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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
68
poor

449 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,485
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 19
Gots: 185 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Reviews: 449 | Hads: 1,485
Photo of Boto
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pretty good looking beer. Transparent straw yellow body with bubbles rising to the top. Thich foamy white head that lasts and lasts. Leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass. Pours perfect-if it were a pale lager. The transparent color of the body is why I did not rate this one higher. I expect at least a little bit of fog in my wheats.

S- Light smell of honey and sweet caramel malt.

T- Strong taste of honey with some sweet malt backing. Aftertaste is all sweet honey. Not bad but not impressive. My question is...where is the wheat?

M- High carbonation and thin somewhat watery body. The high carbonation helps tame the initial honey taste.

D- This one is drinkable but not very enjoyable. Drinkability on the same level as your average macro lager. This beer was unoffensive but a letdown. I probably won't have it again. Sunset Wheat is a much better offering from Leine's. (898 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty popular beer up around these parts. Big full head. Light malt and lager type aroma. Clear and yellow-gold. Can't taste honey or wheat in the flavor. Really doesn't taste much different than a typical American lager, maybe even light beer. Occassionally get a hint of wheat, but not much beyond that. Some bitterness to the finish. Medium fullness and carbonation. Largely a summer thirst quencher. I'm sure this brewery can make a better beer than this. (479 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear gold color, with the head fading away instantly. Faint wheat malt aroma, no honey I can detect in the nose. Sweet cereal flavor, like a bland slightly sweetened breakfast ceral. A touch of honey flavor. Almost tasteless. Body is thin and watery.

Uninteresting, hardly more flavorful than sweet water. (310 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,358 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of white head. Faint citrus smells. I have to really stretch to get the honey. I was very disappointed in the taste. Not much going on here, very watery. I guess you could sit and drink this all day because there is no offensive taste, really no taste at all for that matter. I'll stick with the shandy. (341 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Grains, wheat, and pale malts with some light hints of citrus and honey. Aroma is very light with the honey being very subtle. The wheat kind of smells like a Hefewiezen wheat with a very subtle hint of banana.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Lots of sweet pale malts and grains with wheat and subtle hints of citrus, banana, and honey. Everything is pretty light but noticeable and fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very light but fairly tasty brew best had in the summer. (758 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a touch of haze, a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and thick, glass-coating lacing. The carbonation is sparse, with small slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Strong notes of honey and wheat malt, pleasant, and well-balanced.

Taste: Opens with a wave of wheat malt and honey. As the taste progresses, there is a mild herbal hop presence, which offsets the malt and honey sweetness quite well, bringing the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, soft.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, drinkable beer. Certainly not extraordinary, but would appeal to a macro beer drinker.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. (769 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.04/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somebody left this behind in my fridge from a recent party. Looks like I win.

A - Very pale straw color. Very little head.

S - Pretty good smelling beer. Can smell the honey and a bit of lemon.

T - Sweet taste of honey.

M - Great light feel, plenty of carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer. I could have several of these with no problems at all.

Pretty good beer. Admittedly my tastes are a bit on the week side but I really like this beer. (460 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a 16 oz pint glass. Beer poured a pale yellow, very clear and none of the haze you expect in a weiss beer. Not a ton of smell. Just a hint of honey & some malt. No banana/clove that you get in most weiss beers.

Taste was also slight. Some sweetness from the honey, at touch of malt and hardly any hops. None of the complexity of a really good wheat beer. On the plus side, beer was smooth and extremely easy to drink.

Went well with the pizza & ribs I had for dinner. Not a beer I would search out on a regular basis. Seems to be popular with the macro drinkers who sometimes venture a little further afield. (628 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass with a lemon wedge on the rim (which was quickly removed).
Clear straw yellow color, thin white foam than quickly disappeared.
Light malt aroma, with some residual citrus fruit smell. Very crisp and clean flavor. Slight honey taste, but not enough to be overly sweet or cloying. Clean, wheat malt with a dryish finish. A very easy to drink brew, a good summer time beer. (395 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden straw color witha slight white bubbly head. Head quickly dissipates leaving a bubbles on the surface. Not to much lacing at all.

S- A little malt, wheat, yeast, lemon, and a touch of honey. Nothing really going on.

T- Again fairly boring. Wheat, corn, touch of lemon, grassy hops and bit of honey.

M- Light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink maybe on a hot day. Overall, I thought it was kind of boring. (449 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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... (885 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Surprisingly clear darker yellow color. Head is sparse after 20 seconds. A little estery aroma. Certainly not an overbearing sense of honey (like a Michelob Honey Lager), but then there's not an overbearing sense of any flavor. Vague maple sweetness, a little hazelnut in the aftertaste but little to no spice or any other Wheat characters. This beer is pretty dang bad -- like many "Leinies" products, the flavors just aren't there. (438 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bubbly straw yellow, with fluffy temporary 2 finger head.

S - grain, wheat, hint of honey.

T - more grain and wheat taste with such a subtle sweet finish from the honey.

M - light body, goes down smooth

D - This is one of my favorite Leinie's; good summer beer and many non-beer lovers may enjoy it. Very sessionable. Great post grass-cutting beer. (359 characters)

Photo of atsprings
2.46/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was very slight sweet malt, but barely even that. The taste was just a slight bit better than BMC, really nothing special, not even any characteristics of a wheat beer. The beer was very light, but very watery. This is not one I'd try again, but not quite a drain pour either. (339 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on tap: Pours golden with minimal head which quickly diminishes. Initially smells like burning plastic but warms up to a slightly sweeter aroma with floral overtones. Easy to drink, no flavor to speak of other than a slightly sour finish and a fake sweetener-like aftertaste. Not remarkable, not out of the ordinary and not something I'd go out of my way to drink again. (381 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased as part of the Leinenkugel's Autumn sampler pack. Bottle says to enjoy by January 07, 2013 so I am only a couple days late on this one.

A - Non-aggressive pour into a Boulevard tulip glass yields the tiniest half finger of foamy head that recedes into nothing within seconds. Extremely pale, clear, yellow straw color. Steady stream of bubbles rushing to the top. Looks very similar to a Miller Lite or something similar.

S - Pale boring malt smell with a tiny whiff of bubblegum. Maybe the vaguest hint of honey in there somewhere, but otherwise it is a pretty dull sniffing experience. Corn.

T - Tastes like a more tame boring watered down version of the Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest without the hint of spice. Bubblegum malts seem to be dominant again here with a faint hint of honey tickling the tongue. Lots of carbonation. No real flavor to speak of. Corn.

M - Smooth clean watery mouthfeel again. I am really digging for the honey, and it is there, but it isn't very pronounced. Again, carbonated, but it isn't so bad that it completely ruins the beer like some other lackluster brews I've had in the past.

Overall, not a great beer, and probably the lamest beer in Leinenkugel's autumn sampler. I have had home-brewed beers that were way too heavy on the honey, but this beer could definitely use some more. With a low 4.9% abv, use this beer to introduce your friends to something other than Miller Lite or Bud Light.

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss ---2.5/5 (1,489 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy yellow with very little head. Lacing is okay, head retention is not. Aroma is a little sweet, maybe slightly skunky. Smells of adjunct. Flavor is more of the same, no honey at all, mild wheat but also other weak grain tastes, very thin. Having had Sunset Wheat before this one, I thought Leinenkugel's might actually be decent at that style, but this one proved me wrong. No honey, no weiss, no Honey Weiss. (413 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of bottle this beer was a perfectly clear golden color with a little visible carbonation. The head retained itself well and left decent lacing. The aroma was odd, slightly spicy and slightly weizen-like but it was notably soft. The flavors were washed out too and slightly skunky, some fruity malt and generic grains trying to cover the unpleasantness up. A very weird effort. The honey never came through. The body was light and the carbonation ok, but I would not buy another. (482 characters)

Photo of JamesS
2.28/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice straw color with a bit of head, although no lacing and no floaties. Taste and aroma were like lemon dusting spray. Couldn't finish it, but had to pour it out. It was pretty horrible. I went down fine, but that's second to the taste. I couldn't even get the honey flavor from it. (291 characters)

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.