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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | 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

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

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Photo of roddwolff
4.14/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Bayern-Pilsener glass, copper-crystal color, no bubbles, foamy head with two fingers thick, good lacing. Smell: Toffee and biscuity malts. Taste: Toffe and nut malts combined with wood. Mouthfeel: Woody somewhat dry, bitter sweet, viscous body and high carbonation. Drinkability: The best red lager i've tried.

Photo of jwinship83
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the summer mixed 12 pack. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent pale amber colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- very faint odor coming from this one. the first things i notice are toasted bready malts and a little bit of sweet caramel. a hint of nuttiness. earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is pretty weak also. sweet caramel and toasted bread start this one off. a small amount of hard to distinguish fruits. theres an earthy/metallic finish.

M- light bodied and fizzy. theres a strange metallic aftertaste.

D- pretty unremarkable. this isnt one i could have too many of, and i dont think ill be going back for more anytime soon.

3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to pint glass.

A: Nice two finger head, which holds nicely. Slight haze on the light amber body. Nose is slightly off white in color. Good lacing.

S: light on the aroma, a pleasant amber, with hints of a earthy, woody aroma.

T: Subtle spice and clove come through on this ale. Good malt and hop balance. Although not a overly complex beer, this is a nice classic taste.

M: Good lingering taste. A clean and silky mouthfeel.

D: Great drinkability, this is a easy going beer, that could be enjoyed anytime of the year.

Photo of cudmud
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice clear, amber color, but this sample, at least, lacks head and lace.

Smell: Slight notes of hops and malts detected. I also note toasted grain and carmel accents.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Drinkability: A good effort and a nice beer on a summer night.

Photo of smibroncos
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear copper amber, with a two finger, off white disapating head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Light floral hops, citrus, cereal, grass.

T. Carmel malt sweetness, light hop bitterness. Slight sour finish. Not alot in complex flavors.

M. Medium Bodied, fizzy carbonation.

D. A good brew nice carbonation, good balance, nothing extrordinary.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and "amber" as the title says. Medium head that leaves good lacing. Not bad looking at all, quite appealing.

I smell some hops, some weak malt and a little fruitiness, but none of it very strong.

Tastes nice but not outstanding. Some malts, a little hops and perhaps a wheaty taste that doesn't quite fit with an amber, but isn't bad. Slightly bitter aftertaste is kind of interesting and gives the beer some character.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry, not especially outstanding, kind of like a lager, but not bad at all.

Drinkability is pretty good, as this kind of dry but refreshing beer is very easy to drink after a long, hard day.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Brooklyn Brewery tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a large off-white head that leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Lots of caramel malts with some citrusy aromas.

Taste: Begins with a sweet caramel flavor, finishing with a sweet apple flavor and a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, watery body with balanced carbonation and an even waterier finish.

Drinkability: This is an alright beer, good enough for parties or if nothing else is around, but not anything too special here. I wouldn't rush to get this again, but would suggest it as a gateway beer.

Photo of kneeland
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really thinking and hoping that I would like this one. I don't have anything bad to say about it, but I also don't have anything good to say.

It has too much of a wheat taste to it, and seems to outplace the amber taste. Wheat beer is fine, but I was in the mood for an amber, so I was a little disappointed.

I'll give Leinenkugel another chance, but with something else. Maybe their summer shanty, I heard it was pretty good.

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank a pint on tap at BWW.

A: Light brown/golden, good persistant head and lacing

S: Quite malty, very sweet. Still has strong hoppy showing that keeps the beer balanced overall. Nice scent

T: Almost toasty, maltiness and hoppiness are almost equal. Not quite as sweet as the smell would suggest.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, and very carbonated (being from the tap). No booziness is readily apparent.

D: Low abv, and very refreshing, but it loses its appeal pretty quickly.

Photo of ScottyC
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear. Tan with a slight tinge of orange. More red color would make this more appealing.

Smell: Very slight aroma. Sweet, apple-like smell.

Taste: Not much once it first hits your mouth. It has a nice warm, malty taste. Very subtle hops. Finishes with little to no taste. If you're looking for something light in taste -- this will do it.

Drinkability: Really the main feature of this beer. If you want something which goes down easily but doesn't taste terrible, this is a good choice.

Photo of lstokes
2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It actually looks pretty good, but the soapy smell is a killer, and the beer itself tastes a lot like a light toasty Märzen... they must be using those malts. The hops are pretty light here, there's a little bit of caramel and burnt toast, the beer gets grainy fast and there's a metallic finish with a medium mouthfeel. It's okay, washed down my Indian food well but nothing I'd seek out.

Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber/rust in color. Very clear in clarity with an off white head that has decent retention.
Malts are a little roasty, hops come through witht the smell of pine nuts. Both malts and hops are there but neither are very abundant. A little on the sour side, which gave it some personality.
Very dry but not bitter at the finish.
Not a great brew but certainly better than a run of the mill macro.

Photo of bob3701
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear amber with a small big bubbled head that disapates rather quickly into a thin film with very minor lacing. A mild malted aroma but not much else. Very mild taste a bit biscuty and a very mild citrus finish. Very easy drinking beer. Not bad but also nothing remarkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Barely any head and what suds that rise fade very quickly. The clear amber liquid shows no signs of life. You could not tell the difference between a fresh or a flat glass.

S- Faint. Corn and malt. Not much of much else.

T- Biscuity malts, some corny tastes and sweetness. Not much hops.

M- Light and lots of carbonation.

D- Goes down easy. Nothing that tastes terrible but pretty macro like.

Photo of emsroth
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Big frothy head. Wonderful amber with perfect clarity. The color of beer I love!

Smell: A standard amber lager aroma. Some caramel malt with a hint of sourness often found with the amber malts. A touch of fruity, floral hops.

Taste: A rather light taste upfront, that leads mostly to the finish. A bit of the aforementioned sourness and a touch of caramel. Ends crisp and bitter with herbal hops. Occasionally minerally, especially during the swallow. The saving grace is the herbal kiss from the hallertau hops.

Light body, almost watery at times from the mineral taste. Medium-low carbonation.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad Leinie's had added this to their lineup. I enjoy the Creamy Dark, Red, even the original, but they needed some backup.

This is a solid above average amber that maintains its stance as an easy drinker. It won't make you think hard, but you'll enjoy it subconsciously.

Pours a goldenrod orange, smell is maybe a little subdued for my taste but it has an interesting twang to it that I can't quite place.
Taste is good, but as mentioned above, subdued compared to some of the truly great amber ales. I say the malt has roughly a 65/35 edge on the hops, but that's totally fine.

I can't put my finger on it, but I just enjoy this beer. I don't think I'm gonna go looking for explanations, I'll just take it.

Photo of samie85
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper color with a one finger head.

S-Smells of toasty malt with a hint of spicy noble hops.

T-Crisp, toasty malt upfront with a dry, bitter finish.

M-Pretty highly carbonated with a thin body.

D-Easy drinker and my go to beer from Leinenkugel's. A great summer beer.

Photo of TheMightyGUEST
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish coppery appearance with a creamcolored head starting at two fingers and whittling down to a thin persistent layer that remains through the drink. Lacing is solid.

Smell: Average. Esters and banana which both come through in the taste later.

Taste: As I said before, there is a banana taste to it, and just a touch of spiciness. It's a decent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Neither weak nor strong, not possessing much in the way of anything to dominate the feel.

Overall: A pretty average beer. It has good flavors to it, but won't wow you or anything.

Photo of baos
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice copper body with a two finger white head that dissipates down to a nice sheen (not charlie). Bits of lacing here and there.

S: Very malty. Caramel. Definitely smells more like a red than an amber ale. The very slightest hint of floral hops.

T: Munich, Pale, and Cluster malts dominate. Then the spicy (red) Oktoberfest-like hops kick in. Cascade, Mt. Hood, and Hallertau according to their website. A very red tasting brew similar to Sam Adams Irish Red but sweeter, less dry, and less crisp. A refreshing brew nonetheless.

M: Pretty nice light feel. It would be great on an early hot and humid September day.

D: Very drinkable. I used to swear by Leinenkugel's back in college days. Unfortunately many of the liquor stores have pushed its price pretty high because of micro brew popularity; and I would bet it's costing the same from the suppliers!!!

Photo of scaliasux
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light gold with a hint of red. Tall white head that dissipates quickly. Bubbly.

Smell - Very little to distinguish this from a macrolager - mostly sweet malt. Maybe a hint of toasted malt and a hint more prominent than a macrolager.

Taste - A bit more flavor here than the aroma might have indicated. Sweet malt is, indeed, most prominent. Slight toasted flavor and a hint of hops in the finish. Pretty one-note though.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery even. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - I can't think of a good reason to buy this again - it's pretty undistinguished.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color pour with a short lasting two finger fizzy offwhite head , high carbonation , little to no lacing left . Aroma of cereal grain , dry wood and a hint at caramel . Flavor is pretty strait forward lightly malty and lightly bitter , a little spicy at the finish , crisp clean mouthfeel with a light body , I would call this quite drinkable and a decent enough offering ,

Photo of Strix
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange with a weaker-than-average head.

Smell is light and sweet, caramel malt, a hint of lemon and grain.

Caramel, bread, and grain in the taste. Fairly weak taste, but a pleasant vaguely citric finish. Lacking the grainy skunky aftertaste that plagues some of their beers. I was pleasantly surpised actually.

Mouthfeel and carbonation a bit thin, but it works for drinkability I guess.

This was fairly basic, but unoffensive. I'd choose it over the average lager.

Photo of chaunur
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear Amber with a 1/2" lingering head and very good lacing. Mildly aromatic with just a basic malt aroma and a hint of citrus.

Very flavorful yet light in body and on the palate. A very basic well balanced taste, malty with just enough hop presence to make it very drinkable.

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.