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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber

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593 Ratings
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Ratings: 593
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 12:45:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:14:41 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:57:18 | More by womencantsail
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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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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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metter98

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:01:45 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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oberon

North Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 00:24:57 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:33:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:31:38 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 01:33:01 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:47:07 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 19:40:04 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:13:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 21:17:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a deep yellow color, maybe more like orange with a small white head but it disappeared quickly. Nose is simple, lightly malty, some hops and even grainy. Taste is thinner than I expected. Caramel malt, syrupy, maybe even like a dash of maple syrup. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is ok but I wont buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 23:07:47 | More by barleywinefiend
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Zorro

California

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

Clear amber colored ale with a good sized off-white colored head.

Smell is malty with a lot of caramelized sugars in this. No real hop aroma just grassy hop scent.

The taste starts out sweet and malty as expected with a slight scorched caramel flavor. Not much hop at all here this is all malt.

Mouthfeel is average at best.

Just a beer really. Not much of anything to recommend it sort of boring. In about the same class as Budweiser American Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 13:52:22 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoo-ha! The CANQuest (TM) gets to be the first (on this site) to review this beer in a CAN! Big ups to my trader (I do not like to name names) for sending this to me. There are still a couple of Leinies that remain elusive, but I was heretofore unaware of this one. That, plus it is not just one more AAL, makes it very attractive.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867." "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel family for five generations". "Lager brewed with 100% Malted Barley, Hallertau, Cascade, Cluster and Mt. Hood hops". Man, if only every beer were this forthcoming ...

Following the Crack & Glug action, I was salivating while looking at two fluffy fingers' worth of ecru head with good retention. That, coupled with the copper/orangish-amber colored beer with NE-quality clarity, left me stunned. How have I missed this until now? Holy hops, Batman! The nose had a piney quality that reached out and grabbed me by the sinuses. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant interplay between the malty sweetness and the hoppy bitterness on the tongue. I was beginning to swoon from my joy. Finish began slightly bitter but then gave 'way to a malty sweetness on the extreme finish. Would this go into my cooler? This would FILL my cooler!

Meet me at the Leinie Lodge! The first CAN is on me!

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 15:16:52 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 03:47:30 | More by DoubleJ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Amber beer that looks amber, lots of clarity, carbonation and an off white head 1" in depth. Aroma of mostly red style malt, peat, true to style.

Taste, eh, average for style I guess, has that not dry enough mouthfeel like most reds, cardboard, wish they could use some hops in this, or at least to a greater extent, liven up the flavor, the zing of the beer (other than the metallic zing you get here).

Otherwise, its decent, but fairly boring, and a little expensive, seems to grow in price more every year. Pretty mild, might have a place with converting people early on in their foray into craft beer. . .

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:58:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poker leftovers! Let's see what this has in store. Poured into a nonic pint glass, while I stole it from you when you weren't looking!

Off the pour, a white simple foamy head that barely makes two fingers. Settles to a decent puck, on top of a crystal clear bronze red body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides of the glass.

Nose is off. Stinky off putting malt of some sort, seriously sewer gas smelling, what in the heck is THAT? Sticky and stinky, not fun at all here. Borderline bile and stomach gas, not much else...

Upon taste we find, some malt and sweetness in the palate. A simple based malt body, but also some really fizzy mouthfeel and sharpness. Aftertaste has a sweetness but also carbon dioxide quality. Fizzyness takes away from the palate, giving a real club soda taste more than anything.

Overall, I have no desire to drink this again, there is really nothing going on here, except noticeable faults and problems. Drinkability is practically near zero for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:00:07 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

To me this seems more of a lager than an ale.

Pours a thin white head, no retention, very slight splattered lace. No big surprises here. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma is a grainy, like an American macro lager. Some honey notes and maybe some dried wheat.

Taste is very similar to an American macro later but with a little more flavor. There are some honey notes and basic malts here.

Mouthfeel is the expected crispness that are in most simple lagers (not bocks, vienna, ect.). Then it is kind of refreshing and then it dulls out. It ends with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, another letdown from Leines. I was hoping thing would be similar to an amber ale, but it reminded me a lot of a lager. The last three brews have been major letdowns to me (1888, Classic Amber, and Fireside). I am hoping they can step it up and put out something a little better.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 21:30:28 | More by mothman
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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.