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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

1,401 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 97 | 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 clayrock81
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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
Photo of srrn
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit better than I expected, I was afraid it would be cloyingly sweet. The American wheat ale is not my favorite style, this is a decent enough beer though. Poured a too clear straw yellow with an ample head which reduced to a ring and some lacing. Smells clean, not much going on here taste is light, a bit of wheat, very little spice and then the honey comes through.

All in all a decent, refreshing beer, nothing more.

srrn, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BDIMike, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of atrus138
1.98/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

atrus138, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of pweis909
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

pweis909, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of zeff80
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

zeff80, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beerthulhu, Feb 12, 2008
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.