Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by ngandhi:
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-20-2003 19:12:14 | More by ngandhi
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