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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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Reviews: 231
Hads: 662
Avg: 3.14
pDev: 28.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

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Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight yeast cleanliness, some hop notes are present, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast cleanliness up front, then slight hops , some sweet malt comes through next, and a slight grain flavor (causes a dry quality). The after taste is not very pleasant, but otherwise its a decent beer. Overall, a easy drinking, slightly bodied ale.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden amber hue with a crystal-clear body and plenty of apparent effervescence. head is a thin finger of fizzy tan foam. Pretty nice.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little emphasis on sweetness. Not super character-ful, but pretty nice nonetheless.

Taste: mild malt flavor with a little bit of biscuit and a balancing bitterness. Not bad, but there's a hint of a soapy flavor here which, while not horrible, is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but it's still got a nice refreshing feel to it.

Overall: this is a decent amber lager which would make a great barbecuing beer. It's got a little bit of character, but it is refreshing and sessionable as well.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with amber hues and a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste like it smells, caramel, malts and a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.13/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle as a freebie from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

This pours a very bright and clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Nice looker.

The smell has a nice hop/malt balanced nose to it giving me both sweetish snd bitterish tones. I like the nose but I wish it was a bit more assertive.

The taste has a pretty big kick of caramel malt sweetness up front, with some earthy tones, and then some nice hoppy notes move in....yeah, I just read the label and they have 4 different varieties in here and you know what? It *works* for me. I think I just found a new good session beer! And...I'm not usually a big fan of Amber Ales excepting some of the big boys of the style.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good. Easy drinking and tasty to my palate, I'll be buying 6 packs of this stuff!

Btw, head retention was above average and there's *some* lacing.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear red/amber. Poured a one finger coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Overpowered by a big, sweet vanilla aroma right up front. Also wet grains and caramel.

T: Sweet vanilla, roasted malts and caramel. Lightly bitter finish wasn't sufficient to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Balanced carbonation.

D: Easy drinking considering its sweetness; probably not a session beer. I didn't get that hot alcohol taste like in some really sweet beers.

Another fairly good interesting beer from the north woods.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
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. . .

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One of the best amber beers I've ever seen. The color completely knocked my socks off. I was then disappointed in the poor head retention of the, at first, large fluffy head.

S - Almost no scent to me. What happened? I need to revisit to re-smell.

T - Intense hoppy flavors abound. Good blend of hops. Not a flavor I like, but one I can appreciate.

M - Very dry finish. Not something I like so much.

D - Easy drinking but the flavor would get old very quickly to me.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Comes out of the tap a clear orangy amber with a thin white head. Aroma is fairly strong and malty, rather lagerish, with an undertone of banana. Flavor is crisp, mainly malty, and has a hint of hops and a touch of fruity sweetness. Texture is tingly and rough, and leaves a malty and slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ZAP
3.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Extremely clear deep golden colored...not much of a head.

S-Smells of sweet toasty malts...I like the aroma.

T-Muncih malt toastiness is evident right away...that is tasty and enjoyable. The problem is the use of hops. I'm not a brewer but the hops don't compliment or excite but rather add an abrasive bitterness that shouldn't be there for a 30 something IBU amber...think lemon peel,grapefruit peel....not enjoyable...with Bud Ale I actually liked the hop flavor but in this one the hops detract from the nice toasty maltiness.

M-Light side of medium....

D-This is one half a good beer....I really like what they did with the munich malt...I do not like the hopping...overall it is ok but could have been a lot better..

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Photo of tigg924
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At least on tap, I didn't get much of a head or lacing to speak of. I think it was a little flat due to a tap line issue or some such. The color was a clear amber with an orange tint. The aroma is malt with some wheat / grains. The taste follows suit. It's light and none too complex. Balance isn't perfect but it's not too off. Mouthfeel is above average. It isn't particularly thin and is pretty smooth. The finish is somewhat dry with a touch of hops. To be honest, this is quite session able but I think the appearance might be better if I poured this myself from a bottle and it was fresher.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweeter malt and a bite gingerbread like. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt in the aftertaste. A sweet gingerbread malt to a dry end, eh!, really lacking any flavor.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.81/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear gold color. I guess Leinenkugel wants me to believe "classic amber" is actually gold. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing quickly. The aroma is of the same generic caramel malt that is present in most of Leinies beers. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes very similar to Leinies other beers. Dull would be a good word to describe it. I can't see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of jera1350
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, light amber with lots of carbonation and a half-inch head of quickly-dissipating white foam; a little bit of lace. Not bad looking at all, but nothing special here.

S: Very crisp aroma of toasty malts and understated (but definitely present) hops; reminiscent of a pilsner. Just what I was looking for in a lager this style.

T: Follows the nose with the toasted grain and mild hops, but then takes another spin around the block with just a hint of caramel sweetness peeking out before the final dry finish. The hops bitterness doesn't really add much to the beer, though, just a bit of mustiness. I'd prefer this beer if it emphasized the malt a bit more.

M: Fairly light-bodied with some spiky carbonation. Meh.

D: Very crisp and refreshing, this is undoubtedly a sessionable brew.

Notes: Of the many entries in the Leinie's lineup in recent years, this is one of my favorites. There's really nothing off about it (although the musty hops weren't exactly my cup of tea), and it's refreshing without being low on flavor. Solid, if thoroughly unspectacular, beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee, and it's an excellent beer, especially as it was so fresh! It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is high. The aroma is sharp and minty somehow (must be the hops). Taste is well-balanced and hoppy, with a grainy, full character. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Lienenkugel's Classic Amber has a refreshing finish. I rate this one most excellent.


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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.