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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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69
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1,272 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,272
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | 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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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at William's bar in uptown Mlps, a while back.

Pours a slightly hazy lemondrop color, with a fluffy though shortlived snow white head.

Smells of wheat, honey (weird, I know), and a nice touch of lemon. Quite refreshing, but no hops or malt smells come through.

Taste is refreshing, like a heavier, more solidifed version of the summer shandy. Not quite as sweet, a bit more heft, more enjoyable when paired with food.
Generally not a huge fan of this category, but Leinie's strikes a good note with this one -- at least in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 23:12:04 | More by AmberMan22
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Josievan

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color without too much head. Kind of blase looking.

Smell: Lemony and slighty wheaty.

Taste: I'm getting a lot of lemon. Honey is not really detectable, despite the beer's name. Light wheat malt.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes easily and could be consumed in large doses without becoming tedious.

Notes: They should call this beer Lemon Weiss instead of Honey Weiss, because that is the dominant characteristic I taste in this beer. In fact, this beer is so lemony, that it encroaches on Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy territory. If this WAS the Summer Shandy, I'd be understanding of the lemon taste, but since it's not, it comes off as a rather generic pale wheat beer with too much lemon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 04:23:58 | More by Josievan
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey Weiss is a fairly average beer. It smells sweet. I almost thought it taste a bit lemony. Other than that, there wasn't a great deal of flavor. It didn't have an overly appealing look, just a light yellow color with little to no head. It wasn't necessarily a bad beer, but there wasn't much that set it apart from others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 02:34:23 | More by Cubsfan1087
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow/gold with a very thin head. Nose is fairly bland with a light hint of honey.

Taste is lightly sweet and wheaty. Very clear for a wheat beer but it's really quite easy to drink and really light. It's got a bit of that BMC twang but better than most macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:26:43 | More by kingcrowing
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours to a golden color, with a small head that fades away rather moderately fast. It has a slight sweet aroma, honey is definitely there. Palette is slightly sweet with a bit of a bitter character. It has a smooth finish, and no harsh aftertaste. It is decent, but not a regular.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:36:46 | More by whtguitarguy
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crhensel

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into pint glass) Poured a nice golden color with a moderate frothy head. Aroma contained notes of citrus and malt, with a very slight hint of honey. Drink was very crisp, but the honey sweetness was not present as advertised. I think this may have looked at honey once, but that was about it. That aside, it was a very refreshing drink with a slight bite at the end. Not recommended for those looking for the sweetness honey implied, but a very good summer standby.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 16:22:31 | More by crhensel
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RJUGA03

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Poured a golden yellow with a substantial head of 1.4" and steadily rising carbonation bubbles.
S-Like a macrobrewery tour... SABMILLER?
T-Malty and slightly refreshing with a subtle honey lingering flavor.
M-Thin and fizzy
D-I could probably do two of these of an extremely warm summer's day, but other than that I wouldn't waste my money.

Serving type: can

11-14-2009 06:56:29 | More by RJUGA03
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 11/9/09, into a deep goblet.

A: Clear, bright gold body; small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace; very light on the visible carbonation. Boring.

S: Light, grainy, and somewhat sweet. Nothing much, but nothing off either.

T: Light and refreshing, with just a hint of wheat spice and yeastiness. Honey sweetness and dry breadiness fight it out on the finish. Just what I'd look for in beer of this style.

M: Light bodied with ample, soft carbonation (far more than its appearance boded). Not bad.

D: A touch sweeter than some other beers of its style, but still quite quaffable.

Notes: This has long been a go-to summer refresher for me, and I think it's one of the more successful brews in Leinie's lineup. Nothing truly remarkable, but always satisfying.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:30:11 | More by woosterbill
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cdrogers

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Subtle golden honey in color. Subtle amber.

Smell: Can definitely smell the sweetness from the Wisconsin honey but the lack of an good aroma hop made it too sweet-smelling. Maybe a sterling or saaz hop to add some balance?

Taste: Definitely sweet from the honey but way too much. The cluster hops in this wasn't really enough to overcome the sweet honey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned in the 'Taste' section above the sweetness really carries through in this and is overwhelming. It wasn't horrible if you like a sweeter brew but I can only give it a good.

Drinkability: Maybe something good to have for dessert?

Can recommend this for the most part, enjoyed it a little more than the Classic Amber Leinenkugel.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 05:22:19 | More by cdrogers
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clean golden color ale with a large bubbly white head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of honey and light wheat malt is mostly bland. Taste is dominated by light sweet honey malt with not much wheat being noticeable. Body is kind of light with good carbonation. Very bland and ordinary and almost taste like a macro.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 02:45:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

OK, so I'm shaking in my booties to try this thing. I never really liked the original Leinenkugel before, but it seems like a beer for a woman, and this one especially. ANother mission of mine is to find a beer my wife can drink. So far I have failed miserably. This is another stab at it, but I have to review it first to see how bad it can be.

A: Golden yellow orange color thats very clear and light head, very piss colored makes me even more squeemish to try this stuff.

N: First signs of life of the beer where you can tell how bad it will be is the nose. Surprisingly this one actually has a decent nose. Its pretty light but got a nice wheat aroma and a sweet very fermented honey like smell that reminds me of the braggots and meads of yesteryear (or the tasting at the last mead brew club meeting). A slight musty smell also comes out in the deeper end.

T: Do I pinch my nose, should I cover my mouth in wax, or drink a huge hop bomb quickly to drown it out... sip... very light, starts with a decent wheat flavor, that has very berliner weiss like qualities. I actually get white wine flavors like a bad sauvignon blanc. Some strange minerality as well. SLight sweet honey that isn't as dominant as I thought it would be from the nose. It does have a kids cereal-esc quality but not as much as the other LKs. But it still has some weird extract like syrupy flavors.

M: Very light and watery but somewhat smooth

F: Finishes very clean and dry. Actually pretty refreshing, I don't believe what I'm drinking here. Its like someone took a decent beer, added some weird flavors and honey, then slapped a LK label on it. Its not overly fruity or horrendous tasting.

Wifey's notes: <makes the really disgusted face as usual when I have her try a beer, but then it quickly fades when she actually takes the sip) Eh, its OK, not that bad, I can't really drink much of it.

Two of her sips later and I'm stuck trying to get the rest of this down. My review above is taking in a bias I have for flavorless beers, like this, so I try to use an un-biased opinion. BUt in the end its hard for me to drink cause it's just not my style.

Final thoughts: Decent summer beer that would quench your thirst very well and has good drinkability. Some light honey and sweetness that finishes dry and crisp, its very much like a mead crossed with very light wheat beer crossed with sauvignon blanc. I wouldn't recommend it for people that have taste buds and know what beer actually tastes like, but in a choice between this and water to rehydrate on a hot summer day, I would go with this.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:35:08 | More by jlindros
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almychristopher

New York

3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a clear golden color with a tall white head that recedes to a film of lace. the aroma is malty and a bit on the lagerish side, I'm not sure if it's the honey that's responsible. the taste is sweet with quite a bit of malt. the crisp mouthfeel seems right for an american wheat. not a terrible drink, but not one that I'll look for.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:09:30 | More by almychristopher
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, wheat, honey and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of wheat and a light malt character, followed by sweet flavors of honey and lemon. There's a very mild hops presence that bring some balance but overall, there really isn't much to this beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since it's on the lighter side, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are a lot of other wheat beers or lighter beers that I would choose before this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 02:58:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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bsp77

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Single glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow with very little head.

Smell: Not too much going on here. Light semi-sweet malts, a touch of honey and hops.

Taste: Light, slightly fruity malts with some honey. Not as sweet as I feared, and finishes crisp.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation and light body.

Drinkability: Nothing special, but not bad, and it certainly is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 21:07:29 | More by bsp77
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap at a White Sox game.

The beer is pale cloudy gold in color with a white head that lasts longer then I would have thought.

it has no distint aroma or taste for that matter. Its light summer beer, a total sessional that I enjoyed more than I would a Miller lite. Over nothing special, but it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 17:41:55 | More by jrallen34
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cnally

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

more honey beers. jeez.

the beer pours a slightly dark yellow, and a creamy white head that all but disappears within a minute of pouring.

musty, grainy aroma. the honey smells are very muted and a faint whiff of dirt accompanies it all.

flavor is very sour right up front, with all the qualities of a bad adjunct-influenced beer, not saying there are adjuncts in this one, it just tastes that way. grainy, bready but not yeasty, like a sourdough..no honey in the flavor and little sweetness. mild bitterness from hops on the middle save it from being very bad.

light and crisp on the tongue. kind of dry.

drinkable? not in my mind. the flavor is pungently underwhelming, and sour to boot. combine to that the lack of decent other qualities, and this becomes one wasteful soul short of a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:49:30 | More by cnally
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ap. Nice golden yellow with a small, short-lived head. Nice continuous stream of bubbles.
Sm. Corn? alcohol? Beer from the bad old days?
Ta. A cheap, corny chemical kind of taste. Not a good thing. Sort of a sour aftertaste.
Mf. Not too bad, kind of thin. Sticky?
Dr. It will be a struggle, but I'll finish it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 20:43:22 | More by deaconoflove
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Ragingbull

California

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a foamy head and mild presence of prickle. Served with a wedge of lemon, which I assume to be customary though I don't care for it. I have had it in the Metrodome without the lemon, but I wasn't reviewing then. The nose is refreshing and light, almost cool with a definite floral presence about it. The attack is fresh and cool on a warm afternoon. The flavor is pretty smooth and reasonably pleasant, but not to die for. It is somewhat undescript in both a good way and a bad way. Its a "light" beer in the sense that I would say it has broad appeal. There are hints of honey and lemon in the flavor. The finish resonates with characteristics that I would associate with a macrobrew. I can't complain about it, it was available at Applebee's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 23:08:03 | More by Ragingbull
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pale, faded yellow.

S: Wheat, malt and faint honey...

T: Mild wheat with slight honey and mild hops.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, would be thirst quenching on a summer day.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is just too light in flavor for my taste..

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:01:17 | More by ujsplace
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

1.83/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a piss yellow with very little head and no lacing. Smelled of artificial honey, rice, corn, steamed veggies. Taste of lemon and grainy. Thin body. This was my first drain pour. I thought it would be a good beer on a hot day but after drinking the quality of beers that I have been drinking there was no way I was going to was my taste buds on this crap.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 15:11:38 | More by mugglesandhops
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow color. The head has poor retention. Smell is of wheat and some sweetness, can't say the sweetness is from honey though. The taste is the same, but I don't taste honey. Kind of a bland beer overall. Clean mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Light bodied. Not offensive, also not special. Decent drinkability. Nothing special. Kind of eh.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 03:37:41 | More by hardy008
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stockingcpl

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This selection poured a light honey color. Head was thick with average sustain. Plentiful lacings. Very crisp in appearance. Good job.

Smell: Light, yet a straw presence is noted. This brew has the "feel" of Miller Lite or any of the multitude of macro-brew brands. Not impressive.

Taste: Very light euro-lager feel. Not guite Heinekin, but very similar. There is a very very faint honey flavor, however it is lost in the general adjunct presence of this selection. Not impressive.

Mouthfeel: Palate clears quickly.

Drinkability: Very similar to macro-brew adjunct beers.

Prosit!
Nikki

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 16:40:17 | More by stockingcpl
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skrib09

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a pale yellow that's almost clear. white head faded quickly.

smell is basically a faint wheat malt flavor.

taste is a bright wheat with a sweetness to it from the honey. no other depth besides a hint of wheat.

mouthfeel is clean and crisp. it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 03:03:01 | More by skrib09
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. 09079 on bottle.

A - A three finger white, sudsy head with short retention rests above a very effervescent yellow straw body. Good lacing though.

S - Slight honey aroma compliments the wheat flavor well but it also partially lost in corn and straw huskiness.

T - Sweet, deluded honey is faint but tasty and balances the dry, crisp beer well. Wheat, straw, and corn flavors too.

M - Very sharp and crisp but refreshing. Light bodied.

D - As one of their flagship beers, it's a solid brew for a lighter beer. Decent flavor and aroma coupled with a fantastic drinkability lends this beer well to the session brew category.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 14:43:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. Faint citrus smells. I have to really stretch to get the honey. I was very disappointed in the taste. Not much going on here, very watery. I guess you could sit and drink this all day because there is no offensive taste, really no taste at all for that matter. I'll stick with the shandy.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 15:45:48 | More by buschbeer
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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