Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -2.6%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a pint glass. Color is a darker ruby color with an off-white head. The nose is some bready malt with a bit of caramel and light sweetness. The taste is definitely characteristic of some amber malt with a bit of dryness and some slight earth. Feel is a bit sweet yet still slightly dry. Pretty decent drinkability overall, but not something I'd really come back to.
11-12-2010 03:35:02 | More by Thorpe429
3.1/5 rDev -0.3%
Clear reddish copper with a decent sized pale ecru head. The lid is foamy and soft, leaving very little lace. The nose is actually pretty nice: sweetish toasted and caramel malt with no hops to speak of. If the flavor follows the aroma, we're in business.
The beer doesn't quite measure up on the buds, but it isn't bad. It delivers sightly sweet, lightly toasted malt early, then fades to a gentle bitterness without much good hop flavor.
The mouthfeel is adequate to start and then becomes thinnish long before the finish. This is one of those ales (and there are many) that start off on decent footing, but don't hold up over the entirety of the mouthful.
Leinenkugel Red is one of Leinie's better beers, second only to Creamy Dark, but isn't one that I'll be coming back to.
03-02-2004 16:46:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.33/5 rDev +7.1%
After drinking quite a few of Leinenkugel's brews lately, I didn't hold out much hope for the Red, but I found myself liking it. A little hopped up for the style, but it hides a lot of would-be flaws. Toasted malts give a rich, but mild malt sweetness, caramel, and toasty flavors. Feels a little less than creamy or smooth, but not watery either. Finish is a little malty sweet, but offset by the added hops. A simple, but solid brew.
08-07-2006 15:03:24 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev +11.9%
reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a pint glass and given to me by my in laws.
easily the best of the lot i had that night, but that is really not saying a whole lot. pours out a clear amber color with lots of carbonation and a nice head of white that does it job coating the sides of the glass. aroma seems very light but you pick up light bready notes, hints of barley and touches of sweetness. flavor is again very light but has a bit more depth to it with a nice malt profile and a hint of earthy hops that offer a touch of balance. smooth and clean it goes down well and i really did not find myself avoiding this in any way.
overall not bad. like i said best of the lot but that is not saying a whole bunch.
02-19-2011 02:49:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.4/5 rDev +9.3%
The red lager pours out as an mildly attractive amber color much like any of the red lagers out there. The head is a very light tanish yellow color with little retention. The smell is a little hoppy and a little bit of malts going on in there. The taste is malty up front with some other grains and finished up with a little hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink like most of Leinie's brews. Overall it's not bad, it's not great either but worth trying.
05-19-2011 17:13:01 | More by Knapp85
2.98/5 rDev -4.2%
Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass at the Schaumburg Red Lobster.
My first visit to Red Lobster (seriously) and my first Sam Adams pint glass with a lobster on it. Right on. The beer pours a rusty amber topped by nearly a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, stale rye bread, and musty oranges. The taste holds notes of musty caramel, orange rind, light lemon peel, black pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Things don't quite meld well, ending up with a harsh bitterness shrouded by a meek attempt at sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I was nowhere near enthused by this brew, but luckily the tilapia dish that accompanied it salvaged the dinner.
07-17-2011 05:29:00 | More by TMoney2591
3.43/5 rDev +10.3%
Slightly dark amber pour with a small amount of foam. Visible carbonation, though it's not all that appealing.
Grainy aroma that doesn't have any off notes, slight fruitiness from the yeast.
Slight bitterness in the back of the throat, smooth maltiness across the palate at first. Yeast produces a vague fruity note. Light and a little watery, slight dextrinous sweetness, but easy drinking. Wouldn't refuse this under any circumstances, it's a bailout beer in many a crappy dive bar.
02-03-2008 03:42:18 | More by emerge077
2.98/5 rDev -4.2%
A - Pours out amber/red color. It had a small head and then I blinked and it was gone.
S - It smell of grasses and yeast.
T - There was a mild malt flavor to it. It also had a faint hop/spicy kick.
M - It is a crisp/dry beer and is light-bodied.
D - It is a descent lager. It certainly isn't my favorite Lenie but it will work.
08-11-2006 04:23:18 | More by zeff80
3.03/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-12-2011 00:43:54 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev +16.7%
The deep-amber/copper body of Leinenkugel's Red really does have a crimson cast to it when the glass is full. When held to the light it glows with clear orange highlights. The frothy ivory head settles into a finger-thick creamy cap, annd leaves some very nice lace behind.
The nose is delicate, but offers a subtly sweet and mildly caramelish malt along with some floral and grassy hops.
In the mouth it's medium bodied on the medium-light side, and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that softens a bit to become smoother as it warms in the glass.
The flavor is as you might expect based on the aroma, and it's subtle caramel character blends quite well with its delicate floral and grassy hops. The bitterness is restrained, and needs to be, because there's really not that much malt here... just a tiny step above a standard American macro lager. It finishes dry with some residual hoppiness and a quick fading note of malt.
03-05-2007 22:59:49 | More by NeroFiddled
3.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours an amber with minimal head. A virtually non-existent nose. Taste seemed to have a somewhat apple tone and I felt there was a thick syrupy finish that stays on the mouth. It's easily drinkable and certainly is a good session beer with a smooth mouthfeel - though I wouldn't pine for the day to be seeing it in the store for me to buy. Best when fresh like I got it, I'm glad this was the alternative to Bud & Bud Light on my flight (Northwest Airlines).
12-30-2007 04:20:24 | More by RblWthACoz
2.28/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
04-25-2004 17:01:30 | More by WVbeergeek
2.85/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-01-2006 00:49:40 | More by Jason
3.3/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours amber/caramel with a finger of fluffy sand colred head. Nice lacing & slightly more than minimal head retention
S: Some sweet malt & cornyness
T: Some sweet malt, caramel & then dryness. A slight essence of vanilla sneaks in as this warms. Finishes with caramel & dryness & alittle alcohol?
MF: Dry & prickly up front, malt starts to fill in the middle. Thin to medium body
Drinks allright, a blast, from the past, the classic crossover beer. I wonder if it was any better before miller got their hooks in. Had it back in the mid 90s & it tasted about the same
01-20-2007 03:48:11 | More by russpowell
2.95/5 rDev -5.1%
Appearance: clear auburn hue, not quite red, but reaching for it, with a big, fluffy off-white head, impressive in that regard.
Aroma: malty, mineral-y, herbal a bit, and dry. Yet, still a touch sweet, from caramel malts, maybe. Hits it right on for a "red lager."
Taste: a bit flinty at first, a touch flat and dry, nothing that reaches up and tickles my fancy. Medium body, with a rather blase' finish, for while the flavor lingers some, it's so insubstantial, it's hardly worth it. Kindly of lays there, like discarded cardboard. Seriously. Like, "Huh, what am I doing in your mouth, well, don't mind me, I'm going to take a nap." Like that.
A tiny touch fruity (cherries, berries), shiny and bright, but unrewarding. Nothing happening at all. Not bad, and probably quite appealing to the macro drinker, who probably expects little better than this, but it's dull and uninviting.
You can drink it, sure, but me, I don't enjoy this sort of thing at all.
Gets sweeter on the palate going in, but I didn't really enjoy that aspect at that time! All in all, though, maybe it's the Leinie's that I hate least?
Maybe...there's always the next one...
12-21-2003 11:02:48 | More by feloniousmonk
3.35/5 rDev +7.7%
The beer pours a reddish/amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry lager yeast scent along with a weak caramel malt aroma. It smells like a weaker Killian's. The taste is decent also. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and grainy. It has a bit of an aftertaste that lingers. It's a bit musty and bitter. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average drinking red lager. It is weak in aroma and taste as well as mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.
03-07-2005 00:31:45 | More by WesWes
2.33/5 rDev -25.1%
Pours copper with a thin head that lasts for a bit. Some trailing lace sticks.
The smell is of light caramel with grain/husk.
The taste is of light caramel with vague yeasty/fruity notes. Some "wet cardboard" is there, as well as mineral water that is a bit dirty/metallic. The slight bit of hop presence lends a bit of an aspiriny bitterness.
This leans towards fizzy and light-bodied. It has a body more of a typical macro lager.
I've had "cheap" red lagers that are better than this. In the end, cold, fizzy-ish water with a touch of caramel balanced only by a vague hop bitterness that goes in the wrong direction. Not easy to finish.
12-10-2008 00:25:37 | More by jwc215
Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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