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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.42%


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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Tone

Missouri

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
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweeter malt and a bite gingerbread like. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt in the aftertaste. A sweet gingerbread malt to a dry end, eh!, really lacking any flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 13:44:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.05/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 22:08:31 | More by Bitterbill
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 01:38:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ZAP

Minnesota

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..

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 04:15:08 | More by ZAP
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with amber hues and a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste like it smells, caramel, malts and a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 15:57:36 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 15:17:34 | More by flagmantho
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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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AgentZero

Illinois

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

A - Not a bad looking beer really. Decent, fluffy head on it. More of a golden than an amber, clear.

S - A little bit of sweet malts, not a whole lot else going on. Some slighty grain if you try hard.

T - Some carmel, a little bit of fruit, which is too much for me for this type of beer. Mild hops and a dry finish.

M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied, a little too slick.

D - Easy enough to get down, but I didn't care for the taste. Could do a lot of these watching football and eating pizza, but really will be avoiding this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 19:41:02 | More by AgentZero
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 02:55:40 | More by Brenden
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. 01101-020936. Sampled on December 14, 2010. It pours a light amber color with a fizzy head that goes away in short order. The aroma is a bland mixture of grains and malts. The body is medium. The taste brings out the sweet malt character a bit more than in the aroma but it reminds me more of a pale ale rather than a red. It is just missing something.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:43:35 | More by puboflyons
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mynie

Indiana

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

This is one of the first craft-ish beers I ever had, and I remember one time drinking it and drinking it and drinking it, for like 3 weeks this is all I drank. Then, never again.

Pours a weird kind of colorchanging gold that's straight-up autumn leaves amber, but only against some kinds of light. Against other types of light it's yellowish. I think that's neat, and it's pretty all around.

Tastes more like an all malt than a red. Then again, this is an amber *lager*, not an ale, and while that's a very basic difference the latter category is so much more predominant.

It's very malty, very smooth. 100% barley roasted just enough to wash away most of the breadiness but not enough to bring out any bitter nodes. The hops profile is surprisingly complex but far too faint.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:13:18 | More by mynie
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Vancer

Illinois

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

This Leiny pours clear golden amber, pretty decent white head bubbles up in my lil' taster glass.

Bits of doughy malt in the aroma, light and subtle. Taste is along those lines also, with a nice balance of spicy hop in the finish. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad about this beer. Fits the Leiny style of beers - cheaper beers just across the craft border from BMC land.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:13:12 | More by Vancer
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark golden/light amber beer..darker than that in the picture. Tight bubbly off white head. Aroma mostly toffeeish malts, slight milky smell in the back. Pretty balanced lager here..had a quite nice semi-swet malt taste and a "buzz' of hops overlayed. OK mouthfeel..quite dry in the end. Drinkable enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:00:22 | More by Reidrover
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, peachy amber

Smell: toasted malt--pretty one dimensional

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body, dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like Leinenkugel's beers. That being said I am kicking myself for buying a six of this as opposed to a single. The taste here is not overly strong and seems like their fireside nut brown minus the sweet flavor. For an amber this just doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 19:56:12 | More by tigg924
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear gold color. I guess Leinenkugel wants me to believe "classic amber" is actually gold. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing quickly. The aroma is of the same generic caramel malt that is present in most of Leinies beers. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes very similar to Leinies other beers. Dull would be a good word to describe it. I can't see myself drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 19:52:36 | More by KarlHungus
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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
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear body that is golden brown. At least two fingers of light tan head that is thick and soapy, has some great retention, and leaves some nice lacing behind.

I would definitely categorize the aroma here as unpleasant. A ton of corny sweetness, much like what I would expect from a macro lager. Underneath that sweetness is some legitimate caramel malt aroma and a toasted malt aroma.

Just a touch of hop bitternmess shows up here. Next comes some light roasted malt flavors that are a touch bitter in their own right. Light caramel sweetness is also underneath. The problem with this beer is that the corn from the aroma comes through, hurting this one.

Mouthfeel is very light and pretty highly carbonated.

This beer is light and easy to drink, but not very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 02:24:46 | More by Hojaminbag
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a very light amber/copper color with minimal head. Scent is very weak with a dominant metallic like scent over top of a burried grassy hop and musty light carmel scent. Taste doesnt improve on the scent much, metallic and some touches of butter and vegtables... these flavors burry an underlying nutty and grassy taste whith some brown sugar sweetness. Light bodied, spritzy. At first i thought it was off, but after reading the reviews, it may just not be anything more than an ok beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 15:52:44 | More by rfgetz
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is more golden than amber, extremely clear with a nice glow to the color. Firm white head that takes it's time.
Malt and lager yeast aroma. Semi-sweet and reminds me of typical Am. lager.
Mix of malt and fairly prominent bitterness. Some sweetness and hints of caramel. A blander malt flavor lays on the tongue and helps prevent excessive bitterness. Some sips hold nice hop flavor, particularly from the hallertau.
Drinks like a typical Am. lager, except a little heavier. Fully carbonated with prickly bubbles.
This drinks just fine. More of a summer beer than a contemplative ale. but it would do in a pinch. Has hint of Sam Adams Lager.
Given to me by my brother-in-law for my birthday. Thanks Mark.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 17:50:01 | More by garymuchow
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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
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Redrover

Illinois

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

12 oz brown bottle with cool raised letters on the glass & an attractive label. Now if they would freshness date them..

Pored into my SA pint glass, the beer is a dark gold with copper highlights. It has a large initial beige head that reduces to a skim.

The aroma is of fresh bread, grains, a hint of fruit and a bit of hops (citrus).

The taste is well balanced. It is slightly sweet and grainy with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not a world changer, but glad to see this solid of an offering and I hope it finds an accepting audience amongst the BMC set.

The mouth is pleasant with active carbonation.

This is an easy drinker and would be a good crossover beer for just about anyone. Its not geeky, but is well made with no obvious flaws or shortcomings.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:41:11 | More by Redrover
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by August 27, 2012:

In a pint glass (also had in a pilsener, only change was a two finger head in the pilsener):

A: golden yellow body gave a small one finger white fizzy head. Minimal lacing was left with some rings around the glass. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: basicly hops and malts, nothing special and nothing that stood out as amazing.

T: pretty much the same.

M: light to medium with moderate carbonation felt

O: this is a mediocre beer. Nothing stood out to say I need to have this again immediately.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 13:15:05 | More by BeerKangaroo
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