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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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629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 woodychandler


5/5  rDev +61.3%

Hoo-ha! The CANQuest (TM) gets to be the first (on this site) to review this beer in a CAN! Big ups to my trader (I do not like to name names) for sending this to me. There are still a couple of Leinies that remain elusive, but I was heretofore unaware of this one. That, plus it is not just one more AAL, makes it very attractive.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Since 1867." "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel family for five generations". "Lager brewed with 100% Malted Barley, Hallertau, Cascade, Cluster and Mt. Hood hops". Man, if only every beer were this forthcoming ...

Following the Crack & Glug action, I was salivating while looking at two fluffy fingers' worth of ecru head with good retention. That, coupled with the copper/orangish-amber colored beer with NE-quality clarity, left me stunned. How have I missed this until now? Holy hops, Batman! The nose had a piney quality that reached out and grabbed me by the sinuses. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant interplay between the malty sweetness and the hoppy bitterness on the tongue. I was beginning to swoon from my joy. Finish began slightly bitter but then gave 'way to a malty sweetness on the extreme finish. Would this go into my cooler? This would FILL my cooler!

Meet me at the Leinie Lodge! The first CAN is on me!

09-26-2010 15:16:52 | More by woodychandler
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.63/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

04-10-2009 23:07:47 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Zorro


3.15/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

04-03-2009 13:52:22 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


2.98/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

07-28-2009 03:47:30 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

03-30-2009 21:30:28 | More by mothman
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -3.2%

07-25-2013 23:47:19 | More by ejimhof
Photo of afsdan


3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-21-2014 03:58:01 | More by afsdan
Photo of brandoman63


3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

11-29-2011 23:31:11 | More by brandoman63
Photo of smakawhat


2.6/5  rDev -16.1%

Poker leftovers! Let's see what this has in store. Poured into a nonic pint glass, while I stole it from you when you weren't looking!

Off the pour, a white simple foamy head that barely makes two fingers. Settles to a decent puck, on top of a crystal clear bronze red body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides of the glass.

Nose is off. Stinky off putting malt of some sort, seriously sewer gas smelling, what in the heck is THAT? Sticky and stinky, not fun at all here. Borderline bile and stomach gas, not much else...

Upon taste we find, some malt and sweetness in the palate. A simple based malt body, but also some really fizzy mouthfeel and sharpness. Aftertaste has a sweetness but also carbon dioxide quality. Fizzyness takes away from the palate, giving a real club soda taste more than anything.

Overall, I have no desire to drink this again, there is really nothing going on here, except noticeable faults and problems. Drinkability is practically near zero for me.

02-09-2012 05:00:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.2%

05-26-2014 23:20:59 | More by Latarnik
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New Mexico

3/5  rDev -3.2%

06-29-2013 03:00:42 | More by LXIXME
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -30.6%

A: Poured a translucent orange with bronze hints. A mushroomy head, dull white in color, sits atop, moderately lasting while collapsing cleanly soon after with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was faint. Found the coloring to be a tad off per style, more orangey then amber, really translucent in nature with a weak head doesn't leave much of an impression.

S: On the nose was cold steel and cold oranges. Very little or no hop aroma, was very clean and light. Once again lacked any hoppy or malt aroma and can not justify even an average rating here, falls well short and was unimpressive.

T: The flavor was tart with funky cold oranges and an dry orange candy sweetness. There is a bad sour finish, funky and musky in nature with a bittering wet lemon peel hopping. Falls way short of any expectations.

M: rough in texture, fizzy and light bodied. Overcarbonated and seltzer like.

D: Drinks like an adjunct amber with a bad, tart fizzy orange soda like quality with a weak, watery hop presence makes this a big pass. Only gets worse progressively while you drinking. Honestly found this to be a defamation of character against all American ambers. Better suited as a drain cleaner.

07-02-2009 22:09:01 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a pale, see through amber with a thick, white head that has great retention. The nose is pure, very sweet, caramel. The flavor features caramel up front followed by a mild nutty, toasty character and then finishes with a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth, crisp drinkability.

This is a very average beer. It's not awful and ultimately drinkable, but it's rather one dimensional and forgettable.

04-10-2012 22:46:02 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

03-04-2013 08:22:20 | More by Kelp
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

Amber beer that looks amber, lots of clarity, carbonation and an off white head 1" in depth. Aroma of mostly red style malt, peat, true to style.

Taste, eh, average for style I guess, has that not dry enough mouthfeel like most reds, cardboard, wish they could use some hops in this, or at least to a greater extent, liven up the flavor, the zing of the beer (other than the metallic zing you get here).

Otherwise, its decent, but fairly boring, and a little expensive, seems to grow in price more every year. Pretty mild, might have a place with converting people early on in their foray into craft beer. . .

01-02-2012 23:58:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of wrightst


4/5  rDev +29%

08-24-2014 14:12:34 | More by wrightst
Photo of dmorgan310


3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

01-31-2013 04:18:31 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of Tone


3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

04-15-2009 03:14:00 | More by Tone
Photo of rolltide8425


3/5  rDev -3.2%

07-22-2012 03:45:47 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of harpus


3/5  rDev -3.2%

09-23-2013 21:08:26 | More by harpus
Photo of flagmantho


3.3/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden amber hue with a crystal-clear body and plenty of apparent effervescence. head is a thin finger of fizzy tan foam. Pretty nice.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little emphasis on sweetness. Not super character-ful, but pretty nice nonetheless.

Taste: mild malt flavor with a little bit of biscuit and a balancing bitterness. Not bad, but there's a hint of a soapy flavor here which, while not horrible, is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but it's still got a nice refreshing feel to it.

Overall: this is a decent amber lager which would make a great barbecuing beer. It's got a little bit of character, but it is refreshing and sessionable as well.

05-14-2011 15:17:34 | More by flagmantho
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -3.2%

12-11-2011 19:09:28 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.85/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

03-26-2009 01:38:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Bitterbill


4.05/5  rDev +30.6%

I got this bottle as a freebie from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

This pours a very bright and clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Nice looker.

The smell has a nice hop/malt balanced nose to it giving me both sweetish snd bitterish tones. I like the nose but I wish it was a bit more assertive.

The taste has a pretty big kick of caramel malt sweetness up front, with some earthy tones, and then some nice hoppy notes move in....yeah, I just read the label and they have 4 different varieties in here and you know what? It *works* for me. I think I just found a new good session beer! And...I'm not usually a big fan of Amber Ales excepting some of the big boys of the style.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good. Easy drinking and tasty to my palate, I'll be buying 6 packs of this stuff!

Btw, head retention was above average and there's *some* lacing.

03-06-2009 22:08:31 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of WoodBrew


3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

07-06-2013 10:23:52 | More by WoodBrew
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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