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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008)
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Photo of beergod1
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another OK beer from Leinies....I buy Leinies expecting a solid session beer, and thats about it. Crisp clean tasting, a touch of roasted malt, after it warmed a bit I think I actually tasted dusted cocoa?! Carbonation was a little more than Med. Color is actually very appealing, head fades quickly leaving small amount of lacing as Im sipping, Tastes almost like their Octoberfest. Maybe with all the Big beers I've been drinking, im used to much more flavor? I think I'll have another.

beergod1, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.


$8.99 / 6 pk.

S: Malted barley with minimal hop aroma. Bready, but really not much going on.

A: Clear amber body covered by a big loose head that clings to the glass leaving some lacing and cover.

T: Roasted malt with very low hop bitterness. Toast up front with just a hint of hop bitterness on the back end. Very little aftertaste.

M: Light body and low to medium carbonation. Crisp and dry.

D: Very sessionable beer that can be enjoyed in copious amounts at a minor league baseball game on a beautiful July evening in Wisconsin.

O: Not much going on. Pretty straight forward brew. This will appeal to many tasters, but comes off as a bit bland in my opinion.

dpnelson1978, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of bushbeer75
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber poured a clear amber color with a white 1-finger head that faded to almost nothing - leaving a small collar of lacing.

The smell is of very light caramel malt and not much else. The taste is also of "weak" caramel malt and a very light hop bite. Classic Amber is light bodied with medium carbonation and was crisp and a bit dry.

Not bad Amber Ale - however, was hoping for a little more flavor.

bushbeer75, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass in a Macado's Halloween-branded shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden-brownish color. The head is thin and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Faintly malty with a hint of grassiness.

Taste: Hoppy up front which faints to a sweet maltiness at the end. Kind of weak though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Weak on taste. Don't bother with this one.

wahhmaster, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Ottertude
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a coppery amber color with a very fizzy head even though I poured strictly down the side of my pint glass. Carbonation city here.

It smelled of caramel and grains. I tasted some bitter hops up front followed by some caramel with a sticky aftertaste. There is some body for a lager, not too thin.

This bottle went down pretty easy. Good with my pizza. Better than BMC if the choices are limited at the local restaurant. This was ok but not great. Of the offerings from Leinenkugel I do like this and the Creamy Dark the best.

Ottertude, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of lester619
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best product leine's has come out with in quite a while. Beer that tastes like beer, what a novel concept. It's not mixed with lemonade or berry flavoring or maple syrup, it's just good amber beer. It looks very nice, chrystal clear orangish copper. About two inches of off white foam that doesn't last long. The smell is very biscuit like, toasty malt with hops in the background. It's a little more watery than I would have expected. A lot of fizzy carbonation. All in all a nice solid amber. Nothing great, but solid. A good choice to wash down a burger at the tavern.

lester619, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a Discovery Twelve Pack and this was one of the beers in it.

12 ounce bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a clear, amber body with a well-sized, frothy, white head wih average retention

The taste is easy and enjoyable. Almost watery at times, but the predominant flavors are pale malts and light toasty malts with a touch of graininess and caramel.

Average, but sessionable at the local watering hole if you had no other choice.

beachbum1975, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev +21%
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.

woosterbill, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an average, unremarkable head. Smell is of grainy/bready notes. Taste is similar - kind of a grainy/bready slightly fruity taste. No bitterness at all. Not a bad taste, but somewhat mediocre. Plenty of carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

All in all, a very average to above average beer. I'd rather have this than a BMC beer, but it's nothing exceptional either. Drinkable enough - you could pound these back while watching a game or playing cards. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing great either.

Mavajo, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of cdrogers
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a classic pint glass.

Appearance: Nice amber in color.

Smell: Sharp spicy-fruity aroma. Probably from the mix of cascade and cluster hops.

Taste: A little too spicy for my taste, but none of the hops in this have a very strong AA% and it wasn't very hoppy. Very conservative use of the hops, but maybe too many?

Mouthfeel: With the strong spicy--fruity flavor I didn't care much for this. I've actually found that with several of the Leinenkugel brews though.

Drinkability: Glad I tried it to get it out of the way but it isn't something I could drink regularly.

cdrogers, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a one finger white head that settles to an even cap.

Lots of toasty malt grains with a slight touch of herbal hop aromas.

The flavor has a very coffee-like toasty quality to it. Only a little bit of hop bitterness is there, without much flavor. Toward the finish the flavors become very dry, and the feel is a bit acerbic. Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

Nothing horrible, but I'm glad I didn't buy a full six pack of this (just got a single in a mix pack).

BeerSox, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of russpowell
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

russpowell, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large mug at the Roseville, MN Old Chicago.

A-Amber brew, pristinely clear. Bright, barely off-white head, frothy with ok retention.

S-Slight spice with a faint spiced, toasted bready nuance. Not much in the realm of aroma.

T-Toasty sweetness with a hint of toffee-chocolate, coupled with a spicy-sweet hoppiness.

M-Medium light body, slick, with a moderately high carbonation.

D-Very easy to drink, but not terribly enthralling.

CHSLBrew, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

AgentZero, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber
12 oz brown bottle Jet ink: 07069 021455
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours an amber to light brown color with a decent head on top.

Aroma is faint with some strange metal notes with malts in the background.

A chewy caramel malt and light fruit combination. Mini hop snap on the finish. Light carbonation. A pretty decent beer overall. The mouthfeel is too thin and it's a beer that I could make work for the night, but not a preference. The drinkability is slightly above average and better than any macro selection that comes to mind.

On a side note, I'm still amazed that I bought a 12 pack of this for $6 at Supreme Liquors in Quincy, MA. 6 packs were $3. Pretty friggin' good pricing on an average brew.

Hibernator, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown color with some orange tint with a nice white to slightly off white head to it. The smell is of caramel and some other sweet malts. The smell is pleasant and enjoyable. The taste is of some bread malts and some caramel and some other sweet malts, the taste however, is slightly watery and doesn't pack as much a punch as I hoped for. The mouthfeel is good, it is very lightly carbonated. The drinkability is okay, the first two I thought it was very drinkable however, on the third the flaws were more present.

goblue3509, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy off white head that diminishes pretty quickly to a thin lace. the aroma gives off a bit of sweet malt in conjunction with the lagery esters, it's better than bad. the taste delivers on the sweet malt right up front, with a bit of breadiness as well. the light highly carbonated mouthfeel make this a pretty easy drinking beer.

almychristopher, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of budgood1
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a classic amber colour with a thin fine head supported by some active carbonation. some sticky lace is left. sweet sugary malt aroma...obvious munich malt character...some caramel and brown sugar notes. smells nice. taste is more of the same as was the nose. light malty notes of sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread. a touch harsh in the hop department, not sure why it goes from from sweet to bitter so fast but i'm guessing it's the light weight body and watery mouthfeel that detracts from the attractive attributes that this leinies offers. this is a "classic" leinenkugel beer in that it runs the middle of the road and runs out of gas quickly. drinkability is ok. another beer with average to below average character.

a nice intro beer.

budgood1, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of squirrelpirate
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Leinenkugel Classic Amber poured a clear, amber with a thin white head that rapidly subsided leaving a thin white lace on the glass. Very active carbonation.

It is very hard to pick up any subtle notes in this beer. A very faint sweet malt flavor is discerned with a lot of effort.

The high carbonation allows a flash of malty sweetness before it blends to a moderately dry finish with some tastes of hops. Lighter mouthfeel that slides right off the tongue, leaving a little bitterness behind.

This beer is light enough for a session, but the lack of any defining characteristics left me disappointed.

squirrelpirate, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mwa423
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with two fingers of fluffy white head. The color is a vert clear light gold. The smell is malt and hints of cereal. Overall the taste is some light biscuit and malt with only minimal hops.

Overall this is very close to bud American ale and twice the price. While I am happy that leinenkugel is doing real beers this one just isn't that good.

mwa423, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a amber colored brew with a big fluffy off white head. leaves a silky layer of bubbles as the beer goes down

S: not much a slight malt smell.

T: some malt upfront with a toasty and nearly bitter fade

M: medium in body and very bubbly.

Overall, not anything I expected. I've never liked Leinenkugel brews and I thought this one might change my mind, but I'm once again left dissapointed.

OlRasputin989, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber pours an amber color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I get mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of bitterness that doesn't smell especially hoppy. The flavor is malty, I get some biscuit like flavors. There is some bitterness, but the hops really are in the background mostly just adding balance. Decent, sessionable beer.

Drew966, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard washed drinking glass.

Golden, light brown (not amber)witha one inch foamy white head.

Smells of carmel malts and an ever so slight fruity ester.

Taste is slightly sweet and earthy, some nutty qualities as well.

This is light and drinkable.

GordonQuid, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 28, 2009
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.