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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

1,307 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 61 | 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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BDIMike

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours golden and fizzy. Completely clear with a very thin head that immediately dissipates.
Smell is of generic malt. Touch of honey to the smell.
Taste is fairly generic as well. Wheat and malt tastes with the slight touch of honey hardly noticeable.
Nice on the mouthfeel. Very crisp feel to it with a little fiz in the mouth.
Could drink this beer all day in the heat. The only problem is that it is a little too boring to drink more than a couple of these.

03-01-2008 03:14:33 | More by BDIMike
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atrus138

Kentucky

1.98/5  rDev -33.6%

Poured this into my weisen glass. Absolutely clear light orange. You literally could read through this. A thin layer of suds lay on top and left zero lacing. Smell is comparable to a musty barnyard but with hints of some zesty fruit, mainly lemon. Not very appetizing. Taste is essentially nonconfrontational. There isn't too much there. I noticed some honey as advertised, but it's quite subtle. Some citrus is apparent. I didn't even notice any wheat until the aftertaste. Body is extremely light and it is overly carbonated. Boooring!

02-26-2008 04:37:10 | More by atrus138
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.73/5  rDev +25.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle the liquid is a niceclear gold with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is good, a light wheat bread.

The taste is also good, wheat bread with a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a lighter then medium body.

The drinkability is very good, to be sure this is not a big beir, it is clear refreshing and good tasting, really a very drinkable brew but not a beer to chase down, just plain quaffable.

Prosit, MK

02-24-2008 20:50:31 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev +5%

The name Honey weiss is misleading in multiple ways: don't expect it to taste like honey, don't be fooled into thinking that they used some bavarian weiss yeast strain that produces banana and clove nuances, and for that matter, don't expect to taste the wheat.

This brilliantly clear gold beer (w. 3/4 inch head that recedes) is not an ale at all, I would bet, but a lager. There is some subtle malty flavor that makes it reminiscent of a german lager, and the maltyness alone makes it better than the american lagers, but it has no wheat beer flavors (American and especially Bavarian). That said, its subtle barley sweetness tastes better than many American lagers and it's easy drinking, smooth in the mouth, and there's nothing wrong about that!

02-21-2008 23:21:45 | More by pweis909
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zeff80

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -5%

A - Poured out a crystal clear golden-yellow color with a very fizzy presence. A small, short-lived white head left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and some citrus.

T - It was pretty sweet. The was a descent wheat flavor, but no Honey as the name suggests.

M - It is somewhat thin and very light-bodied.

D - This isn't great but it would make an okay session beer. It certainly is easy drinking.

02-21-2008 21:16:14 | More by zeff80
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Poured a light, clear golden rod with a creamy micro-bubbly white head that faded rather quickly to a thin layering. Visible carbonation was very high and aggressive.

S: For aroma there was honeymalt, sour citrus and a grassy hopping. The nose was clean and lacked a yeasty presence.

T: sweet with fresh cereal grains laced with a honey malt bite which yielded to a dry hay and grassy hopping. There was a big carbonation bite on the swallow as well a nice lingering fade of fresh grains and light grassy hopping. Overall a modest beer at best per style as I was expecting something a tad less carbonated and sweeter.

M: The mouthful was moderate, somewhat slick with a big fizziness from the over-active carbonation.

D: The aggressive carboantion distracts and hurts the drinkability of this beer. Drank like a macro produced American wheat, then again AB does have their hand in the pot.

02-12-2008 00:04:19 | More by beerthulhu
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%

In a word? "Watery." I really wanted to like this one. (I'm a Leinie's Lodge card holder.) It looked great (nice gold color) in the glass, decent head, nice carbonation, a bit of sweet wheat (very little) in the nose... smelled like beer. And it tasted good (e.g., refreshing), but a bit watery in the taste department. You could throw back a bunch of these and really enjoy them. Nothing bad in the taste dept (no metallic, no strange bitterness, no stale flavors, etc.) but when you start rating a beer by what it's NOT, you had probably better move on to something more flavorful. That said, I'd definitely buy this for my summer BBQ parties. It would go well with food.

02-09-2008 00:36:22 | More by tugdriver7
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JDV

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours light yellow with short lasting white head. Looks like a light lager basically. Smell is light but slight honey and malt. Taste is decent, crisp from the moderately high carbonation, and mildly sweet from the honey and lingers for just a bit in the after taste along with just a touch of wheatiness. This doesn't taste bad by any means, but is very light and simple. A good replacement for a cheap lager, and it is easy to drink, crisp and refreshing, but nothing to blow you away.

02-06-2008 21:27:43 | More by JDV
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev +15.1%

12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss poured a clear yellow/gold color with a foamy white head that quickly faded to thin lacing. Aroma and taste is clean, of light wheat and sweetness from the fresh light honey. Would have preferred a little more honey flavor. Very little bitterness detected. Mouth feel is light, with bubbly carbonation and a dry crisp finish.

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss is best quaffed during a hot day. Very easy drinking and refreshing, making it a good session brew.

02-06-2008 17:28:26 | More by bushbeer75
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: 1 finger fast thinning white head, beer is yellow clear color
S: No honey or wheat smell, smells pretty bad, skunked
T: Initail carbonated fizz, smooth aftertaste and finish. Slight old artificial bland honey hint.Barely any honey flavor at all.
M: Decent, smooth, no bite
D: So-so

Nothing special about this beer.
Buy Honey Brown.

02-06-2008 03:16:02 | More by nrpellegrini
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance- Pretty clear but a touch of wheat haze. Definitely filtered.

Smell - some light honey and wheat.

Taste- I really enjoy this as one of the readily available affordable beers as it has a lightly hopped honey flavor without the sometimes tangy or tart wheat flavor.

Drinkability- This is a great session brew as it is low in alcohol, light and tasty, and it also is a great crossover brew leading some BMC drinkers to the craft brew world.

01-29-2008 02:27:23 | More by Greggy
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berserker256

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Sparkley gold with a thin white head that fizzes out quick. I don't smell much of anything. I detect a kind of grainy earthy odor but that's it. No honey or anything special. It kind of just smells like a Miller High Life... Eh, a little better than that, maybe, but not much. I think I can pick up a subtle hint of honey in the taste, however. It has a grainy aftertaste. Anyway, it's light, a touch of sweet, and easy to drink. A gimmick beer I think. With Leinenkugel's beers I'll stick with the Sunset Wheat and Big Butt Dopplebock. Those are good. But I'll avoid the Red and the Honey Weiss. And those are the four that I've have had from this brewer so far. But at prices similar to Bud, Miller, etc. I'd take Leinenkugel's for sure.

01-24-2008 20:18:24 | More by berserker256
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +0.7%

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is one of my all-time favorite brews... had high hopes for their Honey Weiss, which didn't disappoint... pours a lucid, clear, apple-juice color, average appearnce with minimal head that soon dissipated... not much to talk about in way of appearance... Overall, the smell was rather bland and not too enticing... more average than anything else... taste was very crisp, clear, and refreshing, with a nice sweet, honey taste... citrus, fruit-like flavor that was typical of the brewery, very satisfying and would be perfect on a hot Summer day... definitely a beer for the warmer-weather months... good mouthfeel although slightly light and watery and very easy drinkability that went down like Gatorade... no alcohol or bitterness deteced at all... an average sample from Leinenkugel, although their Sunset Wheat is certainly a clear winner... Worth a try...

01-23-2008 00:40:02 | More by dsa7783
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +30.2%

Purchased as a variety pack at Beer Zoo in Harrisburg, PA.

A-Clear yet a little hazy

S-honey and wheat

T-was very tasty in that it had that hint of honey that made the pale ale tolerable (for me anyways)

D- I would def recommend a six pack to sit back and enjoy for the games.

Overall i liked the beer even though i am not a Pale Ale lover.

01-19-2008 22:41:29 | More by Dodo2step
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%

There's nothing particularly offensive about this beer, though nothing remarkable either. For the most part, it's just a sweeter tasting wheat beer. It's the kind of beer you'd describe to your friends as "having a great personality."

Looked mostly golden in my glass. Smell was sweet but not too strong. Taste was similar. I didn't really notice any honey flavors, just some sweeter tastes. Not much fruit taste in this either.

It was okay, I'd drink it again. But I probably won't go out and buy it myself.

01-16-2008 21:37:25 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%

12oz from the "these beers probably should have been drank by now basement cooler".. A couple of these were brought back to Boise by coworkers who spent some time in Minnesota earlier this year... this is my last one.

Pours very clear very light straw color.. short head and minimal lacing.

Smells sweet with some honey remnants.. I am not even picking out pale malts let alone hops... not my cup of tea, although the honey would probably be better in a cup of green tea.

Sweet.. maybe a little citrus mid palate.. finishes slightly sweet with some lingering honey flavors and a touch of yeasty fruitiness... very one dimensional... body is very light and carbonation is very high.. just Okay at absolute best... unpleasant sour as it warms... no malts to speak of.

I really didn't like this one the first time and like it less this time around... If it was available in Boise, I would buy a few and try to turn my macro drinking coworkers and then chastise them for ever liking it.

01-16-2008 07:41:16 | More by JohnGalt1
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jettjon

Florida

2.98/5  rDev 0%

From a 12 oz bottle with no discernable freshness dating. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a handsome pale golden color with plenty of precipitating carbonation. One finger of tight white lacing fades at a moderate pace down to a thin cap and collar with nothing on the glass. Nose is vaguely wheaty; not picking up a lot of honey, just lightly sweet malt. A bit grassy. On the tongue, again no real honey flavor, just faint suggestions. At least it’s not cloyingly sweet. Definite mild wheat flavor, but fairly middle-of-the road. Nothing to really grab you. Light and dry for sure. No real hops bitterness. Clean, dry finish. Mouth is crisp and clean with plenty of tingly carbonation. Drinkability is good; it’s light and clean, but not a whole lot to bring me back. Won’t buy another sixer.

Overall: Very middle-of-the-road.

01-15-2008 00:01:40 | More by jettjon
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zymurgy4all

New York

2.73/5  rDev -8.4%

I expected more out of this one--I should have read the reviews here first. Slight honey aroma. Pours very clear and pale yellow with a diminishing white head. Flavor is very light with nothing that stands out. I don't get any sweetness or honey flavor--it is pretty much flavorless with a light mouthfeel. Very dry with no aftertaste. This beer is easy to drink, but not something I'm going to buy again.

12-30-2007 22:18:11 | More by zymurgy4all
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours crystal clear with a firm gold color. Minimal head and minimal lacing. Smell is mild with just a tiny bit of sweetness, most likely from the honey. Taste is definitely honey influenced, but not that much in the grand scheme of things. Overall it seems like a typical beer that just got a shot in the arm with the honey. I have never had a wheat brew that was this light before. Something to try once, but nothing worth running to the end of the Earth for.

12-30-2007 15:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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keoki182

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -11.1%

Leinie’s Honey Weiss is what it is, an average American wheat beer. Everything about it is pretty unimpressive. The main thing I can say to its credit is that the honey aspect is nicely done. It’s not at all a cloying, sugary honey flavor. The beer is very light gold/yellow in appearance, without much head to speak of. It’s fairly smooth tasting, with grass being the prevalent flavor on my tongue. A good yard beer.

12-23-2007 16:27:13 | More by keoki182
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -32.9%

Even though i wasn't expecting much from this beer, i was still disappointed. Bought this for the GF and had a smell and a couple sips. Yuck. Never again.

Very clear golden color, disturbingly clear and gold, much like an american macro (or piss). White head disappears to a very thin collar and leaves no lacing. Smell is pretty close to a macro, too, with something else, maybe green apples. Not really much honey there, i don't know if it would have helped, though. Nothing interesting in there. Taste is very similar. I don't think i will ever have this beer again, even if the GF wants a couple more bottles. Truly not a good beer, well below average.

12-09-2007 05:32:00 | More by wheelinshirt
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vickersspitfire

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -4.4%

It’s a nice golden color and is very clear; it has some mild carbonation and a good thick head that thins out and has a little lacing to it. It smelled a little sweet and I could barley pick up on the wheat in it, it just wasn’t very big on aroma. It has a smooth semi-crisp sweet flavor and is a little bit bitter with a fairly light mouth feel. The aftertaste certainly brings out the bitterness in it, but it’s not overwhelming.

12-06-2007 01:43:51 | More by vickersspitfire
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours out a clear golden straw with a small foamy white head that drops to a very thin layer on top. It has a nice color, but i wanted at least a little amount of yeastyness and more head

Smell. Sweet smell, I'm guessing from the honey, but it also has a lager characteristic to it that reminds me of a sweet lager.

Taste. Again, sweet. The wheat flavors come through with a crispness, while the honey flavor seems to give a little bit of body in the taste.

Mouthfeel. One of the more fuller american wheat beers ive had. Carbonation is quite high and peppery in my mouth.

Overall, a quaffable beer, but not one i would want much of.

11-27-2007 00:26:00 | More by acrawf6
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armock

New York

3.43/5  rDev +15.1%

A - Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head

S - Some hops and a little honey

T - Sweet malts with some honey some hops

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in here

D - Its a step above a macro but not buy much I'd rather drink this than BMC

11-09-2007 19:00:12 | More by armock
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biggmike

Mississippi

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured a macro-lager-looking yellow with little head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma was weak with a bit of skunk to it. This tastes nothing like a wheat ale to me. Slight hint of honey in the taste, but the flavor is weak. Not offensive by any means, just a little weak for my tastes. I would not seek this out.

10-25-2007 19:40:45 | More by biggmike
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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