Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by hylton44:
2.8/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
(Can, but can poured into a pilsner glass.)
Leinenkugel is prevalent in my neck of the woods (Minneapolis-St. Paul), and a 12 pack of bottles can almost always be had for at least a buck or two cheaper than a 12 of some of my other, more preferred craft brews. I've always considered Leinies (Leineys?) to be in that strange no-man's-land, in the shadow world between microbrew and macrobrew. Obviously, there's more to some of their beers (their Red being comparable to Killian's, their respectable Sunset Wheat, etc.) than your standard macro-lager, yet the entire lineup is pretty much outclassed when compared to other Midwest brewers such as Summit or Schell.
So - the "original." A title I always fear, as it gives me the feeling I'm about to taste a beer that's not made itself any more substantial since the days of prohibition. Nevertheless, I'm very glad I checked out some of the other reviews before writing this. It seems that some of my peers had a good approach: rather than trying to hold it up against the finest, most sophisticated ales the craft brew industry has to offer, judge it for what it really is: a plain old American macro pilsner; and (in light of that, I can recognize), not a bad one at that. Pale, weak and straw-colored in appearance, with a rapidly disappearing head, and a smell that is nearly non-existent. Yet, there is some flavor there, and it is undeniably refreshing. It's not at all brackish like its big brothers from Milwaukee & St. Louis, and even has a pleasantly little tart taste and not at all disagreeable finish. It's watery, no doubt, and won't be making me forget a Sam Adams Boston Lager any time soon. But as to the four I ended up with after a potluck summer gathering with coworkers - well, I will drink them and enjoy them.
Serving type: can
08-03-2007 01:36:11 | More by hylton44
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