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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

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 75 | 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 granger10
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Leiny giftpack I received as a gift. Quite a light golden color with a medium creamy white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Aroma is lighter with a honey touch and maybe a bit of a grassy note. Taste is also light. I don't taste too much wheat but more of a lighter honey aspect and a bready kind of taste. There is a lighter grassy aspect towards the finish and somewhat in the body. The honey seems to be done well, I notice it but its not too cloying like I thought it might be. Still, this is a take it or leave it type beer. Fairly average by all accounts. I don't think I'd buy this again, but it wasn't bad.

granger10, May 23, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is lemon and honey. Simple and nice.
The taste is predominately honey. The profile is a little disjointed going from a mild bitter beginning to a mild honey sweet to a strong sweet finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's for the sweeter beer lovers.

Fatehunter, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bewareOFpenguin, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of TYE
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
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 ng1013
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%

ng1013, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Amalak
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold out of the bottle and has a slight foamy head and semi bubbly. It has a moderately strong wheat smell to it.

The honey wheat taste definitely comes through. But the big drawback for me was that it left a pasty aftertaste. Worth a shot, but not a big fan.

Amalak, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Ragingbull, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jhtipton
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

jhtipton, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of mareth01
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This clear golden beer poured a small inch and a half size white head that left some lacing.

The smell whats a mixture of sweet bread like with a lemon like smell

It didn't have a very strong flavor to it but i could taste some hint of malt and hops...but not any honey like taste as the name infers.

I felt that it was a medium carbinated beer that reminded me of a light beer.

It is def. a easy to drink beer that is a good change of pace from your typical american beer and when you need a break from the great german variety that I get to enjoy, however, I enjoy some of the other leinenkugel

mareth01, May 26, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale golden color--almost anemically so--but had a nice cap of foam. The aroma is an admixture of lightly toasted malt and honey. The flavor profile is similar to the nose. The beer goes down easy, but the sweetness from the honey becomes a bit much more my tastes. The beer is a little light through the center and finishes with not more than a whimper.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear, brilliant straw color with a white head that quickly diminishes. The aroma is semi-sweet, with a touch of honey and a bit of grain. The flavor is light, with a barely noticeable touch of honey. It has a grainy flavor as well. It is light in body, smooth and easy drinking. A good session beer.

BeerBuilder, May 01, 2003
Photo of clayrock81
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
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 kmpitz2
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kmpitz2, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of DrewHodges
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 3/10/10 tasting. Bottle poured to tall European lager glass.

A-clear golden with big foamy head, settled but remained

S-kind of dank and skunky

T-light, sweet lager taste, but little of the honey

M-pretty good mouthfeel, light and refreshing, but nothing like a Weisse, Hefeweizen, or Krystalweisse

D-could definitely drink a few of these if I was in the mood, but not a great beer

DrewHodges, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a Fat Cat pint glass. Best by dated July 2014.

Golden with excellent clarity and a fine white head,

Light aroma and flavor, even for style. Hint of honey in the flavor but good, low sweetness.

O: exceptionally uninteresting.

chinchill, May 18, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a white foamy head. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a honey aroma to it. There was carbonation rising to the top. There was no bitterness or aftertaste to this brew. This is not a brew that will be at the top of my list of favorite brews.

hotstuff, May 08, 2003
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!!

Dukeofearl, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of ChrisQ
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The more opportunities I've had to pour myself a glass of HoneyWeiss, the more I've liked it. The first time, was not a great experience, but some family had given me a 12 pack. Slowly but surely over the next couple of weeks, I found myself enjoying the subtle tastes of a good wheat beer beneath the initially sweet honey.

Like many of Leinenkugel's flavors, this is a great stepping stone brew. From here, I am excited to try some of the Mead beers that are out there.

ChrisQ, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of MickeyD
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a clean pint glass

A: I think this is the clearest beer I have ever seen. very little carbonation and less that finger width of head.

S: very faint hops.

T: slight bitterness with nothing else for taste.

M: very thin, smooth slight carbonation.

O: There is really nothing to this beer. Very slight hops taste and nothing, absolutely nothing else

MickeyD, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I cringe to see this grouped in with the Weihenstephaner Kristallweizen - that's a great beer, this ain't. Honey Weiss doesn't recall the style much - very thin, weak aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Yeah, there's honey. Yeah, there's kind of a cereal, toasted wheat flavor. But you're really straining to get either - comes out mostly (but only minimally) in the aftertaste. This beer's just about as thin as any light lager - has a bit of a bitter, corny taste to it as well. It's okay drinking on a hot day, I'm sure, but don't look for much dazzlement on your tongue.

Bouleboubier, May 24, 2011
Photo of MakeIncuSciBus
3.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

MakeIncuSciBus, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of KevChiTown
3.08/5  rDev +3%

KevChiTown, Sunday at 03:00 AM
Photo of skrib09
3.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

skrib09, Jun 24, 2009
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.