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
Ratings:
1,565
Reviews:
466
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
20.34%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
245
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RJUGA03
2.51/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Poured a golden yellow with a substantial head of 1.4" and steadily rising carbonation bubbles.
S-Like a macrobrewery tour... SABMILLER?
T-Malty and slightly refreshing with a subtle honey lingering flavor.
M-Thin and fizzy
D-I could probably do two of these of an extremely warm summer's day, but other than that I wouldn't waste my money.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 11/9/09, into a deep goblet.

A: Clear, bright gold body; small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace; very light on the visible carbonation. Boring.

S: Light, grainy, and somewhat sweet. Nothing much, but nothing off either.

T: Light and refreshing, with just a hint of wheat spice and yeastiness. Honey sweetness and dry breadiness fight it out on the finish. Just what I'd look for in beer of this style.

M: Light bodied with ample, soft carbonation (far more than its appearance boded). Not bad.

D: A touch sweeter than some other beers of its style, but still quite quaffable.

Notes: This has long been a go-to summer refresher for me, and I think it's one of the more successful brews in Leinie's lineup. Nothing truly remarkable, but always satisfying.

Cheers!

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Photo of cdrogers
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Subtle golden honey in color. Subtle amber.

Smell: Can definitely smell the sweetness from the Wisconsin honey but the lack of an good aroma hop made it too sweet-smelling. Maybe a sterling or saaz hop to add some balance?

Taste: Definitely sweet from the honey but way too much. The cluster hops in this wasn't really enough to overcome the sweet honey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned in the 'Taste' section above the sweetness really carries through in this and is overwhelming. It wasn't horrible if you like a sweeter brew but I can only give it a good.

Drinkability: Maybe something good to have for dessert?

Can recommend this for the most part, enjoyed it a little more than the Classic Amber Leinenkugel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.16/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clean golden color ale with a large bubbly white head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of honey and light wheat malt is mostly bland. Taste is dominated by light sweet honey malt with not much wheat being noticeable. Body is kind of light with good carbonation. Very bland and ordinary and almost taste like a macro.

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Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

OK, so I'm shaking in my booties to try this thing. I never really liked the original Leinenkugel before, but it seems like a beer for a woman, and this one especially. ANother mission of mine is to find a beer my wife can drink. So far I have failed miserably. This is another stab at it, but I have to review it first to see how bad it can be.

A: Golden yellow orange color thats very clear and light head, very piss colored makes me even more squeemish to try this stuff.

N: First signs of life of the beer where you can tell how bad it will be is the nose. Surprisingly this one actually has a decent nose. Its pretty light but got a nice wheat aroma and a sweet very fermented honey like smell that reminds me of the braggots and meads of yesteryear (or the tasting at the last mead brew club meeting). A slight musty smell also comes out in the deeper end.

T: Do I pinch my nose, should I cover my mouth in wax, or drink a huge hop bomb quickly to drown it out... sip... very light, starts with a decent wheat flavor, that has very berliner weiss like qualities. I actually get white wine flavors like a bad sauvignon blanc. Some strange minerality as well. SLight sweet honey that isn't as dominant as I thought it would be from the nose. It does have a kids cereal-esc quality but not as much as the other LKs. But it still has some weird extract like syrupy flavors.

M: Very light and watery but somewhat smooth

F: Finishes very clean and dry. Actually pretty refreshing, I don't believe what I'm drinking here. Its like someone took a decent beer, added some weird flavors and honey, then slapped a LK label on it. Its not overly fruity or horrendous tasting.

Wifey's notes: <makes the really disgusted face as usual when I have her try a beer, but then it quickly fades when she actually takes the sip) Eh, its OK, not that bad, I can't really drink much of it.

Two of her sips later and I'm stuck trying to get the rest of this down. My review above is taking in a bias I have for flavorless beers, like this, so I try to use an un-biased opinion. BUt in the end its hard for me to drink cause it's just not my style.

Final thoughts: Decent summer beer that would quench your thirst very well and has good drinkability. Some light honey and sweetness that finishes dry and crisp, its very much like a mead crossed with very light wheat beer crossed with sauvignon blanc. I wouldn't recommend it for people that have taste buds and know what beer actually tastes like, but in a choice between this and water to rehydrate on a hot summer day, I would go with this.

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

this beer pours a clear golden color with a tall white head that recedes to a film of lace. the aroma is malty and a bit on the lagerish side, I'm not sure if it's the honey that's responsible. the taste is sweet with quite a bit of malt. the crisp mouthfeel seems right for an american wheat. not a terrible drink, but not one that I'll look for.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, wheat, honey and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste is bready up front with flavors of wheat and a light malt character, followed by sweet flavors of honey and lemon. There's a very mild hops presence that bring some balance but overall, there really isn't much to this beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since it's on the lighter side, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are a lot of other wheat beers or lighter beers that I would choose before this one.

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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 jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap at a White Sox game.

The beer is pale cloudy gold in color with a white head that lasts longer then I would have thought.

it has no distint aroma or taste for that matter. Its light summer beer, a total sessional that I enjoyed more than I would a Miller lite. Over nothing special, but it is what it is.

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Photo of cnally
2.28/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

more honey beers. jeez.

the beer pours a slightly dark yellow, and a creamy white head that all but disappears within a minute of pouring.

musty, grainy aroma. the honey smells are very muted and a faint whiff of dirt accompanies it all.

flavor is very sour right up front, with all the qualities of a bad adjunct-influenced beer, not saying there are adjuncts in this one, it just tastes that way. grainy, bready but not yeasty, like a sourdough..no honey in the flavor and little sweetness. mild bitterness from hops on the middle save it from being very bad.

light and crisp on the tongue. kind of dry.

drinkable? not in my mind. the flavor is pungently underwhelming, and sour to boot. combine to that the lack of decent other qualities, and this becomes one wasteful soul short of a drain pour.

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.01/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Ap. Nice golden yellow with a small, short-lived head. Nice continuous stream of bubbles.
Sm. Corn? alcohol? Beer from the bad old days?
Ta. A cheap, corny chemical kind of taste. Not a good thing. Sort of a sour aftertaste.
Mf. Not too bad, kind of thin. Sticky?
Dr. It will be a struggle, but I'll finish it.

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

Golden color with a foamy head and mild presence of prickle. Served with a wedge of lemon, which I assume to be customary though I don't care for it. I have had it in the Metrodome without the lemon, but I wasn't reviewing then. The nose is refreshing and light, almost cool with a definite floral presence about it. The attack is fresh and cool on a warm afternoon. The flavor is pretty smooth and reasonably pleasant, but not to die for. It is somewhat undescript in both a good way and a bad way. Its a "light" beer in the sense that I would say it has broad appeal. There are hints of honey and lemon in the flavor. The finish resonates with characteristics that I would associate with a macrobrew. I can't complain about it, it was available at Applebee's.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.22/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pale, faded yellow.

S: Wheat, malt and faint honey...

T: Mild wheat with slight honey and mild hops.

M: Thin and somewhat watery, would be thirst quenching on a summer day.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer, but it is just too light in flavor for my taste..

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Photo of mugglesandhops
1.81/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a piss yellow with very little head and no lacing. Smelled of artificial honey, rice, corn, steamed veggies. Taste of lemon and grainy. Thin body. This was my first drain pour. I thought it would be a good beer on a hot day but after drinking the quality of beers that I have been drinking there was no way I was going to was my taste buds on this crap.

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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 stockingcpl
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This selection poured a light honey color. Head was thick with average sustain. Plentiful lacings. Very crisp in appearance. Good job.

Smell: Light, yet a straw presence is noted. This brew has the "feel" of Miller Lite or any of the multitude of macro-brew brands. Not impressive.

Taste: Very light euro-lager feel. Not guite Heinekin, but very similar. There is a very very faint honey flavor, however it is lost in the general adjunct presence of this selection. Not impressive.

Mouthfeel: Palate clears quickly.

Drinkability: Very similar to macro-brew adjunct beers.

Prosit!
Nikki

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Photo of skrib09
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a pale yellow that's almost clear. white head faded quickly.

smell is basically a faint wheat malt flavor.

taste is a bright wheat with a sweetness to it from the honey. no other depth besides a hint of wheat.

mouthfeel is clean and crisp. it's drinkable.

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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 buschbeer
2.67/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of mareth01
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This clear golden beer poured a small inch and a half size white head that left some lacing.

The smell whats a mixture of sweet bread like with a lemon like smell

It didn't have a very strong flavor to it but i could taste some hint of malt and hops...but not any honey like taste as the name infers.

I felt that it was a medium carbinated beer that reminded me of a light beer.

It is def. a easy to drink beer that is a good change of pace from your typical american beer and when you need a break from the great german variety that I get to enjoy, however, I enjoy some of the other leinenkugel

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Photo of TheSarge
3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinie's Honey Weiss pours with a good amount of head production, which retains well with fine lacing. The body is pale gold, and ultra clear. It reminds me of how a kristall weizen should look.

Aromas are very citrusy, with lemon being in the forefront. It actually smells more like a shandy/radler more so than a straight up wheat beer.

The taste is also very radler/shandy like with lemon being very upfront. There is only a very faint bitterness in the end.

This feels prickly with a lot of carbonation.

Altogether this is an enjoyable beer that offers not too many complexities to ponder. It's a good trade over from the BMC scene.

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Photo of jera1350
2.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw yellow color. Thin white head. No lacing at all.

S- Grainy, wheat, slight lemony scent.

T- Watered down flavor. Light wheat, grain, banana comes through at the end. I can see why people put lemons in this. It needs some flavor!

M- Thin, watery. Decent carbonation action on the tongue.

D- Easy to drink because of how light it is. Not horrible, but not that good either.

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Photo of Florida9
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow. Served with about an inch of foamy head that actually stuck around for awhile.

S: White bread, biscuits, and a light lemon scent.

T: Mildly sweet (but not a malt sweetness), which I will assume is supposed to be the honey. Crisp malt. Lemon. Absolutely no hop character.

M: Light bodied. Heavy carbonation. Lively.

D: Very easy drinker. Really, there's just not that much going on with this beer. It's weak, very simple and non-offensive. Only slightly better than the typical American adjunct lager.

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Photo of stogie12
2.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured thin, with pretty much no head. The color is a pale yellow and the beer seemed very carbonated with tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The first smell was some what disturbing. Smelled of rotten wheat. The taste was similar to a cheap light beer. There was a little bit of hoppiness in as it hit the tongue which was the highlight but other than that very light and watery. Easy to drink, but not very enjoyable.

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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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Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.95 out of 5 based on 1,565 ratings.
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