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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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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-31-2008)
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Photo of 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
Photo of RobH


3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't an Amber Ale as classified here, it's a Vienna Lager according to the brewer (I am not aware of Leinei's brewing any ales anyway). This is a lager.

12oz. bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6-pack. I had first purchased a cup of this beer on tap at Nationals Stadium and I knew from the fact that beer tasted like iced tea, it couldn't have been Classic Amber coming out of the tap. If it was Classic Amber then it sure tastes different on tap vs. bottled!

So, this was the "real" thing. Hmmm, up against other Amber/Red Lagers or Vienna Lagers (whichever), this one falls just above average.

A: Thin copper color. Head nothing to speak of.

S: Kind of average "beery" aroma. Faintly discernable caramel malt aromas.

T: Thin, carbonated mouthfeel. Certainly better than an everyday macro pale lager, but just doesn't stand up in the full flavor category of most craft beers.

D: Makes for a pretty decent sessionable lager. Good buy for a party if you want to have something more than BMC but don't want to break the bank.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 14:50:46 | More by RobH
Photo of Phelps


2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Classic Amber comes out of the bottle a lightly burnt-orange color akin to the label on the bottle. A fizzy white head makes a lot of noise, then disappears before you know what happened to it.

At first whiff I caught the fruitiness of green apples; the second time around I definitely was picking up more toasted barley, as well as wheat bread, walnuts, and a certain skunkiness I couldn't quite define.

I have to mention the mouthfeel, because I've been assaulted with fizziness. This is just tiptoeing the edge of painful.

The taste starts with a subtle red apple sweetness. No hops to speak of in either smell or taste. In fact, little malts to speak of either. Sort of like drinking a watered-down sparkling apple cider, except with a dry finish.

Not bad, per se--just not in any way memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:18:31 | More by Phelps
Photo of CityBoy1986


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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a golden amber with a tall white head. Retention is decent, but lacing is below average.

The nose is made of herbs, spices, some sweetness and an off-putting metal. The taste is more of the same, with the earthy flavours becoming dominant and staying throughout the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and refreshing. Drinkability is decent, but the metal gets old quickly.

I don't seem to have much luck with Leinie's brews. However, I would take this over a Bud in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 22:55:05 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one is totaly clear golden-amber color, plenty of lathargic bubbles stream to the top to create a vary spacious and clumpy, off-white head. slightly thin looking.

very herbal and spicey hops on the nose at first, rich and hearty aroma's, slightly medicinal and metallic in the back. slightly sweet amber malt, slight sour fruits at the end.

This is a slighty sweet and bready amber malt with a decent balance of spicey, herbal hops, not very coplex but not boring at first either. The herbal hops will become medicinal with traces of alluminum and will become a bit less appealing as it goes from a zippy feel to rather stagnent. a flat and bitter hop flavor is the finish.

I was excited to see a different Amber lager around, but it's not up to par for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 17:38:02 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, fairly light golden color.LAcing abounds with minimal head.
Smell...metallic with rusty overtones...kinda like a rusty wheel after the water is dumped out.
Taste is thin, once again metallic flavors prevail.
Not a very good beer at all. Not a "dumper", but will never buy again!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:56:18 | More by dmamiano
Photo of KI9A


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

A: Nice copper color, topped with a fast fading head. Neat Leinie's Sunset Wheat glass, though!

S: Some malts, maybe a bit of citrus.

T: Sweet malts, maybe a hint of hops. Just nothing special at all. Not bad, not good.

M: Light.

D: Drank 2 of these pretty quick. Kind of uninspiring. Boring.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 17:27:51 | More by KI9A
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, crystal clear amber hue with a thick two fingers of creamy-rocky off-white foam, which falls away fairly quickly, settling as a thin ring that shows nearly no stick on the glass.

A bit of sweet and lightly toasted bready malt in the nose, a nice whiff of noble hops and a faint background of DMS.

Light and perfectly carbonated with a light-to-medium body. A light hint of caramel touches the front of the palate, swirling in a wonderfully clean and balanced mix of mildly herbal, grassy hop bitterness and sweet and lightly biscuity -- perhaps a tad grainy -- malt presence. Finishes dry with a mildly astringent hop/grain mix.

Infinitely drinkable. This is a light yet characterful interpretation of a played-down style. A nice, thirst-quenching lager that is clean, balanced and inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 05:38:43 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of Offa


3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a reasonably good, basic lager, lke a slightly fuller, more bitter, vaguely more hoppy version of a basic American pale lager.

Amber-copper, it has a small-to-medium offiwhite head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and no lace.

Aroma is like a basic American pale lager but a bit different: grain, a bit more toasty than a pale lager; apple; light hints of citrus (lemon & orange), grass and metal.

The taste is toasty grain, hints of citrus, grass, metal. It has luight sweetness followed by light bit lingering bitterness that is a little on the unpleasantly sharp side. The hoppy bitterness is rather bland, with weak hop character, but has light citrus and bitter grass elements. It has a faint hint of thin caramel. I don't quite get the artificial citrus element that some seemed to complain about, but I can kind of get a sense of why people describe it this way. It certainly is not the strong, obvious (to me) artificial citrus of things like Leinenkugel's own Sunset Wheat or Lost Coast's Great White. Compared to some other basic, American amber/red lagers (like Dundee's Honey Brown, which I find far inferior to this), this is pretty good but like the others it really is little more than a more caramelly pale lager in character.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:32:02 | More by Offa
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always get suckered into the Leinie's seasonals, probably because it's such a rarity when the local grocery store offers anything new on the left side (ie. the good side) of the beer cooler. It's not because I'm a huge fan of this brewery, as their efforts are usually average at best. But there's always hope...

Golden copper or, sure, amber color, with a nice half-inch cap of foam, which leaves blotches of lace behind.

Aroma? I don't know...kind of boring. Faint caramel and fresh-baked bread, maybe a dusty nuttiness. Just kind of "there."

The hops promised on the label are dialed-down and conservative in the flavor (didn't even detect them in the aroma), while the caramel maltiness leans toward sourdough. Light fruitiness nestled in there somewhere. Nutty, grassy, herbal bitterness mixes with the sour element in the finish.

Crisp and a bit dry. Fairly light body and mild carbonation tingle.

I don't look at "drinkable" as "how many can you pound down?" This is a pretty bland offering and I don't see myself cracking into the rest of the 6-pack. Wasted my money. So, drinkable? Not really. I hope my wife likes it...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 12:32:42 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of 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
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark yellow in color with a white that that dissipates very quickly. Not impressed with the appearance of this beer.

S-Smells of honey, slightly citrusy.

T-More flavor than I expected. Slightly hoppy. It has an unsweet tea taste. It has an unusual bitter aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant and lingers for some time.

M-Carbonated and then.

D-I give this an average drinkability. It is has more flavor than any of the more popular mass produced lagers out there, but it is not too heavy. It would be a perfect session beer except for the aftertaste.

Overall this beer was a big dissapointment. I am glad I only purchased a single. However, I could see myself trying this beer again in a couple of years or if there is nothing else to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:56:12 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of mjryan


3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber colour. Imagine that. Large head dies quickly and leaves zero lace. I dont expect lace from most lagers so I wasnt disapointed. Aroma is citrusy with a touch of caramel and biscuit. Flavour is at first light, sweet caramel that transitions into a suprising citrus hop character. Finish is slightly malty sweet/biscuity. Medium bodied and super easy to drink. Probably the best Leinies beer I have ever had. Nothing too complex or in your face. Just a nice, moderatley hoppy, all malt amber lager. Nice job Leinenkugels.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 18:38:24 | More by mjryan
Photo of BDIMike


3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear and very light amber color. Almost looks like water with a tint of food coloring. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a thin white head that has very nice retention.
A very solid smell with not a lot going on. There is a bit of a solid malt smell with a tinge of honey.
A very solid taste, but nothing really too strong going on. There is some caramel and toffee malts, but very subdued. There is a slight hinge of hops and honey that add a nice flavor to the brew.
Mouthfeel has a medium-sized thickness to it. The feel is a little more on the chewy scale, rather than being smooth.
Drinkability is probably the most appealing part of this beer. The beer has a good balance and not a lot of crazy taste, so it makes it go down fairly easy. There is more alcohol in this than most beers of this taste, so you can put down a good amount without really noticing the heat.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:52:34 | More by BDIMike
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent pale golden color with thick but thin bodied head.
Our smell here has a bit of a spicy/citrus peel note.
Pretty flavorful, but the spice and citrus is very artificial tasting. The caramel/toffee taste is good on the back end.
Not a particularly good finish, some of the flavor is too artificial to be very drinkable, but ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 16:03:01 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of alkemy


2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked somewhat similiar (maybe a little less orange) in the pour to the Nugget Nectar I just finished off. Clearly this is where any and all analogous comparisons end. Granted, I'm only comparing the color, because the styles are the same in name alone. Malty caramel smell with a hint of sweetness. Kinda reminds me of a macro making a stab at something that looks the part, but won't offend the masses with too much taste. I'll not be buying this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:45:54 | More by alkemy
Photo of MetalHopHead6


2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap during a Leinenkugel event at the Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington, Virginia.

Pale golden color, with no head, and nothing left on the glass. The taste was very fruity and malty, without enough hop presence to provide balance to the sweetness.

The experience of drinking a beer often transports me to a place conjured by the individual beer. It doesn't usually happen at a bar because of the sensory overload; however, for a fleeting moment, the experience of drinking Leinenkugel Classic Amber transported me to...Milwaukee (or to a macro-brewery in Milwaukee, anyway).

This beer is uninspired and uninspiring. Even the free appetizers and the short-shorts-wearing Leinenkugel girls, mingling among the patrons at the bar, could not redeem this ordinary beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 16:14:51 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Fox & Hound after watching Beer Wars, reviewed first as the place was too noisy and crowded to take notes. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp light amber with a decent head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a hint of amber malt, but not much else. Taste is just a hair above Yuengling. The beer is light and crisp, but just as watery as I've come to expect from these guys. This one was just what I expected, nothing I'd try again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 03:04:39 | More by atsprings
Photo of climax


3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber with a pretty small white head which faded quick. didn't lace well on my glass, left more of a moisture on the sides

nose was mild and a bit skunky/euro lager. there was a mild hop presence (citrus) sitting on a toasty malt backbone which strengthened as it warmed. hints of ripened fruit as well

taste was sharp at first when it was well-chilled. definite toasty malt with citrusy hops pretty indistinct but present. bananas in there somewhere finish was earthy and toasted

medium/light body. very crisp carbonation, pretty creamy and slick. finish was a bit dry

it's pretty normal i guess, but its crisp and tasty, easy to drink. sessionable for sure

real sharp

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:14:02 | More by climax
Photo of tjkurz


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

On tap in tall pilsner at Chili's. Appears clear orange amber with slight head that is not very tight plenty of carbonation rising. Smells slight malts - damp grain. Tastes like an amber I suppose but malty not much roast little to no finish - served too cold - dimishes ability to taste. I don't like calling beers watered down versions but I always do. I guess if you poured an amber like cap and served it with ice this is what it would taste like - fairly drinkable - although makes me want the real thing. Again leines are good introduction beers for friends to transition out of adjuncts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2009 17:02:12 | More by tjkurz
Photo of Tone


3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:14:00 | More by Tone
Photo of mithrascruor


2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a half-pint Leinenkugel's glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with visible carbonation. White foamy head has good retention.

Smell: Malts, lightly toasted. A hint of grasses or grains too.

Taste: Good malt flavor, not too strong. A bit too hoppy, however, especially towards the finish and into the aftertaste: it kills things a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and relatively smooth, but too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent for a session beer, especially with food.

It has been a few years since I last had a Leinenkugel's beer, as I don't live in the midwest any longer. This seems to be a newer beer, possibly more for "export" from the midwest. They messed up with the hops, and put too much carbonation in here, I'm sorry to say. The Amber Light is a superior beer to this one. Unfortunate that this is the taste of Leinenkugel's that most will encounter, when they actually have some really nice beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 23:40:12 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of buschbeer


1.73/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've been on an amber kick so I thought "what the hell?" I poured into a pint glass to little head that quickly receded. The smell was malty with some fruitiness. The taste was even worse than the Moe's Backroom Amber that I had two nights ago. I have to say that I am disappointed in this attempt at an amber.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 17:31:42 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 23:04:21 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of pmcadamis


2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This russet colored brew has a one finger head and a little spackling of lace in the big glass it was served in. Semi-hazy and generally bland in appearance.

S - Summer fruit with a hint of toffee in the background.

T - Again, summer fruit and very light hints of toffee with a bready malt profile.

M - Light bodied, refreshing, and easy going.

D - This is a good brew for washing down a burger or a few spicy chicken wings when your taste buds aren't able to fully appreciate a really good brew. This isn't bad, it's just pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 15:56:43 | More by pmcadamis
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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