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Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's OriginalLeinenkugel's Original

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.82%

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:
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Photo of jwc215


2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by March 31, 2014 marked on the neck of the bottle:

Pours golden with a nice white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of musty grain with a hint of soap.

The taste is of grainy malt, husk and a touch of soap. Virtually tasteless hops gives some dry balance to the sweetness in the finish.

Pretty crisp, a little fizz sticks to the tongue, but not too fizzy overall.

A bland lager with an odd, though mild, soapy undertone. Personally, if I had to choose, I would take Miller High Life over this. There are cheaper bland brews out there, too.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 22:08:37 | More by jwc215
Photo of boilermakerbrew


2.89/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Pours a perfectly clear, straw yellow in color. Small, frothy head that actually retains well. Lacing is ok. Looks like your average American pale lager, except with better head retention.

S- Light and grainy with a bit of a German pilsener bitterness in there too. The bitterness is mild and borderlines on a classic euro-lager skunkiness.

T- Starts with a grainy flavor, typical of many American lagers. In the middle of the drink there is more of a light malt and slight fruitiness. Light towards the end with the flavor focus shifting back to light grassy grains and a slight hop bite.

M- Light, easy to drink, and incredibly high in carbonation. Nothing special or out of the way as far as feel goes.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised after smelling it. Smell was definitely of a light struck beer, but the flavor of the beer was actually more full and malty.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 21:16:43 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of A60sburnout


3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour created two fingers of creamy white head that held together longer than I would have expected and left some nice lacing.

There is a mild aroma of malt and a hint of citrus, almost, but not quite lemony. Not unpleasant, but more like a macro brew than a craft or import.

A mild malt taste is hindered by the sweetness of an adjunct (corn?); just a hint of hops presence, not unlike the macros that I'm assuming it's profiled to compete against. However Leinie's Original has much more 'beer taste' than many/ most of its competitors.

Mouthfeel is average, finish is clean with little aftertaste.

Great session beer, or a good choice for a hot summer's afternoon when the weather calls for multiple servings.

However, I'd choose a Leinie's Original over its competitors any day. It does its job well.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:57:12 | More by A60sburnout
Photo of michiganminer


3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6er for 4.88. In my area this is considered a "better" beer. It's the completely average beer. Definitely a Miller product with a pronounced corn taste. It's not offensive but not good either. I probably won't buy again.

Note: I review for the style. I refuse to let my prejudices slant any review. Nothing worse than the typical beer snob reviewing an AAL, same for your AAL drinker reviewing a craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:42:57 | More by michiganminer
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Original has a thick, stark-white head, and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with almost no lacing. The aroma is of mild, pungent, sweet and sour grain. Taste is of sweet grain, a touch of hops (which comes out more in the undertaste), and a bit of grass. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leinenkugel's finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and very dry. If there was ever a stereotypical American-style lager, this is it. It's worth checking out, if you ever see it, which you probably won't.


Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 14:11:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jsisko01


3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a centimeter thick, soapy white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet, grainy, corny, and light spices.

Taste - Basically the same as the aroma.. Sweet, grainy, strong corn flavor, and light malts.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good, generic type lager. I'd like it better if there was less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:47:26 | More by jsisko01
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears straw yellow, with a typical short-lived one finger head and bland sweet corn on weak grains aroma / flavor. Light watery body, but at least it is well carbonated. Really just barely a tiny step above any BMC you may encounter, but not quite better enough to justify the price tag IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:14:14 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 16:35:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of imasloth


3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:18:02 | More by imasloth
Photo of BeerLover99


2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear, straw yellow body, light white up + down head, light/patchy lacing

S: sweet corn, light grain

T: sweet corn, grain, hint of malt, dry/crisp finish

M: light/med body, big carbonation, bubbly on tongue

O: Ok BMC substitute, good hot day/session beer.
Leinie's is good craft beer gateway brewery, baby steps
for your friends and family.


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 16:30:40 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For an adjunct this is rather nice. There was absolutley nothing offensive about this brew like many others I've tried.

It's a nice golden color with plenty of fizz and a fat finger of foam. The aroma was light with corn or grain and some hops. The taste was some grain, fair amount of crispness. It's super drinkable with a small amount of the crispness remaining. It isn't complex, not very distinctive, but you can enjoy it bottle after bottle. This was the first bottle of Original I've seen in the DSM area so I hope to see more of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 17:28:23 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of GRPunk


3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (dated MAR1411) poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A moderate pour produced a full, 2-finger, white head. The body is a clean, golden color with heavy carbonation. The head sustains around 1/2-finger and leaves nice, sticky rings on the glass.

S- Sweet and slightly bready malts. A bit vegetal. Cooked veggies increase with time/warmth.

T- A mix of bready malt with some fruity qualities that come off as berry-like. Flavors stay sweet in the end and kind of linger for a long aftertaste.

M- Pretty heavy on the carbonation, making it light and a little fizzy. Long finish isn't so desireable.

D- Served cold, it's one of those beers that you can put back a couple in a sitting (as I've done with family during holiday evenings). Doing a formal review makes me see some of the mediocre (if not flawed) aspects of this beer. It's a good BMC substitute.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:50:37 | More by GRPunk
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Average, average, average. It is a light fizzy lager which defines the shitty adjunct style. Smells pretty standard, cheap malts. A bit of a soggy bread smell yet somewhat crisp. Tastes plain, some grainy, adjunct malt flavour, a hint of hops.

It is quite bubbly in the mouth, a bit too much actually. The body is also quite light. Not wretched like some Adjuncts, yet-- unless you have some non BA buddies and it is on sale-- it is undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:10:45 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of lstokes


2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Substandard adjunct lager. Is there anything else to say? It's sweet pale malt which fades into watery grainy nothingness with maybe a hop or two peeking through, it's light-bodied and I drank one over two hours of talking to somebody about how bad the job market is. Which is usually a three-beer conversation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:59:46 | More by lstokes
Photo of jmich24


3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am reviewing the Yuengling Lager vs. the leinenkugel Original Lager. My brother-in-law who loves Yuengling needed a substitute since yuengling is not sold in Michigan. I offered him a taste test and Linenkugels won.

A: Crystal clear amber color. Thin 1/8 inch head dissipates fast. Zero lacing
S: BMC but with some maltiness. Bit earthy.
T: Sweet grainy maltiness touch of carmel malt. Zero bitterness
M: Better mouth feel than BMC but still somewhat thin.
D: This is very drinkable improvement to BMC. But I would drink this over many other offerings.

Overall Score: 3.20

A: Golden. crystal clear. Thin 1/8 inch head. Stay around as a cap for the entire beer.
S: Super bland. Touch of grain and yeast.
T: A little sweet. Nice buttery graininess to it. Zero bitterness.
M: Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy finishes wet. Very smooth the whole time.
D: Very drinkable, improvement on BMC.

Overall Score: 3.00

Both Not super good, but definatly inprovments on BMC. In the end Yuengling Wins by a slight margin.

I do not think these are all that similar to each other. My brother in a law is a Miller Light drinker who love Yuengling on vacation. I'm not surprised he liked Leinenkugels more, it is more like Miller Light to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:50:30 | More by jmich24
Photo of Bitterbill


3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by Nov 22, 2010.

Nice light golden colour, looks like many of the style but there's a good 1 finger head of foam to go with it.

The smell is grainy, slightly bitter, with a mild presence of corn. Also quite like many for the style.

The taste has some graininess, very light amount of corn, asome decent bitterness that's very lemon like. Some malt sweets in the background. Not bad at all. In fact, I like.

Good mouthfeel here and I find this very drinkable. The Original just showed up in town and I quite favour it for further sessions.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 22:51:49 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of AmberMan22


3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta admit, this or Coors takes the cake as the best Macro AAL in my book. Don't think I'd ever turn these down if offered.

The smell is slightly sweeter than most adjunct lagers, which I find enjoyable. The malt flavor just seems to present itself a bit better.

carbonation might be a little strong, but I also drank this leaning on 'too cold', so that probably didn't help. Having it slightly warmer is much more enjoyable.

Overall, this is a macro I can drink without grimacing. That's what I mean when I say best AAL.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:30:06 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single with no freshness date. I am surprised we do not get this beer here in Tx as we get at least a half dozen other Leinie's. Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 2 finger bone-white head that displays average retention and no lacing.

Nose is sweet light malts, I really dont get all that much in the way of adjuncts in the smell. There is even a smidge of floral hops in here. Not bad for an AAL.

Taste is grainy malts that taste and feel a bit stale and cardboardy. Very light tasting beer and certainly corn oriented. A bit too much fruitiness shows through for a lager - green apples and grapes. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and carbonation is not that high for the style. Not too much to get excited about, but I would choose this over a bud light anyday. 12 pack for 10 bucks...I might do that every once in a while. For an adjunct lager, one could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 20:25:17 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of woosterbill


3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a surprisingly rich amber-gold body with tons of carbonation sustaining a two-finger head of dense white foam that sticks around seemingly forever: by far the best head I've ever seen on a beer of this style, it verges on being "rocky" - really impressive. Still, it's fizzy yellow beer, so I can't bring myself to award the 5, even though it looks amazing according to style.

S: Thoroughly boring adjunct aroma of thin grain and mild hops. Nothing off, but nothing exciting.

T: A little short of boring. Absolutely nothing worth talking about - grains, some adjunct funk, and just enough hops to dry out the palate. No finish to speak of. The most positive word to describe this might be inoffensive; the worst might be mind-numbing.

M: Nothing to comment on - fizzy and thin, just as one would expect.

D: Not as watery as some other examples of the style, which I suppose works against it in this category. It is pretty refreshing, though, so no complaints about drinkability.

Notes: Leinie's will always have a place in my heart, as it's the beer my dad has always had in the fridge (and therefore the first I ever had a sip of); it's a very respectable adjunct lager, but it's still exactly that. Classic, refreshing, and a great looking beer for its style, Leinie's deserves respect - but respect doesn't mean I'll be buying it myself now or ever.


Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 17:52:51 | More by woosterbill
Photo of kimcgolf


3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much to this one. As much as I had heard profess to liking "Leiny", I was expecting more from this. Pours a pale yellow with little white head and not much lacing. Aroma is muted and what is present is grainy hops. Mouthfeel is pretty lackluster and the taste follows the nose. Short, dry finish rounds out this ho-hum beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 16:12:20 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Strix


3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sort of amazed I've never reviewed this.

Poured golden yellow.

Smells sweet, slightly malty. The optimist in me smells toasted bread crust and the pessimist smells sulphur.

Taste is relatively clean, some cereal grains, and a hint of hops. Sweet malty character is evident, though so is corn. I wonder what the Miller merger has done to the taste of this, I'm not old enough to remember the old days.

Mouthfeel adequate.

This beer has a devout following in WI, so I won't be too harsh. Suffice to say my relatively experienced palate is not impressed as it once was. This is a macro lager with more taste than some. If cold, it's alright.

Leine's, if you're reading this, please make less of this, and more Big Eddy RIS. PLEASE. I'm begging you. You have proven you can make phenomenal beers -- If you want to.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 04:27:40 | More by Strix
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with about a finger of head. Some head retention and lacing, but not much.

S- A faint malty smell, along with just a touch of hops. Als detect a hint of something citrusy or like bananas, possibly from the grain.

T- Taste follows along the same lines as the smell. Still picking up a banana-like taste, not great but not totally offensive.

M- Light-bodied with plenty of carbonation, the bubbles were streaming up from the bottom continuously.

D- It could be pretty easy to drink this stuff, the ABV is relatively low and it's not an overall bad beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again however.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:18:30 | More by kbeals
Photo of WakeandBake


3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head, high carbonation. Aroma is slightly grainy and hoppy for a pale lager. Flavor is crisp , and again quite hoppy fore a pale Lager , nice crisp mouthfeel , light body and quite refreshing , very sessionable , I might buy this again for company

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 16:48:30 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a ½ inch of humble white foam.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, lightly grainy maltiness, with little else to show for the aroma. Inoffensive, but certainly an underperformer.

Taste: Light pale malts with touches of grain and imparted sweetness. Faint, vague hop character and bitterness. Things slough along until the drying, clean, but, let's face it, pretty empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, easy-drinking lager that, while dull, thankfully doesn't come across as packed to the hilt with adjuncts as many others do.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 21:09:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Thorpe429


2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

G: Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Very light in color, nearly transparent. Pours with a decent, though quickly-receding, head and plenty of visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like the typical adjunct. Minimal amounts of malt and pretty much zero hops.

T: Taste isn't terrible. Poured out of a bottle, although it has a mildy-metallic taste. Other than that, plenty of adjunct and slightly bitter.

M: Slightly creamy. Light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Good amount of carbonation and the right mouthfeel, though not much in the way of taste. Although I'm not a big fan of Leinie's to start with, this definitely is not one of their better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 21:31:19 | More by Thorpe429
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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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