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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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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -8%

sneezye, Sep 02, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -8%

TrojanRB, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

OB1, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

dowen44, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +33.8%

whallgren, Nov 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

sebaastionb, May 24, 2014
Photo of TheDM
2.63/5  rDev -12%

This brew poured a large head of fine white bubbles. It has a transparent light lemon yellow body that left very little lacing. You can smell the honey flavor in its aroma. Its flavor is nice with a little mild honey flavor to it. It is initially smooth and stays that way through the finish. Overall, it was a nice beer to drink, but in this category I would rather have the Michelob Honey Lager.

TheDM, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of cnally
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

more honey beers. jeez.

the beer pours a slightly dark yellow, and a creamy white head that all but disappears within a minute of pouring.

musty, grainy aroma. the honey smells are very muted and a faint whiff of dirt accompanies it all.

flavor is very sour right up front, with all the qualities of a bad adjunct-influenced beer, not saying there are adjuncts in this one, it just tastes that way. grainy, bready but not yeasty, like a sourdough..no honey in the flavor and little sweetness. mild bitterness from hops on the middle save it from being very bad.

light and crisp on the tongue. kind of dry.

drinkable? not in my mind. the flavor is pungently underwhelming, and sour to boot. combine to that the lack of decent other qualities, and this becomes one wasteful soul short of a drain pour.

cnally, Aug 02, 2009
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

yuenglingade, Feb 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

EFR94, Apr 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

Snellgg5, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
2.93/5  rDev -2%

A- Pours a clean, clear light golden/straw color and appears to have plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation in it! The head is a super white color, and starts off quite thick, but quickly fizzles, although not to the extent of being gone...rather it becomes a dense film over top the brew. Lacing seems to be non existent however, with wispy foam quickly sinking back into the beer itself from the side of the glass. Slightly above average looking overall.

S- There is a certain citrus tartness about the overall aroma that is typical of a Kristal....blended in is the touch of honey that the brewery talks about, and a biscuit like sweetness that reminds me of water crisps...slightly yeasty, slightly soda like...there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of bitterness going on either, of which there shouldn't be...overall this reminds me of a cheaper end lager, as the general smell is dull and of adjunct.

T- This tastes almost exactly as my last sentence described the aroma....dull and unassuming! There is a dry grassy/grainy flavor on the palate and with just a slight bit of honeyed sweetness to linger on after the swallow. Other than this, it is more of a cheaper end taste, with corn adjunct prominent throughout. The finish is slightly astringent as well....not the best tasting beer out there!

M- Thin bodied, and with lots of carbonation, as I predicted by the looks. The only saving grace as far as mouthfeel is a gentle smoothness brought on by the honey. Outside of this though, there isn't really anything that makes....slightly cloying after the swallow.

O- I'm disappointed in this beer....its not that it's a bad beer...it's easy enough to drink and perhaps with the recommendation of trying this with a lemon wedge, it would be quite refreshing. My biggest concern is that this looks, smells and tastes very similar to any other American macro brew out there....other than having a slightly sweeter aftertaste...leaves a lot to be desired....Meh....

ChrisCage, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of TheTrevor
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%

This beer poured an orangish yellow with a two-finger head. The smell is faint but sweet, with a little honey and grain. The taste starts off with some corn-tasting sweetness that gives way to honey, reminds me of a standard American lager with some honey in the bottle. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, but really not what I expected from the label.

TheTrevor, Jan 24, 2009
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3.33/5  rDev +11.4%

This beer pours into a nice golden yellow beer with a small white head that has excellent lacing, retention and carbonation. I can smell a little wheat in this beer, but not much else and when tasting this beer with a nice creamy feel that clings to your tongue and cheeks all I can say is that I do taste some wheat followed by a malty taste with a little bit of honey in the aftertaste. This is a good beer for someone that wants an easy drinking beer that has a very good mouth feel that isn't too strong on the taste buds. To me this is another Leinie that is fine in a variety pack, but just like Creamy Dark I would not get it in a six pack.

DannyDan, Nov 23, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev +0.3%

SHCC, Feb 25, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +24.7%

Leinenkugel got it right with this brew. The honey is blended perfectly with this wheat beer. Crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing. Pours a nice golden color with decent head and good carbonation. Easy on the taste buds, the honey is just right and does not overpower this beer like the others that I have had. Not a lot of complexity to this one, which is what makes it a great choice.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours with a white head that is gone within a minute or so, and a straw colored clear body. Nothing else is remarkable about the appearance.

Thankfully this doesn't smell quite as similar to a macro lager as it looks. There is a little wheat in the nose, although it is still pretty minimal. Otherwise some noble-type hops and some rather generic malts and a tiny bit of honey (power of suggestion maybe).

Everything you find in a macro lager is here, with the addition of some wheat and honey flavors. My major complaint is that the characteristic flavors needed to call this a kristalweizen are barely present, namely banana and clove. I know that these flavors are muted or subdued in this style, but they must be present. This maybe should be categorized as an American Pale Wheat Ale instead, so it didn't have to try to live up to an authentic German style.

The mouthfeel is light and airy, which is fine for the style. Carbonation is a little prickly; to some that will be welcome and to others it will feel a bit overdone.

This is a style with huge drinkability, so even though this beer goes down alright, it doesn't break a '3.0' for this category.

Overall: This is an alright beer, but spend a few $ more and you can drink the real thing imported from Germany, and the difference is readily apparent. If you simply want a clear yellow easy to drink beer with the usual lager flavors, pick up some Miller High Life for much less, and you won't notice much difference.

allforbetterbeer, Nov 21, 2010
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2.15/5  rDev -28.1%

This is the third beer I've had out of the "Leinie Lodge" sampler pack. I have yet to be impressed by any of the Leinenkugel beers I've had, and I was hoping this would break the streak. I like hefeweizens and I like honey so naturally I should like this, right? Wrong! For a beer touted as a "Honey Weiss," it sure did not live up to that billing.

This beer pours a clear golden color with no haziness. Two fingers of foam form and the head thins out, but the remainder of it lasts for about two minutes. Nothing too appetizing about the smell, which was mostly just a musty wheat smell. The mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. The taste had some crisp, light malts and some of that musty wheat character. Some paper/cardboard flavors show up in the process. The beer actually had a passable amount of citric hoppiness and there is a very subtle sweetness in the brew, however it didn't strike me as honey-like. Aftertaste had some lingering bitterness and graininess and the beer ended with no alcoholic warmth.

This brew tasted like a very average lager to me. If it had some honey for weiss qualities it would be a bit more enjoyable, but it almost seemed like false advertising. A very unmemorable experience.

Beastdog75, Jan 12, 2005
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2/5  rDev -33.1%

kyle86, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of ujsplace
3.2/5  rDev +7%

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pale, faded yellow.

S: Wheat, malt and faint honey...

T: Mild wheat with slight honey and mild hops.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, would be thirst quenching on a summer day.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is just too light in flavor for my taste..

ujsplace, Jul 10, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

chasmandocharles, Mar 11, 2012
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.