Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.88/5 rDev -3.4%
This is an extremely light and clear yellow liquid. The head is white and initially large, but quickly fades into nothingness. The aroma is faint, but its got a little citrus-like wheat character and a touch of honey. Not much else. Its heavily carbonated, and has a very light mouthfeel. Theres a bit of grain and a moderate maltiness. All in all, this is a little too sweet for me. I hope for a wheat beer to be refreshing, but this one seems to finish with too much of a sugary, honey-like sensation. Its drinkable, but nothing special.
07-10-2004 00:55:28 | More by Suds
2.53/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
07-14-2004 10:34:13 | More by merlin48
2.58/5 rDev -13.4%
A cross-over brew at best, not much going on with this one. Average, plain - and with a cheapy price.
Clear lemon pour, not much in the way of white head. No aroma at all - nuttin happening here. Taste was more of a soapy pilsner than a honey wheat. Body was crisp and thin. Decent drinking in the summer heat, but find a beer with more taste.
06-09-2008 13:32:41 | More by Vancer
3.23/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is very light with only a touch of sweetness.
Taste is on the sweet side, and the honey adds to this sweetness.
Finishes with more sweetness.
This beer is easy to drink. Because of the sweetness, one is enough.
06-21-2007 23:22:27 | More by tgbljb
3.5/5 rDev +17.4%
Honey Weiss is an attractive golden color with an average level of carbonation. Head is of a medium height and is somewhat thick. Retention is weak. Taste is a combination of a moderately crisp wheat flavor and an underlying honey-tinged malt sweetness. The honey is used well here, it enhances the malt flavor without taking over. Wheat flavor becomes most apparent in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is a nice stab at the American pale wheat style.
07-08-2006 22:31:09 | More by Gagnonsux
3.2/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
05-04-2009 00:33:03 | More by Florida9
2.38/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
08-05-2012 05:10:24 | More by thecheapies
3.48/5 rDev +16.8%
Appearance - pours a clear golden straw color with a good-sized white cap. Snowy, creamy and smooth atop, it also sports a festive bead from underneath off the SA glass etching. No lace to speak of, the beer looks a little too slick for stick, but does put up a few random dots.
Aroma - grainy, mild sugary sweetness like a Dundee's honey brown.
Taste - wheat/grain start is decent, albeit fairly average. The sweetness is kept to a minimum. Some light bitterness hits on the swallow, partially obscured by mucho carbonation. Part bitter, a touch salty. In fact, it actually needs a touch more sweetness to offset the high bubbles and astringency, never thought I'd say that. A clean finish.
Mouthfeel - very crisp, almost sparkly. Lighter body.
Drinkability - pretty good session beer for summer, I wouldn't turn another one down.
08-28-2008 21:27:42 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.
A: Pale golden color with thin wisy head that fall away quickly and leave little to remember it by.
S: Cereal grain aroma with faint sweetness that could be maple syrup or honey.
T: Minimal wheat characteristics and more the character of a sweet macro lager with lots of sweet grains with a thick sweetness that has a bit of tang. A little more citrus and this beer would have much more crispness and appeal.
M: This beer has a thick feel that I did not enjoy. There is a lot of carbonation and the aftertaste is mainly cheap grain in nature.
D: Drinkable enough but there is not a lot of uniqueness in this brew to suggest it.
04-20-2008 03:32:38 | More by argock
2.83/5 rDev -5%
Appearance is split--3.5 for head retention, and 2.5 for the scary color. Head is super-foamy and lasts a nice long time. Color is that of a piss-yellow macro, just too many bad connotations there. No real lace to speak of.
Aroma is honey and light lemon, a bit musty--all on the good side. On the bad side there's a metallic/mineral element sneaking through. All in all the good stuff wins, but the aroma is just so faint anyway that it's not exactly a selling point.
Flavor is actually okay, maybe even decent. Honey, check. Lemony sweetness, check (but sort of soapy). Mineral, check. Unfortunately there's an unpleasant, unwanted tartness to the finish that drags the taste score down a notch. No real redeeming features that make you say "wow". Sip after sip goes down without much impression.
Texture starts really fizzy, all kinds of carbonation, even kind of harsh, then quickly turns tail and and feels utterly, inconsequentially thin.
Boring beer. Couldn't find anything totally offensive about it, but I would never return to it. Even if pressed I'd probably opt for a water or soda, and that is absolutely not snobbery. It's just a matter of only wanting the best beer possible, whenever possible, and not supporting a below-average product. Leinenkugel's will never be mistaken for Bell's or Stone, but they've surely done better than this.
10-26-2008 20:21:59 | More by Metalmonk
2.5/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
05-05-2009 02:50:00 | More by jera1350
2.75/5 rDev -7.7%
Draught: This beer is a pale yellow color. I was expecting a large white fluffy head, but didn't get it. The aroma is somewhat non-descript. Some hints of sweetness, most likely from the honey. The taste is basically a little sweet, with a thinner body. Hops? I really didn't get any, but then again I've been drinking a lot of Imperial IPA's lately. Suprisingly, the beer was fairly satisfying: good for a hot day of drinking for no special reason.
03-28-2004 03:01:08 | More by Boto
3.1/5 rDev +4%
As far as Leiney's beers go, I think this is one of the better. The beer pours a clear, pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to oat the beer, with a nice active carbonation as well. The nose is slightly honey sweet, but also a little harsh grainey tones as well. The flvor is strong grain with a honey sweetness on the finish. Not bad for an American wheat. The feel is on the light side of moderate, with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this beer is easy drinking and refreshing. There are some shortcomings, but its servicable.
12-28-2004 22:20:22 | More by kmpitz2
2.75/5 rDev -7.7%
Clear gold color, with the head fading away instantly. Faint wheat malt aroma, no honey I can detect in the nose. Sweet cereal flavor, like a bland slightly sweetened breakfast ceral. A touch of honey flavor. Almost tasteless. Body is thin and watery.
Uninteresting, hardly more flavorful than sweet water.
07-15-2007 23:14:05 | More by allengarvin
2.9/5 rDev -2.7%
This is a pretty popular beer up around these parts. Big full head. Light malt and lager type aroma. Clear and yellow-gold. Can't taste honey or wheat in the flavor. Really doesn't taste much different than a typical American lager, maybe even light beer. Occassionally get a hint of wheat, but not much beyond that. Some bitterness to the finish. Medium fullness and carbonation. Largely a summer thirst quencher. I'm sure this brewery can make a better beer than this.
06-02-2002 14:52:04 | More by garymuchow
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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