Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,468 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of mattkoon
3.64/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very crisp and fresh with a lightness and drinkability. great beer on a hot day, maybe after some yard work. very smooth with a slight mild honey comb finish. i find this beer dangerous cause i feel like i could drink quite a few in one sitting with ease.

Photo of vdread
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss pours a macro yellow with a fizzy head that dies out quickly.
smells of honey, sour grains, and possibly some hops?

pretty bland. possibly some sweetness attributed to the honey, but overall nothing special. the wheat is barely noticeable, and the banana and clove is not apparent at all. it's not offensive in any way, and actually it's not bad if you pretend your only other option is a budweiser.

mouthfeel ok. creamy, full. not watery like it looks.

drinkability good. i could have a few of these. not that i would choose to, or want to.

Photo of DannyDan
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours into a nice golden yellow beer with a small white head that has excellent lacing, retention and carbonation. I can smell a little wheat in this beer, but not much else and when tasting this beer with a nice creamy feel that clings to your tongue and cheeks all I can say is that I do taste some wheat followed by a malty taste with a little bit of honey in the aftertaste. This is a good beer for someone that wants an easy drinking beer that has a very good mouth feel that isn't too strong on the taste buds. To me this is another Leinie that is fine in a variety pack, but just like Creamy Dark I would not get it in a six pack.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a white head that is gone within a minute or so, and a straw colored clear body. Nothing else is remarkable about the appearance.

Thankfully this doesn't smell quite as similar to a macro lager as it looks. There is a little wheat in the nose, although it is still pretty minimal. Otherwise some noble-type hops and some rather generic malts and a tiny bit of honey (power of suggestion maybe).

Everything you find in a macro lager is here, with the addition of some wheat and honey flavors. My major complaint is that the characteristic flavors needed to call this a kristalweizen are barely present, namely banana and clove. I know that these flavors are muted or subdued in this style, but they must be present. This maybe should be categorized as an American Pale Wheat Ale instead, so it didn't have to try to live up to an authentic German style.

The mouthfeel is light and airy, which is fine for the style. Carbonation is a little prickly; to some that will be welcome and to others it will feel a bit overdone.

This is a style with huge drinkability, so even though this beer goes down alright, it doesn't break a '3.0' for this category.

Overall: This is an alright beer, but spend a few $ more and you can drink the real thing imported from Germany, and the difference is readily apparent. If you simply want a clear yellow easy to drink beer with the usual lager flavors, pick up some Miller High Life for much less, and you won't notice much difference.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate golden with a thin white head and no real lacing. The nose is some fairly-strong honey sweetness and a bit of grain. The taste is sugar, honey, and light grassy grain. Pretty cloying body that makes it seem a lot heavier than it really is. Not terrible, but not something I want much of.

Photo of bagpiper2005
2.18/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour: Light lager yellow color with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head that dissipated almost instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very faint with hints of honey and wheat malt. Very grainy/adjunct-type nose in there too.

Taste: Absolutely terrible. Overly sweet honey taste. No real wheat flavor here, honestly it tastes kind of like a macrolager with honey mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with an outrageously high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Struggled to finish the bottle. Just not enjoying it.

Final Notes: This beer was all-around bad. I did not like it at all. Yet another letdown by Leinenkugel's Brewery. Sad day.

Photo of MakeIncuSciBus
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a yellowish urine color.

S- Very minimal smell of honey. However, it does smell sweet.

T- Lighter than other Leinenkugel's beers, and with this one I can taste the alcohol. Definitely lacking something.

M- Tastes actually like a light beer

Not a favorite of mine, bought it in a winter variety 12 pack.

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this beer today (New Beer Sunday Week ###) in honor of UncleJedI who was in town yesterday for the Cask Ale Fest in Lititz and was talking about having been to the Leinie Lodge on his recent cross-country adventure. The CAN came to me in a rolling (no other way to describe it) trade with resi and it seems like a good way to greet the day.

From the CAN: "Wheat Beer brewed with real Wisconsin honey"; "A unique Northwoods refresher brewed with select malted wheat, Cluster hops & a hint of honey". I have known several real Wisconsin honeys and there is a real reason that I visit that state at least once a year!

Following the Crack & Glug, I was going for maximum head, so I utilized my soon-to-be-famous inverted pour, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was like liquid sunshine in a glass. Beautiful! Deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. King Midas would have been envious of the gold. Nose was very malty sweet. As a previous reviewer put it very succinctly - it smelled like being on a tour of the brewery! Dig that! I like brewery tours, BTW. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a wheat beer taste initially, followed by a lingering honey taste on the finish. Man, this was very tasty and a definite CANdidate for the imaginary cooler that I am continually filling for a beach outing. MUCH better than their Summer Shandy, which just begs to be blended with Furthermore's Knot Stock to become a Lemon Pepper Beer. Suddenly, I want to try the Berry Weiss that much more.

Photo of feelmefoam
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey Weiss pours a pale, highly carbonated honey color with only a quarter-inch of head (I purposely did a hard pour to get some good head off the beer, but this is all that came about). The head leaves in a matter of seconds and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma isn't much better. Thin, honey smell on top of lots of grain smell. Not great, but there's a little pale malt on top that helps save it somewhat.

The flavor is the same. Definitely not great, but not horrible either. Musty, grainy flavor rescued by a bit of pale malt and honey, similar to the nose.

The mouthfeel is poorly done, in my opinion. Light, over-carbonated, it only separates itself from some typical macro lagers by a bit of creaminess likely provided by some of the malt.

Overall, I'm not impressed with this beer. While mildly drinkable in that it's not harsh to drink, it's not as pleasant to drink as better beer. Try something else, even something else from Leinenkugel's... they have better stuff from that brewery.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wait, Kristalweizen!? What? Lol who did that? Very funny guys, change it back to APWA now.

Anyway, I'm not supposed to complain about the style here, this form is for comments and reviews of the beer. I guess that means I need to formulate some opinions on this stuff, and quick.

A- Well the body kinda looks like a kristalweizen, its a perfectly clean yellow, dangerously close to Bud. A white head that's much better than that of Budweiser's fades to a film.

S- Not much of interest here, some honey rides over grains. A little suggestion of wheat comes out too.

T- Very sweet from a lack of hops and a slight addition of honey. Other than those minor details there isn't much in this beer that makes it original.

M- Do have to mention the mouth feel? It its briskly carbonated to the point of pain, I have to swallow it before I cann get much else, but I can tell it had a weird slick feeling too.

D- I always rate the drinkability high for beers with low alcohol and light flavor.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$7.49 / 6-pk.

A: Bright straw body topped with a huge rocky white head to moderate retention leaving behind a heavy lace and creamy cover.

S: Sweet corn aroma with hints of green apple and distant grain. No hop aroma to speak of, and diverts heavily from the normal hefeweizen aromas I would expect from the style.

T: Sweet biscuit backbone with hints of corn and mellow fruit character. Very little hop flavor leading to a very clean finish. Very simple flavor profile, and a bit boring.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Rounded smoothness with just the slightest carbonic bite.

D: Excellent session selection based solely on flavor accessibility, ABV, and mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and clean and has just enough flavor to enjoy the process.

O: Solid summer beer, and good stepping stone to more flavorful selections.

Photo of jhtipton
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my Coors Banquet tasting glass. Some foamy white head that popped up and went down quickly. A clear golden colour. Not the Weisse cloud that I am accustomed to. Smells yeast and malts with some fruit overtones-noticed the honey faintly near the end. Tastes as expected; light honey, light fruits, and malts. Mouth feel is light bodied and refreshing. Drinkability is fine, I got three in the box so I guess I'll drink three. I like this better than some of the other varieties in the Leiney sampler.

Photo of herman77
2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow, crystal clear with a moderate white head. Lots of carbonation ripping up. A few splotches of lace here and there.

S: Lightly sweet cereal grains, wheat. You can actually smell some honey sweetness as well.

T: Pretty bland. Light wheat flavor with a little bit of sweetness. Slight lemon twang. Finishes crisp. No detection of honey.

M: Light, thin. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: A decent summer beer if there is nothing else to be found. Not bad, but not my thing. Boring.

Photo of claminat420
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- poured a transparent water yellowish color with a frothy white head. little lacing.

S- just alil sweet malt (maybe alil help from the honey). not alot going on.

T- just how it smells. really bland and watery. nothing special.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation.

D- let's just say i'm having one that my aunt left over and i'll never have again.

Overall- this beer is as bland as bud. i've said it before and i'll say it whatever amount of times that the only thing good coming out of leinenkugel is the sunset wheat.

Photo of darkmartin
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear, yellowish-gold with a fizzy white head that doesnt last.

Smell: Smells yeasty with some citrus hops.

Taste: Not a whole lot going on in the taste, some mild yeast and butter, only faint traces of the honey. Decent presence of citrus hops in the finish, yet still dull.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Fairly mild taste with a light body makes this easy to drink in the summer heat, but I wont be craving it anytime soon.

Photo of Naugros
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass this develop a nice, dense head of foam about two fingers thick which slowly reduced. The beer is a pale yellow with a slight yellow glow and tons of carbonation.

Wonderful smells from the wheat and the yeast. It smells much like a German weizen with a backdrop of astringent lemon. Take that astringency out of it and I would have ranked the smell higher.

Very light in taste...too light. I wanted it to taste as good as it smells and it doesn't. A metallic tang accompanies the rest of the flavors and overshadows them. This beer could have exhibited nice wheat tones and brilliant lemon and subtle coriander with a bit more sweetness from the honey. Instead, those are all pushed to the back and the flaws in the beer shine through. This drops the mouthfeel as well. With the carbonation and classic ingredients, it could have been crisp and refreshing as any weizen, but it's not.

Maybe I'm just spoiled.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale golden color with a slight amber hue. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very light on aroma. Faint hints of honey.

Taste: Very light on taste as well. Slightly bitter up front. Finishes slightly sweet with a touch of honey. Very uncomplex and undemanding.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a surprising amount of body.

Drinkability: A simple and easy-to-drink wheat beer. Not a lot going on in the flavor department but still refreshing and pleasant to have on a hot day.

Photo of Erish
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was served this beer in a plastic cup at U.S. Cellular Field. Go Sox!

A: hazy, wheat-colored, abundant, frothy white head that falls into a thick cap with good lacing.

S: lemon zest, a hint of fruity yeast funk, and of course, honey.

T: this beer pretty much tasted just like it smells. There is not a lot of complexity to this beer, just cold refreshment.

M: very light-bodied, somewhat slick, moderate carbonation.

D: great lawnmower beer, and goes well with the polish sausage and grilled onions at the Cell.

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another night of the mixed sixer, i think i might be done after tonight, this has been a hell of a ride. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/25/2010.

nice light brown to medium amber pour with a small head of white on top that sat there rather nicely for a while. aroma of light sweet malts, notes of honey and a hint of caramel as well. more depth to it then i thought there would be to be honest.

nice clean taste with a medium feel and a smooth and even flavor, nice touches of sweet grains and malts that rolled through rather nicely with hints of light bready notes towards the finish which came across semi dry and sweet.

overall not bad at all, really quite nicely done and something i would have no issue with again, though i doubt i would pay for it.

Photo of zimm421
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a very clear yellow with an average white head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smells of wheat and other grains with a tiny hint of sweetness. The taste is very similar. Starts out very grainy with a slight honey flavor as well. Nothing real impressive in this, but not too horrible.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above average carbonation. This is fairly drinkable, goes down pretty easy, but the taste isn't really something that makes you want to go back for more.

Photo of Duhast500
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a frosted mug.

The color is light yellow with a foamy white head and no lacing.

The smell is a bit wheaty with some slight honey flavor that sits on the outside of the aroma.

The taste is grainy and hard to describe. The same flavors of wheat and honey are present with a watery malty finish. Not the most flavorful Weiss beer

The feel of this beer was pretty light and felt like there wasn't a lot there. It did go down real easy and was pretty drinkable so in the end it was a good summer beer but one that I will not have too often.

Photo of hworking
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very good looking amber beer Slight head to it very low carbonation The smell of it was very malty The taste of the beer was very bitter which is why I didn't really care for it to me it wasn't very drinkable I probably won't have it again any time soon

Photo of StaveHooks
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light golden yellow. Crystal clear. White head that dissipates quickly. Zero lacing.

S - Slightly sweet grain, corn, musky wheat, and bit o honey.

T - Grainy, watered down honey flavors, hints of wheat with a tart lemony finish.

Pretty good for this style of beer. The flavors are there but light and watered down. It's that weird lemon/honey cut with a light beer. The aftertaste is an imitation lemony flavor.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, picked up in AZ,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a light white head, solid retention, spotty lace.

S: Sweet corn and honey, but very mild, not interesting.

T: I was wondering why this was classified as an AAL, but I get now. There is nothing that would identify this as made with honey or wheat (OK maybe a little with the wheat, but it's mild). A light beer, grainy malt, not the worst tasting thing in the world, honey comes out a bit as it warms, but I'm always wanting more.

M: Light-bodied. Has a fairly firm beer body, nice carbonation and crisp. Bigger than the typical adjunct lager which is nice.

D: For the style this is not bad at all. There is actually some nuance in the flavour, a slight hint of honey. But don't expect anything more than that. I could drink a few of these on a hot AZ day and not be upset. It is a drinkable beer, which is a lot better than many macros.

Photo of merddyn2002
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, not a bad beer, but I expected more of a honey profile in the beer. There's a bit of honey in the nose but It's barely perceptible in the beer itself. Overall the beer is good, but the wife and I just didn't pick up much of it's namesake in the profile. It's very drinkable, but I'd rather have a sunset wheat if I had a choice.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.