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
leinie.com

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:
465
Ratings:
1,556
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
20.34%
 
 
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Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color. Not much of a head on this. Clear.

S - Disappointed. Expected honey or sweetness but not really getting it. Smells malty.

T - Again, its good but just bland. While the taste is of bread, and some sugary finish, there isn't honey flavor at all.

M - Smooth beer. Not heavy and very little carbonation.

D - A good drinker for the summer months.

It isn't a bad beer but not one I'd go after specifically.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at William's bar in uptown Mlps, a while back.

Pours a slightly hazy lemondrop color, with a fluffy though shortlived snow white head.

Smells of wheat, honey (weird, I know), and a nice touch of lemon. Quite refreshing, but no hops or malt smells come through.

Taste is refreshing, like a heavier, more solidifed version of the summer shandy. Not quite as sweet, a bit more heft, more enjoyable when paired with food.
Generally not a huge fan of this category, but Leinie's strikes a good note with this one -- at least in my book.

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Photo of Naugros
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass this develop a nice, dense head of foam about two fingers thick which slowly reduced. The beer is a pale yellow with a slight yellow glow and tons of carbonation.

Wonderful smells from the wheat and the yeast. It smells much like a German weizen with a backdrop of astringent lemon. Take that astringency out of it and I would have ranked the smell higher.

Very light in taste...too light. I wanted it to taste as good as it smells and it doesn't. A metallic tang accompanies the rest of the flavors and overshadows them. This beer could have exhibited nice wheat tones and brilliant lemon and subtle coriander with a bit more sweetness from the honey. Instead, those are all pushed to the back and the flaws in the beer shine through. This drops the mouthfeel as well. With the carbonation and classic ingredients, it could have been crisp and refreshing as any weizen, but it's not.

Maybe I'm just spoiled.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very pale yellow colored body with a small white head. some small visible bubbles.

S- honey, metal, and grain.

T- sweeter than normal wheat. i guess thats from the honey.

M- crisp, clean, and refreshing. well carbonated.

D- certainly not one of my favorites, but something i could see myself drinking several of while camping or in an other situation where im "roughing it." easy to drink and reminds me of summer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard this beer be compared to Blue Moon Honey Wheat a lot so when I saw it in there summer sampler. I thought well I had never tried any of Leinekugel’s beers it was high time that I did.

Appearance- It poured a translucent yellow with a an average sized clean white head.

Smell- It smelled of sweet malt. I think honey always brings out the malt. It had a little but not much of the fruity bouquet that is often affiliated with a wheat beer too.

Taste- Mildly fruity esters as a wheat beer should. Followed by a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. In about the average range nothing spectacular.

Drinkability- I would drink it again.

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Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably my least favorite of Leinenkugel's main offerings. Smell is not very strong, and not very distinct. This is refreshing, but fairly basic. I can taste a hint of honey towards the end. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, though I have to say given the very dense taste of the Blue Moon honey beer I had recently, maybe it is better to err on the side of less-dense rather than more dense for a honey-laden beer. Overall, though I'm a Leinie's fan, this is not particularly special.

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Photo of packetknife
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flag-ship of their line I believe. At least it's the one everybody in MN goes for first. A good summer ale, sweet, nice light smell. A bit thicker than you'd expect, which is good. Goes well with large grinder sandwiches.

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Photo of RossPeterson
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow with a one-finger head. Died fast but has a good amount of lacing.

S: Grainy malts and wheat. A tiny hint of honey.

T: Very wheaty with a tiny bit of sweet honey.

M: Decent amount of carbonation with a clean finish. A medium body thanks to the trace amount of honey flavor which seems to thicken the beer by a small amount. A little watery nonetheless.

O: Easy to drink, clean finish, one of the more fuller-bodied Kristalweizen's but was still a little too watery. Overall a good beer with common flaws, so compared to others, one of the better ones.

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Photo of Clones21
3.34/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell-Very honey like. Some hops.

Looks-Straw like yellow. Not that great.

Taste-Lots of honey up front. The after taste isn't that great. The after taste, taste like a Bud Light or something like that.

Overall it's not that bad of a beer. Much better than Bud Light or a big mainstreem beer..but not far off from them. Give it a try.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and fizzy. Completely clear with a very thin head that immediately dissipates.
Smell is of generic malt. Touch of honey to the smell.
Taste is fairly generic as well. Wheat and malt tastes with the slight touch of honey hardly noticeable.
Nice on the mouthfeel. Very crisp feel to it with a little fiz in the mouth.
Could drink this beer all day in the heat. The only problem is that it is a little too boring to drink more than a couple of these.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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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 tedsox31
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a glass stein.

Appearance is a pale golden color, small head and some lace to speak of.

The smell is yeasty to me, and just a touch of honey in the background. I expected more of a honey scent to come through.

Taste is of grains, yeast, and honey. I would prefer if you could taste the honey a bit more, as this beer is just a little thin.

Mouthfeel is ok. Like I said in the taste section, it is a little thin, although there is some carbonation to balance out the thinness in my opinion.

A drinkable beer. It would be a fine beer to have a few of on a summer day sitting with your friends. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I wouldn't avoid it either.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. 09079 on bottle.

A - A three finger white, sudsy head with short retention rests above a very effervescent yellow straw body. Good lacing though.

S - Slight honey aroma compliments the wheat flavor well but it also partially lost in corn and straw huskiness.

T - Sweet, deluded honey is faint but tasty and balances the dry, crisp beer well. Wheat, straw, and corn flavors too.

M - Very sharp and crisp but refreshing. Light bodied.

D - As one of their flagship beers, it's a solid brew for a lighter beer. Decent flavor and aroma coupled with a fantastic drinkability lends this beer well to the session brew category.

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Photo of Greggy
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pretty clear but a touch of wheat haze. Definitely filtered.

Smell - some light honey and wheat.

Taste- I really enjoy this as one of the readily available affordable beers as it has a lightly hopped honey flavor without the sometimes tangy or tart wheat flavor.

Drinkability- This is a great session brew as it is low in alcohol, light and tasty, and it also is a great crossover brew leading some BMC drinkers to the craft brew world.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ZAP for this exta canned brew in our initial trade...pretty cool, my first review of beer in a can...never thought it would happen.
A wheat beer made w/ real Wisconsin honey seems well worth a try.
Pours a clear, light golden color w/ two full fingers of fluffy, white head..lacing is quite thick and slides rapidly back into the glass.
Aroma is faint...hint of malt w/ carbonation in the nose.
The taste is decent...a nice dose of honey complements this wheat beer real nicely. Just a small amount of hops, adding just a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is fairly high, but I could enjoy a couple of these on a hot day (like today) before I'd need to go to something w/ a little more to offer.
Real glad to try this one...thanks again ZAP.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa recently - not sure exactly why, but it was available as a single bottle and I wanted a change from what I've been having lately. This is a pretty average beer in all regards, but I wasn't expecting much of anything from this either. It's not summer out, but I can easily see myself having one of these on a nice weekend afternoon!

This had an average pour to it - clean, crisp, and strongly resembling a pils. There wasn't a lot of carbonation with this beer and the same could be said for the head and lacing. The taste is pretty malty with some bread and honey tossed in for good measure. The only resemblance of hops is in the back, and even so, it's pretty faint. I'd also say there's a bit of grass and straw in this, but by no means is this a rye beer.

The 4.90% ABV can hardly be felt here and this has "session beer" written all over it. Sure, I like my beers complex, but once in a while, it's good to veg out and have something without thinking about it. Now where did summer go?!?!??

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light golden yellow. Crystal clear. White head that dissipates quickly. Zero lacing.

S - Slightly sweet grain, corn, musky wheat, and bit o honey.

T - Grainy, watered down honey flavors, hints of wheat with a tart lemony finish.

Pretty good for this style of beer. The flavors are there but light and watered down. It's that weird lemon/honey cut with a light beer. The aftertaste is an imitation lemony flavor.

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Photo of strattor
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head.

Light sweetness from the malt and honey in the aroma.

Light, almost fruity flavors. Some hop notes present, but not bitter. Wheat notes also present.

Light body and medium-high carbonation for the mouthfeel.

Very easy drinking beer. Good for those who want an alternative to the typical macros, but more experiences beer drinkers will probably find this bland.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.27/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Weizen glass
A: Banana yellow, thick two finger head. Nice bubbles.
S: Honey and bananas.
T: Wheaty malt with subtle honey.
M: Smooth and mellow. Nice, easy to drink beer.
O: Nothing out of this world, but very solid. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up in being a straightforward easy to drink beer, which sometimes is all you ned.

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Photo of hu5om
3.27/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me of Summer in Wisconsin. Not great, owned by Miller, but good enough. Had it most recently on tap at the La Crosse Loggers game Sunday. Not much head to speak of, retention was pretty weak. golden in color, translucent. Smell of honey, would have been better with a lemon in at as it's sometimes served. taste of honey and light citrus. solid lawnmower beer, but it's not going to change any lives. Interested to try it half and half with the berry weis; I've heard it's better than either alone.

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Photo of RubbaDuckE
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now here's a brew that makes me drool a little and say mmm. . .beer. There is nothing special at all about this beer. In fact the honey taste is either hidden very well or non-exsistant. This isn't a bad thing but makes this beer rather boring. This one is best enjoyed as a 12 pack. Honey Weiss goes down smooth and tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter

Light pale hay hue with a white head that is put out immediately.

Hmm.. the aroma is a bit funky, not off putting but not very good.

The taste is much better. Plain though. Wheat, mild malt with the faintest hint off sweet honey.

Nice mouthfeel. Pleasantly in the middle, not especially dry but no unpleasant sticky residue.

If it was hot as balls out I would really enjoy something light like this, but I won't chase one down. A quencher.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.95 out of 5 based on 1,556 ratings.
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