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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: 618
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:41:34 | More by RievyRW
Photo of buzzed


3.75/5  rDev +21%

09-16-2012 17:45:15 | More by buzzed
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

03-15-2012 15:27:19 | More by Packman4IL
Photo of atone315


3.75/5  rDev +21%

05-12-2012 20:13:56 | More by atone315
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 nlriehl87


3.75/5  rDev +21%

02-17-2012 22:58:12 | More by nlriehl87
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 16:54:55 | More by Minkybut
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +21%

03-08-2013 04:47:46 | More by allbrigs
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:17:30 | More by woosterbill
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3.75/5  rDev +21%

08-19-2012 15:27:46 | More by bicyclesnbeer
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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +21%

10-11-2012 04:19:02 | More by Chucker17
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 17:10:34 | More by lester619
Photo of steveh


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

Bit of a surprise with this, it was on sale at a can't-pass price, so I thought I'd try it for myself.

A -- More gold than amber to my eye (not a lot of red to the color); clear and effervescent. Thick, eggshell white head that leaves good lacing.

S -- Light, spicy hops. Some earthiness peaking through -- maybe from caramel malts (a look at the Leinie's site says they use Pale, Caramel, & Munich).

T -- Actually surprised by this one as my last few attempts with Leinie's have proven pretty flat. The flavor has some good, sweet maltiness to it with some that earthiness from the nose and an interesting hop spiciness in the finish. An interesting blend of typical ale and typical lager hops that I would have never guessed would work.

M -- Soft mouth-feel with the slightest carb bite. Light medium body.

D -- Not a bad, no nonsense drinker. I'd even grab a sixer at a less-than stellar sale -- I opted for a case after the first $2.99 six-pack (sorry ChainGangGuy!).

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 17:44:32 | More by steveh
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:28:44 | More by MisterDeeds
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2009 00:49:07 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of skeetermoses


3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping for more than what I got, I decided that the beer would be a better one. I really like Liene beers they are pretty good, the summer brew is one of the great beers that I have had. I really would like to try the different beers that are offered by Lieni. I am sure It would be one of the best beers ever.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:12:33 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of bsp77


3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured into 4oz sample glass, but I asked for a second pour to make a more proper 8oz review. Plus I was not sampling other beers, so no sample fatigue. Thanks Applebee's!

Appearance: Very light amber with nice head and slight lacing.

Smell: Somewhat sweet with notes of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts balanced by citrusy hops, with light bitterness at the finish. Nice balance overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability: This would be a very respectable everyday lager. Perhaps the best Leinie's I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2009 12:18:10 | More by bsp77
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 05:12:49 | More by cdrogers
Photo of weizenbob


3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist-cap brown bottle from a summer variety pack. Best by August 1, 2011. Poured into a pilsner glass. The pour manifests a massive four fingers of foamy khaki head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is minimal. A small amount of lazy carbonation is seen rising through the glass. The tint of the brew is on the lighter side of amber, but still amber none the less. It's nice looking, if a little pale.

The aroma sports a strong scent of lager yeast. Sweet grainy malts rise to the occasion. It's simplistic, but thankfully so. All of the other offerings in this variety pack were plagued by artificial smelling additives. This 'regular old beer' aroma is a welcome departure.

The flavor is also refreshingly simple. Bold (for industrial lager) malts take center stage, covering the tongue in a grainy rinse, containing a pleasantly subtle sweetness. As the amber waves of grain begin to fade out, bitter hops assume the helm. The bitterness is not the least bit overpowering, but does stand in nice contrast with the malts. There is a minor honey-like sweetness that manifests near the end; but for the most part the finish is nice and dry. Alcohol is not detected.

Classic Amber is a pretty light bodied brew. The carbonation level is low, but adequate enough to accentuate the flavor. If the flavor didn't stack up so well, this would surely come off as watery, but the lightness actually suits this simple beer very well. 4.9% abv is keeping it real. This is flavorful refreshment, and the one Leinenkugel beer that I could actually recommend whole-heartedly.

The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I could flip a coin between this and a Schlitz, so I guess I do give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel Classic Amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 17:31:03 | More by weizenbob
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 boilermakerbrew


3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber color. A little light than expected. About a 2 finger foamy head, but doesn't hang around long. Little to no lacing going down.

S- Not a real strong smell. Has a bit of malt smell, hardly any hoppy smell. Maybe a slight hint of pine...

T- Nothing special here when it comes to ambers. It reminds me a lot of Budweiser American Ale, with less cascade hops, and a little more malt. Still a tasty beer, especially for a guy who likes ambers.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly light on my palate, I could drink a few fairly quickly, but wouldn't want to start slamming these.

O- I like American Amber style brews, simply put. Almost as good as an American Ale, but not quite there. A solid beer I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 22:52:13 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Lemke10


3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the name suggests, this pours an amber color with a decent off-white head. The aroma is mostly of grains and malts. The taste is rather malty with some spices as well. Finishes slightly crisp and I actually think this delivers a better spice flavor than their Oktoberfest. Not bad, I heard they were putting this into hibernation so I wanted to try it before I couldn’t find it anymore.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:13:18 | More by Lemke10
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not Leinie's best offering by far, but maybe an acceptable beer for those transitioning from Crap Lite.

Overall a pretty mellow average beer, a good amount of malt presence, coppery taste, a too sweet and bland malty finish for my liking. I will not seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 11:59:03 | More by Imsothirsty
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.