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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 1067
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.88%


Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: garymuchow on 08-30-2002)
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellowish amber. Decent head leaves decent lace.
Smell: Lemon, honey, biscuits, caramel.
Taste: Malty, honey, biscuits, lemon.

Not bad at all. It has a nice warming taste and feel to it. There's a caramel, malty trait to both the smell and the taste. I wouldn't get this again, however, it was certainly enjoyable. There are better out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:22:53 | More by TeamMathis
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Came as part of their Autumn Sampler. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper in color with a 1-finger foamy off white head but doesn't last too long. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Tiny streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass but not over carbonated. The aroma is of some malts with a slight hint of caramel. The taste is about the same with a slightly dry finish. Doesn't have a bitter or harsh aftertaste though. Not as bad as some others make it out to be really..

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:57:20 | More by BeerWithMike
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Beric

Indiana

3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 28 December 2013

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so can't really comment. Nice cap though with the Bavarian flag in honor of the Oktoberfest's origins.

Smell: The smell here was rather muted. Unlike the Sam Adam's Oktoberfest which you can really smell well, this one was comparatively weaker. Still hints of maltiness coming through the nose though.

Taste: Really not bad. Malts were sweet but not overpoweringly so, with a hint of caramel being picked up. No off flavors and no harshness. Tastes like an Oktoberfest- nothing really notable or special about it in either a positive or negative way.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel throughout- excellent carbonation that doesn't get thin as you drink the beer.

Overall: This is a mid-tier American Oktoberfest that is widely available in the midwest. I would likely choose Sam Adam's Oktoberfest over this if I was buying large quantities of this beer style, as the nose and malt flavors are a little better than the Leinie's offering. Pales in comparison to the German examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 18:16:12 | More by Beric
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soju6

Missouri

3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a moderate head and bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, bit of caramel sweetness, fruit and citrus. Taste of malt, some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, smooth but a bit short on flavor. Decent beer, but hoped for a bit more character.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 15:42:54 | More by soju6
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Good looking clean and clear copper color with plenty of visible carbonation. The 1-plus finger head, off-white, tapers to a film and leaves good lacing.

S- Bready, caramel, some spice. Some evidence of AAL-type graininess.

T- Caramel, mild hops, and some Munich-esque malts.

M- The body, hops, malt , and spiciness are all ok, just a bit less than other varieties. Not bad, though.

O- It's ok by me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:22:41 | More by NiceTaps
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a generic kitchen glass. Nice label art. Reviewed from notes; I didn't review in an ideal environment so my notes are a bit truncated. Best before 12/02/13. Twist-off cap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head which is disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Bad retention (less than a minute). Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and what little there is doesn't stick for very long.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Honey, nectary notes/hop character, caramalt, munich malts. Grains. Sticky. Pretty standard festbier build. Some residual sugars lend it a sweetness. Hopping is minimal. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Tame. Clean yeast character. Honey. Nectar. Floral hops - though they have a minimal presence. Grainy. Munich malts. Caramalt. Simple but balanced. No real subtlety. It's on the sweeter side. A good build for a marzen, but far from exemplary. Average depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. I like it in spite of its painful simplicity (it's even more simple than most marzens).

Mf: Smooth, wet, sticky, chewy. Good carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Clean. A biteen too thick. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent presence on the palate. Okay body.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I like it; this is a surprisingly decent brew considering it's made by Leinenkugel's. Hides its ABV well. I'll happily kill this 6er, and it's a good value option in this style. Stays within style conventions for the most part.

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Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:27:29 | More by kojevergas
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, clear brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam hat gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I do get faint, and I mean faint, notes of malt, pretzels, caramel and clover. But very faint.

Taste: Very malty up front, with some nice caramel-like sweetness finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Nice and malty and nicely balanced with hops. Good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:41:05 | More by Jeffreysan
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Johnroby

Ohio

1.95/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up in a mix and match section at Fresh market. After one drink it tasted like I was drinking a lite version of an Octoberfest beer, tasted watered down very disappointed as Leinenkugels usually puts out good beer. Even Yuengling tasted better than this

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:56:30 | More by Johnroby
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CCBrewCO

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nope, not a fan, opening smelled of wet dog, mouth feel was fine at first, but lingered a hoppy sourness that was off putting.

Would not but a six again, glad I got it as a single bottle. Wasted $1.99

I was expecting much more having seen a lot of marketing for this brewery's beer's but I feel let down on the hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 16:42:53 | More by CCBrewCO
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 12/16/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring and forgettable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:13:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and mostly has flavors of toasted malts along with hints of caramel malts and spicy hops. A faint amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a "lite" version of a German Oktoberfest—it has the proper aromas and flavors but seems to be watered down.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:51:29 | More by metter98
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AAG

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an ice-cold 12oz bottle into a room-temperature stein.

Appearance - Light copper in color; about a 1-finger frothy head initially that settled very quickly and dissipated almost entirely; translucent; attractive appearance; frothy lacing continued throughout the beer.

Smell - Minimal smell; caramel, bread-like; difficult to detect; reminds me of a Sam Adams Winter Lager

Taste - Not bad, overall; tastes like caramel; initially, sweet caramel taste that transitions to a bitter/sour aftertaste. Not as rich as I would have liked for a Marzen.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant, smooth; not too bitter.

Overall - An average Marzen, overall. I wouldn't necessarily seek this beer out again but it is drinkable and appropriate for a nice fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:49:34 | More by AAG
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The cream-colored head is about one fingers high and has a decent frothy texture, but also has poor retention. Despite the low duration, it still leaves behind a decent sheet of lacing behind.

S: Mild. While it does have that sweet caramel undercurrent ever-so-prominent in the style, it really doesn't jump out of the glass at all. I also pick up a touch of cereal grain - just a touch thankfully. Simply put, the aroma doesn't impress.

T: Again, it's just tastes 'held back' for whatever reason. An initial wave of mild caramel sweetness is washed away by the bitter finish. This bitterness isn't hoppy, it's honestly kind of metallic and even a touch chemical. Basically, it tanks what was otherwise a bland, average beer.

M: No questions, it's easy to drink. The sweet finish doesn't expose any of the harsh flavors excessively, and vibrant carbonation helps it go down the palate swiftly.

O: The best part? I drank it without incident. Sadly, that just means this one is no good. Even if it was offered to me freely, I'd think long and hard about drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 19:12:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deeper amber color with a one finger pure white fizzy head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, consisting of a bit of a lightly roasted bready smell as well as aromas of caramel and toffee.

Taste – The taste begins with a strong caramel and lightly toasted bready flavor. These flavor create the bulk of the taste and remain rather constant throughout the taste. Other sweeter flavors come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, consisting mainly of an apple and pear flavor. Along with the fruit, comes some spice flavors as well as a bit of a grassy flavor. These tastes take the taste to its end, leaving a rather sweet and lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are appropriate for the style and match the sweeter, lightly roasted, and spiced flavors of the brew quite well.

Overall – A decent Oktoberfest that is a bit on the sweeter side. It’s alright, but noting super exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:23:05 | More by Darkmagus82
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slusk

Virginia

2.81/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: On the lighter side of copper, crystal clear. 2 finger white head with a decent head retention.

Smell: Mild caramel and bready notes with a malt forward aroma with the lightest hint of hop.

Taste: Not a bad beer. The first taste had some caramel and malt notes with a bready after taste. The body I found on the weak side, missing the richness I perfer in a 3B. Overall not bad but not the best either.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a mouthfeel bordering on watery.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I wouldn't send it back if I ordered it, but I'd ask what other ambers they had before I ordered it again. Lacks the character I look for in an Oktoberfest. I think a larger malt bill could help.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:21:38 | More by slusk
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 10-01-2013
Freshness: Best by 01-06-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, screw-cap
Glassware: Frankfurt mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Very large off-white head, on a bright and clear copper beer. Head retention is good.

S: Aromas have bready malts and some earthy hops.

T: The taste features semi-sweet caramel maltiness with light hop notes.

M: Average carbonation and a medium body. The finish is of caramel malts with a light bittering from hops.

O: Pleasant and easy drinking, if not very remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:45:38 | More by sommersb
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Zorro

California

3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells of toasted grain and caramel with a herbal and grassy hop aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with flavors of toasted grain and caramel. Herbal and grassy hops with a slight lemon taste. Slight flavor of burnt sugar. Yep it tastes like a Märzen.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent Märzen. Not the best of its kind but I wouldn't refuse one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:47:21 | More by Zorro
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Nice copper with good white head, excellent laces
S - Caramel malt
T - Light body, caramel with slight graininess, notable carbonation
M - Thin, not much malt
O - not a traditional Marzen, OK for one or two watching a football game

Poured in a 16 oz pint glass at McMichael's Pub, Gloucester City, NJ

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:21:15 | More by EBeckett3
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beer272

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - golden color, nice lacing , very clear. Good carbonation. Weaker carbonation towards end, however nice lacing down the whole glass.
S - nothing outstanding.
T - OK, nice balance between low alpha hops and malt.
M - good body
O - OK, might have one once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:36:27 | More by beer272
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is WAY good for the money, but you can tell that it's the cheapest Oktoberfest you can get your hands on in the US. It's got nice lacing, but the head doesn't last long. The colour's even almost copper, but on the lighter side. You can taste a mild sourness common in cheap lagers. It kind of tastes like if you took a good marzen and poured some cheap Walgreen's lager into it. STILL, it preserves a lot of the things I like about marzens, which are some of my favourite beers. Fall is my favourite season for beer. It's got a rich, toasty flavour and a really nice blend of malt flavours, cheap-tasting malt, but still, very well blended. It really tastes like a marzen. The hops, too, taste genuinely like the hops a marzen should have. They're barely, there, just as they should be, but what flavour profile they provide is more than just a bittering agent. They add a bit of flavour, themselves. This is a great buy for the money.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:34:28 | More by ElCommodoro
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tclub

California

4.21/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleased with this beer. It left the impression of eating fresh baked bread on a cold autumn evening. To me, considering the style, I think it is a very good tasting beer. It's not overpowering, or watery. It's just a good sessionable beer that I will definitely be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:14:25 | More by tclub
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber or light brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a little foam blanket on the surface. Very sparse lacing mostly quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Lightly roasted malt, and a little oak. Not much else.

T: Peaty and woody malt grains. Cheerios. Bitter tea leaf.

M: Kind of shallow. Little aftertaste except a light, chalky bitterness.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Decent head, no real lacing though. Nose is roasted grains with a bit of a woody character. Peaty and woody with a little bitterness. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 20:55:16 | More by bmwats
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

1.64/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: A very dark copper color with some head evident around the surrounding of the glass. There is also some on the surface of the beer. The beer also bubbles furiously. Looks appropriate to beer styling.

Smell: Has a bodied aroma to it, but it reminds me of Budweiser. Not a very good start. I don't smell much of anything related to malted hoppiness.

Taste: Not very much hops or malt in the way of taste. This still makes me think of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: There is a high level of carbonation in this beer with some medium thickness. They somehow actually benefit each other nicely. I can't complain about mouthfeel.

Overall: I am a big fan of Leinenkugel's beers, but not this one. I don't thick they hit the mark when it came to a marzen beer. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:39:54 | More by Fergyx825
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The-Sud-Truth

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: Poured from a can into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Faint amber with fair lacing and a quickly disappearing head

Smell: Standard malt with hints of lemon

Taste: Well blended malts with no single flavor outstanding over the others. Full without much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very good for this category; Full and blended with a hint of tingle.

Overall: A reliable seasonal beverage that I would go back to. Not the best in the category, but it does not pretend to be something that it's not. Easy to drink. Would enjoy best with friends on a Saturday afternoon in September.

Serving type: can

09-04-2013 00:40:57 | More by The-Sud-Truth
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by date of DEC0213. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, and a little bit of hops. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all toasted malt, caramel and some hoppiness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Not a bad Oktoberfest brew, but not one of my favorites either. Still, I think it's worth trying. Got this as a single at my local Kroger.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:08:59 | More by bluejacket74
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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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