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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Honey WeissLeinenkugel's Honey Weiss

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

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Reviews: 461 | Ratings: 1,546
Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of ADR
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Honey Weiss poured a cloudy bright yellow color, with not much head. There really wasn't much of a smell, hints of honey were present but not much else. The taste had hints of lemon and honey, but had a grainy and unpleasant after taste. Light flavor, and not very enjoyable, overall stay away.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden. Head is pretty prominant and holds on pretty well.
S- Smell is sweet, I feel like that's likely the result of the honey. Really the honey sweetness is all that's on the nose.
T- Sweet honey flavor, maybe a bit grainy. One-dimensional throughout, with a bit of a musty finish.
M- Light bodied, quite crisp. Actually the carbonation needs to be dialed back a bit.
O- It's a decent intro beer, but it's not one that I regularly pursue. The honey flavor is kinda nice but it doesn't go anywhere. A beer stuck in first gear I would say.

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Photo of atsprings
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Pale straw yellow color with very little white head that's gone in a flash. Almost no aroma to speak of. Taste is that of a mild, sweet, wheat beer. The honey flavor is there but it's all very muted. I keep taking sips to see if there is anything else but that's about it. Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is ok. It's really just an average summer lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear pale gold with a big foamy white head. This shrunk to a thin sheet that stayed throughout the drink. Mild carbonation. Excellent webbing along glass side.

Smelled some sweet honey, floral, maybe some fresh bread.

Very crisp brew with very low bitterness. Pretty thin and watery, yet smooth. Slight metallic aftertaste. This did not taste like your typical weiss. I couldn't pick up any of the usual wheat, banana, clove, etc. This came across more like a blonde ale.

All in all, this was a refreshing brew, but was a far cry from the style it claimed to be.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour delivers a good size head in my pint glass. The head quickly shrinks to just enough to cover the surface. A steady stream of carbonation keeps this coating through out the tasting. Light yellow in color due to being filtered, I place my nose in the glass. A very faint aroma of honey is detected. Tasting it shows though even less of a honey flavor. Just enough sweetness to be refreshing.Not really picking up any of the usual weiss flavors (clove, banana). Not really getting a hop taste except a little in the aftertaste. I can see having a couple on the patio.

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- a aroma of fruit and traces of wheat Appearance- Light yellow color with a one inch head. Taste- A light and slightly dry beer with a sweet accent. Palate- this is a light thin brew with a lively amount of carbonation that does not have any bitter aftertaste. Overall- An enjoyable and refreshing beer, I would drink this again (often)

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Photo of herman77
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow, crystal clear with a moderate white head. Lots of carbonation ripping up. A few splotches of lace here and there.

S: Lightly sweet cereal grains, wheat. You can actually smell some honey sweetness as well.

T: Pretty bland. Light wheat flavor with a little bit of sweetness. Slight lemon twang. Finishes crisp. No detection of honey.

M: Light, thin. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: A decent summer beer if there is nothing else to be found. Not bad, but not my thing. Boring.

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Photo of bsp77
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Single glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow with very little head.

Smell: Not too much going on here. Light semi-sweet malts, a touch of honey and hops.

Taste: Light, slightly fruity malts with some honey. Not as sweet as I feared, and finishes crisp.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation and light body.

Drinkability: Nothing special, but not bad, and it certainly is refreshing.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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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 JamesS
2.28/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.02/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, pale gold, with a big head of white foam
Aroma-Faint wheat, lemon zest
Taste-Faint wheat and lemon notes. Faint honey note. General weak flavor all around-Very Macro-brew in flavor
Overall, might be better if served very cold on a hot day in a frosted beer mug, which is about the only way I can "enjoy" an American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale, straw golden here, with a massive head of white foam. Nice lace.

Honey and yeast in the nose.

Very sweet on the palate, with a heavy-handed honey tone. Light-bodied and almost adjunct-like. This one seemed thin and sweet.

Overall, not terrible, but not good either.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.72/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Finally getting around to reviewing this stuff, have had it many times in years past. Found a Leinie's 12 pack sampler for $6.99 on closeout, probably the only way you could convince me to buy it. Clear gold in color, almost no head, just a couple bubbles. Smell is of nothing much, light malt and something adjuncty. Taste is unimpressive and boring. The little sweetness that the honey imparts doesn't make up for how poorly crafted this stuff is. Not a very good beer, aviod unless you get a deal like I did.

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Photo of rye726
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This honey weiss does not improve much on their other pale wheat. It shares a similar yellow color and has a marginal beige head. The nose and taste were both light and grainy. A decent body has to open up to loose some of the carbonation. The honey flavor is a bit artificial to balance well.

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Photo of hardy008
2.28/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow color. The head has poor retention. Smell is of wheat and some sweetness, can't say the sweetness is from honey though. The taste is the same, but I don't taste honey. Kind of a bland beer overall. Clean mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Light bodied. Not offensive, also not special. Decent drinkability. Nothing special. Kind of eh.

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

Pours a light clear yellow gold. Light white head dissipates down to a film.

Smells wheaty and dry.

Tastes the same. Good wheat flavors with clean freshness.

The mouthfeel has a good sharpness from the carbonation. Thin but not water thin.

A good wheat beer. No bitterness makes it easy to throw back a few.

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Photo of Amalak
3.12/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold out of the bottle and has a slight foamy head and semi bubbly. It has a moderately strong wheat smell to it.

The honey wheat taste definitely comes through. But the big drawback for me was that it left a pasty aftertaste. Worth a shot, but not a big fan.

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Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale and transparent lemon color. Two fingers of frothy with head. Poor head retention and minimal to no lacing.

Sweet, slightly fruity smell. Some banana and lemon.

Not a whole lot of wheat flavor, just an underlying bread-like character. Mild honey sweetness, happy to say this characteristic does not dominate. Not much hop character. Vague fruit notes.

Light body. Adequate carbonation. Slick feel from the honey lingers in the aftertaste.

This stuff is alright. Less sweet than expected which is good. It is light and refreshing but lacks in complexity.

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

A - Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head

S - Some hops and a little honey

T - Sweet malts with some honey some hops

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in here

D - Its a step above a macro but not buy much I'd rather drink this than BMC

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

Pours light yellow with short lasting white head. Looks like a light lager basically. Smell is light but slight honey and malt. Taste is decent, crisp from the moderately high carbonation, and mildly sweet from the honey and lingers for just a bit in the after taste along with just a touch of wheatiness. This doesn't taste bad by any means, but is very light and simple. A good replacement for a cheap lager, and it is easy to drink, crisp and refreshing, but nothing to blow you away.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.95 out of 5 based on 1,546 ratings.
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