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

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

(view ratings)
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)
View: Beers (34) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,155 | Reviews: 441 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of akorsak
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
Photo of match1112
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
Photo of SickGnar
SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 17:30:21 | More by SickGnar
Photo of Chiefy770
Chiefy770

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:15:04 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of freddypsu
freddypsu

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:53:36 | More by freddypsu
Photo of OWSLEY069
OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 13:42:11 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of TheCondor
TheCondor

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:58:53 | More by TheCondor
Photo of blackcompg
blackcompg

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:25:28 | More by blackcompg
Photo of Goliath
Goliath

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 23:23:29 | More by Goliath
Photo of RossPeterson
RossPeterson

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:27:36 | More by RossPeterson
Photo of AleWatcher
AleWatcher

Illinois

1.63/5  rDev -45.3%
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?!)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:23:22 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of WoodBrew
WoodBrew

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 13:55:14 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of WACHUSETTblue
WACHUSETTblue

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

kind of looks and feels like a Budweiser defiantly has a little more flavor and the honey after taste is a pleasant surprise , there is nothing special as far as appearance really looks like a miller lite or bud , has a decent head but dissipates quickly leaving no lacing If this beer was a little cheaper I wouldn't mind throwing these down to get a good buzz on or maybe grab 9 for a game of golf but besides that these aren't as crafty as they may appear

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 23:47:12 | More by WACHUSETTblue
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 BucannonXC5
BucannonXC5

California

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

Drank out of a bottle at a state park in South Dakota. Color was a fair light golden. Head and film/lacing - N/A.

Smelled heavy of honey, but not as strong as you’d think with the name. Slight malt or wheat in there, too.

Honey dominate on the tastes, but average overall. Nothing else really stood out.

Highly carbonated. Surprisingly refreshing.

Pretty average overall. Actually, just below it. I did have another one later in the week and it tasted a bit better, but I think my ratings will stick.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 06:34:33 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of MattyG85
MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Grains, wheat, and pale malts with some light hints of citrus and honey. Aroma is very light with the honey being very subtle. The wheat kind of smells like a Hefewiezen wheat with a very subtle hint of banana.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Lots of sweet pale malts and grains with wheat and subtle hints of citrus, banana, and honey. Everything is pretty light but noticeable and fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very light but fairly tasty brew best had in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 05:19:22 | More by MattyG85
Photo of jsprain1
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
Photo of clint1019
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
Photo of Brunite
Brunite

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear. At least they got this right for a Kristal.

S: Weiss? Nope Honey? Nope? Meh? Yep.

T: Huge disappoint here. No weiss tastes....no honey. Just a thin, watery, macroish taste.

M: Thin and carbonated.

O: One and done. Stop those ads making this sound like a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 06:38:30 | More by Brunite
Photo of B967ierhunter177
B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear yellow with half-inch head and lasting lace. The aroma is of citrus, honey, and flowers. It's flavor has lemon, vanilla, and honey notes. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Leinenkugels Honey Wheat is a good beer, very dry, crisp, and refreshing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:39:01 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of BeardedBoffin
BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale golden color--almost anemically so--but had a nice cap of foam. The aroma is an admixture of lightly toasted malt and honey. The flavor profile is similar to the nose. The beer goes down easy, but the sweetness from the honey becomes a bit much more my tastes. The beer is a little light through the center and finishes with not more than a whimper.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 18:13:11 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Northsider
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
Photo of mk3
mk3

Utah

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pilsener. A very light straw color with really no head.

There is really not much of a smell to it, maybe a hint of honey?

Mouth? I'm drinking one as I write this, is thin with a little too much carbonation.

As far as taste goes, I've had a few kristall's and this isn't even close. there is no "sourness"? that should be in a weiss, even a kristall weiss.

All in all, I don't think I will buy this beer again, it just doesn't have much going for it other than you could drink a lot of this in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 03:48:29 | More by mk3
Photo of chefhatt
chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a very small white fizzy head on it. The body is a nice golden color body. The smell is sweet of honey and some wheat. I don't taste any wheat, but i get a sweet start and a little hop finish to it, very crisp though. The mouth feel is nice and crisp on the tongue. Overall i think this is a good summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 18:57:12 | More by chefhatt
Photo of bnes09
bnes09

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale and transparent lemon color. Two fingers of frothy with head. Poor head retention and minimal to no lacing.

Sweet, slightly fruity smell. Some banana and lemon.

Not a whole lot of wheat flavor, just an underlying bread-like character. Mild honey sweetness, happy to say this characteristic does not dominate. Not much hop character. Vague fruit notes.

Light body. Adequate carbonation. Slick feel from the honey lingers in the aftertaste.

This stuff is alright. Less sweet than expected which is good. It is light and refreshing but lacks in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:19:57 | More by bnes09
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.