Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red

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BA SCORE
72
okay

821 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 821 | Reviews: 314
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Lienie's red does not give much of a show in the head department but damn, that is one pretty-colored beer. It is crystal clear, slightly effervescent, and a very striking orange/ red/ copper color. The nose is mostly fresh grain with berry notes and faint hop.

This is a crisp beer that starts off slightly bitter and mellows into creamy vienna malt goodness with a nice toasty undertone. There is a very soft wisp of hop in the finish. This is an extremely soft, smooth, and balanced beer. This is probably the best Vienna Lager I have had, althought I'd have to put it up against Negra to see for sure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this style of beer,drink alot of this on tap in the summer just as good as killians I think.Nothin special but I like it.

Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.87/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my facorites that I have tried from Leines thus far. The small was very pleasant, while the taste was even better. I was given a bottle of this on accident while at a restaurant. I am very happy about the mixup or I would have never tried this beer. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good red beer.

Photo of equinox1
4.15/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may rate this higher than others but that's ok by me. its my lawnmowing, honey do list, football watching beer of choice.
chill it cold and enjoy. not your average lager as it has a bit of a malt backbone with a hop tingle at the end. nice ruby red color . try it as cold as you can.

Photo of Jason
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle with a bottle code, no freshness date.

A- Deep orangey red color, very clear ... the head dissipates a little too quick for my liking.

S- Mild toasted malt aroma, wet with a caramel undertone.

T&M- Slight crispness, a tad slick on the palate with a moderate body. Thinning toasted grain meets a watery steely caramel malt, hoppiness stays on balanced bitter with very little flavor.

D- Better than Killian's Red, but that is not saying much is it. I guess my point is, if you are going to brew this style it can't be strip filtered and perhaps pasteurized. Lacks that malty lager freshness. Not bad but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is almost a rarity in the southern USA, so I jumped at the opportunity to bring a bottle home from the Leaf and Ale store, in Knoxville, Tn. This one pours an ultraclear, orange/amber body with a small and shortlived offwhite head. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma suggests a malt bomber. Sweet, caramel and toffee aromas are all over the nose, with only a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is appropiate for style, with a light body and lively carbonation.

Taste is dominated by sweet maltiness, with caramel and toffee saturating the palate. Hops lend only enough presence to prevent cloying sweetness.

Easy drinking lager, overall, and crisp and refreshing in the right circumstances. Not very complex, with a sweet malt dominance. Worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber, redish (suprise) Leaves some nice lacing. Not much nose detected. Lightly flavored, malt, slight burnt flavor, chalky and dry finish. Light, redish beer, not really much going on with this one. Another middle of the road, slightly better then Macros brew from Leiny. Pass it by, you/we can do better then this limp and lame stuff.

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium/light bodied, moderately bitter with a sweeter end

Drinkability: An average Vienna Lager. I like the caramel malt, but it is rather tame--especially for this brewery. A solid beer that I would not turn down, but most likely would not rush out for either.

Photo of Byeast
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish orange , clear , with a thin and quikly dissipating white head. Smell is slightly malty , with just a bit of spicy hop in there. Taste is not bad , a little thin. Some caramel malt taste , slight hop. Better than killians and other big brewery reds ive had and wotrh a try , just not quite enough flavor for me.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. amber bottle. Poured a reddish-brown in appearance, with a bustling white head that lasts briefly. No lacing. Tough to pick out any distinct aroma, but finally some malts decided to show up. Flavor is more of the same...a rather uninspired attempt at an amber. Others have commented on a chemical-like flavor and I also noticed something amiss in the flavor. Malty sweet and not well-balanced. Finishes with nothing on the palate, like it just disappears. Mouthfeel and drinkability are par for the course. There's just nothing about this beer that stood out and kept me coming back for more. Any beer that often gets compared to against Kilian's can't be good. Pass.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, and used to be one of my favorites when I thought this was "microbrew exotic". Pale red in color with almost non-existent head. The aroma was slightly sweet, although it was not malt, more of a corn/grain sweetness. The flavor was more of the same with slight hops appearing at the end of the flavor to give the lager taste. From Leine's offerings, I like the Original and Creamy Dark better. Not a bad beer for a change from the macro lagers and because of the high availability, can be found at most of the same places for the same price.

Photo of niknar
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears as a dark amber / slightly red color. Good head but didn't hold all that long. Smell was underwhelming, but still pleasant. I couldn't discern any particular scent to describe it with. Taste is decent but nothing spectacular. Slightly on the dry side, but still pleasant. Mouth feel was on the lighter side, but not offensive. Overall I think its a pretty good lager that could be consumed en masse' if you so choose. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing to shy away from if you're just looking for a cold one.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good ol Leinie's Feet, er, red. Good clear ruby red gleam to it. Aroma, of well, kinda footish. Nicknamed Leinie's Feet by those in the know.

Taste, not bad. Better than Killians, but not by much, nor anything to brag about. A real straight forward beer. Middle of the road. Got a lot more expensive lately, not worth anywhere near $6.99 a 6er.

Photo of ADR
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Leinies" try hard but just don't seem to measure up (try a Creamy Dark, its too obvious and one dimensional in its "chocolate" approach)...the Red is the same, a little tangy and granular but thin overall, mouthfeel suffers the most...a Winter Lager that they used to do was one of their best, real spice notes brought on by complexity -- but more lately, they seem to be focusing on fewer offerings. The Red just dissappears off your tongue...

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.31/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Caramel amber tone with an off white two finger sized head leaves nice lacing not a bad appearance from this brew. Aroma: Slight toasted malts smooth somewhat bland sweetness here. Taste: Clean amber alger typical grainy sweetness very slight bitterness not much to the flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel: Very mild brew lighter body strong carbonation. Drinkability: Easy going effortless not challenging to my senses in anyway not too enjoyable for me.

Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent but less than spectacular lacing. Somewhat respectable head of foam, though, again, nothing spectacular. A rich red-amber hue with about a medium body. Some hint of spice and a little nuttiness, but traces of bitterness at times. Nothing spectacular, but you could give it a try. Not bad.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear reddish brown in color, with something of an obnoxiously big and frothy head. Doesn't smell at all strongly, perhaps just a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste is slightly grainy, slightly bitter. Fairly balanced with no particular part of it standing out. On the downside, no particular part of this beer is worthy of standing out. A good, if not overwhelming lager.

Photo of brewQ
2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This really a nice looking brew. Pours a dark cherry red with fine bubbles. In the spirit of macro reds there is little to no nose here.
Just a hint of malt sweetness.

Besides the malt I detected a slight metallic taste. Otherwise pleasant.

Mouthfeel seems to evaporate.

Leinies/Miller achieves its aim on drinkability.
This is a half step above the mainstream lagers.

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a vibrant amber color with a medium thickness tan head that lasted a few minutes. The aroma is of caramel but balanced out somewhat with some hop bitterness. The taste is a bit of caramel with some citrus notes and a touch of bitterness but not overpowering. This is a very drinkable beer as it is fairly light and refreshing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, from a grocery store mixer (I freakin' love that!) in Montana last month.

This beer pours a clear brassy copper hue, with three fingers of thin puffy pale beige head, which leaves some random islets of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells mildly of sweet grainy malt, and weedy, metallic hops. The taste is quite plain - innocuous grain, a slight mineral edge, and dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a little astringent, but smooth nonetheless. It finishes fairly balanced, the somewhat bready malt and middling floral, weedy hops in a dance of the banal.

Wow, I can't remember the last time a beer left me so stricken for words, in the manner of 'I just can't describe this, it's so booorrring...' Not bad, not good, just, well, not even meh. Cripes, this is the beer equivalent of being home by 10.

Photo of SMark
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at approximately 43º with a date of 07237. The beer poured with a nice head which quickly dissipated. Coloring was clear and reddish amber.

The malt aroma was apparent when pouring. It was very noticeable when putting the nose to the test over the glass. It seemed like there were also hints of brown sugar.

Nice malt taste with some bitterness on the sides of the tongue. I did not detect any sweetness in the swallow.

This beer sat very well in the mouth with just a slight too much fizz. Otherwise, it does not stay in the mouth very long as it easily slides down the throat.

Overall this is one of Leinies better beers and can be mixed with several other Leiny products for many different tastes.

Photo of MacEnvy
3.46/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at about 35 degrees F. Not much of a head. Lovely red color, as one would expect form the style.

Smell is very light, mostly hops. Not bad, but nothing special.

Taste is nicely balanced. A moderate amount of bitterness balanced with a moderate amount of malt backing. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I'd have another one of these (in fact, I will in a few minutes). A good example of a Vienna Lager from my (somewhat limited) experience.

Photo of biernuss
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a few 12 oz bottles to share with my son-in-law. I found this beer to average throughout. The appearance was , of course, reddish, and it did pour with a decent head. The smell and taste were okay but nothing spectacular. The mouthfell likewise was so-so. I would not add this to my favorites.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of these on the plane on the way home. A decent brew. Defenitely one to take on hiking trips (cans) in the summer. Pours an amber red color with pretty good head and lacing. Malty aroma. Taste is lagery crispness with a little boosted malt presence, some slight caramel maltishness, but very very faint. A good session brew, that is easily portable. Keep in mind this review may be flawed from drinking nothing but lager in South africa for the last two weeks. haha.

Photo of cokes
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Leinies are what (many) Wisconsinites drink when they think they are having good beers. Those of us who appreciate good beer know better. Their beers just do not measure up. Not one of them has any distinct character. Most are swill for the masses.
So the story goes for Leinies Red. Mediocrity encapsulated. It does not do a single thing well. Fairly bitter for a red lager, light roasted with a little malt sweetness, but otherwise completely nondescript. Not even a good fall-back. I hope any bar worth your hard earned $$ has a better beer available.
Steer clear.
Drink better.

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Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.