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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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Offa

California

3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a reasonably good, basic lager, lke a slightly fuller, more bitter, vaguely more hoppy version of a basic American pale lager.

Amber-copper, it has a small-to-medium offiwhite head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and no lace.

Aroma is like a basic American pale lager but a bit different: grain, a bit more toasty than a pale lager; apple; light hints of citrus (lemon & orange), grass and metal.

The taste is toasty grain, hints of citrus, grass, metal. It has luight sweetness followed by light bit lingering bitterness that is a little on the unpleasantly sharp side. The hoppy bitterness is rather bland, with weak hop character, but has light citrus and bitter grass elements. It has a faint hint of thin caramel. I don't quite get the artificial citrus element that some seemed to complain about, but I can kind of get a sense of why people describe it this way. It certainly is not the strong, obvious (to me) artificial citrus of things like Leinenkugel's own Sunset Wheat or Lost Coast's Great White. Compared to some other basic, American amber/red lagers (like Dundee's Honey Brown, which I find far inferior to this), this is pretty good but like the others it really is little more than a more caramelly pale lager in character.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:32:02 | More by Offa
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allengarvin

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 03:58:22 | More by allengarvin
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JamesS

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light copper color, not as deep as I like, but the huge head and bubbles help, as well as the decent lacing. Malty scent, very sweet with that slight skunky aroma you get from macro lagers. Nice flavor, extremely sweet, mostly malt with just a slight hop bite and a slight skunkiness at the end. Very bubbly but not rough, goes down fine if overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 20:30:57 | More by JamesS
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Linebacker....

A- Pours a amberish copper color. Half finger white head dies instantly leaving no lace at all.

S- Light sweet malts. Hints of caramel and light toffee. Light metallic aroma as well. Hops were faded which made me think this keg was a little past its prime.

T- Sweet malts upfront leaning more toward caramel. The metallic aroma turned into a strong flavors about midway through to the end. Light hops in the backing are overtaken by a light toasted sweetness from the malts.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Sweet malts and metal left on the palate with the same pair leading long into the aftertaste. Flavor was sweet and malty...but bland and kind of faded. No real drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- This was a drinkable beer. I have had this a couple of times now and have grown to drink it. Although $1.25 for a glass is hard to beat. It's good for what it is and the drinkability is high for that matter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 04:41:10 | More by alleykatking
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Phelps

Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Classic Amber comes out of the bottle a lightly burnt-orange color akin to the label on the bottle. A fizzy white head makes a lot of noise, then disappears before you know what happened to it.

At first whiff I caught the fruitiness of green apples; the second time around I definitely was picking up more toasted barley, as well as wheat bread, walnuts, and a certain skunkiness I couldn't quite define.

I have to mention the mouthfeel, because I've been assaulted with fizziness. This is just tiptoeing the edge of painful.

The taste starts with a subtle red apple sweetness. No hops to speak of in either smell or taste. In fact, little malts to speak of either. Sort of like drinking a watered-down sparkling apple cider, except with a dry finish.

Not bad, per se--just not in any way memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:18:31 | More by Phelps
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BeerSox

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a one finger white head that settles to an even cap.

Lots of toasty malt grains with a slight touch of herbal hop aromas.

The flavor has a very coffee-like toasty quality to it. Only a little bit of hop bitterness is there, without much flavor. Toward the finish the flavors become very dry, and the feel is a bit acerbic. Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

Nothing horrible, but I'm glad I didn't buy a full six pack of this (just got a single in a mix pack).

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:46:02 | More by BeerSox
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a classic amber colour with a thin fine head supported by some active carbonation. some sticky lace is left. sweet sugary malt aroma...obvious munich malt character...some caramel and brown sugar notes. smells nice. taste is more of the same as was the nose. light malty notes of sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread. a touch harsh in the hop department, not sure why it goes from from sweet to bitter so fast but i'm guessing it's the light weight body and watery mouthfeel that detracts from the attractive attributes that this leinies offers. this is a "classic" leinenkugel beer in that it runs the middle of the road and runs out of gas quickly. drinkability is ok. another beer with average to below average character.

a nice intro beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 00:37:59 | More by budgood1
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with a tannish colored head. Head has little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. A touch of caramel malts, bit of floral hops and a bread like smell.

T- Tastes of malt sweetness, touch of hops and bread.

M- Fairly light in body and on the higher side of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink there's just nothing really exciting going on here. Not bad but not good.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 14:00:44 | More by nrbw23
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Drew966

Florida

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

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber pours an amber color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I get mostly malt in the aroma with a touch of bitterness that doesn't smell especially hoppy. The flavor is malty, I get some biscuit like flavors. There is some bitterness, but the hops really are in the background mostly just adding balance. Decent, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:59:07 | More by Drew966
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee, and it's an excellent beer, especially as it was so fresh! It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is high. The aroma is sharp and minty somehow (must be the hops). Taste is well-balanced and hoppy, with a grainy, full character. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Lienenkugel's Classic Amber has a refreshing finish. I rate this one most excellent.

RJT

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 22:33:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

Golden brown color with smaller head. No lacing.

Sweet malt smell, some grain.

Tastes like a malted up macro. Big malts, grains, some corn. Not getting any hops here.

Average mouthfeel.

This would be an easy beer to session. I personally would not, but could see how others would.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 18:55:18 | More by jera1350
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear red/amber. Poured a one finger coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Overpowered by a big, sweet vanilla aroma right up front. Also wet grains and caramel.

T: Sweet vanilla, roasted malts and caramel. Lightly bitter finish wasn't sufficient to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Balanced carbonation.

D: Easy drinking considering its sweetness; probably not a session beer. I didn't get that hot alcohol taste like in some really sweet beers.

Another fairly good interesting beer from the north woods.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 18:58:54 | More by Haybeerman
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 15:56:43 | More by pmcadamis
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and "amber" as the title says. Medium head that leaves good lacing. Not bad looking at all, quite appealing.

I smell some hops, some weak malt and a little fruitiness, but none of it very strong.

Tastes nice but not outstanding. Some malts, a little hops and perhaps a wheaty taste that doesn't quite fit with an amber, but isn't bad. Slightly bitter aftertaste is kind of interesting and gives the beer some character.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry, not especially outstanding, kind of like a lager, but not bad at all.

Drinkability is pretty good, as this kind of dry but refreshing beer is very easy to drink after a long, hard day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 01:55:17 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one is totaly clear golden-amber color, plenty of lathargic bubbles stream to the top to create a vary spacious and clumpy, off-white head. slightly thin looking.

very herbal and spicey hops on the nose at first, rich and hearty aroma's, slightly medicinal and metallic in the back. slightly sweet amber malt, slight sour fruits at the end.

This is a slighty sweet and bready amber malt with a decent balance of spicey, herbal hops, not very coplex but not boring at first either. The herbal hops will become medicinal with traces of alluminum and will become a bit less appealing as it goes from a zippy feel to rather stagnent. a flat and bitter hop flavor is the finish.

I was excited to see a different Amber lager around, but it's not up to par for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 17:38:02 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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bmwats

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 22:20:48 | More by bmwats
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Barely any head and what suds that rise fade very quickly. The clear amber liquid shows no signs of life. You could not tell the difference between a fresh or a flat glass.

S- Faint. Corn and malt. Not much of much else.

T- Biscuity malts, some corny tastes and sweetness. Not much hops.

M- Light and lots of carbonation.

D- Goes down easy. Nothing that tastes terrible but pretty macro like.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 17:24:39 | More by MbpBugeye
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the summer mixed 12 pack. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent pale amber colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- very faint odor coming from this one. the first things i notice are toasted bready malts and a little bit of sweet caramel. a hint of nuttiness. earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste is pretty weak also. sweet caramel and toasted bread start this one off. a small amount of hard to distinguish fruits. theres an earthy/metallic finish.

M- light bodied and fizzy. theres a strange metallic aftertaste.

D- pretty unremarkable. this isnt one i could have too many of, and i dont think ill be going back for more anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 14:53:03 | More by jwinship83
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buschbeer

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 17:31:42 | More by buschbeer
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bsp77

Minnesota

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
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Light amber color, white head, decent retention, little lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is pleasant, well balanced, but by no means deep or complex. Cookie maltiness, grassy hoppiness, with the malts being more noticeable than the hops.
Light to medium bodied, a decent amber.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:49:18 | More by brdc
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A - pale amber, 1 finger head.

S - sweet malt with corn and grain.

T - sweet start from malt with hint of bitter in the finish.

M - light body, with average carbonation.

D - I didn't understand the hype behind this beer. It is just a dressed up macro offering. Not bad, but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 16:07:32 | More by BeerLover99
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:03:18 | More by tmoneyba
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katan

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Medium to dark golden brown colored. Clear and filtered. Head formation is very light and white in color. Not much retention, as it goes down to just a light film.

S - Nothing much here to speak of. I "think" there are some yeast notes latent in there, but not much else.

T - Starts off with the only malt notes that you can get, which are quickly overcome by a hard hitting yeast note. Tart and spicy. Finishes with a harsh grainy astringency.

M - Moderate to thin body for the style. Carbonation buoys the mouthfeel just a little, but overall its somewhat weak.

D - Easy to drink, ABV is manageable and the flavors are light. Carbonation is a downside here as I feel it becoming very filling and bothersome to the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 04:38:06 | More by katan
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold/amber,with a large head of white foam. Superb (and surprising) lace.

Aroma is yeasty, biscuity, bread.

Tastes mild, with a little nuttiness and bread. Some bitterness at the finish, so the hops are accounted for.

Drinkable, but overall a very average amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 06:17:27 | More by secondtooth
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