Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of badbeer
3.31/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

Photo of Brenden
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.

Photo of SMark
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured at 39º from a 12 ounce bottle with a code on the neck. The beer poured without much foam and a few small bubbles. It seemed to be a little darker than most of the mass produced macros with light amber to yellowish coloring.

Aromas were clean and crisp with a hint of malt in the background. I did not detect much in the way of hops.

The taste was clean, crisp and smooth with some ‘browning’ which quickly subsided and became that often all too familiar taste of the American Macro Lager.

The mouthfeel and after taste are not bad but there was a bit of mustiness to mull over when all the liquid had been swallowed.

Original is not a bad beer but there are so many more out there with a lot more to offer.

Photo of cokes
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard, yellow macro looks, if possibly more gold than some.
Adjuncted nose, traces of bready malt. Hops are vacant.
More wonder bread and corn in the taste. Though leans closer to malt and further from adjuncts. Hop dryness is mostly imaginary, but perhaps herbal in nature. Simple stuff. Not good, not awful, just plain.
Decent amount carbonation befits a body with relative substance for the style.
No frills, but better than the big boys, and dirt cheap too.
This is a walleye-fishing, straight-from-the-bottle brew.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When Homer said "I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer", he was talking about something like this...

The can cracks with a quick hiss and pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath a bright white head that exhibits just slightly better than average retention and lacing. It maintains a thin but solid surface covering. The nose is generic lager with a sweetish malt, lightly grassy hops, and yeasty sulphur. It's medium bodied, gently crisp, and then smooth across the palate. The flavor follows the aroma: malt, hops, restrained but balancing bitterness. Dry, grassy finish. Thank God this beer has some character!!! It reminded me of the Schlitz my parents gave me as a kid - a beer with hops, not like most of the mass-produced swill available these days.

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

Photo of prototypic
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I recently had this on-tap at Old Bag of Nails. They have it styled "Old Bag of Ale" there, but to the best of my knowledge, it is Leiny's Original under a different name. If anyone knows differently, beer mail me and I'll move the review.

Appearance: This brew arrived with a one finger head. It's golden in color. Decent retention and very light lacing.

Smell: Smells much like other macro lagers. It mostly smells of corn and grains. There is a touch of hops and malt (probably moreso than most macro lagers).

Taste: It's a little on the bland side. Corn and grains are readily noticeable. Again, there are malt and light hop flavors. That's really about it. It's straight forward in that respect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and easy to drink. I don't really want anymore. There are too many other good session beers out there to choose this. Overall, not impressive. It's a step above most macro lagers, but not enough to win distinction honors.

Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my cousin Pete for bringing a 6er of this Midwest classic for Christmas. First off this beer gets an A for appearance. It's about the only macro lager I've found that actually has head retention and lacing. The aroma and flavor have a clean, cooked corn/DMS character with toasted grains. Smooth, only a slight barley aftertaste, very drinkable. This beer is to the American adjunct lager, what Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is to American pale ales.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I’m starting to find the Leinie brands a little more fun than I thought. This is kind of corny, but not overly sweet like most cheap beers, and there is a bit of hop bitterness. Actually much better than most the usual mega lagers. Slightly darker than expected. A nice sweet malty taste. Still falls into the "Oo-oo-ooh, hops are too scary for me" territory, but basically okay.

Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Corny with dextrose & perfumy hops as this warms

T: Lemony hops & sweet corn up front. Dryness, honey notes & cooked cereal shows as this warms. Finishes dry, a bit cloying & grainy

MF: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks okay, a bit too cloying as this warms. Drink ice cold. I'd still take this over BMC

Photo of jackndan
2.51/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad looking beer, for a semi-macro lager. Had it in a can, and it smells awful, it’s got a sharp metallic tang that runs straight up through the nostrils. Decent first taste runs into an awful aftertaste. I’ve had (and liked) Leinie products, and I know this is their bottom of the line, but I ain’t liking this. I’ll get it in a bottle and update, but until then go with High Life or PBR.

Photo of bditty187
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sickly pale gold hue with a snow-white head that almost reached a finger before it dissipated, soapy retention, almost no lace; quit animated body though. Weak nose, husky, grainy, hint of grits... seems all too typical. Damn, way too sweet tasting. A toothless hops bite, no real malt foundation. Weak mouthfeel, lacking substance. Sweet, slightly tacky finish. This is Leinie’s version of macro-swill; if you like the style, stick with the Northwoods Lager which is a must better beer.

Skip this one.

Photo of bashiba
2.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a straw yellow with a light fizzy head.

The smell has a bad vegetal odor to it with a bit of corn sweetness.

The flavor has a bit of a copper and tin flavor mixing in with the slightest touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is the same as water, no carbonation to speak of.

Boring stuff. I don't know why anyone would pay premium price for this stuff.

Photo of shbobdb
4.15/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am not reviewing this beer with my present beer palate in mind, here's why: I used to drink this beer everyday. Usually a couple. I'd maybe have one with my lunch, then another one or two with dinner and then maybe another one later on. I thought, and still think, that it tastes fantastic and goes down smooth.
However, as I continued to drink it, I noticed that it was incredibly sweet. This isn't a bad thing, indeed, it helps push its drinkability up to a 5; however, when you are drinking something this sweet in those volumes, it eventually becomes cloying.
I can't stand Leinie's O from the bottle anymore. From the tap, however, it is still quite tastey-- a testament to the skill this beer took to brew.
Also, Leinie's O has something that most other beers of its flavour class do not: price. This is a great bang for your buck! Cheap AND tastey? Too bad I drank too much of it.

Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Straw yellow color with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin layer of foam. A little lacing is left on the glass. Immediately after the pour, I was able to pick up a nice Noble hop aroma but it soon is overpowered by adjunct aromas. As far as taste it is about average for macro's. More on the drier side with light hop flavor. Finishes crisp and clean. Light body with fizzy carbonation. A decent macro and a good thirst quencher.

Photo of imasloth
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of hotstuff
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Definitely a beer that I was not impressed with as it lacks character and there was not much going on with it.It poured a medium white creamy head with fine sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was cloudy with a lot of lively carbonation.The hue was gold and there was very little lacing.The nose was hoppy and slightly sweet with a slightly bitter flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly and light bodied.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good premium American lager. No detectable adjunct character, decent bitterness to balance the malt, nice head retention for the style. Goes great with pizza delivery and videos. Reminds me of North American Lowenbrau. A solid dependable American beer.

Photo of LeonTrotsky
1.64/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this on tap at the CC Club in Minneapolis with a friend because it was their special $7 pitcher for the night. We shouldn't have ordered the pitcher.

A: Yellow and fizzy, like any other beer of the style
S: It had the faint odor of tortilla chips
T: Gross! Tortilla chips! It seriously tasted like someone soaked corn chips in Miller Lite, then poured the resulting liquid into a pitcher.
M: Average mouthfeel for the style
D: Awful, I will never drink this again

I'm not a macro basher, I drink Grain Belt Premium on a regular basis and have some Miller High Life in my beer fridge right now, but this stuff was awful. The only worse beer I have had is Beer 30 Ice (yes, that is actually the name of the beer).

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.