Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev +0.7%
The Honey Weiss pours out at a crystal clear yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves a little lacing in the beginning but trails off by mid glass. The smell is slightly sweet with a mix of grains and malts. The flavor of the beer doesn't scream honey like I would have liked it too. The taste is clean and fairly refreshing on a hot day though. The body of this brew is light and easy to drink. Overall I'm not the biggest fan of this brew but I wouldn't turn this beer away if it were offered to me.
05-19-2011 15:44:37 | More by Knapp85
3/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a deep yellow with not much head to speak of,aroma is a little skunky with some fruity malt undertones but a rather unpleasant.Taste is real grainy with some fruity flavors with a biscuity malt flavors in the finish.Not as bad as I thought it would be it was given to me so I didnt have to pay for it so not a bad deal I guess.
03-22-2004 02:17:01 | More by oberon
2.99/5 rDev +0.3%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
I remember this as one of my very first beers many moons ago. Let's see how things go today: It pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-buttered biscuit, light wheat, and the lightest kiss of dried honey (which, admittedly, might just be there due to advertising getting the better of me). The taste brings in more of the same, with less of a buttery quality and more of a sweet one. It helps, but it doesn't elevate matters too far. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay beer at best, nothing close to special, but strangely drinkable enough...
02-13-2013 04:43:51 | More by TMoney2591
2.83/5 rDev -5%
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.
02-21-2008 21:16:14 | More by zeff80
3.83/5 rDev +28.5%
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!
01-04-2007 01:46:53 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev +15.8%
Pours crystal clear with a firm gold color. Minimal head and minimal lacing. Smell is mild with just a tiny bit of sweetness, most likely from the honey. Taste is definitely honey influenced, but not that much in the grand scheme of things. Overall it seems like a typical beer that just got a shot in the arm with the honey. I have never had a wheat brew that was this light before. Something to try once, but nothing worth running to the end of the Earth for.
12-30-2007 15:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
3.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, wheat, honey and a faint touch hops.
T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of wheat and a light malt character, followed by sweet flavors of honey and lemon. There's a very mild hops presence that bring some balance but overall, there really isn't much to this beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since it's on the lighter side, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are a lot of other wheat beers or lighter beers that I would choose before this one.
08-31-2009 02:58:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.48/5 rDev +16.8%
12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code on the neck ... no freshness date.
A- Quick up and down head, thin white lacing barely sticks. Crystal clear yellow golden color.
S- Light crisp malt grain snap, hint of refined honey. Clean nose.
T&M- Superb crispness on a light and dry mouth feel. A one two snap and twang from the wheat meets a faint honey character and even fainter hop bitterness. No cloying sweetness. Clean wheat malt with a semi-dry finish.
D- A very easy drinking and simple brew. An obvious pick for a summer time beer, or even a stepping stone brew for the drinking impaired. Paired well with some pickled herring and stone ground wheat crackers.
04-26-2006 18:17:26 | More by Jason
2.6/5 rDev -12.8%
They call this a honey weiss, it's basically a deep pale golden hue with a bright white head that dies quickly to nothing but speckled lacing. Aroma is minimal very muted sharp wheat notes with little to no citrus or honey notes. Thin body easy to sip on but the wheat notes give it some actual nice breadiness, I don't get much in the way of honey on the palate, a bit of hash grainy character in the finish. A touch of fruit, maybe at this point I will call it citrus. Mouthfeel has heavy carbonation but a lighter body, adding to some unnatural effervescence. Overall, the beer is unlike any other beer, out there a wheat beer that is crystal clear and tastes clean like basically nothing.
03-30-2012 21:11:27 | More by WVbeergeek
3.28/5 rDev +10.1%
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
06-07-2006 03:35:27 | More by russpowell
1.98/5 rDev -33.6%
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.
12-21-2003 10:39:26 | More by feloniousmonk
3.23/5 rDev +8.4%
OK, so I'm shaking in my booties to try this thing. I never really liked the original Leinenkugel before, but it seems like a beer for a woman, and this one especially. ANother mission of mine is to find a beer my wife can drink. So far I have failed miserably. This is another stab at it, but I have to review it first to see how bad it can be.
A: Golden yellow orange color thats very clear and light head, very piss colored makes me even more squeemish to try this stuff.
N: First signs of life of the beer where you can tell how bad it will be is the nose. Surprisingly this one actually has a decent nose. Its pretty light but got a nice wheat aroma and a sweet very fermented honey like smell that reminds me of the braggots and meads of yesteryear (or the tasting at the last mead brew club meeting). A slight musty smell also comes out in the deeper end.
T: Do I pinch my nose, should I cover my mouth in wax, or drink a huge hop bomb quickly to drown it out... sip... very light, starts with a decent wheat flavor, that has very berliner weiss like qualities. I actually get white wine flavors like a bad sauvignon blanc. Some strange minerality as well. SLight sweet honey that isn't as dominant as I thought it would be from the nose. It does have a kids cereal-esc quality but not as much as the other LKs. But it still has some weird extract like syrupy flavors.
M: Very light and watery but somewhat smooth
F: Finishes very clean and dry. Actually pretty refreshing, I don't believe what I'm drinking here. Its like someone took a decent beer, added some weird flavors and honey, then slapped a LK label on it. Its not overly fruity or horrendous tasting.
Wifey's notes: <makes the really disgusted face as usual when I have her try a beer, but then it quickly fades when she actually takes the sip) Eh, its OK, not that bad, I can't really drink much of it.
Two of her sips later and I'm stuck trying to get the rest of this down. My review above is taking in a bias I have for flavorless beers, like this, so I try to use an un-biased opinion. BUt in the end its hard for me to drink cause it's just not my style.
Final thoughts: Decent summer beer that would quench your thirst very well and has good drinkability. Some light honey and sweetness that finishes dry and crisp, its very much like a mead crossed with very light wheat beer crossed with sauvignon blanc. I wouldn't recommend it for people that have taste buds and know what beer actually tastes like, but in a choice between this and water to rehydrate on a hot summer day, I would go with this.
09-07-2009 02:35:08 | More by jlindros
2.75/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
02-04-2004 22:55:48 | More by WesWes
3.6/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
03-09-2008 23:18:54 | More by jwc215
3.13/5 rDev +5%
12 oz. bottle, picked up in AZ,
A: Pours a pale yellow with a light white head, solid retention, spotty lace.
S: Sweet corn and honey, but very mild, not interesting.
T: I was wondering why this was classified as an AAL, but I get now. There is nothing that would identify this as made with honey or wheat (OK maybe a little with the wheat, but it's mild). A light beer, grainy malt, not the worst tasting thing in the world, honey comes out a bit as it warms, but I'm always wanting more.
M: Light-bodied. Has a fairly firm beer body, nice carbonation and crisp. Bigger than the typical adjunct lager which is nice.
D: For the style this is not bad at all. There is actually some nuance in the flavour, a slight hint of honey. But don't expect anything more than that. I could drink a few of these on a hot AZ day and not be upset. It is a drinkable beer, which is a lot better than many macros.
08-06-2010 05:43:09 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
2.42/5 rDev -18.8%
Brown 12fl oz bottle, just out of date when reviewed. The third beer in my random weird tasting evening 28 Jan 2011.
Poured into my Westmalle chalice: Kristal clear body, bright, golden colour: head did a runner before I could take a look, thin collar after first sip.
Tried to detect some honey smells, but failed, no taste of honey either. The whole experience was a little bland to be honest, lacked any real flavours or individuality, just a boring brew with a name that promised a lot more than it gave.
I'll not be having another!
01-28-2011 21:14:25 | More by BlackHaddock
3.16/5 rDev +6%
This was much better than the Berry Weiss, the honey flavor is a bit subdued and makes for an overall better beer. Still feels a bit lackluster but not too bad for a honey flavored beer. Drinkability is high as it's so light but taste wise and body wise it can improve immensely.
10-02-2008 23:09:45 | More by oriolesfan4
4.15/5 rDev +39.3%
I am reviewing this beer today (New Beer Sunday Week ###) in honor of UncleJedI who was in town yesterday for the Cask Ale Fest in Lititz and was talking about having been to the Leinie Lodge on his recent cross-country adventure. The CAN came to me in a rolling (no other way to describe it) trade with resi and it seems like a good way to greet the day.
From the CAN: "Wheat Beer brewed with real Wisconsin honey"; "A unique Northwoods refresher brewed with select malted wheat, Cluster hops & a hint of honey". I have known several real Wisconsin honeys and there is a real reason that I visit that state at least once a year!
Following the Crack & Glug, I was going for maximum head, so I utilized my soon-to-be-famous inverted pour, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of fluffy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was like liquid sunshine in a glass. Beautiful! Deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. King Midas would have been envious of the gold. Nose was very malty sweet. As a previous reviewer put it very succinctly - it smelled like being on a tour of the brewery! Dig that! I like brewery tours, BTW. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a wheat beer taste initially, followed by a lingering honey taste on the finish. Man, this was very tasty and a definite CANdidate for the imaginary cooler that I am continually filling for a beach outing. MUCH better than their Summer Shandy, which just begs to be blended with Furthermore's Knot Stock to become a Lemon Pepper Beer. Suddenly, I want to try the Berry Weiss that much more.
10-31-2010 12:13:52 | More by woodychandler
2.75/5 rDev -7.7%
On-tap at the Vikes games for the same price (seven bucks) as lesser macro options. I mean, as macros and adjucncts go, this beer is pretty decent, but as an American wheat, it kind of sucks. The aroma has typical DMS/cooked corn like other Leinenkugel brews. The flavor does start out with a mix of Triscut-wheat taste and a drop of honey flavoring, but it's followed by adjunct off-flavors. To reiterate, for cheap beer, its not bad, for craft beer, it sucks.
12-29-2008 20:53:11 | More by tempest
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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