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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

1,375 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 89 | 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 TheNightwatchman
2.75/5  rDev -8%

TheNightwatchman, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of berserker256
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sparkley gold with a thin white head that fizzes out quick. I don't smell much of anything. I detect a kind of grainy earthy odor but that's it. No honey or anything special. It kind of just smells like a Miller High Life... Eh, a little better than that, maybe, but not much. I think I can pick up a subtle hint of honey in the taste, however. It has a grainy aftertaste. Anyway, it's light, a touch of sweet, and easy to drink. A gimmick beer I think. With Leinenkugel's beers I'll stick with the Sunset Wheat and Big Butt Dopplebock. Those are good. But I'll avoid the Red and the Honey Weiss. And those are the four that I've have had from this brewer so far. But at prices similar to Bud, Miller, etc. I'd take Leinenkugel's for sure.

berserker256, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of ButtomsUp
2.75/5  rDev -8%

ButtomsUp, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of biggmike
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a macro-lager-looking yellow with little head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma was weak with a bit of skunk to it. This tastes nothing like a wheat ale to me. Slight hint of honey in the taste, but the flavor is weak. Not offensive by any means, just a little weak for my tastes. I would not seek this out.

biggmike, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of hero27
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They brought in a free keg of this at my cousin's wedding, so I took advantage..

Pale yellow color, thin white head that doesn't really leave much lacing. The smell is light pale malts and a hint of spiciness...couldn't pick up much honey, but there may be a bit lingering there. Flavor is weak malts and tastes quite cheap and macro-ish. No real hearty wheat character...if there was more honey flavor and more wheat to round this thing out, this might be a respectable brew. As it is, it was ok to have a few free glasses on the house, but it's not something I'd run out to buy.

hero27, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Lovethemhopps
2.76/5  rDev -7.7%

Lovethemhopps, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of nrpellegrini
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: 1 finger fast thinning white head, beer is yellow clear color
S: No honey or wheat smell, smells pretty bad, skunked
T: Initail carbonated fizz, smooth aftertaste and finish. Slight old artificial bland honey hint.Barely any honey flavor at all.
M: Decent, smooth, no bite
D: So-so

Nothing special about this beer.
Buy Honey Brown.

nrpellegrini, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from Aug 08
Sort of a deep straw color,with a faint yeast aroma,maby straw. A light crisp flavor but lacking in any thing that really stands out,very little in the way of hops or malt in the aroma or flavor,and where is the Honey promised on the label,very average,drinkable but very average.

WakeandBake, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of matty
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale colored beer with an almost non-existent aroma.Taste is water with a faint hint of honey although no sweetness is detected.I can't slam this beer because although it's tasteless it is by no means repulsive.You can get the same taste from a ice cold coors light for half the price.

matty, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy yellow with very little head. Lacing is okay, head retention is not. Aroma is a little sweet, maybe slightly skunky. Smells of adjunct. Flavor is more of the same, no honey at all, mild wheat but also other weak grain tastes, very thin. Having had Sunset Wheat before this one, I thought Leinenkugel's might actually be decent at that style, but this one proved me wrong. No honey, no weiss, no Honey Weiss.

BretSikkink, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of hworking
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very good looking amber beer Slight head to it very low carbonation The smell of it was very malty The taste of the beer was very bitter which is why I didn't really care for it to me it wasn't very drinkable I probably won't have it again any time soon

hworking, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of kshankar
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw/gold color, small head, very little in terms of retention

Aroma: Mild, and at most..honey and grain.

Taste: Some grains, and sweetness from the honey...but overall it is pretty mild...I guess mild would be the nicer way of saying "bland", which is what I am leaning towards. Its not bad, but I'm not that impressed by it.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated..so it is "crisp" in some sense, but otherwise, nothing too special.

Drinkability: Taste is fairly unoffensive, and the mouthfeel is average, so this is good for this. I wouldn't have a huge problem with a couple of these, its just that I can get much better beers of the same style. Nothing special

kshankar, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pale yellow beer, filtered pristinely clear. A frothy, pristinely white head topped the beer and retained nicely. The beer looks to be highly carbonated, which was verified when I tasted.

S-Grainy with hints spicy hop. Subtle aroma, crisp.

T-Wheaty and a little grainy malt, but otherwise kind of blah. Some slight bitterness to counter the malts. Subtle honey character is barely perceptible.

M-As it appeared, the carbonation level is high, as is appropriate to wheat beers. Light-moderate body, at times feels just a little watery.

D-This would be an OK session beer, but it's not a spectacular brew. The flavor is rather plain, the characteristics are unremarkable. Regardless of this, I'll likely continue to drink it, as Leine's Honey Weiss is a staple throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Not bad, but not good.

CHSLBrew, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Beric
2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle.
Served: 20 June 2014

Appearance: Had this from the bottle. Marginally interesting bottle art.

Smell: Some wheat notes dominated by an astringent earthiness.

Taste: Bland and bitter banana with more earthiness. Really harsh edge to this one.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but thin body.

Overall: The worst Leinie's beer I've had and not one I intend on trying again soon. How is this their most popular beer?!

Beric, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of SMark
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at approximately 46º with a date of 11057. The beer poured with a nice thick head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. Coloring was clear and pale gold. There was no cloudiness as could be expected for most weiss beers.

There were slight hints of malt and maybe some honey but I was unable to detect much else.

The taste was pretty straightforward without noticeable malt or honey. I also failed to sense the crispness that I was anticipating nor did any sweetness jump out at me.

This beer was very acceptable in the mouth. There were no off tastes or anything that would cause you to spit it out rather than swallow.

Overall this is another ok beer from Leinenkugel. The crispness and thirst quenching qualities would probably be better served at a cooler temperature.

SMark, Sep 19, 2007
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2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$7.49 / 6-pk.

A: Bright straw body topped with a huge rocky white head to moderate retention leaving behind a heavy lace and creamy cover.

S: Sweet corn aroma with hints of green apple and distant grain. No hop aroma to speak of, and diverts heavily from the normal hefeweizen aromas I would expect from the style.

T: Sweet biscuit backbone with hints of corn and mellow fruit character. Very little hop flavor leading to a very clean finish. Very simple flavor profile, and a bit boring.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Rounded smoothness with just the slightest carbonic bite.

D: Excellent session selection based solely on flavor accessibility, ABV, and mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and clean and has just enough flavor to enjoy the process.

O: Solid summer beer, and good stepping stone to more flavorful selections.

dpnelson1978, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of brdc
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks a little better than it is, pale yellow, some white head, a lot less than you expect for the style.
Aroma is just not there, minimal, and I am not sure what it is. A little alcohol, maybe some bread, but I am forcing the issue.
Thin on the mouth, minor hints of clove and perhaps banana, but I am really looking hard to find something here.
Easy to drink, but why bother...

brdc, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is split--3.5 for head retention, and 2.5 for the scary color. Head is super-foamy and lasts a nice long time. Color is that of a piss-yellow macro, just too many bad connotations there. No real lace to speak of.

Aroma is honey and light lemon, a bit musty--all on the good side. On the bad side there's a metallic/mineral element sneaking through. All in all the good stuff wins, but the aroma is just so faint anyway that it's not exactly a selling point.

Flavor is actually okay, maybe even decent. Honey, check. Lemony sweetness, check (but sort of soapy). Mineral, check. Unfortunately there's an unpleasant, unwanted tartness to the finish that drags the taste score down a notch. No real redeeming features that make you say "wow". Sip after sip goes down without much impression.

Texture starts really fizzy, all kinds of carbonation, even kind of harsh, then quickly turns tail and and feels utterly, inconsequentially thin.

Boring beer. Couldn't find anything totally offensive about it, but I would never return to it. Even if pressed I'd probably opt for a water or soda, and that is absolutely not snobbery. It's just a matter of only wanting the best beer possible, whenever possible, and not supporting a below-average product. Leinenkugel's will never be mistaken for Bell's or Stone, but they've surely done better than this.

Metalmonk, Oct 26, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw color that was extremely clear. Had a small head with decent retention.

Smelled very, very clean with a hint of lemon and grain. The taste was quite unimpressive. Just didn't have much there, almost like a run-of-the-mill lager. There was a little honey that left a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel was almost like some sort of beer/soda hybrid that was very light and very carbonated. Highly drinkable, but I just wouldn't want many more.

daythree16, May 07, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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

stockingcpl, Jun 30, 2009
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2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours uncharacteristically clear yellow color with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S- Some malt sweetness and the slightest bit of honey scent. Tiny amount of grain and wheat.

T- Slight malt flavored sweetness with a touch of wheat. Not as much honey flavor as I expected.

M- Light and dry with a crisp finish. No lingering aftertaste. A bit watery for me.

D- Easy going beer without alot of overpowering taste. Nothing wow about it, but nothing particularly bad. Average all around.

projectflam86, Apr 13, 2009
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2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a crystal clear golden-yellow color with a very fizzy presence. A small, short-lived white head left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and some citrus.

T - It was pretty sweet. The was a descent wheat flavor, but no Honey as the name suggests.

M - It is somewhat thin and very light-bodied.

D - This isn't great but it would make an okay session beer. It certainly is easy drinking.

zeff80, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of jboucher
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color with almost no head. Minimal white lacing. Mediocre carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, grainy malts, crackers, and honey.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Almost watery. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Sort of bland. Crisp and clean.

Ending notes: Overall, not too impressive. I didn't hate it, but I won't be getting this one again anytime soon. Average summer beer at best.

jboucher, Mar 06, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear pale weak and clear. Too clear airy loose head and no lacing. Minor continued carbonation.

S - simple corn grain smells. no honey no sweetness.

T - Faint honey aftertaste. But otherwise no much different from an AAL style.

M - fine. Maybe the best part of this bland beer.

D - acceptable but not outstanding in anyway. Besr Served cold and when out of better beers.

jeranbrews, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of nota
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Straw yellow color, fluffy white head. Not a bold tasting wheat. As for honey in the flavor I'm hard press in finding it with this beer. If sweetness was what the honey brought to the table it's there. The beer had a very dry finish which I though took away from it being a refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

nota, Jul 17, 2005
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.