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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,538
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
36.61%
 
 
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Photo of zymurgy4all
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I expected more out of this one--I should have read the reviews here first. Slight honey aroma. Pours very clear and pale yellow with a diminishing white head. Flavor is very light with nothing that stands out. I don't get any sweetness or honey flavor--it is pretty much flavorless with a light mouthfeel. Very dry with no aftertaste. This beer is easy to drink, but not something I'm going to buy again.

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Photo of LordofTime25
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a white creamy head that disapears steadly. Very little lacing, but lacing present.

You can smell the grains and the malts with hint of some sweetness to it.

You can taste the grain right away with a little sweetness to it. Not as sweet as I expected it would be.

Has a light body to it, too much carbination for me, but does finish pretty smooth.

Definatly drinkable, but would go out of my way for it.

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Photo of atrus138
1.97/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into my weisen glass. Absolutely clear light orange. You literally could read through this. A thin layer of suds lay on top and left zero lacing. Smell is comparable to a musty barnyard but with hints of some zesty fruit, mainly lemon. Not very appetizing. Taste is essentially nonconfrontational. There isn't too much there. I noticed some honey as advertised, but it's quite subtle. Some citrus is apparent. I didn't even notice any wheat until the aftertaste. Body is extremely light and it is overly carbonated. Boooring!

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours to a golden color, with a small head that fades away rather moderately fast. It has a slight sweet aroma, honey is definitely there. Palette is slightly sweet with a bit of a bitter character. It has a smooth finish, and no harsh aftertaste. It is decent, but not a regular.

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Photo of dananabanana
2.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I poured it into a glass, the head disappeared right away.

The color is bright gold and translucent, you can see straight through it. It has a mildly sweet smell, almost floral.

At first taste, it is very watery, with almost no flavor. I can't detect any malt or hops. At least it is very thirst-quenching.

After about half of the glass, the flavor develops a bit more. The honey is more noticeable, with a hint of lemon. I suppose it would be an okay session beer, but it doesn't taste good enough to be worth it. It barely differs from the standard American macrobrews.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear, yellowish-gold with a fizzy white head that doesnt last.

Smell: Smells yeasty with some citrus hops.

Taste: Not a whole lot going on in the taste, some mild yeast and butter, only faint traces of the honey. Decent presence of citrus hops in the finish, yet still dull.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Fairly mild taste with a light body makes this easy to drink in the summer heat, but I wont be craving it anytime soon.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.57/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Plain yellow, like an American macro. Soda pop type fizz. Lots of internal bubbles. Nothing worth looking at.

Smell: Not much. What there is gives no hint it's a wheat beer. Again, resembles an American macro lager, with some sweetness.

Taste: Well balanced. You can tell it's a wheat beer if you pay close attention, but the honey counteracts that nicely. Also slightly adjuncty, but the other competing flavors keep that from becoming too obvious. Not complex really, but it all comes together nicely.

Mouthfeel: A little bit more substantial than I'd expect from the color. It holds its flavor for a while.

Overall: This beer doesn't promise much, but it overdelivers. Not an everyday thing, I don't think, but certainly one of the better options out of the Leinie's variety pack.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TWIST OFF :-)

Golden straw color beer that isn't quite as pale as most American lagers; It has a bit more of a golden hue to it. This beer keeps its carbonation launching and will keep decent head retention if left alone. I smell herbal notes and honey with just some malt. This beer tastes of the herbal honey notes along with very little hop bitterness and a sweet malt backbone. This is a bit lighter than the beers I've been drinking lately so it's a very nice thirst quencher and drinks very easily. This is the first and only kellerweis I have tried but it is a pleasant one. The wheat is also a noticeable difference from the barley

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Photo of brown2cu
3.66/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice gold color. A small head comes up, but dies quickly and doesn't leave any trace that it was ever there.

S: A bit of honey and some bread notes. light, not overwhelming, and forgettable.

T: Pleasant some honey, a bit of peppery spiciness is detectable. There is also a fair amount of lemony zest and some breadiness as well.

M: Heavily carbonated and pleasant.

D: While it is nothing special as far as taste I could go through a six pack easily. It would be a remarkable hot weather beer. On a cold night though it leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of clint1019
2.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a very clear straw color. Too clear for wheat beer if you ask me. It did however have a decent head on it.

There wasn't much of a aroma to the beer. It had a slight fruity aroma, but nothing else. No Malt. No Honey. No Wheat.

This was the worst part of the beer. It tasted too much like a mass market, thin, watered down beer than it did a craft beer. There was very little malt flavor and that's about it.

Very thin, light mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

This beer is not really a good beer. The only thing I would recommend this beer for is possibly a transition beer. People just getting off mass market beers may be interested in this. I would not recommend it to anyone else and I won't be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of teg8612
3.76/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear golden color with nice carbonation and weak head. The mouthful is nice and crisp. The wheat taste is crisp without the grainy yeast texture. The honey sweatens the deal a little without being overbearing. The hops are nicely matched and even out the finish. Good beer for summer or those wanting to try craft beers for the first time.

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Photo of marc956
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know there's a difference between pale ale and India Pale Ale, but for regular pale ale I'd rather have a Sierra Nevada, also I couldn't detect the honey, should I have another? It was worth a try, but I was a bit disappointed. Good thing I got a deal on the stuff ..

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.51/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Poured a golden yellow with a substantial head of 1.4" and steadily rising carbonation bubbles.
S-Like a macrobrewery tour... SABMILLER?
T-Malty and slightly refreshing with a subtle honey lingering flavor.
M-Thin and fizzy
D-I could probably do two of these of an extremely warm summer's day, but other than that I wouldn't waste my money.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like what I expected. I didn't expect it to have a real wheat taste (which it didn't) , but I figured that it would be very light and very sweet and maybe actually taste like honey. What I found was an easy drinking bland pilsner.

huh!?

It's really not horrible. there's very little to be offended by. has a slight sweetness in the aftertaste that's alright, but no honey. very little other flavor, medium-light body. This would be a good choice for people who drink a lot of miller light.

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Photo of cdrogers
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Subtle golden honey in color. Subtle amber.

Smell: Can definitely smell the sweetness from the Wisconsin honey but the lack of an good aroma hop made it too sweet-smelling. Maybe a sterling or saaz hop to add some balance?

Taste: Definitely sweet from the honey but way too much. The cluster hops in this wasn't really enough to overcome the sweet honey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned in the 'Taste' section above the sweetness really carries through in this and is overwhelming. It wasn't horrible if you like a sweeter brew but I can only give it a good.

Drinkability: Maybe something good to have for dessert?

Can recommend this for the most part, enjoyed it a little more than the Classic Amber Leinenkugel.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very lite in color. Medium head, slow fade. Slight hint of wheat in the aroma. The “characteristic” rusty Linny taste is present. Just smoothed out slightly by the addition of honey. I would never classify this in the wheat family. But as the Linny family goes, it is one of their better offerings. A good summer, hot day beer. No fresh date.

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Photo of jsolack
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Looks nothing like a wheat... more like a Bud. Completely clear golden color. Head fades quickly. Looks like a normal macro beer.

Smell:
Sweet grain and that's about it. Other than that it smells like Bud.

Taste:
Sweet grains and honey. Tastes better than it looks or smells. Finish is grainy... kinda like a Bud. This beer really should be called a wheat!

Mouthfeel:
Light and crisp in mouth. Carbonation feels on tounge.

Drinkability:
This is a very plain and easy to drink beer. Flavor isn't bad but it really doesn't seem like a wheat at all. Easy going down.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grab the fishing pole and a cooler of these and you will have a great day. I do not know what it is but I always relate a Leinies to an outdoor activity. What's wrong with that? I guess it is not too bad. Honey and beer go together like PB & J. A great combination. This beer is a clean crisp and refreshing wheat beer. Not to exciting to look at or smell but it taste pretty damn good. Great session beer. My best friend from Minnesota likes to put a lemon with it.

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Photo of TagoMago
1.85/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Appearance: Pale yellow, nearly straw in color. The beer pours with a very wimpy head which subsides to nothing in literally a matter of seconds.

Aroma: Cheap, generic ale-like aroma that is almost overpowered by a sickly-sweet, artificial, vaguely honey-like character. I think Bud might even smell better than this swill.

Taste: This tastes more like a lager than an ale. It bascially tastes like a honey lager. Very little wheat beer characteristics, if any, are noticed.

Overall: Wow! What a crappy beer. This is one of the worst micro/craft brews I've ever had. I had a stomach ache after just three of these. I will never buy this beer again, and I urge you to save yourself from the bad beer blues that this crap induces. This beer is subpar in every aspect - gross, to say the least.

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Photo of osi
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Yellow with a golden tint. 3 Lines of bubbles trailing to the top. Head was disappointing with almost no lace. Really resembles a light lager.

S - Alcohol, malts, more alcohol. A trace of honey slips in right in the middle of the whiff. When the smells mix altogether, reminds me of a nice skunk.

T - Almost all malts. There is a wheaty undertone and it finishes with alcohol with an after thought of honey at the end.

M - A plus to this beer as it very light and crisp and finishes clean. Carbonation through the swig that finishes nice and leaves no trail that it was there.

D - Would not drink this beer again. This beer had good potential but did not live up to anything. Easily a below average brew.

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.74/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Clear, light yellow. Off white head
Smell: Wheat, some earthy hops, a little banana,
Taste: Wheat, floral hops, honey, adjunct malts, slightly metallic. Overall a bit sweet.
Feel: Good carbonation, somewhat dry finish, a little watery.

It's okay at best. Drinkable, but not something I see myself getting again.

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Photo of lampkins
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of the larger brewers that are available in my neck of the woods and widely distrubed to bars/restaurants Leinenkugel's would likely be my choice if there are not any decent micros to choose from.

The beer is a yellow brew that formed a decent head of foam. There was a taint smell of honey that reminds me a little bit like white toast.

The taste is above average for what I have sampled of the macro breweries. I could taste the malt/wheat, but the honey never really rears its head in this brew. Even if I warmed it up a bit, it wasn't there.

The mouthfeel of this beer is rather thin, but I think they carbonate this beer a little too much which tends to fill you up fast. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of wolffman17
2.27/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Fluffy head fades fast; no lace sticks. Looks like a pilsner.
Not much aroma to speak of. There's some corn with faint honey.
Taste is unimpressive. The touch of honey is overpowered by an odd, harsh bitterness.
The unpleasant bitterness results in low drinkability.

This is on odd beer. Doesn't look, smell, or taste like a wheat. Not even an American wheat. Buy a single, not a six pack.

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Photo of nota
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Straw yellow color, fluffy white head. Not a bold tasting wheat. As for honey in the flavor I'm hard press in finding it with this beer. If sweetness was what the honey brought to the table it's there. The beer had a very dry finish which I though took away from it being a refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of pumarocks
2.2/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.