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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

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BA SCORE
69
poor

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1155
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 19.8%


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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cokes

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Leinies fails again. But at least this is better than the Berry Weiss.
Honey....barely.
Weiss...not at all (at least no discernable traits).
Pours golden with a quick-to-dissapear foamy head.
Funky sweet smell. Not honey...not really malty. Mostly just faint corn syrup.
Taste is virtually absent. Light malts...hops in the finish. Whatever...
Forget this one.
Leinies continues to be Wisconsin's bastard son.
In some odd way...this beer reminds me of Corey Feldman. I am just not sure why this was/is popular around here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2002 22:00:30 | More by cokes
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champ103

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear yellow/gold with a small white head that fades fast. Almost no lace on the glass, and lots of bubbles rising to the top.
S: Light malt and hops, faint smell of sweet honey and citrus.
T: sweet malt with notes of honey and a bit of hops. Sweet and crisp. Carbonation is present and tastes like champagne to me.
D: To much carbonation. About as drinkable as a macro beer.

Again, I wish Texas could get some of Leiny's good beers (like Creamy Dark). As it is, I like this better than the Sunset Wheat, but that is not saying much. I can make out an odd distinct champagne like sweetness and carbonation for some reason, and it is a turn off for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 18:24:08 | More by champ103
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 11/9/09, into a deep goblet.

A: Clear, bright gold body; small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace; very light on the visible carbonation. Boring.

S: Light, grainy, and somewhat sweet. Nothing much, but nothing off either.

T: Light and refreshing, with just a hint of wheat spice and yeastiness. Honey sweetness and dry breadiness fight it out on the finish. Just what I'd look for in beer of this style.

M: Light bodied with ample, soft carbonation (far more than its appearance boded). Not bad.

D: A touch sweeter than some other beers of its style, but still quite quaffable.

Notes: This has long been a go-to summer refresher for me, and I think it's one of the more successful brews in Leinie's lineup. Nothing truly remarkable, but always satisfying.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:30:11 | More by woosterbill
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alexgash

Connecticut

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale honey-straw body with a small fizzy head. Faint cereal smells, maybe a hop or two. Taste is slightly sweet. Maybe some adjuncts in here... Honey? Well, perhaps, but it's not much different than Grain Belt's sweetness. Finish is short, but quenching, with a crisp wheat tang. I've had better glasses of this on tap, and it's sometimes the best choice among local bars in MN, especially in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 00:26:01 | More by alexgash
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, sweet malt aroma, but not much to announce that this is a wheat. Very clean flavor - nothing noteworthy, other than the fact that there are no off-flavors, and "technically" pretty well made. Honey does seem to lend some sweetness, but no particular honey flavors are evident. A refreshing American pale wheat, but quite average.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2003 21:45:07 | More by Brent
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Brenden

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not too far from expectation, but not exactly on target either. The honey is there but more difficult to detect than I would have liked. Light flavors of wheat and a little sweetness. Very light head of foam that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. It's a little more watery than I would have liked, but otherwise okay.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 14:39:58 | More by Brenden
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mynie

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This is a flavorful sluggin' beer--a "banquet" beer to use Coors' term-- a beer that you might find a fireman's ball or an old man's fridge.

Pours clear and straw-golden but with a nice head. Smells faintly like lemons and honey with just a hint of malt. Nice smell, surprisingly, but faint.

As much as it may look like a regular macro, it sure as heck doesn't much taste like one. I mean, the taste is still as woefully faint as that of a macro, but it's actually good. Yeast upfront with a hint of citrus and a little wheat bitterness. More wheat in the back and a sweet kick of dry honey. Complex and tasty, but not flavorful enough.

Thin on the body, like a macro, but it's pretty darn smooth and you can pound these all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 02:02:02 | More by mynie
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an extremely light and clear yellow liquid. The head is white and initially large, but quickly fades into nothingness. The aroma is faint, but it’s got a little citrus-like wheat character and a touch of honey. Not much else. It’s heavily carbonated, and has a very light mouthfeel. There’s a bit of grain and a moderate maltiness. All in all, this is a little too sweet for me. I hope for a wheat beer to be refreshing, but this one seems to finish with too much of a sugary, honey-like sensation. It’s drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 00:55:28 | More by Suds
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 15:08:23 | More by clayrock81
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at the the former Thunderbird now Ramada Mall Hotel in Minneapolis this one shows a clear gold with nominal bubblage, a modest white uneven cover and a reasonable bit of lacing. It has a simple cereal wheat aroma with a touch of citrus. The taste is a fairly healthy grainy grass and a hint of malt. Modest carbonation and plenty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2008 04:47:09 | More by Durge
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merlin48

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Leinenkugel, courtesy of my next door neighbor whose old friend from Wisconsin brought some of these by. Pours a clear, very light yellow body with a smallish white head that drops immediately. No lacing. Aroma is sweet clover honey and some sweet malt. No hop presence here. Mouthfeel is light bodied and low on carbonation. Carbonation could have been affected by the long journey in a car trunk. The taste is sweet. Malty sweet, honey sweet, and some wheat grain in the background. Again, no hop presence. Drinkability suffers from the sweetness, which is almost one dimensional. Not a Weiss that I would care to have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 10:34:13 | More by merlin48
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Vancer

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cross-over brew at best, not much going on with this one. Average, plain - and with a cheapy price.

Clear lemon pour, not much in the way of white head. No aroma at all - nuttin happening here. Taste was more of a soapy pilsner than a honey wheat. Body was crisp and thin. Decent drinking in the summer heat, but find a beer with more taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 13:32:41 | More by Vancer
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is very light with only a touch of sweetness.
Taste is on the sweet side, and the honey adds to this sweetness.
Finishes with more sweetness.
This beer is easy to drink. Because of the sweetness, one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 23:22:27 | More by tgbljb
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a clear golden straw color with a good-sized white cap. Snowy, creamy and smooth atop, it also sports a festive bead from underneath off the SA glass etching. No lace to speak of, the beer looks a little too slick for stick, but does put up a few random dots.

Aroma - grainy, mild sugary sweetness like a Dundee's honey brown.

Taste - wheat/grain start is decent, albeit fairly average. The sweetness is kept to a minimum. Some light bitterness hits on the swallow, partially obscured by mucho carbonation. Part bitter, a touch salty. In fact, it actually needs a touch more sweetness to offset the high bubbles and astringency, never thought I'd say that. A clean finish.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, almost sparkly. Lighter body.

Drinkability - pretty good session beer for summer, I wouldn't turn another one down.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 21:27:42 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, golden yellow in color, low carbonation

Smell: grass and honey

Taste: sweet honey and grass

Mouthfeel: crisp, light body, moderately sweet, and medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: As a pale wheat ale, this actually is not all that bad a beer. It tastes like a pale wheat with honey--not overly fruited. A different take on the style, that I could session.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 15:54:08 | More by tigg924
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

1.3/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear pale golden color with no head. Isn't thsi supposed to be a wheat beer, and thus have a cloudy appearance with a big head? The stench is of aour piss. The taste is not unlike the stench. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Overall, this is a horrilbe beer. My speculation is that the people at Leinenkugal call corn wheat and wheat corn. There is certainly no detectable wheat in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 17:29:55 | More by KarlHungus
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is split--3.5 for head retention, and 2.5 for the scary color. Head is super-foamy and lasts a nice long time. Color is that of a piss-yellow macro, just too many bad connotations there. No real lace to speak of.

Aroma is honey and light lemon, a bit musty--all on the good side. On the bad side there's a metallic/mineral element sneaking through. All in all the good stuff wins, but the aroma is just so faint anyway that it's not exactly a selling point.

Flavor is actually okay, maybe even decent. Honey, check. Lemony sweetness, check (but sort of soapy). Mineral, check. Unfortunately there's an unpleasant, unwanted tartness to the finish that drags the taste score down a notch. No real redeeming features that make you say "wow". Sip after sip goes down without much impression.

Texture starts really fizzy, all kinds of carbonation, even kind of harsh, then quickly turns tail and and feels utterly, inconsequentially thin.

Boring beer. Couldn't find anything totally offensive about it, but I would never return to it. Even if pressed I'd probably opt for a water or soda, and that is absolutely not snobbery. It's just a matter of only wanting the best beer possible, whenever possible, and not supporting a below-average product. Leinenkugel's will never be mistaken for Bell's or Stone, but they've surely done better than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 20:21:59 | More by Metalmonk
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argock

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with thin wisy head that fall away quickly and leave little to remember it by.

S: Cereal grain aroma with faint sweetness that could be maple syrup or honey.

T: Minimal wheat characteristics and more the character of a sweet macro lager with lots of sweet grains with a thick sweetness that has a bit of tang. A little more citrus and this beer would have much more crispness and appeal.

M: This beer has a thick feel that I did not enjoy. There is a lot of carbonation and the aftertaste is mainly cheap grain in nature.

D: Drinkable enough but there is not a lot of uniqueness in this brew to suggest it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 03:32:38 | More by argock
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Boto

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught: This beer is a pale yellow color. I was expecting a large white fluffy head, but didn't get it. The aroma is somewhat non-descript. Some hints of sweetness, most likely from the honey. The taste is basically a little sweet, with a thinner body. Hops? I really didn't get any, but then again I've been drinking a lot of Imperial IPA's lately. Suprisingly, the beer was fairly satisfying: good for a hot day of drinking for no special reason.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2004 03:01:08 | More by Boto
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as Leiney's beers go, I think this is one of the better. The beer pours a clear, pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to oat the beer, with a nice active carbonation as well. The nose is slightly honey sweet, but also a little harsh grainey tones as well. The flvor is strong grain with a honey sweetness on the finish. Not bad for an American wheat. The feel is on the light side of moderate, with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this beer is easy drinking and refreshing. There are some shortcomings, but its servicable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 22:20:22 | More by kmpitz2
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cjgator3

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 03:43:52 | More by cjgator3
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illidurit

California

2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear, pale yellow. Weak little white head that fizzes away to nothingness. No lacing. Grainy faint aroma with a touch of tartness. Pretty weak, no real detectable wheat influence. Flavor is sort of like a really wimpy berliner weisse, a little tart and a little sweet and grainy. Quite watery, thin body. Borefest.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 07:57:58 | More by illidurit
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Overlord

California

2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another drain pour from this brewery.

Pours a yellow gold. Smell is a bit of yeast, maybe some wheat. Taste definitely has some wheat tones, but is horribly sweet and not integrated at all. Just a complete and utter mess.

Top it off, overly carbonated and watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 09:11:12 | More by Overlord
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by Oct. 8, 2012. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass with gusto.

Pours a light honey color with tremendous clarity. Very little head off the pour is a bit disappointing. After a mere 30 seconds, the beer is just as transparent looking down upon the surface to the bottom, sans some pesky surface foam.

The only aromatics I'm getting off of Honey Weiss is tangy wheat and honey. The malts are there, but the hops are minute.

Tastes like a wheat ale with adjuncts and a light dose of honey. The wheaty tang is overpowered with bittering hop preservatives and grainy husks. I can pick up some cooked veggies in the mix. A little rigorous in the finish. Aftertaste carries out some honey. Faint banana, but it's a washout.

Very thin and bubbly. Watery, even. Hard to hold back a burp on each sip. A rather stale mouthfeel.

A mediocre wheat ale, and hardly a kristalweizen. The honey flavor is not entirely forgiving, but at least it gives it character. I'm not a Leinie's fan, but this one was a big disappointment. Regrettable last beer of the night.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 05:10:24 | More by thecheapies
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is one of my all-time favorite brews... had high hopes for their Honey Weiss, which didn't disappoint... pours a lucid, clear, apple-juice color, average appearnce with minimal head that soon dissipated... not much to talk about in way of appearance... Overall, the smell was rather bland and not too enticing... more average than anything else... taste was very crisp, clear, and refreshing, with a nice sweet, honey taste... citrus, fruit-like flavor that was typical of the brewery, very satisfying and would be perfect on a hot Summer day... definitely a beer for the warmer-weather months... good mouthfeel although slightly light and watery and very easy drinkability that went down like Gatorade... no alcohol or bitterness deteced at all... an average sample from Leinenkugel, although their Sunset Wheat is certainly a clear winner... Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 00:40:02 | More by dsa7783
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.