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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoo-ha! The CANQuest (TM) gets to be the first (on this site) to review this beer in a CAN! Big ups to my trader (I do not like to name names) for sending this to me. There are still a couple of Leinies that remain elusive, but I was heretofore unaware of this one. That, plus it is not just one more AAL, makes it very attractive.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867." "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel family for five generations". "Lager brewed with 100% Malted Barley, Hallertau, Cascade, Cluster and Mt. Hood hops". Man, if only every beer were this forthcoming ...

Following the Crack & Glug action, I was salivating while looking at two fluffy fingers' worth of ecru head with good retention. That, coupled with the copper/orangish-amber colored beer with NE-quality clarity, left me stunned. How have I missed this until now? Holy hops, Batman! The nose had a piney quality that reached out and grabbed me by the sinuses. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant interplay between the malty sweetness and the hoppy bitterness on the tongue. I was beginning to swoon from my joy. Finish began slightly bitter but then gave 'way to a malty sweetness on the extreme finish. Would this go into my cooler? This would FILL my cooler!

Meet me at the Leinie Lodge! The first CAN is on me! (1,321 characters)

Photo of beershrine
4.66/5  rDev +47%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- The server topped the glass off brimming with 2 inches of foam on top of the 1/2 liter mug where it held for 2 minutes. Medium amber in color and clear with white foam.

S- malty,with sweet carmel.

T- carmel up front with a slow fade leaves you wanting more.
I tasted no fault's in this beer as others have, maybe freshness is that issue. Sitting in a beer bar with 300 selections i never got tempted to switch brands which I usually do after one.

M- great balance of malt and hop.

D- Very good warm weather beer also an excellent first beer
as it won't kill your taste buds like a hop bomb. Overall
probably the best amber Lager brewed in the US.

Serving type: Draft (676 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee, and it's an excellent beer, especially as it was so fresh! It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is high. The aroma is sharp and minty somehow (must be the hops). Taste is well-balanced and hoppy, with a grainy, full character. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Lienenkugel's Classic Amber has a refreshing finish. I rate this one most excellent.

RJT (429 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
4.14/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Bayern-Pilsener glass, copper-crystal color, no bubbles, foamy head with two fingers thick, good lacing. Smell: Toffee and biscuity malts. Taste: Toffe and nut malts combined with wood. Mouthfeel: Woody somewhat dry, bitter sweet, viscous body and high carbonation. Drinkability: The best red lager i've tried. (322 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
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... (712 characters)

Photo of Cummins9110
4.08/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, very clear, slight head, not extremely carbonated
S - smells malty and slight hoppiness
T- malty moderate hops, and slight bitterness
M- medium flavor
D - good, dry so you want more, quenches your thirst tho

i really enjoy this beer, im not a big fan of darker beers but this one is good (299 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle as a freebie from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

This pours a very bright and clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Nice looker.

The smell has a nice hop/malt balanced nose to it giving me both sweetish snd bitterish tones. I like the nose but I wish it was a bit more assertive.

The taste has a pretty big kick of caramel malt sweetness up front, with some earthy tones, and then some nice hoppy notes move in....yeah, I just read the label and they have 4 different varieties in here and you know what? It *works* for me. I think I just found a new good session beer! And...I'm not usually a big fan of Amber Ales excepting some of the big boys of the style.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good. Easy drinking and tasty to my palate, I'll be buying 6 packs of this stuff!

Btw, head retention was above average and there's *some* lacing. (906 characters)

Photo of spacholl
3.99/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out with 1/4 of head that disapeared fast. Nice reddish amber color. People will notice your not drinking a light beer.

Smelled of sweet roasted grains.Hops.

Lightly toasted bread. Tasted of hops on the back.

Medium body. Light carbonation.

Very drinkable. A sesson beer.

I think this is a winner from leinenkugel's (330 characters)

Photo of haddon
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of cooch69
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper amber with no head but a tiny tiny bit of lacing. Fair bit of carbonation.

Nose of toasted biscuity malts and some herbacious hoppiness. Smells slightly sweet and buttery.

Taste is lightly toasty biscuity malts. The hops shine through in this beer more than most other macro produced amber lagers. This beer was a bit similar to Yuengling but perhaps a tad more hops in this one. I still like Yuengling a little better though. (449 characters)

Photo of MakeIncuSciBus
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/amber almost yellowish color.

Hits the palette with a good crisp feel, followed immediately by a nice flavor.

I like this beer. There is almost a sweet flavor to it, like brown sugar or something I can't put my finger on. There is a bit of an aftertaste, but it's not bad. (294 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.84/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Three Philosophers snifter.

Appearance - clear copper body. Small white head.

Smell - Nutty. Slight toasty maltiness.

Taste - Alcoholic. Sweet. Nice hop presence. Finishes with honey.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Refreshing. Clean.

Overall Drinkability - No off characters. (306 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber colour. Imagine that. Large head dies quickly and leaves zero lace. I dont expect lace from most lagers so I wasnt disapointed. Aroma is citrusy with a touch of caramel and biscuit. Flavour is at first light, sweet caramel that transitions into a suprising citrus hop character. Finish is slightly malty sweet/biscuity. Medium bodied and super easy to drink. Probably the best Leinies beer I have ever had. Nothing too complex or in your face. Just a nice, moderatley hoppy, all malt amber lager. Nice job Leinenkugels. (547 characters)

Photo of chaunur
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear Amber with a 1/2" lingering head and very good lacing. Mildly aromatic with just a basic malt aroma and a hint of citrus.

Very flavorful yet light in body and on the palate. A very basic well balanced taste, malty with just enough hop presence to make it very drinkable. (282 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, light amber with lots of carbonation and a half-inch head of quickly-dissipating white foam; a little bit of lace. Not bad looking at all, but nothing special here.

S: Very crisp aroma of toasty malts and understated (but definitely present) hops; reminiscent of a pilsner. Just what I was looking for in a lager this style.

T: Follows the nose with the toasted grain and mild hops, but then takes another spin around the block with just a hint of caramel sweetness peeking out before the final dry finish. The hops bitterness doesn't really add much to the beer, though, just a bit of mustiness. I'd prefer this beer if it emphasized the malt a bit more.

M: Fairly light-bodied with some spiky carbonation. Meh.

D: Very crisp and refreshing, this is undoubtedly a sessionable brew.

Notes: Of the many entries in the Leinie's lineup in recent years, this is one of my favorites. There's really nothing off about it (although the musty hops weren't exactly my cup of tea), and it's refreshing without being low on flavor. Solid, if thoroughly unspectacular, beer. (1,119 characters)

Photo of RievyRW
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It was previously mentioned, but according the label on the bottle it is a lager, not an ale as listed, and was reviewed as such.

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A little on the yellow side of what I think an 'amber' beer should look like, but I won't complain.

Smell: A faint barley grainy smell.

Taste: Some grain/malt flavor with a very little hoppy flavor mixed in.

Drinkability: Like pretty much all the Leinie products, very drinkable. Not going to stand out in a crowd, but better than the macros that cost the same in the stores (one nice thing about living 10min. from their brewery and probably adds some bias to my review) so I'd be more than happy to drink it all night long. (730 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, crystal clear amber hue with a thick two fingers of creamy-rocky off-white foam, which falls away fairly quickly, settling as a thin ring that shows nearly no stick on the glass.

A bit of sweet and lightly toasted bready malt in the nose, a nice whiff of noble hops and a faint background of DMS.

Light and perfectly carbonated with a light-to-medium body. A light hint of caramel touches the front of the palate, swirling in a wonderfully clean and balanced mix of mildly herbal, grassy hop bitterness and sweet and lightly biscuity -- perhaps a tad grainy -- malt presence. Finishes dry with a mildly astringent hop/grain mix.

Infinitely drinkable. This is a light yet characterful interpretation of a played-down style. A nice, thirst-quenching lager that is clean, balanced and inoffensive. (813 characters)

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of lester619
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best product leine's has come out with in quite a while. Beer that tastes like beer, what a novel concept. It's not mixed with lemonade or berry flavoring or maple syrup, it's just good amber beer. It looks very nice, chrystal clear orangish copper. About two inches of off white foam that doesn't last long. The smell is very biscuit like, toasty malt with hops in the background. It's a little more watery than I would have expected. A lot of fizzy carbonation. All in all a nice solid amber. Nothing great, but solid. A good choice to wash down a burger at the tavern. (583 characters)

Photo of climax
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber with a pretty small white head which faded quick. didn't lace well on my glass, left more of a moisture on the sides

nose was mild and a bit skunky/euro lager. there was a mild hop presence (citrus) sitting on a toasty malt backbone which strengthened as it warmed. hints of ripened fruit as well

taste was sharp at first when it was well-chilled. definite toasty malt with citrusy hops pretty indistinct but present. bananas in there somewhere finish was earthy and toasted

medium/light body. very crisp carbonation, pretty creamy and slick. finish was a bit dry

it's pretty normal i guess, but its crisp and tasty, easy to drink. sessionable for sure

real sharp (689 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this nicely finished beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice amber (light) color and it poured a pretty nice head that lasted a decent amount of time. The lacing of the beer was also fair. The smell was not so great I thought and smelled sour. But the taste was not so it was all good. Taste was nutty slightly and hinty of toffee. I liked the beer. (374 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber w/great retention and off-white frothy head.

S-Not a lot on the aroma. Toasted malt dominates, and their are faint hops; the nose is clean and pure and appealing, but uninteresting.

T-Toasty malt dominates, and light grapefruit/citrus hops cleanse the palate. Not complex or pretentious, just good, clean beer.

M-Light-bodied w/stronger carbonation and great balance.

D-Easy to drink, this brew is not complex, but it has a pure, clean taste. Beer advocates might not be blown away, but this might be a good "gateway beer" for macro fans. I had this on tap for free at the Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Damn shame how few people I saw leaving tips. (666 characters)

Photo of cdrogers
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a classic pint glass.

Appearance: Nice amber in color.

Smell: Sharp spicy-fruity aroma. Probably from the mix of cascade and cluster hops.

Taste: A little too spicy for my taste, but none of the hops in this have a very strong AA% and it wasn't very hoppy. Very conservative use of the hops, but maybe too many?

Mouthfeel: With the strong spicy--fruity flavor I didn't care much for this. I've actually found that with several of the Leinenkugel brews though.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it to get it out of the way but it isn't something I could drink regularly. (580 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bit of a surprise with this, it was on sale at a can't-pass price, so I thought I'd try it for myself.

A -- More gold than amber to my eye (not a lot of red to the color); clear and effervescent. Thick, eggshell white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Light, spicy hops. Some earthiness peaking through -- maybe from caramel malts (a look at the Leinie's site says they use Pale, Caramel, & Munich).

T -- Actually surprised by this one as my last few attempts with Leinie's have proven pretty flat. The flavor has some good, sweet maltiness to it with some that earthiness from the nose and an interesting hop spiciness in the finish. An interesting blend of typical ale and typical lager hops that I would have never guessed would work.

M -- Soft mouth-feel with the slightest carb bite. Light medium body.

D -- Not a bad, no nonsense drinker. I'd even grab a sixer at a less-than stellar sale -- I opted for a case after the first $2.99 six-pack (sorry ChainGangGuy!). (976 characters)

Photo of weizenbob
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist-cap brown bottle from a summer variety pack. Best by August 1, 2011. Poured into a pilsner glass. The pour manifests a massive four fingers of foamy khaki head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is minimal. A small amount of lazy carbonation is seen rising through the glass. The tint of the brew is on the lighter side of amber, but still amber none the less. It's nice looking, if a little pale.

The aroma sports a strong scent of lager yeast. Sweet grainy malts rise to the occasion. It's simplistic, but thankfully so. All of the other offerings in this variety pack were plagued by artificial smelling additives. This 'regular old beer' aroma is a welcome departure.

The flavor is also refreshingly simple. Bold (for industrial lager) malts take center stage, covering the tongue in a grainy rinse, containing a pleasantly subtle sweetness. As the amber waves of grain begin to fade out, bitter hops assume the helm. The bitterness is not the least bit overpowering, but does stand in nice contrast with the malts. There is a minor honey-like sweetness that manifests near the end; but for the most part the finish is nice and dry. Alcohol is not detected.

Classic Amber is a pretty light bodied brew. The carbonation level is low, but adequate enough to accentuate the flavor. If the flavor didn't stack up so well, this would surely come off as watery, but the lightness actually suits this simple beer very well. 4.9% abv is keeping it real. This is flavorful refreshment, and the one Leinenkugel beer that I could actually recommend whole-heartedly.
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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I could flip a coin between this and a Schlitz, so I guess I do give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel Classic Amber. (1,754 characters)

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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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