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Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
poor

430 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | 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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hylton44

Minnesota

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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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.