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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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802 Ratings

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Photo of wingnutter
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a nice off white head.

Has a bit of a sweet smell, mostly malts.

Taste: This aint bad at all for a red lager. I wasnt expecting world class taste, but it is what it is and its pretty decent. Light, crisp, and it has a fruity sweetness. Within it's style it does a good job at just being a decent beer. It doesnt try to be something its not.

Id take this over a Killians if both were offered. A good session beer given its low price and unoffending taste, so you could do much worse.

Would be a nice quencher on a hot day. This is the first Leinenkugel beer Ive ever had, and now I want to try some of their others. I wouldnt hesitate to bring this beer to a tailgate party for my friends to enjoy.

I can see why so many people drink this beer. Its non offensive and gets the job done. Mouthfeel is a bit thin yet creamy. It beats the hell out of any macro.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bold, bright sunset-orange; the whole beer glows even in dim light. Audibly excited bubbles race upwards into a big mishmash of a bone-colored head. Speckled lacing all the way down. Good retention.

Smell: Fruity and vinous, like an asti. On the sweet side, with a crossbreeze of citric hops. Refreshing and clean, but does have some heft to it.

Taste: Moderated toasty malt character, on the earthy side of fruitiness. Overall, reminds me of wheat toast with apple butter. Sweetness is offset by leafy and citric hops. Finish is a skirmish between malts and hops, with malts the ultimate victor.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, although slightly flat.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable, an excellent session beer. There are better Vienna lagers out there, but this is always reliable, cheap, and easy to find. People don't give Leinie's enough credit.

Photo of AlexisDetroit
4.33/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what I figure Budweiser should taste like but doesn't. I was back to my original happy hour grounds in Detroit last month and savored Leinenkugel for three weeks. It is not available in my current hometown of San Diego; Red Trolley there is similar tasting. Strangely enough, I learned that Red Trolley is brewed in Wisconsin where Leinenkugel is from and trucked to Calif.

Photo of danielocean03
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Red is the first member of the J. Leinenkugel family I ever tried, and still enjoy occasionally. Any of which are excellent values at no more than $6 a six pack, and far better than any six pack I've found at that price. Readily available at practically every grocer and liquor store around, Leine's Red pours a dark crimson with little or no head that quickly gives way to a miniscule amber-hued lace. A little over-carbonated for my liking, although does not take away from the light bouqet of fruit and citrus flavors. Light mouthfeel, finishes clean with a crisp aftertaste.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.61/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a brownish orange hue, with great clarity. Dense one finger head with decent retention and weak lacing. Toasted munich malt and caramel aromas but no hops. Sweet upfront, like toffe and amber malt. Balanced well with a semi-dry and hoppy aftertaste; but this faux german hop flavor becomes stale and harsh in the finish. Light body and lively carbonation soften the mouthfeel but the offensive hop flavor ruins the drinkability.

Photo of hylton44
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the look of red beer in a glass, especially when backlit. When I poured this one in, there was almost no head, which surprised me just a bit as I held it up and looked at the beautiful amber color for just a minute before taking my first drink.

A little fruity and quite sweet when it first hits your buds. Come to think of it, it even smelled a little sweet. But then it settled in for a very mild bitterness that evened it out. Not mind-blowingly, eyebrow-raisingly good, but nice and satisfying. It was smooth and left behind a nice warm vapor as it rolled off the sides of my tongue.

I had a really enjoyable beer, here. I was lucky to score it as part of a 12-pack Lieney's sampler case for $9.99. I would seek itbeer out again in the future; especially for a price in that range.

Photo of riversider76
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color. Head quickly went into a weak lace. Has a strong lager smell. Lots of carbination. Light mouthfeel. Has a bit of a spice/friut flavor that was intresting. Bit of a edge to the finish. One of those beers that you might try once and a while, but not run out to buy.

Photo of OSUbrewman
3.67/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell- Fruity, citrusy hops
Mouthfeel-Moderately Heavy with slight coarseness
Taste-Slightly crisp taste, rich with subtle hops. Definately not an overwhelming experience. A nice balance and subsequent finish.
Drinkability- This is a rich enough dunkel without being too heavy. This makes a nice session brew. Reccomeded, espescially if you're in search of a tasty beer on a budget.

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not saying this is a great beer, but I surely think it's better than the average reviewer here will admit. I'm able to score this consistantly for $8.47 per 12-pack, so I'm also slightly partial for the amazing value. It pours as many average beers pour, has a reddish hue of course, very thin and clear. It has a nicely balanced malty character which actually gives it some flavor, unlike some of Leinie Red's other family members. Nothing challenging, nothing groundbreaking, but c'mon, we're talking about a Vienna-style lager here. And a pleasantly drinkable one at that.

Photo of crzyd12
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eh. That is how I feel about this beer. Its apperance is average, red, like I would expect from an Irish Red, nothing really stands out from the flavor except that its body is watery. The finish is crisp and clean but leaves you desiring something. Same goes for the drinkability, you can drink it, but after awhile I forgot that I was drinking a beer.

Photo of jimbotrost
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer, and many others on the SS Badger ferry boat traveling from Michigan to Wisconsin. Although it was served in a plastic cup, which lowered it appearance and possibly it aroma scores, I found this to be a very drinkable offering. Poured a crystal clear red, with a slight grassiness to the otherwise malty nose. Nice flavor with slight roasty notes. The body is crisp and sweet. The finish is dry and short.

Photo of whynot44
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, nice reddish copper color with an ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly with only a trace of lace.

Not much aroma - slightly fruity malt.

Light malt flavor with a bit of caramel, light hops bitterness, with a slightly acidic finish.

Nothing special but easy to drink.

Photo of palliko
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A cult favorite, this beer is really popular in Wisconsin where I lived for a while. The appearance is translucent copper in color, a nice sized head of foam head that lasts a good while, and leaves some lace. Aroma contains medicinal herbs, malt, and dextrose – resulting in a sharp experience on the tongue that gradually mellows. The body is medium, dry on the palate, and leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste – and not much desire to repeat the experience.

Photo of granger10
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour with a moderate head. Not much lacing. Aroma is of caramel and a little weak. Taste has that caramel malty sweetness in it and some Euro style hops seem to be there as well, but they're a bit on the weak side. Finish is momentary and forgetable. Nothing inspirational here but nothing to scoff at either. Just a simply somewhat decent beer that could easily be sessioned given the flavor, alcohol content, thinnish body, and most importantly price. Worth a try.

Photo of claytri
4.24/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a rich amber with a nice tan head, The presentation left you saying now that's what a beer should look like. The aroma was of sweet malt. The taste was big malt taste with just the right hop finish. The feel was medium and creamy. I happened to find myself in a Bennigan's in Elgin, IL and looking through the taps I saw this one. Being the only beer I hadn't heard of I had to taste it. I had gone through two before I knew it. I had to think long and hard before getting a Hacker-Pschorr HW for the finale. I was quite impressed and can't wait to get back and sample this fine beer again.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a clear amber color with a medium sized head. The aroma is sweet, malty, and just a little fruity. The flavor starts out caramel sweet. There are some fruity berry flavors. The finish is hoppy and bitter, but there is an off-flavor in the finish, like soap. Light to medium mouthfeel. I thought this beer was ok, not flavorless like other reviewers have described it, but still not a great beer.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby amber color with an average looking head that doesnt last very long. It has a strong "red" hop smell paired with carmelized malts. It tastes great. Has a nice bite to it, but not too overpowering. This one could definitly hold its own against counterparts like Killians or Smithwicks. The mouthfeel is almost creamy, not heavy-bodied by any means, but not too thin either. Very nice job on this one, one of my favorites.

Photo of ski271
2.89/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish amber with an off-white (slightly reddish?), large, rocky head that stayed a for a little while and left some lacing early. Aroma is a little sweet with light hops and mild caramel maltiness over a bit of an adjunct stink. Taste is grainy and bland with a short, slightly bitter finish. Not bad really, but nothing really noteworthy. Thin body, watery texture, average carbonation. Nothing special, but still enjoyable for what it is, a reasonably-priced break from the norm.

Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish/amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry lager yeast scent along with a weak caramel malt aroma. It smells like a weaker Killian's. The taste is decent also. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and grainy. It has a bit of an aftertaste that lingers. It's a bit musty and bitter. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average drinking red lager. It is weak in aroma and taste as well as mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't agree with this beer beign classified as a Munich Dunkel Lager. I looked back at my reviews and this beer is far from any of those. Color is RED, with a small creamy off-white head. Smells slightly sweet and carmely, not very strong. Taste is also very light and creamy. Light grassy malts and slight sweetness. Maybe this is a munich dunkel, but who cares? It is an unimpressive, underpowered beer in any sense of the word.

Photo of Illini5596
1.18/5  rDev -62.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of hero27
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.