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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 60 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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Ratings: 808 | Reviews: 311
Photo of Jason
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle with a bottle code, no freshness date.

A- Deep orangey red color, very clear ... the head dissipates a little too quick for my liking.

S- Mild toasted malt aroma, wet with a caramel undertone.

T&M- Slight crispness, a tad slick on the palate with a moderate body. Thinning toasted grain meets a watery steely caramel malt, hoppiness stays on balanced bitter with very little flavor.

D- Better than Killian's Red, but that is not saying much is it. I guess my point is, if you are going to brew this style it can't be strip filtered and perhaps pasteurized. Lacks that malty lager freshness. Not bad but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of scaliasux
1.95/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light reddish-copper in color. Clear and fizzy. Head is white and creamy; leaves little lacing. Average or worse head retention. Rather light for a Dunkel.

Smell - Light sweet malt aroma. Very little if any roasted or caramel notes. Smells more like a much lighter category of lager.

Taste - Sweet malts. Very light nuttiness (almond or walnut). Little lemony sourness at the back end, not real balanced. I would not consider this a very complex beer. One note, two at the max.

Mouthfeel - Light (actually pretty full for a Leinie's) for a Dunkel.

Drinkability - Not as poor as many of Leinie's products. The flavor is not bad on this beer, but doesn't match up to the standards for a dunkel. I'd drink this before most large brewery products. I would not, however, buy this if I wanted a dunkel.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a perfectly clear amber-red with a creamy white head that maintains.

Mild aroma of caramel malts with some light hop tones.

Light caramel maltiness upfront followed by a slight hop taste and bitterness.Finishes clean and dry.

Ample carbonation, light body.

Easy enough to drink, but nothing special. My memories of this beer are much better than the beer itself...

Photo of shbobdb
4.23/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Leinie's Red. Oh man. This beer gets the credit for introducing me to the American Craft Brew scene. Man, this is one freakin' tastey beer.
Oh, sure, the naysayers will complain that it isn't the best of the style, and, to be sure it isn't. However, at the price it is offered, WOW, what a freakin' beer.
This beer will always have a place in my fridge.
It smells nicely of toasty malts. The taste essentially follows the nose with just a pinch of hops and the end to give a nice clean finish.
A simple beer. but man, what a good tasting one.

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a vibrant amber color with a medium thickness tan head that lasted a few minutes. The aroma is of caramel but balanced out somewhat with some hop bitterness. The taste is a bit of caramel with some citrus notes and a touch of bitterness but not overpowering. This is a very drinkable beer as it is fairly light and refreshing.

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

Clear red with a bit of an orange hue, topped by a thin skim of white foam. Sweet caramel in the aroma, along with some bitey, herbal hops. Light bitterness, not enough to balance the sweetness. Very mild citrus and floral hops make a brief appearance. Herbal character lingers. The body is light, but feels a bit syrupy yet dries the palate. Quite strange and not appealing to me at all.

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.

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Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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