Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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69
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1,565 Ratings
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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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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev +35.6%

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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1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of HopDerek
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw yellow color with 1 pinky of bubbly white head, some retention, spotty lacing. Smells of wheat with a touch of honey and some lemon. Taste is very biscuit-like with honey and vanilla, and a finish of lemon. Light in body with good carbonation, sweet with a crisp finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink, but not much going on to really excite the palate.

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2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jettjon
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle with no discernable freshness dating. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a handsome pale golden color with plenty of precipitating carbonation. One finger of tight white lacing fades at a moderate pace down to a thin cap and collar with nothing on the glass. Nose is vaguely wheaty; not picking up a lot of honey, just lightly sweet malt. A bit grassy. On the tongue, again no real honey flavor, just faint suggestions. At least it’s not cloyingly sweet. Definite mild wheat flavor, but fairly middle-of-the road. Nothing to really grab you. Light and dry for sure. No real hops bitterness. Clean, dry finish. Mouth is crisp and clean with plenty of tingly carbonation. Drinkability is good; it’s light and clean, but not a whole lot to bring me back. Won’t buy another sixer.

Overall: Very middle-of-the-road.

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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 AuntBea
4.5/5  rDev +52.5%

Great flavor.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
2.92/5  rDev -1%
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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2/5  rDev -32.2%

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of whynot44
2.51/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey Weiss?? If they say so, not much honey taste and doesn't much resemble a Weiss bier either.

Light bodied, pale honey colored brew.

Very little aroma, more citrus than honey. Taste is the same - very little. Very slight trace of honey, more grain, fruit, citrus, but still not much.

Finishes very slightly dry. Easy to drink, fairly smooth. Drink it with spicy food and save the good stuff for another time.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev +35.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You wouldn't know this was a wheat beer if the bottle didn't say. I mean, its appearance isn't your typical cloud or haze. Rather this beer is pretty clear, straw in color with a small, non-laceing white head. The aroma is not overly sweet, but about average. The taste is crisp, just a touch of honey blends this brew to a nice balance between the slight hop and the wheat malt. The mouth is left alittle dry, wanting more. Im not big on over-sweet brews, thisone just hit the spot. I'll buy thisone again.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear, golden yellow color. Very thin lacing, not much out there. Minimal white head that thins out quickly.

S: Minimal straw and grassy smell, with lemon hints.

T: Some grass and sweet honey taste, nothing too overpowering.

M: Crisp and clean feel. I was impressed with this.

D: It is quite drinkable, but since the flavor is not that impressive, I would not have many more of these.

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Libeertarian
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 05/18/16:

Clear, pure, very pretty golden yellow, very sparse flecks. Whitish head of lower-moderate retention. Honey, wheat, mild yeast mustiness, lightest fruity esters to the nose. Tastes similar to some very cereal-forward Belgian Pales I’ve had. Some malt and wheat tartness. Honey is more subdued than even what you’d find in a number of Pale and Adjunct lagers. Notice it more in the back, and more so flavor than sweetness. Light- to medium-bodied, refreshing, mouth-coating, well carbonated with tingles and suds. Overall, velvety mouthfeel.

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Photo of corywalston
3.02/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of maddogruss
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a light golden body that was slightly transparent with a white head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Kind of a bittersweet, malt smell with some sour undertones. Nothing too overwhelming.

T: Not much of a taste at all. Kind of just tastes like a macro-beer, which is none too impressive.

M: A light mouthfeel that seemed overcarbonated as well. Nothing impressive.

D: Nothing too impressive or good. Just a thin, overcarbonated beer with no taste. I was not impressed at all with this one.

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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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