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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

1,419 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 105 | 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 MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a very light yellow translucent body with virtually no head. Smells of some lemon and vanilla, faintly... Tastes like biscuit malt, with hints of lemon and hints of diacetyl. Very light in body with ample carbonation to make this a refreshing easy drinker. The flavor though, while okay, isn't great and certainly isn't the best of the style I've had.

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

Pours a very light (but crisp) golden colour with a mid-sized to smallish head that has virtually no retention time as it fizzles down to a thin lace while at the same time leaving gobs of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a bit grainy with some wheat, along with a fair amount of sweetness and of course honey. Simple and to the point, overall.

The flavour is essentially very much the same, although it might pack slightly more of a punch than the aroma: wheat in the back with a bit more honey sweetness lingering throughout, with perhaps a slight touch of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very much light bodied but quite crisp and refreshing.

This isn't a bad brew, it's just not memorable and basically average all around. It's easy as hell to drink and makes for a decent thirst quencher in the summer, but I can still think of many others that I'd grab in the hot summer months before this one.

Photo of osi
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Yellow with a golden tint. 3 Lines of bubbles trailing to the top. Head was disappointing with almost no lace. Really resembles a light lager.

S - Alcohol, malts, more alcohol. A trace of honey slips in right in the middle of the whiff. When the smells mix altogether, reminds me of a nice skunk.

T - Almost all malts. There is a wheaty undertone and it finishes with alcohol with an after thought of honey at the end.

M - A plus to this beer as it very light and crisp and finishes clean. Carbonation through the swig that finishes nice and leaves no trail that it was there.

D - Would not drink this beer again. This beer had good potential but did not live up to anything. Easily a below average brew.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a nice quarter inch of pure white head.

Smell - Malt and honey aroma that is very tempting.

Taste - It starts out with a crisp malt flavor and moves on to finish with a subtle sweet honey taste. The flavor is smooth and well rounded for a mild brew.

Mouthfeel - The texture of this brew is slightly coarse even with a wet feel is has.

~ I enjoy this beer and am proud to say it's brewed only an hour and a half away from my home. If you haven't had a Honey Weiss, you need to try one and see what the buzz is about.

Photo of therica
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A US macro-lager disguised as a Heffe.

I'm rating this against "beers" not specifically heffe-weissens. If I rated against true Heffe's my numbers would be FAR lower.

A= golden yellow, kind of pretty color. Little head, mild lacing which stays for a while. Lots of large-bubble carbonation fizzing up the middle after pouring.

S- beer. Not much different than any US macro. A bit of a stale scent.

T- where's the wheat?!?!? One reviewer seemed to have found it. We sat here on 2 sittings, wondering where the wheat is. More like a standard run of the mill US macro-lager. Mild sweetness. Little that made me ever want to drink it again by selection, although fine if someone's serving it for free. I'm not put-off by the beer, it just has nothing that impresses me in redeeming qualities.

M= light sweet tongue. Mild stale flatness which probably tries to be hops-bite. Lots of nasal-burning belching.

D= for me, not much, but on average probably acceptable to most.

Photo of TYE
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thick white foam head that produced about 1 finger worth which held its form ok, but eventually dissipated to a covering. Active carbonation is observed. Little to no lace.
S - Aroma is of sweet honey and wheat. Good level of smell, not too much and not overwhelming. Also smell a trace of alcohol, kind of on the Chardonay side.
T - Overwhelming flavor is the wheat with a very slight hint of honey. Just a hint of hoppyness at the finish, as well. Finishes pretty clean.
M - Medium to high carbonation. Light to medium body. Slight bite at back of tongue.
D - Nothing too suprising here. Not great, but not bad. Seems a little typical, but ok for the style. I'm a little biased, though, because it takes something extra for this style to impress me.

Photo of avalon07
2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. This had a golden color, lighter than I expected. It wasn't especially thick in texture. There was a decent head on it, as well as a good bit of lacing.

I really couldn't detect anything but the wheat in the smell on this one.

This beer bills itself as honey weiss, but - and maybe this is just me - I couldn't really taste any honey at all. There was a mild wheat taste, but mainly it was just like a lot of other average beers.

There was an okay amount of carbonation. The finish was slick. Very average mouthfeel.

Leinenkugel's did nothing for me. It wasn't complex in taste and certainly didn't distinguish itself in any way.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist-cap bottle - poured into weizen glass:

Pours light straw yellow with a sizeable white head that descends to a lasting cover. Some vanishing lace temporarily sticks to the glass.

The smell is of wheat tang - some clove - a hint of honey.

The taste is of wheat tang with a touch of clove spiciness. Some well-integrated honey (not too overbearing or sticky) appears in the crisp finish.

Appropriately light-bodied and refreshing. Quite a bit of carbonation without being too harsh or fizzy.

Quite refreshing and thirst-quenching. Honey aspect pretty well-incorporated into the wheat aspect. Not bad for a basic American Pale Wheat Ale.

Photo of WJVII
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a "honey" color with a relatively transparent body. No real head, minimal at best with no real lacing. This beer didn't have much of of a smell. There was some notes of malt and in no way any sweetness as expected in the title. This is an average beer at best. I enjoy Leinenkugel's beer, however this is not one of the best examples. There is a higher amount of carbonation and a slight bitter after taste with this brew. Ok in a variety pack, but not much to buy on it's own.

Photo of Foxman
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a crystal clear buttercup yellow. A finger of bright white head sinks soon to froth. Tight links of lacing run along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, but in no way notably so from honey, or even from malt for that matter. A dull sour note joins a slightly peppery hop element.

Upon tasting, the malt is indeed sweet here, and as well a touch of honey can just be made out. The hops are green and grassy, with a slight metallic spice bite. The wheat is most apparent near the close when it comes across with a lightly tangy crispness. The finish is rather swift but reasonably dry and clean. It's mediocre, but not offensive.

Light bodied, it has a spritzy feel that doesn't mesh especially well with the sweet nature.

It looks like a macro, but it's not, really. It smells like a macro, but it's not, really. What saves it from macro-hood, though, is the flavor which, while far from impressive, is at least well tastier than most macros. And this helps make it roughly average (read, mediocre) in its drinkability. Sure, sucking down a couple of these on a hot day might be doable. However, I'm not sure I would look this way because it's not often this would be the best I have on hand.

Photo of Brad007
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Pale golden color (similar to a lager) with a big head that fades to a one-finger head. The color is too bright for a wheat beer.

Aroma: Subtle honey and wheat flavors upfront. Sweetness is detectable.

Taste: Starts out somewhat bitter but then fades into a decent wheat and honey taste in the middle. Sweet. Smooth. Nothing much else to note.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and full of honey flavor. Dry. Some lingering bitterness.

Verdict: Similar to J.W Dundees Honey Brown due to being a beer with honey in it. Just not very impressive here. Drinkable but you aren't missing anything if you haven't had it already.

Photo of srrn
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit better than I expected, I was afraid it would be cloyingly sweet. The American wheat ale is not my favorite style, this is a decent enough beer though. Poured a too clear straw yellow with an ample head which reduced to a ring and some lacing. Smells clean, not much going on here taste is light, a bit of wheat, very little spice and then the honey comes through.

All in all a decent, refreshing beer, nothing more.

Photo of BDIMike
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and fizzy. Completely clear with a very thin head that immediately dissipates.
Smell is of generic malt. Touch of honey to the smell.
Taste is fairly generic as well. Wheat and malt tastes with the slight touch of honey hardly noticeable.
Nice on the mouthfeel. Very crisp feel to it with a little fiz in the mouth.
Could drink this beer all day in the heat. The only problem is that it is a little too boring to drink more than a couple of these.

Photo of atrus138
1.98/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into my weisen glass. Absolutely clear light orange. You literally could read through this. A thin layer of suds lay on top and left zero lacing. Smell is comparable to a musty barnyard but with hints of some zesty fruit, mainly lemon. Not very appetizing. Taste is essentially nonconfrontational. There isn't too much there. I noticed some honey as advertised, but it's quite subtle. Some citrus is apparent. I didn't even notice any wheat until the aftertaste. Body is extremely light and it is overly carbonated. Boooring!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle the liquid is a niceclear gold with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is good, a light wheat bread.

The taste is also good, wheat bread with a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a lighter then medium body.

The drinkability is very good, to be sure this is not a big beir, it is clear refreshing and good tasting, really a very drinkable brew but not a beer to chase down, just plain quaffable.

Prosit, MK

Photo of pweis909
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The name Honey weiss is misleading in multiple ways: don't expect it to taste like honey, don't be fooled into thinking that they used some bavarian weiss yeast strain that produces banana and clove nuances, and for that matter, don't expect to taste the wheat.

This brilliantly clear gold beer (w. 3/4 inch head that recedes) is not an ale at all, I would bet, but a lager. There is some subtle malty flavor that makes it reminiscent of a german lager, and the maltyness alone makes it better than the american lagers, but it has no wheat beer flavors (American and especially Bavarian). That said, its subtle barley sweetness tastes better than many American lagers and it's easy drinking, smooth in the mouth, and there's nothing wrong about that!

Photo of zeff80
2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a crystal clear golden-yellow color with a very fizzy presence. A small, short-lived white head left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and some citrus.

T - It was pretty sweet. The was a descent wheat flavor, but no Honey as the name suggests.

M - It is somewhat thin and very light-bodied.

D - This isn't great but it would make an okay session beer. It certainly is easy drinking.

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light, clear golden rod with a creamy micro-bubbly white head that faded rather quickly to a thin layering. Visible carbonation was very high and aggressive.

S: For aroma there was honeymalt, sour citrus and a grassy hopping. The nose was clean and lacked a yeasty presence.

T: sweet with fresh cereal grains laced with a honey malt bite which yielded to a dry hay and grassy hopping. There was a big carbonation bite on the swallow as well a nice lingering fade of fresh grains and light grassy hopping. Overall a modest beer at best per style as I was expecting something a tad less carbonated and sweeter.

M: The mouthful was moderate, somewhat slick with a big fizziness from the over-active carbonation.

D: The aggressive carboantion distracts and hurts the drinkability of this beer. Drank like a macro produced American wheat, then again AB does have their hand in the pot.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

In a word? "Watery." I really wanted to like this one. (I'm a Leinie's Lodge card holder.) It looked great (nice gold color) in the glass, decent head, nice carbonation, a bit of sweet wheat (very little) in the nose... smelled like beer. And it tasted good (e.g., refreshing), but a bit watery in the taste department. You could throw back a bunch of these and really enjoy them. Nothing bad in the taste dept (no metallic, no strange bitterness, no stale flavors, etc.) but when you start rating a beer by what it's NOT, you had probably better move on to something more flavorful. That said, I'd definitely buy this for my summer BBQ parties. It would go well with food.

Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with short lasting white head. Looks like a light lager basically. Smell is light but slight honey and malt. Taste is decent, crisp from the moderately high carbonation, and mildly sweet from the honey and lingers for just a bit in the after taste along with just a touch of wheatiness. This doesn't taste bad by any means, but is very light and simple. A good replacement for a cheap lager, and it is easy to drink, crisp and refreshing, but nothing to blow you away.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss poured a clear yellow/gold color with a foamy white head that quickly faded to thin lacing. Aroma and taste is clean, of light wheat and sweetness from the fresh light honey. Would have preferred a little more honey flavor. Very little bitterness detected. Mouth feel is light, with bubbly carbonation and a dry crisp finish.

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss is best quaffed during a hot day. Very easy drinking and refreshing, making it a good session brew.

Photo of nrpellegrini
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: 1 finger fast thinning white head, beer is yellow clear color
S: No honey or wheat smell, smells pretty bad, skunked
T: Initail carbonated fizz, smooth aftertaste and finish. Slight old artificial bland honey hint.Barely any honey flavor at all.
M: Decent, smooth, no bite
D: So-so

Nothing special about this beer.
Buy Honey Brown.

Photo of Greggy
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pretty clear but a touch of wheat haze. Definitely filtered.

Smell - some light honey and wheat.

Taste- I really enjoy this as one of the readily available affordable beers as it has a lightly hopped honey flavor without the sometimes tangy or tart wheat flavor.

Drinkability- This is a great session brew as it is low in alcohol, light and tasty, and it also is a great crossover brew leading some BMC drinkers to the craft brew world.

Photo of berserker256
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sparkley gold with a thin white head that fizzes out quick. I don't smell much of anything. I detect a kind of grainy earthy odor but that's it. No honey or anything special. It kind of just smells like a Miller High Life... Eh, a little better than that, maybe, but not much. I think I can pick up a subtle hint of honey in the taste, however. It has a grainy aftertaste. Anyway, it's light, a touch of sweet, and easy to drink. A gimmick beer I think. With Leinenkugel's beers I'll stick with the Sunset Wheat and Big Butt Dopplebock. Those are good. But I'll avoid the Red and the Honey Weiss. And those are the four that I've have had from this brewer so far. But at prices similar to Bud, Miller, etc. I'd take Leinenkugel's for sure.

Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is one of my all-time favorite brews... had high hopes for their Honey Weiss, which didn't disappoint... pours a lucid, clear, apple-juice color, average appearnce with minimal head that soon dissipated... not much to talk about in way of appearance... Overall, the smell was rather bland and not too enticing... more average than anything else... taste was very crisp, clear, and refreshing, with a nice sweet, honey taste... citrus, fruit-like flavor that was typical of the brewery, very satisfying and would be perfect on a hot Summer day... definitely a beer for the warmer-weather months... good mouthfeel although slightly light and watery and very easy drinkability that went down like Gatorade... no alcohol or bitterness deteced at all... an average sample from Leinenkugel, although their Sunset Wheat is certainly a clear winner... Worth a try...

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,419 ratings.