Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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70
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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 520
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 56 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 520
Reviews by A60sburnout:
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3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (822 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.25/5  rDev -24%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very typical in appearance, light, watery, transparent gold. At least it is not pee yellow. Head is basically little white ring around the top, although it had head for like one second. Smells of faint lupulin.. Suprisingly, no adjunct is detectable in the scent.

Tastes of sweet light malt and just barely picks up hints of corn. There is a slight lupulin bitter that is almost lost in the carbonation. Finish is a little biscuity and there is no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Although this lacks the crispness desirable in the style, I'd say its one of the better macros I've had simply because the elements of beer are actually recognizable in it and adjucts seem to be used sparingly, if at all. (752 characters)

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/orange with a small foamy head. Nothing really impressive here. Smell is very grainy and earthy with a hint of floral hops in there.

Taste has a nice sweet pale malt background with a somewhat corny flavor coupled with a slight hop biterness. Slight fruity tones stick out, a bit cirtusy, lemony.

Mouthfeel is watery thin. Basically the consistency of carbonated water...not my cup 'o tea. Drinkability is decent....I could see this going down on a hot summer day...but it's definetly not something I would seek out. (543 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of badbeer
3.31/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that goes away and leaves decent lacing. Smell is mostly of a macro, but seems to have something slightly more to it. Taste has a slight sweetness to it, almost like a very light crisp honey. Taste is better than the average macro, but I can't bring myself to bringing it above average just because it is better than an average macro. Mouthfeel is alright, not great. Drinkability, I could put back a few of these no problem. (475 characters)

Photo of ChrisHartz
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with moderate carbonation and head. It had a hoppy aroma and a mild, but full, flavor. A good lager, on par with Bud and definitely better than macro lights. (172 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of acknight
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a mysteriously fast fading head. Very little smell. Quite sweet in flavor, I can't detect a macro corn flavor, though the malt may simply be barely "cooked". Hops are minimal and mostly crisp at the back of the mouth. Unlike many Leinenkugel products, Leinie's O doesn't promise a lot and let you down, its just an easy going American Lager. It goes well with stadium food... (402 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bif_fat_sellout
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (970 characters)

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.