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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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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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 steveh


3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 17:44:32 | More by steveh
Photo of Imsothirsty

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not Leinie's best offering by far, but maybe an acceptable beer for those transitioning from Crap Lite.

Overall a pretty mellow average beer, a good amount of malt presence, coppery taste, a too sweet and bland malty finish for my liking. I will not seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 11:59:03 | More by Imsothirsty
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear body that is golden brown. At least two fingers of light tan head that is thick and soapy, has some great retention, and leaves some nice lacing behind.

I would definitely categorize the aroma here as unpleasant. A ton of corny sweetness, much like what I would expect from a macro lager. Underneath that sweetness is some legitimate caramel malt aroma and a toasted malt aroma.

Just a touch of hop bitternmess shows up here. Next comes some light roasted malt flavors that are a touch bitter in their own right. Light caramel sweetness is also underneath. The problem with this beer is that the corn from the aroma comes through, hurting this one.

Mouthfeel is very light and pretty highly carbonated.

This beer is light and easy to drink, but not very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 02:24:46 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of jera1350


3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

Golden brown color with smaller head. No lacing.

Sweet malt smell, some grain.

Tastes like a malted up macro. Big malts, grains, some corn. Not getting any hops here.

Average mouthfeel.

This would be an easy beer to session. I personally would not, but could see how others would.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 18:55:18 | More by jera1350
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a well-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: Pale malts with a particularly distinct note of toasted grains and far lesser hint of dry caramel. Distant, vague whiff of fruit.

Taste: Pale malts and light toasted malts with a touch of graininess and a faint, brief caramel sweetness. Light hints of appleskin and citrus fruitiness. Mild hop flourish of citrus, spice, and earthiness along with a low amount of bitterness, but more than enough to balance out the malts. A bit more grainy on the back half. Finishes dry and lightly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While it goes down smooth and easy, it is terribly basic, generic, and simple. One and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:00:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 22:09:01 | More by beerthulhu
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2009 12:18:10 | More by bsp77
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with a tannish colored head. Head has little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. A touch of caramel malts, bit of floral hops and a bread like smell.

T- Tastes of malt sweetness, touch of hops and bread.

M- Fairly light in body and on the higher side of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink there's just nothing really exciting going on here. Not bad but not good.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 14:00:44 | More by nrbw23
Photo of jwc215


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light, clear amber with a frothy off-white head. Lacing sticks. Average-ish or so color, but very nice head and lacing.

The smell is of a vague fruitiness (so vague, it's just a general fruitiness that is tough to pinpoint which type of fruit - citric?) with some light malt/grainy, musty and slightly bready.

The taste is of light (caramelish) maltiness with copperish notes giving it a bitter touch. Tastes like a "retro" amber lager with more malt and more hop bitterness. The characteristics of the hops (such as Cascade) don't come out in flavor more than a metallic bitterness overall.

Light-bodied, but not too watery, it's a bit fizzy.

Something a bit "off" here. I suppose they tried to give it a more modern twist on a "classic" style, but came up with a sweet and bitter brew that is mediocre-ish. Overall- not "bad" but not too "good" either.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 13:37:44 | More by jwc215
Photo of maleman


3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 01:48:52 | More by maleman
Photo of Vancer


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

This Leiny pours clear golden amber, pretty decent white head bubbles up in my lil' taster glass.

Bits of doughy malt in the aroma, light and subtle. Taste is along those lines also, with a nice balance of spicy hop in the finish. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad about this beer. Fits the Leiny style of beers - cheaper beers just across the craft border from BMC land.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:13:12 | More by Vancer
Photo of scottbrew4u


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

A: Light amber color with orange tinge. Good clarity and a light tan head that settles rather quickly.

S: Roasted malt and baked whole grain bread with a bit of molasses. A bit of an adjunct aroma. Hops are spicy, peppery but not very fresh or commanding.

T: Soft caramel sweetness not overdone. Malt is dry with a baked bread graininess. Some apple fruitiness is in the background. Bitterness is equal and balancing with the hops coming in and adding a herbal grassy character. Beer finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Alcohol warmth is subtle but comes in at the end.

D: Nothing real great or real bad about this beer. It did not impress me and it finishes a bit to bitter and dry for what I want out of an amber ale. Cost was cheap and makes it seem worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 23:14:27 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a sixer to split with a buddy, we looked around the beer aisle of the walbaums, and we settled on this.

A: a finger's worth of head, its an off-white. the beer is a great amber color, looks like its darker at the toward the top. the head didn't last two long, two sips and it was paper thin to nothing, though the lacing was fantastic.

S: caramel pops into my mind immediately and stays, very strong, stays the whole way, but in the backround comes fruit, so caramel apple comes to mind. a little maltiness and slight slight alcohol aroma is around in the middle, but the stars of smell show are clear.

T: taste is of your run of the mill amber lager. it does taste pretty good though. caramel is there for sure, and a small alcohol taste. the bitterness is definitely there at the tip of your tongue but is smooth and sweet and the back.

Mouthfeel/drinkability/overall: medium carbonation, slight tangy sensation on the tongue kinda speads around the entire mouth. pretty good drinkablity; half way thru my first one i felt that i could have 5 of these comfortably, but when i finished my 3rd, i changed my mind. Overall, this beer is pretty good and has some potential to be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 05:02:29 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of diabecktic


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

Head formation (~1.5 fingers) is slow and the retention is decent. The lacing isn't bad - not too thick, but it stays stuck to the glass. The beer is a translucent golden-amber color with plenty of visible carbonation.

The aroma resembles a biscuity malt with a hint of honey. A subtle hoppiness compliments the aforementioned character. I'm not sure what the balance is supposed to be, but it seems to be more on the malty side.

The flavor matches the nose in terms of both content and balance. Sweet malt character is dominant; the hop character becomes apparent after the malt subsides (though it's still fairly strong). The aftertaste is fairly sweet.

I would rate the body as medium-heavy. The beer is a bit on the thicker side, but it's not too "sticky." I think the honey is best manifest here; the beer is sweet and dense (but not too dense).

This beer tastes best when it's "cool" rather than "cold." Given its consistency, it's more of a sipper in my book. In my mind, the flavors seem to be conducive to this designation. Either way, it's something to enjoy rather than "slam."

I typically agree with the assertion that Leinenkugel's makes a great "bridge" to the world of craft beers. This beer is somewhat in line with this reasoning; it's good but not great. The flavor and balance are good, but there's nothing that really stands out as exceptional. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's simple, but it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:50:17 | More by diabecktic
Photo of Fnord


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

Appearance - Translucent amber with a trace head.

Smell - Buiscuity smell, with some hops.

Taste- Crisp. A bit hoppy (for the style), a bit sweet. Is that honey I taste?

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - Refreshing after a hot day. Not exciting, but a good solid amber.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 21:59:46 | More by Fnord
Photo of u2carew


3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Transparent. Pours with a two finger head then settles to thin, small bubble lacing. More copper than amber in the color.
S) Just a hint of caramel. Some noticeable floral hop notes. Not very aromatic.
T) Slight bitter bite. Some earthiness - dirt, mineral. Not much sweetness. Taste compares better with a pale ale than an amber.
M) Dry. Some tannin feel. Medium bodied.
D) Just alright. Drink it in a pinch but not a standout. The taste runs a little thin and lacks character.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:07:53 | More by u2carew
Photo of garymuchow


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

Color is more golden than amber, extremely clear with a nice glow to the color. Firm white head that takes it's time.
Malt and lager yeast aroma. Semi-sweet and reminds me of typical Am. lager.
Mix of malt and fairly prominent bitterness. Some sweetness and hints of caramel. A blander malt flavor lays on the tongue and helps prevent excessive bitterness. Some sips hold nice hop flavor, particularly from the hallertau.
Drinks like a typical Am. lager, except a little heavier. Fully carbonated with prickly bubbles.
This drinks just fine. More of a summer beer than a contemplative ale. but it would do in a pinch. Has hint of Sam Adams Lager.
Given to me by my brother-in-law for my birthday. Thanks Mark.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 17:50:01 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Reidrover


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

Dark golden/light amber beer..darker than that in the picture. Tight bubbly off white head. Aroma mostly toffeeish malts, slight milky smell in the back. Pretty balanced lager here..had a quite nice semi-swet malt taste and a "buzz' of hops overlayed. OK mouthfeel..quite dry in the end. Drinkable enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:00:22 | More by Reidrover
Photo of whynot44


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

Light copper/amber color with a modest white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is toasted grains, a bit of caramel and herbal hops. The taste is light toasted malt, hints of caramel, with enough herbal hops to balance well. Nothing particularly exciting, but easy to drink. Light bodied and fairly smooth, should be a reasonable refresher after mowing the grass or for washing down some barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 03:29:40 | More by whynot44
Photo of tigg924


2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 19:56:12 | More by tigg924
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For an amber I would have to say this was a bit light.

It poured a light amber color with a thin white foamy head. The aroma had a bit of caramel and possibly cinnamon. For taste, well, there wasn't much there, a bit of caramel/toffee, but not much to brag about. The body was on the thin side. It was very smooth though, very easy to drink. This seems like more of a BBQ beer who's enjoyment is in the background while you do a few other things. Meaning, it doesn't stand out at all.

Edit: Upon further review it seems a tad sour like some apple cider that's gone bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:37:37 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of BeerBob


2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Lienenkugel's "Classic Amber" pours stunning golden amber from a 12 oz twist off cap brown glass bottle with a freshness date of 06229, or June, 22, 2009.

Head went to well over 2 fingers before dropping to a thin ring of foam with a freckle or two of foam here and there on the otherwise flat surface.

Nose is a damp citrus sour with just a hint of cardboard. Palate is a thin well bittered sour, with no malt sweetness, and of course, the bight of carbonation.

The first thing I did after trying this beer was to check out the date on the bottle. The date was good, the beer was not.

This beer came in a well sealed 12 pack from a refrigerated display at a grocery store that sells a lot of beer.

2 thumbs down for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:24:13 | More by BeerBob
Photo of biggred1


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

Copper colored with a puffy white head that lasts awhile and leaves a few blobs of airy foam behind. Toasted grain and mild leafy hops make up the nose. Sweet malt with just enough hop bittering to balance. A light bodied beer that is easy enough to drink, at least there are no berries in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 03:08:58 | More by biggred1
Photo of brdc


3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Light amber color, white head, decent retention, little lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is pleasant, well balanced, but by no means deep or complex. Cookie maltiness, grassy hoppiness, with the malts being more noticeable than the hops.
Light to medium bodied, a decent amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:49:18 | More by brdc
Photo of JamesS


3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light copper color, not as deep as I like, but the huge head and bubbles help, as well as the decent lacing. Malty scent, very sweet with that slight skunky aroma you get from macro lagers. Nice flavor, extremely sweet, mostly malt with just a slight hop bite and a slight skunkiness at the end. Very bubbly but not rough, goes down fine if overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 20:30:57 | More by JamesS
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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