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
68
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449 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,471
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 17
Gots: 176 | 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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (491 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (860 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,585 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (279 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (461 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (674 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 (464 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (692 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
1.96/5  rDev -32.6%
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. (1,929 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

This beer pours a thin white head and the color is a straw yellow. The head dissipates quickly.

The honey was hardly detected. There was a strong hint of lemon zest as well. Some wheat flavors.

Mouthfeel is very thin and crisp, nothing major going on with this beer.

I could enjoy a few of these beers during the evening on a summer day if I wanted to. Nothing, I plan to buy a lot of. (409 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +43%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (901 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.59/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, this stuff pours LIGHT straw,clear with a tiny bubble,creamy head and leaves nice lacing. Nose is sugary, so far so good, so how does this stuff taste? Very little taste, too bad. light, sweet, a wiff of honey and that about it, no yeastyness, no hops, not even slight malt notes. Just light, watery and boring. (325 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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! (539 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (461 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At TJ Rockwell's in E-town.

A: Pretty hazy for a kristalweizen; the middle of the mug verges on amber. Thin white head.

S: Nose has wheat, orange spice, and honey. The sweetness pairs nicely with the mild tartness of the wheat. Honey is a rich addition.

T: The witbier base, spicy with orange zest, is very nice. The wheat, lighter, has just a bit of tartness that is slow to emerge. The honey adds both sweetness and depth, strengthening the ale while bringing a significant sweetness. The entire package is very small, no alcoholic heaviness to be seen. The honey brings plenty to the ale.

M: I gulped through this pretty quickly; it caught me off guard. Very refreshing and sweet; Leinie's has a way of sneaking up on you like that. (739 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light wheat aroma with hints of lemon zest and sweet honey. Quick and fleeting banana aroma.

The taste was light and clean with a subtle wheat malt with a clear presence of some adjunct grains. A solid sour lemon and light candied honey were present as well.

The mouthfeel was light and dry with ample carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and refreshing beer. Certainly not a wheat ale, but with the lemon element, more like a very drinkable macro summer ale. Thanks to makeitavintage for this one. (632 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz from the "these beers probably should have been drank by now basement cooler".. A couple of these were brought back to Boise by coworkers who spent some time in Minnesota earlier this year... this is my last one.

Pours very clear very light straw color.. short head and minimal lacing.

Smells sweet with some honey remnants.. I am not even picking out pale malts let alone hops... not my cup of tea, although the honey would probably be better in a cup of green tea.

Sweet.. maybe a little citrus mid palate.. finishes slightly sweet with some lingering honey flavors and a touch of yeasty fruitiness... very one dimensional... body is very light and carbonation is very high.. just Okay at absolute best... unpleasant sour as it warms... no malts to speak of.

I really didn't like this one the first time and like it less this time around... If it was available in Boise, I would buy a few and try to turn my macro drinking coworkers and then chastise them for ever liking it. (986 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The guys on my hockey team really like the Leinenkugels beers. So they recently brought the Honey Weiss to our recent game. The Leinie's Honey Weiss was very thin, weak aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. There is honey present and also a toasted wheat flavor. But you're really straining to get either - comes out mostly in the aftertaste. This beer's just about as thin as any light lager - has a bit of a bitter, corny taste to it as well. It's okay drinking on a hot day, I'm sure, but don't look for much dazzlement on your tongue. (529 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into weizen glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright yellow with about an inch of white head that dissipated immediately, but left some lacing.

The scent was sour and slightly skunky, with a bit of a sweet background. The taste was pretty much the same. The body was thin. Drinkability was OK, if it were in my local Quickymart, I might grab a sixer for the beach or park.

Not a great beer, but might be worth a shot if you see it. (436 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of Derek
2.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (280 characters)

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.