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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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BA SCORE
70
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1,340 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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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Photo of dananabanana
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I poured it into a glass, the head disappeared right away.

The color is bright gold and translucent, you can see straight through it. It has a mildly sweet smell, almost floral.

At first taste, it is very watery, with almost no flavor. I can't detect any malt or hops. At least it is very thirst-quenching.

After about half of the glass, the flavor develops a bit more. The honey is more noticeable, with a hint of lemon. I suppose it would be an okay session beer, but it doesn't taste good enough to be worth it. It barely differs from the standard American macrobrews.

dananabanana, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of odietrying
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into 7 oz. glass.

Light golden color. Perfectly clear, which I don't like to see in wheats. Head disappeared quickly. Lacing weak, non-existent.

Honey smell faint, but decent.

Taste of honey much less obvious than other honey beers. Good balance of malt and hops. Medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel is like carbonated water, except for the malt.

Could easily do a session, but wouldn't necessarily want to.

odietrying, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden pilsner body that has minimal bubble or sediment... head is generous and two-fingered in its cumulous cloud effect... honey hints with lemon zest that are overpowered by lager malts--not as bright or sweetas expected... rather watery initially, with a hint of depth at the throat...light-bodied, almost a pale pilsner in comparison... iced tea sweetness evaporates the initial honey approach--lacks the strength to significantly rate higher in the taste category...won't be remembered for much more than another Leinie fruit beer that refreshes--but this close to Mike's Hard Lemonade makes me wonder if I should juts have one of those...

dacrza1, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
2.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Consumed in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: very pale amber with minor head and very little lace

Smell: cheap mass produced hefeweizen, flowers in the bottom notes

Taste/Mouthfeel: roasted wheat and orange, light and flowery

There are better American wheat beers made out there but I still respect the small craft brewers even if they sell out to the big boys.

ClavisAurea, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -8%
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.

mothman, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
2.17/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance- Clear straw color with a bubbly white head.

smell - Honey, lemons, wheat.

taste - Crisp, some wheat present here. Not much going on.

mouthfeel - Light body.

drinkability - I though I was tasting a macro lager here. Goes down like water, not fond of this one.

auxiliary, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a light golden body that was slightly transparent with a white head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Kind of a bittersweet, malt smell with some sour undertones. Nothing too overwhelming.

T: Not much of a taste at all. Kind of just tastes like a macro-beer, which is none too impressive.

M: A light mouthfeel that seemed overcarbonated as well. Nothing impressive.

D: Nothing too impressive or good. Just a thin, overcarbonated beer with no taste. I was not impressed at all with this one.

maddogruss, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow body with a finger of white head that recedes pretty quickly. Sweet malty nose, a bit thin and fairly pedestrian. Nice malty taste with a faint taste of honey. I was hoping for it to be more pronounced. Nice light wheat flavor. This isn't overwhelming and is a bit run-of-the-mill, but still not bad. This delivers more malt on the nose than in the taste, rendering it thinner that I'd like.

Decent, but not as good as Sunset Wheat in my opinion. Not bad after cutting the grass on a hot summer day, if nothing else.

Gehrig, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale straw color with some very thin white head.

There is a light yeast scent, some grains, and honey.

The taste is mostly of grains and yeast with very little honey.

Very light-bodied feel with very fizzy carbonation. Kind of a watery finish.

Very easy to drink. Pretty smooth and refreshing beer. Not much stands out, but I wouldn't mind having a few.

BeerCon5, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

A: Poured a pale golden color, crystal clear, very bubbly, with a white head about half an inch thick. 3.0

S: Tangy, citrusy wheat malts, no honey really present. Some different sweet smells as well. Hard to place. 3.0

T:Kinda light on the honey initially, but the taste does linger nicely in the mouth. Very characteristic wheat malt tastes tangy and citrusy. The honey comes out a bit more as it warms. Not even a faint hint of hops. 3.0

M: Pretty thin and refreshing, crisp, kind of a sticky finish though. Not too bad in all. 3.0

D: Fairly drinkable, but it wouldn't be the first wheat I'd reach for. Not a bad beer, nothing really fantastic though. 3.0

pokesbeerdude, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
1.58/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Reagan1984, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel got it right with this brew. The honey is blended perfectly with this wheat beer. Crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing. Pours a nice golden color with decent head and good carbonation. Easy on the taste buds, the honey is just right and does not overpower this beer like the others that I have had. Not a lot of complexity to this one, which is what makes it a great choice.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear pale gold with a big foamy white head. This shrunk to a thin sheet that stayed throughout the drink. Mild carbonation. Excellent webbing along glass side.

Smelled some sweet honey, floral, maybe some fresh bread.

Very crisp brew with very low bitterness. Pretty thin and watery, yet smooth. Slight metallic aftertaste. This did not taste like your typical weiss. I couldn't pick up any of the usual wheat, banana, clove, etc. This came across more like a blonde ale.

All in all, this was a refreshing brew, but was a far cry from the style it claimed to be.

Onenote81, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of JMBSH
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour delivers a good size head in my pint glass. The head quickly shrinks to just enough to cover the surface. A steady stream of carbonation keeps this coating through out the tasting. Light yellow in color due to being filtered, I place my nose in the glass. A very faint aroma of honey is detected. Tasting it shows though even less of a honey flavor. Just enough sweetness to be refreshing.Not really picking up any of the usual weiss flavors (clove, banana). Not really getting a hop taste except a little in the aftertaste. I can see having a couple on the patio.

JMBSH, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of atsprings
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was very slight sweet malt, but barely even that. The taste was just a slight bit better than BMC, really nothing special, not even any characteristics of a wheat beer. The beer was very light, but very watery. This is not one I'd try again, but not quite a drain pour either.

atsprings, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
2.1/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a regular boring lager - yellow & light foamy white head.

Heavy on the carbonation, starts with a grainy taste, some sweet honey like something, and leaves you with a thick bitter bite that you want to wash away. The mouthfeel is a million times too watery for a wheat beer.

I'm lost on the popularity of this beer? The marketing VP at Leinies s/ get a big raise, cuz there is no way this beer got this popular by its' taste alone. I can handle a couple glasses from a really fresh keg if someone else is buying but that's about the nicest thing I can say about it.

Chugmonkey, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of splat215
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light yellow with moderate carbonation, and thin head which slowly subsides
S - Banana-like alcohol scent, with subtle honey
M - Bubbly and carbonated, medium-light bodied
T - Mostly wheat-beer hints, with the honey coming through slightly on the backend
D - A good wheat beer with the honey adding some slight sweetness and keeping it from becoming too dry

splat215, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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

Stoneman78, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours with small head that actually stays around for 20 seconds or so. Aroma slight hint of honey and alcohol smell. Appearence clear blonde color. Flovor was average. It's not a swill beer, but nothing there to really get your taste buds going. decent price at 5.99 a six. Could hardly taste the honey in this beer. I've had way better wheat beers before. Nothing special.

demitriustown, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Vancer, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw an inch of head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemony, some grassy hops and a light malt.

T - Sweetish and very macro-like. Not tasting a lot of honey or wheat for that matter. Kinda boozy for 4.9 %.

M - Light body and high carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not tasty.

allergictomacros, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of wolfer
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer in the supermarket, having never seen it before. I bought a six pack as I love Wheat beers. One thing to note right away, this is not a Hefe Weizen and is not advertised as such.

Poured the beer and foam was average, bubble size average.
Foam retention was average, which for a wheat beer is not a good sign.

I noticed a definite cardboard flavor. The beer seemed either pasteurized too much or it had oxidized.

I was dissapointed with this beer. It really seemed more like a normal run of the day lager, no fruity esters or wheat taste...I wonder how much wheat is in it, I'd venture to guess less than 50% which in my mind disqualifies it as a wheat beer. Sorry.

wolfer, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of spencerchristie
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- very light yellow with a very small head that dissolves quickly.

S- A nice wheat smell with a hint of both lemon and honey

T- A bit more sour than I was expecting. Having had the Summer Shanty and the Sunset Wheat, I was thinking that the honey would sweeten up the beer but somehow, it had the opposite effect, making it tart. Not an overwhelming taste of honey but it was present.

M- Very carbonated. Had a bit of an aftertaste of honey that does sit nicely on the tongue but fades away quickly.

D- Not nearly as drinkable as the other Leine's. I finished a six pack but it took over a week to have the desire to sit down for each one (and I could only take one at a time taste wise).

spencerchristie, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. twist-off cap bottle > 16 oz. Stella glass

I'm a sucker for just about anything with Honey in it!! This one is a clear (yes, filtered) light golden color with a minimal and thin, white crown, rises only about 1/2" and is gone, baby gone. Not much left-over either. The carbonation starts out lively and becomes sedate pretty fast. yikes.

I'm getting, charred wheat, metallic aroma's that remind me of my Grandmother getting a home perm. That is not a pleasent scent!! Subdued and mild citrus effects simply don't pop out enough. double yikes!

The flavor is a bit better than I expected from the look and the smell, but it's got a decent, smokey wheat flavor,although the metallic, sour-yeast like flavor is present and it's totally void of any citrus flavor's or hops. The wheat malt tastes much like a regular Budweiser and the honey addition is only slightly noticable. There is no real sweet current to the flavor.

The feel starts out light and crisp, which is great but it becomes pretty flat and lifeless after only a short time.

I do regret paying the $7.99 for this sixer.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 04, 2008
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.