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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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1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | 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 Brianmerrilyn
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring 08 Long Island festival by Bill Brown. I had high hopes due to my affinity for their Sunset Wheat. This is a weak cousin to be modest.

A: Motts apple juice color, minimal head that dissipated before I finished asking Bill as he poured if he worked for Leinenkugel.

S: Nothing much to report her, faint whiffs of the namesake.

T: Sweet with citrus accents.

M: Watery but easy to go down

D: Moderate and one for the beach or for newcomers to beer and the lassies.

Brianmerrilyn, May 08, 2008
Photo of daythree16
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured a golden straw color that was extremely clear. Had a small head with decent retention.

Smelled very, very clean with a hint of lemon and grain. The taste was quite unimpressive. Just didn't have much there, almost like a run-of-the-mill lager. There was a little honey that left a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel was almost like some sort of beer/soda hybrid that was very light and very carbonated. Highly drinkable, but I just wouldn't want many more.

daythree16, May 07, 2008
Photo of psinderson
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden with thick white head that dissipates to thin layer. Some lacing present on the sides. This is really filtered. Looks much like the fizzy yellow US crap.

Smell: Very mild wheat-like and yeast, but smells mostly clean, too clean...like a lager. Strange.

Taste: Very light wheat taste. My guess is there is not a large % wheat in here. Strange lingering vegetable aftertaste. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is what the beer was obviously made to do. Very drinkable and clean, too much so.

psinderson, May 06, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%

A-clear gold with a thin bubbly head that dissapates rapidly

S-a little earthy and some sweetness too

T-slight maltieness followed by lemons and sourness,the sweetness is scarce and really reminds me nothing of honey(more like artificial sugar or somthing)

M-thin and foamy finishing pretty clean and crisp

D-would be better on a hot day I'm sure,overall very average

orangemoustache, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a pilsner glass. Couldn't find a freshness date.

A: Very clear golden yellow beer. Head quickly reseeds as fast as it forms. Very bubbly with little lacing and barely sticks to the glass. Good amount of carbonation can be seen.

S: Malty nose that is lightly highlighted by a honey scent. Nothing special.

T: Not a lot of defining taste here. The wheat is the leader in the flavor with a cereal like quality. Hints of honey add a low level complexity. Finishes on a bitter wheat taste and leaves little aftertaste.

M: Clean, crisp and dry feel. Very light bodied beer.

D: Very drinkable beer. Easy to handle and a good transition beer. With no strong taste will make for a good beer to relax with.

bilyboy65, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.2/5  rDev +7%

A- Pale golden color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly

A- Grain and wheat aroma

T- Grain taste, leaves a bit of a sweetness in my mouth. Very mellow hops.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate-high carbonation.

D- Not my favorite Leinenkugel offering. It's refreshing, but it tastes just like an american wheat with nothing spectacular going for it. It is a warm day and I am enjoying it though.

gpogo, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of argock
3.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with thin wisy head that fall away quickly and leave little to remember it by.

S: Cereal grain aroma with faint sweetness that could be maple syrup or honey.

T: Minimal wheat characteristics and more the character of a sweet macro lager with lots of sweet grains with a thick sweetness that has a bit of tang. A little more citrus and this beer would have much more crispness and appeal.

M: This beer has a thick feel that I did not enjoy. There is a lot of carbonation and the aftertaste is mainly cheap grain in nature.

D: Drinkable enough but there is not a lot of uniqueness in this brew to suggest it.

argock, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

clayrock81, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

cjgator3, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a clear golden straw yellow color with 1 pinky of bubbly white head, some retention, spotty lacing. Smells of wheat with a touch of honey and some lemon. Taste is very biscuit-like with honey and vanilla, and a finish of lemon. Light in body with good carbonation, sweet with a crisp finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink, but not much going on to really excite the palate.

HopDerek, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%

When I picked this one out I expected what I got. Pours a bright, clear gold, with an unusually white head. Smells of honey off the comb and a little wheat esters. Tastes a bit thin but up front honey and a little wheat undertones. Pretty easy drinking and an alright after dinner drink.

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of billybob
1.8/5  rDev -39.8%

pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a short white head that quickly faded to the beer and no lace. weak smell of cooked veggies matchs the taste thats all i want to say about that. mouthfeel was watery and carbonation weak. drinkability zero.

billybob, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Before I drank this I didn't know leinenkugel's made a beer not infused with fruit so I had to try it. It has a nice subtle honey taste, but no extreme flavors popping out on your tongue. Nicely carbonated and an average head...about 1.5 fingers. Overall it's a little bland for me...like a fizzy yellow american beer with a little better ingredients with honey added. I think I'll stick with what Leine does best and that's fruit infused beers.

VaTechHopHead, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Another drain pour from this brewery.

Pours a yellow gold. Smell is a bit of yeast, maybe some wheat. Taste definitely has some wheat tones, but is horribly sweet and not integrated at all. Just a complete and utter mess.

Top it off, overly carbonated and watery.

Overlord, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +19.7%

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a very light yellow translucent body with virtually no head. Smells of some lemon and vanilla, faintly... Tastes like biscuit malt, with hints of lemon and hints of diacetyl. Very light in body with ample carbonation to make this a refreshing easy drinker. The flavor though, while okay, isn't great and certainly isn't the best of the style I've had.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a very light (but crisp) golden colour with a mid-sized to smallish head that has virtually no retention time as it fizzles down to a thin lace while at the same time leaving gobs of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a bit grainy with some wheat, along with a fair amount of sweetness and of course honey. Simple and to the point, overall.

The flavour is essentially very much the same, although it might pack slightly more of a punch than the aroma: wheat in the back with a bit more honey sweetness lingering throughout, with perhaps a slight touch of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very much light bodied but quite crisp and refreshing.

This isn't a bad brew, it's just not memorable and basically average all around. It's easy as hell to drink and makes for a decent thirst quencher in the summer, but I can still think of many others that I'd grab in the hot summer months before this one.

SixpointJMH, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of osi
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%

A - Yellow with a golden tint. 3 Lines of bubbles trailing to the top. Head was disappointing with almost no lace. Really resembles a light lager.

S - Alcohol, malts, more alcohol. A trace of honey slips in right in the middle of the whiff. When the smells mix altogether, reminds me of a nice skunk.

T - Almost all malts. There is a wheaty undertone and it finishes with alcohol with an after thought of honey at the end.

M - A plus to this beer as it very light and crisp and finishes clean. Carbonation through the swig that finishes nice and leaves no trail that it was there.

D - Would not drink this beer again. This beer had good potential but did not live up to anything. Easily a below average brew.

osi, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.78/5  rDev +26.4%

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a nice quarter inch of pure white head.

Smell - Malt and honey aroma that is very tempting.

Taste - It starts out with a crisp malt flavor and moves on to finish with a subtle sweet honey taste. The flavor is smooth and well rounded for a mild brew.

Mouthfeel - The texture of this brew is slightly coarse even with a wet feel is has.

~ I enjoy this beer and am proud to say it's brewed only an hour and a half away from my home. If you haven't had a Honey Weiss, you need to try one and see what the buzz is about.

cdkrenz, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of therica
2.63/5  rDev -12%

A US macro-lager disguised as a Heffe.

I'm rating this against "beers" not specifically heffe-weissens. If I rated against true Heffe's my numbers would be FAR lower.

A= golden yellow, kind of pretty color. Little head, mild lacing which stays for a while. Lots of large-bubble carbonation fizzing up the middle after pouring.

S- beer. Not much different than any US macro. A bit of a stale scent.

T- where's the wheat?!?!? One reviewer seemed to have found it. We sat here on 2 sittings, wondering where the wheat is. More like a standard run of the mill US macro-lager. Mild sweetness. Little that made me ever want to drink it again by selection, although fine if someone's serving it for free. I'm not put-off by the beer, it just has nothing that impresses me in redeeming qualities.

M= light sweet tongue. Mild stale flatness which probably tries to be hops-bite. Lots of nasal-burning belching.

D= for me, not much, but on average probably acceptable to most.

therica, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of TYE
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thick white foam head that produced about 1 finger worth which held its form ok, but eventually dissipated to a covering. Active carbonation is observed. Little to no lace.
S - Aroma is of sweet honey and wheat. Good level of smell, not too much and not overwhelming. Also smell a trace of alcohol, kind of on the Chardonay side.
T - Overwhelming flavor is the wheat with a very slight hint of honey. Just a hint of hoppyness at the finish, as well. Finishes pretty clean.
M - Medium to high carbonation. Light to medium body. Slight bite at back of tongue.
D - Nothing too suprising here. Not great, but not bad. Seems a little typical, but ok for the style. I'm a little biased, though, because it takes something extra for this style to impress me.

TYE, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of avalon07
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. This had a golden color, lighter than I expected. It wasn't especially thick in texture. There was a decent head on it, as well as a good bit of lacing.

I really couldn't detect anything but the wheat in the smell on this one.

This beer bills itself as honey weiss, but - and maybe this is just me - I couldn't really taste any honey at all. There was a mild wheat taste, but mainly it was just like a lot of other average beers.

There was an okay amount of carbonation. The finish was slick. Very average mouthfeel.

Leinenkugel's did nothing for me. It wasn't complex in taste and certainly didn't distinguish itself in any way.

avalon07, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%

12 oz. twist-cap bottle - poured into weizen glass:

Pours light straw yellow with a sizeable white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some vanishing lace temporarily sticks to the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang - some clove - a hint of honey.

The taste is of wheat tang with a touch of clove spiciness. Some well-integrated honey (not too overbearing or sticky) appears in the crisp finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and refreshing. Quite a bit of carbonation without being too harsh or fizzy.

Quite refreshing and thirst-quenching. Honey aspect pretty well-incorporated into the wheat aspect. Not bad for a basic American Pale Wheat Ale.

jwc215, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer was a "honey" color with a relatively transparent body. No real head, minimal at best with no real lacing. This beer didn't have much of of a smell. There was some notes of malt and in no way any sweetness as expected in the title. This is an average beer at best. I enjoy Leinenkugel's beer, however this is not one of the best examples. There is a higher amount of carbonation and a slight bitter after taste with this brew. Ok in a variety pack, but not much to buy on it's own.

WJVII, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Foxman
2.9/5  rDev -3%

It pours a crystal clear buttercup yellow. A finger of bright white head sinks soon to froth. Tight links of lacing run along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, but in no way notably so from honey, or even from malt for that matter. A dull sour note joins a slightly peppery hop element.

Upon tasting, the malt is indeed sweet here, and as well a touch of honey can just be made out. The hops are green and grassy, with a slight metallic spice bite. The wheat is most apparent near the close when it comes across with a lightly tangy crispness. The finish is rather swift but reasonably dry and clean. It's mediocre, but not offensive.

Light bodied, it has a spritzy feel that doesn't mesh especially well with the sweet nature.

It looks like a macro, but it's not, really. It smells like a macro, but it's not, really. What saves it from macro-hood, though, is the flavor which, while far from impressive, is at least well tastier than most macros. And this helps make it roughly average (read, mediocre) in its drinkability. Sure, sucking down a couple of these on a hot day might be doable. However, I'm not sure I would look this way because it's not often this would be the best I have on hand.

Foxman, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Brad007
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Color: Pale golden color (similar to a lager) with a big head that fades to a one-finger head. The color is too bright for a wheat beer.

Aroma: Subtle honey and wheat flavors upfront. Sweetness is detectable.

Taste: Starts out somewhat bitter but then fades into a decent wheat and honey taste in the middle. Sweet. Smooth. Nothing much else to note.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and full of honey flavor. Dry. Some lingering bitterness.

Verdict: Similar to J.W Dundees Honey Brown due to being a beer with honey in it. Just not very impressive here. Drinkable but you aren't missing anything if you haven't had it already.

Brad007, Mar 02, 2008
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.