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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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1,278 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 49 | 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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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The guys on my hockey team really like the Leinenkugels beers. So they recently brought the Honey Weiss to our recent game. The Leinie's Honey Weiss was very thin, weak aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. There is honey present and also a toasted wheat flavor. But you're really straining to get either - comes out mostly 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 13:55:14 | More by WoodBrew
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

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

A: Very pale straw, bright and clear, a few lazy bubbles rise to the medium-large, stark white cap of foam that falls quickly & leaves just a of splats of lace.

S: Floral sweetness blends into floral/grassy & lemony hops. A bit of a grainy & doughy wheat malt background. Aroma is decent, but lacking in roundness & depth, a bit stretched, and low on strength.

T: Like the nose – more floral than honey. But it does play a pleasant and central roll. Softly sweet rather than cloying, and with a fair light honey flavor. Base beer is more of a light , macro lager than a wheat beer. A bit of crackery malt and husky grain. Some lemony citrus hops that turn grassy in the finish with soft bitterness. It has a hint of a bite, but this is so minimal that it could easily be just some carbonic acid from the carbonation.

M: Medium-light with carbonation well matched. Smooth & refreshing. Slightist tart hint up front with a bit of a soapy impression at the finish (particularly as it warms). Manages to stay semi-sweet throughout.

D: A light summer thirst solution. Not all that different from macro swill. Floral honey sweetness and lemon hops don’t really work well together, and – along with the appearance- contribute to a diluted, honey-sweetened shandy impression.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 17:30:21 | More by SickGnar
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Golden color. Pours with a thin head then settles to creamy lacing along the outside edge. Active carbonation is visible. The body is transparent.
S) Yeasty with a mild sweet aroma, but no bold accentuated notes.
T) Wheaty with a barely noticeable honey flavor.
M) Smooth, somewhat creamy. Has a tingle on the tongue with a light body.
D) A decent wheat beer, but no unique characteristics to make it a stand out.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 18:54:58 | More by u2carew
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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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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale straw color with some very thin white head.

There is a light yeast scent, some grains, and honey.

The taste is mostly of grains and yeast with very little honey.

Very light-bodied feel with very fizzy carbonation. Kind of a watery finish.

Very easy to drink. Pretty smooth and refreshing beer. Not much stands out, but I wouldn't mind having a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 20:03:26 | More by BeerCon5
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spencerchristie

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- very light yellow with a very small head that dissolves quickly.

S- A nice wheat smell with a hint of both lemon and honey

T- A bit more sour than I was expecting. Having had the Summer Shanty and the Sunset Wheat, I was thinking that the honey would sweeten up the beer but somehow, it had the opposite effect, making it tart. Not an overwhelming taste of honey but it was present.

M- Very carbonated. Had a bit of an aftertaste of honey that does sit nicely on the tongue but fades away quickly.

D- Not nearly as drinkable as the other Leine's. I finished a six pack but it took over a week to have the desire to sit down for each one (and I could only take one at a time taste wise).

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 19:45:21 | More by spencerchristie
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm re-reviewing this brew as I feel my first review was too critical, and perhaps the bottle I had wasn't the freshest. Poured out to a fairly typcial yellow color with vigorus carbonation and a small head of white foam. Aromas of honey and hops, some watery malt. Taste is quaffable for a hot summer day; malt, hints of wood laden honey, earth, a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is ok, very macro-carbonated, if you will. Fair drinkability. It's not bad, it's just not all that good.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 22:48:31 | More by Frozensoul327
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Redrover

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a 16 oz pint glass. Beer poured a pale yellow, very clear and none of the haze you expect in a weiss beer. Not a ton of smell. Just a hint of honey & some malt. No banana/clove that you get in most weiss beers.

Taste was also slight. Some sweetness from the honey, at touch of malt and hardly any hops. None of the complexity of a really good wheat beer. On the plus side, beer was smooth and extremely easy to drink.

Went well with the pizza & ribs I had for dinner. Not a beer I would search out on a regular basis. Seems to be popular with the macro drinkers who sometimes venture a little further afield.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2003 19:29:58 | More by Redrover
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acrawf6

Louisiana

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

Pours out a clear golden straw with a small foamy white head that drops to a very thin layer on top. It has a nice color, but i wanted at least a little amount of yeastyness and more head

Smell. Sweet smell, I'm guessing from the honey, but it also has a lager characteristic to it that reminds me of a sweet lager.

Taste. Again, sweet. The wheat flavors come through with a crispness, while the honey flavor seems to give a little bit of body in the taste.

Mouthfeel. One of the more fuller american wheat beers ive had. Carbonation is quite high and peppery in my mouth.

Overall, a quaffable beer, but not one i would want much of.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:26:00 | More by acrawf6
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hylton44

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a re-review of one originally done 12/1/2005.

Big, puffy, inviting white head. Clear, golden yellow; the yeasts have definitely been filtered out of this beer. Why? Wheat detectable in the nose, along with aged apples, frosted Christmas cookies, tangy honey, half-baked bread. Not bad., though not as distinctive as that probably makes it sound. The taste-pretty much what I expected from the smell. Better than your average Leiney, but a little bland. Dry mouthfeel; a little watery. Sticky honey finish; I would have preferred it a little cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 22:48:32 | More by hylton44
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argock

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with thin wisy head that fall away quickly and leave little to remember it by.

S: Cereal grain aroma with faint sweetness that could be maple syrup or honey.

T: Minimal wheat characteristics and more the character of a sweet macro lager with lots of sweet grains with a thick sweetness that has a bit of tang. A little more citrus and this beer would have much more crispness and appeal.

M: This beer has a thick feel that I did not enjoy. There is a lot of carbonation and the aftertaste is mainly cheap grain in nature.

D: Drinkable enough but there is not a lot of uniqueness in this brew to suggest it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 03:32:38 | More by argock
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CMW

Missouri

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, straw yellow color with a towering white head. Slight lacing drips down the side of the glass.

S - Wheat, banana, and some bread like notes.

T - Fairly mild taste, wheat based on front and fades to a sweeter flavor in the end. A little bit of metallic taste in the after taste.

M - Light and watery.

D - Drinkable is one positive attribute of this beer. It would be good on a hot summer day where refreshment is as important as taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:50:24 | More by CMW
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic.

A: I have to say, this looks like a nice tall glass of urine. Clear, golden yellow with a short white head that dissipates fast leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells like grass, grain, wheat, citrus

T: Meh, another mediocre light beer, very carbonated, hard to pick up on flavors but it's mostly grassy and wheaty, just another beer.

M: A light bodied beer but it is overcarbonated and it masks the flavors that are already faint to begin with.

O: Well I got a case of this for free from a guy who works at MillerCoors, I'll probably give it away, too me this is like a Budweiser equivalent but I think this tastes a tad bit better but that doesn't say much.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 15:20:49 | More by Mavigo
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GilGarp

Colorado

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

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Pale straw yellow color with very little white head that's gone in a flash. Almost no aroma to speak of. Taste is that of a mild, sweet, wheat beer. The honey flavor is there but it's all very muted. I keep taking sips to see if there is anything else but that's about it. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is ok. It's really just an average summer lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:10:00 | More by GilGarp
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Chiefy770

Illinois

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

Poured from bottle, enjoyed from glass.

A: A nice clear, pale, yellow color.

S: Light scent with the slightest hint of citrus.

T: Refreshing taste overall. A small draw of honey with a trace of lemon peel mix with a pleasant tasting wheat-beer taste.

M: The hops make the tongue water and wash to a dry mouth-feel. Very crisp hit on the initial sip.

Overall: This beer is a lovely summertime brew. I prefer this over Summer Shandy, Leinenkugel's "summertime" beer because this contains far less fruit and is not sweetened nearly as much. If the price is right and the weather is warm, try a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:15:04 | More by Chiefy770
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a touch of haze, a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and thick, glass-coating lacing. The carbonation is sparse, with small slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Strong notes of honey and wheat malt, pleasant, and well-balanced.

Taste: Opens with a wave of wheat malt and honey. As the taste progresses, there is a mild herbal hop presence, which offsets the malt and honey sweetness quite well, bringing the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, soft.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, drinkable beer. Certainly not extraordinary, but would appeal to a macro beer drinker.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:13:59 | More by Pegasus
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VaTechHopHead


3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I drank this I didn't know leinenkugel's made a beer not infused with fruit so I had to try it. It has a nice subtle honey taste, but no extreme flavors popping out on your tongue. Nicely carbonated and an average head...about 1.5 fingers. Overall it's a little bland for me...like a fizzy yellow american beer with a little better ingredients with honey added. I think I'll stick with what Leine does best and that's fruit infused beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:35:28 | More by VaTechHopHead
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:16:08 | More by allforbetterbeer
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hanco005

Minnesota

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

On tap, in a pint glass, at a local restaurant which had this and some macros. Tried it in the past and thought it was ok. Figured I’d have it again to review.

A—clear golden yellow, with a ½ inch fizzy bright white head, fades away quickly and minor lacing is produced

S—very faint sweetness, not sure that it is honey, getting some grain scents, but mostly smells similar to an American macro

T—sweet, a little fruit, banana perhaps? Otherwise, straw and corn come through. Not bad, not great, the taste tends to fade out rather quickly as well.

M—thin, light bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s ok, as I remember. It works pretty well with the buffalo wings that I am eating. Might be good for the upcoming warm months, but it lacks dominate flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2006 18:39:21 | More by hanco005
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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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hosehead83

Ohio

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, pale gold, with a big head of white foam
Aroma-Faint wheat, lemon zest
Taste-Faint wheat and lemon notes. Faint honey note. General weak flavor all around-Very Macro-brew in flavor
Overall, might be better if served very cold on a hot day in a frosted beer mug, which is about the only way I can "enjoy" an American Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 15:44:08 | More by hosehead83
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oberon

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 02:17:01 | More by oberon
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +0.7%

11-12-2012 23:12:36 | More by dmheinz57
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Zonayork

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +0.7%

09-03-2013 22:18:58 | More by Zonayork
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beaversfan12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +0.7%

09-25-2013 16:59:40 | More by beaversfan12
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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