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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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649 Ratings
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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008)
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Photo of SargeC
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold with a pillowy golden-white head.

Smell: Mild malt with a touch of grassy hops. Strange chemical vibe.

Taste: Subdued malt. A bit watery for the style. Mild hops finish with a cardboard like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Improves as it warms.

Drinkablity: Disappointing brew from Leinenkugel. Serviceable, but could use a bit more work on the formula to improve the body and cover up the cheap ingredients.

Photo of cagocubs
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber, stunning. A lot of active carbonation rising to the top forming a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind traces of lacing.

S: Smelled mostly of grain, caramel, and some adjuncts.

T: You get a little taste of that caramel and the hops give it some bitterness. Hard to pinpoint any other tastes.

M: Nice mouthfeel. The carbonation is overpowering, but once it settles down the beer flows and coats the mouth nicely. Aftertaste could be a little better.

D: Bar I was at was having a special, and I thought it was good enough to have three times. If your looking for an affordable beer to have with some pals, Leinenkugels is usually a good choice.

Photo of froghop
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of corn, grain, malt, and some caramel.

taste is of grain, a little skunky, and corn, ends somewhat dry.

overall it is not that great of an amber ale, more on the lager side.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color that is pretty clear with a small head.

Smell: There's a light malt aroma, but frankly, I found this to be a very bland beer as far as smell is concerned.

Taste: Has a nice bold flavor that is somewhat floral and has a good hop kick while still being smooth and balanced. Much better than the smell led me to believe.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body from carbonation, but nothing special here.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could certainly drink this one again.

Photo of Duxx
1.7/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color. The appearance of this beer is the best part of this beer.

S: Very unusual smell...grainy or metallic but not pleasant at all.

T: Some hops bitterness comes through especially in the back of the throat. Not much else in the taste except for a very unpleasant metallic after taste.

M: Not bad, Not great. Sort of thin and a lot of carbonation.

D: I really don't care for this beer! Makes me want to grab some chips or peanuts. Something to get that after taste out of my mouth. I've talked to a lot of my northern neighbors who really like their "Leinies" but I guess I am just not a fan.

Photo of happygnome
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a transparent brown color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving only a slight trace of lace around the edge of the glass. carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top
s: although subdued i can detect sweet caramel and nutty malts
t: sweet sweet sweet caramel and nuts
m: light to medium bodied beer with ample carbonation

overall, I dont think ill buy this one again but it was nice trying it

Photo of Stunner97
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- brown to amber red in color, little to no head with a moderate to low carbonation,

Smell- very weak nose with just not much being given off at all, slight grain and malt

Taste- Very disappointing flavor on this one, its just kind of a bland tasting lager here, almost slightly off on the finish with an odd metallic twinge, Slight grain and malt with a slight twinge of bitter hops on the finish, just not that great with something seeming slightly off

Mouthfeel- rather light crisp and low carbonated

Drinkability- Nothing I was even tempted to reach for again that night at the bar or anytime soon, of this style there are just so many beers better out there you will have to not search out this one again, maybe my tap was bad or something but just kinda of a let down beer

Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a light amber color with a white froth that dissipates somewhat quickly...for an amber, I would really like to see something darker...this almost looks like a pale ale. Simple aromas of grains, light red fruit, easy caramel, light skunkiness, roasted nuts, & subtle chocolate. It gets better as it warms, but not very impressive. The flavor of the beer is much better than the nose with characteristics of roasted hazelnuts, chocolate, caramel, grains, & subtle citrus hops. Overall, this is a very simple, straight forward beer that goes down easily. Not bad, but no something that I'll recommend.

Photo of beergod1
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another OK beer from Leinies....I buy Leinies expecting a solid session beer, and thats about it. Crisp clean tasting, a touch of roasted malt, after it warmed a bit I think I actually tasted dusted cocoa?! Carbonation was a little more than Med. Color is actually very appealing, head fades quickly leaving small amount of lacing as Im sipping, Tastes almost like their Octoberfest. Maybe with all the Big beers I've been drinking, im used to much more flavor? I think I'll have another.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

40°F

$8.99 / 6 pk.

S: Malted barley with minimal hop aroma. Bready, but really not much going on.

A: Clear amber body covered by a big loose head that clings to the glass leaving some lacing and cover.

T: Roasted malt with very low hop bitterness. Toast up front with just a hint of hop bitterness on the back end. Very little aftertaste.

M: Light body and low to medium carbonation. Crisp and dry.

D: Very sessionable beer that can be enjoyed in copious amounts at a minor league baseball game on a beautiful July evening in Wisconsin.

O: Not much going on. Pretty straight forward brew. This will appeal to many tasters, but comes off as a bit bland in my opinion.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber poured a clear amber color with a white 1-finger head that faded to almost nothing - leaving a small collar of lacing.

The smell is of very light caramel malt and not much else. The taste is also of "weak" caramel malt and a very light hop bite. Classic Amber is light bodied with medium carbonation and was crisp and a bit dry.

Not bad Amber Ale - however, was hoping for a little more flavor.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass in a Macado's Halloween-branded shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden-brownish color. The head is thin and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Faintly malty with a hint of grassiness.

Taste: Hoppy up front which faints to a sweet maltiness at the end. Kind of weak though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Weak on taste. Don't bother with this one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A classic is a book which people praise and don't read."

--Mark Twain

Classic Amber should be called Classic Orange due to the use of caramel and Munich malts. The pour generated a decent looking crown that is midway between ivory and ecru. Small scraps and thin fingers of lace manage to stick to the glass as the foam fades.

The toasted earthiness of Munich malt dominates the nose. Given the brewery, I didn't really expect the hops to make much of an olfactory statement. Cluster, Cascade, Mt. Hood and Hallertau... if you're interested.

This beer would be better if the brewers had changed the malt bill around to make it taste like golden grain (an amber lager) rather than like Oktoberfest-light. Munich is probably my least favorite malt. It also would have been better if some hop flavor was appreciated.

On a good note, the fact that they followed the Reinheitsgebot and refrained from adding all sorts of goofy tasting junk (yeah, I'm lookin' at you Fireside Nut Brown and Sunset Wheat) keeps things relatively clean and straightforward.

Specifics include zwieback toast with a very thin layer of fruit jam, roasted peanuts and a light sprinkling of tea leaves. There is a fair amount of flavor here... and it isn't something that should wear me out by the bottom of the bottle... which is an unusual occurrence for a JLBC beer.

The mouthfeel more than holds it own. It's at least medium for the style/ABV and doesn't go all wobbly as the finish approaches. Well-done carbonation helps. Can you sense the pleasant surprise?

It has been a long time since I've had a decent Leinenkugel's beer. While I have no desire to drink them all again for comparison's sake, my sense is that Classic Amber trails only Creamy Dark at the top of the Leinie's heap. Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout doesn't count... unless they brew it again.

Photo of Ottertude
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a coppery amber color with a very fizzy head even though I poured strictly down the side of my pint glass. Carbonation city here.

It smelled of caramel and grains. I tasted some bitter hops up front followed by some caramel with a sticky aftertaste. There is some body for a lager, not too thin.

This bottle went down pretty easy. Good with my pizza. Better than BMC if the choices are limited at the local restaurant. This was ok but not great. Of the offerings from Leinenkugel I do like this and the Creamy Dark the best.

Photo of lester619
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a Discovery Twelve Pack and this was one of the beers in it.

12 ounce bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a clear, amber body with a well-sized, frothy, white head wih average retention

The taste is easy and enjoyable. Almost watery at times, but the predominant flavors are pale malts and light toasty malts with a touch of graininess and caramel.

Average, but sessionable at the local watering hole if you had no other choice.

Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of Mavajo
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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 cdrogers
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a one finger white head that settles to an even cap.

Lots of toasty malt grains with a slight touch of herbal hop aromas.

The flavor has a very coffee-like toasty quality to it. Only a little bit of hop bitterness is there, without much flavor. Toward the finish the flavors become very dry, and the feel is a bit acerbic. Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

Nothing horrible, but I'm glad I didn't buy a full six pack of this (just got a single in a mix pack).

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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 CHSLBrew
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large mug at the Roseville, MN Old Chicago.

A-Amber brew, pristinely clear. Bright, barely off-white head, frothy with ok retention.

S-Slight spice with a faint spiced, toasted bready nuance. Not much in the realm of aroma.

T-Toasty sweetness with a hint of toffee-chocolate, coupled with a spicy-sweet hoppiness.

M-Medium light body, slick, with a moderately high carbonation.

D-Very easy to drink, but not terribly enthralling.

Photo of AgentZero
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Not a bad looking beer really. Decent, fluffy head on it. More of a golden than an amber, clear.

S - A little bit of sweet malts, not a whole lot else going on. Some slighty grain if you try hard.

T - Some carmel, a little bit of fruit, which is too much for me for this type of beer. Mild hops and a dry finish.

M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied, a little too slick.

D - Easy enough to get down, but I didn't care for the taste. Could do a lot of these watching football and eating pizza, but really will be avoiding this one.

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

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber
12 oz brown bottle Jet ink: 07069 021455
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours an amber to light brown color with a decent head on top.

Aroma is faint with some strange metal notes with malts in the background.

A chewy caramel malt and light fruit combination. Mini hop snap on the finish. Light carbonation. A pretty decent beer overall. The mouthfeel is too thin and it's a beer that I could make work for the night, but not a preference. The drinkability is slightly above average and better than any macro selection that comes to mind.

On a side note, I'm still amazed that I bought a 12 pack of this for $6 at Supreme Liquors in Quincy, MA. 6 packs were $3. Pretty friggin' good pricing on an average brew.

Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown color with some orange tint with a nice white to slightly off white head to it. The smell is of caramel and some other sweet malts. The smell is pleasant and enjoyable. The taste is of some bread malts and some caramel and some other sweet malts, the taste however, is slightly watery and doesn't pack as much a punch as I hoped for. The mouthfeel is good, it is very lightly carbonated. The drinkability is okay, the first two I thought it was very drinkable however, on the third the flaws were more present.

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.