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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

1,405 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 99 | 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 bruachan
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -2.7%

danoble1, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of jsolack
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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
Photo of dirtylou
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz single, out of the beer shelf in my boy's fridge

appearance: pours a pale golden yellow colour into pint glass, a slight foamy white head with very little lacing follows, looks macro

smell: sweet wet grain, weak malt, very faint honey, midwest corn coming through in the nose, mild peppery spice

taste: sweet malt, grainy, midwest corn flavours, little if no honey taste at all, light lemon peel, grassy. Not very good but if this is as bad is gets then you are in better shape than most

mouthfeel: thin, watery

drinability: its a session, thats fo sho

dirtylou, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of EagleTalon
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer if you want to wash down food or you want to quench your thirst. Not much there in the way of flavor or complexity.

EagleTalon, May 14, 2002
Photo of redmosquito
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty beer, bright straw in color with a white head (not much lacing however). Not much in the aroma, some maltiness and yeast, but no hops and no honey. The flavor is nice, sweet and then yeasty with that wheat aftertaste. How much honey is in this I wonder? This is a decent summer beer, good at a picnic, a ballgame or the golf course.

redmosquito, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by August 27, 2012:

Into a pilsener (also had in a borrowed weizen, no change):

A: yellow colored body with a two finger foamy white head. Lots of carbonation is seen rising. There was no lacing whatsoever.

S: some hops with a bland sort of honey. There really wasn't anything else to note.

T: sweet through the honey up front and once again nothing that stood out.

M: pretty light and no carbonation was felt, sessionable

O: well it's not a bad beer, just not something to scream about. Weird, how I thought this was a better beer, maybe it tasted better when I lived in Michigan and I was closer to Wisconsin? Not sure.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Brad007
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Pale golden color (similar to a lager) with a big head that fades to a one-finger head. The color is too bright for a wheat beer.

Aroma: Subtle honey and wheat flavors upfront. Sweetness is detectable.

Taste: Starts out somewhat bitter but then fades into a decent wheat and honey taste in the middle. Sweet. Smooth. Nothing much else to note.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and full of honey flavor. Dry. Some lingering bitterness.

Verdict: Similar to J.W Dundees Honey Brown due to being a beer with honey in it. Just not very impressive here. Drinkable but you aren't missing anything if you haven't had it already.

Brad007, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap at a White Sox game.

The beer is pale cloudy gold in color with a white head that lasts longer then I would have thought.

it has no distint aroma or taste for that matter. Its light summer beer, a total sessional that I enjoyed more than I would a Miller lite. Over nothing special, but it is what it is.

jrallen34, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of ahuey333
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%

ahuey333, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of rth2507
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%

rth2507, Nov 23, 2014
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve-ounce bottle moderately poured into my New Belgium goblet yields a white one-finger instantly fading head over a mid-amber body. Head completely disappears in a minute, leaving a scant ring and a little bit of lacing.

Nice smell off cracker malts and a pronounced wheat note with a full honey aroma. Smells so much like buttered crackers with honey it makes me want to get these items out and eat them.

Taste is completely missing the elements of the smell. Tastes pretty much like Bud Light with a bit of malted wheat added. Meh.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, though the proteins from the malted wheat (?) add a slight fullness at the end.

At 4.9% ABV, this beer is drinkable, but the question would be, "WHY?" I'm unimpressed.

ColoradoBobs, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Lemke10
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 12pk Summer Smapler cans from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in spring 2011.

Pours a very pale yellow color with quickly diminishing head. Has a decent scent of wheat to it. Taste it rather simple as it is basically a lighter flavored wheat beer. I'm really searching for the honey taste in it and can not find it. Definetly a summer beer, but essentially is just a glorified Miller Lite taste wise. Certainly not unique by any means.

Lemke10, Mar 26, 2011
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.