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Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's OriginalLeinenkugel's Original

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BA SCORE
69
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408 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.82%


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:
No notes at this time.

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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 22:08:37 | More by jwc215
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

2.89/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 21:16:43 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 13:12:54 | More by Brenden
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MikeAAL

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +42%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 19:35:07 | More by MikeAAL
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 21:32:30 | More by Lemke10
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A60sburnout

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:57:12 | More by A60sburnout
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michiganminer

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:42:57 | More by michiganminer
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 14:11:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:47:26 | More by jsisko01
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:14:14 | More by WastingFreetime
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 16:35:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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imasloth

Texas

3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:18:02 | More by imasloth
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soju6

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 02:22:18 | More by soju6
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 13:16:45 | More by WoodBrew
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 11:23:27 | More by woodychandler
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BeerLover99

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 16:30:40 | More by BeerLover99
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 02:26:58 | More by Chaz
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 01:43:53 | More by GossageBrewery
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 17:28:23 | More by DesMoinesMike
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GRPunk

Michigan

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

Bottle (dated MAR1411) poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A moderate pour produced a full, 2-finger, white head. The body is a clean, golden color with heavy carbonation. The head sustains around 1/2-finger and leaves nice, sticky rings on the glass.

S- Sweet and slightly bready malts. A bit vegetal. Cooked veggies increase with time/warmth.

T- A mix of bready malt with some fruity qualities that come off as berry-like. Flavors stay sweet in the end and kind of linger for a long aftertaste.

M- Pretty heavy on the carbonation, making it light and a little fizzy. Long finish isn't so desireable.

D- Served cold, it's one of those beers that you can put back a couple in a sitting (as I've done with family during holiday evenings). Doing a formal review makes me see some of the mediocre (if not flawed) aspects of this beer. It's a good BMC substitute.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:50:37 | More by GRPunk
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Average, average, average. It is a light fizzy lager which defines the shitty adjunct style. Smells pretty standard, cheap malts. A bit of a soggy bread smell yet somewhat crisp. Tastes plain, some grainy, adjunct malt flavour, a hint of hops.

It is quite bubbly in the mouth, a bit too much actually. The body is also quite light. Not wretched like some Adjuncts, yet-- unless you have some non BA buddies and it is on sale-- it is undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:10:45 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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lstokes

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Substandard adjunct lager. Is there anything else to say? It's sweet pale malt which fades into watery grainy nothingness with maybe a hop or two peeking through, it's light-bodied and I drank one over two hours of talking to somebody about how bad the job market is. Which is usually a three-beer conversation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:59:46 | More by lstokes
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jmich24

Michigan

3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am reviewing the Yuengling Lager vs. the leinenkugel Original Lager. My brother-in-law who loves Yuengling needed a substitute since yuengling is not sold in Michigan. I offered him a taste test and Linenkugels won.

Yuengling:
A: Crystal clear amber color. Thin 1/8 inch head dissipates fast. Zero lacing
S: BMC but with some maltiness. Bit earthy.
T: Sweet grainy maltiness touch of carmel malt. Zero bitterness
M: Better mouth feel than BMC but still somewhat thin.
D: This is very drinkable improvement to BMC. But I would drink this over many other offerings.

Overall Score: 3.20

Leinenkugel:
A: Golden. crystal clear. Thin 1/8 inch head. Stay around as a cap for the entire beer.
S: Super bland. Touch of grain and yeast.
T: A little sweet. Nice buttery graininess to it. Zero bitterness.
M: Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy finishes wet. Very smooth the whole time.
D: Very drinkable, improvement on BMC.

Overall Score: 3.00

Both Not super good, but definatly inprovments on BMC. In the end Yuengling Wins by a slight margin.

I do not think these are all that similar to each other. My brother in a law is a Miller Light drinker who love Yuengling on vacation. I'm not surprised he liked Leinenkugels more, it is more like Miller Light to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:50:30 | More by jmich24
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Leinenkugel 2004 Challenge on the Chain Pint glass
A: Pours a golden body that is full of carbonation and clear. The white head settles slowly, but is left on the glass with nice lacing and good head retention.
S: A grainy norm for the style, nothing is too overly interesting, but quality none the less.
T/M: The standard for the style, with a bright spice on the mouthfeel that is smooth and refreshing, while the underlining tastes of malty character are expressing a Leinekugel's classic taste. The off taste is a short, quick off the palate sweetness.
D: I find this to be a good, drinkable beer for the style, one that is easy to put down and does make me want to have more (not that I could say that about most Adjuncts). Great in cans and represents the style in good fashion.

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 14:17:39 | More by GDBEERMAN
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Ah, fishing in northern Wisconsin...the perfect opportunity to enjoy more Leinies than in any other situation. Get some. This "original" pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of very quickly-dying white foam. The nose comprises corn, corn syrup, brown rice, and what the group collectively agreed was a mixture of taco seasoning and Jacob Leinenkugel's sweat and tears (no word on what happened to the blood, though...Count Yorga (or Iorga, to some) is a suspect). The other cans didn't really smell this way, nor did this odor come out of the can itself; we believe the snifter (clean, by the way) brought out some hidden smells. Something like that. Regardless, it smelled pretty damn awful. The taste mirrored the smell, minus that noxious second half of pain, though some tin and hard water seeped their way into the rice and corn syrup. The body is very light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, not the best of choices for fermented enjoyment, but the price and source are right for downing some brews on a boat while attempting to catch some fish.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 01:48:13 | More by TMoney2591
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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.