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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
69
poor

1,375 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 89 | 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 kshankar
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw/gold color, small head, very little in terms of retention

Aroma: Mild, and at most..honey and grain.

Taste: Some grains, and sweetness from the honey...but overall it is pretty mild...I guess mild would be the nicer way of saying "bland", which is what I am leaning towards. Its not bad, but I'm not that impressed by it.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated..so it is "crisp" in some sense, but otherwise, nothing too special.

Drinkability: Taste is fairly unoffensive, and the mouthfeel is average, so this is good for this. I wouldn't have a huge problem with a couple of these, its just that I can get much better beers of the same style. Nothing special

kshankar, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of JamesS
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice straw color with a bit of head, although no lacing and no floaties. Taste and aroma were like lemon dusting spray. Couldn't finish it, but had to pour it out. It was pretty horrible. I went down fine, but that's second to the taste. I couldn't even get the honey flavor from it.

JamesS, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap because it was the best choice over bud and miller lite along with several other similar beers.

A: golden color with a touch of amber, very frothy head with a small amount of retention and no lacing.

S: very weak smell, what I can pick up are traces of caramel and a honey smell which I think my brain was tricking me into because of the name.

T: rather bland with traces of a sweet caramel taste with what I assume was a honey sweetness as well. Not very hoppy or malty.

Overall I would only recommend this because it has decent flavor and feels like you could drink an endless amount. I know Leines makes some decent brews but I wasn't a huge fan.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very pale yellow colored body with a small white head. some small visible bubbles.

S- honey, metal, and grain.

T- sweeter than normal wheat. i guess thats from the honey.

M- crisp, clean, and refreshing. well carbonated.

D- certainly not one of my favorites, but something i could see myself drinking several of while camping or in an other situation where im "roughing it." easy to drink and reminds me of summer.

jwinship83, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pale yellow beer, filtered pristinely clear. A frothy, pristinely white head topped the beer and retained nicely. The beer looks to be highly carbonated, which was verified when I tasted.

S-Grainy with hints spicy hop. Subtle aroma, crisp.

T-Wheaty and a little grainy malt, but otherwise kind of blah. Some slight bitterness to counter the malts. Subtle honey character is barely perceptible.

M-As it appeared, the carbonation level is high, as is appropriate to wheat beers. Light-moderate body, at times feels just a little watery.

D-This would be an OK session beer, but it's not a spectacular brew. The flavor is rather plain, the characteristics are unremarkable. Regardless of this, I'll likely continue to drink it, as Leine's Honey Weiss is a staple throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Not bad, but not good.

CHSLBrew, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of tempest
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Vikes games for the same price (seven bucks) as lesser macro options. I mean, as macros and adjucncts go, this beer is pretty decent, but as an American wheat, it kind of sucks. The aroma has typical DMS/cooked corn like other Leinenkugel brews. The flavor does start out with a mix of Triscut-wheat taste and a drop of honey flavoring, but it's followed by adjunct off-flavors. To reiterate, for cheap beer, its not bad, for craft beer, it sucks.

tempest, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this bottle in my parent's refrigerator in Tampa, FL and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a nice cloudy dark gold color with a two finger sized white head. There was good retention and ok lacing.
Smell: Pale wheat maltedness, not very appealing.
Taste: Orange peel, spiced.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: Fair.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
1.93/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale, clear yellow. Decent head, good lacing. Carbonation apparent, not very good looking for a macro.

Smell is near non-existenet. After trying for a bit, all I can get is corn. Absolutely horrid. It can maybe be construed as a bit of corn, nothing else.

There's a bit of honey here, overpowered by the carbonation. I expected more malt, but got very little. This beer is very much mass-market oriented. The corn is readily apparent, the honey seems forced, the carbonation overpowers.

Carbonation affects the mouthfeel as always, and the drinkability is hampered. Not a good track record for Leinenkugel's thus far from me, after this winter pack I'll probably never try another brew from them.

Vendetta, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from Aug 08
Sort of a deep straw color,with a faint yeast aroma,maby straw. A light crisp flavor but lacking in any thing that really stands out,very little in the way of hops or malt in the aroma or flavor,and where is the Honey promised on the label,very average,drinkable but very average.

WakeandBake, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

My fathers favorite brew. One of the first beers I ever consumed.

A - Golden yellow color

S - Ah! Smell that processed honey smell. As bad as it sounds it is rather appealing.

T - Slight malt flavor with faint honey character. Just enough honey to make it enjoyable and memorable.

M - Heavy carbonation, very crisp

D - Decently drinkable. Best consumed ice cold and on a hot summer day.

Mistofminn, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Wisconsin
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I poured this one hard into the glass and it released a decent head, which quickly dissipated to a decent lace in a few minutes. Lots of carbonation being released. Overall the beer is clear yellow and nothing beyond that.

S - Hops, wheat and some faint (very faint) sweet smell. I assume that's the honey but it doesn't stand out as a honey smell.

T - It doesn't taste much different than a Leinie's Light with a faint sweetness. There is a noticeable difference but it doesn't standout.

M - This beer just doesn't have the complex and complete body I like in a beer. Its in no way hard to drink but the beer just doesn't seem to have all the components in it.

D - I could drink this all night, but I could say that about most beers. Its not hard to drink and it goes down rather smooth but it pales in comparison to a couple of the other beers Leinie's offers.

On a sidenote I should mention that a guide during my tour of the Leinie's brewery said there are only two drops of honey in each bottle - I can tell. Good to drink every now and then but not something I would do constantly.

Wisconsin, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of youngleo
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snow white head that disappated very fast. Very light yellow in color and brew was very clear. I dont know if Ive seen a more clearer beer or not. Virtually no lacing to speak of. Just a couple of white blothes here and there. Very light smelling. Maybe a little sweet honey. Tasted very light also. Had a little taste of honey and maybe a hint of lemon. but not much. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt ok in the mouth. It was almost like it had little or no carbonation. Very thin and watery. I dont think Ill buy these again. Really had no flavor to speak of. There was nothing to draw you back to the beer.

youngleo, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of illidurit
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

illidurit, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of BierFan
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pourd from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a small white head that disappears to nothing. It looks a lot like a macro lager.

Smell: Smells like a macro lager.

Taste: Tastes like a macro with some honey. Overall this is a very disappointing beer.

BierFan, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light blonde transparent body topped by a thin white head that sticks around surprisingly long. Excited carbonation.

S - Orange citrus and a little bit of grainy wheat.

T - Lemony citrus and barely detectable honey flavor.

M - Thin body, clean fresh finish.

D - Easy to drink for beginners ;-) my girlfriend enjoyed this one. Not as high on my scale, but a good wheat.

n00tz, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of bottle this beer was a perfectly clear golden color with a little visible carbonation. The head retained itself well and left decent lacing. The aroma was odd, slightly spicy and slightly weizen-like but it was notably soft. The flavors were washed out too and slightly skunky, some fruity malt and generic grains trying to cover the unpleasantness up. A very weird effort. The honey never came through. The body was light and the carbonation ok, but I would not buy another.

thekevlarkid, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of vacax
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased in a Leinie's Explorer Pack (variety box) from BevMo Cypress.

A: Rambunctious head fizzles up instantly and dies back down within minutes. White foam with large bubbles. Ale is filtered and clear, the color a very light yellow.

S: Grainy, almost corny, with a mild honey sweetness.

T: Tastes like a macro-lager sweetened with honey. Moderate bitterness, though it seems more to come from the alcohol than any hops. Not particularly distasteful; good compared to mass market beer, but little resemblance to a wheat craft beer.

M: Light body with somewhat high carbonation, quite appopriate for the style, though clashes somewhat with the flavor profile.

D: While a poor example of what a "honey weiss" should taste like, this is quite drinkable. I could probably drink a few of these at a party or something instead of a whatever light.

vacax, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Light brown almost yellow color. Tall head that's very fluffy and dissipates quickly but stays throughout the drink. Small amount of lacing only toward the end of the beer
S= Not much of anything, Very subtle hints of corn, malt and a very light note of hops
T= What I would imagine miller high life tastes like if it had a little honey in it... It's ok but it's not really my thing. Light taste with a little honey when it goes down at the end. A small bit at first. More Miller in the middle.
M= Very smooth and light. Low carbonation dull finish
D= High, a good session beer that you can drink a lot of.

jjanega08, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of LordofTime25
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a white creamy head that disapears steadly. Very little lacing, but lacing present.

You can smell the grains and the malts with hint of some sweetness to it.

You can taste the grain right away with a little sweetness to it. Not as sweet as I expected it would be.

Has a light body to it, too much carbination for me, but does finish pretty smooth.

Definatly drinkable, but would go out of my way for it.

LordofTime25, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Metalmonk, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a touch of haze, a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and thick, glass-coating lacing. The carbonation is sparse, with small slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Strong notes of honey and wheat malt, pleasant, and well-balanced.

Taste: Opens with a wave of wheat malt and honey. As the taste progresses, there is a mild herbal hop presence, which offsets the malt and honey sweetness quite well, bringing the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, soft.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, drinkable beer. Certainly not extraordinary, but would appeal to a macro beer drinker.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Haybeerman, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of RickS95
1.6/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It's a shame to actually call this a beer. So far, the worst Leinie I've had yet.

It pours with no head. There is almost nothing in the smell to indicate it's a beer. Color is something similar to what I flush every morning.

Mouthfeel is like watered-down tea. Little taste, and nothing in the finish.

RickS95, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve-ounce bottle moderately poured into my New Belgium goblet yields a white one-finger instantly fading head over a mid-amber body. Head completely disappears in a minute, leaving a scant ring and a little bit of lacing.

Nice smell off cracker malts and a pronounced wheat note with a full honey aroma. Smells so much like buttered crackers with honey it makes me want to get these items out and eat them.

Taste is completely missing the elements of the smell. Tastes pretty much like Bud Light with a bit of malted wheat added. Meh.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, though the proteins from the malted wheat (?) add a slight fullness at the end.

At 4.9% ABV, this beer is drinkable, but the question would be, "WHY?" I'm unimpressed.

ColoradoBobs, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss- drank 9/19, bottle>tulip
4.9% ABV, 149 cals ps
A 3.5
Good head, gone quick, semi ok lacing. Bright yellow with a golden honey color, noticeable carbonation
S 3.0
semi neutral, hints of skunkiness, wheat with honey hints are present but subtle
T 3.5
Semi wheat taste, honey on back stage, not hoppy at all, mild body, semi thin in taste
MF 4.0 lightly syrupy in initial palate, buttery honey texture on finish
D 4.5
I drink this stuff if it is the right price, but it would not be my first pick in Honey Wheat beer. It does have less overwhelming honey notes, which I do like that part. It is highly drinkable when it's on sale fro $4 a sixer in the fall. It is a solid session beer for the right price.

unclejimbay, Oct 08, 2008
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.