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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

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 75 | 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 jsolack
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Looks nothing like a wheat... more like a Bud. Completely clear golden color. Head fades quickly. Looks like a normal macro beer.

Smell:
Sweet grain and that's about it. Other than that it smells like Bud.

Taste:
Sweet grains and honey. Tastes better than it looks or smells. Finish is grainy... kinda like a Bud. This beer really should be called a wheat!

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp in mouth. Carbonation feels on tounge.

Drinkability:
This is a very plain and easy to drink beer. Flavor isn't bad but it really doesn't seem like a wheat at all. Easy going down.

jsolack, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of lampkins
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

lampkins, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of kwalters
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm reminded of a Jerry Seinfeld bit about Grapenuts cereal. Jerry says: "What's the deal with Grapenuts? No grapes, no nuts!" Well allow me to ask "What's the deal with Leiny's Honey Weiss? No honey, no wheat!"

Sure, Honey Weiss pours a nice golden yellow. It has a sparkling white head that quickly disappears. But there's not much flavor or aroma to write about. What little taste there is certainly isn't offensive, but it's not what you'd expect from something called Honey Weiss.

If you don't want to be seen with a Budweiser or a Miller in hand and want to put on a "microbrew" facade, then perhaps this is the pale yellow beer for you. If you want real honey and wheat characteristics, look elsewhere.

kwalters, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather dull, bright off-yellow hue, no carbonation, no head, very little action coming from this beverage. Somewhat of a wheaty aroma, faint at that. Just a touch on the creamy side, some wheat flavoring most noticeable in this character-lacking brew. Some sweetness, little to no hop presence, or malt presence for that matter. A grassy palate, nil honey detection. Could quench or refresh on a mild to warm day, but extremely masked flavorings, the honey and the weiss should be removed from the label as they do not exist in this line. A bland offering from a bland line of beers.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of WesWes
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is not that bad. It has a slight weisen scent, but it seems a bit watery. There also seems to be a small light honey aroma as well. The taste is awful. It is quite watery and skunky with a small honey flavor. I don't taste much wheat here, but I guess it must have some. The mouthfeel is above average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks average. It is a terrible weisen. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of shirfan
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting something with flavors of honey and perhaps wheat when I opened this; instead I got something resembling a slightly-less-adjuncty Molson Canadian.

Aroma is of fruit and chewy honey cough drops. Poured like a true fizzy yellow beer, with a wisp of foam and a pale golden body.

Taste: macro lager with perhaps a hint of wheat instead of corn. The website proudly proclaims "John prefers it over ice, with a slice of lemon or lime". I don't know who John is, but assuming he works at the brewery and is trumpeting about two beer sins, I'm a bit leery. There's really nothing else to say about this beer's flavor...light, non-descript, bland american macro lager.

The High Falls Brewery of Wisconsin?

shirfan, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of alexgash
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale honey-straw body with a small fizzy head. Faint cereal smells, maybe a hop or two. Taste is slightly sweet. Maybe some adjuncts in here... Honey? Well, perhaps, but it's not much different than Grain Belt's sweetness. Finish is short, but quenching, with a crisp wheat tang. I've had better glasses of this on tap, and it's sometimes the best choice among local bars in MN, especially in the summer.

alexgash, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.63/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Extremely pale straw yellow. My experience is still on the limited side, but I don't think I've seen a beer this pale before. The head is bright white, almost the color of cotton, is short-lived and leaves negligible lace.

The nose is honeyish and somewhat sweet. I also smell an underlying unpleasantness that I'll call 'musty' for want of a better term. Looks like the flavor could be in trouble.

Wow, it's even worse than anticipated. LHW actually tastes like a macro. It's sort of stale and sour with an unpleasant bitterness that tweaks my tongue and makes it beg for good beer. Sweetness is noted, but it sure doesn't taste like honey. The mouthfeel is abysmally thin and watery.

It can't be that hard to brew decent beer, can it? Give Honey Weiss a wide berth.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of jwilli7122
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like what I expected. I didn't expect it to have a real wheat taste (which it didn't) , but I figured that it would be very light and very sweet and maybe actually taste like honey. What I found was an easy drinking bland pilsner.

huh!?

It's really not horrible. there's very little to be offended by. has a slight sweetness in the aftertaste that's alright, but no honey. very little other flavor, medium-light body. This would be a good choice for people who drink a lot of miller light.

jwilli7122, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
1.68/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Yellow. About all I can say.
Smell: Expected honey or other scent of a typical wheat beer, but got nothing.
Taste: Slightly sweet, with a hint of honey, like it was added as an afterthought. They brewed this an went "Oh yeah, we got to add the honey." Then just added it to the mix.
Mouthfeel: Slightly flat, with no aftertaste (thankfully).
Drinkability: Not a wheat beer. Won't have this again.

Final Thoughts: Not what I expected. Definitely worse...but don't even get me started on the Berry Weiss.

BigRedN, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.98/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

If you reside on either coasts, far from the radius of Leinie's distribution, you probably have no idea how hugely popular this beer is, especially up around here. So obiquitous it is, I was once amused to discover a popular gay nightclub in downtown Mineapolis with a sign on the outside, on the main street, declaring "now serving Leinenkugel's Honey Wiess on tap!" Were there really people stopping before entering it's doors and saying," naw, let's skip this gay bar, no Honey Weiss!"
So let's revisit it, already, for the first time in years...
Color, a bright, shiny, utterly transparent bright yellow color, topped with a big, snow-white, fluffy head. Certainly not the "hefe" sort of "Weisen", for there's no haze at all.
Aroma: practically none, containing that usual Leinie's stink, sorry. Bit of a pilsner feel to it, but nothing like I'd expect from any wheat beer, certainly showing no traces of the "real Wisconsin honey" boasted of on the label. Appears a bit sweetish after all, though, but I still don't like it a bit.
Taste: flat, ...uneventful, lacking in malt and hops and anything pleasurable, yielding no texture and very little flavor. The honey does seem to peep up a tad, but any association you may conjure from a weizen of any kind does not abide here at all.
Now, tasting it bare naked, I know why so many prefer it with a lemon. And, now that I have one again, I understand how the customers at my bar felt when I offered them a real weizen instead, and they didn't like them at all. They don't like real weizens, and they probably don't really like beer at all.
This is so carbonated, yet flat in flavor, it's more like a soda pop, than an actual beer. Drinkability might be considered high, if the flavor and mouthfeel weren't so abysmal.
Rotten, really, but girls think it's tops. And girly guys.
Gets sour as it ends. Yuk.
Skip this, let my the sacrifice of my tastebuds not be in vain.

feloniousmonk, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of iceberg3k
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

iceberg3k, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

chaduvel, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You wouldn't know this was a wheat beer if the bottle didn't say. I mean, its appearance isn't your typical cloud or haze. Rather this beer is pretty clear, straw in color with a small, non-laceing white head. The aroma is not overly sweet, but about average. The taste is crisp, just a touch of honey blends this brew to a nice balance between the slight hop and the wheat malt. The mouth is left alittle dry, wanting more. Im not big on over-sweet brews, thisone just hit the spot. I'll buy thisone again.

chilidog, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can’t find a lot to get enthused about here. Had a bottle in a Wisconsin bar where it was the nearest thing to a micro-brew and the bottle had been in a flourescent lighted cooler. No complaints about the color, smell and taste are not off-putting.
Another bottle from the ”Leinie's Lodge Tackle Box” improved my opinion somewhat. There actually is a slight spicy weizen aspect in the nose that improves the tasting experience. Still can't say where the "honey" part comes in.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Brent, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
2.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Bighuge, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of cbill
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i don't have much experiance with wheat beers, but this definately is not like the others i've had. pours very pale just like a mass produced lager with no head at all. there was no cloudiness as i've seen in other wheat beers. very slight honey flavor, but not too noticeable. save your money and just buy bud or miller, this really isn't any better and i don't thionk you're realy getting a wheat beer.

cbill, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.63/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a large head of fine white bubbles. It has a transparent light lemon yellow body that left very little lacing. You can smell the honey flavor in its aroma. Its flavor is nice with a little mild honey flavor to it. It is initially smooth and stays that way through the finish. Overall, it was a nice beer to drink, but in this category I would rather have the Michelob Honey Lager.

TheDM, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
2.1/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a pale gold colored beer, looks like most macros you would find. No head to be found. Theres a pretty watery taste to this drink, along with a slight wheat flavor. This isnt something you would be looking for if youre looking for a good tasting brew. Maybe if its hot out and youre looking to put down a lot of drinks, but other than that stay away.

Tballz420, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very lite in color. Medium head, slow fade. Slight hint of wheat in the aroma. The “characteristic” rusty Linny taste is present. Just smoothed out slightly by the addition of honey. I would never classify this in the wheat family. But as the Linny family goes, it is one of their better offerings. A good summer, hot day beer. No fresh date.

BobLuvBeer, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Winter
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear pale golden with an airy white head. Very odd aroma of sour malt. What kind of adjuncts did contract brewer, Miller, put into this? The mouthfeel is thin, yet crisp. Feint wheat taste and the honey flavor is almost undetectable. Use of hops adds something at least to this beer to make it a little interesting. Cleansing finish.

Leinie's Honey Weiss gets a bad rap and justifiably so. The name and idea of this beer are more appealing than the final result. It's too tame and certainly lacks many of the characteristics of a good weiss. Almost more like a lager. Despite that, Honey Weiss can be enjoyable on a hot summer day, if properly chilled. Goes down easy and hits the spot.

Winter, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Redrover, May 10, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a white foamy head. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a honey aroma to it. There was carbonation rising to the top. There was no bitterness or aftertaste to this brew. This is not a brew that will be at the top of my list of favorite brews.

hotstuff, May 08, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear, brilliant straw color with a white head that quickly diminishes. The aroma is semi-sweet, with a touch of honey and a bit of grain. The flavor is light, with a barely noticeable touch of honey. It has a grainy flavor as well. It is light in body, smooth and easy drinking. A good session beer.

BeerBuilder, May 01, 2003
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.