Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,471
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 17
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright, clear yellow. About a 2 cm head...sticks around a little bit with a little foamy lacing.

Smells of a little citrus, but predominantly a wheaty smell. No hint of honey.

Very light and carbonated on the first drink. No hops to be tasted, very little malt overtone, and about the same amount of wheat taste as other weizens. For the life of me I can't find the honey...maybe just a little towards the end of the drink.

Drinkability is very good. I could pound these like bud lights all night.

Overall, nothing outstanding. But on a hot summer day of mowing grass, it'd be great. Was expecting a little more honey taste, not sure how that would affect the beer overall, but an interesting thought. In the end, I would recommend this brew, for someone looking for an easy to drink weizen. (808 characters)

Photo of bgreg3
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TWIST OFF :-)

Golden straw color beer that isn't quite as pale as most American lagers; It has a bit more of a golden hue to it. This beer keeps its carbonation launching and will keep decent head retention if left alone. I smell herbal notes and honey with just some malt. This beer tastes of the herbal honey notes along with very little hop bitterness and a sweet malt backbone. This is a bit lighter than the beers I've been drinking lately so it's a very nice thirst quencher and drinks very easily. This is the first and only kellerweis I have tried but it is a pleasant one. The wheat is also a noticeable difference from the barley (640 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank a ton of this back in the day, had another recently to confirm my thoughts. Meh. Good clarity, lots of carbonation. Smell was of nutrisweet and sawdust.

Taste, like diet tea, toffee, nutrisweet. One of my least favotite offerings from Leinies, and I subscribe to the thought process of Leinie Red = Leinie Feet.

Can't believe this stuff is going for $7+ a 6er now, not worth it at even half that price. (410 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass (I don't have a Weizen glass)

Look - straw color, clear, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - not too much of a smell. Subtle hop flavor, maybe nobel hops. Not smelling much of the honey.

Taste and Mouthfeel - sweet taste in general, but can't seem to find the "honey" in it except maybe in the finish. As with the smell, not a very strong taste. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Drinkability - drinkable brew, but not complex at all in the taste. Still not bad-tasting either. Had one yesterday in the bottle and tasted completely different. (702 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.04/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somebody left this behind in my fridge from a recent party. Looks like I win.

A - Very pale straw color. Very little head.

S - Pretty good smelling beer. Can smell the honey and a bit of lemon.

T - Sweet taste of honey.

M - Great light feel, plenty of carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer. I could have several of these with no problems at all.

Pretty good beer. Admittedly my tastes are a bit on the week side but I really like this beer. (460 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a pretty clear golden yellow. Carbonation is quite good over a half inch of head that sticks around for a while.

S - Smells rather pleasant. Got the honey, mild grain, and lemony zest down perfectly.

T - Liked it considering Leinenkugel's does great things with the flavor of their beers. You get sweet honey balanced with mild hops (very little) and grain then finishes kind of bitter with lemon.

M - Where it gets in flavor lacks in body. Very light and thin

D - Kind of boring, one dimensional and body was way to light for me to consider a second purchase. Still it was cool to try and overall a tasty beverage. (634 characters)

Photo of brown2cu
3.66/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice gold color. A small head comes up, but dies quickly and doesn't leave any trace that it was ever there.

S: A bit of honey and some bread notes. light, not overwhelming, and forgettable.

T: Pleasant some honey, a bit of peppery spiciness is detectable. There is also a fair amount of lemony zest and some breadiness as well.

M: Heavily carbonated and pleasant.

D: While it is nothing special as far as taste I could go through a six pack easily. It would be a remarkable hot weather beer. On a cold night though it leaves something to be desired. (565 characters)

Photo of CMW
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation and about an inch of foamy white head.

Smell: Sweet smell with a slight bit of yeastiness to it.

Taste: Really pleasant taste. It has a little bit of a bread like taste mixed with a little bit of sweetness. There is very little bitterness to balance the sweetness but the sweet flavor is not overpowering. (423 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.69/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A:Small, loose head. Completely clear, yellow. High carbonation activity.

S: Nice clean malt, small honey aroma. A tinge of lemon and something else (ammonia?)

T: A little bland but I love how the wheat/malt step up and pleases the palate. Honey only shows itself on the finish, which is a plus in my book.

M: Hgh carbonation pretty much rules the day with this one.

D: Excellent drinkability. A good middle ground for those of us who like good flavors and those who drink the "big 3". I can't say I order or buy this one a lot but I always enjoy it when I do have one. (605 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.49/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#28. My second Leinenkugel product review. The label doesn't reveal much about the product, so I'm gonna have to dive in blindly this time.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Great pour. Pours a thick two finger depth super foamy head that recedes at a modest pace, but stops at a half finger depth leaving a thick cover over the beer. Lacing is bolder than in most light beers. Color is very light amber, a near champagne tone. Carbonation is very lively. This beer has a bright and spritely appearance. It looks quite good. 4.5

(Smell) Wheat with a touch of honey and perhaps some light citrus ream. Spices, malts and hops are hard to find. Smell is very light and clean. Could be much bolder and have more dimension. Aroma doesn't stand out much. 3

(Taste) Taste is a medium tone of wheat and honey finishing with bold honey tones and slightly bitter spices. Some very faint bitter hops don't interfere with the taste much, but it's pleasant. Nothing knocks me out cold here, but the beer is decent. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slightly thicker and more frothy finish. Beer is relatively smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation doesn't intervene much here. The beer is slightly dry. The mouthfeel is pretty good makes this a pretty good honey wheat beer. 4

(Drinkability) Easy to drink, even with being a medium bodied wheat beer, flavor is enjoyable enough to have a second round. 3.5

Verdict: Looks very good, tastes above average. There isn't much to distinguish this beer above the crowd of honey and wheat brews. You shouldn't be disappointed, but then again you shouldn't be astounded either. Not a bad Leinenkugel brew. I wouldn't mind running into this one again. B (3.65) (1,713 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bubbly straw yellow, with fluffy temporary 2 finger head.

S - grain, wheat, hint of honey.

T - more grain and wheat taste with such a subtle sweet finish from the honey.

M - light body, goes down smooth

D - This is one of my favorite Leinie's; good summer beer and many non-beer lovers may enjoy it. Very sessionable. Great post grass-cutting beer. (359 characters)

Photo of Kooz
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale, little head which dissipates immediately.

Not much smell to it at all.

Taste's light, but no honey. There's a hint of vegetables--broccoli. Bizarre, really. Not great.

Decent mouthfeel. Best thing about this beer. It's pretty full-bodied.

Not very drinkable, but would do in a pinch. (300 characters)

Photo of drizzam
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear yellow body with a minimal white cap for a head. No lacing to speak of.

S - Not much of a nose at all...somewhat sweet aroma, I'm guessing from the honey. It kind of reminds me of a macro adjunct a bit.

T & M - I'm not impressed. This isn't much better than your average macro...the only thing it has over Miller Lite is that it has a very slight honey sweetness, barely intelligible. This is supposed to be a tuned down version of a Hefeweizen...it has shown no character of a Hefe whatsoever. Thin and watery body, very coarse on the tongue from the carbonation. I guess it's crisp enough, but then again, it's gonna be crisp when there is nothing to the beer.

D - As far as drinkability, this is a quaffing beer when you're looking to hydrate while mowing the lawn on a hot Summer day. It's too rough to even be served in good glassware, this is one you drink straight from the bottle. There are much better beers out there...go for those beers before you pick this one up. (997 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very crisp and fresh with a lightness and drinkability. great beer on a hot day, maybe after some yard work. very smooth with a slight mild honey comb finish. i find this beer dangerous cause i feel like i could drink quite a few in one sitting with ease. (255 characters)

Photo of vdread
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss pours a macro yellow with a fizzy head that dies out quickly.
smells of honey, sour grains, and possibly some hops?

pretty bland. possibly some sweetness attributed to the honey, but overall nothing special. the wheat is barely noticeable, and the banana and clove is not apparent at all. it's not offensive in any way, and actually it's not bad if you pretend your only other option is a budweiser.

mouthfeel ok. creamy, full. not watery like it looks.

drinkability good. i could have a few of these. not that i would choose to, or want to. (571 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.32/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours into a nice golden yellow beer with a small white head that has excellent lacing, retention and carbonation. I can smell a little wheat in this beer, but not much else and when tasting this beer with a nice creamy feel that clings to your tongue and cheeks all I can say is that I do taste some wheat followed by a malty taste with a little bit of honey in the aftertaste. This is a good beer for someone that wants an easy drinking beer that has a very good mouth feel that isn't too strong on the taste buds. To me this is another Leinie that is fine in a variety pack, but just like Creamy Dark I would not get it in a six pack. (647 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,513 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of bagpiper2005
2.18/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour: Light lager yellow color with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head that dissipated almost instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very faint with hints of honey and wheat malt. Very grainy/adjunct-type nose in there too.

Taste: Absolutely terrible. Overly sweet honey taste. No real wheat flavor here, honestly it tastes kind of like a macrolager with honey mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with an outrageously high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Struggled to finish the bottle. Just not enjoying it.

Final Notes: This beer was all-around bad. I did not like it at all. Yet another letdown by Leinenkugel's Brewery. Sad day. (667 characters)

Photo of MakeIncuSciBus
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a yellowish urine color.

S- Very minimal smell of honey. However, it does smell sweet.

T- Lighter than other Leinenkugel's beers, and with this one I can taste the alcohol. Definitely lacking something.

M- Tastes actually like a light beer

Not a favorite of mine, bought it in a winter variety 12 pack. (315 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +43%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this beer today (New Beer Sunday Week ###) in honor of UncleJedI who was in town yesterday for the Cask Ale Fest in Lititz and was talking about having been to the Leinie Lodge on his recent cross-country adventure. The CAN came to me in a rolling (no other way to describe it) trade with resi and it seems like a good way to greet the day.

From the CAN: "Wheat Beer brewed with real Wisconsin honey"; "A unique Northwoods refresher brewed with select malted wheat, Cluster hops & a hint of honey". I have known several real Wisconsin honeys and there is a real reason that I visit that state at least once a year!

Following the Crack & Glug, I was going for maximum head, so I utilized my soon-to-be-famous inverted pour, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was like liquid sunshine in a glass. Beautiful! Deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. King Midas would have been envious of the gold. Nose was very malty sweet. As a previous reviewer put it very succinctly - it smelled like being on a tour of the brewery! Dig that! I like brewery tours, BTW. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a wheat beer taste initially, followed by a lingering honey taste on the finish. Man, this was very tasty and a definite CANdidate for the imaginary cooler that I am continually filling for a beach outing. MUCH better than their Summer Shandy, which just begs to be blended with Furthermore's Knot Stock to become a Lemon Pepper Beer. Suddenly, I want to try the Berry Weiss that much more. (1,552 characters)

Photo of feelmefoam
2.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.89/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (872 characters)

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.