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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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69
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461 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,539
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
36.61%
 
 
Wants:
23
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220
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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Reviews: 461 | Ratings: 1,539
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft in Minnesota, can't really remember the town or restaraunt, but not pertinent

Poured golden with a 1" white head. Some head retention & lacing

Smell: Slight honey & malt notes

Taste: Sweet, malty &slightly fruitty. Finishes with a sight honey flavor

MF: Light, but okay balance & carbonation for the style

Drinks okay in the spring, but not sweet or complex enough to reccomend to other than fans of the style or curiosity seekers

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Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Leiny giftpack I received as a gift. Quite a light golden color with a medium creamy white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Aroma is lighter with a honey touch and maybe a bit of a grassy note. Taste is also light. I don't taste too much wheat but more of a lighter honey aspect and a bready kind of taste. There is a lighter grassy aspect towards the finish and somewhat in the body. The honey seems to be done well, I notice it but its not too cloying like I thought it might be. Still, this is a take it or leave it type beer. Fairly average by all accounts. I don't think I'd buy this again, but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of strattor
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head.

Light sweetness from the malt and honey in the aroma.

Light, almost fruity flavors. Some hop notes present, but not bitter. Wheat notes also present.

Light body and medium-high carbonation for the mouthfeel.

Very easy drinking beer. Good for those who want an alternative to the typical macros, but more experiences beer drinkers will probably find this bland.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code on the neck ... no freshness date.

A- Quick up and down head, thin white lacing barely sticks. Crystal clear yellow golden color.

S- Light crisp malt grain snap, hint of refined honey. Clean nose.

T&M- Superb crispness on a light and dry mouth feel. A one two snap and twang from the wheat meets a faint honey character and even fainter hop bitterness. No cloying sweetness. Clean wheat malt with a semi-dry finish.

D- A very easy drinking and simple brew. An obvious pick for a summer time beer, or even a stepping stone brew for the drinking impaired. Paired well with some pickled herring and stone ground wheat crackers.

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Photo of hanco005
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, in a pint glass, at a local restaurant which had this and some macros. Tried it in the past and thought it was ok. Figured I’d have it again to review.

A—clear golden yellow, with a ½ inch fizzy bright white head, fades away quickly and minor lacing is produced

S—very faint sweetness, not sure that it is honey, getting some grain scents, but mostly smells similar to an American macro

T—sweet, a little fruit, banana perhaps? Otherwise, straw and corn come through. Not bad, not great, the taste tends to fade out rather quickly as well.

M—thin, light bodied, medium carbonation

D—it’s ok, as I remember. It works pretty well with the buffalo wings that I am eating. Might be good for the upcoming warm months, but it lacks dominate flavors.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bruachan
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of nicksta
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.97/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of hero27
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of eb003
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.97/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of whynot44
2.51/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.7/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.58/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ski271
2.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Roderick
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of KarlHungus
1.28/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of nota
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of palliko
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ryantupy
2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.72/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.