This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at beer whose name is quite a mouthful Leinenkugel Honey Weiss.
Long a staple of Midwest towns, but always ambiguous in terms of its kashruth, the Jacob Leinenkugel brand of beers has had a cult following for some time. The brand dates back to 1867, when they began brewing in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. More than one hundred years later, Leinenkugel was purchased by SAB Miller and their beers began to enjoy broader distribution and notoriety. With the merger of SAB Miller and Coors, much of the Miller family of beers became certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. A complete list of the Miller beers which are now certified kosher will be posted iyh tomorrow in Kosher Beers' Annual Labor Day Post - the Updated Kosher Beers List.
When I first received the OU's Letter of Certification for MillerCoors, I began looking for a beer to review for Labor Day weekend. There were so many great options available, but I settled on the Leinenkugel Honey Weiss in honor of Rosh Hashanah which starts on Wednesday evening.
So what does the beer taste like? It is certainly not a heavyweight and does not have the body nor complexity of a Lake Placid Honey Rye or a Samuel Adams Honey Porter. It has some resemblance to the Blue Moon Honey Moon, but this is brewed as a lager and is lighter in color and alcohol content.
I would recommend this beer for a Rosh Hashanah meal as it not overly heavy and the generous amounts of honey would well complement your apples, challah with honey and other light yom tov fare.
As mentioned above, Leinenkugel Honey Weiss is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, although the product currently in the marketplace does not yet have an OU on the label. If you would like a copy of the LOC please contact me via email. A complete list of the other Leine's which are certified kosher will be iyh posted tomorrow.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Leinenkugel Honey Weiss, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/710/2958.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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