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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red

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736 Ratings

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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of jera1350


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a bar just outside of Chippewa Falls after the brewery tour.

Deep red in color with minimal head. No lacing.

Smell is mostly malt. A hint of hops maybe.

Malty, bitter bite, can taste some alcohol too. Not much else to say here.

Okay mouthfeel. Leaves an undesireable aftertaste.

I had trouble putting down two of these in a row. Not one of Leinie's better beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 18:34:00 | More by jera1350
Photo of diabecktic


3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head formation is fairly quick; it yields ~1.5 fingers of creamy, tan foam that disappates relatively quickly. There's a small ring that remains, but there is little lacing. The color is a translucent reddish-copper (on the lighter side). There is plenty of visible carbonation rising to the top.

I detect mainly malt tones. It seems to be accented with a bit of caramel and a tinge of something midly metallic. There is also a mild corny sweetness reminds me somewhat of a macro. It's not quite as "cheap" smelling as something mass-produced, but it's definately apparent.

I think the palate matches the nose well. The beer is mainly sweet, but I do detect very subtle hoppiness in the aftertaste. The caramel is less intense, but it's still there. The balance is definately in favor of the malt characteristic.

This beer is on the lighter side of the mouthfeel spectrum; I rate it as medium-light. It's not watery, but it's somewhat less than creamy. A subtle sweetness is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Given the body and flavor, I would have little trouble throwing these down with ease. The brew isn't hard to down and its light body helps facilitate this.

I know that many talk about Leinenkugels' as a good "tweener" that acts as a bridge between the craft beers and the standard macros. I think this beer fits that characterization quite well. It's not too special, but it's better than something mass-produced. The sweetness is nice, but it seems a bit "artificial" for my taste. This is a good beer to have at a party given its price and quality. I don't suggest that you go out of your way to try this beer if you're an enthusiast, but if you're just entering the wonderful world of beerdom, then I suggest you try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 04:36:24 | More by diabecktic
Photo of association330


3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a slight reddish hue. 1/2" of white head recedes to a surprisingly decent, moderately thick cap. There is some lacing.

S - Kind of a generic, moderately sweet, malty smell. A little fruitiness, a touch of caramel, and some misused metallic hops.

T - Sweet malt, some toasted grains, more of that coppery hops finish. Pretty much what I'd expect from a brewer of this calibre.

M - Thinnish, with average carbonation. Basically par for the course for a Leinie's brew.

D - For a cheapo session brew, it's OK. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but if it's available and my budget's tight, I'd pick it up every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 00:25:16 | More by association330
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Grabbed this one on tap because it was the best of the offerings. Kind of surprised me - while it's no mean a brewing masterpiece, it is a nice, mild, light little red lager with a nicely balanced mix of malt and hops. I don't expect much from Leinenkugel, and this did just fine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 20:49:09 | More by soupyman10
Photo of KarlHungus


3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of faint floral hops and caramel malt. The taste is fairly well balanced with a little more malt than hops. There is a nice lingering maltiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer that would be really good if it had a little more hops in the taste ans aroma. I have drank this beer numerous times at bars when it is the best thing available, and will continue to do so.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 20:59:18 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of BierFan


3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at a bar that only serves BMC products. This is the closest I could get to a craft beer.

Appearance: It didn't have a head on it but that was the fault of the waitress who doesn't know how to pour a beer. The bar wasn't brightly lit but I could tell that the beer was a dark red.

Smell: The smell was pretty much just that of a pale all-malt lager. I didn't really smell it that much because I didn't want to look pretentious.

Taste: The taste wasn't anything to write home about. The bitterness was pretty light and there was no hop flavor.

I've had Mexican Vienna lagers that are better than this(Victoria and Bohemia).

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 23:07:44 | More by BierFan
Photo of stogie12


3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thick caramel colored head which regretablly disappeard quickly. Obviously being a red it was a darker color but not as red as I expected. Looked more like a brown with red hint. Smells of some hoppiness and spice. Taste hits the tongue as bitter and smooths out as I run it around my mouth and ends with a very slight kick of nuttiness. Enjoyable but not the most drinkable beer. a couple would be plenty

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:36:00 | More by stogie12
Photo of climax


3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a pretty clear darker amber. wasn't as red as several others had observed. tan head was large

smell was mild. the dominant toasted caramel malts/banana and ripe fruit were there and often a bit confused with cardboard. the previously listed attributes were challenged but not defeated by the hop presence

taste was equally as mild, malt ruled the show. the hops did balance towards the end. hints of banana esters. nutty finish

mouthfeel was a bit light, watery. good crispness from the carbonation made it a bit more interesting

this beer is drinkable, for its pleasant and goes down fast. however it is rather bland

though i wouldn't go out of my way for, would be nice to have to persuade your simple minded buddies away from macros, because it's not very extreme

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:33:29 | More by climax
Photo of earthboundagain


2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

A- Red /Orange in color, but very clear, a small white head that was gone too fast.

S- Not much here, but low malt with a dash of caramel.

T&M- Medium body on this one doesn't sit well in the mouth though. Has a small grain flavor that blends with a watery caramel malt thing. Not too much flavor, and its hard to find the words to really describe what I taste.

D- Another watered down red, with not enough malt to save its self some flavor. I would rate it with most other mid level reds.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 17:05:42 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of storksonm


2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pint Glass

A: amber/copper

S: A little like hops, but mostly a lager smell you could associate with being close to miller high life.

T: a copper like taste to it it tastes a little metallic with a little tiny bit of hops in it.

M: Its kind of a sharp hop taste with a dull aftertaste to it. Not exactly my cup of tea.

D: Leinies is never that bad I guess it really is better after you have had the first one and then you can really think about the beer a little more but the same can be said about most of the commercial brews you have, really I don't know if it is the beer talking beyond that point but I think it is best put in the same terms as Ruffle's if your going to drink Leinies, "You can't have just one." Their Red Lager is neither bad nor that good. But whenever I go over to dad's house he will always have one waiting for me. And what can you say, its beer and sometimes a beer is better than no beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:17:32 | More by storksonm
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep (not dark, but deep) amber color bordering on red (sorry Leinie's, not quite). With a fluffy head that doesn't fade quickly. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

S - Not getting much in the smell. Some spicy malty/hoppy something. Slightly sweet too.

T/M - Metallic, with slight hops and malts. Rather weak on flavor past the metal. Not quite clean, but not offensive.

D - It's a far better than average party beer. Something you could have lying around that wouldn't be intimidating to just take, but isn't crap.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 00:29:01 | More by MunchkinDrinker
Photo of RickKrumenacker


2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-clear amber...one-finger, cream colored head...dissapates very quickly and leaves no lacing

S-a little metallic up front...malty sweetness...yeasty when agitated

T-sweet and malty...some caramel...ends with something metallic that puts it a little off

M-light bodied with moderately high carbonation...bitterness gives it a little bit of character

D-easy to dring quickly, but not one that I would reach for over and over

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 02:34:47 | More by RickKrumenacker
Photo of tr4nc3d


2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color with a one finger head, slight lacing on the glass.

Mildy sweet with malts and hint of spices.

Taste is sweet with caramel malts and a slightly bitterness in the end.

Light and minimal carbonation.

Pretty decent beer to drink since its not expensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 21:25:23 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of meatmallet


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

Appearance: Clear and amber with an off white head that leftspotty lacing in my glass.

Smell: Light like most Leinenkugles beer. Carmel malt and fruit. A little sweetness.

Taste: Toasted grain and malty and sweet. It is not the most complex taste in the world but not bad.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Carbonation is light and a medium body make this an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 22:53:10 | More by meatmallet
Photo of bmwats


3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Amber in color. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger foamy white head. A little foam clings to the sides of the glass. Fairly quickly settles leaving a smattering of bubbles. Some spotty lacing remains.

S: Malt, yeast, and some nuttiness.

T: Light malt, yeasty, lightly hopped, and a hint of bittersweet.

M: Feels a bit too carbonated and diluted. It is light bodied with a certain hearty tone, however.

D: Good drinkability. Decent flavor and body.

Decent atmosphere. Appearance a bit more notably, but a distinctive nose as well. Pretty decent flavor, feel is okay. It's light body does lend to good drinkability though. Pretty nice quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:40:13 | More by bmwats
Photo of albern


1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Good Lord, someone should bonk me on the head the next time I reach for a Leine because I have yet to taste one that I would consider good. This one could be the worst yet. It is dreadful. It doesn't look bad mind you, a very clear amber with red notes, some carbonation. The nose is typical of Leine beers, it has that wet cardboard, malty mustiness that just seems indicative of a cheaply made beer. One or two sips of this and away it went. This has a very dry, cracked malty flavor, with a strong musty red roasted graininess that is really hard to get down. The aftertaste is like a chemical explosion in the mouth of flavors that just shouldn't be there and have no business being something one would drink. Wow! this is bad stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 18:57:34 | More by albern
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a holiday box set, had this and a few others.

Poured an amber brown with a red hue. A thin white frothy head with little to no retention.

Smells of a light malt with a mild spice and light hop.

Taste starts with a spicy bready malt, and works its way into a sharp hop. Finish is rather mild and overall the beer is pretty palatable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, strong carbonation.

Drinkability is average. It goes down pretty easy, and this would make a great cheap pizza beer. This beer isn't fantastic but has a nice enough flavor and drinkability that it could be paired with some other snacky foods or improved.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 23:05:23 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of Brenden


3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 14:28:16 | More by Brenden
Photo of marc956


3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reminds me of Murphy's Red, not an overpowering taste, not too light either. Probably better in the summertime but living in a warm climate as I do, enjoyable even in January, not as good as my favourite red (Boreal Amber), but not bad and worth a try if available to y'all.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 07:35:56 | More by marc956
Photo of kmeves


3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fireball red coloring with a very frothy tannish head. Aroma is of lightly roasted hops and some dark cherry. The graininess and maltiness counterbalance the sweetness in a way that is somewhat pleasant. At first I thought I was drinking it too cold, but as it warmed it still didn't have much of a taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 19:43:07 | More by kmeves
Photo of CHSLBrew


2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Crystal-clear amber brew, topped with an off-white head which reduced quickly to random bubbles.

S-Slight spicy hop aroma up front with a slight hint of clean, bready malt.

T-Toasty bread maltiness with a slight nutty character, with moderate hop bitterness to provide a little bit of balance. Slight metallic/medicinal flavor mars the taste. Finishes crisp.

M-Medium carbonation, the body feel medium but bordering on a bit thin.

D-Not great. This beer has few redeeming characteristics, and I don't expect I'll look for this one any more in the future. This beer would be a good one if you're going to drink several for an evening, with its thinner body and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 19:46:59 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Mistofminn


3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Poured a deep amber color with off-white head that held some decent lacing. Sweet maltyness with some grains on the aroma. Taste is of grains and has a fresh biscuit flavor as well. Minimal hop flavor. Medium body and nice carbonation combine for a good mouthfeel and also make it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 20:34:27 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of Blakaeris


2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours burnished copper with a mild head that quickly becomes a thin ring.

Aroma is caramel malt, hints of tropical fruit - notably orange - and a slightly cloying sugary sweetness.

Taste is caramel malt and mild hops. Citrus aspect remains, but is not as strong as in the nose. Finish seems disjointed with the light hop bitterness competing with artificial like sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium in body.

Flavor is not unified in this one. Unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:07:38 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep amber with a thick creamy off white head, some decent lacing.

Has a nice malty sweetness with a touch of bread.

Has a good toasted bread malt flavor up front with a touch of sweetness. Finishes with a light bit of lemony hops.

The mouthfeel has a nice bit of carbonation with a medium body to it, and a slightly dry finish.

A solid drinkable lager, could be really good if they gave the hops a little bump.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:03:17 | More by bashiba
Photo of DocTheDJ


3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - An interesting orange-ish red hue with a light bubbly head that fizzles within 20 seconds better than some but not as good as most. Looks okay perhaps a bit wattery and over carbonated. Carbonation seems to leave quickly.

S - Some type of Citrus smell (orange, sour cherry or melon?), a small amount of brown sugar or caramel smell. Hard to tell if it is nutty or woody smell, too, but is very vague. Metalic smell?

T-A bit salty, a bit of light brown sugar (or honey) sweet, a bit of sour, a tiny amount of metalic/citrus taste?, a tinge dry but not real hoppy just enough to have a couple more.

M - A bit wattery but definately better than "cheap bear". Can tell that is thicker because of it's sugar content (leaves your mouth a little sticky after drinking)

D - Light enough to drink on a hot summer day ice cold, Warm enough to drink in the winter as a refresher (not a warmer though).

No overwhelming taste or complexity here but okay as a well rounded any occassion beer in my opinion. Can hit home with the "cheap beer" drinkers and passes for those who like more complex beers. Definately an okay beer and I always come back to this one. A great introductory beer to anyone that usually indulges in "cheap beer" to open their horizons on the true world of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 06:17:54 | More by DocTheDJ
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