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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by garymuchow on 08-30-2002

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Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber with 1 finger of fizzy off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, brown bread, and brown sugar with a touch of pear and green apple.

Caramel and brown bread with dashes of brown sugar. Sweet Pilsner malt and honey with a hint of earthy hops, green apple, and pear.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

A surprisingly well-rounded Oktoberfest. The slight touch of green apple off-flavor sort of works well with it.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Part of Leinie's mix pack. Wasn’t expecting much, so I wasn’t disappointed. A rather average interpretation of the style. They didn’t even get the ABV right...

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Willie Becker glass.
Pours ruddy gold with a half-finger of fine head. Clear.
It smells lagery and dull. Bit of sweet malt.
Oh wow! It tastes fairly pleasant. I haven't been impressed by ol' Jacob, and I don't like Oktoberfests, but this is swell. Malty and round, with a smack of baking spice.
Drinkable and pleasant, with great malt backbone. Dryish endtaste.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a nice auburn marzen, but smells pretty bland. Has a weird sort of bitterness/sweetness battle going on with a background that tastes somewhat like rye bread. Feels standardly light. Overall this was ok. It's probably the last Oktoberfest I'll drink this year, and one I'll probably not pick up next year. I see no point when better American Oktoberfest options like Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest or even Shiner Oktoberfest are out there.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.25] Really nice red tinted color. Pours out with 1+ fingers of dense white head. This looks really inviting in the glass. The beer is a pretty color of red and the head has nice retention. The bottle does not list the ABV but does have a best by (11/02/15).

S: [2.75] Kind of a traditional "lager scent" corn, creamed corn, maybe a hint of caramel. The nose is pretty weak.

T: [2.75] Follows the nose. Has a bit of a malt front end while still presenting the corn trype taste. There might be a bit of caramel sweetness but it is not much at all.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel is pretty decent. Smooth on the palate with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is kind of a highlight.

O: [2.75] Not a good representation of the style. I like a malt forward Oktoberfest with strong caramel notes. This is like a standard macro lager with a tiny amount of caramel added. There are way better Oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Such a pretty beer, check out the neat pour, auburn, deep, good ploughy head to it. Just whatcha want in the appearance, aroma, I dunno, all oktoberfests seem to just have a little amber or vienna malt thing going, sometimes nuts or toffee, this one was just plain as can be.

Taste, really to style I guess, I hate to be that guy, but it is real mellow. I don't take any hop presence out of it, very chill, smooth. Fair amount of sweetness. Everything is in a minimalistic way about this beer, except for the sweetness. Not a bad beer, but at almost $8 a 6pack, there are so many better options.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: November 25, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner pilsner... OCCASION: Thanksgiving executed well and without issue... APPEARANCE: the typical dark orange body with limited effervescence but mostly clear...head diminishes quickly to a foamy eighth-inch off-white ring; lacing is sporadic webbings... AROMA: faint caramel to start; malts are understated; little traces of hops--too simple?.... PALATE: light, slick, soft body that finishes with some fizziness but a blunt, short aftertaste...definitely a drinkable, sessionable beer suited for a warm Thanksgiving such as this... TASTE: burnt toast mixes with caramel to forward a malty experience, though the taste itself is subdued and retreating...little in the way of hops, as suggested by the aroma--sweet without a hint of bitterness...OVERALL: not much to distinguish this from, say, most other fests during the season...not an insult, but notable nonetheless for not being notable... does pair with salty hor d'oeurves and is unobtrusive in its presence...

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a little plastic cup on a Southwest Airlines flight

Clear copper, thin white foamy head

Aroma of malts, bread, sweetness

Taste of malt , hint of sweetness, no

Light beer

Ok for 30,000 feet no need to fasten your seatbelt

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Handsome orangey amber brew with plenty of foam. Just a whiff of malt. It smells like a typical American lager. Sudsy and sharply carbonated on the tongue. More of the club soda taste than malt, but there’s a touch of sweet grain flavor. There is a resiny hint and a faint bitterness in the finish. The caramel note gives it a little more interest than a regular light lager.

From the 12 oz can courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
2.34/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I hate when people are biased going into a review because a beer is from either a macro or a micro brewery. That makes no difference to me.

That being said, pretty much like I had a Märzen style bud light.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decided to share a 6-pack bottles with my wife on a Thursday in October. Nice & easy drinking for a fall night.

Poured dark red. Tasted malty & light.

Not bad. Tis the season!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, date stamoed DEC0715
A - highly carbonated copper body with a thin ivory head
S - malty and sweet; caramel, toffee, spicy, earthy
T - nice nutty toasted grain, caramel, toffee, earthy & spicy hops, a bit metallic
M - light-to-medium body, overly carbonated with a clean and very dry finish
O - not my favorite Märzen, but it's ok.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear, light copper, golden hues. Well-retaining off-white head. Smells very strongly of bread, sweet maltiness, and even alcohol. More so grain and than bread or caramel on the palate, but an underlying sweet and tart flavor is there. A bit boozy as well. Barely bitter at all in the finish. Light-to medium-bodied, easy drinking, kind of sudsy. Märzens aren't my favorite, and this isn't my favorite Märzen, but an okay brew nonetheless.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.7/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting light caramel colored beer with a sweet malty tasty. Out of the October beers I have tried I so far feel this is the best,get 6 pack you'll be happy you did.

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Photo of Soneast
4.06/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just beautiful. Crystal clear, golden towards the bottom of the glass gradiating to copper toward the top, with a nice white 1 finger cap of foam. Certainly can't fault it on appearances.

The aroma isn't awful either. Just a nice toasty malt note. Reminds me of slightly toasted white bread, with a sweetish back end.

The flavor pretty much follows suite, a nice slighted toasted bread flavor, with a mild caramel note, the finish isn't overly sweet, ending on a fairly dry note for a marzen, not leaving any residual sweetness like I expected.

I dunno I don't really see anything wrong with this beer, it's not a bad marzen by any means. Crisp, light, easy drinking. I mean, sure it's brewed by leine's so easy to hate on, but I truly think it stands up decently to other representations of this style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Having just finished a Shiner Oktoberfest, I'll do a largely comparative review.

Appearance - Very clear orange-brown body that's a shade lighter than the Shiner. The head is larger but much less durable, settling to a thin top coat in less than 2 minutes. A sparse amount of visible carbonation rising to the top.

Aroma - Less hop forward than the Shiner, with a solid, sweet maltiness that carries a hint of caramelized sugar.

Flavor: Lightly sweet; sweeter and less hoppy than the Shiner but a more pleasing flavor mix. Clear hints of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it should be a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel - The beer is medium-light in body, approaching watery but not quite there. The carbonation is light but OK for this beer. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a decent marzen but leaning towards the lighter side in both flavor and feel.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 11/2/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a nice oktoberfest style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 4-finger cream-colored head over a crystal-clear body of orange/amber, minimal visible carbonation

S - caramel sweetness, grain

T - caramel sweetness, grain, slight earthy and metallic notes; bland

M - somewhat slick, light body, medium carbonation

O - pretty boring overall; could use more flavor and body; not a great representation of the style

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing overwhelmingly good, but wasn't bad at all. Had its Amber/lager taste, with not any adjunct taste leinenkugels tend to have. I could put down alot of these but they are forgettable nevertheless.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to a tulip glass.
Look was light orange amber.
Smell was of malt and little else.
Taste followed smell with malt and some bitter biscuit.
Feel was a bit thin.
Overall it was mostly like drinking a lager or amber. Not like a Marzen.

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Photo of Ri0
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Clear amber color with a 1 finger white head. Very light, sweet caramel aromas from the malts. Not much for hops. This is an poor example of an Oktoberfest. It is too light and could use more overall flavor.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly not much of an Oktoberfest brew smell to it when you open the bottle. Pours a nice Dark orange color with a thin head. Lacing is there, just not much. Actually looks kind of flat but still has carbonation throughout the tasting process. Initial taste is fairly flavorful but appears to be lacking that fully rich malty taste of an Oktoberfest. Very drinkable though. Overall, It is a descent beer, it just is missing that extra little something in flavor that I like in an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Second version of the style this week. Nice copper tone with small amount of lacing that remains until the end. Nice amber taste on the tongue with a slight hop finish. Decent beer. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.99/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from the bottle so i can't comment on the looks.
The smell was very disappointing. It smelled like any cheap lager-style beer you can find. Nothing special to note of it.
Surprisingly, it tasted better than it smelled. Medium bodied, thicker lager feel, bland and grainy. Nothing to set it apart from other cheaper beers.
Feels smooth, easy to drink if you don't mind the taste. Not heavily carbonated.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice reddish- amber color. nice foamy head but doesn't last. minimal lacing. highly carbonated. good flavor. on the lighter side for an Octoberfest for still delicious. Not heavy. Goes down smooth. May not be typical Octoberfest but I could drink this in summer or fall.

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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