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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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Reviews: 461 | Ratings: 1,546
Photo of demitriustown
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours with small head that actually stays around for 20 seconds or so. Aroma slight hint of honey and alcohol smell. Appearence clear blonde color. Flovor was average. It's not a swill beer, but nothing there to really get your taste buds going. decent price at 5.99 a six. Could hardly taste the honey in this beer. I've had way better wheat beers before. Nothing special.

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

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thick white foam head that produced about 1 finger worth which held its form ok, but eventually dissipated to a covering. Active carbonation is observed. Little to no lace.
S - Aroma is of sweet honey and wheat. Good level of smell, not too much and not overwhelming. Also smell a trace of alcohol, kind of on the Chardonay side.
T - Overwhelming flavor is the wheat with a very slight hint of honey. Just a hint of hoppyness at the finish, as well. Finishes pretty clean.
M - Medium to high carbonation. Light to medium body. Slight bite at back of tongue.
D - Nothing too suprising here. Not great, but not bad. Seems a little typical, but ok for the style. I'm a little biased, though, because it takes something extra for this style to impress me.

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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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Photo of punky796
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Yellow-gold pour, white head, doesn't last long.

S - Mostly malt and honey.

T - Malt, not as heavy on the honey as you'd expect, kinda grainy.

M - Moderate carbonation, somewhat dry. Leaves you with that syrupy-mouth feeling after you've had a lot of pop.

O - Not bad. I like the honey, but could be better.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.67/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light flavored, not quite as malty as some of this style. I think one problem with this is the glass that it came in. I ordered the 22 oz size, draught, and it came in a large thick soda glass, not a large half-liter weizen glass that it should've been served in. I will hold that against Tony Roma's at the Mall of America, not Leinie's. This had a light lagered flavor, so to give it a kick I went against the norm and dropped in the lemon wedge that came with the glass. It did help a little. If you want a good summery beer, and you live within the Leinie's distribution area, I will give this a good recommendation. Once summer is over, you'll want to switch to something different, but this will do nicely during for the season

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Photo of dali27
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from 12 oz. bottle into weizen glass.

A: Darker clear golden yellow, with thin nearly white head.

S: Hints of sweet honey, but mostly grains and malts.

T: This beer tastes very much like a thicker version of an adjunct. Mild honey flavor which could be more. (I remember more) Clean/empty flavor that comes with a macro. No wheat flavor present.

M: Crisp and clean. Light to medium body.

O: Reading the description of a Kristalweisen, I suppose this beer fits the bill. In essence it's a combination of an AAL and a weiss beer. I am interested in trying others now.

Overall, it's easy to drink and pairs well with most foods. On the other hand, it's a bit boring and uninspiring.

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Photo of kwalters
2.21/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm reminded of a Jerry Seinfeld bit about Grapenuts cereal. Jerry says: "What's the deal with Grapenuts? No grapes, no nuts!" Well allow me to ask "What's the deal with Leiny's Honey Weiss? No honey, no wheat!"

Sure, Honey Weiss pours a nice golden yellow. It has a sparkling white head that quickly disappears. But there's not much flavor or aroma to write about. What little taste there is certainly isn't offensive, but it's not what you'd expect from something called Honey Weiss.

If you don't want to be seen with a Budweiser or a Miller in hand and want to put on a "microbrew" facade, then perhaps this is the pale yellow beer for you. If you want real honey and wheat characteristics, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Looneybiz
2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and it has a medium golden hue with a one finger head that disappeared very fast. Very little lacing.

The smell was malty and I really couldn't pick up hardly any honey smell which is surprising.

The taste is a sweet malty flavor with a feint hint of honey.

Overall its very drinkable but would have liked to had a stronger honey flavor. I would drink it again but only in a variety pack, I wouldn't buy a pack of just this beer.

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Photo of eb003
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion this is just a "good, solid" beer. It's not fantastic and won't set the world on fire, but it's good. I think it has a very clean flavor. The color is also good...more clear than I'd expect for a wheat beer. The smell is also good...I also smelled a yeast/wheat smell. The mouthfeel and drinkability are also good. Like I said...it's just a good, solid beer. I'll say it ranks as "better than most" in my book.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a clean pint glass

A: I think this is the clearest beer I have ever seen. very little carbonation and less that finger width of head.

S: very faint hops.

T: slight bitterness with nothing else for taste.

M: very thin, smooth slight carbonation.

O: There is really nothing to this beer. Very slight hops taste and nothing, absolutely nothing else

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Photo of Illini5596
1.58/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

By and large an unimpressive beer. I know a lot of people who drink this as their beer because it's affordable, but you get what you pay for. It's drinkable, but only as a last resort. The flavor is very bland, with little distinction, but it isn't distinguished or otherwise worthy of note.

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Photo of Roderick
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light yellow with a very thin head
Smell was almost nonexistent
The taste was VERY mild with just a hint of sweetness, this is a thin brew that you have to TRY to taste.
All in all it was worth the money and isn't a bad beer just not memorable. I would buy it again for just drinking while I puttering around the house.

Paid $4.99 for a 6 pack

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Photo of keoki182
2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinie’s Honey Weiss is what it is, an average American wheat beer. Everything about it is pretty unimpressive. The main thing I can say to its credit is that the honey aspect is nicely done. It’s not at all a cloying, sugary honey flavor. The beer is very light gold/yellow in appearance, without much head to speak of. It’s fairly smooth tasting, with grass being the prevalent flavor on my tongue. A good yard beer.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
2.11/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by March 11, 2013

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with zero head. Looks like AAL.

Smell: Not impressive. Smells like adjuncts.

Taste: What taste? I can't make out any honey. It tastes like AAL. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Light... like water.

Overall: Stay away. I might drink one for free.

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Photo of getch
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-golden clear, little shadow, little head when pouring, looks like a regular light beer, but more golden yellow

s-the smell has a hint of honey

t-nice crisp taste with a hint of honey, the honey is not overpowering like berryweiss

m-very enjoyable smooth,

d-one of my favorite light beers, like i stated above the honey is very light and can easily drink a few of these beers

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

If I were served this beer in a blind taste I might not be quite as harsh, but for a beer that is marketed as a premium "craft" beer, this is a shameful product, really average beer at the price of good six pack. The flavor is muted, the mouthfeel flat, and aroma and aftertaste are pretty much MIA. I've had their northwoods lager and other phonies and would pretty much say the same thing: these beers are macro quality masquerading as micros.

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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 jboucher
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear golden yellow color with almost no head. Minimal white lacing. Mediocre carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, grainy malts, crackers, and honey.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Almost watery. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Sort of bland. Crisp and clean.

Ending notes: Overall, not too impressive. I didn't hate it, but I won't be getting this one again anytime soon. Average summer beer at best.

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Photo of MikeAAL
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A sweet tasting beer. Crisp and refreshing.

Yellow colored body with a white head.

Smells like citrus, hops and honey.

Tastes hoppy with sweetness from the honey and a strong citrus finish.

Light mouthfeel, high carbonation.

I like to drink this beer once in a while. Very refreshing.

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Photo of windigo32
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Transparent pale yellow with a half inch white head made of fine bubbles. The head vanishes to a fine layer on the top after a very short time. There is visible carbonation throughout.

S: Smells of wheat beer and clover honey.

T: Very wheaty taste. Honey is very slight on the after taste. Has almost a tart sensation to it.

M: Feels watery and lightly carbonated.

D: Although drinkable, not something I'd buy a full case of. I have six bottles from their Adventure Sampler and that's plenty for me.

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Photo of DrewHodges
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 3/10/10 tasting. Bottle poured to tall European lager glass.

A-clear golden with big foamy head, settled but remained

S-kind of dank and skunky

T-light, sweet lager taste, but little of the honey

M-pretty good mouthfeel, light and refreshing, but nothing like a Weisse, Hefeweizen, or Krystalweisse

D-could definitely drink a few of these if I was in the mood, but not a great beer

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Photo of Grandwazoo
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light pale yellow with foamy head...not a particularly attractive beer

Surprisingly attractive sweet spicey nose with nice wheat undertomes

Sweet and lite with a hint of sour. Not on overly discernable weis flavor

A little fizzy, but not a bad light refreshing beer.

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Photo of enjambed
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Cold bottle into glass

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow, with white, frothy head and surprising amounts of lace. I'm mildly surprised.

Smell: Definitely wheat, a fair amount of graininess, a bit of that 'clove' characteristic of weizen's but not overpowering. An interesting nose considering the source, but pretty light overall.

Taste: Pretty easygoing, however it is very grainy, and has a sulfuric aftertaste.

Feel: pretty light and crisp, though drying in the finish.

Overall: Not bad for Leinenkugel. This was one of my first beers and it's fun to go back to. I was surprised by the appearance and smell, but the taste did not quite deliver in my opinion. A good summer beer nonetheless.

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Photo of arillinoming
4.38/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a very fresh bottle I picked up in Wisconsin while visiting family. Really good, I thought this would be another beer that was too sweet, but it's almost perfect for what it is. Amazing on a hot summer's day, it's definitely not a "poor" beer.

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

Made a recent family journey to Flint Michigan and our first stop was at a Rite-Aid for a candy bar. Lo and behold on the floor was a 12 pack on sale of Leinenkugel Honey Weiss. My curiosity overtook me. I have never ever had a Leinenkugel product and was quite excited at the prospect. Now "Rite Aid" and "on sale" should have clued me in, but I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Poured to a very pale yellow almost like grapefruit juice, with liitle to no head to speak of. I'm no chemist, but honey+wheat do not equal skunky (normally). The merit of this beer is its longevity. Tasted exactly the same (maybe even better) when room temperature was achieved. Macro brewing personified. Lifeless and redundant.

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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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