Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.9/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
11-22-2010 11:39:43 | More by Thorpe429
3.13/5 rDev +1%
A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of corn.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of malty sweetness, although this is balanced for the most part with hints of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I had no problem consuming this beer but there was nothing special about the taste that would make me want to try another one.
02-16-2011 01:01:45 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev +9.7%
"A classic is a book which people praise and don't read."
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.
11-08-2009 12:45:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.3/5 rDev +6.5%
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
12-04-2010 01:43:50 | More by brentk56
3.28/5 rDev +5.8%
Believe it or not we have reached the end of the mammoth weekend tasting that I had pretty much by myself while being snowed in, lol. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.
The pour was nice, dark amber in color with some garnet highlights that showed off the sides of the glass quite nicely. Small white head was short lived and left behind a broken crown and only minimal lacing. Aroma of bready malts, hints of caramel, candied sugar, a touch of spicy apple at times, but seemed to be a little light to me. Warming brought out a touch of a roasted note for me now as well. Clean feel, nicely carbonated albeit a touch thin for the style. Flavor did not hold up as well as the aroma did to be honest. I was really expecting a bit more from this one. Caramel and bready malts were the story, but really just did not get going out of the gate the way it needed. Still nicely drinkable and not bad at all just not blowing me away.
Overall seems to follow the pattern with all their offerings. Decent enough to get by, but nothing that is going to be earth shattering in anyway shape or form.
01-31-2010 22:14:41 | More by mikesgroove
3.08/5 rDev -0.6%
A: The pour is a pretty light/watered down amber color with a thin ring of white foam.
S: Definitely a lager yeast aroma to it with some toast and a touch of grain. A touch of caramel and maybe bread. There might be a little bit of orange zest to it too. Smells kind of stale, though.
T: Fairly bitter, which I wasn't expecting. Orange peel, toasted bread, and some toffee. There's maybe even a bit of coffee and chocolate notes to it. A touch astringent, perhaps.
M: The body is light with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: Not really all that horrible, but I can't see that it's something I really want to drink again.
02-13-2011 23:57:18 | More by womencantsail
3.48/5 rDev +12.3%
Served in a Nonic tumbler.
A: Beer pours a deep amber color with light carbonation. Leaves no head but has a clear and pleasant appearance.
S: Beer has an interesting smell. A smoky and piney, leathery smell seems indicative of the style of hops used.
T: First sip goes down smooth. It has a hoppy, smoky and bitter taste. Its not very complex but not picking up any fruit overtones. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste the dissipates rather quickly.
M&D: Beer has a smooth somewhat carbonated feel but still pleasant. The beer is easy to drink for an amber ale. It is nothing special but a good everyday amber ale.
For the price point with today's expensive beers at $6.99 a six pack a really good deal especially in the Chicago area. Will buy again.
04-05-2009 00:01:51 | More by spycow
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
2.95/5 rDev -4.8%
The Classic Amber pretty much reminds me of their Red Lager. The pour gives off pretty much the same color and head. It's a redish colored liquid with a little white head. The smell gives off a decent sweet aroma with some grainy malts followed by a light hop aroma as well. The taste is decently bitter with some good malts in the background. The finish is on the dry side. The mouthfeel is light to medium. The beer is drinkable to say the least. It's good for a casual drinking beer.
05-19-2011 19:40:04 | More by Knapp85
3.28/5 rDev +5.8%
On tap at a local watering hole.Came in a standard pint glass a chill hazed lighter shade of amber with a thinner white head.Muted aromas just a hint of toasted grain and a passing whif of caramel.Standard amber lager flavors toasted with some sweeter caramel,this just have a slight bite in the finish like an herbal smack but its still par for the course.Not anything to write home about,its standard and rather blah.
05-18-2009 00:24:57 | More by oberon
3.48/5 rDev +12.3%
A - Didn't really look like an amber ale. Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, foamy head. It left no lace.
S - It smelled of grains and caramel malt. Not much else.
T - It tasted of caramel malt, nice and sweet. It had a very faint hop bite.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.
D - This is by no means the best amber ale around, but it is very easy-drinking and sessionable.
03-08-2009 01:47:07 | More by zeff80
3.18/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts with semi-sweet flavors of caramel and a little fruit that are followed the breadiness of a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but somewhat complementary and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.
02-21-2010 00:33:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.13/5 rDev +1%
Pours a pale crystal clear amber with a large off white head bubbles form quickly and collar of lace is left in thin uneven formations. Aromatics offer up a mildly sweet light toasted malt character with just a kiss of citrus hops. Flavor is quite disappointing same Leinenkugel generic "craft" brew flavor. Some sweet malts divide with a touch of herbal and citrus hops, 100 percent malt with actual hop character let's kick this up a few notches and do away with the Leine yeast strain. Defnitely unoffensive in every way, body is extremely light and somewhat fizzy but not cloyingly so. Goes down smooth pretty effortlessly, it just hits as more of the same.
03-07-2009 01:13:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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
2.65/5 rDev -14.5%
blah! this is about as bland as they come. pours a not at all amber golden color with a minor haze and a decent head, but this looks like a pilsner to me. the smell is very basic too, no indication of those rich amber malts, just a very generic budweiser type nose. taste is similarly bland with nothing to distinguish it as a "classic amber". it is nto a bad brew, but it isnt what it claims to be in the slightest. reasonable mouthfeel with medium body and suitable carbonation, but this will not be purchased again. weak showing from leinys, which usually produces at least B level beer
12-12-2011 21:17:03 | More by StonedTrippin
3.03/5 rDev -2.3%
The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a bone dry scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. There is a slight metallic aroma as well. The taste is average. It has a very lackluster malt character along with a super dry, metallic finish. It lists four different hops on the bottle, but I'm not picking up any. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer needs to be scrapped and reconfigured.
04-26-2009 01:33:01 | More by WesWes
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
2.35/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
08-11-2010 01:13:48 | More by Halcyondays
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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