Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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69
poor
1,565 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
244
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,565 |  Reviews: 466
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 Murrhey
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. Slightly golden body, light and very high clarity.

S- Honey, grass, light malts. Very light and not appealing.

T- Sweet and grassy. Light and somewhat drinkable, but offputting with the grassiness.

M- Light and bubbly. Like carbonated water.

O- Not disgusting, but definitely one to avoid.

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Photo of brutalist
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Winter
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear pale golden with an airy white head. Very odd aroma of sour malt. What kind of adjuncts did contract brewer, Miller, put into this? The mouthfeel is thin, yet crisp. Feint wheat taste and the honey flavor is almost undetectable. Use of hops adds something at least to this beer to make it a little interesting. Cleansing finish.

Leinie's Honey Weiss gets a bad rap and justifiably so. The name and idea of this beer are more appealing than the final result. It's too tame and certainly lacks many of the characteristics of a good weiss. Almost more like a lager. Despite that, Honey Weiss can be enjoyable on a hot summer day, if properly chilled. Goes down easy and hits the spot.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BrewNoob1
2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow, almost orange. Ok head rentention that dissipates quickly. A bit flat-looking, but by no means a bad beer.

Smell: Very faint hints of honey. Honestly, for an adjunct, Honey Weiss smells extremely pleasant. Very summery and refreshing. The honey almost transforms into a malt that evades throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Honey with a creamy maltiness. Almost no hops, but some lemon bitterness maybe. Despite the appearance, Honey Weiss is quite thick in a good way. Creamy, honey, good.

Drinkability: Probably the best American Adjunct Lager. Easy to drink with no nasty taste.

Overall: Underutilized and underappreciated.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a variety pack at Beer Zoo in Harrisburg, PA.

A-Clear yet a little hazy

S-honey and wheat

T-was very tasty in that it had that hint of honey that made the pale ale tolerable (for me anyways)

D- I would def recommend a six pack to sit back and enjoy for the games.

Overall i liked the beer even though i am not a Pale Ale lover.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of clager
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of billybob
1.8/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a short white head that quickly faded to the beer and no lace. weak smell of cooked veggies matchs the taste thats all i want to say about that. mouthfeel was watery and carbonation weak. drinkability zero.

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Photo of hero27
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They brought in a free keg of this at my cousin's wedding, so I took advantage..

Pale yellow color, thin white head that doesn't really leave much lacing. The smell is light pale malts and a hint of spiciness...couldn't pick up much honey, but there may be a bit lingering there. Flavor is weak malts and tastes quite cheap and macro-ish. No real hearty wheat character...if there was more honey flavor and more wheat to round this thing out, this might be a respectable brew. As it is, it was ok to have a few free glasses on the house, but it's not something I'd run out to buy.

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Photo of ccozzi
1/5  rDev -66.1%

Photo of JellyJacket
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of williamherbert
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw-colored B/M/C looking beer. Does have a decent head. Looks like a pale lager with a stubborn head.

Mild wheaty base in the smell, but a sweet hint of honey as well. It's mostly lagerish but with some tweaks. Certainly not unpleasant; underwhelming.

Sweetish wheat/lager flavor. Has a nice honey that translates to a slight lemon. Aftertaste actually better than the "taste."

The feel is a slightly bubbly lagery feel. Somewhat dry. It's a light, minor drin. Pleasant enough, though. Good for summer. Goes down easy for sure.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale golden color--almost anemically so--but had a nice cap of foam. The aroma is an admixture of lightly toasted malt and honey. The flavor profile is similar to the nose. The beer goes down easy, but the sweetness from the honey becomes a bit much more my tastes. The beer is a little light through the center and finishes with not more than a whimper.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours uncharacteristically clear yellow color with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S- Some malt sweetness and the slightest bit of honey scent. Tiny amount of grain and wheat.

T- Slight malt flavored sweetness with a touch of wheat. Not as much honey flavor as I expected.

M- Light and dry with a crisp finish. No lingering aftertaste. A bit watery for me.

D- Easy going beer without alot of overpowering taste. Nothing wow about it, but nothing particularly bad. Average all around.

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Photo of ssjkyle
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of drmcleod10
4/5  rDev +35.6%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Vogt52
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ale207
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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