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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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1,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 73 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

zhilgy, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +50.5%

ihavemagicpants, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Kodums, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of MrFafiso
2/5  rDev -33.1%

MrFafiso, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of JBest
4/5  rDev +33.8%

JBest, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Khad
2.16/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


So I've seen and heard about this beer quite often. I finally tried it and I really wanted to like it. However, this was just a deplorable attempt by Leinenkugal. The appearance is ok with not much of a head and no real lacing but the color may lead you to believe the are some layers of flavor in the glass. The scent is an overwhelming aroma of corn and every other type of cheap filler you can think. Call the smell rancid, skunky or just flat out cheap...it wasn't pleasant. The taste is so disappointing. I can't say it's too horrible as you can drink it...if your Nicholas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas" and need a "fix" but the corn and grassiness hits you right of the bat and you then quickly get some nasty honey flavor. In my opinion there is balance here and it's all bad! The mouth-feel reminds me of tap beer from rusty pipes in a dive bar. Avoid this one! It's too bad , some of Leinenkugal's stuff isn't bad, but they crashed and burned on this one.

Khad, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

brissonm, Jan 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -8%

AZDanB, Jul 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

fadedsouls, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +33.8%

hmart87, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +42.1%

Scalzunfield, Jul 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

IrishGreen, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of bcpriess
4.1/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my faves once you get past the German, Austrian, and Mexican lagers. As with many beers, this one is a bit better on draft - just a bit fresher tasting.

A: Always a nice golden yellow, fairly clear. It pours with a foamy head, which quickly dissipates, leaving behind some lacing.

S: Not overpowering. Just solidly beery, with a hint of sweetness, and something giving it a freshness.

T: Good. The honey comes through without being overpowering. Just a tinge of bitterness, but because of the presence of the honey, it is very well balanced. Serves well with a squeezed lemon. Taste remains palatable even after a couple pours.

M: This beer fizzes as you drink it, nice carbonation. It feels very clean, and doesn't seem to leave behind any unwanted residual flavors.

D: Pretty good, again. There is a certain fullness to this beer, but it isn't heavy by any means. I think it is just the carbonation. It is definitely a refreshing beer, and one of the better beers in this aspect, in my opinion.

bcpriess, Apr 21, 2010
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

TheDurb, Jan 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -66.6%

eschelp, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +42.1%

MNmurray, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

KentuckyJim, May 31, 2014
Photo of mk3
2.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pilsener. A very light straw color with really no head.

There is really not much of a smell to it, maybe a hint of honey?

Mouth? I'm drinking one as I write this, is thin with a little too much carbonation.

As far as taste goes, I've had a few kristall's and this isn't even close. there is no "sourness"? that should be in a weiss, even a kristall weiss.

All in all, I don't think I will buy this beer again, it just doesn't have much going for it other than you could drink a lot of this in one sitting.

mk3, Jun 16, 2011
3/5  rDev +0.3%

PJHARRISON, Dec 07, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a wheat beer? Don't think so. When poured in the glass this brew virtually had no head. Taste like a macro style pilsner. It goes down good, and taste great ice cold on a hot Kansas summer day, however, I don't think this will be a brew that visits the ol fridgo very often.

adamboeckman, Aug 04, 2004
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2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i was excited to see this for sale in philadelphia in a variety pack since i can only get the sunset wheat in new york . well the honey weisse was a big disappointment i mean big . there was nothing to this beer i think id even drink a rolling rock over this im just wondering if i got some bad ones because the red lager and sunset wheats in the pack were very nice . p.s the other beer in the pack was the creamy dark not that good either

skullx, Oct 21, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Nwtiger531, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of BigSteinsEmpire
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked one of these on a great spring day...can't get much better for the bargain. Sure there's better beers but this one hits great price point and is a quality brew. Great notes of Honey...go figure. Just enough sweetness in it to get you through a warm spring/summer day. I'd take this over the Shandy any day....the shandy is too sweet and fills you up so fast. This is a great session beer.

BigSteinsEmpire, May 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +50.5%

HayesBrewsNews, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

burninmylight93, Apr 28, 2012
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.