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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red

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753 Ratings

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | 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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2.65/5  rDev -15.1%

Deep auburn brown , medium head, quickly fading. Unexpected fruity aroma. Smooth and delicate taste. However, finishes with an acidic bitterness which lingers. Traces of hops, but just a tad. Linny’s is again close to a good beer, but their constant attempt to distinguish themselves with their unique taste, leaves this beer in a class by itself. Unfortunatly it is a class I prefer not to frequent.

06-27-2003 12:14:23 | More by BobLuvBeer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +25%

This is very nice...
Pours a very deep amber with limited head....has a nice glass ring with exceptional glass cling. Heavy lace.
Carbonation is very light.
Aroma is a mild fruity expierience.
The body is full.
The taste is very well balanced...slight edge to the hops.

06-26-2003 20:17:05 | More by Shiloh
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3.43/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer poured a ruby amber orange color. Head was large and dense. Beer has a pungent grain and malt aroma. Very light in body, almost watery, with not much body. Has a breadiness to it. Yeasty dough with some fruitiness. There’s a hop bitterness there, too. This is an easy drinking, dry and fairly tasty lager but nothing spectacular.

06-17-2003 18:00:15 | More by pezoids
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2.98/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a nice looking amber red. Head recedes pretty quickly, but the beer has plenty of carbonation to keep something at the top of the glass, good effervescence.

Smell is pleasant enough, no problem, but nothing super either. Average malt-based smell, not much else.

Taste is malty sweet, but isn't very complex or deep. It's pretty drinkable, feels a little heavy in the mouth, lowers drinkability a notch but still a decent beer.

06-07-2003 19:50:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.35/5  rDev +7.4%

This brew poured a medium head that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a nice aroma to it. There was carbonation in this brew. It had a slight bitter taste to it. I was not overly impressed with this particular brew.

05-10-2003 14:17:09 | More by hotstuff
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2.65/5  rDev -15.1%

A reasonably solid "red" lager. Creamy head, medium to thin bodied. Big malty flavor but more or less straight forward and not terribly exciting. No real balance to the beer as it just has a wet malty taste through the finish. It's OK, but there's nothing standout about this beer from cracking the bottle to the last sip. Not a bad beer to use as a party brew -- pretty cheap and probably better than most things that a lot of folks have lying around.

04-27-2003 06:48:55 | More by marburg
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2.6/5  rDev -16.7%

Looks can be deceiving. I really like the look of Leinie's labeling, this being a nicely done red. An added bonus was the initial look of this pour that was very appealing. A great deep amber with traces of red and very well formed tan head. Some retention and very light lacing. First hint of trouble came from the aroma, or lack thereof, since this has little nose. Some light malting and small sense of hops. Flavor of malt was only slightly balanced. Worse was an odd husk flavor and over use of adjuncts. Oddly chemical-like as the beer warmed; almost a lacquer sense. Not enjoyable to finish, I probably trusted this beer too much and should have had it more deeply chilled.

04-17-2003 17:19:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz brown long neck, couldn't find the freshness date.

Beer pours a nice reddish brown. Creamy head and some lacing.

Smell doesn't quite live up to the look of the beer. Some roasted malt, a little hops and an adjunct smell.

Taste is somewhat deceptive. You get some roasted /smoked malt flavor and surprisingly more hops than I thought given the smell. Not a bad tasting beer, but could use more malt and less chemical/adjunct taste.

Mouthfell is adequate, if a little thin. Drinkability is about average.

If they could reduce the chemical/adjunct presence, this would be a much better beer. Still, sometimes this is the best beer some nonbeer bars in the Midwest carry.

04-06-2003 14:42:47 | More by Redrover
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3.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a nice red (obvious), but seemed to change to a cloudy orange, thick foamy head, clinged nicely to the glass. Smell is of sweet malts. Initial taste is a tangy malt and very bitter. Somewhat drinkable, but had a strange almost copper feeling in the palate.

Notes. A bit odd for a red beer, this would be confused for a simple lager, this beer lacks body.

02-23-2003 19:55:14 | More by GeoffRizzo
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Leinie's Red is solid enough to stand on its own merits. Loses points for a fully diminishing head. Malty, yet well-balanced. Unfortunately for this label, but fortunately for beer lovers, the "Red" pseudo-style fad is behind us. Could have more carbonation. Better tasting than most of the Reds.

02-23-2003 12:56:11 | More by stoutman
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3.4/5  rDev +9%

I sought this brew out for the bottle was a 135th anniversary, so if I were to try it, nows the time. It poured a beautiful red color with a massive off-white head that settled to a full coverage film. Lace is good for the first half of the brew. The aroma is of slight barley malt and a note of sourness. The taste is the same with the mouth left tart. The body of this brew is weak, for after about 15 min., the brew waters down. Other BAs have said don't let it sit and I agree. Also colder is better for a crisp start for thisone. Mine was 55 and could of helped with 10 cooler. I will buy this again, around Thankgiving for a non-pumpkin autumn offering.( Indian labeled bottle )

02-02-2003 14:25:24 | More by chilidog
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2.8/5  rDev -10.3%

It has been a while since I had one of these. Pours a red-amber color with a minimal head that fades to nothing fast. Left just an island of flat head floating in the center of my glass. Deep malty aroma, sweet with a faint scent of mollasses. Taste is more bitter than I thought it would be since I didn't really smell a lot of hop presence. Where are the malts I smelled? This beer just doesn't seem right--almost sour. I won't be drinking this again anytime soon.

01-29-2003 19:31:40 | More by cretemixer
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2.88/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a rich red color, with a thin head that covors the entire top of the beverage for a decent amount of time, then turns to a faint lace around the edge of the glass.

sweet smelling, maltyness with little hop character in the boquet.

tasts average, pretty sweet an little bitterness. A thin mouthfeel with a little carbonation sting on the tounge.

12-29-2002 16:07:09 | More by elmocoso
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3.2/5  rDev +2.6%

I consider this a pretty good red lager. The color is a nice dark amber with average head. The smell and taste are mostly malty with the hops taking a far backseat. I enjoy this beer, but it seems a little too thin. I think Killian's does this style better.

12-19-2002 12:18:19 | More by ethosx19
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2.83/5  rDev -9.3%

beautiful amber color which pours out a thin head. slight malty nose with a hint of hoppiness. the malt flavor is pretty thin, leaving me with a watery aftertaste. it slides down pretty good but so does water. i've had all the brews from leinie's before, and upon revisiting a couple of them, i remember why i waited so long to review them. because they suck.

11-09-2002 19:12:25 | More by budgood1
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3.23/5  rDev +3.5%

Upon further review…

Leine’s Red has a sweet malty aroma, very nice, but no development beyond that. It actually ends on a faint dull metallic note (barely noticeable though). As for the taste, well it matches the nose: malty sweet, it is perfectly enjoyable but nothing else says “hello” to your palate. There is nothing wrong with the taste; I suppose I’d say it is fairly decent and fairly drinkable. As the name might indicate, it is a red (reddish-brown) beer with an off-white head that tops out at ½ an inch and it seems to reform a mini-head after every sip.

I decided to give this beer a second try, and yes, I did like it better this go-a-round but I still don’t find it outstanding. I’d drink it again without complaining!

10-02-2002 13:49:40 | More by bditty187
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3.78/5  rDev +21.2%

Bright amber, very red color indeed. Pour produces a thick, foamy tan head. Not much noticable smell wise, some decent malt smells. Very beer like. Taste is always pleasant to me, malty, slighltly thin on the hops, but very decent. I always thought it was a amber ale, not a dark lager, that shows you what I know. Bigger bodied than you would think.But with a wierd tongue coating slime, if you live it sit too long. I haven't tried the others in the Leinekugel line, but I would give them a try. I used to drink these all the time in college, they were always a $1.00.

08-19-2002 16:21:48 | More by StevieW
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Not a bad beer, and used to be one of my favorites when I thought this was "microbrew exotic". Pale red in color with almost non-existent head. The aroma was slightly sweet, although it was not malt, more of a corn/grain sweetness. The flavor was more of the same with slight hops appearing at the end of the flavor to give the lager taste. From Leine's offerings, I like the Original and Creamy Dark better. Not a bad beer for a change from the macro lagers and because of the high availability, can be found at most of the same places for the same price.

08-08-2002 13:29:05 | More by ryanocerus
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3.83/5  rDev +22.8%

Leinenkugel’s Red Lager pours a ruddy amber from the 12 oz brown bottle with the feathered Indians on the labels, one Indian on the neck band and one Indian on the larger main label. Nice head that stays around for a while.

Leinenkugel is celebrating their 135th anniversary, and I’m thinking there might by some extra malt in this brew, just for the occasion

Nose is all malt, palate is a firm malt with pleasant malt sweet notes, then just mild hops linger in the palate for a pleasant after taste.

Leinenkugel’s Red Lager is not a watered down and over carbonated red Beer. Good Beer taste with pleasant mouth feel, the only thing I would want more of is alcohol, I think this Beer is a bit light in that regard.

07-22-2002 14:12:22 | More by BeerBob
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3.48/5  rDev +11.5%

I liked this one almost as much as Killian's. Similar color and flavor but this one seemed a little more carbonated but that may be because I had it in a keg. If I was having a Leinie I would take the Creamy Dark hands down.

07-09-2002 14:51:58 | More by Dogbrick
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3.78/5  rDev +21.2%

A long enjoyable evening drinking Lenie’s Red, which really grew on me over the course of the night. It is reddish, with a nice head that was lost fairly quickly. This had the malt taste that is typical, but I kept noticing an assertive hops flavor that was as surprising as it was enjoyable. Very crisp, drinkable and refreshing for its style (thanks to the hops).

06-08-2002 20:05:41 | More by jackndan
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2.85/5  rDev -8.7%

Light red in hue and typically clear. The head is poorly retained, leaving an unimpressive and thin layer. Odd metallic, sharp husky grain notes in aroma. The hop nose is paltry. Tastewise this beer is expectedly bland, but there are no outright flaws. Sugary corn sweetness is prominent, but not overbearing. There's no way this brew is all barley malt. It's very thin in body, and malt flavors are lacking. That being said, this is the epitomy of the style. Leinenkugel's red is bland and the color serves only for asthetic purposes.

05-15-2002 20:32:50 | More by marc77
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +13.8%

I like this style of beer,drink alot of this on tap in the summer just as good as killians I think.Nothin special but I like it.

03-28-2002 15:31:02 | More by oberon
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3.08/5  rDev -1.3%

Perfect amber color with a frothy white head that has some retention. Slight caramel malt notes detected in the nose. Pretty clean taste. Just a tad musty. Hop taste is negligible. Nothing distinctive about this brew. Tastes like a macro.

03-27-2002 23:53:56 | More by Bighuge
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2.53/5  rDev -18.9%

Leinies are what (many) Wisconsinites drink when they think they are having good beers. Those of us who appreciate good beer know better. Their beers just do not measure up. Not one of them has any distinct character. Most are swill for the masses.
So the story goes for Leinies Red. Mediocrity encapsulated. It does not do a single thing well. Fairly bitter for a red lager, light roasted with a little malt sweetness, but otherwise completely nondescript. Not even a good fall-back. I hope any bar worth your hard earned $$ has a better beer available.
Steer clear.
Drink better.

03-08-2002 02:43:33 | More by cokes
Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.