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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | 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 JamesS
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice red color, with very little head and no lacing to speak of. Clean scent, a little sweet, but very weak. The taste was weak, as well, a nice mix of malts and hops, but very little in the way of defining character, other than a little bit of sweetness. Goes down fine, not the smoothest beer, but it's not rough, either.

JamesS, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light cherry color that foamed a small white head that vanished fairly rapidly. Nose was kind of blah. Malts is about all you smell here. The flavor stayed the same throughout, no late bitterness or anything like that. This beer was soft, if you don't like bitterness or bite it might be easy drinking for you.

barleywinefiend, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle, so I can't really comment on the appearance.

Taste is fairly sweet, but it doesn't cling to your mouth. Very refreshing, the kind of beer you would like to drink on a warm summer day. Not a whole lot going on, but I appreciate the fact that it's not too syrupy.

Overall: You won't be thrilled, but you'll be refreshed.

bassmantin, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is red amber with ok carbonation. The head is 2 finger, thick off white foam an leaves lots of lace.

The smell is light ly toasted malt with a mild hops.

The taste is soso, A sweet malt that is overpowered by a hops that is a bit sour. This beer just is not real pleasant. It should be a tad dryer and less sweet and sour. cold be good for cooking.

The Mouthfeel is fizzy, a bit to fizzy, Like a kids drink. The body is OK.

The drinkability is not so good, I will not need to drink this brew again. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a brown color with a thick white head - tight bubbles. The aroma is faint and slightly floral. The taste is malty and a bit spicy. The mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation bite. This isn't a difficult beer to drink - but it isn't particularly interesting either.

barefootbrewer, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of hdofu
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, not a great beer or even a good beer, but it is an ok beer. Has a crisp hoppy taste with a bubbly punch to the tongue. The flavor is nothing extraordinary, and the smell is neither. Sort of bitter sweet in taste. Still it is an easy to drink beer and one worth more then one bottle of if it's available at some kind of social gathering.

hdofu, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked like the juice of a not-quite-ripe tomato. I'm not exactly sure what that looks like either, but it's what came to mind. Basically, orangish red.

Well, this was a red beer. Really nothing more, nothing less. Yawn. But it's beer, and it's not repulsive, so I'll drink it. Grains, a bit of sweetness, maybe some caramel, ends with light bitterness. They probably followed step by step instructions from a "My Very First Red Beer" book.

It's alright. I could drink it on occasion.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

emerge077, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Phocion
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amber color with a barely existent fizzy white head that quickly fades into nothing. No lacing whatsoever.

Subtle aroma, sweet caramel and roasted grains. Not much else to speak of.

The flavor is very grainy and slightly sweet. Light floral hops in the background and just a hint of fruitiness I can't quite place.

Medium-bodied and a moderate level of carbonation. Not much to it but not offensive either. This beer defines average.

Phocion, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of berserker256
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a weird orange/red/brown color... Like I ate Those colors of Crayola Crayons then puked them into a glass. That's what the foam indicates also. I guess a burnt sienna crayon could be in there too. And I don't have a cold but still I can't smell much. Slight malt smell but very mild. Not much aroma at all. Not much taste, either. Very slight detection of sweet malt and that's about it. Not too bitter. It's easy to drink because it not much of anything. Leinenkugel makes better beers than this one. The Big Butt Dopplebock is pretty good and the Sunset Wheat's good but I won't get the red again. It's classified as a Vienna Lager but it's not even close to what a Vienna Lager should be. I'm going to try the Honey Weiss one right now.

berserker256, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Adam2200
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red lagers are very good about taste. This one is no exception. This local brew is very good, like one of the most recent beer advocates Killians Irish Red is very much like leinenkugel's. the taste was average with little hints of hops with a smooth smell. It goes down smooth and little effort. It is again one of those beers I suggest if your in the area you will have to try and get a 12-pack.

Adam2200, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer as a variety pack from Beer Zoo in Harrisburg, PA.

A- Red and dark

S-nothing to get excited about..smells like a red lager

T- flavorful and dark

I am reviewing this beer after 3 weeks removed from drinking it so i cant say much except that i love red lagers and Killians is one of my favs. I give this a beer a 6 out of 10 in relation to that.

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with 1.5 cm off-white head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma is very light and slightly sweet. Initial flavor is balanced with malts and hops, no distinct flavors, lightly flavored, pretty watered down. No real aftertaste. Light, watery body, no lacing, no alcohol noted. Drinkable as better than some domestics from macrobrewers, but would most likely need a gun to my head to drink it again.

joekfsu, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/red color with decent white head that hung around a while. Aroma is not real strong, but is a bit malty. Flavor doesnt really have any real strong dominant characteristics either. Mouthfeel is okay and lacing was light. Average beer that is easy drinking.

biggmike, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember this being one of the first "micro" beers I tried after I strayed from the macro choices. I really thought I was on to something. A beer that actually tasted different!!

This one pours a little red indeed. Mostly brown or auburn. Head is medium but won't stay around. You can smell hop and malts. Easy to drink but a little metallic or bitter. Easy to get and moderately priced. Still better than macros; taste is unique to me.

daledeee, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of SetarconeX
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

SetarconeX, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of tsbuttry
4.25/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Back when I lived in Wisconsin, this was my old standby beer. It's difficult to find on the East Coast, as distribution is poor, and the abomination known as Sunset Wheat (second only to the BerryWeis in Leine's disappointments) crowds Lenie's far superior beers off the shelves and taps.

Appearance: Excellent color. The caramel malts are almost shining, but too many were probably used as the head retention suffers.

Smell: Good malty smell, but a bit underwhelming.

Taste: Excellent malty flavor. The hops are somewhat faint, but they're present due to the lack of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel, not too carbonated. The low/medium hoppiness of this beer leads to a lack of palate cleansing and the beer loses something over a session.

Drinkability: Excellent. This beer can go with almost anything and is enjoyable pretty much all the time. Dinner, a ballgame, or a nice long bar session at the end of the week. This is what a blue-collar Wisconsin beer should be (not the plagues of Miller, Pabst, Schlitz and Pabst).

tsbuttry, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice clear deep orange, with a head that dissipates quickly.

Smell has a hint of toast in it, but ends with a flat grainy smell

Taste starts with toasted flavors, maybe a hint of caramel, but ends up going weak. Little hoppiness, with a crisp sweet finish.

Mouthfeel fairly average, not much to say

Drinkability, I guess I'd rather drink something with more flavor.

This beer has somewhat of a cult following in N. Wisconsin and compares favorably to Killian's or Budweiser, but not favorably to much else. I'd rank this as a distant 3rd best of Lenie's main beers, behind Creamy Dark and Sunset Wheat.

I wonder how this tasted before Miller got their hands on it..

Strix, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz picked up in the Milwaukee area by some very understanding coworkers. Poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Color is a fantastic crystal clear red amber... decent 3/4" head that drops to a nice colar... but the color is something to really enjoy... beautiful... maybe the reddest beer I've ever had the chance of tasting.

Aroma is low everything.. some grains... caramel and lite noble hops.

Tastes is the same... but still very drinkable... everything sorta drops off fast leaving a lite but lingering spiciness. An above average carbonation... lending itself to a little too many burps... could use a little bit more body.

Anyway, despite the above negatives.... seriously check out this brew on color alone.... I have no Idea how they can pack that much color into such an otherwise average brew.

JohnGalt1, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been reading about Leinenkugel for a long time in a series of novels that I like. I purchased a case of Leinenkugel that included 6 Red's, 6 Honey Weiss', 6 Sunset Wheats and 6 Creamy darks.

I poured a cold Red into a pilsner style glass and enjoyed a light, sweet smell. After sniffing the beer I wanted to drink it immediately. It poured a nice two finger head with plenty of lacing. The taste was not as sweet as the smell, but it was nice and smooth with good mouth feel. The after taste was a little hoppier than I had expected, but it was nice. I don't have a lot of experience with Red Ales, but I know that I liked this one and would definitely reach for it again.

AgingWarrior, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out a crystal clear orange copper color with a light tan head that doesn’t dwindle away too fast; after the heads settles down into a thin layer you begin to see some mild lacing -there’s very little carbonation. It does smell sweet and has a mild scent of caramel but I didn’t smell anything resembling hops. It has a sharp slightly bitter taste but it is smooth and it has a sweet hoppy flavor in its aftertaste. Its got a fairly light body but full of flavor overall I’d have to say this is Leinekugel’s best, but I haven’t tried them all yet.

vickersspitfire, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of armock
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color withe an off white head that leaves some lacing

S - Some sweet malt smell

T - Starts with sweet malts then some bitter hops

M - Theres quite a bit of carbonation in this beer but not too much

D - This beer is easy to drink could be a session beer

armock, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of matty
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey color.Aroma is average nothing to brag about there.Taste has corn but there is also a hint of sweetness.I would recommend this beer to my friends and I would buy it if I came across it again.This is a much better offering than their honey weiss!!

matty, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of SMark
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

SMark, Sep 11, 2007
Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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