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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

1,340 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,340
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 76 | 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 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
Photo of dpnelson1978
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
Photo of daythree16
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
Photo of stockingcpl
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
Photo of projectflam86
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
Photo of zeff80
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
Photo of jeranbrews
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
Photo of orangemoustache
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-clear gold with a thin bubbly head that dissapates rapidly

S-a little earthy and some sweetness too

T-slight maltieness followed by lemons and sourness,the sweetness is scarce and really reminds me nothing of honey(more like artificial sugar or somthing)

M-thin and foamy finishing pretty clean and crisp

D-would be better on a hot day I'm sure,overall very average

orangemoustache, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It’s a nice golden color and is very clear; it has some mild carbonation and a good thick head that thins out and has a little lacing to it. It smelled a little sweet and I could barley pick up on the wheat in it, it just wasn’t very big on aroma. It has a smooth semi-crisp sweet flavor and is a little bit bitter with a fairly light mouth feel. The aftertaste certainly brings out the bitterness in it, but it’s not overwhelming.

vickersspitfire, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of herman77
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow, crystal clear with a moderate white head. Lots of carbonation ripping up. A few splotches of lace here and there.

S: Lightly sweet cereal grains, wheat. You can actually smell some honey sweetness as well.

T: Pretty bland. Light wheat flavor with a little bit of sweetness. Slight lemon twang. Finishes crisp. No detection of honey.

M: Light, thin. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: A decent summer beer if there is nothing else to be found. Not bad, but not my thing. Boring.

herman77, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of tallar
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a one-inch white, foamy head that settles quickly, but leaves a fair amount of thin lacing behind.

Amora is slightly sweet, mostly faint honey and malt.

The taste is about what the amora indicated: slightly sweet from faint malts and honey. Theres also a very faint fruity element in there as well, maybe banana?

Overall, a very light bodied but highly drinkable beer. Carbonation reminds me very much of a macro, but it does have a nice clean, crisp finish. Nothing really good or bad about this beer.

tallar, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of stephens101
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost crystal clear pale straw color and is topped by one and a half finger white head which fades quickly leaving a modicum of lacing behind. Smells of bananas, grapes and lemons with a biscuity aroma in the background. There's not much going on with the palate on this one. Has a hint of wheat and biscuity malts. No hefe-like fruitiness to speak of. A sweet undercurrent of honey exists as does a hint of spice. Very easy to drink, but lacking in the creamy and fruity goodness involved in most good hefe's.

stephens101, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear, golden yellow color. Very thin lacing, not much out there. Minimal white head that thins out quickly.

S: Minimal straw and grassy smell, with lemon hints.

T: Some grass and sweet honey taste, nothing too overpowering.

M: Crisp and clean feel. I was impressed with this.

D: It is quite drinkable, but since the flavor is not that impressive, I would not have many more of these.

IronCitySteve, May 19, 2008
Photo of azcat777
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours out a clear golden/dark yellow with thin white head that disapates rather fast and it is highly carbonated

Smell- smells sweet and honey like and strong wheat aroma with a hint of hops

Taste- The wheat and corn adjuncts are what hit the palate first followed by a honey citrus mixture

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth for the high carbonation, could be described as watery

Drinkability- This beer is refreshing and goes down easily, perfect for summer

azcat777, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of chaduvel
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Upper Deck. Crystal clear golden color, small head that dissipated too quickly. Smell of fair grains, touch of mile hop and some sweet twang. No wheat beer aromas to speak of. Taste is watery with a touch of honey sweetness and hardly any hops. Kind of tasteless. Not impressed by this one at all, I was imagining a German style Weiss beer with real honey flavor too boot. Alas this is not one such nectar.

chaduvel, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of TheCondor
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over to watch the first half of the BCS National Championship. I drank one but sat down to drinkn another after he left to seriously review it. Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass

Appearance - Poured a totally transparent pale yellow with a respectable head which quickly exited stage left. No sign of lacing. Carbonation came from the bottom to the head for some time after the pour.

Smell - Light grain, a sweetness which could be described as honey.

Taste - Similar to smell. There is a sweetness to the brew, but it doesnt really feel much like honey. Just a sugary, fruity sweetness. Not much in the way of a weizen taste. Lager like in taste

Mouthfeel - Moderately crisp finish. Certainly not as crisp as a super cold adjunct lager, but moreso than a heavy weizen. Good carbonation

Overall - Not a bad beer. It could be refreshing on a hot day, better than something really heavy like a hefeweizen for a day like that. You an certainly tell its filtered, because it comes out like a lager in appearance and finish. I wouldn't recommend it, but wouldn't turn one down given the right situation.

TheCondor, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of supercolter
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is pretty good. Oily head with a bit of lacing. Looks very watered down though.
Smell is surprisingly good. Smell of some faint spice followed by a fair amount of sweet malt.
Taste was not that great. The first couple of sips were good and then it went down hill. Tasted watered down and I don't think you should be able to taste the alcohol in an ABV of 4.9.
Mouthfeel was average as average could be. Not too carbonated at all. But average weight on the tounge.

supercolter, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate golden with a thin white head and no real lacing. The nose is some fairly-strong honey sweetness and a bit of grain. The taste is sugar, honey, and light grassy grain. Pretty cloying body that makes it seem a lot heavier than it really is. Not terrible, but not something I want much of.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean pale yellow, with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty and sweet to dry honey. In the taste, lemon citrus, a wheat like bite, and rounded out with honey flavors of clove. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry wheat and clove like aftertaste. Looks more like a pils, kind of thin and domestic like.

OWSLEY069, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Suds
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an extremely light and clear yellow liquid. The head is white and initially large, but quickly fades into nothingness. The aroma is faint, but it’s got a little citrus-like wheat character and a touch of honey. Not much else. It’s heavily carbonated, and has a very light mouthfeel. There’s a bit of grain and a moderate maltiness. All in all, this is a little too sweet for me. I hope for a wheat beer to be refreshing, but this one seems to finish with too much of a sugary, honey-like sensation. It’s drinkable, but nothing special.

Suds, Jul 10, 2004
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.