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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 | website

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:
461
Ratings:
1,537
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
36.61%
 
 
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Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a big time favorite back where I'm from, and is the "go to" craft option for those who really don't drink a lot of craft. So when I saw it down here, I had to get it again so I could remember how this beer tastes.

Smell is vegetal, with a small sweetness, which I'd assume to be the honey. Smells like a sweet macro, really.

Tastes like I'd expect. It has an adjunct-like taste in the body, perhaps cooked veggie, with a definite sweetness on top of it presumably from the honey. I will say that the honey makes what would otherwise be painfully boring a bit better. The wheat shows up in the back with a little lemon zing, wrapping the beer up pretty nicely.

Nothing special nor offensive. I doubt many BA's will seek this out. It's better than having macros, so if you're at a bar in the upper midwest and this is available, I'd say to go for it.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 12pk Summer Smapler cans from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in spring 2011.

Pours a very pale yellow color with quickly diminishing head. Has a decent scent of wheat to it. Taste it rather simple as it is basically a lighter flavored wheat beer. I'm really searching for the honey taste in it and can not find it. Definetly a summer beer, but essentially is just a glorified Miller Lite taste wise. Certainly not unique by any means.

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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 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 sweett3k
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grab the fishing pole and a cooler of these and you will have a great day. I do not know what it is but I always relate a Leinies to an outdoor activity. What's wrong with that? I guess it is not too bad. Honey and beer go together like PB & J. A great combination. This beer is a clean crisp and refreshing wheat beer. Not to exciting to look at or smell but it taste pretty damn good. Great session beer. My best friend from Minnesota likes to put a lemon with it.

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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 lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A - very clear golden yellow beer under a thick 3-finger white head. The head melts away in average time, leaving ample lacing. A layer of white foam lingers on the top for quite a while.

S - lots of citrus (lemony), some wheat, and maybe a hint of honey

T - decent weizen flavor with a hint of lemon; fairly grainy and not much for hops; refreshing, would be great for a warm summer day

M - light-bodied and high carbonation

D - I could put down two or three of these with little effort.

If you've never had Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, it's definately worth a try. I recommend Leinenkugel's Spring Variety Pack, which includes Honey Weiss.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden yellow with 2 finger white head

smell: honey, wheat,

taste: sweet, lemon zest,

mouthfeel: mild carbonatioin, crisp, metallic on the backend

Drinkability: overall a nice summer beer, just wish it didnt' have that metallic flavor at the backend.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with plenty of carbonation. Has a thin head.

Smell: Lemon, very slight aroma of wheat.

Taste: Crisp honey and wheat, light fruit esters. Overwhelming lemon like zing that kills the flavor. Ends with this metallic flavor.

Not something I'd search out. Leinenkugel needs to cut the lemon flavor and add some more malt. The "crispness" of the beer does not seem to come from the wheat so much, I think lemon juice was added to give it the crisp zing; a really bad call, as it throws off the flavor. Worst weizen I've ever had.

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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 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 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 BlackHaddock
2.43/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown 12fl oz bottle, just out of date when reviewed. The third beer in my random weird tasting evening 28 Jan 2011.

Poured into my Westmalle chalice: Kristal clear body, bright, golden colour: head did a runner before I could take a look, thin collar after first sip.

Tried to detect some honey smells, but failed, no taste of honey either. The whole experience was a little bland to be honest, lacked any real flavours or individuality, just a boring brew with a name that promised a lot more than it gave.

I'll not be having another!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright, clear yellow. About a 2 cm head...sticks around a little bit with a little foamy lacing.

Smells of a little citrus, but predominantly a wheaty smell. No hint of honey.

Very light and carbonated on the first drink. No hops to be tasted, very little malt overtone, and about the same amount of wheat taste as other weizens. For the life of me I can't find the honey...maybe just a little towards the end of the drink.

Drinkability is very good. I could pound these like bud lights all night.

Overall, nothing outstanding. But on a hot summer day of mowing grass, it'd be great. Was expecting a little more honey taste, not sure how that would affect the beer overall, but an interesting thought. In the end, I would recommend this brew, for someone looking for an easy to drink weizen.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TWIST OFF :-)

Golden straw color beer that isn't quite as pale as most American lagers; It has a bit more of a golden hue to it. This beer keeps its carbonation launching and will keep decent head retention if left alone. I smell herbal notes and honey with just some malt. This beer tastes of the herbal honey notes along with very little hop bitterness and a sweet malt backbone. This is a bit lighter than the beers I've been drinking lately so it's a very nice thirst quencher and drinks very easily. This is the first and only kellerweis I have tried but it is a pleasant one. The wheat is also a noticeable difference from the barley

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank a ton of this back in the day, had another recently to confirm my thoughts. Meh. Good clarity, lots of carbonation. Smell was of nutrisweet and sawdust.

Taste, like diet tea, toffee, nutrisweet. One of my least favotite offerings from Leinies, and I subscribe to the thought process of Leinie Red = Leinie Feet.

Can't believe this stuff is going for $7+ a 6er now, not worth it at even half that price.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass (I don't have a Weizen glass)

Look - straw color, clear, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Very good carbonation.

Smell - not too much of a smell. Subtle hop flavor, maybe nobel hops. Not smelling much of the honey.

Taste and Mouthfeel - sweet taste in general, but can't seem to find the "honey" in it except maybe in the finish. As with the smell, not a very strong taste. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Drinkability - drinkable brew, but not complex at all in the taste. Still not bad-tasting either. Had one yesterday in the bottle and tasted completely different.

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Photo of richkrull
4.04/5  rDev +36.9%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a pretty clear golden yellow. Carbonation is quite good over a half inch of head that sticks around for a while.

S - Smells rather pleasant. Got the honey, mild grain, and lemony zest down perfectly.

T - Liked it considering Leinenkugel's does great things with the flavor of their beers. You get sweet honey balanced with mild hops (very little) and grain then finishes kind of bitter with lemon.

M - Where it gets in flavor lacks in body. Very light and thin

D - Kind of boring, one dimensional and body was way to light for me to consider a second purchase. Still it was cool to try and overall a tasty beverage.

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Photo of brown2cu
3.66/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice gold color. A small head comes up, but dies quickly and doesn't leave any trace that it was ever there.

S: A bit of honey and some bread notes. light, not overwhelming, and forgettable.

T: Pleasant some honey, a bit of peppery spiciness is detectable. There is also a fair amount of lemony zest and some breadiness as well.

M: Heavily carbonated and pleasant.

D: While it is nothing special as far as taste I could go through a six pack easily. It would be a remarkable hot weather beer. On a cold night though it leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of CMW
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, straw yellow color with a towering white head. Slight lacing drips down the side of the glass.

S - Wheat, banana, and some bread like notes.

T - Fairly mild taste, wheat based on front and fades to a sweeter flavor in the end. A little bit of metallic taste in the after taste.

M - Light and watery.

D - Drinkable is one positive attribute of this beer. It would be good on a hot summer day where refreshment is as important as taste.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.41/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation and about an inch of foamy white head.

Smell: Sweet smell with a slight bit of yeastiness to it.

Taste: Really pleasant taste. It has a little bit of a bread like taste mixed with a little bit of sweetness. There is very little bitterness to balance the sweetness but the sweet flavor is not overpowering.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A:Small, loose head. Completely clear, yellow. High carbonation activity.

S: Nice clean malt, small honey aroma. A tinge of lemon and something else (ammonia?)

T: A little bland but I love how the wheat/malt step up and pleases the palate. Honey only shows itself on the finish, which is a plus in my book.

M: Hgh carbonation pretty much rules the day with this one.

D: Excellent drinkability. A good middle ground for those of us who like good flavors and those who drink the "big 3". I can't say I order or buy this one a lot but I always enjoy it when I do have one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.49/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#28. My second Leinenkugel product review. The label doesn't reveal much about the product, so I'm gonna have to dive in blindly this time.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Great pour. Pours a thick two finger depth super foamy head that recedes at a modest pace, but stops at a half finger depth leaving a thick cover over the beer. Lacing is bolder than in most light beers. Color is very light amber, a near champagne tone. Carbonation is very lively. This beer has a bright and spritely appearance. It looks quite good. 4.5

(Smell) Wheat with a touch of honey and perhaps some light citrus ream. Spices, malts and hops are hard to find. Smell is very light and clean. Could be much bolder and have more dimension. Aroma doesn't stand out much. 3

(Taste) Taste is a medium tone of wheat and honey finishing with bold honey tones and slightly bitter spices. Some very faint bitter hops don't interfere with the taste much, but it's pleasant. Nothing knocks me out cold here, but the beer is decent. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slightly thicker and more frothy finish. Beer is relatively smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation doesn't intervene much here. The beer is slightly dry. The mouthfeel is pretty good makes this a pretty good honey wheat beer. 4

(Drinkability) Easy to drink, even with being a medium bodied wheat beer, flavor is enjoyable enough to have a second round. 3.5

Verdict: Looks very good, tastes above average. There isn't much to distinguish this beer above the crowd of honey and wheat brews. You shouldn't be disappointed, but then again you shouldn't be astounded either. Not a bad Leinenkugel brew. I wouldn't mind running into this one again. B (3.65)

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.
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