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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 oriolesfan4
3.16/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was much better than the Berry Weiss, the honey flavor is a bit subdued and makes for an overall better beer. Still feels a bit lackluster but not too bad for a honey flavored beer. Drinkability is high as it's so light but taste wise and body wise it can improve immensely.

oriolesfan4, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Herrbrokt
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter

Light pale hay hue with a white head that is put out immediately.

Hmm.. the aroma is a bit funky, not off putting but not very good.

The taste is much better. Plain though. Wheat, mild malt with the faintest hint off sweet honey.

Nice mouthfeel. Pleasantly in the middle, not especially dry but no unpleasant sticky residue.

If it was hot as balls out I would really enjoy something light like this, but I won't chase one down. A quencher.

Herrbrokt, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Pale straw yellow color with very little white head that's gone in a flash. Almost no aroma to speak of. Taste is that of a mild, sweet, wheat beer. The honey flavor is there but it's all very muted. I keep taking sips to see if there is anything else but that's about it. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is ok. It's really just an average summer lawnmower beer.

GilGarp, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of TonyBaloney
2.17/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If I were served this beer in a blind taste I might not be quite as harsh, but for a beer that is marketed as a premium "craft" beer, this is a shameful product, really average beer at the price of good six pack. The flavor is muted, the mouthfeel flat, and aroma and aftertaste are pretty much MIA. I've had their northwoods lager and other phonies and would pretty much say the same thing: these beers are macro quality masquerading as micros.

TonyBaloney, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Durge, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright straw yellow. The huge foamy head disappears a little too quickly for a wheat beer, really, but does leave some decently thick lacing.

Aroma is of faint honey and citrus, but is barely noticeable.

Very light-bodied, with a palate of faint honey with a backbone of grain, though without even the slightest hint of the characteristic yeasty, wheaty twang of most wheat ales. A bit watery tasting, with a clean, slightly sweet but short-lived finish.

I poured this one after a tiring day of work followed by lawn-mowing, edge-trimming, 100-degree sweaty, dirty Georgia goodness. It's quite refreshing, but seriously lacking in flavor. I almost think an A-B Budweiser has more character.

superdedooperboy, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of tedsox31
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a glass stein.

Appearance is a pale golden color, small head and some lace to speak of.

The smell is yeasty to me, and just a touch of honey in the background. I expected more of a honey scent to come through.

Taste is of grains, yeast, and honey. I would prefer if you could taste the honey a bit more, as this beer is just a little thin.

Mouthfeel is ok. Like I said in the taste section, it is a little thin, although there is some carbonation to balance out the thinness in my opinion.

A drinkable beer. It would be a fine beer to have a few of on a summer day sitting with your friends. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I wouldn't avoid it either.

tedsox31, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a very pale yellow colore with moderate carbonation and little foam.

Smell- Has a distinctive urine like odor mixed in with honey sweet.

Taste- Very bland but what taste there is of a combination of honey and water.

Mouthfeel- What, you can feel this on your palate?

Drinkability- Not so good, if not for its cheapness Id never buy this.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of stephens101
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost crystal clear pale straw color and is topped by one and a half finger white head which fades quickly leaving a modicum of lacing behind. Smells of bananas, grapes and lemons with a biscuity aroma in the background. There's not much going on with the palate on this one. Has a hint of wheat and biscuity malts. No hefe-like fruitiness to speak of. A sweet undercurrent of honey exists as does a hint of spice. Very easy to drink, but lacking in the creamy and fruity goodness involved in most good hefe's.

stephens101, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a slightly hazy yellow. Decent head on top that vanished quickly. The honey flavors were lost on me, but there was a cloying sweetness that was ubiquitous throughout tasting. It seemed like a very mediocre light beer that was just too sweet tasting.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 02, 2008
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
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.