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Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's OriginalLeinenkugel's Original

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BA SCORE
69
poor

476 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | 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 ngandhi:
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2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL.

The appearance is unsettling. A little fizzy, a little straw-like, yet decent head retention. Not bad, but suspect for some reason.

Smell: corn or rice, take your pick.

Taste: This is an adjunct based beer. It's all grain and, having tried the other Leine's, I can tell why this is called Original: it must be the base from which the other Leine's are developed. In every other Leine product, you will taste Leine's original; it's just a matter of subduing it. And there's good reason to have these other lines of beer because Leine's Original is a sharp, grainy beast that can hardly be called beer. It used to be my beer of choice when it was all I had ever had. The returnable bottle thing was eco-friendly and it seemed like an honest brew.

That isn't to say I won't drink it, it's not that bad and at least it has a pronounced flavor vis-a-vis most domestic macros, but there ought to be mandatory nomenclature developed for labeling so people know their adjunct and adjunct-free beers before they buy them. This beer is all grain with a slight kick from the hops (which ain't that bad). The malts are there, not for flavor, but to sustain a good medium body. Leine's Original is well engineered, but not well brewed or conceived.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Aug 20, 2003
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3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 06, 2006
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2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 30, 2004
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3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

badbeer, Dec 30, 2005
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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.

ryanocerus, Aug 07, 2002
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acknight, Aug 10, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 31, 2012
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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...

ADR, May 16, 2002
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bif_fat_sellout, Nov 10, 2012
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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.

Brenden, Jul 17, 2013
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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.