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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber

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653 Ratings
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

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Ratings: 653 | Reviews: 232
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
1.73/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've been on an amber kick so I thought "what the hell?" I poured into a pint glass to little head that quickly receded. The smell was malty with some fruitiness. The taste was even worse than the Moe's Backroom Amber that I had two nights ago. I have to say that I am disappointed in this attempt at an amber.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a local watering hole.Came in a standard pint glass a chill hazed lighter shade of amber with a thinner white head.Muted aromas just a hint of toasted grain and a passing whif of caramel.Standard amber lager flavors toasted with some sweeter caramel,this just have a slight bite in the finish like an herbal smack but its still par for the course.Not anything to write home about,its standard and rather blah.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue, (amber I guess), with very minimal foam and plenty of carbonation.

Smells clean and malty, with some caramel and sweetness in the nose.

Taste is like a cross between a simple American Lager and a malty German Oktoberfest. Clean hops with lots of big sweet malts on top.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick given the style and light color. It gives it a nice thick caramel feel.

A decent drinkable brew, not too over the top, but definitely something sort of unique here. Worth a taste.

Photo of tigg924
2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, peachy amber

Smell: toasted malt--pretty one dimensional

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body, dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like Leinenkugel's beers. That being said I am kicking myself for buying a six of this as opposed to a single. The taste here is not overly strong and seems like their fireside nut brown minus the sweet flavor. For an amber this just doesn't stand out.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured into 4oz sample glass, but I asked for a second pour to make a more proper 8oz review. Plus I was not sampling other beers, so no sample fatigue. Thanks Applebee's!

Appearance: Very light amber with nice head and slight lacing.

Smell: Somewhat sweet with notes of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts balanced by citrusy hops, with light bitterness at the finish. Nice balance overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability: This would be a very respectable everyday lager. Perhaps the best Leinie's I have had.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber beer that looks amber, lots of clarity, carbonation and an off white head 1" in depth. Aroma of mostly red style malt, peat, true to style.

Taste, eh, average for style I guess, has that not dry enough mouthfeel like most reds, cardboard, wish they could use some hops in this, or at least to a greater extent, liven up the flavor, the zing of the beer (other than the metallic zing you get here).

Otherwise, its decent, but fairly boring, and a little expensive, seems to grow in price more every year. Pretty mild, might have a place with converting people early on in their foray into craft beer. . .

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale crystal clear amber with a large off white head bubbles form quickly and collar of lace is left in thin uneven formations. Aromatics offer up a mildly sweet light toasted malt character with just a kiss of citrus hops. Flavor is quite disappointing same Leinenkugel generic "craft" brew flavor. Some sweet malts divide with a touch of herbal and citrus hops, 100 percent malt with actual hop character let's kick this up a few notches and do away with the Leine yeast strain. Defnitely unoffensive in every way, body is extremely light and somewhat fizzy but not cloyingly so. Goes down smooth pretty effortlessly, it just hits as more of the same.

Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At least on tap, I didn't get much of a head or lacing to speak of. I think it was a little flat due to a tap line issue or some such. The color was a clear amber with an orange tint. The aroma is malt with some wheat / grains. The taste follows suit. It's light and none too complex. Balance isn't perfect but it's not too off. Mouthfeel is above average. It isn't particularly thin and is pretty smooth. The finish is somewhat dry with a touch of hops. To be honest, this is quite session able but I think the appearance might be better if I poured this myself from a bottle and it was fresher.

Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Situation: end of the week relaxation...
Glassware: pilsener glass...
Appearance: beautiful orange copper body with a two-inch thick white head that creates a cirrus halo on the glass...
Aroma: roasted malts and some punchy caramel hints as well--a bit candied...
Palate: effective presence at the tongue--with equal efferevscence at the throat...
Taste: a bit hoppy for what was expected--active malts balance this beer quite well...
Overall: expected big things from this beer, as I've enjoyed cases of the Leinenkugel sampler before; not disappointed by its balance,, its drinkability, and its characetr--crisp yet full, tasty yet smooth....a beer I could session in a college bar for an evening,, for sure...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one is totaly clear golden-amber color, plenty of lathargic bubbles stream to the top to create a vary spacious and clumpy, off-white head. slightly thin looking.

very herbal and spicey hops on the nose at first, rich and hearty aroma's, slightly medicinal and metallic in the back. slightly sweet amber malt, slight sour fruits at the end.

This is a slighty sweet and bready amber malt with a decent balance of spicey, herbal hops, not very coplex but not boring at first either. The herbal hops will become medicinal with traces of alluminum and will become a bit less appealing as it goes from a zippy feel to rather stagnent. a flat and bitter hop flavor is the finish.

I was excited to see a different Amber lager around, but it's not up to par for me.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always get suckered into the Leinie's seasonals, probably because it's such a rarity when the local grocery store offers anything new on the left side (ie. the good side) of the beer cooler. It's not because I'm a huge fan of this brewery, as their efforts are usually average at best. But there's always hope...

Golden copper or, sure, amber color, with a nice half-inch cap of foam, which leaves blotches of lace behind.

Aroma? I don't know...kind of boring. Faint caramel and fresh-baked bread, maybe a dusty nuttiness. Just kind of "there."

The hops promised on the label are dialed-down and conservative in the flavor (didn't even detect them in the aroma), while the caramel maltiness leans toward sourdough. Light fruitiness nestled in there somewhere. Nutty, grassy, herbal bitterness mixes with the sour element in the finish.

Crisp and a bit dry. Fairly light body and mild carbonation tingle.

I don't look at "drinkable" as "how many can you pound down?" This is a pretty bland offering and I don't see myself cracking into the rest of the 6-pack. Wasted my money. So, drinkable? Not really. I hope my wife likes it...

Photo of emsroth
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Big frothy head. Wonderful amber with perfect clarity. The color of beer I love!

Smell: A standard amber lager aroma. Some caramel malt with a hint of sourness often found with the amber malts. A touch of fruity, floral hops.

Taste: A rather light taste upfront, that leads mostly to the finish. A bit of the aforementioned sourness and a touch of caramel. Ends crisp and bitter with herbal hops. Occasionally minerally, especially during the swallow. The saving grace is the herbal kiss from the hallertau hops.

Light body, almost watery at times from the mineral taste. Medium-low carbonation.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This russet colored brew has a one finger head and a little spackling of lace in the big glass it was served in. Semi-hazy and generally bland in appearance.

S - Summer fruit with a hint of toffee in the background.

T - Again, summer fruit and very light hints of toffee with a bready malt profile.

M - Light bodied, refreshing, and easy going.

D - This is a good brew for washing down a burger or a few spicy chicken wings when your taste buds aren't able to fully appreciate a really good brew. This isn't bad, it's just pretty boring.

Photo of haddon
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings.

rusty red in color with a thick frothy head.

not a lot of notes on the nose but lagers are never known for their complexity: roasted grains, malts & light hoppy aromas

very light citrus taste that has a sweet and malty aftertaste. nice balance.

rich and creamy for an amber. medium body with good amount of carbonation

this is true to class and I was pleasantly surprised. glad to have it on draft, not sure I would enjoy as much out of the bottle. found it quite drinkable and would have again.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, see through amber with a thick, white head that has great retention. The nose is pure, very sweet, caramel. The flavor features caramel up front followed by a mild nutty, toasty character and then finishes with a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth, crisp drinkability.

This is a very average beer. It's not awful and ultimately drinkable, but it's rather one dimensional and forgettable.

Photo of secondtooth
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold/amber,with a large head of white foam. Superb (and surprising) lace.

Aroma is yeasty, biscuity, bread.

Tastes mild, with a little nuttiness and bread. Some bitterness at the finish, so the hops are accounted for.

Drinkable, but overall a very average amber ale.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, almost light brown. Great foam. Active, soda-like carbonation.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts. A hint of fruit as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More caramel malts. Smoky coffee hints as well. Vague hops and quite good fruitiness in the finish. Overall very smooth. Good mixture of creaminess that does not detract from the stronger flavors.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. A bit of a sipper considering it's not very strong.

Overall: Not an especially memorable beer. At the same time, as usual Leinie does not disappoint.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass.

A: Nice two finger head, which holds nicely. Slight haze on the light amber body. Nose is slightly off white in color. Good lacing.

S: light on the aroma, a pleasant amber, with hints of a earthy, woody aroma.

T: Subtle spice and clove come through on this ale. Good malt and hop balance. Although not a overly complex beer, this is a nice classic taste.

M: Good lingering taste. A clean and silky mouthfeel.

D: Great drinkability, this is a easy going beer, that could be enjoyed anytime of the year.

Photo of Mavajo
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an average, unremarkable head. Smell is of grainy/bready notes. Taste is similar - kind of a grainy/bready slightly fruity taste. No bitterness at all. Not a bad taste, but somewhat mediocre. Plenty of carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

All in all, a very average to above average beer. I'd rather have this than a BMC beer, but it's nothing exceptional either. Drinkable enough - you could pound these back while watching a game or playing cards. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing great either.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as a mixed sixer, otherwise I wouldn't've rolled the dice...

Pours an effervescent honey/amber with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint cereal notes, not much else

T: Caramel notes, light grainyness & subtle herbal hoppyness up front. Grainyness, dryness, light herbal hops & faint toffee flavor as this warms. The finish on this reminds of Wheaties, with a slight citric/metallic hop snap

MF: Light bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, decent balance & crispness

Drinks fairly easy, nothing earth-shattering , but I could happily drink 3-4 of these watching football or BBQing. One of Leinies better mainstream offerings

Photo of maleman
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We are so deprived here in MS, but I got excited when I saw this Leiney offering. I've spent many summers in Chippewa Falls and have been through that brewery. Was a little disappointed in the overall product. It has a nice orangy-brown color and you could smell the hops rather nicely, but to me it seemed like an almost caramel taste that was overpowering and a rather strong smoky aftertaste. Guess I'll just have to stick with my Sam Adams for now...

Photo of alleykatking
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Linebacker....

A- Pours a amberish copper color. Half finger white head dies instantly leaving no lace at all.

S- Light sweet malts. Hints of caramel and light toffee. Light metallic aroma as well. Hops were faded which made me think this keg was a little past its prime.

T- Sweet malts upfront leaning more toward caramel. The metallic aroma turned into a strong flavors about midway through to the end. Light hops in the backing are overtaken by a light toasted sweetness from the malts.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Sweet malts and metal left on the palate with the same pair leading long into the aftertaste. Flavor was sweet and malty...but bland and kind of faded. No real drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- This was a drinkable beer. I have had this a couple of times now and have grown to drink it. Although $1.25 for a glass is hard to beat. It's good for what it is and the drinkability is high for that matter.

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with amber hues and a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste like it smells, caramel, malts and a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. 01101-020936. Sampled on December 14, 2010. It pours a light amber color with a fizzy head that goes away in short order. The aroma is a bland mixture of grains and malts. The body is medium. The taste brings out the sweet malt character a bit more than in the aroma but it reminds me more of a pale ale rather than a red. It is just missing something.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a translucent orange with bronze hints. A mushroomy head, dull white in color, sits atop, moderately lasting while collapsing cleanly soon after with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was faint. Found the coloring to be a tad off per style, more orangey then amber, really translucent in nature with a weak head doesn't leave much of an impression.

S: On the nose was cold steel and cold oranges. Very little or no hop aroma, was very clean and light. Once again lacked any hoppy or malt aroma and can not justify even an average rating here, falls well short and was unimpressive.

T: The flavor was tart with funky cold oranges and an dry orange candy sweetness. There is a bad sour finish, funky and musky in nature with a bittering wet lemon peel hopping. Falls way short of any expectations.

M: rough in texture, fizzy and light bodied. Overcarbonated and seltzer like.

D: Drinks like an adjunct amber with a bad, tart fizzy orange soda like quality with a weak, watery hop presence makes this a big pass. Only gets worse progressively while you drinking. Honestly found this to be a defamation of character against all American ambers. Better suited as a drain cleaner.

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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.