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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

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 75 | 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 azcat777
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours out a clear golden/dark yellow with thin white head that disapates rather fast and it is highly carbonated

Smell- smells sweet and honey like and strong wheat aroma with a hint of hops

Taste- The wheat and corn adjuncts are what hit the palate first followed by a honey citrus mixture

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth for the high carbonation, could be described as watery

Drinkability- This beer is refreshing and goes down easily, perfect for summer

azcat777, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of xav33
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English Pint
Recent brewing, stung by 05/07

Poured a clear yellow with a large fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate light bread, honey.

Taste was upfront light sweet bread and honey followed by a light to moderate bitter doughy white bread and light sweet honey and lemon twang on a short finish.

Palate was light bodied, oily, and softly carbonated.

Overall, this seemed like a very insipid and uninspired beer. It has some flavor, but nothing amazing.

xav33, May 18, 2007
Photo of pumarocks
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow, where to begin with this one. Leinenkugel has brewed some fine beers that I really enjoy (Red Lager, Sunset Wheat come to mind). So I figured why not try this honey weiss. This beer absolutly reeks! It more or less tastes like a water-down stale natural light! There was little to no head, mouthfeel was non-existent, and it looks like a Falls City Lager on its best day. I picked up a bottle while shopping at Target of all places. Stay clear of this one fellas. If you are gonna try something from Leinenkugel try anything but this.

pumarocks, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautifull clear looking golden ale. No head or lacing but highly carbonation.
Very mild smell, slight malt, no hops.
Taste was very bland, almost like drinking carbonated yellow water. No hops or malt present.
Will not buy again. Second of the sampler pack. So far, so bad!

dmamiano, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy yellow with very little head. Lacing is okay, head retention is not. Aroma is a little sweet, maybe slightly skunky. Smells of adjunct. Flavor is more of the same, no honey at all, mild wheat but also other weak grain tastes, very thin. Having had Sunset Wheat before this one, I thought Leinenkugel's might actually be decent at that style, but this one proved me wrong. No honey, no weiss, no Honey Weiss.

BretSikkink, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of BigBry
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass with a lemon wedge on the rim (which was quickly removed).
Clear straw yellow color, thin white foam than quickly disappeared.
Light malt aroma, with some residual citrus fruit smell. Very crisp and clean flavor. Slight honey taste, but not enough to be overly sweet or cloying. Clean, wheat malt with a dryish finish. A very easy to drink brew, a good summer time beer.

BigBry, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: a golden color with a generous inch or higher white head that has good retention time. Leaves a fair amount of lacing very nice
s: kind of a sweet aroma with deffinate hop presence,
t: very nice sweet and bitter combination dry finish
m: medium bodied beer that is smooth and not overly carbonated

overall this is a very good beer that i can see as a session beer

happygnome, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of KFaulkner
1.78/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer into a weizen glass thinking it was a wheat beer. Little did I know, it was Coors Light.

That's what it looked like at least; yellow, fizzy with almost no head... completely clear and exceedingly boring.

The smell was somewhat skunky; light, flavorless with almost no aroma. Bready and yeasty.

Taste was bland and almost unnatural. Absolutely no hint of sweetness from honey (as the name implies) and a very mild wheaty undertone which is more breadlike than that yeasty taste you expect from the style.

Surprisingly, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is quite good; mostly because of it's fruitiness as derived from blueberries added. This beer really has nothing to offer, especially one advertised as a honey weiss.

Maybe your buddies who drink nothing other than Miller Light will enjoy this one.

KFaulkner, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Leinenkugel's Honey-Weisse pours out a nice white head over a clear
pale yellow brew. Nose is mostly grain and sharp yeast. Flavor is mostly
of wheat, but thin. Mouthfeel is thin, aftertaste is of wheat. Nothing special
here. By all means, if you're at Applebee's and this what they have on tap,
it's certainly head and shoulders over your various Lites, but I won't be seeking
out this one again, when there are so many better alternatives out there.

shadow1961, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
1.13/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Crystal clear pale yellow brew that appears honey colored if you know the name of the beer, but in a blind test I would call this pale-macro-lager-yellow. A foamy two finger head quickly reduces to a thin wisp of dishwater haze. Some lace is left after swirling, but it all quickly slides back into the brew.

S - Cheapo macro-pils scent with only the faintest hint of of the wheat twang that I was expecting. Mineral and metallic notes are present also.

T - Tastes more wheaty than it smells. Initial wheat twang is replaced by a corny adjunct flavor that is more akin to BMC lagers than it is a wheat beer. I taste minerals, metals, and a very unpleasant sour flavor. A little bit of lemonade flavor. Cooked corn and sugar.

M - Thin and extremely carbonated. More like soda or an alco-pop than beer.

D - This stuff sucks.

pmcadamis, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light flavored, not quite as malty as some of this style. I think one problem with this is the glass that it came in. I ordered the 22 oz size, draught, and it came in a large thick soda glass, not a large half-liter weizen glass that it should've been served in. I will hold that against Tony Roma's at the Mall of America, not Leinie's. This had a light lagered flavor, so to give it a kick I went against the norm and dropped in the lemon wedge that came with the glass. It did help a little. If you want a good summery beer, and you live within the Leinie's distribution area, I will give this a good recommendation. Once summer is over, you'll want to switch to something different, but this will do nicely during for the season

Newglarusguy, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light yellow-golden color with a glistening white bubbly head. Smell is mostly of the wheat malt and slightly sweet of honey. Taste is like the nose, no apparent hops but well balanced with a clean finish. Body is very light with lots of creamy carbonation. This is an easy to drink beer, light in body; not too much on the flavor, but what is there isn't bad.

gmfessen, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow color with nice white head the faded to nothing in the first minute with little lacing.

S: Little sweet I guess from the honey and a little malty.

T: Crisp, clean with a hint of honey but a little on the metallic side.

M: Light, watery with the right amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

D: Fairly drinkable beer. To me it leaves a bit of an aftertaste that is slightly unpleasnt but I still enjoy this beer.

dstc, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of hylton44
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a re-review of one originally done 12/1/2005.

Big, puffy, inviting white head. Clear, golden yellow; the yeasts have definitely been filtered out of this beer. Why? Wheat detectable in the nose, along with aged apples, frosted Christmas cookies, tangy honey, half-baked bread. Not bad., though not as distinctive as that probably makes it sound. The taste-pretty much what I expected from the smell. Better than your average Leiney, but a little bland. Dry mouthfeel; a little watery. Sticky honey finish; I would have preferred it a little cleaner.

hylton44, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow gold. Short head of bright white foam drops readily. Limited lacing at best. Sweetish malt in the nose with a flicker of yeasty sulpur and some delicate honey. Medium-light bodied. Delicately crisp, smooth. Flavor offers a drizzle of honey flavor, some mild wheat character, and a sublime but balancing bitterness. Well-rounded but on the sweet side. Finishes clean and semi-dry with a touch of residual honey-like sweetness. Never cloying. Accessible. Enjoyable and refreshing!

NeroFiddled, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, not a good beer. very average. A little watery on the back of the palate. Not a lot going on. Some honey and wheat characteristics. No real bitterness to note. A no frills beer, best saved for the summer time. I got a leinenkugel's sampler case for 20 bucks, never having heard of their beers. I may have some every once in a while and will offer them to my friends as well. Not bad. Eh.

jasonjlewis, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good-sized head and a nice, golden color. Yeasty, sweet aroma. Taste is sweet, with a bit of wheat character and yeast. Has a lager-like clean character in the taste. A bit of hops in the finish. Light, bubbly mouthfeel. Drinkable, but pretty straightforward in its sweet, light character.

AaronHomoya, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat aroma with hints of lemon zest and sweet honey. Quick and fleeting banana aroma.

The taste was light and clean with a subtle wheat malt with a clear presence of some adjunct grains. A solid sour lemon and light candied honey were present as well.

The mouthfeel was light and dry with ample carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Certainly not a wheat ale, but with the lemon element, more like a very drinkable macro summer ale. Thanks to makeitavintage for this one.

plaid75, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of adammills
2.63/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is a light golden with mild carbonation amounting to little to no head. The smell is slight maybe a hint of the honey. Tastewise, I found it average, medium bodied at best, a bit tinny as well. The mouthfeel was light, a bit watery. Overall, it is a beer that you could sit down with and tip back a few, worth a try, fair price as well.

adammills, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle FRESH: y PURCHASED @: cub foods COST: 7/6pack HEAD: slight LACE: minimal COLOR: REFLECTED- yellow TRANSMITTED- yellow/org hue AROMA: grains MOUTHFEEL: light PALATE: somewhat adjusts TASTE: I cannot detect the honey CONDITIONS: MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n WITH FRIENDS- n SIPPING- n GET MY BUZZ ON- n

TechMyst, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Fluffy head fades fast; no lace sticks. Looks like a pilsner.
Not much aroma to speak of. There's some corn with faint honey.
Taste is unimpressive. The touch of honey is overpowered by an odd, harsh bitterness.
The unpleasant bitterness results in low drinkability.

This is on odd beer. Doesn't look, smell, or taste like a wheat. Not even an American wheat. Buy a single, not a six pack.

wolffman17, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I seemed to have liked this beer better from the bottle. On tap, I didn't get much wheat or honey out of the flavor, aroma, or texture. The beer shows up as clear as any other pilsner that I have drank. No real head retention to mention. Smells and tastes like cereal grains with no wheat esters, sweetness, or breadiness. The there is an additional (artificial) sweetness that may loosely resemble honey. The beer falls weak and watery quickly leaving a bitter grain-husk bite-ey sensation that lingered into the aftertaste. Didn't really care much for this on tap.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear golden color with nice carbonation and weak head. The mouthful is nice and crisp. The wheat taste is crisp without the grainy yeast texture. The honey sweatens the deal a little without being overbearing. The hops are nicely matched and even out the finish. Good beer for summer or those wanting to try craft beers for the first time.

teg8612, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey Weiss is an attractive golden color with an average level of carbonation. Head is of a medium height and is somewhat thick. Retention is weak. Taste is a combination of a moderately crisp wheat flavor and an underlying honey-tinged malt sweetness. The honey is used well here, it enhances the malt flavor without taking over. Wheat flavor becomes most apparent in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is a nice stab at the American pale wheat style.

Gagnonsux, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of supercolter
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is pretty good. Oily head with a bit of lacing. Looks very watered down though.
Smell is surprisingly good. Smell of some faint spice followed by a fair amount of sweet malt.
Taste was not that great. The first couple of sips were good and then it went down hill. Tasted watered down and I don't think you should be able to taste the alcohol in an ABV of 4.9.
Mouthfeel was average as average could be. Not too carbonated at all. But average weight on the tounge.

supercolter, Jul 05, 2006
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.