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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

435 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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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2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

They always say “nothing is as good as the original.” Well, I don’t really think that always applies to the realm of beer. Leinie’s Original is perhaps the oldest recipe that the brewery still makes. This beer is aimed to be a slightly less than premium beer cost wise so you’ll see a case go for $12-$16 depending on the market you live in. So a lot of the drinkers of this brew are either senior citizens or poor college kids.

It pours a clear, pale yellow color with a foamy, off-white head. The scent is not very strong, but there is the aroma of cheap grains mixed with a little malt and citrus. Pretty basic, but as you would expect from a pale ale.

Well it tastes like good cheap beer so that’s always a good thing! There is a mild taste of grain and wheat that makes for a smooth and quick drink. For the price you pay, this really isn’t too bad. I would definitely drink this over a MGD any day. It doesn’t quite beat Pabst as my favorite cheap beer though.

We live in Wisconsin so Leinekugel’s is pretty much a household name around here. I will say though, I get out of town customers at work that pretty much go ape-shit crazy when they see we have Leine’s Original in 24pk cans and bottles. I hear them tell their stories of how they can’t find it where they live, etc. So you can’t help but feel slightly like a hipster while drinking this stuff even though there’s nothing all that special about it.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Serving type: can

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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

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.