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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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451 Reviews

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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,500
Avg: 2.94
pDev: 36.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 195 | 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:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of soju6
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by August 27, 2012:

Into a pilsener (also had in a borrowed weizen, no change):

A: yellow colored body with a two finger foamy white head. Lots of carbonation is seen rising. There was no lacing whatsoever.

S: some hops with a bland sort of honey. There really wasn't anything else to note.

T: sweet through the honey up front and once again nothing that stood out.

M: pretty light and no carbonation was felt, sessionable

O: well it's not a bad beer, just not something to scream about. Weird, how I thought this was a better beer, maybe it tasted better when I lived in Michigan and I was closer to Wisconsin? Not sure.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.49/5  rDev -15.3%
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

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Photo of tewaris
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint.

Crystal clear with a two finger head that leaves a wispy layer behind without any lacing. Doesn't smell repulsive but is certainly very generic: some malts and that seems to be about it. Taste instantly deports me to my earlier days of drinking beer: notes of The Library and Sally's Saloon. In more concrete terms, it tastes very generic with some maltiness, slight bitterness at the end, and a generally clean character. Plus the yucks. Thin, watery, carbonated. Also, can't tell whatever happened to real Wisconsin honey. It is what it is. And it ain't any good.

2, 2, 2, 2, 2

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Photo of barnzy78
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle out of a summer sampler, pours golden with excellent clarity, bubbly white head with decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas are muted but sweet with wheat and biscuit, but that's about it. Tastes are sweet honey, biscuity, nutty, wheaty, delicately hopped. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and finishes slightly dry. Overall, I think "Kristalweizen" isn't the proper style category for this one, as I would tend to think Kristalweizen = filtered German Hefeweizen, where this beer has no German influence at all. Kristal American Pale Wheat Ale? Whatever it may be, my values above represent it as an American wheat, and it's a decent beer if you want to think of it that way.

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Photo of GuyNamedSid
2.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Little to no head. A piss yellow color. Mouth felt a little heavy. the honey was nice...I thought it would have been too sweet, but was impressed with the flavor.

Leaves a little after taste but not necessarily a bad one. I'd say this is more of a cooler weather beer despite it being boxed in the summer sampler.

Overall: Try it

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Photo of Clones21
3.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell-Very honey like. Some hops.

Looks-Straw like yellow. Not that great.

Taste-Lots of honey up front. The after taste isn't that great. The after taste, taste like a Bud Light or something like that.

Overall it's not that bad of a beer. Much better than Bud Light or a big mainstreem beer..but not far off from them. Give it a try.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.35/5  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.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by july 02 2012

Pours an extremely clear pale yellow with a slight orange tinge. Weak-looking bubbly head fades away to a bit of film in an instant. Smell is very strong husky corn, maybe some light malt, and the honey is barely there in the back. Taste is slightly burnt bread crust, corn water, and the presence of malt but not the taste. There isn't any honey flavor, but it is sweet.

Okay, easy to drink to the point of being flavorless. Better than bud/miller/coors, but still in that category.

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Photo of tvljr
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

They call this a honey weiss, it's basically a deep pale golden hue with a bright white head that dies quickly to nothing but speckled lacing. Aroma is minimal very muted sharp wheat notes with little to no citrus or honey notes. Thin body easy to sip on but the wheat notes give it some actual nice breadiness, I don't get much in the way of honey on the palate, a bit of hash grainy character in the finish. A touch of fruit, maybe at this point I will call it citrus. Mouthfeel has heavy carbonation but a lighter body, adding to some unnatural effervescence. Overall, the beer is unlike any other beer, out there a wheat beer that is crystal clear and tastes clean like basically nothing.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Thick white bubbly head. Very light in color. Looks watery.
S: Yeasty with hints of alcohol. Not really a pleasing smell.
T: Very very light. Alcohol flavor dominates which is weird given the low ABV. Yeast flavor on finish. Indeed it's beer but it tastes cheap.
M: Sits light and bubbly. A redeeming quality of this beer.

Overall pass on this for sure. There aren't really any good flavors to it other then the astringent alcohol and lingering yeast. Honey sweetness does not come through. A poor showing

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At TJ Rockwell's in E-town.

A: Pretty hazy for a kristalweizen; the middle of the mug verges on amber. Thin white head.

S: Nose has wheat, orange spice, and honey. The sweetness pairs nicely with the mild tartness of the wheat. Honey is a rich addition.

T: The witbier base, spicy with orange zest, is very nice. The wheat, lighter, has just a bit of tartness that is slow to emerge. The honey adds both sweetness and depth, strengthening the ale while bringing a significant sweetness. The entire package is very small, no alcoholic heaviness to be seen. The honey brings plenty to the ale.

M: I gulped through this pretty quickly; it caught me off guard. Very refreshing and sweet; Leinie's has a way of sneaking up on you like that.

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Photo of match1112
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very pale straw, bright and clear, a few lazy bubbles rise to the medium-large, stark white cap of foam that falls quickly & leaves just a of splats of lace.

S: Floral sweetness blends into floral/grassy & lemony hops. A bit of a grainy & doughy wheat malt background. Aroma is decent, but lacking in roundness & depth, a bit stretched, and low on strength.

T: Like the nose – more floral than honey. But it does play a pleasant and central roll. Softly sweet rather than cloying, and with a fair light honey flavor. Base beer is more of a light , macro lager than a wheat beer. A bit of crackery malt and husky grain. Some lemony citrus hops that turn grassy in the finish with soft bitterness. It has a hint of a bite, but this is so minimal that it could easily be just some carbonic acid from the carbonation.

M: Medium-light with carbonation well matched. Smooth & refreshing. Slightist tart hint up front with a bit of a soapy impression at the finish (particularly as it warms). Manages to stay semi-sweet throughout.

D: A light summer thirst solution. Not all that different from macro swill. Floral honey sweetness and lemon hops don’t really work well together, and – along with the appearance- contribute to a diluted, honey-sweetened shandy impression.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, enjoyed from glass.

A: A nice clear, pale, yellow color.

S: Light scent with the slightest hint of citrus.

T: Refreshing taste overall. A small draw of honey with a trace of lemon peel mix with a pleasant tasting wheat-beer taste.

M: The hops make the tongue water and wash to a dry mouth-feel. Very crisp hit on the initial sip.

Overall: This beer is a lovely summertime brew. I prefer this over Summer Shandy, Leinenkugel's "summertime" beer because this contains far less fruit and is not sweetened nearly as much. If the price is right and the weather is warm, try a few of these.

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Photo of freddypsu
1.89/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean pale yellow, with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty and sweet to dry honey. In the taste, lemon citrus, a wheat like bite, and rounded out with honey flavors of clove. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry wheat and clove like aftertaste. Looks more like a pils, kind of thin and domestic like.

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Photo of TheCondor
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over to watch the first half of the BCS National Championship. I drank one but sat down to drinkn another after he left to seriously review it. Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass

Appearance - Poured a totally transparent pale yellow with a respectable head which quickly exited stage left. No sign of lacing. Carbonation came from the bottom to the head for some time after the pour.

Smell - Light grain, a sweetness which could be described as honey.

Taste - Similar to smell. There is a sweetness to the brew, but it doesnt really feel much like honey. Just a sugary, fruity sweetness. Not much in the way of a weizen taste. Lager like in taste

Mouthfeel - Moderately crisp finish. Certainly not as crisp as a super cold adjunct lager, but moreso than a heavy weizen. Good carbonation

Overall - Not a bad beer. It could be refreshing on a hot day, better than something really heavy like a hefeweizen for a day like that. You an certainly tell its filtered, because it comes out like a lager in appearance and finish. I wouldn't recommend it, but wouldn't turn one down given the right situation.

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Photo of blackcompg
2.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - poured a half finger of brite white foam, dissipated in a minute. Color was a lite transparent yellow/gold.

Smell - sweet white or wheat bread, apples, pears.

Taste - apples, pears, minerals and slight white grapes. I get an almost fruity sweetness, but I personally don't get anything that distinguishes honey from this.

Mouthfeel - light and fairly high carb, brite and nearly metallic feel from carb crispness.

Overall - Looks to me like a lite lager in appearance. The flavors in the taste could be nice, but are thin and watery, and are quickly scrubbed from the palate with higher crisp carb. I picked up some of the alcohol in this session and was left a bit head-achy. This might taste pretty refreshing after mowing the lawn on a warm summer day. Seems to miss the style a bit for me, can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Goliath
2.64/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale yellow color with a thin layer of bubbled bright white head. There is really no head retention to speak of and no lacing left behind.

the aroma is basic. Pale toasty grain, bread, and a light sweetness. Very similar to an adjunct lager.

The taste is boringly unpleasant. Not much here really. A touch of sweetness is available, some toasty grain as well. A very poor show.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and highly carbonated with a large bubble that provides a nice tingle on the finish.

Overall it's a lawnmower beer. Best straight from the bottle when you just want a no think beer. The flavor profile is so mild in nature it feels as though you're drinking a perrier at times.

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Photo of RossPeterson
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow with a one-finger head. Died fast but has a good amount of lacing.

S: Grainy malts and wheat. A tiny hint of honey.

T: Very wheaty with a tiny bit of sweet honey.

M: Decent amount of carbonation with a clean finish. A medium body thanks to the trace amount of honey flavor which seems to thicken the beer by a small amount. A little watery nonetheless.

O: Easy to drink, clean finish, one of the more fuller-bodied Kristalweizen's but was still a little too watery. Overall a good beer with common flaws, so compared to others, one of the better ones.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.66/5  rDev -43.5%
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?!)

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Photo of frankiepop
2.36/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The guys on my hockey team really like the Leinenkugels beers. So they recently brought the Honey Weiss to our recent game. The Leinie's Honey Weiss was very thin, weak aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. There is honey present and also a toasted wheat flavor. But you're really straining to get either - comes out mostly 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.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.