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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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70
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1,440 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 131 | 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 JohnGalt1
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz from the "these beers probably should have been drank by now basement cooler".. A couple of these were brought back to Boise by coworkers who spent some time in Minnesota earlier this year... this is my last one.

Pours very clear very light straw color.. short head and minimal lacing.

Smells sweet with some honey remnants.. I am not even picking out pale malts let alone hops... not my cup of tea, although the honey would probably be better in a cup of green tea.

Sweet.. maybe a little citrus mid palate.. finishes slightly sweet with some lingering honey flavors and a touch of yeasty fruitiness... very one dimensional... body is very light and carbonation is very high.. just Okay at absolute best... unpleasant sour as it warms... no malts to speak of.

I really didn't like this one the first time and like it less this time around... If it was available in Boise, I would buy a few and try to turn my macro drinking coworkers and then chastise them for ever liking it.

Photo of cretemixer
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with an impressive pure-white head . The head retention is good and it finally settles to a fairly thick, even layer on the beer's surface.

Slightly skunky barley based aroma is most prominent. There is a sweet earthy aroma too.

Rather thin tasting, slightly metalic. A bit of hop bitterness, but very mild. I don't really taste the honey or any wheat beer characteristics either.

Carbonation and body are average as is the drinkablility. There are much better beers out there though in this price range.

Photo of budgood1
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i'll continue the whipping of this beer............bright yellow color, thin head. very muted aroma of honey and lemon. tastes like nothing. my taste buds are straining to pick up the wheat and honey characteristics..........oh well, it's pretty slammable which gets it a slightly higher drinkability score. a good summer brew for the masses. a bad anytime brew for the advocates.

Photo of ADR
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly clear darker yellow color. Head is sparse after 20 seconds. A little estery aroma. Certainly not an overbearing sense of honey (like a Michelob Honey Lager), but then there's not an overbearing sense of any flavor. Vague maple sweetness, a little hazelnut in the aftertaste but little to no spice or any other Wheat characters. This beer is pretty dang bad -- like many "Leinies" products, the flavors just aren't there.

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Consumed in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: very pale amber with minor head and very little lace

Smell: cheap mass produced hefeweizen, flowers in the bottom notes

Taste/Mouthfeel: roasted wheat and orange, light and flowery

There are better American wheat beers made out there but I still respect the small craft brewers even if they sell out to the big boys.

Photo of Kooz
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale, little head which dissipates immediately.

Not much smell to it at all.

Taste's light, but no honey. There's a hint of vegetables--broccoli. Bizarre, really. Not great.

Decent mouthfeel. Best thing about this beer. It's pretty full-bodied.

Not very drinkable, but would do in a pinch.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw an inch of head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemony, some grassy hops and a light malt.

T - Sweetish and very macro-like. Not tasting a lot of honey or wheat for that matter. Kinda boozy for 4.9 %.

M - Light body and high carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not tasty.

Photo of thecheapies
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Oct. 8, 2012. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass with gusto.

Pours a light honey color with tremendous clarity. Very little head off the pour is a bit disappointing. After a mere 30 seconds, the beer is just as transparent looking down upon the surface to the bottom, sans some pesky surface foam.

The only aromatics I'm getting off of Honey Weiss is tangy wheat and honey. The malts are there, but the hops are minute.

Tastes like a wheat ale with adjuncts and a light dose of honey. The wheaty tang is overpowered with bittering hop preservatives and grainy husks. I can pick up some cooked veggies in the mix. A little rigorous in the finish. Aftertaste carries out some honey. Faint banana, but it's a washout.

Very thin and bubbly. Watery, even. Hard to hold back a burp on each sip. A rather stale mouthfeel.

A mediocre wheat ale, and hardly a kristalweizen. The honey flavor is not entirely forgiving, but at least it gives it character. I'm not a Leinie's fan, but this one was a big disappointment. Regrettable last beer of the night.

Photo of frankiepop
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is not okay with me. I like a sweet beer, but this is over the top sweet for me. I really felt like i was drinking a bud lager with a couple of tablespoons of honey stirred in. I have to place the beer on the low. I hope to try a better beer from old Jacob soon. So stayed tune.

Photo of stogie12
2.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured thin, with pretty much no head. The color is a pale yellow and the beer seemed very carbonated with tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The first smell was some what disturbing. Smelled of rotten wheat. The taste was similar to a cheap light beer. There was a little bit of hoppiness in as it hit the tongue which was the highlight but other than that very light and watery. Easy to drink, but not very enjoyable.

Photo of beckerboots
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Honey Weiss poured a cloudy bright yellow color, with not much head. There really wasn't much of a smell, hints of honey were present but not much else. The taste had hints of lemon and honey, but had a grainy and unpleasant after taste. Light flavor, and not very enjoyable, overall stay away.

Photo of champ103
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear yellow/gold with a small white head that fades fast. Almost no lace on the glass, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.
S: Light malt and hops, faint smell of sweet honey and citrus.
T: sweet malt with notes of honey and a bit of hops. Sweet and crisp. Carbonation is present and tastes like champagne to me.
D: To much carbonation. About as drinkable as a macro beer.

Again, I wish Texas could get some of Leiny's good beers (like Creamy Dark). As it is, I like this better than the Sunset Wheat, but that is not saying much. I can make out an odd distinct champagne like sweetness and carbonation for some reason, and it is a turn off for me.

Photo of cbill
2.32/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i don't have much experiance with wheat beers, but this definately is not like the others i've had. pours very pale just like a mass produced lager with no head at all. there was no cloudiness as i've seen in other wheat beers. very slight honey flavor, but not too noticeable. save your money and just buy bud or miller, this really isn't any better and i don't thionk you're realy getting a wheat beer.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks absolutely jewel clear with a pale straw color, big fluffy head that stops by briefly to say hello and than vanishes in only a minute, without any lacing at all... Smells exceedingly faintly of pale wheat malt and a little tiny bit of honey, I am severely disappointed because I have smelled (and tasted) stronger honeyed nuances off other beers that don't even have the word in their name, nor include it in the brewing!
Tastes like it smells, faint weak wheat with a whisper of barely-there honey. It also has a watery thin body, which is refreshing as a summer thirst quencher, and the carbonation is quite appropriate...crisp and clean finish...I just wish there was more flavor in it. I believe that it is a good lawnmower beer, at least it is better than a BMC, but really mostly only by the virtue of not having any strange off-flavors.

Photo of illidurit
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, pale yellow. Weak little white head that fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing. Grainy faint aroma with a touch of tartness. Pretty weak, no real detectable wheat influence. Flavor is sort of like a really wimpy berliner weisse, a little tart and a little sweet and grainy. Quite watery, thin body. Borefest.

Photo of xav33
2.31/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of windigo32
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Transparent pale yellow with a half inch white head made of fine bubbles. The head vanishes to a fine layer on the top after a very short time. There is visible carbonation throughout.

S: Smells of wheat beer and clover honey.

T: Very wheaty taste. Honey is very slight on the after taste. Has almost a tart sensation to it.

M: Feels watery and lightly carbonated.

D: Although drinkable, not something I'd buy a full case of. I have six bottles from their Adventure Sampler and that's plenty for me.

Photo of wolfer
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer in the supermarket, having never seen it before. I bought a six pack as I love Wheat beers. One thing to note right away, this is not a Hefe Weizen and is not advertised as such.

Poured the beer and foam was average, bubble size average.
Foam retention was average, which for a wheat beer is not a good sign.

I noticed a definite cardboard flavor. The beer seemed either pasteurized too much or it had oxidized.

I was dissapointed with this beer. It really seemed more like a normal run of the day lager, no fruity esters or wheat taste...I wonder how much wheat is in it, I'd venture to guess less than 50% which in my mind disqualifies it as a wheat beer. Sorry.

Photo of Murrhey
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. Slightly golden body, light and very high clarity.

S- Honey, grass, light malts. Very light and not appealing.

T- Sweet and grassy. Light and somewhat drinkable, but offputting with the grassiness.

M- Light and bubbly. Like carbonated water.

O- Not disgusting, but definitely one to avoid.

Photo of dananabanana
2.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I poured it into a glass, the head disappeared right away.

The color is bright gold and translucent, you can see straight through it. It has a mildly sweet smell, almost floral.

At first taste, it is very watery, with almost no flavor. I can't detect any malt or hops. At least it is very thirst-quenching.

After about half of the glass, the flavor develops a bit more. The honey is more noticeable, with a hint of lemon. I suppose it would be an okay session beer, but it doesn't taste good enough to be worth it. It barely differs from the standard American macrobrews.

Photo of weizenbob
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This 12 ounce can of Honey Weiss came from a Summer Sampler 12-Pack. What a novel idea. "Best" by June 27, 2011. I cracked the can open and poured into a weizen glass. A moderate pour yields a finger of white head that remains in a temporary state of renewal from the very active carbonation visible through the glass. This must be filtered because it is crystal clear. Once the initial blast of carbonation dies down the head quickly follows. Lacing is non-existent. The beer itself is golden hued.

The aroma gives the impression of an adjunct lager, but I could find no information on the Leinenkugel website as to whether this is a lager or an ale. I'm not really picking up any wheat in the nose, but I am picking up a distinct sweet corn aroma, which may actually be the "real Wisconsin honey" that the label claims this is brewed with. The scent is suspiciously similar to PBR.

The flavor is also very reminiscent of adjunct lager. It is very watery. One sided graininess hits with a short burst of sweetness that quickly drops off, leaving a mild bitterness to fill the vacuum. It might be hops or it might be a bite from the high level of carbonation in the beer. I'm guessing it's the latter. Where's the wheat?

This is a very light bodied brew. The high level of carbonation adds an unpleasant effervescence that detracts from the taste and feel of the beer. Otherwise it's quite watery, and so I guess you could call it easy drinking. Though it's not a particularly expensive brew it is still a bit pricy for its quality level. 4.8% alcohol is hidden and is not going to lay you out anyway. For my money however, I'd go with the similar and much cheaper Pabst Blue Ribbon; but to each his own.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale (reference my profile for an explanation)
I do not give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss.

Photo of cnally
2.28/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of JamesS
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice straw color with a bit of head, although no lacing and no floaties. Taste and aroma were like lemon dusting spray. Couldn't finish it, but had to pour it out. It was pretty horrible. I went down fine, but that's second to the taste. I couldn't even get the honey flavor from it.

Photo of Gobzilla
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a champagne yellow with a thin head and very little lacing.

S: I can smell the honey with a blend of what I think is wheat. Smells crisp but not too much going for it on the nose.

T: A very lite bready biscuit flavor but absolutely no honey in the taste. Overall it has a very lite thin flavor.

M: light to medium body with very little carbonation.

D: There is not enough flavor in this beer an will quickly become a session beer in the hot sun in my book.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.