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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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Reviews: 450
Hads: 1,490
Avg: 2.94
pDev: 36.73%
Wants: 21
Gots: 191 | 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:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.43/5  rDev -17.3%
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Brown 12fl oz bottle, just out of date when reviewed.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!

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Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.41/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a light golden amber with thin white head that dissapates to patches leaving light, slippery lacing. Aroma of light, grainy lager malt, hints of wheat and honey. Light bodied with good carbonation. An odd take on a wheat beer, smelling and tasting much more like a light adjunct lager with additional flavors. There is some wheat, especially in the taste, and some nice light honey flavor, as well as a hint of clove, but this does not fit a wheat beer profile very well. The light honey is nice and the taste is more interesting than a typical adjunct beer, but that is faint praise. Drinkable and harmless, but should be reformulated to bring out the wheat character that would make this stand out.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.28/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a champagne yellow with a thin head and very little lacing.

S: I can smell the honey with a blend of what I think is wheat. Smells crisp but not too much going for it on the nose.

T: A very lite bready biscuit flavor but absolutely no honey in the taste. Overall it has a very lite thin flavor.

M: light to medium body with very little carbonation.

D: There is not enough flavor in this beer an will quickly become a session beer in the hot sun in my book.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.54/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a crystal-clear body. Head is two fingers of rapidly-dissipating frothy white foam. Not half bad.

Smell: sweet malty, grainy aroma with a tinge of sourness. Basically your standard adjunct lager smell; not great.

Taste: sweetish; slightly malty, slightly grainy. The alcohol is quite noticeable, which is surprising for a relatively low alcohol beer. Also not great, but better than the smell.

Mouthfeel: not bad carbonation in a light-medium body. Probably the high point of this beer.

Drinkability: ugh. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Derek
2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of wheat and grains, a touch of honey. Taste is also big on the wheat, some honey is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.66/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet honey, faint grainy malt and a touch of hops. The taste is sweet honey up front followed by the grainy malt and a mild hop finish. The taste is a little too sweet for me, and could use a little more hops to balance out the sweet flavors. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy from the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this tastes pretty much like a macro lager with some honey added. I doubt I would purchase this one again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey Weiss is an attractive golden color with an average level of carbonation. Head is of a medium height and is somewhat thick. Retention is weak. Taste is a combination of a moderately crisp wheat flavor and an underlying honey-tinged malt sweetness. The honey is used well here, it enhances the malt flavor without taking over. Wheat flavor becomes most apparent in the finish. Drinkability is high, this is a nice stab at the American pale wheat style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden straw yellow color. Poured with three finger creamy white head that dissipated steadily. Decanted steadily. Irregular and inconsistent lacing.

S: Grains and a mild sugary sweetness.

T: Grains up front. Not overpoweringly sweet; turninng to an almost bitter dryness that leads to a fairly clean finish. May benefit from a little more sweetness to balance the carbonation and dryness.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation.

D: Definitely drinkable. Unlike some, the mild sweetness would make me tire of the taste (that said, I still think it could be a little sweeter).

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Photo of Bighuge
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank a ton of this back in the day, had another recently to confirm my thoughts. Meh. Good clarity, lots of carbonation. Smell was of nutrisweet and sawdust.

Taste, like diet tea, toffee, nutrisweet. One of my least favotite offerings from Leinies, and I subscribe to the thought process of Leinie Red = Leinie Feet.

Can't believe this stuff is going for $7+ a 6er now, not worth it at even half that price.

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Photo of Brad007
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Pale golden color (similar to a lager) with a big head that fades to a one-finger head. The color is too bright for a wheat beer.

Aroma: Subtle honey and wheat flavors upfront. Sweetness is detectable.

Taste: Starts out somewhat bitter but then fades into a decent wheat and honey taste in the middle. Sweet. Smooth. Nothing much else to note.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and full of honey flavor. Dry. Some lingering bitterness.

Verdict: Similar to J.W Dundees Honey Brown due to being a beer with honey in it. Just not very impressive here. Drinkable but you aren't missing anything if you haven't had it already.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a pretty clear golden yellow. Carbonation is quite good over a half inch of head that sticks around for a while.

S - Smells rather pleasant. Got the honey, mild grain, and lemony zest down perfectly.

T - Liked it considering Leinenkugel's does great things with the flavor of their beers. You get sweet honey balanced with mild hops (very little) and grain then finishes kind of bitter with lemon.

M - Where it gets in flavor lacks in body. Very light and thin

D - Kind of boring, one dimensional and body was way to light for me to consider a second purchase. Still it was cool to try and overall a tasty beverage.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap at a White Sox game.

The beer is pale cloudy gold in color with a white head that lasts longer then I would have thought.

it has no distint aroma or taste for that matter. Its light summer beer, a total sessional that I enjoyed more than I would a Miller lite. Over nothing special, but it is what it is.

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Photo of avalon07
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. This had a golden color, lighter than I expected. It wasn't especially thick in texture. There was a decent head on it, as well as a good bit of lacing.

I really couldn't detect anything but the wheat in the smell on this one.

This beer bills itself as honey weiss, but - and maybe this is just me - I couldn't really taste any honey at all. There was a mild wheat taste, but mainly it was just like a lot of other average beers.

There was an okay amount of carbonation. The finish was slick. Very average mouthfeel.

Leinenkugel's did nothing for me. It wasn't complex in taste and certainly didn't distinguish itself in any way.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden yellow with 2 finger white head

smell: honey, wheat,

taste: sweet, lemon zest,

mouthfeel: mild carbonatioin, crisp, metallic on the backend

Drinkability: overall a nice summer beer, just wish it didnt' have that metallic flavor at the backend.



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Photo of clayrock81
3.14/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A seethru, straw yellow body with a one-finger head that died and left no lacings (the first time I got a small head with my hefe glass). A very strong citric smell, tart even, with some spiciness also hitting the nose. The tart, citric smell is also in the taste, but it is a little too much and this beer is not as smooth as it should be, as the honey seems to be overpowered and it is a little too crisp. I am a huge fan of hefes/wheat/weiss beers, and summer seasonals are my favorite, but this is one that I will skip in a crowded marketplace.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.