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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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767 Ratings

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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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.

kmeves, Jan 14, 2009
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.

CHSLBrew, Jan 01, 2009
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.

Mistofminn, Dec 29, 2008
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.

Blakaeris, Dec 22, 2008
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.

bashiba, Dec 22, 2008
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.

DocTheDJ, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours very pale red, hardly a red at all. Little to no head, no lacing to speak of. Not a very pretty beer.

Smells thick and bready, of cracker. Malty. Passable, nothing crazy.

Taste is decently malty, with some caramel, again nothing spectacular, just passable.

As with all Leinenkugel's brews, this is heavy on the carbonation, though not as much as some of their other brews. Just enough to kill the mouthfeel for me. It's a bit thin also, and this damages the drinkability, but it's light enough to offset this.

Overall, very passable, not recommended. I won't be drinking this one again.

Vendetta, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
2.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[On tap somewhere in Chicago O'Hare]
Leinenkugel's Red is a reddish amber beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is soft and mellow with good malt presence. It is pretty light bodied and a little watery. The flavor is full of adjuncts. Lots of corn here. It really took a lot to finish the glass. I just tried it because I never heard of it. There is no need to try this again.
(rated Jun 12, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a nice off-white that quickly fades leaving light lacing. Aroma of some bready toasty malts and very light hops. Tasty is pretty much the same as the nose. Toasty malts, slightly metallic, light hints of fruitiness. Nothing too special going on here. Crisp mouthfeel, average carbonation. An ok lager, but Leinie's has better.

KeefD, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

jwc215, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of youngleo
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice head after a violent pour. Head hung around quite awhile. Lacing was decent. Head was slightly offwhite in color and beer was brownish with a slight reddish tint. Smelled of a little malt and slight hop. Not much there really. Tasted a little hoppy with malt. A little bitter and had that dry aftertaste. Felt okay in the mouth and carbonation was right. All and all it was ok. Dont think I would make a session out of this one.

youngleo, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear light copper color with a beige head that fizzes out quickly. Toasty tangy malt aroma, with nothing else really. Flavor is similar, malty with a faint tanginess and a cereal grain finish. Light body with medium-high carbonation. Good drinkability but pretty watery and boring.

illidurit, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of vacax
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Leinie's Explorer Pack (variety box) purchased at BevMo Cypress.

A: Pours with a nice head, but disintegrates completely within five minutes. Distinctly red amber color, like watered down honey.

S: Hay after an acid rain shower and mild sweet caramel.

T: Limited sweetness with a vague essence of hops. Taste of processed grains, chemical bitterness and cheap alcohol are all present, but possible to overlook.

M: More body than a typical macro lager, but not as much as a quality Vienna Lager. Too thin. Adequate carbonation for the body and flavors.

D: Easy to drink for the style, but few appealing characteristics. A step above macro-lagers for sure, but lacking the complexity and quality I expect. Flavor and body are too sorely lacking for me to want another.

Leinenkugel just gained this distribution in California, but I don't see much place in this market for such a beer. A step above the macro lagers, but California's craft brewers put this to shame. California already gets much better products aimed at the mass market from the Pacific Northwest. Definite pass.

vacax, Nov 10, 2008
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.

biernuss, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= Dark amberish brown color, thin head that sticks around a little while but stays thin.
S= Nice malt aroma, and maybe just a little hops
T= Nice taste, malty and a little sweet, pretty average however
M= Good amount of carbonation. Bits the tip of the tongue and follows throughout the beer with a nice crisp finish
D= Easy to drink with very average qualities for a craft beer. I like it.

jjanega08, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep red color with a tannish colored head that recedes farily quick and leaves light lacing.

S- Fairly faint smell here. A touch of caramel malts and a slight bit of hops present.

T- A toasted grainy and thin caramel maltiness, a very subtle, light sweet, watery fruitiness, a soft hop bitterness, and finishes dry.

M- Medium in body and pretty light in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink. Just nothing to it.

nrbw23, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear red/orange color. Pours a thin dingy white head that dissipates very quuickly. Thin, inconsistent lacing.

S: Mild toasted, lightly caramel malt aroma, wet grains.

T: Thin toasted grain and thin caramel malt. Lightly bitter hops offer balance. Not a lot of flavor.

M: Medium body. Slight crispness yet coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Drinkable, just nothing very special.

Haybeerman, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light amber-brown brew with a small and short lived tan head. A small amount of lace can be found on the glass, but this isn't a very stunning beer by any stretch of the imagination.

S - Warm brown bread malts with a hint of really distant hops.

T - Much like the nose...warm freshly baked bread, a dash of hops, and some sweet caramel.

M - Light bodied, moderately carbonated, and smooth on the finish. Bland.

D - Low on flavor and aroma, this is a half-way decent stab at a drinkable lager. This reminds me of Amber Bock or something...not really all that good, and not very flavorful, but better than a pale lager when you are at a restaurant or bar that doesn't carry craft brews.

pmcadamis, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of OHJoel
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Leinenkugel's variety pack given as a gift. Leinie's Red is an average red lager, that goes down quite easy, and won't fill you up much, but it is far from outstanding. Leinie's Red looks quite nice poured from the bottle, a light redish hue topped off by a nice head of foam, which dissipates after a couple sips. The malty smell is poorer than expected, even kind of rotten-ish. I prefer to not sniff it, and take it straight to the mouth, where it is all right, but nothing above average. A slight sour tasting lager, Red is easy drinking, but ultimately thin and without a lot of character.

OHJoel, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass. Nice light amber color with minimal head and decent lacing. Sweet malty aroma that reminds me a little of licorice. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with an exceptional finish. The flavor is really nice. Sweet malts dominate the overall taste followed by a hint of hops. There is a slight watered down/thinness to the flavor, but not the body of this beer which is perplexing. Overall I do enjoy this lager much better than most of the standards that are out there. Leinenkugel has yet to disappoint me.

kinger, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been years since I have had Leiny's Red but now after trying many different beers and coming back to Red, it is actually pretty good. Color is a dark copper with an impressive head and retention. The aroma is malt with a slight citrus component. The flavor is malty with a mild hop bitterness. It is a bit astringent with a metallic note. A bit overcarbonated but has a satisfying body. A better than average lager for sure. Nice alternative to the pale lagers and quite widely available in this area.

morimech, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of keoki182
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Red is a very good introduction for a beer drinker who thinks Killian's is a good red. The beer is reddish brown in color, with a rapidly dissipating head. The beer is best cold, but it's extremely pleasant to drink a pitcher with some BW3's buffalo wings. The flavor is semi-astringent, bitterness mixed with grassy/metallic tracings. The mouthfeel is thin but hearty, in a weird way. You feel like you're drinking a very solid lager with excellent thirst-quenching abilities.

keoki182, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Giardano's in Chicago.
Pours reddish with a lasting beige head. Smell is mostly slightly tart and sweet caramelly malt. Taste is actually quite hoppy up front and throughout, with a nice citrusy and lemony bittersweet caramel malt flavor. This was balanced, refreshing, and actually pretty enjoyable, surprisingly.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft in Milwaukee

Appearance is a clear amber hue, minimal head and lacing

Smell is very subdued, some clean bread malts w/hints of caramel and grassy hops

Taste is bread and caramel malts, lager yeast, light grassy hops, finishes with light bitterness

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, watery texture, high carbonation

Drinkability is fair, quite a substandard lager with too much carbonation, easy-to-drink but lacking in any creative or bold flavors

Stoneman78, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color not found too often in the beer world. Very smooth and drinkable, fantastic session beer. IMO Leinies best offering. It doesn't really stand out in anyway being roasty, sweet, etc.

It does however have a nice drinkable balance to it. One of my go-to beers when trying to save some $ or picking up a 12er to bring for a crowd pleaser to a party.

Chugmonkey, Jun 24, 2008
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