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 hardy008
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light golden color with a small foamy head which disappears quickly.

Smell - typical adjunct smell of corn. Also some malt and hops present.

Taste - Corn flavor with some malt and hops. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - lightbodied, thin, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - decent drinkability. Not bad at all.

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.

Photo of WJVII
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass this brew is a light straw color with minimal head. The aroma is mild with hints of corn, malt, and some alcohol. The taste is a little metallic, and the carbonation is a little much for the light flavor. For a "local" competitor to the Miller empire it is a good beer, but doesn't strike me as impressive on the whole.

Photo of beeragent
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer poured a light straw color, forming a white 1/4 inch head that quickly faded. Very minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Strong odor of grain/corn in the nose. I cant really detect any hops or malts in the aroma.

T - Same as the smell. Very grainy taste with a equally strong corn flavor throughout. Very light hops in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a clean finish. Good carbonation.

D - Very light flavor and clean finish. Definitely a summer beer, but the lack of flavor will keep me from returning to this. I know its an adjunct lager, but IMO there are other adjunct lagers out there with more flavor than this one.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.39/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can to pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent golden body with great streams of bubble under a large white head that stayed composed after exceeding the rim of the glass. The frothy head becomes very rocky as it dissipates. leave a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Typical adjunct smell. Light hops and malts with a small corn scent. Couldn't tell the difference between this and most adjuncts.

T: Malty with a bit of a hop and corn bite to it. Not amazing but better than most of the style.

M: Average, well carbonated.

D: Good taste and easily drinkable, great go to beer.

Photo of Frosty80
3.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours and sits golden straw

Smell: very thin presence of malt and adjunct grains. no noticable hop presence. not much aroma at all

Taste: it does have this slight metalic presence, though brief. nothing else really stands out. just a tiny bit of everything in balance i guess. some adjuncts like corn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation

Notes: not that familiar with adjunct beers. probly would go cheaper for a big name lager than drink this. i appreciate what its trying to accomplish, but if the name on the label says anything to me, there are much better adjunt lagers out there

Photo of AccidentalKate
2.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellow to straw colored. Sort of an average look. Head quickly dissolved into near nothingness.

Smell: There's a slight malty aroma, but you have to look for it. Barely noticable.

Taste: Sharp, nearly acrid taste of the hops hits the palate first, Very sharp, and then just as quickly gone to a just perceptible malt/hop taste.

Mouthfeel:Eh. Not memorable. Not bad enough to warrant anything below a 2.5, not good enough to warrant anything above a 3.5. 3 it is then. Slight carbonation, but barely tickles the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: It's not horrible, but it's not all that great either. Perhaps my standards are too high? When I think lager, I think a crisp, memorable flash of a moment. What I get here is a brief walk-by. Better than some beers, but worse than those beers I respect.

Photo of association330
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a healthy straw color with a big, soapy head. Decent retention for the style, eventually fades to a thin cap with some surprising bits of lacing. Large numbers of bubbles rise to the surface, like a glass of champagne.

S - Sweet malted grains, corn, honey, and a metallic effervescence which calls the brewer's knowledge of hop usage into question. It is, however, inoffensive, which is a good start for this style of brew.

T - Sweet grains, sparkly citrus, and hints of corn. Finishes with a misused, coppery kiss of hops, but that's par for the course. Overall, the flavor is definitely above average for the style.

M - Extremely crisp. Carbonation is heavy and contributes to a somewhat creamy character and a body somewhere in-between light and medium. Quenches thirst well.

D - It's a Wisconsin staple and comes in at a step above BMC. You really can't go wrong with this as a lawnmower beer, or to wash down some summer food.

Photo of solargoat
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

My first Review so I thought I would do a local Classic.
Poured a original Leinie's into a pint glass. It's Light, golden, lagerish.
A Nice Retention for a lager. Slightly metalic(It was a Can). It is a very drinkable beer, cant beat the price in NW Wisconsin (>14 for case). A lot of bashers on this beer, but it seems that most are lager haters, For the most part I dont like them, but this a better example than most.

Photo of kmeves
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling clear, straw-colored lager with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention and decent lacing. Malty and citrusy aroma and flavor. Well-balanced. A whisper of canned corn in the flavor. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. Pretty much a staple in northern Wisconsin.

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 Blakaeris
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very pale clear golden yellow. Mild head dissipates quickly to nothing.

Aroma is sweet with tons of honey.

Taste is crisp with a definite honey presence. Hints of lemon grass and the slightest touch of noble hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Not bad for the style. A macro lager with a surprising amount of honey. More hops would be appreciated in the finish.

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 mwa423
3.82/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw color with about a half finger of head which disappears to a very small lacing.

Smell is of a light malt, pretty typical of the style.

Taste is far better then average for the style along with a smooth mouthfeel.

This is definitely on the high end of drinkable for the style. I think I could down at least a six pack of these without hating myself the next morning.

My rating is based on the style, this beer is about the 2nd or 3rd best I have ever had of the style. (well above your average BMC). In the world of beer as whole I would say this is a C- or C.

Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date.

Pours a thin white head. No lace. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Smell is very grain-like. While the taste is quite similiar. Tastes just like an American macro lager, but has a little more quality to it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and similiar to that of water. Nothing over the edge here.

Overall, this is an upgraded macro lager. Not something I would buy again, unless I got into lagers.

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

12 oz brown bottle

A- Clear golden yellow color with 1-2 finger white head.

S- Definitely some grainy smells. Can detect a slight scent of hops, barely.

T- Crisp and clean, but thats about it. Tastes like a macro, sadly. There is just something about it that keeps me coming back.

M- Light in body, medium carbonation. It balances well.

D- Its drinkable. Not something to write home about.

Maybe its the fact that it's brewed close to home, or maybe it's because it was one of my fathers favorite brews. Something about it just reminds me of home and the midwest and puts a smile on my face. Its like an old friend with good memories.

Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice golden straw colored body. It had a pinky of head that disappeared quickly with just a little bit of lace.

Smells: Beany and slightly hoppy.

Taste: It has a very average taste. I was expecting more. It was grainy in a corn like sense of the word, a little bit beany and mildly hoppy. Not much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a little bit more than average carbonation.

Drinkability: It was OK but I could get something better cheaper.

Photo of kinger
3.26/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I really felt like picking up a simple lager or pilsner, something easy to quench my palate. Came across this and being a fan of Leinenkugel's I grabbed a sixer. Rich golden color in my pils glas nice frothy white head and steady carbonation along with moderate lacing. Aroma is pleasant and crisp but doesn't have much depth. Outstanding flavor for a generally boring style malty and full with just the right amount of hops. The taste is extremely clean well balanced. Surprisingly full mouthfeel with a wonderful crispness. Easy but well crafted, one of my new favorite pale lagers.

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 nrbw23
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold color small white head.

S- Smells like a macro brew. No hops at all and could pick up some grainy smells.

T- Crisp and clean in taste. Really nothing special going on here tastes just like every other macro brew.

M- Light in body and nice amount of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just nothing special going on here.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw with a moderate head. Active bubbles rise to the top.

Aroma is adjuncts and slight hops.

Flavor is malt and adjuncts with a nice hop flavor that stands above most macros.

Mouthfeel is good, almost feels bottle conditioned as the carbonation is soft on the tongue.

Good lawnmower brew and probably the best of the macros to me.

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

Bright, clear light golden-colored body with a foamy off-white head. Moderate retention, little lacing. The nose is a little more hopped than I expected though not strongly so, with decent malt lurking. Nice if straightforward taste, bittersweet hops emerge, somewhat sweet malt but not like gutter macros such as Genessee or Grain Belt. This is slightly more balanced than that, thankfully. Thin texture, not unexpected, but smooth. A fairly good accompaniment with my wings, Original doesn't compare to Sunset Wheat which is far superior. Still, not all bad.

Photo of keoki182
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinie's Original is the best yard beer I can imagine. Based on a complex algorithm I cannot explain here, it's taste per yen is out of this world. It's actually cheaper than other Miller macroswill, which is amazing considering how much better this beer is than the rest of its competition. It pours a yellow/light gold with a very grainy aroma. It's considerably full bodied for its kind. Original brings to mind a Sam Adams Boston Lager, which may seem like blasphemy to some. For less than $7 a 12er, you can do a lot worse.

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've been knocking these back for 20 years. Used to have an Indian head on a white background on the can - really cheap looking. You had hard time giving it away cuz nobody knew what it was. Amazing how well they did marketing the brand - now acquired by Miller.

Average boring lager with a slightly bitter, grainy bite that lingers. Really not much else to say about this beer. They brew a Light in cans which I don't mind taking along on hot days out in the boat as a nice thirst quencher however.

Photo of rye726
1.43/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is a bit over priced for what it is, and that's an average macro lager. It is a clear straw color with a lacking whitish head. The nose and taste are both light and grainy. A watery body has a bit too much carbonation. Not the most drinkable due to a lingering bitter presence.

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