Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-24-2012 03:42:19 | More by barnzy78
3.2/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Clear golden straw yellow color. Poured with three finger creamy white head that dissipated steadily. Decanted steadily. Irregular and inconsistent lacing.
S: Grains and a mild sugary sweetness.
T: Grains up front. Not overpoweringly sweet; turninng to an almost bitter dryness that leads to a fairly clean finish. May benefit from a little more sweetness to balance the carbonation and dryness.
M: Light body. Ample carbonation.
D: Definitely drinkable. Unlike some, the mild sweetness would make me tire of the taste (that said, I still think it could be a little sweeter).
10-22-2008 13:06:35 | More by Haybeerman
2.35/5 rDev -21.1%
A: A clear yellow/gold with a small white head that fades fast. Almost no lace on the glass, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.
S: Light malt and hops, faint smell of sweet honey and citrus.
T: sweet malt with notes of honey and a bit of hops. Sweet and crisp. Carbonation is present and tastes like champagne to me.
D: To much carbonation. About as drinkable as a macro beer.
Again, I wish Texas could get some of Leiny's good beers (like Creamy Dark). As it is, I like this better than the Sunset Wheat, but that is not saying much. I can make out an odd distinct champagne like sweetness and carbonation for some reason, and it is a turn off for me.
09-08-2007 18:24:08 | More by champ103
2.28/5 rDev -23.5%
A: pours a champagne yellow with a thin head and very little lacing.
S: I can smell the honey with a blend of what I think is wheat. Smells crisp but not too much going for it on the nose.
T: A very lite bready biscuit flavor but absolutely no honey in the taste. Overall it has a very lite thin flavor.
M: light to medium body with very little carbonation.
D: There is not enough flavor in this beer an will quickly become a session beer in the hot sun in my book.
05-09-2010 06:36:48 | More by Gobzilla
2.65/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet honey, faint grainy malt and a touch of hops. The taste is sweet honey up front followed by the grainy malt and a mild hop finish. The taste is a little too sweet for me, and could use a little more hops to balance out the sweet flavors. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy from the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this tastes pretty much like a macro lager with some honey added. I doubt I would purchase this one again.
04-19-2008 03:43:52 | More by cjgator3
2.3/5 rDev -22.8%
Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, pale yellow. Weak little white head that fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing. Grainy faint aroma with a touch of tartness. Pretty weak, no real detectable wheat influence. Flavor is sort of like a really wimpy berliner weisse, a little tart and a little sweet and grainy. Quite watery, thin body. Borefest.
11-20-2008 07:57:58 | More by illidurit
3.53/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
09-19-2008 04:47:09 | More by Durge
3.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Not too far from expectation, but not exactly on target either. The honey is there but more difficult to detect than I would have liked. Light flavors of wheat and a little sweetness. Very light head of foam that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. It's a little more watery than I would have liked, but otherwise okay.
01-26-2009 14:39:58 | More by Brenden
2.15/5 rDev -27.9%
Leinies fails again. But at least this is better than the Berry Weiss.
Weiss...not at all (at least no discernable traits).
Pours golden with a quick-to-dissapear foamy head.
Funky sweet smell. Not honey...not really malty. Mostly just faint corn syrup.
Taste is virtually absent. Light malts...hops in the finish. Whatever...
Forget this one.
Leinies continues to be Wisconsin's bastard son.
In some odd way...this beer reminds me of Corey Feldman. I am just not sure why this was/is popular around here.
06-10-2002 22:00:30 | More by cokes
3.45/5 rDev +15.8%
12 oz bottle, best by 11/9/09, into a deep goblet.
A: Clear, bright gold body; small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace; very light on the visible carbonation. Boring.
S: Light, grainy, and somewhat sweet. Nothing much, but nothing off either.
T: Light and refreshing, with just a hint of wheat spice and yeastiness. Honey sweetness and dry breadiness fight it out on the finish. Just what I'd look for in beer of this style.
M: Light bodied with ample, soft carbonation (far more than its appearance boded). Not bad.
D: A touch sweeter than some other beers of its style, but still quite quaffable.
Notes: This has long been a go-to summer refresher for me, and I think it's one of the more successful brews in Leinie's lineup. Nothing truly remarkable, but always satisfying.
10-19-2009 00:30:11 | More by woosterbill
3.1/5 rDev +4%
A seethru, straw yellow body with a one-finger head that died and left no lacings (the first time I got a small head with my hefe glass). A very strong citric smell, tart even, with some spiciness also hitting the nose. The tart, citric smell is also in the taste, but it is a little too much and this beer is not as smooth as it should be, as the honey seems to be overpowered and it is a little too crisp. I am a huge fan of hefes/wheat/weiss beers, and summer seasonals are my favorite, but this is one that I will skip in a crowded marketplace.
04-19-2008 15:08:23 | More by clayrock81
3.4/5 rDev +14.1%
This is a flavorful sluggin' beer--a "banquet" beer to use Coors' term-- a beer that you might find a fireman's ball or an old man's fridge.
Pours clear and straw-golden but with a nice head. Smells faintly like lemons and honey with just a hint of malt. Nice smell, surprisingly, but faint.
As much as it may look like a regular macro, it sure as heck doesn't much taste like one. I mean, the taste is still as woefully faint as that of a macro, but it's actually good. Yeast upfront with a hint of citrus and a little wheat bitterness. More wheat in the back and a sweet kick of dry honey. Complex and tasty, but not flavorful enough.
Thin on the body, like a macro, but it's pretty darn smooth and you can pound these all night.
12-04-2004 02:02:02 | More by mynie
2.58/5 rDev -13.4%
Pale honey-straw body with a small fizzy head. Faint cereal smells, maybe a hop or two. Taste is slightly sweet. Maybe some adjuncts in here... Honey? Well, perhaps, but it's not much different than Grain Belt's sweetness. Finish is short, but quenching, with a crisp wheat tang. I've had better glasses of this on tap, and it's sometimes the best choice among local bars in MN, especially in the summer.
01-20-2004 00:26:01 | More by alexgash
1.3/5 rDev -56.4%
Pours a clear pale golden color with no head. Isn't thsi supposed to be a wheat beer, and thus have a cloudy appearance with a big head? The stench is of aour piss. The taste is not unlike the stench. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Overall, this is a horrilbe beer. My speculation is that the people at Leinenkugal call corn wheat and wheat corn. There is certainly no detectable wheat in the beer.
07-21-2005 17:29:55 | More by KarlHungus
1.58/5 rDev -47%
Poured with a rather creamy 2 finger head that appeared to have substance but then quickly collapsed back into the beer. Very light gold color, very clear and only subtle visible carbonation. A nice looking beer actually.
Aroma is of two things sweetness and the grainy smell of wheat. Not sure I would identify the sweetness if it wasn't in the name, so I'll try not to be led and say it smells like honey.
The taste is quite empty actually. I'm not kidding. I'm getting a slight sweetness and a bit of a wheat finish. But before that, I really do not get much flavor at all. My gosh, this tastes like I describe Coors light. (Water like) Not very good at all. You have to literally hold the beer in your mouth to get a sensation of any hops.
I guess it's a drinkable as water and the mouth feel is the same. Neither of these are good in my book.
Truly not worth the calories. What a huge disappointment after I was strangely intrigued by the Sunset Wheat. I actually liked that. This on the other hand is a total waste of time.
08-03-2008 00:24:18 | More by Reagan1984
3/5 rDev +0.7%
Nice, sweet malt aroma, but not much to announce that this is a wheat. Very clean flavor - nothing noteworthy, other than the fact that there are no off-flavors, and "technically" pretty well made. Honey does seem to lend some sweetness, but no particular honey flavors are evident. A refreshing American pale wheat, but quite average.
09-07-2003 21:45:07 | More by Brent
3.5/5 rDev +17.4%
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, golden yellow in color, low carbonation
Smell: grass and honey
Taste: sweet honey and grass
Mouthfeel: crisp, light body, moderately sweet, and medium-high carbonation
Drinkability: As a pale wheat ale, this actually is not all that bad a beer. It tastes like a pale wheat with honey--not overly fruited. A different take on the style, that I could session.
04-07-2010 15:54:08 | More by tigg924
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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