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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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1,155 Ratings
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Ratings: 1155
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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Clones21

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 00:42:19 | More by Clones21
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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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 18:47:22 | More by akorsak
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden. Head is pretty prominant and holds on pretty well.
S- Smell is sweet, I feel like that's likely the result of the honey. Really the honey sweetness is all that's on the nose.
T- Sweet honey flavor, maybe a bit grainy. One-dimensional throughout, with a bit of a musty finish.
M- Light bodied, quite crisp. Actually the carbonation needs to be dialed back a bit.
O- It's a decent intro beer, but it's not one that I regularly pursue. The honey flavor is kinda nice but it doesn't go anywhere. A beer stuck in first gear I would say.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 08:13:57 | More by jsprain1
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deebo

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden with thin head that quickly dissipates

S-A faint hint of barley/wheat like aroma with a touch of ethanol

T-upfront barley with a hint of sweetness, end note of clean hops that quickly cleans up begging you for another drink

M-Smooth, thin and easy to drink

D-Easy drinking, made for any occassion, a nice local beer.

I've drank a lot of this one in my day. My favorite from Leines. They seem to have become more interested in making a buck vs. complex beers with a lot of their recent offerings. Honey weiss is one they have had in their rotation for many years so making it efficiently was probably less of a concern before being bought by Miller. Perhaps this is why this beer has more complexity, albeit not much, vs. their new offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 01:52:00 | More by deebo
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on tap: Pours golden with minimal head which quickly diminishes. Initially smells like burning plastic but warms up to a slightly sweeter aroma with floral overtones. Easy to drink, no flavor to speak of other than a slightly sour finish and a fake sweetener-like aftertaste. Not remarkable, not out of the ordinary and not something I'd go out of my way to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 22:45:55 | More by CuriousMonk
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bubbly straw yellow, with fluffy temporary 2 finger head.

S - grain, wheat, hint of honey.

T - more grain and wheat taste with such a subtle sweet finish from the honey.

M - light body, goes down smooth

D - This is one of my favorite Leinie's; good summer beer and many non-beer lovers may enjoy it. Very sessionable. Great post grass-cutting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 16:15:40 | More by BeerLover99
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate golden with a thin white head and no real lacing. The nose is some fairly-strong honey sweetness and a bit of grain. The taste is sugar, honey, and light grassy grain. Pretty cloying body that makes it seem a lot heavier than it really is. Not terrible, but not something I want much of.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 03:30:17 | More by Thorpe429
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Erish

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was served this beer in a plastic cup at U.S. Cellular Field. Go Sox!

A: hazy, wheat-colored, abundant, frothy white head that falls into a thick cap with good lacing.

S: lemon zest, a hint of fruity yeast funk, and of course, honey.

T: this beer pretty much tasted just like it smells. There is not a lot of complexity to this beer, just cold refreshment.

M: very light-bodied, somewhat slick, moderate carbonation.

D: great lawnmower beer, and goes well with the polish sausage and grilled onions at the Cell.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 14:35:50 | More by Erish
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hu5om

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me of Summer in Wisconsin. Not great, owned by Miller, but good enough. Had it most recently on tap at the La Crosse Loggers game Sunday. Not much head to speak of, retention was pretty weak. golden in color, translucent. Smell of honey, would have been better with a lemon in at as it's sometimes served. taste of honey and light citrus. solid lawnmower beer, but it's not going to change any lives. Interested to try it half and half with the berry weis; I've heard it's better than either alone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 15:01:52 | More by hu5om
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bcpriess

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves once you get past the German, Austrian, and Mexican lagers. As with many beers, this one is a bit better on draft - just a bit fresher tasting.

A: Always a nice golden yellow, fairly clear. It pours with a foamy head, which quickly dissipates, leaving behind some lacing.

S: Not overpowering. Just solidly beery, with a hint of sweetness, and something giving it a freshness.

T: Good. The honey comes through without being overpowering. Just a tinge of bitterness, but because of the presence of the honey, it is very well balanced. Serves well with a squeezed lemon. Taste remains palatable even after a couple pours.

M: This beer fizzes as you drink it, nice carbonation. It feels very clean, and doesn't seem to leave behind any unwanted residual flavors.

D: Pretty good, again. There is a certain fullness to this beer, but it isn't heavy by any means. I think it is just the carbonation. It is definitely a refreshing beer, and one of the better beers in this aspect, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 01:43:49 | More by bcpriess
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at William's bar in uptown Mlps, a while back.

Pours a slightly hazy lemondrop color, with a fluffy though shortlived snow white head.

Smells of wheat, honey (weird, I know), and a nice touch of lemon. Quite refreshing, but no hops or malt smells come through.

Taste is refreshing, like a heavier, more solidifed version of the summer shandy. Not quite as sweet, a bit more heft, more enjoyable when paired with food.
Generally not a huge fan of this category, but Leinie's strikes a good note with this one -- at least in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 23:12:04 | More by AmberMan22
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Josievan

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color without too much head. Kind of blase looking.

Smell: Lemony and slighty wheaty.

Taste: I'm getting a lot of lemon. Honey is not really detectable, despite the beer's name. Light wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes easily and could be consumed in large doses without becoming tedious.

Notes: They should call this beer Lemon Weiss instead of Honey Weiss, because that is the dominant characteristic I taste in this beer. In fact, this beer is so lemony, that it encroaches on Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy territory. If this WAS the Summer Shandy, I'd be understanding of the lemon taste, but since it's not, it comes off as a rather generic pale wheat beer with too much lemon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 04:23:58 | More by Josievan
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey Weiss is a fairly average beer. It smells sweet. I almost thought it taste a bit lemony. Other than that, there wasn't a great deal of flavor. It didn't have an overly appealing look, just a light yellow color with little to no head. It wasn't necessarily a bad beer, but there wasn't much that set it apart from others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 02:34:23 | More by Cubsfan1087
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Ragingbull

California

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a foamy head and mild presence of prickle. Served with a wedge of lemon, which I assume to be customary though I don't care for it. I have had it in the Metrodome without the lemon, but I wasn't reviewing then. The nose is refreshing and light, almost cool with a definite floral presence about it. The attack is fresh and cool on a warm afternoon. The flavor is pretty smooth and reasonably pleasant, but not to die for. It is somewhat undescript in both a good way and a bad way. Its a "light" beer in the sense that I would say it has broad appeal. There are hints of honey and lemon in the flavor. The finish resonates with characteristics that I would associate with a macrobrew. I can't complain about it, it was available at Applebee's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 23:08:03 | More by Ragingbull
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Florida9

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow. Served with about an inch of foamy head that actually stuck around for awhile.

S: White bread, biscuits, and a light lemon scent.

T: Mildly sweet (but not a malt sweetness), which I will assume is supposed to be the honey. Crisp malt. Lemon. Absolutely no hop character.

M: Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Lively.

D: Very easy drinker. Really, there's just not that much going on with this beer. It's weak, very simple and non-offensive. Only slightly better than the typical American adjunct lager.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 00:33:03 | More by Florida9
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Strand

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +59.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss is a wheat beer made by Leinenkugel's Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It's availabe mainly throughout the midwest US. It is one of my favorite three or four beers.

It's a fairly typical wheat beer, with a touch of a honey taste, however the honey taste isn't at all overpowering. The closest beer I can compare it with is Dundee's Honey Brown. It's typically served with a lemon slice, which I actually prefer not to have. It's remarkably refreshing during the summer, and smoothly satisfying even in the coldest of winter.

This is what I call a "gateway beer". So many people in the US are die hard Bud Light or Miller Light or <insert crappy mass produced American lager name here> fans, this is the beer I typically give these people to get them exposed to a different style of beer. This is the beer that woke me up to a whole new beer culture, and I am grateful for it.

Leinenkugel's also has a wide variety of other beers in their lineup, and most of them are good as well. In my opinion, Leinenkugel's has the best batch of variety beers (Sam Adams being a close second). To the people in Leinie country, I say thank you, and keep on brewing. To the people who have never tried a Leinie's, I say what are you waiting for? Drink up!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 19:18:17 | More by Strand
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap because it was the best choice over bud and miller lite along with several other similar beers.

A: golden color with a touch of amber, very frothy head with a small amount of retention and no lacing.

S: very weak smell, what I can pick up are traces of caramel and a honey smell which I think my brain was tricking me into because of the name.

T: rather bland with traces of a sweet caramel taste with what I assume was a honey sweetness as well. Not very hoppy or malty.

Overall I would only recommend this because it has decent flavor and feels like you could drink an endless amount. I know Leines makes some decent brews but I wasn't a huge fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 01:00:22 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Vikes games for the same price (seven bucks) as lesser macro options. I mean, as macros and adjucncts go, this beer is pretty decent, but as an American wheat, it kind of sucks. The aroma has typical DMS/cooked corn like other Leinenkugel brews. The flavor does start out with a mix of Triscut-wheat taste and a drop of honey flavoring, but it's followed by adjunct off-flavors. To reiterate, for cheap beer, its not bad, for craft beer, it sucks.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 20:53:11 | More by tempest
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at the the former Thunderbird now Ramada Mall Hotel in Minneapolis this one shows a clear gold with nominal bubblage, a modest white uneven cover and a reasonable bit of lacing. It has a simple cereal wheat aroma with a touch of citrus. The taste is a fairly healthy grainy grass and a hint of malt. Modest carbonation and plenty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 04:47:09 | More by Durge
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

This beer pours a thin white head and the color is a straw yellow. The head dissipates quickly.

The honey was hardly detected. There was a strong hint of lemon zest as well. Some wheat flavors.

Mouthfeel is very thin and crisp, nothing major going on with this beer.

I could enjoy a few of these beers during the evening on a summer day if I wanted to. Nothing, I plan to buy a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 07:09:23 | More by mothman
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Stoneman78

California

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in Milwaukee

Appearance is a clear light golden hue, minimal white head and lacing

Smell is light wheat and yeast, touch of honey, peppermint, sweet candy

Taste is light malts and wheat with very subdued highlights of honey, light earthy hops, finishes sweet

Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, thin and watery texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a nice unoffensive light wheat ale with a touch of sweetness, subdued flavors but easy-drinking

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 06:21:08 | More by Stoneman78
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring 08 Long Island festival by Bill Brown. I had high hopes due to my affinity for their Sunset Wheat. This is a weak cousin to be modest.

A: Motts apple juice color, minimal head that dissipated before I finished asking Bill as he poured if he worked for Leinenkugel.

S: Nothing much to report her, faint whiffs of the namesake.

T: Sweet with citrus accents.

M: Watery but easy to go down

D: Moderate and one for the beach or for newcomers to beer and the lassies.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 19:03:33 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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orangemoustache

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-clear gold with a thin bubbly head that dissapates rapidly

S-a little earthy and some sweetness too

T-slight maltieness followed by lemons and sourness,the sweetness is scarce and really reminds me nothing of honey(more like artificial sugar or somthing)

M-thin and foamy finishing pretty clean and crisp

D-would be better on a hot day I'm sure,overall very average

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 01:20:20 | More by orangemoustache
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a firm gold color. Minimal head and minimal lacing. Smell is mild with just a tiny bit of sweetness, most likely from the honey. Taste is definitely honey influenced, but not that much in the grand scheme of things. Overall it seems like a typical beer that just got a shot in the arm with the honey. I have never had a wheat brew that was this light before. Something to try once, but nothing worth running to the end of the Earth for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 15:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.