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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: 629
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 russpowell


3.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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

08-28-2009 02:31:38 | More by russpowell
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-26-2009 15:20:54 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of AgentZero


2.8/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

08-23-2009 19:41:02 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Hibernator


3.35/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

08-22-2009 20:59:22 | More by Hibernator
Photo of goblue3509


2.83/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

08-10-2009 18:45:01 | More by goblue3509
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%

this beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy off white head that diminishes pretty quickly to a thin lace. the aroma gives off a bit of sweet malt in conjunction with the lagery esters, it's better than bad. the taste delivers on the sweet malt right up front, with a bit of breadiness as well. the light highly carbonated mouthfeel make this a pretty easy drinking beer.

08-10-2009 03:38:09 | More by almychristopher
Photo of budgood1


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

pours out a classic amber colour with a thin fine head supported by some active carbonation. some sticky lace is left. sweet sugary malt aroma...obvious munich malt character...some caramel and brown sugar notes. smells nice. taste is more of the same as was the nose. light malty notes of sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread. a touch harsh in the hop department, not sure why it goes from from sweet to bitter so fast but i'm guessing it's the light weight body and watery mouthfeel that detracts from the attractive attributes that this leinies offers. this is a "classic" leinenkugel beer in that it runs the middle of the road and runs out of gas quickly. drinkability is ok. another beer with average to below average character.

a nice intro beer.

08-08-2009 00:37:59 | More by budgood1
Photo of squirrelpirate


3.13/5  rDev +1%

The Leinenkugel Classic Amber poured a clear, amber with a thin white head that rapidly subsided leaving a thin white lace on the glass. Very active carbonation.

It is very hard to pick up any subtle notes in this beer. A very faint sweet malt flavor is discerned with a lot of effort.

The high carbonation allows a flash of malty sweetness before it blends to a moderately dry finish with some tastes of hops. Lighter mouthfeel that slides right off the tongue, leaving a little bitterness behind.

This beer is light enough for a session, but the lack of any defining characteristics left me disappointed.

08-05-2009 02:36:57 | More by squirrelpirate
Photo of mwa423


2.78/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours with two fingers of fluffy white head. The color is a vert clear light gold. The smell is malt and hints of cereal. Overall the taste is some light biscuit and malt with only minimal hops.

Overall this is very close to bud American ale and twice the price. While I am happy that leinenkugel is doing real beers this one just isn't that good.

08-04-2009 21:00:18 | More by mwa423
Photo of OlRasputin989


2.78/5  rDev -10.3%

A: a amber colored brew with a big fluffy off white head. leaves a silky layer of bubbles as the beer goes down

S: not much a slight malt smell.

T: some malt upfront with a toasty and nearly bitter fade

M: medium in body and very bubbly.

Overall, not anything I expected. I've never liked Leinenkugel brews and I thought this one might change my mind, but I'm once again left dissapointed.

07-31-2009 02:51:19 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of Drew966


3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber pours an amber color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I get mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of bitterness that doesn't smell especially hoppy. The flavor is malty, I get some biscuit like flavors. There is some bitterness, but the hops really are in the background mostly just adding balance. Decent, sessionable beer.

07-31-2009 00:59:07 | More by Drew966
Photo of GordonQuid


3/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into a standard washed drinking glass.

Golden, light brown (not amber)witha one inch foamy white head.

Smells of carmel malts and an ever so slight fruity ester.

Taste is slightly sweet and earthy, some nutty qualities as well.

This is light and drinkable.

07-30-2009 19:54:03 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of DoubleJ


2.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Time for a beer! 12 ounce single bottle, on to the beer:

Pale orange amber color with a soapy head on top, which trickles down to a thin lace. The nose is a little toffeeish and dark bread-like, though the stale, uninteresting grain aromas get it the way of its potential. The taste is better than the aroma...at least those damn uninteresting grain flavors are gone. Toffeeish....dark bread....some mild hop grape and bitterenss...like an O-fest light. Easy mouthfeel, but with some body to it. Malty sweet bread sticks with an herbal hoppiness in the aftertaste.

It's not great, but it's not bad. It's decent, but don't expect more out of this.

07-28-2009 03:47:30 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Pauly2X


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Clear light amber color with a one finger head.

S- Very light and mellow malt aroma.

T- Grainy malt with a light astringency coupled with a mellow roast note. A mellow hop note brings balance and is present into the balanced finish.

M- Light meduim body with slighly harsh carbonation.

D- It's usually the best thing on tap at BMC bars...

Not bad, a decent no frills "beer"

07-14-2009 20:39:57 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of peabody


3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours out a clear yellow amber with two fingers of white suds. No lacing.
Smell is weak and is mostly caramel malts and some yeast. Sugary for sure.
Taste is a caramel malt with just a tad of hop bite. Not a lot.
Mouthfeel is clean but there is the problem. Nothingness seems to be the main feel here. Needs something else.
Drinkability is good but one could find a better beer. Still quite quaffable.

07-11-2009 03:37:51 | More by peabody
Photo of steveh


3.73/5  rDev +20.3%

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!).

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

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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


2.85/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

07-02-2009 22:09:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of bsp77


3.65/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

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...

06-24-2009 01:48:52 | More by maleman
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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