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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,431 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.95/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not very big on this beer. Tried it several times, and its actually never been very bad, but its also never been good. The idea that they even include honey, or weiss, in the name of this one is beyond me, as it doesnt seem to include either. Just a plain, run of the mill, macro lager for all I'm concerned.

Photo of getch
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-golden clear, little shadow, little head when pouring, looks like a regular light beer, but more golden yellow

s-the smell has a hint of honey

t-nice crisp taste with a hint of honey, the honey is not overpowering like berryweiss

m-very enjoyable smooth,

d-one of my favorite light beers, like i stated above the honey is very light and can easily drink a few of these beers

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

Pale colored beer with an almost non-existent aroma.Taste is water with a faint hint of honey although no sweetness is detected.I can't slam this beer because although it's tasteless it is by no means repulsive.You can get the same taste from a ice cold coors light for half the price.

Photo of Strix
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably my least favorite of Leinenkugel's main offerings. Smell is not very strong, and not very distinct. This is refreshing, but fairly basic. I can taste a hint of honey towards the end. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, though I have to say given the very dense taste of the Blue Moon honey beer I had recently, maybe it is better to err on the side of less-dense rather than more dense for a honey-laden beer. Overall, though I'm a Leinie's fan, this is not particularly special.

Photo of SMark
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at approximately 46º with a date of 11057. The beer poured with a nice thick head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. Coloring was clear and pale gold. There was no cloudiness as could be expected for most weiss beers.

There were slight hints of malt and maybe some honey but I was unable to detect much else.

The taste was pretty straightforward without noticeable malt or honey. I also failed to sense the crispness that I was anticipating nor did any sweetness jump out at me.

This beer was very acceptable in the mouth. There were no off tastes or anything that would cause you to spit it out rather than swallow.

Overall this is another ok beer from Leinenkugel. The crispness and thirst quenching qualities would probably be better served at a cooler temperature.

Photo of champ103
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear yellow/gold with a small white head that fades fast. Almost no lace on the glass, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.
S: Light malt and hops, faint smell of sweet honey and citrus.
T: sweet malt with notes of honey and a bit of hops. Sweet and crisp. Carbonation is present and tastes like champagne to me.
D: To much carbonation. About as drinkable as a macro beer.

Again, I wish Texas could get some of Leiny's good beers (like Creamy Dark). As it is, I like this better than the Sunset Wheat, but that is not saying much. I can make out an odd distinct champagne like sweetness and carbonation for some reason, and it is a turn off for me.

Photo of zerofear13
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know what to say. I was pretty excited about trying this delicious Wisconsin brew, but was a bit disappointed. Nice color with nice head, but the smells are of a regular plain hoppy ale or even a lager. Tastes have hints of honey and sweet malts, but not a lot. Mainly hops and a milky taste, but nothing too spectacular. Oddly enough I agree with many reviews when they say it reminds me a macro, because the honey and sweetness is not present enough to say that this is a wonderful craft ale. Overall, Wisconsin has much better brews to offer, don't settle for this rather plain one.

Photo of botham
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear straw color with a few fingers of tight white head after a hard pour.

smell is sweet, with pale malts and some mild hops. corn is detectable in the smell, which pushes the smell off-balance a bit. the honey is only distant in the smell, not providing much sweetness.

taste is malty and sweet up front, with wheat and citrus being the focus. notes of honey, yeast, and mild grassy hops. the taste is much more balanced than the smell; sweeter and more refreshing.

mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, slick and creamy. very smooth liquid.

drinkability is great. there isn't much here to lower drinkability; this is a light brew without any bold or excessive flavors. mild and refreshing, which is just what it is trying to be.

Photo of Drew966
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss pours a golden yellow with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma reminds me of honey and cheap lager. I guess there is what you could call honey sweetness in the flavor. It also has a cheap lager type flavor to it. I'm not impressed.

Photo of brdc
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks a little better than it is, pale yellow, some white head, a lot less than you expect for the style.
Aroma is just not there, minimal, and I am not sure what it is. A little alcohol, maybe some bread, but I am forcing the issue.
Thin on the mouth, minor hints of clove and perhaps banana, but I am really looking hard to find something here.
Easy to drink, but why bother...

Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard this beer be compared to Blue Moon Honey Wheat a lot so when I saw it in there summer sampler. I thought well I had never tried any of Leinekugel’s beers it was high time that I did.

Appearance- It poured a translucent yellow with a an average sized clean white head.

Smell- It smelled of sweet malt. I think honey always brings out the malt. It had a little but not much of the fruity bouquet that is often affiliated with a wheat beer too.

Taste- Mildly fruity esters as a wheat beer should. Followed by a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. In about the average range nothing spectacular.

Drinkability- I would drink it again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clean and clear yellow with a pure white head that fades rather quickly into a ring, good active carbonation but that's about it. No lacing. Overall, meh.

S: The honey is there but rather faint, smells like a flat Blue Moon and rather skunky for a wheat beer, maybe this one's a bit old, oh well.

T/MF: Light bodied and crisp again with a faint honey tinge as to be expected, yeasty and crackery and some strange vegetable flavors, corn and something else, finishes a bit slick and sort of bitter on the tongue.

D: I can't believe I used to like these, we all grow up I suppose but if I were going to drink a Leine I'd stick with a red.

Photo of allengarvin
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold color, with the head fading away instantly. Faint wheat malt aroma, no honey I can detect in the nose. Sweet cereal flavor, like a bland slightly sweetened breakfast ceral. A touch of honey flavor. Almost tasteless. Body is thin and watery.

Uninteresting, hardly more flavorful than sweet water.

Photo of Derek
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Leinie wheat I had with dinner...

A: Yellow, white head, no retention or lace.

S: Honey, wheat (duh?), lemon citrus.

T: lemon citrus, wheat, pineapple, honey sweetness.

M: Light to moderate body, greater than moderate carbonation.

D: Accessible, but not enticing.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pretty good looking beer. Transparent straw yellow body with bubbles rising to the top. Thich foamy white head that lasts and lasts. Leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass. Pours perfect-if it were a pale lager. The transparent color of the body is why I did not rate this one higher. I expect at least a little bit of fog in my wheats.

S- Light smell of honey and sweet caramel malt.

T- Strong taste of honey with some sweet malt backing. Aftertaste is all sweet honey. Not bad but not impressive. My question is...where is the wheat?

M- High carbonation and thin somewhat watery body. The high carbonation helps tame the initial honey taste.

D- This one is drinkable but not very enjoyable. Drinkability on the same level as your average macro lager. This beer was unoffensive but a letdown. I probably won't have it again. Sunset Wheat is a much better offering from Leine's.

Photo of neenerzig
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear, fairly light golden color. Head was about 1/4 inch when poured. Settles to a thin surface covering. Aromas of honey and wheat are present along with a bit of hops for good measure. Tastes sweet with the honey and the wheat coming through followed by a hint of hops. Not very complex flavor wise. Has a slightly crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. easy to drink in a good way. An okay beer overall but certainly nothing special. Worth a try though. Not bad, but not great.

Eric

Photo of tgbljb
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is very light with only a touch of sweetness.
Taste is on the sweet side, and the honey adds to this sweetness.
Finishes with more sweetness.
This beer is easy to drink. Because of the sweetness, one is enough.

Photo of azcat777
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours out a clear golden/dark yellow with thin white head that disapates rather fast and it is highly carbonated

Smell- smells sweet and honey like and strong wheat aroma with a hint of hops

Taste- The wheat and corn adjuncts are what hit the palate first followed by a honey citrus mixture

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth for the high carbonation, could be described as watery

Drinkability- This beer is refreshing and goes down easily, perfect for summer

Photo of xav33
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels Honey Weiss
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English Pint
Recent brewing, stung by 05/07

Poured a clear yellow with a large fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate light bread, honey.

Taste was upfront light sweet bread and honey followed by a light to moderate bitter doughy white bread and light sweet honey and lemon twang on a short finish.

Palate was light bodied, oily, and softly carbonated.

Overall, this seemed like a very insipid and uninspired beer. It has some flavor, but nothing amazing.

Photo of pumarocks
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow, where to begin with this one. Leinenkugel has brewed some fine beers that I really enjoy (Red Lager, Sunset Wheat come to mind). So I figured why not try this honey weiss. This beer absolutly reeks! It more or less tastes like a water-down stale natural light! There was little to no head, mouthfeel was non-existent, and it looks like a Falls City Lager on its best day. I picked up a bottle while shopping at Target of all places. Stay clear of this one fellas. If you are gonna try something from Leinenkugel try anything but this.

Photo of dmamiano
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beautifull clear looking golden ale. No head or lacing but highly carbonation.
Very mild smell, slight malt, no hops.
Taste was very bland, almost like drinking carbonated yellow water. No hops or malt present.
Will not buy again. Second of the sampler pack. So far, so bad!

Photo of BretSikkink
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy yellow with very little head. Lacing is okay, head retention is not. Aroma is a little sweet, maybe slightly skunky. Smells of adjunct. Flavor is more of the same, no honey at all, mild wheat but also other weak grain tastes, very thin. Having had Sunset Wheat before this one, I thought Leinenkugel's might actually be decent at that style, but this one proved me wrong. No honey, no weiss, no Honey Weiss.

Photo of BigBry
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass with a lemon wedge on the rim (which was quickly removed).
Clear straw yellow color, thin white foam than quickly disappeared.
Light malt aroma, with some residual citrus fruit smell. Very crisp and clean flavor. Slight honey taste, but not enough to be overly sweet or cloying. Clean, wheat malt with a dryish finish. A very easy to drink brew, a good summer time beer.

Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KFaulkner
1.78/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.