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Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
poor

452 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002)
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Reviews by hylton44:
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hylton44

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -4.4%

(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.

08-03-2007 01:36:11 | More by hylton44
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3.43/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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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.

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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...

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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