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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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 Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

tone77, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
2/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

OWSLEY069, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

AgentZero, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

Cyberkedi, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -3.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Haybeerman, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%

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 barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

puboflyons, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +9%

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 ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

ROGUE16, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

ZEB89, May 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev +21%

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.

woosterbill, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

rfgetz, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

mynie, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

KarlHungus, Feb 27, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -35.5%

smartassboiler, May 08, 2013
Photo of tigg924
2.38/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

tigg924, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Vancer, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2009
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

williamjbauer, May 16, 2013
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.