Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured a clear amber color with a thin bubbly white head with no retention.
The scent is of toasted malt and some bread.
The taste is of toasted malt, notes of earthy hops, and notes of bread.
Light body, smooth and a bit sticky, moderate carbonation.
This is a run of the mill red lager, the flavor is ok, nothing too special. Overall a decent beer.
06-25-2012 15:20:31 | More by BeerCon5
3.2/5 rDev +3.2%
After a long time deliberating upon my next review, I settled upon the Leinenkugel's Classic Amber, which is a common year-round beer by the brewery, but one that I have a few of from the Spring Seasonal variety mix. Date on the bottle is May 28 12, which places this bottle a little over a week beyond optimal freshness, but there shouldn't be too much funk in tow.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Leinenkugel pint glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a somewhat fizzy off-white head with an average (at best) retention. Head settles to a thin bubbly surface cover within a few minutes, not ideal for any head quality. Body color is very much a solid medium amber, pale golden-orange in color, crystal clear with an abundance of busy carbonation in the center of the glass. Appearance is pretty much as average as an Amber Lager will get, with lackluster head quality but color and tone to remind you that you are indeed drinking an amber-style beer. 3
(Smell) Simple aromas; a basic mild amber and caramel malt base overshadows pretty much everything else, providing mostly a sweet cracker malt foundation but also donates some chalky bitterness to the nose as well. No distinct hop aromatics nor yeast notes come to mind here either. Smell is quite faint but not impossible to find. Overall it is a very basic smell and neither overly appealing nor overly repulsive. It's just very average. 3
(Taste) Thin caramel malts are the dominant ingredient of the taste, and they are quite sweet up front with a dry chalky finish. It is certainly no surprise that the taste is thin with a lacking body in places, and the flavor as a result is a touch watery. There are no surprises in terms of flavor either. Virtually everything found here is out in the open and the balance is decent, a touch sweeter than desired but there's some husky dryness and bitterness (assuming mostly from malts) in the end that rounds it out somewhat. You would not be too hard pressed to find a more impressive amber lager but I am also certain that there are more blah flavored ones out there as well. It passes at interpreting the style but earns no originality points from me. 3
(Mouthfeel) Textures are airy with a crisp front and a chalky slick finish. Alcohol presence is low. Body is also low. Mouthfeel is quite possibly one of the best parts because it pairs well enough with the flavors to be agreeable with the style and flavors. Good pairing. 4
(Overall) Introducing another very average beer from a very average category. It should be expected that there are better tasting Amber Lagers out there, but this one could be taken as a very drinkable beer year round and a decent quality substitute for popular Amber Ales (In Georgia, Laughing Skull and Fat Tire) should you drink those in larger quantities. Don't expect much beyond a malty flavor and a mild bitter and ashy dry finish, but as a session beer, I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a single sitting. 3.5
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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber
06-06-2012 21:54:37 | More by Jadjunk
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.