Leinenkugel's Original - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 520
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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 AdmiralDiaz
3.39/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
3.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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 (621 characters)

Photo of AccidentalKate
2.76/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of association330
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of solargoat
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of kmeves
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.01/5  rDev -32.1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of mwa423
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of kinger
3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of keoki182
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.38/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of rye726
1.43/5  rDev -51.7%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of 44ouncer
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sorry this review sucks so bad -- but there really wasn't anything distinctive about this beer at all. Has a darker, slightly redder color than your typical lager like Bud. Kind of a corn smell to hit. Decent head that quickly fades.

Describing the flavor is kind of tough to do. Doesn't have a hop like bite to it. Just kind of heavy and blah -- almost like the brewmaster added a little bit more of each ingredient to give this beer more flavor -- or shorted the amount of water used.

Heard so much about this beer for years -- yet it isn't anything that special. OK to bring to a party and toss a few in with all the other stuff just to be different, I guess. (665 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
1.46/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of very faint malt. The taste is of corn, malt, and more corn and metal in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is an awful beer. The taste is a look more bold than other macro lagers, but it is so metallic and corny that it is undrinkable. (419 characters)

Photo of pweis909
2.06/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A regional version of an American macrolager. Pale gold and with a thick white head, as is typical for all these beers. Aroma? Nothing special. The smell anticipates the taste. You can tell it is a beer. The high carbonation puts an unpleasant burning bite to the taste, so I found this more palatable as it sits a little. (322 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nothing special here. Just a light straw color typical of AML's

Smell- Corn, maltiness, and a slight hop aroma

Taste- This is one of the better macro lagers out there. It isn't to light and has a little body to it. There isn't anything special about the taste, just your typical lager.

Drinkability: If it was a choice between this and a bud, miller, or coors product, I would definitely choose this leinenkugals original. It has a bit more body that typical macros and is refreshing. (501 characters)

Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.