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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
okay

1,405 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 99 | 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 Ragingbull
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a foamy head and mild presence of prickle. Served with a wedge of lemon, which I assume to be customary though I don't care for it. I have had it in the Metrodome without the lemon, but I wasn't reviewing then. The nose is refreshing and light, almost cool with a definite floral presence about it. The attack is fresh and cool on a warm afternoon. The flavor is pretty smooth and reasonably pleasant, but not to die for. It is somewhat undescript in both a good way and a bad way. Its a "light" beer in the sense that I would say it has broad appeal. There are hints of honey and lemon in the flavor. The finish resonates with characteristics that I would associate with a macrobrew. I can't complain about it, it was available at Applebee's.

Ragingbull, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pale, faded yellow.

S: Wheat, malt and faint honey...

T: Mild wheat with slight honey and mild hops.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, would be thirst quenching on a summer day.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is just too light in flavor for my taste..

ujsplace, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
1.83/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a piss yellow with very little head and no lacing. Smelled of artificial honey, rice, corn, steamed veggies. Taste of lemon and grainy. Thin body. This was my first drain pour. I thought it would be a good beer on a hot day but after drinking the quality of beers that I have been drinking there was no way I was going to was my taste buds on this crap.

mugglesandhops, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of hardy008
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow color. The head has poor retention. Smell is of wheat and some sweetness, can't say the sweetness is from honey though. The taste is the same, but I don't taste honey. Kind of a bland beer overall. Clean mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Light bodied. Not offensive, also not special. Decent drinkability. Nothing special. Kind of eh.

hardy008, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of stockingcpl
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This selection poured a light honey color. Head was thick with average sustain. Plentiful lacings. Very crisp in appearance. Good job.

Smell: Light, yet a straw presence is noted. This brew has the "feel" of Miller Lite or any of the multitude of macro-brew brands. Not impressive.

Taste: Very light euro-lager feel. Not guite Heinekin, but very similar. There is a very very faint honey flavor, however it is lost in the general adjunct presence of this selection. Not impressive.

Mouthfeel: Palate clears quickly.

Drinkability: Very similar to macro-brew adjunct beers.

Prosit!
Nikki

stockingcpl, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a pale yellow that's almost clear. white head faded quickly.

smell is basically a faint wheat malt flavor.

taste is a bright wheat with a sweetness to it from the honey. no other depth besides a hint of wheat.

mouthfeel is clean and crisp. it's drinkable.

skrib09, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. 09079 on bottle.

A - A three finger white, sudsy head with short retention rests above a very effervescent yellow straw body. Good lacing though.

S - Slight honey aroma compliments the wheat flavor well but it also partially lost in corn and straw huskiness.

T - Sweet, deluded honey is faint but tasty and balances the dry, crisp beer well. Wheat, straw, and corn flavors too.

M - Very sharp and crisp but refreshing. Light bodied.

D - As one of their flagship beers, it's a solid brew for a lighter beer. Decent flavor and aroma coupled with a fantastic drinkability lends this beer well to the session brew category.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. Faint citrus smells. I have to really stretch to get the honey. I was very disappointed in the taste. Not much going on here, very watery. I guess you could sit and drink this all day because there is no offensive taste, really no taste at all for that matter. I'll stick with the shandy.

buschbeer, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of mareth01
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This clear golden beer poured a small inch and a half size white head that left some lacing.

The smell whats a mixture of sweet bread like with a lemon like smell

It didn't have a very strong flavor to it but i could taste some hint of malt and hops...but not any honey like taste as the name infers.

I felt that it was a medium carbinated beer that reminded me of a light beer.

It is def. a easy to drink beer that is a good change of pace from your typical american beer and when you need a break from the great german variety that I get to enjoy, however, I enjoy some of the other leinenkugel

mareth01, May 26, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinie's Honey Weiss pours with a good amount of head production, which retains well with fine lacing. The body is pale gold, and ultra clear. It reminds me of how a kristall weizen should look.

Aromas are very citrusy, with lemon being in the forefront. It actually smells more like a shandy/radler more so than a straight up wheat beer.

The taste is also very radler/shandy like with lemon being very upfront. There is only a very faint bitterness in the end.

This feels prickly with a lot of carbonation.

Altogether this is an enjoyable beer that offers not too many complexities to ponder. It's a good trade over from the BMC scene.

TheSarge, May 13, 2009
Photo of jera1350
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

jera1350, May 05, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Florida9, May 04, 2009
Photo of stogie12
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured thin, with pretty much no head. The color is a pale yellow and the beer seemed very carbonated with tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The first smell was some what disturbing. Smelled of rotten wheat. The taste was similar to a cheap light beer. There was a little bit of hoppiness in as it hit the tongue which was the highlight but other than that very light and watery. Easy to drink, but not very enjoyable.

stogie12, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear yellow gold. Light white head dissipates down to a film.

Smells wheaty and dry.

Tastes the same. Good wheat flavors with clean freshness.

The mouthfeel has a good sharpness from the carbonation. Thin but not water thin.

A good wheat beer. No bitterness makes it easy to throw back a few.

Cylinsier, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours uncharacteristically clear yellow color with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S- Some malt sweetness and the slightest bit of honey scent. Tiny amount of grain and wheat.

T- Slight malt flavored sweetness with a touch of wheat. Not as much honey flavor as I expected.

M- Light and dry with a crisp finish. No lingering aftertaste. A bit watery for me.

D- Easy going beer without alot of overpowering taste. Nothing wow about it, but nothing particularly bad. Average all around.

projectflam86, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Golden color. Pours with a thin head then settles to creamy lacing along the outside edge. Active carbonation is visible. The body is transparent.
S) Yeasty with a mild sweet aroma, but no bold accentuated notes.
T) Wheaty with a barely noticeable honey flavor.
M) Smooth, somewhat creamy. Has a tingle on the tongue with a light body.
D) A decent wheat beer, but no unique characteristics to make it a stand out.

u2carew, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of climax
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wow. that being said....

she poured a pale gold, good clarity, with a decent white head

smelled almost skunked at the getgo because the nose was very euro lager/metallic. cereal grains and a lemon tang. not much of the wheat/yeast and honey nose i was anticipating

taste was more macro lager i think than anything. the honey and wheat flavors are faint. still it's never too sweet or cloying which is good. finish had the sour but pleasant wheat characteristics

body was thin for the most part. feel was crisp and slick. quite a bit of carbonation.

pretty uninteresting beer. easy to drink and probably refreshing if it were warmer out. however better for getting hammered than savoring

climax, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Strand
4.75/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss is a wheat beer made by Leinenkugel's Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It's availabe mainly throughout the midwest US. It is one of my favorite three or four beers.

It's a fairly typical wheat beer, with a touch of a honey taste, however the honey taste isn't at all overpowering. The closest beer I can compare it with is Dundee's Honey Brown. It's typically served with a lemon slice, which I actually prefer not to have. It's remarkably refreshing during the summer, and smoothly satisfying even in the coldest of winter.

This is what I call a "gateway beer". So many people in the US are die hard Bud Light or Miller Light or <insert crappy mass produced American lager name here> fans, this is the beer I typically give these people to get them exposed to a different style of beer. This is the beer that woke me up to a whole new beer culture, and I am grateful for it.

Leinenkugel's also has a wide variety of other beers in their lineup, and most of them are good as well. In my opinion, Leinenkugel's has the best batch of variety beers (Sam Adams being a close second). To the people in Leinie country, I say thank you, and keep on brewing. To the people who have never tried a Leinie's, I say what are you waiting for? Drink up!

Strand, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Boater86
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I am somewhat unfamiliar with its supposed style and not a genuine fan of the wheat beers, but none the less I have had some. This beer was very very pale, with an almost macro taste. I did pick up on faint scents and tastes of honey but not nearly at the levels that one would anticipate. Appearance scores this beer a few points simply because the head retention is good...but that's it. The worst Leinenkugel I have had yet...worst part is I cant use the bottles for homebrew because they are twists ERRGH!

Boater86, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold out of the bottle and has a slight foamy head and semi bubbly. It has a moderately strong wheat smell to it.

The honey wheat taste definitely comes through. But the big drawback for me was that it left a pasty aftertaste. Worth a shot, but not a big fan.

Amalak, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Bright but thin straw color. Medium carbonation pours into a slight white bubbly head which quickly dissipates leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Pretty substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. No real lacing.

S: A little malt, wheat, yeast, prominent lemon, and a touch of honey.

T: Wheat and yeast. Hoppy and lemony.

M: Light body, sharp, and a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

D: Light body, refreshing body with a decent flavor make for good drinkability.

Decent atmosphere. A nice distinctive nose. Flavor is decent, but the honey (as the name suggests) doesn't really come out in the flavor. Feel is okay. When it's all said and done, a solid quaff.

bmwats, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa recently - not sure exactly why, but it was available as a single bottle and I wanted a change from what I've been having lately. This is a pretty average beer in all regards, but I wasn't expecting much of anything from this either. It's not summer out, but I can easily see myself having one of these on a nice weekend afternoon!

This had an average pour to it - clean, crisp, and strongly resembling a pils. There wasn't a lot of carbonation with this beer and the same could be said for the head and lacing. The taste is pretty malty with some bread and honey tossed in for good measure. The only resemblance of hops is in the back, and even so, it's pretty faint. I'd also say there's a bit of grass and straw in this, but by no means is this a rye beer.

The 4.90% ABV can hardly be felt here and this has "session beer" written all over it. Sure, I like my beers complex, but once in a while, it's good to veg out and have something without thinking about it. Now where did summer go?!?!??

JerzDevl2000, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of ChrisQ
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The more opportunities I've had to pour myself a glass of HoneyWeiss, the more I've liked it. The first time, was not a great experience, but some family had given me a 12 pack. Slowly but surely over the next couple of weeks, I found myself enjoying the subtle tastes of a good wheat beer beneath the initially sweet honey.

Like many of Leinenkugel's flavors, this is a great stepping stone brew. From here, I am excited to try some of the Mead beers that are out there.

ChrisQ, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy light yellow with a little frothy head that diminishes quickly. Pours like most macro beers.

Aroma was very faint. There wasn't much honey. It was much drier than I expected. Not much body either. Carbonation isn't as rough as some macros, so i guess that's a plus. So if you like the high attenuated dry macro type, This is an easy drinker. I just hoped for more flavor and body.

gonzo46and2, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Grandwazoo
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light pale yellow with foamy head...not a particularly attractive beer

Surprisingly attractive sweet spicey nose with nice wheat undertomes

Sweet and lite with a hint of sour. Not on overly discernable weis flavor

A little fizzy, but not a bad light refreshing beer.

Grandwazoo, Feb 01, 2009
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.