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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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 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
Photo of atsprings
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice crisp amber with a decent off-white head. Decent caramel aroma with a hint of earthy citrus hops. The taste is not what the aroma advertised, in fact, there doesn't seem to be much to the taste at all, some maltiness, but the color seems to be the only thing distinguishing it from a normal macro lager. The beer is light bodied, but that doesn't really matter with the lack of flavor. This one will make for a moderately decent nightcap at best.

atsprings, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a bad beer but it is extremely average.

Appearance- A dark amber with a reddish hue. The head was nice and full with some lace.

Smell- The smell was not as bland as some of the beers I have tried lately but was faint. I could smell some decent malt aroma and a little bit of hops.

Taste- It was a little more malty sweet than bitter but some hops were present and it finished a little grassy like.

Mouthfeel- Light and pretty crisp for a red.

Drinkability- An average red that I would drink again but I would not go out of my way.

MTNboy, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of botham
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a crystal clear, deep reddish amber with a couple fingers of off-white head that leans towards orangish in hue.

smells sweet, and of pale and caramel malts, with a touch of hops. not much else to speak of in the aroma.

taste is malty up front, tough not as sweet as the smell would indicate. pale and caramel malts here as well, alongside a touch of grassy hops. finishes smooth and on a malty note. not much hops here.

mouthfeel is slick and medium-light bodied. finishes smooth. only light CO2 is present.

drinkability is good. not much here, just malts and a touch of grassy hops.

botham, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of witster18
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours red...go figure. .25" head ...whispy.. poor retention.. taste... pretty good... definately some decent roasted malt here.. A little bitter... some hops detectable..nicengrassy..caramel..a 'thankfully not worse' metallic hint..all these flavors are subdued... like the mouthfeel.... This is a decent fall brew... just a chill in the air...with an easy drinkin red to keep you goin.... suprisingly for 4.9... both in taste and flavor... for an accessible brew(at least in the midwest)... you could do worse..

witster18, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a orange-amber color with thin head that dissipated qquickly and leaves little lavcing. Both the aroma and flavor are muted, though I could detect a little hoppiness in the mouthfeel.

Like others I’ve had from Leiny, this is a good session beer, and one I could probably drink several of on a hot sumer day, but not one to just sit and enjoy.

kimcgolf, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on the third of July i got the opportunity to have some Liney Red from the tap. i was quite impressed. nice reddish amber color. nice head and lace. a pleasant taste that made you want to have more. i have had this in Wisconsin out of the bottle but that has been a couple years ago. if i can have beer freshly from the tap that is my choice. this one did not disappoint.

inexpensive, easy to find, lighter body than most. worth a try in my book!

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a rough pour little head is produced. The beer is crystal clear and copper in color.

The scent is a little weak but there's a body of roasted malts with a little touch of fruit sweetness to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Up front there's is some light sweetness and some crisp carbonation. From there the beer develops more smoothly and the flavors slowly wash out to a bland sward of weak roasted malt flavor. There isn't much hopping to note. The finish is a tad sweet but there's little aftertaste to note.

It's about as drinkable as any lager really and only loses points for being a little lacking in the flavor department. With a slightly richer flavor this beer could have been dangerously poundable.

Bottom Line:
Not bad, not great. If you compare it to macro lagers or other Miller products even then it's a pretty damn fine beer to have under their belt but as far as Vienna lagers go it's a little bit unimpressive.

Grundle20, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Red
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
Recent brewing, absorbed 05/07

Poured a clear copper with a large mostly lasting white fizzy head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate toasted bread, caramel and citrus.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel and bitter orange and toasted bread followed by a moderate bitter dark bread and dark roasted grain and green hops with light sweet caramel and oranges on a short to average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, slightly oily and slightly astringent.

Overall, a pretty good dark amber with good flavors. Satisfying and easy to drink, but only slightly above ordinary. By Leinenkugel's standards, its good.

xav33, May 19, 2007
Photo of rebel1771
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear dark copper color with quickly disappearing head.

Slightly hoppy aroma with typical malts smells along with just a hint of bananas.

Sweet malt flavors dominate the taste with a slight hop presence in the end.

Not a great beer, not a horrible one either. I think I can sum this beer up with one word 'meh.'

rebel1771, May 11, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pretty beer...dark golden reddish color that was well carbonated.
Nice head with minimal lacing. The third beer sample from there "Adventure" sampler case. Boy it has been an adventure in futility so far.
Almost no nose what so ever. Slight hints of carmel and absolutely no hop presence.
Taste was very week....actually no real taste at all.
No hops, no malt...once again, almost like drinking carbonated water that looked like good beer.

dmamiano, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal-clear ruby bronze. Decent sized head and a good amount of lacing.

S- Some fruity hops flavors come off, along with lightly toasty malts. Almost a walnut scent.

T- A fairly strong hops presence, unbalanced with the malt flavors. Rose water and other florals come off in the hops. The malt is mildly nutty, but mostly sweet.

M- Very watery! Feels like iced tea with almost not mouth presence at all.

D- Fairly drinkable, but not complexity to really enjoy.

zdk9, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Red Lager pours out a fluffy, long lasting head over
an undeniably red brew. The nose is malt and a bit of yeast. The
flavor is darkish malt up front with a hoppy, grainy finish. More hop
in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry and clean. I think this is one of their
better lagers- and yet another choice for a good session brew. Decent.

shadow1961, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a marroon color kind of like a dark firebrick color quarter inch worth of head that stays around a little while leaving a little lace
s: kind of a sweet malt aroma with hints of bitterness
t: really enjoyable sweetness and bitterness are balanced really well
m: medium bodied beer that has a fair amount of carbonation, not overly just a good amount

overall this is a good beer, better on tap than any other serving styles ive had this in

happygnome, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of pumarocks
4.22/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Maury's Tiny Cove in Cheviot, OH. It goes great with a cheeseburger and fries. This is the beer that inspired me to give homebrewing a try. It has a nice zip, is flavorful and has a crisp finish. The is the definitive Red Lager. Well done Leinenkugel!

pumarocks, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually red. Like, a firetruck with a wonderful redwhite pink head.

Smells amazingly hoppy for something out of Leines. Like, I did a double take towards my bottle to make sure I poured the right stuff. A wonderful, crisp and light caramel red malt against a very firm and simple west coast hops. Very nice.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Firm, crisp malt giving way to firm, crisp hop and a nice hop aftertaste.

It's hard to make a well balanced red ale; the hops usually get in the way of the malt or they're not present at all, and when balance is achieved it's usually way heavier than the style is supposed to be. I am amazed that I am saying this, but Leinenkugel's, a subsidiary of Miller Brewing Company, has made an *excellent* example of the style with their red. Not servicable, not decent, excellent.

mynie, Feb 20, 2007
Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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