Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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1,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 113 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002)
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Photo of Chugmonkey
2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a regular boring lager - yellow & light foamy white head.

Heavy on the carbonation, starts with a grainy taste, some sweet honey like something, and leaves you with a thick bitter bite that you want to wash away. The mouthfeel is a million times too watery for a wheat beer.

I'm lost on the popularity of this beer? The marketing VP at Leinies s/ get a big raise, cuz there is no way this beer got this popular by its' taste alone. I can handle a couple glasses from a really fresh keg if someone else is buying but that's about the nicest thing I can say about it.

Photo of splat215
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light yellow with moderate carbonation, and thin head which slowly subsides
S - Banana-like alcohol scent, with subtle honey
M - Bubbly and carbonated, medium-light bodied
T - Mostly wheat-beer hints, with the honey coming through slightly on the backend
D - A good wheat beer with the honey adding some slight sweetness and keeping it from becoming too dry

Photo of Stoneman78
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in Milwaukee

Appearance is a clear light golden hue, minimal white head and lacing

Smell is light wheat and yeast, touch of honey, peppermint, sweet candy

Taste is light malts and wheat with very subdued highlights of honey, light earthy hops, finishes sweet

Mouthfeel is light/medium-bodied, thin and watery texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a nice unoffensive light wheat ale with a touch of sweetness, subdued flavors but easy-drinking

Photo of demitriustown
2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours with small head that actually stays around for 20 seconds or so. Aroma slight hint of honey and alcohol smell. Appearence clear blonde color. Flovor was average. It's not a swill beer, but nothing there to really get your taste buds going. decent price at 5.99 a six. Could hardly taste the honey in this beer. I've had way better wheat beers before. Nothing special.

Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cross-over brew at best, not much going on with this one. Average, plain - and with a cheapy price.

Clear lemon pour, not much in the way of white head. No aroma at all - nuttin happening here. Taste was more of a soapy pilsner than a honey wheat. Body was crisp and thin. Decent drinking in the summer heat, but find a beer with more taste.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear straw an inch of head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemony, some grassy hops and a light malt.

T - Sweetish and very macro-like. Not tasting a lot of honey or wheat for that matter. Kinda boozy for 4.9 %.

M - Light body and high carbonation.

D - Refreshing, but not tasty.

Photo of wolfer
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer in the supermarket, having never seen it before. I bought a six pack as I love Wheat beers. One thing to note right away, this is not a Hefe Weizen and is not advertised as such.

Poured the beer and foam was average, bubble size average.
Foam retention was average, which for a wheat beer is not a good sign.

I noticed a definite cardboard flavor. The beer seemed either pasteurized too much or it had oxidized.

I was dissapointed with this beer. It really seemed more like a normal run of the day lager, no fruity esters or wheat taste...I wonder how much wheat is in it, I'd venture to guess less than 50% which in my mind disqualifies it as a wheat beer. Sorry.

Photo of spencerchristie
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- very light yellow with a very small head that dissolves quickly.

S- A nice wheat smell with a hint of both lemon and honey

T- A bit more sour than I was expecting. Having had the Summer Shanty and the Sunset Wheat, I was thinking that the honey would sweeten up the beer but somehow, it had the opposite effect, making it tart. Not an overwhelming taste of honey but it was present.

M- Very carbonated. Had a bit of an aftertaste of honey that does sit nicely on the tongue but fades away quickly.

D- Not nearly as drinkable as the other Leine's. I finished a six pack but it took over a week to have the desire to sit down for each one (and I could only take one at a time taste wise).

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. twist-off cap bottle > 16 oz. Stella glass

I'm a sucker for just about anything with Honey in it!! This one is a clear (yes, filtered) light golden color with a minimal and thin, white crown, rises only about 1/2" and is gone, baby gone. Not much left-over either. The carbonation starts out lively and becomes sedate pretty fast. yikes.

I'm getting, charred wheat, metallic aroma's that remind me of my Grandmother getting a home perm. That is not a pleasent scent!! Subdued and mild citrus effects simply don't pop out enough. double yikes!

The flavor is a bit better than I expected from the look and the smell, but it's got a decent, smokey wheat flavor,although the metallic, sour-yeast like flavor is present and it's totally void of any citrus flavor's or hops. The wheat malt tastes much like a regular Budweiser and the honey addition is only slightly noticable. There is no real sweet current to the flavor.

The feel starts out light and crisp, which is great but it becomes pretty flat and lifeless after only a short time.

I do regret paying the $7.99 for this sixer.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.4/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: True to its character as a filtered wheat beer, it has a golden yellow color with descent head and good lacing.

S: Sweet grass fields in summer sunshine also sporting light yeast notes.

T: Sweet honey taste true to its style with floral hop notes in the back and slightly bittering at the end. The aftertaste is of very clean wheat and long lasting honey.

M/D: Not to light and not to heavy of a feel. The head is creamy and the brew doesn't leave your mouth super dry. A superb thirst quencher and good drinkability.

Photo of rye726
2.17/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This honey weiss does not improve much on their other pale wheat. It shares a similar yellow color and has a marginal beige head. The nose and taste were both light and grainy. A decent body has to open up to loose some of the carbonation. The honey flavor is a bit artificial to balance well.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very pale and crystal clear, straw yellow in color, with about a 1" white foamy head. Retention was pretty good, taking several minutes to recede to a nice layer of bubbles. Light lacing.

S: An odd, yet interesting, fruity smell, sort of a white grape juice smell. If you're looking, you might get a hint of wheat too.

T&M: Incredibly light weight, and light in flavor. A bit on the dry side and rather well balanced. Carbonation is relatively high but with fine bubbles making the texture a little less than smooth. One thing that seems good about this is that the body and finish have pretty solid flavor and doesn't go watery like many others. Finish is quick, light, and lingers just a bit dry.

D: Light. Interesting light complexity. Basically enjoyable and relatively thirst quenching. Not bad.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear, golden yellow color. Very thin lacing, not much out there. Minimal white head that thins out quickly.

S: Minimal straw and grassy smell, with lemon hints.

T: Some grass and sweet honey taste, nothing too overpowering.

M: Crisp and clean feel. I was impressed with this.

D: It is quite drinkable, but since the flavor is not that impressive, I would not have many more of these.

Photo of windigo32
2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Transparent pale yellow with a half inch white head made of fine bubbles. The head vanishes to a fine layer on the top after a very short time. There is visible carbonation throughout.

S: Smells of wheat beer and clover honey.

T: Very wheaty taste. Honey is very slight on the after taste. Has almost a tart sensation to it.

M: Feels watery and lightly carbonated.

D: Although drinkable, not something I'd buy a full case of. I have six bottles from their Adventure Sampler and that's plenty for me.

Photo of williamherbert
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw-colored B/M/C looking beer. Does have a decent head. Looks like a pale lager with a stubborn head.

Mild wheaty base in the smell, but a sweet hint of honey as well. It's mostly lagerish but with some tweaks. Certainly not unpleasant; underwhelming.

Sweetish wheat/lager flavor. Has a nice honey that translates to a slight lemon. Aftertaste actually better than the "taste."

The feel is a slightly bubbly lagery feel. Somewhat dry. It's a light, minor drin. Pleasant enough, though. Good for summer. Goes down easy for sure.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A refreshing light-bodied ale that goes down easy

A- Very clear amber-yellow with thin, big-bubbled head

S- Smells a bit like honey along with a bottle/metal hint. Not much smell

T- Tastes great on the tongue with many sweet hints carried by light carbonation. After-taste is sorta bottle/metal.

M&D- Feels real good with a light-body and slight carbonation that downs easy

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.68/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into mini heffe glass at Spring 08 Long Island festival by Bill Brown. I had high hopes due to my affinity for their Sunset Wheat. This is a weak cousin to be modest.

A: Motts apple juice color, minimal head that dissipated before I finished asking Bill as he poured if he worked for Leinenkugel.

S: Nothing much to report her, faint whiffs of the namesake.

T: Sweet with citrus accents.

M: Watery but easy to go down

D: Moderate and one for the beach or for newcomers to beer and the lassies.

Photo of daythree16
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw color that was extremely clear. Had a small head with decent retention.

Smelled very, very clean with a hint of lemon and grain. The taste was quite unimpressive. Just didn't have much there, almost like a run-of-the-mill lager. There was a little honey that left a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel was almost like some sort of beer/soda hybrid that was very light and very carbonated. Highly drinkable, but I just wouldn't want many more.

Photo of psinderson
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden with thick white head that dissipates to thin layer. Some lacing present on the sides. This is really filtered. Looks much like the fizzy yellow US crap.

Smell: Very mild wheat-like and yeast, but smells mostly clean, too clean...like a lager. Strange.

Taste: Very light wheat taste. My guess is there is not a large % wheat in here. Strange lingering vegetable aftertaste. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is what the beer was obviously made to do. Very drinkable and clean, too much so.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-clear gold with a thin bubbly head that dissapates rapidly

S-a little earthy and some sweetness too

T-slight maltieness followed by lemons and sourness,the sweetness is scarce and really reminds me nothing of honey(more like artificial sugar or somthing)

M-thin and foamy finishing pretty clean and crisp

D-would be better on a hot day I'm sure,overall very average

Photo of bilyboy65
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Couldn't find a freshness date.

A: Very clear golden yellow beer. Head quickly reseeds as fast as it forms. Very bubbly with little lacing and barely sticks to the glass. Good amount of carbonation can be seen.

S: Malty nose that is lightly highlighted by a honey scent. Nothing special.

T: Not a lot of defining taste here. The wheat is the leader in the flavor with a cereal like quality. Hints of honey add a low level complexity. Finishes on a bitter wheat taste and leaves little aftertaste.

M: Clean, crisp and dry feel. Very light bodied beer.

D: Very drinkable beer. Easy to handle and a good transition beer. With no strong taste will make for a good beer to relax with.

Photo of gpogo
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden color. Thin white head that dissipates quickly

A- Grain and wheat aroma

T- Grain taste, leaves a bit of a sweetness in my mouth. Very mellow hops.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate-high carbonation.

D- Not my favorite Leinenkugel offering. It's refreshing, but it tastes just like an american wheat with nothing spectacular going for it. It is a warm day and I am enjoying it though.

Photo of argock
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with thin wisy head that fall away quickly and leave little to remember it by.

S: Cereal grain aroma with faint sweetness that could be maple syrup or honey.

T: Minimal wheat characteristics and more the character of a sweet macro lager with lots of sweet grains with a thick sweetness that has a bit of tang. A little more citrus and this beer would have much more crispness and appeal.

M: This beer has a thick feel that I did not enjoy. There is a lot of carbonation and the aftertaste is mainly cheap grain in nature.

D: Drinkable enough but there is not a lot of uniqueness in this brew to suggest it.

Photo of clayrock81
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A seethru, straw yellow body with a one-finger head that died and left no lacings (the first time I got a small head with my hefe glass). A very strong citric smell, tart even, with some spiciness also hitting the nose. The tart, citric smell is also in the taste, but it is a little too much and this beer is not as smooth as it should be, as the honey seems to be overpowered and it is a little too crisp. I am a huge fan of hefes/wheat/weiss beers, and summer seasonals are my favorite, but this is one that I will skip in a crowded marketplace.

Photo of cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet honey, faint grainy malt and a touch of hops. The taste is sweet honey up front followed by the grainy malt and a mild hop finish. The taste is a little too sweet for me, and could use a little more hops to balance out the sweet flavors. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy from the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this tastes pretty much like a macro lager with some honey added. I doubt I would purchase this one again.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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