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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber

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592 Ratings
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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.42%


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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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Pour was very nice had me licking lips ready to taste the beauty of beer.Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Above average, light malts and caramel fill the nose, some light hops

T: Sweet malty balanced with some spicey hops.Has a lightly bittered aftertaste. Very nice everyday beer makes me envy those who live there near the brewery and can enjoy it everyday.

M: Nice medium body with a full flavor.Some decent lacing down glass walls with a average carbonation level.

D: good evryday beer and one that should be enjoyed everyday.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 23:54:08 | More by nukem5
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gopens44

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear and slightly coppery with a thin foamy head

S - Slightly, delicately hoppy in the nose with a yeasty presence as well.

T - A touch tart, some bitterness, but mostly biscuity.

M - Thin, dry and very carbonated.

Not bad, but not great. It would do well when the selection is poor.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 13:38:03 | More by gopens44
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Nerudamann

Oregon

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, subtle or dulled amber color. About a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - hoppy in smell, but not extremely so. Nice general lager smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - general hoppiness in taste, but without a bitterness..probably masked by malts. Slight muskiness. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - nothing at all complex or interesting in taste, but at the same time not bad tasting. For its likely intentions, this beers is not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 07:19:21 | More by Nerudamann
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ruckus232

Illinois

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

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Really nice amber color with a lot of carbonation at first. It also has maybe half an inch of head that disappears but not completely leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not too exciting of a smell. It has somewhat of that sweet corn smell with a little hint of fruit.

Taste: Nothing too exciting but it is not bad. It has somewhat of a dry taste but without any bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 18:11:34 | More by ruckus232
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Erish

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A: clear amber color, the head is very thick after an aggressive pour, the cap and lacing are adequate.

S: bread-like, yeasty grain, a bit of herbal hop punch, and not much else. A very simple beer.

T: this beer seemed one-dimensional to me. The front is sweet grain and a bit of bread-like yeast, the middle is kind of woody, and the finish features a faint hop bitterness, but nothing too distinct.

M: light -bodied, watery, carbonation is abundant, perhaps cloyingly so.

D: I am glad I did not purchase this beer, but drank it at a friend's house!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 06:02:11 | More by Erish
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BeerLover99

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pale amber, 1 finger head.

S - sweet malt with corn and grain.

T - sweet start from malt with hint of bitter in the finish.

M - light body, with average carbonation.

D - I didn't understand the hype behind this beer. It is just a dressed up macro offering. Not bad, but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 16:07:32 | More by BeerLover99
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:43:35 | More by puboflyons
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a creamy, but modest head; quite a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Grainy elements waft together with caramel sweetness

Taste: The caramel sweetness jumps out and never relinquishes its control over the flavor profile, though a biscuity flavor is joined by a hint of herbal hop by mid-palate; underlying these flavors is a hint of berry which verges in the metallic in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; rather silky

Drinkability: It is rare that my favorite element of a beer is the mouthfeel but that is the case with this one; otherwise, the flavor profile is clearly aimed at the middle of the road; not a bad beer by any stretch - just not something I am likely to seek out again

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:43:50 | More by brentk56
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mixed 12 pack from leinenkugels, so lets so how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice amber color just as the name implies, there was two fingers worth of white head that faded to a thin layer that stayed most of the time, also had slight amounts of lacing.

S- Lots of sweet malts and grains with a small amount of hops detected at the end.

T- Just like the nose sweet malts make their presence known up front. Lots of hoppy bitterness at the end, a lot more then the smell would lead you to believe. This beer is pretty hoppy for an amber but it grew on me.

M- Light bodied, thin, crisp, and good carbonation.

D- There's good drinkablity in this beer, it goes down real easy, this would be a good day time session beer on a nice summer day.

Overall I find this beer to be a good amber, it may be pretty hoppy for its style but it tends to benefit this beer. I drink this beer pretty often and I am glad Leinenkugels added this to their year round line up.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 04:14:53 | More by StoutHunter
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aficionado224

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer wins the "Clown Award" for funny taste. Why would I pay a premium price for a beer that tastes this bad? Rates very low on my scale. Avoid this one at all costs. Save your loot for a better beer. This is even worse than some of the big brewers mass-produced stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 20:32:32 | More by aficionado224
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DannyDan

Michigan

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

This beer pours out a nice amber color with a small head that has decent retention with very little lacing and moderate carbonation. When drinking this I get some malts in the taste with maybe a slight caramel taste and the last taste I get is a citrus taste which remains in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a medium mouthfeel that is a little sticky that clings to the tongue and lips. This is another Leinie's that is easy to drink and I do like it when a beer is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:44:58 | More by DannyDan
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a moderate amber color with a single-finger white head that soon trickles down into nearly nothing. The nose has some toasted bread and some light caramel, as well as a faint hint of sweetness. The taste is a bit more sugary with some bread crust and light toast. Light-to-medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty ordinary, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 11:39:43 | More by Thorpe429
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Andrew644

Idaho

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

A- Light amber with a lively head that lingers. For an amber I wish it had a deeper color

S- Slight malty smell but with almost no hop smell

T- a sweetish malt flavor with a bitterness from the hops but very little aroma from the hops. Tastes a little watered down and I would like the flavor to be more intense.

M- average mouthfeel, nothing special.

D- average drinkability, I would drink one if someone bought it for me but I probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 17:53:00 | More by Andrew644
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EricHeff

Ohio

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

Pours a golden-ambery color with about one fingers width of pure white foam.
Smells a little malty but nothing really stands out to me.
The taste is just normal. There is a little sweetness to it, but this beer does nothing to really stand out. It's ok to drink but it doesnt have me wanting to drink another.
There are better Red Lagers out there, this one just runs in the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 16:02:41 | More by EricHeff
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MakeIncuSciBus

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 15:56:33 | More by MakeIncuSciBus
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vdread

Texas

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

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber is more yellow than amber, maybe slightly orange with a thin head. aggressive carbonation in the body, but the head dies quickly.

smells of indistinguishable grainy malt, maybe a hint of hops.

in the taste department, it's a little light. some toasty (maybe a little caramel?) malt is present,. hop taste and bitterness is low, it's fairly uninteresting, but passable.

slightly dry, watery, highly carbonated.

drinkability is average. i'm not a big fan of this brewery's other beers, but this is something i could enjoy every once in a while

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 22:25:57 | More by vdread
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shand

Florida

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. Date code of May 24 10, unclear if that is bottled by or best by.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with about a finger's worth of head. Retention and lacing are poor.

Smell: Sweet malts.

Taste: Absolutely average. It's the same sweet malt thing that's been done a million times before. There's nothing bad about this beer, but there's really nothing good either.

Mouthfeel: Again, average. Goes down a bit sticky, but nothing wrong with it.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

This is the definition of a mediocre beer. Nothing about it stands out as good, but nothing stands out as bad either. An inoffensive choice. You can do better.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:24:12 | More by shand
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jhtipton

Spain

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

Hey, I like the colour. It pours a deep amber into my pilsner glass/ It was part of a Fall variety pack and probably one of the better choices. Smells better than my running shoes but not as good as some of my hoppy beers. I smell caramel and malts. Pours a deep head and laced some but dissipated quickly. Mouthfeel is average, nothing special but better than the typiacal macrobrew. Drinkability is fine, I could enjoy a few after a long run or bikeride; even some tennis. C+ Average-fine for guests; but not for close friends. Would not seek it out but I am a hopphead...

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 21:42:40 | More by jhtipton
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rfgetz

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light amber/copper color with minimal head. Scent is very weak with a dominant metallic like scent over top of a burried grassy hop and musty light carmel scent. Taste doesnt improve on the scent much, metallic and some touches of butter and vegtables... these flavors burry an underlying nutty and grassy taste whith some brown sugar sweetness. Light bodied, spritzy. At first i thought it was off, but after reading the reviews, it may just not be anything more than an ok beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 15:52:44 | More by rfgetz
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A head of perfect white at a height of over an inch. The body of the brew is a pale copper. The body appears as more of a pale ale than an Amber. A moderate amount of carbonation is present.

S - Mildly roasted malts.

T - The malt is this brews mainstay, as it should be. It has a light malty flavor to it with a crisp bitterness in the ending and through to the finish. It is actually quite flavorful.

M - The feel is watery with a coarse tones in the ending.

~ This is a decent beer and one I'm sure I will cross paths with again. Will I seek it out? Most likely not.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:56:21 | More by cdkrenz
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alleykatking

Indiana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 04:41:10 | More by alleykatking
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mynie

Indiana

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

This is one of the first craft-ish beers I ever had, and I remember one time drinking it and drinking it and drinking it, for like 3 weeks this is all I drank. Then, never again.

Pours a weird kind of colorchanging gold that's straight-up autumn leaves amber, but only against some kinds of light. Against other types of light it's yellowish. I think that's neat, and it's pretty all around.

Tastes more like an all malt than a red. Then again, this is an amber *lager*, not an ale, and while that's a very basic difference the latter category is so much more predominant.

It's very malty, very smooth. 100% barley roasted just enough to wash away most of the breadiness but not enough to bring out any bitter nodes. The hops profile is surprisingly complex but far too faint.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:13:18 | More by mynie
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zhanson88

California

2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Calling this an amber is pushing it. It is about as light an amber as I've seen. White head with very little retention.

Smell: Some caramel, maybe the slightest scent of hops.

Taste: Caramel up front, with a very slight hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but it wasn't terrible. Easy to session, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:05:36 | More by zhanson88
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Halcyondays

California

2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a pallid white head, poor to fair retention, no lace.

S: Bit of caramel malt and definite burnt toast.

T: Very much the burnt toast aspect starts the beer, it isn't horrible, but it's not appealing. The more I drank the beer, the more I disliked this. What there is of the malt comes out midway through, some nice nuttiness, and a very basic bittering hop flavour finishing the beer.

M: Light-bodied, thin, this beer has the body of a macro lager, at least it's not overcarbonated. Fair.

D: In the same style as Yuengling, but it's nowhere near as good, but much more available. One of the few Leine's brands offered in CA. This beer is only marginally better than BMC, in fact I'd probably prefer a Coors Original over this.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:13:48 | More by Halcyondays
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Airedoggie

Wisconsin

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

A: Deep Amber, almost clear w/ hint of haziness. Initial head dissipates quickly leaving only slight lacing.

S: Initial smell of earthy maltiness, with a light bouquet of hops, hint of fruit.

T: Light but lingering hoppiness with a bit of sweet caramel at the end.

M: Average light-bodied feel - pretty well-carbonated.

D: Fairly good drinkability. Not a particularly memorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 17:32:05 | More by Airedoggie
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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