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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

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 63 | 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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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%

Brought this back from my trip to Minnesota along with quite a few others from Leinenkugel's. The body to this brew is like no other, and I can't say its particularly good. Its lighter than golden and literally is almost water colored but slightly hazy. Very strange. There is a good frothy bleach white head however. The nose is mostly pale with some hints of honey to come. The mouthfeel has an edgy, pin prickly feel. There is certainly a full malt character in this offering and the honey notes are a lot more subtle than I would have suspected. In the finish, you get a nice peppery compliment to the mellowing honey character. Very average overall.

01-23-2005 03:46:31 | More by Hhawk06
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -27.9%

This is the third beer I've had out of the "Leinie Lodge" sampler pack. I have yet to be impressed by any of the Leinenkugel beers I've had, and I was hoping this would break the streak. I like hefeweizens and I like honey so naturally I should like this, right? Wrong! For a beer touted as a "Honey Weiss," it sure did not live up to that billing.

This beer pours a clear golden color with no haziness. Two fingers of foam form and the head thins out, but the remainder of it lasts for about two minutes. Nothing too appetizing about the smell, which was mostly just a musty wheat smell. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. The taste had some crisp, light malts and some of that musty wheat character. Some paper/cardboard flavors show up in the process. The beer actually had a passable amount of citric hoppiness and there is a very subtle sweetness in the brew, however it didn't strike me as honey-like. Aftertaste had some lingering bitterness and graininess and the beer ended with no alcoholic warmth.

This brew tasted like a very average lager to me. If it had some honey for weiss qualities it would be a bit more enjoyable, but it almost seemed like false advertising. A very unmemorable experience.

01-12-2005 18:19:36 | More by Beastdog75
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Illini5596

Illinois

1.58/5  rDev -47%

By and large an unimpressive beer. I know a lot of people who drink this as their beer because it's affordable, but you get what you pay for. It's drinkable, but only as a last resort. The flavor is very bland, with little distinction, but it isn't distinguished or otherwise worthy of note.

01-11-2005 06:24:49 | More by Illini5596
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev +4%

As far as Leiney's beers go, I think this is one of the better. The beer pours a clear, pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to oat the beer, with a nice active carbonation as well. The nose is slightly honey sweet, but also a little harsh grainey tones as well. The flvor is strong grain with a honey sweetness on the finish. Not bad for an American wheat. The feel is on the light side of moderate, with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this beer is easy drinking and refreshing. There are some shortcomings, but its servicable.

12-28-2004 22:20:22 | More by kmpitz2
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mynie

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%

This is a flavorful sluggin' beer--a "banquet" beer to use Coors' term-- a beer that you might find a fireman's ball or an old man's fridge.

Pours clear and straw-golden but with a nice head. Smells faintly like lemons and honey with just a hint of malt. Nice smell, surprisingly, but faint.

As much as it may look like a regular macro, it sure as heck doesn't much taste like one. I mean, the taste is still as woefully faint as that of a macro, but it's actually good. Yeast upfront with a hint of citrus and a little wheat bitterness. More wheat in the back and a sweet kick of dry honey. Complex and tasty, but not flavorful enough.

Thin on the body, like a macro, but it's pretty darn smooth and you can pound these all night.

12-04-2004 02:02:02 | More by mynie
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beerguy04

Illinois

3/5  rDev +0.7%

It has a straw color apperence with little head or lacing. Its suppose to taste like honey but I tasted only hops and wheat. Basically, the good thing is its a beer and not water. But the taste is average for a wheat ale of its kind. I was not great but not bad. I would drink it if thats the best you have.

09-29-2004 15:41:47 | More by beerguy04
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redmosquito

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -1%

This is a pretty beer, bright straw in color with a white head (not much lacing however). Not much in the aroma, some maltiness and yeast, but no hops and no honey. The flavor is nice, sweet and then yeasty with that wheat aftertaste. How much honey is in this I wonder? This is a decent summer beer, good at a picnic, a ballgame or the golf course.

09-14-2004 17:10:06 | More by redmosquito
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev +4%

Pours a nice light color with a foamy white head. I could barely taste the "honey", drinking it both at room temperature and cold. It tasted, like well, a good german beer. Smooth, very little hops, a little malt, but overall, very neutral. Went good with the hot food I was eating. This is a "dead of the summer" type beer.

09-08-2004 15:01:23 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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donnebaby

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -17.8%

A very nice thick head with massive retention of cream for the duration of the drinking. Otherwise unimpressive pale gold clearish color--very clear for a hefe. Mostly scentless.

Taste is sweet or nothing, with some sweet honey in the aftertaste. Served very cold with high carbonation, and almost no taste, this is a poor example of a hefeweizen--or a wheat--or anything!

Had on-tap at the Miller Factory in Milwaukee.

09-07-2004 18:23:32 | More by donnebaby
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Billolick

New York

2.55/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz bottle, this stuff pours LIGHT straw,clear with a tiny bubble,creamy head and leaves nice lacing. Nose is sugary, so far so good, so how does this stuff taste? Very little taste, too bad. light, sweet, a wiff of honey and that about it, no yeastyness, no hops, not even slight malt notes. Just light, watery and boring.

08-25-2004 00:56:40 | More by Billolick
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Dukeofearl

California

3.08/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a clear white-yellow-straw gold with a large bubby head that immediately collapses into a thin cover. A weiss that's clear??? Aroma is light roasted grain and sweetness, followed by very weak hops. Flavor smooth, malty, wheaty grains, with light creamy sweetness. For a honey weiss, a surprising lack of honey in aroma or flavor.

Overall, this is a good yard beer or sitting on the porch wanting to down a few, but nothing special. My first try from this brewery.

A bottle brought back from vacation by a good friend who was home for the summer. It's a local favorite in Wisconsin. Thanks doofusboy!!

08-18-2004 15:01:10 | More by Dukeofearl
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jimdkc

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours fizzy, clear yellow with a small head that doesn't last long and leaves no lacing. (Where's the haze normally associated with a weiss?) Aroma is mild malt with a bit of honey. Taste is slightly malty, honey lends a cidery aftertaste. Little hop flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Really not that bad a beer... nothing offensive about it... but nothing really outstanding about it either.

08-12-2004 11:14:41 | More by jimdkc
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adamboeckman

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +23.5%

Is this really a wheat beer? Don't think so. When poured in the glass this brew virtually had no head. Taste like a macro style pilsner. It goes down good, and taste great ice cold on a hot Kansas summer day, however, I don't think this will be a brew that visits the ol fridgo very often.

08-04-2004 22:50:56 | More by adamboeckman
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UnionMade

New York

2.65/5  rDev -11.1%

The beer initially pours a pale, clear, straw gold. I swirl the bottle to release the yeast sediment, but unfortunately there is none. A very thick, attractive white head billows up, sticking around for a while before settling into a short, even coating. Sticky streaks of lace cling to the glass. Very good head retention, but I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of haziness.
The aroma is fairly one dimensional. An airy wheat maltiness balances present herbal/citric hoppng. A mild, muddy honey feel to the malt, with slight lemony fruitiness.
The flavor starts with a mild, sweetish, honey tinged wheatiness. Very airy. A touch of lemon creeps into the middle, possibly some dryish banana and walnut receding into the finish. A mild citric and herbal hopping lies beneath a honey sweetness. Fairly dry in the end, with a lingering nutty, wheaty aftertaste. Moderate, sturdy carbonation supporting a light body. A flighty, ephemeral mouthfeel.
Nothing I'd go out and buy, but it sure beats a bottle of Bud. Really boring. The label is nice, with that old-time sort of look. Nothing like what I'd call a weissbier, but it's an ok beer for after a long day of work. Thanks to oldcrustacean for the bottle.

07-22-2004 05:25:21 | More by UnionMade
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merlin48

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -15.1%

My first Leinenkugel, courtesy of my next door neighbor whose old friend from Wisconsin brought some of these by. Pours a clear, very light yellow body with a smallish white head that drops immediately. No lacing. Aroma is sweet clover honey and some sweet malt. No hop presence here. Mouthfeel is light bodied and low on carbonation. Carbonation could have been affected by the long journey in a car trunk. The taste is sweet. Malty sweet, honey sweet, and some wheat grain in the background. Again, no hop presence. Drinkability suffers from the sweetness, which is almost one dimensional. Not a Weiss that I would care to have again.

07-14-2004 10:34:13 | More by merlin48
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%

This is an extremely light and clear yellow liquid. The head is white and initially large, but quickly fades into nothingness. The aroma is faint, but it’s got a little citrus-like wheat character and a touch of honey. Not much else. It’s heavily carbonated, and has a very light mouthfeel. There’s a bit of grain and a moderate maltiness. All in all, this is a little too sweet for me. I hope for a wheat beer to be refreshing, but this one seems to finish with too much of a sugary, honey-like sensation. It’s drinkable, but nothing special.

07-10-2004 00:55:28 | More by Suds
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TagoMago

New York

1.88/5  rDev -36.9%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Appearance: Pale yellow, nearly straw in color. The beer pours with a very wimpy head which subsides to nothing in literally a matter of seconds.

Aroma: Cheap, generic ale-like aroma that is almost overpowered by a sickly-sweet, artificial, vaguely honey-like character. I think Bud might even smell better than this swill.

Taste: This tastes more like a lager than an ale. It bascially tastes like a honey lager. Very little wheat beer characteristics, if any, are noticed.

Overall: Wow! What a crappy beer. This is one of the worst micro/craft brews I've ever had. I had a stomach ache after just three of these. I will never buy this beer again, and I urge you to save yourself from the bad beer blues that this crap induces. This beer is subpar in every aspect - gross, to say the least.

07-03-2004 04:52:17 | More by TagoMago
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beckerboots

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%

Made a recent family journey to Flint Michigan and our first stop was at a Rite-Aid for a candy bar. Lo and behold on the floor was a 12 pack on sale of Leinenkugel Honey Weiss. My curiosity overtook me. I have never ever had a Leinenkugel product and was quite excited at the prospect. Now "Rite Aid" and "on sale" should have clued me in, but I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Poured to a very pale yellow almost like grapefruit juice, with liitle to no head to speak of. I'm no chemist, but honey+wheat do not equal skunky (normally). The merit of this beer is its longevity. Tasted exactly the same (maybe even better) when room temperature was achieved. Macro brewing personified. Lifeless and redundant.

05-27-2004 21:17:48 | More by beckerboots
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nortmand

Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -45.3%

I'm usually able to appreciate Leine's ability to make somewhat different pseudo-micro stuff, but this was a disappointment from the get-go. First, It poured CLEAR yellow, with little white, foamy head. Not at all what a wheat beer is "supposed" to be. Very sour, sickly sweet smell, not at all endearing. Tastes vaguely like honey, but overall, more like a honey lager, and not a honey wheat. Mouthfeel is almost greasy, coating the tongue and throat, not enjoyable and definitely making this a one time beer.

05-25-2004 01:05:34 | More by nortmand
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Juggernaut

Missouri

3/5  rDev +0.7%

The appearance of this beer is a light golden color with little head. It had a faint hop smell, and a slightly sweet taste with a hint of a hop taste. There was a smooth mouthfeel, but overall it is not an impressive brew. Though when there is limited choice, or your low on cash not a bad brew to have by far.

04-02-2004 00:02:41 | More by Juggernaut
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Boto

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Draught: This beer is a pale yellow color. I was expecting a large white fluffy head, but didn't get it. The aroma is somewhat non-descript. Some hints of sweetness, most likely from the honey. The taste is basically a little sweet, with a thinner body. Hops? I really didn't get any, but then again I've been drinking a lot of Imperial IPA's lately. Suprisingly, the beer was fairly satisfying: good for a hot day of drinking for no special reason.

03-28-2004 03:01:08 | More by Boto
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oberon

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a deep yellow with not much head to speak of,aroma is a little skunky with some fruity malt undertones but a rather unpleasant.Taste is real grainy with some fruity flavors with a biscuity malt flavors in the finish.Not as bad as I thought it would be it was given to me so I didnt have to pay for it so not a bad deal I guess.

03-22-2004 02:17:01 | More by oberon
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SetarconeX

Florida

1.8/5  rDev -39.6%

It's a good thing they told me on the bottle that this was a honey weiss, otherwise I'd swear this is a pilsner. Picked this up on a trip to the midwest, hoping to soak in local color for a bit. Imagine my dissapointment. It comes out a perfectly clear golden color, smells a bit like a bottle of Miller, and tastes..

Not even really sure what to say about the taste. Starts off a bit sweet, which I'd like to think is due to some honey somewhere, even if it just tastes like sugar. Then it finishes sour. A mediocre, unhoppy sour.

You can do better than this. Feel free to avoid it.

03-11-2004 01:46:55 | More by SetarconeX
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jsolack

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance:
Looks nothing like a wheat... more like a Bud. Completely clear golden color. Head fades quickly. Looks like a normal macro beer.

Smell:
Sweet grain and that's about it. Other than that it smells like Bud.

Taste:
Sweet grains and honey. Tastes better than it looks or smells. Finish is grainy... kinda like a Bud. This beer really should be called a wheat!

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp in mouth. Carbonation feels on tounge.

Drinkability:
This is a very plain and easy to drink beer. Flavor isn't bad but it really doesn't seem like a wheat at all. Easy going down.

03-09-2004 02:56:32 | More by jsolack
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lampkins

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev 0%

Out of the larger brewers that are available in my neck of the woods and widely distrubed to bars/restaurants Leinenkugel's would likely be my choice if there are not any decent micros to choose from.

The beer is a yellow brew that formed a decent head of foam. There was a taint smell of honey that reminds me a little bit like white toast.

The taste is above average for what I have sampled of the macro breweries. I could taste the malt/wheat, but the honey never really rears its head in this brew. Even if I warmed it up a bit, it wasn't there.

The mouthfeel of this beer is rather thin, but I think they carbonate this beer a little too much which tends to fill you up fast. Not a bad beer overall.

03-03-2004 14:32:39 | More by lampkins
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