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Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red

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766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | 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 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.

ngandhi, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of Winter
2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lackluster Red. Pours a nice clear reddish-copper color in a appearance with a creamy light tan head. That's as good as it gets. Odd malt aroma. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Taste consists of lightly toasted malt, with some hints of caramel. The finish has an unpleasant grainy texture and flavor to it. I don't even think I'd reccommend this vs other macro reds, such as Killians.

Winter, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of cbill
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an average red color with some head, but it didn't last though that may have been from my glass. not much of a smell to it, just average beer smell that my dorm smelled like last year. pretty good tastenot too extordinary in any way, but it goes down easy and enjoyable so i'd recomend it if you're looking to save a couple bucks and have a halfway decent beer.

cbill, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a medium sized white head of fine to large bubbles and left no lacing as it receded. It has a very mild malty aroma and a transparent light brown body with carbonation. There is a slight initial bite in the flavor and it is a bit fizzy. There is a typical "red" flavor to it that I can't put into words. This is a nice brew, but nothing to write home about.

TheDM, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nice dark amberish brown tinted, thin crowned glass of loose yogurt-like off-white head, some lacing begins to stick in spots as it becomes consumed. Smell is nearly nonexistent, a barely there sweet sense of malt and maybe corn grain. Taste is limpid sweet malts, unbalanced approach in light floral hop, it has some corn huskyness or raw grass notes and light metallicness in its quality of drying in the finish. Blah, blah, blah, no, bling, bling, bling, thinner than most "reds"/dunkel but not by much in some standards of how this style is suppose to be. Needs a boost in every aspect, and I'm suspect of the color, that too may be artificial; as in coloring.

tavernjef, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BobLuvBeer, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.9/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Shiloh, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

pezoids, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

hotstuff, May 10, 2003
Photo of marburg
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

marburg, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Redrover, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

stoutman, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 )

chilidog, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

cretemixer, Jan 29, 2003
Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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