt sweetness and honey.

T: Taste of Honey, malt sweetness and bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a sweet sticky finish.

F: Light body, smooth and way too sweet.

O: Too sweet to enjoy. Not a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 11:18:07 | More by soju6
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy light yellow in color with virtually no head to speak of. This is unexciting to drink. I taste just a faint honey and it's not natural. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This beer is refreshing though. It definitely would be a good tight budget summer session beer. But I'd rather cough up a couple more bucks for something better, like a weiss beer that tastes like a weiss beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 18:54:46 | More by AudioGilz
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atsprings

North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was very slight sweet malt, but barely even that. The taste was just a slight bit better than BMC, really nothing special, not even any characteristics of a wheat beer. The beer was very light, but very watery. This is not one I'd try again, but not quite a drain pour either.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 19:34:18 | More by atsprings
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claminat420

Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- poured a transparent water yellowish color with a frothy white head. little lacing.

S- just alil sweet malt (maybe alil help from the honey). not alot going on.

T- just how it smells. really bland and watery. nothing special.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation.

D- let's just say i'm having one that my aunt left over and i'll never have again.

Overall- this beer is as bland as bud. i've said it before and i'll say it whatever amount of times that the only thing good coming out of leinenkugel is the sunset wheat.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 06:40:58 | More by claminat420
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shirfan

New York

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting something with flavors of honey and perhaps wheat when I opened this; instead I got something resembling a slightly-less-adjuncty Molson Canadian.

Aroma is of fruit and chewy honey cough drops. Poured like a true fizzy yellow beer, with a wisp of foam and a pale golden body.

Taste: macro lager with perhaps a hint of wheat instead of corn. The website proudly proclaims "John prefers it over ice, with a slice of lemon or lime". I don't know who John is, but assuming he works at the brewery and is trumpeting about two beer sins, I'm a bit leery. There's really nothing else to say about this beer's flavor...light, non-descript, bland american macro lager.

The High Falls Brewery of Wisconsin?

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 19:34:36 | More by shirfan
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jimdkc

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours fizzy, clear yellow with a small head that doesn't last long and leaves no lacing. (Where's the haze normally associated with a weiss?) Aroma is mild malt with a bit of honey. Taste is slightly malty, honey lends a cidery aftertaste. Little hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Really not that bad a beer... nothing offensive about it... but nothing really outstanding about it either.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 11:14:41 | More by jimdkc
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. twist-off cap bottle > 16 oz. Stella glass

I'm a sucker for just about anything with Honey in it!! This one is a clear (yes, filtered) light golden color with a minimal and thin, white crown, rises only about 1/2" and is gone, baby gone. Not much left-over either. The carbonation starts out lively and becomes sedate pretty fast. yikes.

I'm getting, charred wheat, metallic aroma's that remind me of my Grandmother getting a home perm. That is not a pleasent scent!! Subdued and mild citrus effects simply don't pop out enough. double yikes!

The flavor is a bit better than I expected from the look and the smell, but it's got a decent, smokey wheat flavor,although the metallic, sour-yeast like flavor is present and it's totally void of any citrus flavor's or hops. The wheat malt tastes much like a regular Budweiser and the honey addition is only slightly noticable. There is no real sweet current to the flavor.

The feel starts out light and crisp, which is great but it becomes pretty flat and lifeless after only a short time.

I do regret paying the $7.99 for this sixer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 23:32:26 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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BierFan

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pourd from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a small white head that disappears to nothing. It looks a lot like a macro lager.

Smell: Smells like a macro lager.

Taste: Tastes like a macro with some honey. Overall this is a very disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 20:59:55 | More by BierFan
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jera1350

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw yellow color. Thin white head. No lacing at all.

S- Grainy, wheat, slight lemony scent.

T- Watered down flavor. Light wheat, grain, banana comes through at the end. I can see why people put lemons in this. It needs some flavor!

M- Thin, watery. Decent carbonation action on the tongue.

D- Easy to drink because of how light it is. Not horrible, but not that good either.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:50:00 | More by jera1350
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BigPlay1824

New York

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a weizen glass

A: Pours a crystal clear very very light hay color with a ton of carbonation bubbles and a ton of large bubbled soapy looking pure white head which dissipates at a moderate rate before leaving a decent amount of scattered lacing
S: so, sadly, this beer reminds me right off the bat of an adjunct american lager, light, cereal grains and not much more, there is a slight sweetness of honey which is detectable at the very end
T: begins with a nice deep sweetness which reminds me alot of honey, big surprise, also there are notable light cereal grains, not much complexity or depth
M: smooth and clean, slightly cloying at the end, does leave the mouth feeling slightly bright even cold like a mint freshness without the flavor
O: im not overly familiar with this style but i do find this example to be very bland and unfortunately reminiscent of adjunct lagers, honey was nice but not much else was worth mentioning

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:39:49 | More by BigPlay1824
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

My first Leinenkugel, courtesy of my next door neighbor whose old friend from Wisconsin brought some of these by. Pours a clear, very light yellow body with a smallish white head that drops immediately. No lacing. Aroma is sweet clover honey and some sweet malt. No hop presence here. Mouthfeel is light bodied and low on carbonation. Carbonation could have been affected by the long journey in a car trunk. The taste is sweet. Malty sweet, honey sweet, and some wheat grain in the background. Again, no hop presence. Drinkability suffers from the sweetness, which is almost one dimensional. Not a Weiss that I would care to have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 10:34:13 | More by merlin48
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