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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
okay

782 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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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 Illini5596
1.15/5  rDev -63%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yet another bottle of cheap Wisconsin beer unfortunately. The appearance is very unimpressive, there was some head, but the beer itself looked watery with very little lace. The smell was almost non-existance, other than a slightly unpleasant odor. Tastewise is was undrinkable, watery, sour (not in a good hops sour way either), with little taste what so ever except for an after taste that made you want to dump out the rest of the beer. Which is exactly what I did. I don't recommend this to anyone.

Illini5596, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is another beer that I had out of the "Leinie Lodge" sampler pack. Leinenkugel's "Red" beer was rather bland and ordinary for me. There were no real off-flavors in the brew and it didn't taste terrible, but there was a certain amount of wateriness in the beer that made this unmemorable.

This beer pours more of a brownish-amber color than red, even though there are some slight ruby hints to the brew. Less than a finger of foam forms and disappears rather quickly. The smell was mostly neutral, but some sweet malts were noticable along with a light hoppiness. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. As mentioned, the flavor in this brew really doesn't jump out and hit you. Some sweet, caramel malt flavors are present along with some nuttiness, and a bland grainy flavor makes its way in there too. The hop presence is light and lends a bit of dryness to the finish. Some graininess lingers in the aftertaste, and the brew concludes with very little alcoholic warmth.

This beer was drinkable, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. This is in the same vein as Killian's, but that seems to have more flavor than this brew. I could take or leave this "red" beer.

Beastdog75, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red/amber brew with a nice head and a carbonation level that is about right.

Smell is malty and on the sweet side with a bit of fruitiness to it, it is pleasant.

Taste is sweet with a lot of caramel in the flavor. The taste becomes less sweet as you drink it but a molasses flavor hangs around for the duration. The flavor gets smooth after a while.

Mouthfeel is better than expected it is good.

A pleasant and inexpensive beer, a good everyday type beer.

Zorro, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of hero27
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber in color. Thin head which dies down to nothing in a hurry with little lacing on the glass. I've always liked Leinenkugel's bottle labels as well..and especially on this brew.

Smell: Minor smell of malts detected, but it really has very little complex smell.

Taste: Tastes good. A little bitterness, a little sweetness..well balanced and smooth lager.

Mouthfeel: It's thin, but people tend to associate "thin" with "bad". A smooth, thin beer adds to drinkability and I certainly don't always like taking an hour to down a 12-ounce beer. Average mouthfeel because there's nothing bad but nothing special about it.

Drinkability: It's a relatively thin, sweet, smooth beer that's can be drank in succession. The attractive price and good drinkability make this beer one I'd definitely recommend anyone try.

hero27, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of Billolick
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber, redish (suprise) Leaves some nice lacing. Not much nose detected. Lightly flavored, malt, slight burnt flavor, chalky and dry finish. Light, redish beer, not really much going on with this one. Another middle of the road, slightly better then Macros brew from Leiny. Pass it by, you/we can do better then this limp and lame stuff.

Billolick, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good red color, but the cap seemed "loose", kind of affecting the carbonation. Not a disaster however. Smooth with a slight hoppy tinge, this was a good beer for eating with. Went down too quick, when I looked up I had finished four. Now that's a good beer!

bewareOFpenguin, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is almost a rarity in the southern USA, so I jumped at the opportunity to bring a bottle home from the Leaf and Ale store, in Knoxville, Tn. This one pours an ultraclear, orange/amber body with a small and shortlived offwhite head. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma suggests a malt bomber. Sweet, caramel and toffee aromas are all over the nose, with only a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is appropiate for style, with a light body and lively carbonation.

Taste is dominated by sweet maltiness, with caramel and toffee saturating the palate. Hops lend only enough presence to prevent cloying sweetness.

Easy drinking lager, overall, and crisp and refreshing in the right circumstances. Not very complex, with a sweet malt dominance. Worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out.

merlin48, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish-copper color with a short-lived foamy white head. Left a little patchy lacing on the glass. Mildly malty aroma. Taste was slightly sweet malt with just enough hops that you know they're there. Slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel was on the thin side. Good drinkability - goes down smooth, no off tastes. Easily the best "Leinie" I've tried so far, and really not a bad beer at all.

jimdkc, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cherry red. Bit of foam. Smells of cut grass, but not much else. The aroma isn't promising.

Taste is a nice combo of roasted malt and some bitter. Little bit of copper finish. Aftertaste lingers nicely to emphasize the bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice and sharply carbonated. A bit of sharp and hot carbonation on the tip of the tongue, good for a lager.

Overall--a nice session and not bad for stepping above the usual crap. I like it, but it's not perfect.

JustinBathurst, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of brewQ
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This really a nice looking brew. Pours a dark cherry red with fine bubbles. In the spirit of macro reds there is little to no nose here.
Just a hint of malt sweetness.

Besides the malt I detected a slight metallic taste. Otherwise pleasant.

Mouthfeel seems to evaporate.

Leinies/Miller achieves its aim on drinkability.
This is a half step above the mainstream lagers.

brewQ, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. amber bottle. Poured a reddish-brown in appearance, with a bustling white head that lasts briefly. No lacing. Tough to pick out any distinct aroma, but finally some malts decided to show up. Flavor is more of the same...a rather uninspired attempt at an amber. Others have commented on a chemical-like flavor and I also noticed something amiss in the flavor. Malty sweet and not well-balanced. Finishes with nothing on the palate, like it just disappears. Mouthfeel and drinkability are par for the course. There's just nothing about this beer that stood out and kept me coming back for more. Any beer that often gets compared to against Kilian's can't be good. Pass.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of alexgash
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium dark amber body with a cottony white head. Smells of cereal-tinged amber malts. Not much hop presence at all (not surprised, this is a Leinie's product). Tastes of sweetish malts with a light cookie-dough flavor. Hops, again, are minimal and don't add much at all to the taste. Leinie's manages to produce another lager that is definitely better than it's parent company's lagers (Miller), but still too bland, mild, and run-of-the-mill. Could/should be better

alexgash, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Background: In the fall in Nebraska all things red sell, including this beer. A slow mover anyother time, but not during football seaon. Decided to have another go (in moderation) of this beer.

Appearance: Dark amber with a short lived white head.
Smell: Slightly malty with a hint of caramel.
Taste: Toasted malt with caramel. No hops.
Mouthfeel: Smooth (almost creamy), light and carbonated.
Drinkability: Easy drinking lager, that is a depart from the norm.

Final Thoughts: Can be had cheap (some one always has this on sale for $3.99 or less a six). Different than the macros its easy to see why this could be popular. Around here at footbal parties it gives the impression you are a fine beer drinker, when in reality the person drinking this is not, he is only drinking it because it is Red.

BigRedN, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of niknar
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears as a dark amber / slightly red color. Good head but didn't hold all that long. Smell was underwhelming, but still pleasant. I couldn't discern any particular scent to describe it with. Taste is decent but nothing spectacular. Slightly on the dry side, but still pleasant. Mouth feel was on the lighter side, but not offensive. Overall I think its a pretty good lager that could be consumed en masse' if you so choose. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing to shy away from if you're just looking for a cold one.

niknar, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...

feloniousmonk, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

good color and a decent head. not bad for the price. smell is faint and slightly sweet. mild fruit? taste is smooth but boring. not a whole lot going on. mild sweetness. most leiny beers that i've tried have been boring and a bit dry. this one's ok, nothing more.

this is what i call a transition beer. a beer that is easy to drink and will tell people that there is more to beer than macros.

flaminghomer, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of proc
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I cannot believe I haven't rated this one yet. This showed up on tap at the local Knights of Columbus. The KofC, or "Buffalo Lodge" as we affectionately refer to it, is notorious for its cheap, and I mean cheap beer. When this showed up on tap, the masses were heard screaming in the "Knights" room (Men's room for the KofC impaired).

Leinie's Red pours out to a dark amber in the glass with a very slight head. The smell is slightly sweet, with the faint whiff of malted milk balls hugging Wonder Bread on the nose. The taste is pretty good. Very thin, but some malt character and a slight caramel sweetness comes to the forefront. Is it world-class? Hell no. But it was a fun, easy to drink, red/amber beer in a cheap-beer serving locale.

proc, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been a bit underwhelmed by this line of beers, but the red is the best by far. Pours a reddish amber (big surprise) with a moderate head. Aroma is pretty nondescript. Flavor is malty with a bit of acidic tangyness. Light but adequate hopping. Not much in the way of a stand alone beer, but a good background beer for food.

Brent, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having it on draft makes it taste slightly improved over the bottled version. I would like to report I tasted a bit more malty profile, but the establishment poured it into a danged frozen glass. I suspect this obviates Miller from having to come out with a "Miller Dark," for which we should all be grateful.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer. A nice amber hue with a decent head on top of it. It had a nice matly taste with some hops to back it up. The mouthfeel was light but it had a great consitensy and great carbonation. Definitely a beer to get when you don't know what to get.

Ellbert, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap recently. Not much to say....deep red color with a tired, short-lived head. Aroma is mostly hops, but not a strong smell. Foretaste is grain and aftertaste is very faint hop bitterness. There's just not a lot going on here. This is a common, uninteresting brew.

Suds, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touch grainy. Slightly malty, slightly hoppy, caramelized malts. Nice flavor. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is not very hoppy, crisp with a slight bitterness. Simple beer, but for some reason I like it.

beerguy101, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL -- often on special.

Pour is good enough. Little, but enough, head retention. Something about the redness seems artificial -- it almost looks dyed -- doesn't seem to be a color naturally arrived upon by brewing.

Virtually the same beer as Leine's Original. I'm reminded of The Simpson's episode at the Duff brewery where the taps for red, original, etc. all come out of the same giant vat. This is a little creamier.

The nose is very grainy; the tongue is much of the same. Clearly a corn/rice beer. The maltiness is medium (full as far as domestic lagers go); there is some body and texture to this brew that I can appreciate. Unfortunately, the trademark Leine's grain twang is too sharp to enjoy the body. There is some very subdued fruit and cream in the background. Mostly, this is a cereal beer and the strongest in flavor among all domestic macros. I can't drink this very often, but I'll take it over Original.

It's definetly not a dunkel.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 20, 2003
Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.