Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 237 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: garymuchow on 08-30-2002

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Reviews by witster18:
Photo of witster18
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Usual malty profile for the style. A slight astringency at the start is mellowed midway by a decent balance of hops and malt. Little aftertaste and light on the mouthfeel.

A very drinkable yet uneventful OFest.

Hints of Caramel and Chocolate, but with a slightly sour start.

not bad..not great...wouldnt turn one down.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest brewed by Jacob LeinenKugel Brewing with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with flavor and grains. Nothing special so far. Now for the taste it is smooth with some burnt grains. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Leinenkugel's did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Appearance - Burnt orange in color. Thin head when poured into tbe mug. Head all but disappeared in a few minutes.

Smell - Bready, biscuity, a little toffee.

Taste - Malt with taste of "bread crust". Hint of tart cherry sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Thin with a dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Not the best, not the worst. Drinkable .

Photo of Urizen
4/5  rDev +25.8%

I think this is a damn fine Oktoberfest beer. Yes, as other's have noted it is not a heavy beer like most beers in this style. However, the flavor is great. It has a great head and looks beautiful in a glass. If I lived in colder climes I might have an issue with the lightness/wateryness of this brand, but if your October has temps in the high 80s and 90s, this beer is refreshing. It's the best "cheap" Octoberfest I can find anyway. Better than Sam Adams for sure.

Photo of wiscokid920
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%

A decent offering of an Oktoberfest. Has the traditional toasted and caramel malts, slight bready/nuttiness. A decent enough hop bitterness. The biggest knock I have is the mouthfeel. It's just not up to par. Too thin and watery. The classic aroma and flavor profile is there, but it just doesn't have the type of body necessary for the style...at least in my book.

Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,a brilliant bronze with a fluffy two finger white head atop.Aromas are clean and grainy with a tinge of iron.Flavors are too clean for the style with a little caramel sweetness but pretty basic.Eh it's clean and pretty light in the feel but it's not bad when out grilling in the great weather we're having here in NC.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When it comes to O/M I expected Lienie's to really deliver for some reason. Unfortunately this offering, while respectable, is definately a lightwieght. Light color, light aroma, light taste with some mentionable toasted character, fizzy mouthfeel. An all around average oktoberfest to be sure. It goes down smooth though. I think I drank 4 in one sitting.

Photo of blackearth
3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, orange-amber body with a thick, puffy white head. Aroma has some malt sweetness, but also an adjunct smell that reminds me of macro lagers. Corn maybe? Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonated bite. There are big, sweet toasted malt flavors from start to finish with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a decent beer, but nothing special about it at all.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my quest to sample some Marzen/Oktoberfest beers, I seem to have gotten into aa mediocre rut. This beer was not bad-looking, a copper color with a medium white head. After that, there wasn't much else to say about it. It had a faint malt aroma and a faint malt taste. I think there was a hint of hops, but I couldn't be sure. Not a beer I would want to drink too many of.

Photo of generallee
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It has a light amber color with very good clarity. It builds up a thick creamy head which is off white in color. The head has great retention and makes lots of slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has lots of leafy hops with sweet caramel and hints of toasted grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a mildly sweet buttery malt with some light toasted grain, mild caramel notes and a touch of spicy and floral hops. The palate has a slightly thin, slick and smooth texture with soft carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a nice easy drinking but average Oktoberfest.

Photo of tigg924
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, reddish-caramel in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and some bread

Taste: bread, toasted malt, and a strange but good mix of sugar and bittering hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An ok marzen, that is probably one of my least favorites from Leinies. The sweetness is not overpowering like some Leinie’s beers. This is true to style, but nothing really jumps out to differentiate this one. I will most likely pass on this in the future.

Photo of Mora2000
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet toffee and sugar with no real hops present. The aroma is much sweeter than I expected it to be. The flavor is heavy on the toffee with some biscuit malt also mixed in. There is a slight metallic flavor to the beer, as well as some grape and other fruit notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of deebo
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an Oktoberfest beer I've enjoyed over the last several years. Good to see it out in cans this year. This can is stamped with a December 31 2012 date

A-Pours a ton of large bubbled white head, a bit hangs on throughout the drink. This one is completely clear and amber in color.

S-Lightly toasted barley malt, clean lager aroma.

T-Slightly toasted malt. Fairly clean lager with just a slight bittering hop linger.

M-Carbonation and body are moderate and well done.

O-One of my favorite beers from Leines. An easy to drink simple yet solid Marzen. Lacks depth and richness but good drinkability. I like it, great for a Fall fishing trip!

Photo of ryanocerus
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average beer in general, but a weak Oktoberfest. The color was light amber and there was very little aroma. The taste was sweet and malty but very light. Might be a good entry Oktoberfest for someone trying the style for the first time after only drinking macros, but I like more flavor.

Photo of MattyG85
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich and lively golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and bready aroma with caramel and toffee. Some wheat cereal grains. Also some subtle hints of grassy hops and a little spice. Mostly bready malts.

Taste: Sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee. Lots of sweet cereal grains. Subtle hints of spice. A very light hint of earthy hops. Mostly sweet grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A decent lager overall but mediocre as a Marzen. Could of been more forward with the caramel and spice.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ADR
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber orange color, head thin and quickly down to a 1/8 inch. Very little in the aroma department. Decent malt flavor, mostly in a brown sugar range with peppery hops showing earlier than some Fests. Both malt and hop could be stronger -- in a point/counterpoint manner. Thin mouthfeel...Pretty average, but drinkable. May be one of "Leinie's" better efforts.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.55/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appears a light copper orange with a quickly dwindling white head leaves thin specks of lacing. Aroma has a strong metallic tone with weak watery caramel malts, and not hop profile to speak about. Taste is flooded with grainy notes more metal highlights alot of caramel but it comes of sour and acidic in nature. Mouthfeel has a watery feel to it very light bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability this isn't where it's at not just style wise it's a poorly constructed beer, drain pour.

Photo of FredTheSeal
2.15/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Brown/Orange in color. Off-white head dissipated quickly into big bubbles. No head or lacing after pouring.

S - Slightly malty with some astringency. Not as malty/complex as I expected from an Oktoberfest. No hop aromas.

T - Light malt and caramel flavor that dissipates quickly. Nothing special.

M - Light & thin mouth feel.

D - I'd say it's a session beer. Not real filling and goes down easy.

Overall I wouldn't get this if you are looking for an Oktoberfest.

Photo of guntherhophead
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very happy with this beer. I had it on tap first and something wasn't right(dirty tap lines) decided to try a bottle. Poured it and found it quite pleasant. Nice orange amber color with ample head at first then subsiding with not much lacing. the taste was somewhat spicey with malt up front and notes of grain(?) and caremel. Good carbonation. Overall a good session beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light amber brown body that is very clear with a small puddle of white film floating on top. There is a light carbonation of bug bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a pot caramel smell with a faint hint of toasted malt. No much depth to the flavor.

T- This beer has a watery pot caramel flavor this is the dominating flavor with a taste of cooked corn in the background. The finish had a light bitter hop flavor that was nice and pretty dry.

M- The mouthfeel was light and a bit watery with a slight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer didn't have a lot of depth but it was also not real interesting in flavor either. The pot caramel was the only real flavor and it was a bit off.

Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured a nice clear amber body with a one finger white head. Very nice and true to style. Scents of rich, sweet malt, a light toasted aroma and a very faint citrus. Overall impression is of a nice, clean Oktoberfest aroma, though the citrus is an odd touch, but not unpleasant. Flavor begins with a nice rich malty sweetness, moving into a nice toasted malt character with an extremely faint touch of lemonade. Middle continues these flavors but gets a little drier, with a very faint hint of alcohol present. Finish is medium-dry with a nice presence of toasted malt. Overall impression is of a clean, malty flavor that is balanced between rich malt and toasted malt. The lemonade flavors faintly in the background are not traditional, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Quite nice and very true to style. Overall this a decent example of an Oktoberfest. It stays mostly to style in most respects and what it does differently is not unpleasant and works with the flavor profile and aroma. Nothing spectacular, but good all around.

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a burnt orange. It pours a one-finger head that neither quickly nor slowly fades to a consistent, fairly thick foam that leaves a little thin lacing. It looks in the glass to be pretty heavily carbonated with lots of activity.
The aroma is mild and consists mostly of grains with a light malt and a mix of caramel and fruit sweetness. There's nothing overly astringent, tart, sweet, etc.
The flavor is consistent with an above-average attempt, though not special. The caramel sweetness is first with a nutty / burnt but not unpleasant effect. Fruits and grains are prominent as well, and there's a light hops presence. Certainly a step above a macro effort.
While some may say this one's thin, it's really not. A fairly good mouthfeel and even a little creaminess make this better than the watery brew some claim it is. Carbonation is light, especially considering the appearance, and the body is medium.

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, a thin off white head and a wisp of malt.
Not much to go on here.

If it's Oktoberfest, this is the safest version. Aimed not to upset anybody.

The finish is underwhelming but it is quite drinkable.

Believe it or not, I know that SAB/Miller/Leinie can do better than this timid "seasonal".

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.14/5  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.

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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