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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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69
poor

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1155
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.8%


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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 01:46:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2006 14:30:45 | More by BEERchitect
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teg8612

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 15:22:56 | More by teg8612
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 03:35:27 | More by russpowell
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2006 18:39:21 | More by hanco005
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hero27

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2005 19:30:45 | More by hero27
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2005 19:54:10 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 20:59:14 | More by Golden2wenty1
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donnebaby

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very nice thick head with massive retention of cream for the duration of the drinking. Otherwise unimpressive pale gold clearish color--very clear for a hefe. Mostly scentless.

Taste is sweet or nothing, with some sweet honey in the aftertaste. Served very cold with high carbonation, and almost no taste, this is a poor example of a hefeweizen--or a wheat--or anything!

Had on-tap at the Miller Factory in Milwaukee.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2004 18:23:32 | More by donnebaby
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nortmand

Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm usually able to appreciate Leine's ability to make somewhat different pseudo-micro stuff, but this was a disappointment from the get-go. First, It poured CLEAR yellow, with little white, foamy head. Not at all what a wheat beer is "supposed" to be. Very sour, sickly sweet smell, not at all endearing. Tastes vaguely like honey, but overall, more like a honey lager, and not a honey wheat. Mouthfeel is almost greasy, coating the tongue and throat, not enjoyable and definitely making this a one time beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 01:05:34 | More by nortmand
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Boto

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This beer is a pale yellow color. I was expecting a large white fluffy head, but didn't get it. The aroma is somewhat non-descript. Some hints of sweetness, most likely from the honey. The taste is basically a little sweet, with a thinner body. Hops? I really didn't get any, but then again I've been drinking a lot of Imperial IPA's lately. Suprisingly, the beer was fairly satisfying: good for a hot day of drinking for no special reason.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2004 03:01:08 | More by Boto
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lampkins

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of the larger brewers that are available in my neck of the woods and widely distrubed to bars/restaurants Leinenkugel's would likely be my choice if there are not any decent micros to choose from.

The beer is a yellow brew that formed a decent head of foam. There was a taint smell of honey that reminds me a little bit like white toast.

The taste is above average for what I have sampled of the macro breweries. I could taste the malt/wheat, but the honey never really rears its head in this brew. Even if I warmed it up a bit, it wasn't there.

The mouthfeel of this beer is rather thin, but I think they carbonate this beer a little too much which tends to fill you up fast. Not a bad beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2004 14:32:39 | More by lampkins
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iceberg3k

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Serving: 23-oz. "Brewtus" serving at Applebee's, Rochester, MN

Appearance: Bright amber color, thin, white lace (the head had already dissipated by the time it reached the table) that hung around for a while. Pretty good looking.

Smell: Nondescript; the smell of honey barely appears.

Taste: Thin honey taste with few other real flavor components. The taste isn't really enough to distinguish it; slight (very slight) bitter notes became apparent as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Am I drinking water? I don't know.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, crisp and clean with little aftertaste, but the other factors are unimpressive.

Overall: Leinie's is something I'd drink if the only other choices were macros, but given a choice, I'll stick with one of my more usual brews.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2003 02:12:02 | More by iceberg3k
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Upper Deck. Crystal clear golden color, small head that dissipated too quickly. Smell of fair grains, touch of mile hop and some sweet twang. No wheat beer aromas to speak of. Taste is watery with a touch of honey sweetness and hardly any hops. Kind of tasteless. Not impressed by this one at all, I was imagining a German style Weiss beer with real honey flavor too boot. Alas this is not one such nectar.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2003 16:11:44 | More by chaduvel
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, sweet malt aroma, but not much to announce that this is a wheat. Very clean flavor - nothing noteworthy, other than the fact that there are no off-flavors, and "technically" pretty well made. Honey does seem to lend some sweetness, but no particular honey flavors are evident. A refreshing American pale wheat, but quite average.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2003 21:45:07 | More by Brent
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden. Thick, dense white head. Good retention. Aroma is a little spicy of all things. But I also get a little of that honey sweetness and pilsner like malt qualities on the nose. This is a refreshing beer, if a bit bland. Not really a lot going on that I like. Sweet qualities are really subtle. Matliness almost absent. Bitterness barely perceived. I'd take the Leiney's Original in a heartbeat over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2003 16:26:36 | More by Bighuge
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Redrover

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a 16 oz pint glass. Beer poured a pale yellow, very clear and none of the haze you expect in a weiss beer. Not a ton of smell. Just a hint of honey & some malt. No banana/clove that you get in most weiss beers.

Taste was also slight. Some sweetness from the honey, at touch of malt and hardly any hops. None of the complexity of a really good wheat beer. On the plus side, beer was smooth and extremely easy to drink.

Went well with the pizza & ribs I had for dinner. Not a beer I would search out on a regular basis. Seems to be popular with the macro drinkers who sometimes venture a little further afield.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2003 19:29:58 | More by Redrover
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tavernjef

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow in color, with a good white head, some what lacey. Smells of grassy hops and grains, somewhat citrusy lemon-like, with just a hint of the honey. Taste is a bit watery with a good hop dryness and a touch of honey and lemon. You could easily drink a ton of these, but why?

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2003 10:35:36 | More by tavernjef
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Leinies fails again. But at least this is better than the Berry Weiss.
Honey....barely.
Weiss...not at all (at least no discernable traits).
Pours golden with a quick-to-dissapear foamy head.
Funky sweet smell. Not honey...not really malty. Mostly just faint corn syrup.
Taste is virtually absent. Light malts...hops in the finish. Whatever...
Forget this one.
Leinies continues to be Wisconsin's bastard son.
In some odd way...this beer reminds me of Corey Feldman. I am just not sure why this was/is popular around here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2002 22:00:30 | More by cokes
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jackndan

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Leinie Honey: this is arguably a Weiss beer, but it neither looks nor tastes like one. It has a sweet aroma, and a nice light taste that you can drink all day. But it is clear, and is nothing like any Weiss I’ve ever had, seen, or heard of. Try Sammy’s new Weiss if you want to get close to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2002 20:08:32 | More by jackndan
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.11/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is lemon and honey. Simple and nice.
The taste is predominately honey. The profile is a little disjointed going from a mild bitter beginning to a mild honey sweet to a strong sweet finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's for the sweeter beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 05:43:05 | More by Fatehunter
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.01/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear golden body, slowly rising bubbles. White foamy head that recedes to a film, no lacing.

Aroma: Metallic, grains, corn husk?

Taste: Cereal grain body, barely a touch of honey, and a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, semi-dry.

Overall: This tasted exactly like an American adjunct lager, with only a trace of anything resembling honey.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 17:25:31 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Treyliff

West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- pours a clear & light straw colored, big fizzy white head reduces to a small layer of foam that retains after the pour

S- faint toasted graininess with a metallic aroma, some muted banana and pear, otherwise rather adjunct-like

T- not much there at all. There are some traces of fruity pear notes, a clean and crisp malty backbone, a light citrus linger on the finish. Didn't really pick up any of the honey

M- light watery body with medium carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a slick, dry and crisp finish

O- filtering a Hefe seems to also filter out any flavor as well. This seems like it would be more fitting in a summer variety pack, it's easy to drink on a hot day but doesn't really fit in to a fall pack

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:19:02 | More by Treyliff
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Khad

Nevada

2.16/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weird!

So I've seen and heard about this beer quite often. I finally tried it and I really wanted to like it. However, this was just a deplorable attempt by Leinenkugal. The appearance is ok with not much of a head and no real lacing but the color may lead you to believe the are some layers of flavor in the glass. The scent is an overwhelming aroma of corn and every other type of cheap filler you can think. Call the smell rancid, skunky or just flat out cheap...it wasn't pleasant. The taste is so disappointing. I can't say it's too horrible as you can drink it...if your Nicholas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas" and need a "fix" but the corn and grassiness hits you right of the bat and you then quickly get some nasty honey flavor. In my opinion there is balance here and it's all bad! The mouth-feel reminds me of tap beer from rusty pipes in a dive bar. Avoid this one! It's too bad , some of Leinenkugal's stuff isn't bad, but they crashed and burned on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 07:14:06 | More by Khad
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear pale weak and clear. Too clear airy loose head and no lacing. Minor continued carbonation.

S - simple corn grain smells. no honey no sweetness.

T - Faint honey aftertaste. But otherwise no much different from an AAL style.

M - fine. Maybe the best part of this bland beer.

D - acceptable but not outstanding in anyway. Besr Served cold and when out of better beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:24:16 | More by jeranbrews
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