Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 03-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,849
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
1,570
pDev:
19.54%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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Ratings: 1,570 |  Reviews: 467
Photo of therica
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A US macro-lager disguised as a Heffe.

I'm rating this against "beers" not specifically heffe-weissens. If I rated against true Heffe's my numbers would be FAR lower.

A= golden yellow, kind of pretty color. Little head, mild lacing which stays for a while. Lots of large-bubble carbonation fizzing up the middle after pouring.

S- beer. Not much different than any US macro. A bit of a stale scent.

T- where's the wheat?!?!? One reviewer seemed to have found it. We sat here on 2 sittings, wondering where the wheat is. More like a standard run of the mill US macro-lager. Mild sweetness. Little that made me ever want to drink it again by selection, although fine if someone's serving it for free. I'm not put-off by the beer, it just has nothing that impresses me in redeeming qualities.

M= light sweet tongue. Mild stale flatness which probably tries to be hops-bite. Lots of nasal-burning belching.

D= for me, not much, but on average probably acceptable to most.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Strix
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
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 chrisjws
3.42/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billybob
1.8/5  rDev -40.4%
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 ahommell
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Goliath
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale yellow color with a thin layer of bubbled bright white head. There is really no head retention to speak of and no lacing left behind.

the aroma is basic. Pale toasty grain, bread, and a light sweetness. Very similar to an adjunct lager.

The taste is boringly unpleasant. Not much here really. A touch of sweetness is available, some toasty grain as well. A very poor show.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and highly carbonated with a large bubble that provides a nice tingle on the finish.

Overall it's a lawnmower beer. Best straight from the bottle when you just want a no think beer. The flavor profile is so mild in nature it feels as though you're drinking a perrier at times.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.85/5  rDev +27.5%
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 AuntBea
4.5/5  rDev +49%

Great flavor.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Murrhey
2.3/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Winter
2.71/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -0.7%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +29.1%
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 BenHoppy
3.86/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hero27
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
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 wattoclone
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JellyJacket
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChrisCage
2.92/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clean, clear light golden/straw color and appears to have plenty of palate scrubbing carbonation in it! The head is a super white color, and starts off quite thick, but quickly fizzles, although not to the extent of being gone...rather it becomes a dense film over top the brew. Lacing seems to be non existent however, with wispy foam quickly sinking back into the beer itself from the side of the glass. Slightly above average looking overall.

S- There is a certain citrus tartness about the overall aroma that is typical of a Kristal....blended in is the touch of honey that the brewery talks about, and a biscuit like sweetness that reminds me of water crisps...slightly yeasty, slightly soda like...there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of bitterness going on either, of which there shouldn't be...overall this reminds me of a cheaper end lager, as the general smell is dull and of adjunct.

T- This tastes almost exactly as my last sentence described the aroma....dull and unassuming! There is a dry grassy/grainy flavor on the palate and with just a slight bit of honeyed sweetness to linger on after the swallow. Other than this, it is more of a cheaper end taste, with corn adjunct prominent throughout. The finish is slightly astringent as well....not the best tasting beer out there!

M- Thin bodied, and with lots of carbonation, as I predicted by the looks. The only saving grace as far as mouthfeel is a gentle smoothness brought on by the honey. Outside of this though, there isn't really anything that makes....slightly cloying after the swallow.

O- I'm disappointed in this beer....its not that it's a bad beer...it's easy enough to drink and perhaps with the recommendation of trying this with a lemon wedge, it would be quite refreshing. My biggest concern is that this looks, smells and tastes very similar to any other American macro brew out there....other than having a slightly sweeter aftertaste...leaves a lot to be desired....Meh....

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Photo of ssjkyle
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 1,570 ratings
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