Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.88/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-12-2010 03:30:17 | More by Thorpe429
3/5 rDev +0.7%
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a hint of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat along with hints of bready malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has more flavors compared to other kristalweizens.
10-31-2011 23:29:05 | More by metter98
1.63/5 rDev -45.3%
Extremely pale straw yellow. My experience is still on the limited side, but I don't think I've seen a beer this pale before. The head is bright white, almost the color of cotton, is short-lived and leaves negligible lace.
The nose is honeyish and somewhat sweet. I also smell an underlying unpleasantness that I'll call 'musty' for want of a better term. Looks like the flavor could be in trouble.
Wow, it's even worse than anticipated. LHW actually tastes like a macro. It's sort of stale and sour with an unpleasant bitterness that tweaks my tongue and makes it beg for good beer. Sweetness is noted, but it sure doesn't taste like honey. The mouthfeel is abysmally thin and watery.
It can't be that hard to brew decent beer, can it? Give Honey Weiss a wide berth.
01-14-2004 20:45:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
3/5 rDev +0.7%
another night of the mixed sixer, i think i might be done after tonight, this has been a hell of a ride. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/25/2010.
nice light brown to medium amber pour with a small head of white on top that sat there rather nicely for a while. aroma of light sweet malts, notes of honey and a hint of caramel as well. more depth to it then i thought there would be to be honest.
nice clean taste with a medium feel and a smooth and even flavor, nice touches of sweet grains and malts that rolled through rather nicely with hints of light bready notes towards the finish which came across semi dry and sweet.
overall not bad at all, really quite nicely done and something i would have no issue with again, though i doubt i would pay for it.
08-26-2010 01:05:09 | More by mikesgroove
2.93/5 rDev -1.7%
I seemed to have liked this beer better from the bottle. On tap, I didn't get much wheat or honey out of the flavor, aroma, or texture. The beer shows up as clear as any other pilsner that I have drank. No real head retention to mention. Smells and tastes like cereal grains with no wheat esters, sweetness, or breadiness. The there is an additional (artificial) sweetness that may loosely resemble honey. The beer falls weak and watery quickly leaving a bitter grain-husk bite-ey sensation that lingered into the aftertaste. Didn't really care much for this on tap.
08-07-2006 14:30:45 | More by BEERchitect
2.15/5 rDev -27.9%
Bottle: Poured a clean golden color ale with a large bubbly white head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of honey and light wheat malt is mostly bland. Taste is dominated by light sweet honey malt with not much wheat being noticeable. Body is kind of light with good carbonation. Very bland and ordinary and almost taste like a macro.
09-10-2009 02:45:02 | More by Phyl21ca
3/5 rDev +0.7%
The Honey Weiss pours out at a crystal clear yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves a little lacing in the beginning but trails off by mid glass. The smell is slightly sweet with a mix of grains and malts. The flavor of the beer doesn't scream honey like I would have liked it too. The taste is clean and fairly refreshing on a hot day though. The body of this brew is light and easy to drink. Overall I'm not the biggest fan of this brew but I wouldn't turn this beer away if it were offered to me.
05-19-2011 15:44:37 | More by Knapp85
3/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a deep yellow with not much head to speak of,aroma is a little skunky with some fruity malt undertones but a rather unpleasant.Taste is real grainy with some fruity flavors with a biscuity malt flavors in the finish.Not as bad as I thought it would be it was given to me so I didnt have to pay for it so not a bad deal I guess.
03-22-2004 02:17:01 | More by oberon
2.99/5 rDev +0.3%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
I remember this as one of my very first beers many moons ago. Let's see how things go today: It pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, light wheat, and the lightest kiss of dried honey (which, admittedly, might just be there due to advertising getting the better of me). The taste brings in more of the same, with less of a buttery quality and more of a sweet one. It helps, but it doesn't elevate matters too far. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay beer at best, nothing close to special, but strangely drinkable enough...
02-13-2013 04:43:51 | More by TMoney2591
2.83/5 rDev -5%
A - Poured out a crystal clear golden-yellow color with a very fizzy presence. A small, short-lived white head left no lace.
S - It smelled of wheat and some citrus.
T - It was pretty sweet. The was a descent wheat flavor, but no Honey as the name suggests.
M - It is somewhat thin and very light-bodied.
D - This isn't great but it would make an okay session beer. It certainly is easy drinking.
02-21-2008 21:16:14 | More by zeff80
3.83/5 rDev +28.5%
Clear yellow gold. Short head of bright white foam drops readily. Limited lacing at best. Sweetish malt in the nose with a flicker of yeasty sulpur and some delicate honey. Medium-light bodied. Delicately crisp, smooth. Flavor offers a drizzle of honey flavor, some mild wheat character, and a sublime but balancing bitterness. Well-rounded but on the sweet side. Finishes clean and semi-dry with a touch of residual honey-like sweetness. Never cloying. Accessible. Enjoyable and refreshing!
01-04-2007 01:46:53 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
12-30-2007 15:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
3.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, wheat, honey and a faint touch hops.
T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of wheat and a light malt character, followed by sweet flavors of honey and lemon. There's a very mild hops presence that bring some balance but overall, there really isn't much to this beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since it's on the lighter side, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are a lot of other wheat beers or lighter beers that I would choose before this one.
08-31-2009 02:58:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.48/5 rDev +16.8%
12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code on the neck ... no freshness date.
A- Quick up and down head, thin white lacing barely sticks. Crystal clear yellow golden color.
S- Light crisp malt grain snap, hint of refined honey. Clean nose.
T&M- Superb crispness on a light and dry mouth feel. A one two snap and twang from the wheat meets a faint honey character and even fainter hop bitterness. No cloying sweetness. Clean wheat malt with a semi-dry finish.
D- A very easy drinking and simple brew. An obvious pick for a summer time beer, or even a stepping stone brew for the drinking impaired. Paired well with some pickled herring and stone ground wheat crackers.
04-26-2006 18:17:26 | More by Jason
2.6/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
03-30-2012 21:11:27 | More by WVbeergeek
3.28/5 rDev +10.1%
Had this on draft in Minnesota, can't really remember the town or restaraunt, but not pertinent
Poured golden with a 1" white head. Some head retention & lacing
Smell: Slight honey & malt notes
Taste: Sweet, malty &slightly fruitty. Finishes with a sight honey flavor
MF: Light, but okay balance & carbonation for the style
Drinks okay in the spring, but not sweet or complex enough to reccomend to other than fans of the style or curiosity seekers
06-07-2006 03:35:27 | More by russpowell
1.98/5 rDev -33.6%
If you reside on either coasts, far from the radius of Leinie's distribution, you probably have no idea how hugely popular this beer is, especially up around here. So obiquitous it is, I was once amused to discover a popular gay nightclub in downtown Mineapolis with a sign on the outside, on the main street, declaring "now serving Leinenkugel's Honey Wiess on tap!" Were there really people stopping before entering it's doors and saying," naw, let's skip this gay bar, no Honey Weiss!"
So let's revisit it, already, for the first time in years...
Color, a bright, shiny, utterly transparent bright yellow color, topped with a big, snow-white, fluffy head. Certainly not the "hefe" sort of "Weisen", for there's no haze at all.
Aroma: practically none, containing that usual Leinie's stink, sorry. Bit of a pilsner feel to it, but nothing like I'd expect from any wheat beer, certainly showing no traces of the "real Wisconsin honey" boasted of on the label. Appears a bit sweetish after all, though, but I still don't like it a bit.
Taste: flat, ...uneventful, lacking in malt and hops and anything pleasurable, yielding no texture and very little flavor. The honey does seem to peep up a tad, but any association you may conjure from a weizen of any kind does not abide here at all.
Now, tasting it bare naked, I know why so many prefer it with a lemon. And, now that I have one again, I understand how the customers at my bar felt when I offered them a real weizen instead, and they didn't like them at all. They don't like real weizens, and they probably don't really like beer at all.
This is so carbonated, yet flat in flavor, it's more like a soda pop, than an actual beer. Drinkability might be considered high, if the flavor and mouthfeel weren't so abysmal.
Rotten, really, but girls think it's tops. And girly guys.
Gets sour as it ends. Yuk.
Skip this, let my the sacrifice of my tastebuds not be in vain.
12-21-2003 10:39:26 | More by feloniousmonk
3.23/5 rDev +8.4%
OK, so I'm shaking in my booties to try this thing. I never really liked the original Leinenkugel before, but it seems like a beer for a woman, and this one especially. ANother mission of mine is to find a beer my wife can drink. So far I have failed miserably. This is another stab at it, but I have to review it first to see how bad it can be.
A: Golden yellow orange color thats very clear and light head, very piss colored makes me even more squeemish to try this stuff.
N: First signs of life of the beer where you can tell how bad it will be is the nose. Surprisingly this one actually has a decent nose. Its pretty light but got a nice wheat aroma and a sweet very fermented honey like smell that reminds me of the braggots and meads of yesteryear (or the tasting at the last mead brew club meeting). A slight musty smell also comes out in the deeper end.
T: Do I pinch my nose, should I cover my mouth in wax, or drink a huge hop bomb quickly to drown it out... sip... very light, starts with a decent wheat flavor, that has very berliner weiss like qualities. I actually get white wine flavors like a bad sauvignon blanc. Some strange minerality as well. SLight sweet honey that isn't as dominant as I thought it would be from the nose. It does have a kids cereal-esc quality but not as much as the other LKs. But it still has some weird extract like syrupy flavors.
M: Very light and watery but somewhat smooth
F: Finishes very clean and dry. Actually pretty refreshing, I don't believe what I'm drinking here. Its like someone took a decent beer, added some weird flavors and honey, then slapped a LK label on it. Its not overly fruity or horrendous tasting.
Wifey's notes: <makes the really disgusted face as usual when I have her try a beer, but then it quickly fades when she actually takes the sip) Eh, its OK, not that bad, I can't really drink much of it.
Two of her sips later and I'm stuck trying to get the rest of this down. My review above is taking in a bias I have for flavorless beers, like this, so I try to use an un-biased opinion. BUt in the end its hard for me to drink cause it's just not my style.
Final thoughts: Decent summer beer that would quench your thirst very well and has good drinkability. Some light honey and sweetness that finishes dry and crisp, its very much like a mead crossed with very light wheat beer crossed with sauvignon blanc. I wouldn't recommend it for people that have taste buds and know what beer actually tastes like, but in a choice between this and water to rehydrate on a hot summer day, I would go with this.
09-07-2009 02:35:08 | More by jlindros
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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