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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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69
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459 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Ratings:
1,529
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
36.73%
 
 
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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: 459 | Ratings: 1,529
Photo of joshuawilcox99
5/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer during the summer time. I am not big on hints of taste. I haven't fully developed into that like I use to be on cigars so this is a poor mans review. It tastes like honey and wheat when you drink it. Like it on hot summers days with burgers, steak, or whatever else you decide to cook up. It is light and you will not be disappointed if your looking for a honey flavored beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light straw yellow and slightly chill hazed.

Wheat, light honey sweetness.

Honey, wheat, fresh grain, and herbal hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, fresh.

Overall, light in flavor but goes down easy. An enjoyable hot weather beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Yellow, nice clarity, heavy carbonation. Aroma was sweet, I don't know how honey like it is, but sweet for sure.

Taste is almost a meld shandy wise of soda, lemonade, tea and whatnot. Expensive, and there's just so many better examples of hot weather beer that does the trick.

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.74/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Clear, light yellow. Off white head
Smell: Wheat, some earthy hops, a little banana,
Taste: Wheat, floral hops, honey, adjunct malts, slightly metallic. Overall a bit sweet.
Feel: Good carbonation, somewhat dry finish, a little watery.

It's okay at best. Drinkable, but not something I see myself getting again.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a can glass from a bottle with the date of May 30 2016 stamped onto it. Had a very good looking head which dissipated quickly, with minimal lacing. Outstanding clarity sums up its appearance. Tasted like...someone poured some lemon and honey into a Budweiser. Not for me.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong honey taste and strong smell of honey. overall not a bad beer to drink goes down fairly smooth it is easy drinking. I like this beer quite nicely

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Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright yellow with a thick, fluffy 2 1/2" white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of foam that leaves patches of lacing. Sipping leaves scattered patches of lacing. Eventually the head recedes to an large island of foam, a circle of foam with patches and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include the wheat, a bit of malt and some light touches of honey.

The flavors include the wheat, some sweetness from the malt, and hints of earthy bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light bodied and slightly crisp from the moderate carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins with the sweetness fading away leaving the grains and dry bitterness to gradually close the show.

Overall while this is not an exceptional beer it is clean, refreshing and easy drinker. It would be particularly good during the summer and at a backyard barbecue. While, I don't intend to seek out another bottle, I certainly could be persuaded to accept another and am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a light golden amber with thin white head that dissapates to patches leaving light, slippery lacing. Aroma of light, grainy lager malt, hints of wheat and honey. Light bodied with good carbonation. An odd take on a wheat beer, smelling and tasting much more like a light adjunct lager with additional flavors. There is some wheat, especially in the taste, and some nice light honey flavor, as well as a hint of clove, but this does not fit a wheat beer profile very well. The light honey is nice and the taste is more interesting than a typical adjunct beer, but that is faint praise. Drinkable and harmless, but should be reformulated to bring out the wheat character that would make this stand out.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 5/8/15 but had this several times in the past and even on tap but never did a review on it. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "LEINENKUGEL'S" pint glass.

Brew pours a golden-yellow in color with about a half-finger foamy white head. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of wheat, grains with a touch of honey. Very nice. Pretty much is said for the taste and isn't over done at all with the honey. Very smooth with a bit 'o honey taste for the finish. Always enjoyed this one. Lighter to medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Tasty brew!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks : generous stark white head on top of a very bubbly and blonde colored body. Transparent all the way through.

It smells : light honey, which is a given; basic sweet Pilsner aromas with earthy hop. Ends with honey too.

It tastes : like a basic blonde lager with a touch of sweetness. It is sweeter and smoother tasting than their original though not as interesting, but I like wheat beers so I may be biased. Some light grassiness, a bit of earthy hop.

It feels : lightly creamy, light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Ends wet.

Overall : a very mediocre beer. You can drink it but it's far from impressive in any way. I probably wouldn't have it again unless there were no better options. One of Leine's worst offerings.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful looking, the taste does not match up to it. Fairly innocuous and not particularly memorable.. It is a passable beer. If you want to try all of the Leinie's there are better and worse than this one.

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Photo of enjambed
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Cold bottle into glass

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow, with white, frothy head and surprising amounts of lace. I'm mildly surprised.

Smell: Definitely wheat, a fair amount of graininess, a bit of that 'clove' characteristic of weizen's but not overpowering. An interesting nose considering the source, but pretty light overall.

Taste: Pretty easygoing, however it is very grainy, and has a sulfuric aftertaste.

Feel: pretty light and crisp, though drying in the finish.

Overall: Not bad for Leinenkugel. This was one of my first beers and it's fun to go back to. I was surprised by the appearance and smell, but the taste did not quite deliver in my opinion. A good summer beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Urizen
3.5/5  rDev +19%

I really started enjoying these after a few, but all and all, this is just a very decent, light bodied beer and not much more. It's not bad and it's not great, but it is very drinkable. It's better than a lot of mainstream beers for sure.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev +19%

A moderate pour produces a 1.5 inch frothy head that quickly dissipates to a wispy island of lace. The beer is an extra pale golden with moderate carbonation.

Just a whiff of honey in the aroma, otherwise light malt aromas and slight floral hops. The honey is more apparent in the flavor, and builds as the beer progresses. The honey has an unfermented quality, but is not overdone (i.e., mead-like characters are mostly absent). Pretty clean, semi-dry finish, with just a touch of pungency from the honey.

A welcome subtle use of honey in a beer, and one of Leinie's better brews. Purchased as part of a variety 12 pack.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was dark yellow with a thin head. The smell had the sweetness from the honey as well as a little bit of a bite from the hops. The taste was a little skunky but had a nice aftertaste and a good finish for the beer. The mouthfeel was light but refreshing. Overall an okay beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- a aroma of fruit and traces of wheat Appearance- Light yellow color with a one inch head. Taste- A light and slightly dry beer with a sweet accent. Palate- this is a light thin brew with a lively amount of carbonation that does not have any bitter aftertaste. Overall- An enjoyable and refreshing beer, I would drink this again (often)

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Photo of Beric
2.79/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle.
Served: 20 June 2014

Appearance: Had this from the bottle. Marginally interesting bottle art.

Smell: Some wheat notes dominated by an astringent earthiness.

Taste: Bland and bitter banana with more earthiness. Really harsh edge to this one.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but thin body.

Overall: The worst Leinie's beer I've had and not one I intend on trying again soon. How is this their most popular beer?!

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a Fat Cat pint glass. Best by dated July 2014.

Golden with excellent clarity and a fine white head,

Light aroma and flavor, even for style. Hint of honey in the flavor but good, low sweetness.

O: exceptionally uninteresting.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.04/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Khad
2.16/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic.

A: I have to say, this looks like a nice tall glass of urine. Clear, golden yellow with a short white head that dissipates fast leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells like grass, grain, wheat, citrus

T: Meh, another mediocre light beer, very carbonated, hard to pick up on flavors but it's mostly grassy and wheaty, just another beer.

M: A light bodied beer but it is overcarbonated and it masks the flavors that are already faint to begin with.

O: Well I got a case of this for free from a guy who works at MillerCoors, I'll probably give it away, too me this is like a Budweiser equivalent but I think this tastes a tad bit better but that doesn't say much.

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Photo of ShamusOGrady
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to mug.
Little head and light on the lace. Nice color, bright and inviting.
Very slight sweet aroma, malty.
Touch of sweetness and low on the hops.
Carbonated well but enjoyably smooth.
I quite enjoyed it, would suggest, good to just sit down and chill out with, not overwhelming.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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