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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

1,332 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | 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 Frozensoul327
3.05/5  rDev +2%

I'm re-reviewing this brew as I feel my first review was too critical, and perhaps the bottle I had wasn't the freshest. Poured out to a fairly typcial yellow color with vigorus carbonation and a small head of white foam. Aromas of honey and hops, some watery malt. Taste is quaffable for a hot summer day; malt, hints of wood laden honey, earth, a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is ok, very macro-carbonated, if you will. Fair drinkability. It's not bad, it's just not all that good.

Frozensoul327, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of bruachan
2.9/5  rDev -3%

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 nicksta
3/5  rDev +0.3%

The appearance is a bright very clear gold with a white head that disappears quickly.

The smell is like an American Macro with some hints of wheat grain.

The taste is hoppy and plain. Do I detect wheaties? Most American Macro Lagers have cereal malts, well this American Pale Wheat Ale actually taste like a specific cereal! Yes this beer finishes with a taste of unsweetend Honey-Comb.

The mouthfeel is light, but there is something to be said about the fact that it leaves no aftertaste or residue.

The drinkability is okay, but nothing great because of the wierd hops. This whole beer is just average.

nicksta, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%

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 hero27
2.75/5  rDev -8%

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 DarkerTheBetter
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%

This beer came a bright gold with a touch of orange with a haze of bubbles sustaining a thin larger bubbled head. Smells of dirty corn with a comical honey flavor and candy sourness. Tastes of more dirty corn with a sharp sourness (an added lemon makes this a bit more manageable) with a decisive honey-like finish. Mouth feel is medium with a medium carbonation. This is a non-intrusive and relatively flavorful beer that is very easy to drink.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of eb003
4/5  rDev +33.8%

In my opinion this is just a "good, solid" beer. It's not fantastic and won't set the world on fire, but it's good. I think it has a very clean flavor. The color is also good...more clear than I'd expect for a wheat beer. The smell is also good...I also smelled a yeast/wheat smell. The mouthfeel and drinkability are also good. Like I said...it's just a good, solid beer. I'll say it ranks as "better than most" in my book.

eb003, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of soulgrowl
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Has the look of a standard macro; clear yellow with just a drop of burnt orange, and a paper-white head. I expected a more honey-ish amber color.

Smell: Kinda smells like a macro, too. Very bland, but with a bit of honey that I notice more with each sniff. There's definitely a fruity/vinous character, too, like champagne or white wine. I also smell a pinch of flour, probably from the wheat.

Taste: Like honey thinly spread on toasted Italian bread... not bad! The white wine aroma is also present in the flavor, as well as a hint of dandelion. A little skunky... could be too old, I couldn't find a date anywhere on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and clean.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but at the high price of flavor. Not bad, but you could do a lot better with a different Leinie's.

soulgrowl, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of whynot44
2.53/5  rDev -15.4%

Honey Weiss?? If they say so, not much honey taste and doesn't much resemble a Weiss bier either.

Light bodied, pale honey colored brew.

Very little aroma, more citrus than honey. Taste is the same - very little. Very slight trace of honey, more grain, fruit, citrus, but still not much.

Finishes very slightly dry. Easy to drink, fairly smooth. Drink it with spicy food and save the good stuff for another time.

whynot44, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of scaliasux
1.68/5  rDev -43.8%

Appearance - Looks like a macro. Clear, light gold. Moderately tall, soapy head that doesn't stick around too long. Fizzy.

Smell - Quite light, even indistinct. Grainy with maybe a hint of a citrus smell.

Taste - Dry and malty. A little citrusy sourness at the end. Flavor seems very thin.

Mouthfeel - Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is quite thin. Stingingly carbonated.

Drinkability - Not real good, not something I'd keep around.

scaliasux, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
1.58/5  rDev -47.2%

Available everywhere in the North Midwest. Leine’s Honey Weiss pours a straw colored yellow with practically no head or lacing. Also the beer was filtered and was clear. The smell was non-existent. Some sweeter malt scenes but really not much there. No honey tones nor flowery essence.

The taste was rather plain. Similar to a macro with no hops. The malt was really the only flavor, and it tasted more like pale or base malts. No real wheat flavor and no real weizen flavor. The body was very light and really more of a watery taste to it. I was not impressed with this beer at all.

Oxymoron, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%

My girlfriend was drinking free all night at the Nitty Gritty here in Madison for her birthday, so I mooched off of her for a while. This is on tap at just about every bar in Wisconsin, pretty standard stuff in these parts.

Pale golden and bubbly in appearance, looks like your standard macro. Smells adjuncty and malty sweet, that's about it. Tastes adjuncty and malty/honey sweet with a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is macro bubbly and thin. It take it over a BMC any day, but there isn't much to praise here. A sweet malty drinker, gets the job done.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of ski271
2.17/5  rDev -27.4%

Appearance: Clear medium gold with a medium-sized, fizzy, white, quickly and fully diminishing head that barely left any lacing at all.

Smell: Very mild. Light fruit and malts and that’s about it.

Taste: Sweet, with a light wheat flavor, lemon and a hint of honey. The finish is short and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: No this is not a great beer. Not really all that good either… but that bad. Just boring. But this price is nice, so you could spend more and end up with something worse I guess, but it’s still a beer I wouldn’t recommend bothering with. Not a good representation of the style either.

ski271, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of Roderick
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a light yellow with a very thin head
Smell was almost nonexistent
The taste was VERY mild with just a hint of sweetness, this is a thin brew that you have to TRY to taste.
All in all it was worth the money and isn't a bad beer just not memorable. I would buy it again for just drinking while I puttering around the house.

Paid $4.99 for a 6 pack

Roderick, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
1.3/5  rDev -56.5%

Pours a clear pale golden color with no head. Isn't thsi supposed to be a wheat beer, and thus have a cloudy appearance with a big head? The stench is of aour piss. The taste is not unlike the stench. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Overall, this is a horrilbe beer. My speculation is that the people at Leinenkugal call corn wheat and wheat corn. There is certainly no detectable wheat in the beer.

KarlHungus, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of nota
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%

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 palliko
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance is clear yellow, and an aggressive pour yields a decent white head of foam that disperses quickly. Aroma is not pleasant, containing a little malt and other unidentifiable ingredients – but honey isn’t one of them. The taste is BORING, and unbelievably lacking in one ingredient – BEER!! Over carbonated and a dismal disappointment.

palliko, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
2.63/5  rDev -12%

Nothing impressive and is it just me or can anybody really taste the honey? Being from Minnesota I see this stuff everywhere and I have to admit it is an affordable brew for those last few days before the next pay check. Definatly does not stand out amoungst other simiar beers in its class.

ryantupy, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%

Thanks to ZAP for this exta canned brew in our initial trade...pretty cool, my first review of beer in a can...never thought it would happen.
A wheat beer made w/ real Wisconsin honey seems well worth a try.
Pours a clear, light golden color w/ two full fingers of fluffy, white head..lacing is quite thick and slides rapidly back into the glass.
Aroma is faint...hint of malt w/ carbonation in the nose.
The taste is decent...a nice dose of honey complements this wheat beer real nicely. Just a small amount of hops, adding just a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is fairly high, but I could enjoy a couple of these on a hot day (like today) before I'd need to go to something w/ a little more to offer.
Real glad to try this one...thanks again ZAP.

warriorsoul, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
1.7/5  rDev -43.1%

Finally getting around to reviewing this stuff, have had it many times in years past. Found a Leinie's 12 pack sampler for $6.99 on closeout, probably the only way you could convince me to buy it. Clear gold in color, almost no head, just a couple bubbles. Smell is of nothing much, light malt and something adjuncty. Taste is unimpressive and boring. The little sweetness that the honey imparts doesn't make up for how poorly crafted this stuff is. Not a very good beer, aviod unless you get a deal like I did.

TastyTaste, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Hhawk06
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%

Brought this back from my trip to Minnesota along with quite a few others from Leinenkugel's. The body to this brew is like no other, and I can't say its particularly good. Its lighter than golden and literally is almost water colored but slightly hazy. Very strange. There is a good frothy bleach white head however. The nose is mostly pale with some hints of honey to come. The mouthfeel has an edgy, pin prickly feel. There is certainly a full malt character in this offering and the honey notes are a lot more subtle than I would have suspected. In the finish, you get a nice peppery compliment to the mellowing honey character. Very average overall.

Hhawk06, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
2.15/5  rDev -28.1%

This is the third beer I've had out of the "Leinie Lodge" sampler pack. I have yet to be impressed by any of the Leinenkugel beers I've had, and I was hoping this would break the streak. I like hefeweizens and I like honey so naturally I should like this, right? Wrong! For a beer touted as a "Honey Weiss," it sure did not live up to that billing.

This beer pours a clear golden color with no haziness. Two fingers of foam form and the head thins out, but the remainder of it lasts for about two minutes. Nothing too appetizing about the smell, which was mostly just a musty wheat smell. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. The taste had some crisp, light malts and some of that musty wheat character. Some paper/cardboard flavors show up in the process. The beer actually had a passable amount of citric hoppiness and there is a very subtle sweetness in the brew, however it didn't strike me as honey-like. Aftertaste had some lingering bitterness and graininess and the beer ended with no alcoholic warmth.

This brew tasted like a very average lager to me. If it had some honey for weiss qualities it would be a bit more enjoyable, but it almost seemed like false advertising. A very unmemorable experience.

Beastdog75, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Illini5596
1.58/5  rDev -47.2%

By and large an unimpressive beer. I know a lot of people who drink this as their beer because it's affordable, but you get what you pay for. It's drinkable, but only as a last resort. The flavor is very bland, with little distinction, but it isn't distinguished or otherwise worthy of note.

Illini5596, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%

As far as Leiney's beers go, I think this is one of the better. The beer pours a clear, pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to oat the beer, with a nice active carbonation as well. The nose is slightly honey sweet, but also a little harsh grainey tones as well. The flvor is strong grain with a honey sweetness on the finish. Not bad for an American wheat. The feel is on the light side of moderate, with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this beer is easy drinking and refreshing. There are some shortcomings, but its servicable.

kmpitz2, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%

This is a flavorful sluggin' beer--a "banquet" beer to use Coors' term-- a beer that you might find a fireman's ball or an old man's fridge.

Pours clear and straw-golden but with a nice head. Smells faintly like lemons and honey with just a hint of malt. Nice smell, surprisingly, but faint.

As much as it may look like a regular macro, it sure as heck doesn't much taste like one. I mean, the taste is still as woefully faint as that of a macro, but it's actually good. Yeast upfront with a hint of citrus and a little wheat bitterness. More wheat in the back and a sweet kick of dry honey. Complex and tasty, but not flavorful enough.

Thin on the body, like a macro, but it's pretty darn smooth and you can pound these all night.

mynie, Dec 04, 2004
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.