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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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648 Ratings
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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 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.

Photo of atsprings
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep yellow color, maybe more like orange with a small white head but it disappeared quickly. Nose is simple, lightly malty, some hops and even grainy. Taste is thinner than I expected. Caramel malt, syrupy, maybe even like a dash of maple syrup. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is ok but I wont buy again.

Photo of nick76
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aroma is not bad it's citrus hops, malt, and a mild nuttiness. The appearance is light amber with a medium head. The flavor on the other hand is astringent with a dry nutty finish. The palate is watery. A horrible beer. I would not recommend this to anyone for any reason.

Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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..

Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish amber with a moderate head. Very attractive color.

Smell was a bit above par. Good malts and a bit of grain.

Tastes very fresh. Hoppy bitterness is apparent but far from overpowering. The malts give it a bit of heavy sweetness,

Mouthfeel is crisp and pretty full. Works really well in conjunction with the taste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Not my favorite style but I could come back to it in the future.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue, (amber I guess), with very minimal foam and plenty of carbonation.

Smells clean and malty, with some caramel and sweetness in the nose.

Taste is like a cross between a simple American Lager and a malty German Oktoberfest. Clean hops with lots of big sweet malts on top.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick given the style and light color. It gives it a nice thick caramel feel.

A decent drinkable brew, not too over the top, but definitely something sort of unique here. Worth a taste.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking copper body with a small one-finger white head. Smells hoppy earthy and some strong caramel notes. Tastes about the same as smell. Sweet caramel and malts hit upfront turning into an earthy tone fused with some hops which only become stronger in the hoped bitter finish. Carbonation is about standard but overall it's a pretty drinkable beer. Well done.

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Well, believe it or not, it's amber. . . nothing more to see here. Low carbonation, a minimalist, foamy, off-white head which disintegrates very quickly, leaving only a smattering of bubbly carbonation on the surface. Upon drinking, whatever bubbly is left, will liberate itself from your brew. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Light yet mildly sweet, syrupy malt. A little nutty, and maybe even a touch of bittersweet chocolate (if you use your imagination a bit).

T: Maltier than expected. Has a certain heartiness and robustness. Just a bit "thin" and shallow, but not too much to it's detriment. This actually gives it a light and drinkable quality. Mildly hoppy, and a little piney.

M: Light bodied, but hearty. The light yet flavorful malt starts, and a hoppy, bittersweet finish. The pine really sticks around.

D: Good drinkability, overall. Solid flavor and feel. Nice well-rounded, easy drinker with a certain refreshing quality to it.

Appearance is okay, nothing impressive. Nicely balanced nose and palette. Nothing special, but solid. Feel is non-offensive, light but present and accounted for. Pretty much, a run-of-the-mill amber (which is not a bad thing), with just a bit of extra hop. Overall, solid quaff.

Photo of spycow
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Nonic tumbler.

A: Beer pours a deep amber color with light carbonation. Leaves no head but has a clear and pleasant appearance.

S: Beer has an interesting smell. A smoky and piney, leathery smell seems indicative of the style of hops used.

T: First sip goes down smooth. It has a hoppy, smoky and bitter taste. Its not very complex but not picking up any fruit overtones. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste the dissipates rather quickly.

M&D: Beer has a smooth somewhat carbonated feel but still pleasant. The beer is easy to drink for an amber ale. It is nothing special but a good everyday amber ale.

For the price point with today's expensive beers at $6.99 a six pack a really good deal especially in the Chicago area. Will buy again.

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a good sized off-white colored head.

Smell is malty with a lot of caramelized sugars in this. No real hop aroma just grassy hop scent.

The taste starts out sweet and malty as expected with a slight scorched caramel flavor. Not much hop at all here this is all malt.

Mouthfeel is average at best.

Just a beer really. Not much of anything to recommend it sort of boring. In about the same class as Budweiser American Ale.

Photo of babaracas
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, the brewer's website lists as an all-malt lager, which makes sense.

Pours a clear amber, zero head retention, lacing for an inch. Smell: astringent graininess, bread, faintest of caramel. Taste: pale malt, grainy, brief appearance by some Munich-ish malts, and a jumbled mess of the hops they list on the label. Thin and overly carbonated. A messy stab at an all malt lager, with a name that doesn't fit.

Photo of KeefD
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber orange color with a large white head that left very light lacing. Aroma is grainy, lightly bready, nothing special, pretty much like Leinie's Red. Flavor isn't bad. There's a nice hop bite too it, pretty well balanced, although it could use a little more umph. Caramel is light, some grainy breadiness is there. Just nothing special. Body is actually a bit more sturdy than I expected. A fairly drinkable beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

To me this seems more of a lager than an ale.

Pours a thin white head, no retention, very slight splattered lace. No big surprises here. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma is a grainy, like an American macro lager. Some honey notes and maybe some dried wheat.

Taste is very similar to an American macro later but with a little more flavor. There are some honey notes and basic malts here.

Mouthfeel is the expected crispness that are in most simple lagers (not bocks, vienna, ect.). Then it is kind of refreshing and then it dulls out. It ends with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, another letdown from Leines. I was hoping thing would be similar to an amber ale, but it reminded me a lot of a lager. The last three brews have been major letdowns to me (1888, Classic Amber, and Fireside). I am hoping they can step it up and put out something a little better.

Photo of TheTrevor
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color with a big head. The smell is pretty subtle and after a while I've decided that it kind of smells like some malt and that's about it, I have no idea how they made a beer that smells so little. The taste is depressingly similar to the smell, just a spurt of lightly toasted malt at the start that gives away to a bit of hops that lead into a clean finish. Not unpleasant, but very boring. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. You can drink the hell out of a six-pack of this beer, but I'm not sure why you would. Not a horrible beer, but I certainly wouldn't call it a good version of the style.

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mar 28, 2009
Bottle pour into pint glass. Nice moderate white head, carbonated. Clear amber color with good, definite malt aroma. Well balanced, roasted malts, caramel notes. Very slight hint of hops in the finish. A good session beer. Overall a good effort from Leiny- - Cheers!

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

I poured this nicely finished beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice amber (light) color and it poured a pretty nice head that lasted a decent amount of time. The lacing of the beer was also fair. The smell was not so great I thought and smelled sour. But the taste was not so it was all good. Taste was nutty slightly and hinty of toffee. I liked the beer.

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.