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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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72
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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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 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..

ZAP, Apr 10, 2009
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.

Cylinsier, Apr 10, 2009
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.

MisterDeeds, Apr 06, 2009
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.

AdmiralDiaz, Apr 06, 2009
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.

bmwats, Apr 05, 2009
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.

spycow, Apr 05, 2009
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.

Zorro, Apr 03, 2009
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.

babaracas, Apr 03, 2009
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.

KeefD, Apr 03, 2009
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.

Brenden, Apr 02, 2009
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.

mothman, Mar 30, 2009
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.

TheTrevor, Mar 29, 2009
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!

OzarkElmo, Mar 29, 2009
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.

Minkybut, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice medium-gold color with better head retention that I've seen in most Leinenkugels. It has a sweet, caramel nose, a bit faint. Lightly caramel malt, likewise, dominates the flavor, though it also features a moderate bitterness that keeps it from being sweet. The body is a tad thin perhaps.

Pretty generic amber beer, like you'd get at a generic brewpub, or any generic late 80s or early nineties micro. Just... generic.

allengarvin, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber w/great retention and off-white frothy head.

S-Not a lot on the aroma. Toasted malt dominates, and their are faint hops; the nose is clean and pure and appealing, but uninteresting.

T-Toasty malt dominates, and light grapefruit/citrus hops cleanse the palate. Not complex or pretentious, just good, clean beer.

M-Light-bodied w/stronger carbonation and great balance.

D-Easy to drink, this brew is not complex, but it has a pure, clean taste. Beer advocates might not be blown away, but this might be a good "gateway beer" for macro fans. I had this on tap for free at the Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Damn shame how few people I saw leaving tips.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One of the best amber beers I've ever seen. The color completely knocked my socks off. I was then disappointed in the poor head retention of the, at first, large fluffy head.

S - Almost no scent to me. What happened? I need to revisit to re-smell.

T - Intense hoppy flavors abound. Good blend of hops. Not a flavor I like, but one I can appreciate.

M - Very dry finish. Not something I like so much.

D - Easy drinking but the flavor would get old very quickly to me.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of uwmgdman
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This new brew pours a light copper color with a quickly diminishing thin white head. The aroma is mainly malty, some grainy and bready character, along with a hint of roast and a hint of hops. The flavor is moderately malty with a hint of roast at the swallow. Hop bitterness and carbonation balance the beer from being sweet. The body is a bit thin and mouthfeel is a bit prickly from the carbonation. Overall not a bad beer, worth a shot, on the better end of their offerings.

uwmgdman, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of RievyRW
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It was previously mentioned, but according the label on the bottle it is a lager, not an ale as listed, and was reviewed as such.

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A little on the yellow side of what I think an 'amber' beer should look like, but I won't complain.

Smell: A faint barley grainy smell.

Taste: Some grain/malt flavor with a very little hoppy flavor mixed in.

Drinkability: Like pretty much all the Leinie products, very drinkable. Not going to stand out in a crowd, but better than the macros that cost the same in the stores (one nice thing about living 10min. from their brewery and probably adds some bias to my review) so I'd be more than happy to drink it all night long.

RievyRW, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is barely "amber", it's more like golden with copper highlights. Perfectly clear, there is a pillowy white head that leaves bits of lacing around the glass. The smell is very underwhelming; sweet amber malt is about all I get out of it, maybe just a hint of hops. The flavor is similar - underwhelming. There is a sweet amber malt presence with a slight mingling of toasted victory grain and hops just to balance. The finish is slightly bitter but no real hop presence. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an almost chewy carbonation. Overall, not an impressive beer but not bad either. I would definitely have this over most macros but it would lose in the face of any other decent micro.

gmfessen, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of BierFan
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BA got the style of this beer messed up. BA lists it as an amber ale but it says right on the neck of the bottle that it's a lager.

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

Small to nil off-white head. Clear light amber with decent carbonation. Little bit of hop bitterness on the finish. It may not have any adjuncts in it, but everything about the smell and taste is very "macro-ish". Will not buy again. Will not suggest to others.

BierFan, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of supercolter
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh, this brewing company doesn't excite me too much. I just don't get it.
Appearance is bland. Red in color but a little lighter than expected. Very little head and no notable lacing. Smell and taste is ok, very similar to their fireside- but a bit sweeter and an odd metallicy taste. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, some carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

supercolter, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this yesterday and found this dark golden our to be a passable drinkable, bottom fermented beer. The term "classic" is often used without reason. In this case, I guess it refers to the fact that is an all malt lager, well so is "classic' Michelob.
There is a bit of a nut flavor note in the finish. I agree with others here. There is too much packaged over pricing on this one. If this were a few dollars cheaper, it would be worth picking up, now and then.

thebeerdoctor, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BeerMark
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bruno's at the Summit in Birmingham. Nice amber color to this one with a slight off-white head. Smells malty with very little hops coming through. The taste is exactly the same. While malty and decently flavored, there are not many hops present at all. I would not be quite as harsh in my review if the label hadn't proclaimed 4 kind of hops inside. I just can't find them. On a brighter note, this beer is drinkable and sessionable. Still better than most big macro brews.

BeerMark, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured clear dark amber color with medium frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium malt and hop aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable average brew

tmoneyba, Mar 14, 2009
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.