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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

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,333
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 happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%

a: a golden color with a generous inch or higher white head that has good retention time. Leaves a fair amount of lacing very nice
s: kind of a sweet aroma with deffinate hop presence,
t: very nice sweet and bitter combination dry finish
m: medium bodied beer that is smooth and not overly carbonated

overall this is a very good beer that i can see as a session beer

happygnome, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of KFaulkner
1.78/5  rDev -40.5%

I poured this beer into a weizen glass thinking it was a wheat beer. Little did I know, it was Coors Light.

That's what it looked like at least; yellow, fizzy with almost no head... completely clear and exceedingly boring.

The smell was somewhat skunky; light, flavorless with almost no aroma. Bready and yeasty.

Taste was bland and almost unnatural. Absolutely no hint of sweetness from honey (as the name implies) and a very mild wheaty undertone which is more breadlike than that yeasty taste you expect from the style.

Surprisingly, Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is quite good; mostly because of it's fruitiness as derived from blueberries added. This beer really has nothing to offer, especially one advertised as a honey weiss.

Maybe your buddies who drink nothing other than Miller Light will enjoy this one.

KFaulkner, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%

Leinenkugel's Honey-Weisse pours out a nice white head over a clear
pale yellow brew. Nose is mostly grain and sharp yeast. Flavor is mostly
of wheat, but thin. Mouthfeel is thin, aftertaste is of wheat. Nothing special
here. By all means, if you're at Applebee's and this what they have on tap,
it's certainly head and shoulders over your various Lites, but I won't be seeking
out this one again, when there are so many better alternatives out there.

shadow1961, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
1.13/5  rDev -62.2%

A - Crystal clear pale yellow brew that appears honey colored if you know the name of the beer, but in a blind test I would call this pale-macro-lager-yellow. A foamy two finger head quickly reduces to a thin wisp of dishwater haze. Some lace is left after swirling, but it all quickly slides back into the brew.

S - Cheapo macro-pils scent with only the faintest hint of of the wheat twang that I was expecting. Mineral and metallic notes are present also.

T - Tastes more wheaty than it smells. Initial wheat twang is replaced by a corny adjunct flavor that is more akin to BMC lagers than it is a wheat beer. I taste minerals, metals, and a very unpleasant sour flavor. A little bit of lemonade flavor. Cooked corn and sugar.

M - Thin and extremely carbonated. More like soda or an alco-pop than beer.

D - This stuff sucks.

pmcadamis, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%

Light flavored, not quite as malty as some of this style. I think one problem with this is the glass that it came in. I ordered the 22 oz size, draught, and it came in a large thick soda glass, not a large half-liter weizen glass that it should've been served in. I will hold that against Tony Roma's at the Mall of America, not Leinie's. This had a light lagered flavor, so to give it a kick I went against the norm and dropped in the lemon wedge that came with the glass. It did help a little. If you want a good summery beer, and you live within the Leinie's distribution area, I will give this a good recommendation. Once summer is over, you'll want to switch to something different, but this will do nicely during for the season

Newglarusguy, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light yellow-golden color with a glistening white bubbly head. Smell is mostly of the wheat malt and slightly sweet of honey. Taste is like the nose, no apparent hops but well balanced with a clean finish. Body is very light with lots of creamy carbonation. This is an easy to drink beer, light in body; not too much on the flavor, but what is there isn't bad.

gmfessen, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%

A: Golden yellow color with nice white head the faded to nothing in the first minute with little lacing.

S: Little sweet I guess from the honey and a little malty.

T: Crisp, clean with a hint of honey but a little on the metallic side.

M: Light, watery with the right amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

D: Fairly drinkable beer. To me it leaves a bit of an aftertaste that is slightly unpleasnt but I still enjoy this beer.

dstc, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of hylton44
3.05/5  rDev +2%

This is a re-review of one originally done 12/1/2005.

Big, puffy, inviting white head. Clear, golden yellow; the yeasts have definitely been filtered out of this beer. Why? Wheat detectable in the nose, along with aged apples, frosted Christmas cookies, tangy honey, half-baked bread. Not bad., though not as distinctive as that probably makes it sound. The taste-pretty much what I expected from the smell. Better than your average Leiney, but a little bland. Dry mouthfeel; a little watery. Sticky honey finish; I would have preferred it a little cleaner.

hylton44, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +28.1%

Clear yellow gold. Short head of bright white foam drops readily. Limited lacing at best. Sweetish malt in the nose with a flicker of yeasty sulpur and some delicate honey. Medium-light bodied. Delicately crisp, smooth. Flavor offers a drizzle of honey flavor, some mild wheat character, and a sublime but balancing bitterness. Well-rounded but on the sweet side. Finishes clean and semi-dry with a touch of residual honey-like sweetness. Never cloying. Accessible. Enjoyable and refreshing!

NeroFiddled, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%

Not a bad beer, not a good beer. very average. A little watery on the back of the palate. Not a lot going on. Some honey and wheat characteristics. No real bitterness to note. A no frills beer, best saved for the summer time. I got a leinenkugel's sampler case for 20 bucks, never having heard of their beers. I may have some every once in a while and will offer them to my friends as well. Not bad. Eh.

jasonjlewis, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%

Pretty good-sized head and a nice, golden color. Yeasty, sweet aroma. Taste is sweet, with a bit of wheat character and yeast. Has a lager-like clean character in the taste. A bit of hops in the finish. Light, bubbly mouthfeel. Drinkable, but pretty straightforward in its sweet, light character.

AaronHomoya, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat aroma with hints of lemon zest and sweet honey. Quick and fleeting banana aroma.

The taste was light and clean with a subtle wheat malt with a clear presence of some adjunct grains. A solid sour lemon and light candied honey were present as well.

The mouthfeel was light and dry with ample carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Certainly not a wheat ale, but with the lemon element, more like a very drinkable macro summer ale. Thanks to makeitavintage for this one.

plaid75, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of adammills
2.63/5  rDev -12%

The appearance is a light golden with mild carbonation amounting to little to no head. The smell is slight maybe a hint of the honey. Tastewise, I found it average, medium bodied at best, a bit tinny as well. The mouthfeel was light, a bit watery. Overall, it is a beer that you could sit down with and tip back a few, worth a try, fair price as well.

adammills, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
2/5  rDev -33.1%

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml
CONTAINER TYPE: bottle FRESH: y PURCHASED @: cub foods COST: 7/6pack HEAD: slight LACE: minimal COLOR: REFLECTED- yellow TRANSMITTED- yellow/org hue AROMA: grains MOUTHFEEL: light PALATE: somewhat adjusts TASTE: I cannot detect the honey CONDITIONS: MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n WITH FRIENDS- n SIPPING- n GET MY BUZZ ON- n

TechMyst, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Fluffy head fades fast; no lace sticks. Looks like a pilsner.
Not much aroma to speak of. There's some corn with faint honey.
Taste is unimpressive. The touch of honey is overpowered by an odd, harsh bitterness.
The unpleasant bitterness results in low drinkability.

This is on odd beer. Doesn't look, smell, or taste like a wheat. Not even an American wheat. Buy a single, not a six pack.

wolffman17, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.93/5  rDev -2%

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 teg8612
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%

The beer pours a nice clear golden color with nice carbonation and weak head. The mouthful is nice and crisp. The wheat taste is crisp without the grainy yeast texture. The honey sweatens the deal a little without being overbearing. The hops are nicely matched and even out the finish. Good beer for summer or those wanting to try craft beers for the first time.

teg8612, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Honey Weiss is an attractive golden color with an average level of carbonation. Head is of a medium height and is somewhat thick. Retention is weak. Taste is a combination of a moderately crisp wheat flavor and an underlying honey-tinged malt sweetness. The honey is used well here, it enhances the malt flavor without taking over. Wheat flavor becomes most apparent in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is a nice stab at the American pale wheat style.

Gagnonsux, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of supercolter
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance is pretty good. Oily head with a bit of lacing. Looks very watered down though.
Smell is surprisingly good. Smell of some faint spice followed by a fair amount of sweet malt.
Taste was not that great. The first couple of sips were good and then it went down hill. Tasted watered down and I don't think you should be able to taste the alcohol in an ABV of 4.9.
Mouthfeel was average as average could be. Not too carbonated at all. But average weight on the tounge.

supercolter, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%

I’m not a real Weiss beer fan, and this beer sure as hell didn’t convince me otherwise. Yellowish-red appearance with a nice head was about all it really had going for it. Not a bad tasting beer, but just not anything that made it special. Most likely won’t be drinking this again, since there are way too many beers that are so much better.

kimcgolf, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of tallar
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a clear golden yellow with a one-inch white, foamy head that settles quickly, but leaves a fair amount of thin lacing behind.

Amora is slightly sweet, mostly faint honey and malt.

The taste is about what the amora indicated: slightly sweet from faint malts and honey. Theres also a very faint fruity element in there as well, maybe banana?

Overall, a very light bodied but highly drinkable beer. Carbonation reminds me very much of a macro, but it does have a nice clean, crisp finish. Nothing really good or bad about this beer.

tallar, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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

russpowell, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

granger10, May 23, 2006
Photo of strattor
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

strattor, May 06, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

Jason, Apr 26, 2006
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.