Leinenkugel's Red - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001)
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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
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
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
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
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +37.6%
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
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +26.4%
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
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
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
1.15/5  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.

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
3.35/5  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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.