Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss
Beer temp. 42.4 F (5.7 C), ABV 4.92%. Pours sparkling gold color with a large frothy white head that dissipated quickly with fair lacing. The carbonation was soft. Malt aromas were biscuit and cereal, hops aroma was citrus – possibly lemon or lime. Yeast aroma was dough and misc. aroma was pineapple. The initial flavor was a light sweetness with moderate acidic and bitter notes. Finish flavors were light, sweet and acidic and light to moderate bitterness. Finish duration was short and the mouthfeel was dry. Is it repeatable? Yes. Is it drinkable? Yes. Is it memorable? No. Wow factor? No.
I was surprised after the Berry Weiss of the same brand. The light sweet taste allowed some of the malt taste to come through and the hop bitterness was present but still fairly mild. There is a tartness that’s hard to place so I’ll just call it citrus. The balance was good but it lacks the harmony in better Weiss Beers. It lacks the hazy appearance I’ve come to love in wheat beers. This could be a decent summer beer as the sweet taste doesn’t become annoying as it warms, but there are still a lot better wheats out there.
Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss Rating: 4 out of 10 (?)
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