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Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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68
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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

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Ratings: 507 | Reviews: 157
Photo of alexvhrk
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

My go-to-beer. I live nearby Chippewa Falls where this liquid gold is brewed and the history of the brewery is only the start of the reason I love this beer.

It has a strong amber body with a large and somewhat bubbly white head. That first sip has a strong blast of crisp carbonated mashed corn and it only begs you to drink more of it.

It's flavor almost could take it one step further, leaving just enough for you to want to keep drinking.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid go to that has just a bit more than the average bear. Tasty enough for a repeat or two.

Photo of DarkBeerSux
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer I remembered fondly from my youth that I decided to try again. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. A refreshing lager that would be great anytime.

Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

I think all of Leinenkugels' fruit beers are the same: fruity and delicious, but leave you wishing they had something more distinguishing than which fruit is in this particular beer you're drinking at that moment.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev +15%

Let me start this out by saying a few years ago when I was first starting to venture out and try new beers, I swore off Leinenkugels completely as it was a nasty beer to me. But as we all know, tastes change, and I'm here to review it, as I know my likability has improved with it since then.

Appearance (3.5) : a fluffy three fingered head, descending to a 1 finger sudsy foam within a minute or two. Body is transparent gold straw color.

Aroma (3.5) : fresh malted barley, some creamed corn, slight floral, straw, and faint grassy hop. A fresh smelling beer. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.25) : It is a bit aggressive, with some rough hop leaf and charred malt out front, but it smooths out by the swallow, becoming a creamy, delectable and flavorful lager with hints of corn, dirty cabbage, barley malt, and dark grain. The finish is somewhat gritty and pasty, with a semi dry feel. It does leave a little to be desired but it's not horrible.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : light bodied, heavily carbonated, and look above for the finish remarks. It has character.

Overall (3.37) : yeah, I'd drink it again. It's not the horse pee I remember it being, but it isn't really fantastic either. I'd say if you mixed Pabst and Miller High Life this is what you'd get. Dirty hop leaf, creamed corn, gritty finish.

Photo of Grupatre
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Great daily drinker

Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by March 31, 2014 marked on the neck of the bottle:

Pours golden with a nice white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of musty grain with a hint of soap.

The taste is of grainy malt, husk and a touch of soap. Virtually tasteless hops gives some dry balance to the sweetness in the finish.

Pretty crisp, a little fizz sticks to the tongue, but not too fizzy overall.

A bland lager with an odd, though mild, soapy undertone. Personally, if I had to choose, I would take Miller High Life over this. There are cheaper bland brews out there, too.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Pours a perfectly clear, straw yellow in color. Small, frothy head that actually retains well. Lacing is ok. Looks like your average American pale lager, except with better head retention.

S- Light and grainy with a bit of a German pilsener bitterness in there too. The bitterness is mild and borderlines on a classic euro-lager skunkiness.

T- Starts with a grainy flavor, typical of many American lagers. In the middle of the drink there is more of a light malt and slight fruitiness. Light towards the end with the flavor focus shifting back to light grassy grains and a slight hop bite.

M- Light, easy to drink, and incredibly high in carbonation. Nothing special or out of the way as far as feel goes.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised after smelling it. Smell was definitely of a light struck beer, but the flavor of the beer was actually more full and malty.

Photo of Brenden
3.04/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A beer brewed by a gateway craft berwery for those who want a BMC? Why not?

It actually doesn't look bad. It's a smidge darker than the usual straw yellow, bright and clear and evidently carbonated. A pure white head is on the spritzy side, big-bubbled but still reaching one finger and maintaining some structure, however wispy, for the long term. It even leaves some decent spotting on the walls of the glass.
It smells and tastes a bit sweet and has some corn but not as much husk as the style tends to offer, with some actual malt to back it up and a slightly herbal and floral note that might even proffer a slight bitterness. It's slightly vegetal, though not as badly as I fear it could be. It goes mildly metallic into the finish. For a terrible style, it's an overall average beer.
The feel is what can be expected. It's light=bodied with a firm crispness. Carboantion is moderate, not too heavy, which is nice. It's got a touch of smoothness in the body, too.

Photo of MikeAAL
4.15/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I drink this beer, I usually have it on tap but, I've had it in bottles and cans plenty of times.

Appearance is a light, straw color with a white head.

Smells hoppy and grainy.

Tastes I get are hops, adjuncts and citrus at the end.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Leinie's is a very good Northwoods brew. The brewery isn't that far from where I live either.

Photo of Lemke10
2.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

They always say “nothing is as good as the original.” Well, I don’t really think that always applies to the realm of beer. Leinie’s Original is perhaps the oldest recipe that the brewery still makes. This beer is aimed to be a slightly less than premium beer cost wise so you’ll see a case go for $12-$16 depending on the market you live in. So a lot of the drinkers of this brew are either senior citizens or poor college kids.

It pours a clear, pale yellow color with a foamy, off-white head. The scent is not very strong, but there is the aroma of cheap grains mixed with a little malt and citrus. Pretty basic, but as you would expect from a pale ale.

Well it tastes like good cheap beer so that’s always a good thing! There is a mild taste of grain and wheat that makes for a smooth and quick drink. For the price you pay, this really isn’t too bad. I would definitely drink this over a MGD any day. It doesn’t quite beat Pabst as my favorite cheap beer though.

We live in Wisconsin so Leinekugel’s is pretty much a household name around here. I will say though, I get out of town customers at work that pretty much go ape-shit crazy when they see we have Leine’s Original in 24pk cans and bottles. I hear them tell their stories of how they can’t find it where they live, etc. So you can’t help but feel slightly like a hipster while drinking this stuff even though there’s nothing all that special about it.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Photo of A60sburnout
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour created two fingers of creamy white head that held together longer than I would have expected and left some nice lacing.

There is a mild aroma of malt and a hint of citrus, almost, but not quite lemony. Not unpleasant, but more like a macro brew than a craft or import.

A mild malt taste is hindered by the sweetness of an adjunct (corn?); just a hint of hops presence, not unlike the macros that I'm assuming it's profiled to compete against. However Leinie's Original has much more 'beer taste' than many/ most of its competitors.

Mouthfeel is average, finish is clean with little aftertaste.

Great session beer, or a good choice for a hot summer's afternoon when the weather calls for multiple servings.

However, I'd choose a Leinie's Original over its competitors any day. It does its job well.

Photo of michiganminer
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6er for 4.88. In my area this is considered a "better" beer. It's the completely average beer. Definitely a Miller product with a pronounced corn taste. It's not offensive but not good either. I probably won't buy again.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Original has a thick, stark-white head, and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with almost no lacing. The aroma is of mild, pungent, sweet and sour grain. Taste is of sweet grain, a touch of hops (which comes out more in the undertaste), and a bit of grass. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leinenkugel's finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and very dry. If there was ever a stereotypical American-style lager, this is it. It's worth checking out, if you ever see it, which you probably won't.

RJT

Photo of jsisko01
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a centimeter thick, soapy white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet, grainy, corny, and light spices.

Taste - Basically the same as the aroma.. Sweet, grainy, strong corn flavor, and light malts.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good, generic type lager. I'd like it better if there was less carbonation.

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears straw yellow, with a typical short-lived one finger head and bland sweet corn on weak grains aroma / flavor. Light watery body, but at least it is well carbonated. Really just barely a tiny step above any BMC you may encounter, but not quite better enough to justify the price tag IMO.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lenie Original, for those who want to pay a little bit more for their BMCesque beer. Pours a typical yellow with white head and lots of carbonation but not much retention or lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet lagery corn. Hey, this is the midwest.

Taste, extremely light, barely a hop presence, barely a malt presence, probably comes close to being a malt liquor the barley use seems so low. With that said, it is a pretty clean taste, there are no off flavors, its just really a lot of water and not much else of the ingredients that make good beer. A good beer for those who don't like beer too much, or like keeping their edge on a warm day outside.

The worst are the people paying $5 for these on Water Street at the Leinie lodge. No dude, you aren't totally into bad ass craft beer, its just a brand that was bought by Miller, please stop embarrasing yourself.

Photo of imasloth
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first reviewed lager that i can recall so bear with me ... and an American Adjunct no less!

A- Pours a light yellow, a shade lighter than apple juice with small bubbles reminiscent of champagne. Starts with a reasonably sized white head which disperses quickly in my pint glass. Minimal lacing.

S- Pretty light malt. Clean, some must and alcohol.

T- Starts sweet, with a light malt and a dry, vinous finish. Aftertaste is decent.

M- Very light-bodied with little mouthfeel of which to speak.

O- We initially bought this and some 1960s Schlitz for a party we were attending where there'd be beer pong and flip cup. I preferred the Schlitz at the time (review forthcoming), but am surprised by how drinkable I find this compared to the PBR I had recently.

Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a small head and a bit of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, syrup sweetness and some grain.

T: Sweet taste witha bit of fruit and some grain. Very mild bitterness with a clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not bad for the style. Better than the BMC alternative.

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lienenkugels Original pours a clear yellow with good carbonation that provides a bubblely white head...bot which dissipate overtime. Some lacing was present. The smell had sweet corn and light grain with balance hop. The taste followed suit....sweet corn, grain, hint of malt and hop with good finish. The mouthfeel was good and could be sessioned easily. Overall it is a fine american adjunct beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has been on my CAN Wants List for ever!!!! My deepest gratitude to Chaz for going out of his way to get me one at long last. This is not only a big deal in terms of The CANQuest (TM), but also due to the fact that I am proud member in good standing with the Leinie Lodge. I want to move to the Upper Midwest so badly that I just want to taste it in my mouth every day. Sometimes it tastes like Michigan, sometimes like Kleveland (sorry, GLBC, but yer city sux), and every so often, but not often enough, it tastes like Wisco. My new dream, having fulfilled so many others, is to attend UW@Madison to get my Ph.D./Po.D., the last half being a Doctorate of Pornography, in which I would study Victorian-era written porn in great detail.

From the CAN: "Famous Since 1867"; "The Pride of Chippewa Falls"; "Brewed with the Same Recipe by Five Generations of Leinenkugels"; "Back in 1867, our great-great grandfather, Jacob Leinenkugel, began handcrafting his distinctive beer right here in Chippewa Falls, in the very heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. And, for five generations, our family has proudly carried on his tradition of bringing great tasting beer to the people of the Midwest. So we invite you to experience The Flavor of the Northwoods for yourself. And welcome to our family."

Best of all is the free Native AmeriCAN female with every case, YMMV. Mine was on hand to assist with the Crack & Glug and she did a fine job, producing a finger-and-a-half of bubbly bone-white head with moderate retention that would make any Lodge member proud. Color was a golden-yellow that would have made either/both King Midas and Croesus proud. The nose would make any local pig farmer proud, given its distinct resemblance to silage. The mouthfeel would make any chemist proud, given its resemblance to CO2. The taste would make Greg Koch proud, since he revels in being able to measure his beers by using AALs as his yardstick. The finish would make a drain proud as it either came from one or belonged there. No, sorry, that last was too harsh, but I was at a loss. It was simply a standard AAL. I remain a proud member of the Leinie Lodge, but I have better beer to put in my cooler. Again, YMMV.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear, straw yellow body, light white up + down head, light/patchy lacing

S: sweet corn, light grain

T: sweet corn, grain, hint of malt, dry/crisp finish

M: light/med body, big carbonation, bubbly on tongue

O: Ok BMC substitute, good hot day/session beer.
Leinie's is good craft beer gateway brewery, baby steps
for your friends and family.

OK, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of Chaz
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost-textbook "straw" in color, topped with a pale off-white head of about two fingers. Head drops at a pretty average rate, so it takes a good several minutes before there's nothing left but a thin film atop the glass, and a bit of stubborn, clingy lace on the sides of the glass.

Nose is pale malts and a light blast of corn grits (although from taking the tour I'm pretty sure that they use corn syrup). The nose reminds me a bit of Grain Belt Premium, but with just a little more soft, biscuit-y malt (there's a different proprietary yeast strain too, but there's no real yeast character on the nose to speak of...) Lightly-tangy lemony/citrus hop character on the nose -- just a touch though.

Crisp, lightly-sweet, and lightly tangy on the first sip. Aromatic hop use is evident here, some form of domestic and Nobel hop combination rising to prominence as the first sip winds-down; I'm getting flashbacks to my memories of "Schmidt" as a kid... Biscuit-y malt lingers alongside a rather good bitterness.

Second sip brings a little more hop bitterness and tang to the forefront (and the beer is warming also beginning to warm in the summer heat...), and this makes me recall both how well and how often I've enjoyed the basic goodness of "Leinie's Original" in the past. The bitterness here isn't too assertive, but it lingers nicely throughout, and this more than anything else sets it apart from other offerings in the "AAL" catch-all style category. A little tart/lemony hop goes a long way here, and just as the hop bitterness is never too assertive, neither is this too tangy.

There's a good mouthfeel, excellent hop/malt balance, and good drinkability overall. The adjunct quality never detracts too much from the beer's better traits, and this is just about the right weight (at 4.6%) for several in one sitting, especially on a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this on tap- in a plastic cup. Sorry I had no choice in the matter. This lager poured an almost clear yellow color with a thin white head. Head retention is poor and there was no lacing. The Aroma of the beer was malty and sweet. The taste was mostly sweet with slight hints of grain. I didnt pick up much of a hop flavor- this for sure was not triple hops brewed! Not very good- lawn mower beer at best.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For an adjunct this is rather nice. There was absolutley nothing offensive about this brew like many others I've tried.

It's a nice golden color with plenty of fizz and a fat finger of foam. The aroma was light with corn or grain and some hops. The taste was some grain, fair amount of crispness. It's super drinkable with a small amount of the crispness remaining. It isn't complex, not very distinctive, but you can enjoy it bottle after bottle. This was the first bottle of Original I've seen in the DSM area so I hope to see more of it.

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.