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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 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
Photo of TheTrevor
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an orangish yellow with a two-finger head. The smell is faint but sweet, with a little honey and grain. The taste starts off with some corn-tasting sweetness that gives way to honey, reminds me of a standard American lager with some honey in the bottle. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, but really not what I expected from the label.

TheTrevor, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden straw color witha slight white bubbly head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a bubbles on the surface. Not to much lacing at all.

S- A little malt, wheat, yeast, lemon, and a touch of honey. Nothing really going on.

T- Again fairly boring. Wheat, corn, touch of lemon, grassy hops and bit of honey.

M- Light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink maybe on a hot day. Overall, I thought it was kind of boring.

nrbw23, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This doesn't hold a candle to Leine's Creamy Dark. Passable wheat beer but there just isn't much under the hood. Faint honey aroma. Straw colored with thin head. Very light flavor with little character.

Dogbrick, Aug 01, 2002
Photo of bsp77
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Single glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow with very little head.

Smell: Not too much going on here. Light semi-sweet malts, a touch of honey and hops.

Taste: Light, slightly fruity malts with some honey. Not as sweet as I feared, and finishes crisp.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation and light body.

Drinkability: Nothing special, but not bad, and it certainly is refreshing.

bsp77, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty popular beer up around these parts. Big full head. Light malt and lager type aroma. Clear and yellow-gold. Can't taste honey or wheat in the flavor. Really doesn't taste much different than a typical American lager, maybe even light beer. Occassionally get a hint of wheat, but not much beyond that. Some bitterness to the finish. Medium fullness and carbonation. Largely a summer thirst quencher. I'm sure this brewery can make a better beer than this.

garymuchow, Jun 02, 2002
Photo of bruachan
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a tour beer for my first stop at the coventry winking lizard

it's labeled a pale wheat ale but....pretty lagery. very pale color, no head retention (on a wheat?). the lizard menu had it labeled a "fruit beer"—is that because of the honey or the wheat?

smells like a pale lager, looks like a pale lager and tastes pretty much like a pale lager. booorrrring

bruachan, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Foxman
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a crystal clear buttercup yellow. A finger of bright white head sinks soon to froth. Tight links of lacing run along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, but in no way notably so from honey, or even from malt for that matter. A dull sour note joins a slightly peppery hop element.

Upon tasting, the malt is indeed sweet here, and as well a touch of honey can just be made out. The hops are green and grassy, with a slight metallic spice bite. The wheat is most apparent near the close when it comes across with a lightly tangy crispness. The finish is rather swift but reasonably dry and clean. It's mediocre, but not offensive.

Light bodied, it has a spritzy feel that doesn't mesh especially well with the sweet nature.

It looks like a macro, but it's not, really. It smells like a macro, but it's not, really. What saves it from macro-hood, though, is the flavor which, while far from impressive, is at least well tastier than most macros. And this helps make it roughly average (read, mediocre) in its drinkability. Sure, sucking down a couple of these on a hot day might be doable. However, I'm not sure I would look this way because it's not often this would be the best I have on hand.

Foxman, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow in color, with a good white head, some what lacey. Smells of grassy hops and grains, somewhat citrusy lemon-like, with just a hint of the honey. Taste is a bit watery with a good hop dryness and a touch of honey and lemon. You could easily drink a ton of these, but why?

tavernjef, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of wahhmaster
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale golden color with a slight amber hue. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very light on aroma. Faint hints of honey.

Taste: Very light on taste as well. Slightly bitter up front. Finishes slightly sweet with a touch of honey. Very uncomplex and undemanding.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a surprising amount of body.

Drinkability: A simple and easy-to-drink wheat beer. Not a lot going on in the flavor department but still refreshing and pleasant to have on a hot day.

wahhmaster, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow body with a finger of white head that recedes pretty quickly. Sweet malty nose, a bit thin and fairly pedestrian. Nice malty taste with a faint taste of honey. I was hoping for it to be more pronounced. Nice light wheat flavor. This isn't overwhelming and is a bit run-of-the-mill, but still not bad. This delivers more malt on the nose than in the taste, rendering it thinner that I'd like.

Decent, but not as good as Sunset Wheat in my opinion. Not bad after cutting the grass on a hot summer day, if nothing else.

Gehrig, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of danoble1
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%

danoble1, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of jsolack
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Looks nothing like a wheat... more like a Bud. Completely clear golden color. Head fades quickly. Looks like a normal macro beer.

Smell:
Sweet grain and that's about it. Other than that it smells like Bud.

Taste:
Sweet grains and honey. Tastes better than it looks or smells. Finish is grainy... kinda like a Bud. This beer really should be called a wheat!

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp in mouth. Carbonation feels on tounge.

Drinkability:
This is a very plain and easy to drink beer. Flavor isn't bad but it really doesn't seem like a wheat at all. Easy going down.

jsolack, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of ChrisCage
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clean, clear light golden/straw color and appears to have plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation in it! The head is a super white color, and starts off quite thick, but quickly fizzles, although not to the extent of being gone...rather it becomes a dense film over top the brew. Lacing seems to be non existent however, with wispy foam quickly sinking back into the beer itself from the side of the glass. Slightly above average looking overall.

S- There is a certain citrus tartness about the overall aroma that is typical of a Kristal....blended in is the touch of honey that the brewery talks about, and a biscuit like sweetness that reminds me of water crisps...slightly yeasty, slightly soda like...there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of bitterness going on either, of which there shouldn't be...overall this reminds me of a cheaper end lager, as the general smell is dull and of adjunct.

T- This tastes almost exactly as my last sentence described the aroma....dull and unassuming! There is a dry grassy/grainy flavor on the palate and with just a slight bit of honeyed sweetness to linger on after the swallow. Other than this, it is more of a cheaper end taste, with corn adjunct prominent throughout. The finish is slightly astringent as well....not the best tasting beer out there!

M- Thin bodied, and with lots of carbonation, as I predicted by the looks. The only saving grace as far as mouthfeel is a gentle smoothness brought on by the honey. Outside of this though, there isn't really anything that makes....slightly cloying after the swallow.

O- I'm disappointed in this beer....its not that it's a bad beer...it's easy enough to drink and perhaps with the recommendation of trying this with a lemon wedge, it would be quite refreshing. My biggest concern is that this looks, smells and tastes very similar to any other American macro brew out there....other than having a slightly sweeter aftertaste...leaves a lot to be desired....Meh....

ChrisCage, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of feelmefoam
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey Weiss pours a pale, highly carbonated honey color with only a quarter-inch of head (I purposely did a hard pour to get some good head off the beer, but this is all that came about). The head leaves in a matter of seconds and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma isn't much better. Thin, honey smell on top of lots of grain smell. Not great, but there's a little pale malt on top that helps save it somewhat.

The flavor is the same. Definitely not great, but not horrible either. Musty, grainy flavor rescued by a bit of pale malt and honey, similar to the nose.

The mouthfeel is poorly done, in my opinion. Light, over-carbonated, it only separates itself from some typical macro lagers by a bit of creaminess likely provided by some of the malt.

Overall, I'm not impressed with this beer. While mildly drinkable in that it's not harsh to drink, it's not as pleasant to drink as better beer. Try something else, even something else from Leinenkugel's... they have better stuff from that brewery.

feelmefoam, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Derek
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Leinie wheat I had with dinner...

A: Yellow, white head, no retention or lace.

S: Honey, wheat (duh?), lemon citrus.

T: lemon citrus, wheat, pineapple, honey sweetness.

M: Light to moderate body, greater than moderate carbonation.

D: Accessible, but not enticing.

Derek, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I seemed to have liked this beer better from the bottle. On tap, I didn't get much wheat or honey out of the flavor, aroma, or texture. The beer shows up as clear as any other pilsner that I have drank. No real head retention to mention. Smells and tastes like cereal grains with no wheat esters, sweetness, or breadiness. The there is an additional (artificial) sweetness that may loosely resemble honey. The beer falls weak and watery quickly leaving a bitter grain-husk bite-ey sensation that lingered into the aftertaste. Didn't really care much for this on tap.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden. Thick, dense white head. Good retention. Aroma is a little spicy of all things. But I also get a little of that honey sweetness and pilsner like malt qualities on the nose. This is a refreshing beer, if a bit bland. Not really a lot going on that I like. Sweet qualities are really subtle. Matliness almost absent. Bitterness barely perceived. I'd take the Leiney's Original in a heartbeat over this one.

Bighuge, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wait, Kristalweizen!? What? Lol who did that? Very funny guys, change it back to APWA now.

Anyway, I'm not supposed to complain about the style here, this form is for comments and reviews of the beer. I guess that means I need to formulate some opinions on this stuff, and quick.

A- Well the body kinda looks like a kristalweizen, its a perfectly clean yellow, dangerously close to Bud. A white head that's much better than that of Budweiser's fades to a film.

S- Not much of interest here, some honey rides over grains. A little suggestion of wheat comes out too.

T- Very sweet from a lack of hops and a slight addition of honey. Other than those minor details there isn't much in this beer that makes it original.

M- Do have to mention the mouth feel? It its briskly carbonated to the point of pain, I have to swallow it before I cann get much else, but I can tell it had a weird slick feeling too.

D- I always rate the drinkability high for beers with low alcohol and light flavor.

MbpBugeye, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of treehugger02010
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this bottle in my parent's refrigerator in Tampa, FL and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a nice cloudy dark gold color with a two finger sized white head. There was good retention and ok lacing.
Smell: Pale wheat maltedness, not very appealing.
Taste: Orange peel, spiced.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: Fair.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of barnzy78
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle out of a summer sampler, pours golden with excellent clarity, bubbly white head with decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas are muted but sweet with wheat and biscuit, but that's about it. Tastes are sweet honey, biscuity, nutty, wheaty, delicately hopped. Mouth-feel is thin-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and finishes slightly dry. Overall, I think "Kristalweizen" isn't the proper style category for this one, as I would tend to think Kristalweizen = filtered German Hefeweizen, where this beer has no German influence at all. Kristal American Pale Wheat Ale? Whatever it may be, my values above represent it as an American wheat, and it's a decent beer if you want to think of it that way.

barnzy78, Jun 24, 2012
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,340 ratings.