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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest

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Reviews: 478
Hads: 1,598
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 31.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 329 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garymuchow on 08-30-2002

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +0.6%
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 -24.8%
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 +12.5%
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%
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 +3.9%
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 +51.1%
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 +30.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +18.3%
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 Sconnie25
3.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a copper/ amber hue with very little head. Smelled of malt and a bit of hops. Tasted slightly malty and a hint of grain with a mild hop presence. Overall decent but there are better Oktoberfests out there.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +12.5%
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 -1%
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 -5.8%
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 +5.5%
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 +12.9%
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 -36%
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 +9.3%
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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Photo of Cannibalgasm
1.62/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with lots of lively carbonation. Head is an inch and a half of off-white color that retains itself for awhile and leaves some lacing.

S: Smells more like a domestic lager then an authentic Oktoberfest. You get faint aromas of sweet malts and some subtle fruitiness but there is not much to it. Has a rusty copper smell to it as well.

T: Not pleasant at all I feel like I just to a sip of a f***ing bud. You get some graininess and subtle sweet malt flavors but it is just boring and unappetizing.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is really nothing to it feels and tastes like bad water.

O: This is really just a domestic lager to me. I get absolutely none of the flavors I expect from an Oktoberfest. I would recommend staying away from this one as I got it for free and am still have a hard time finishing it.

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Photo of jblake4124
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

As soon as I cracked the bottle cap I was hit with what seemed like a bit of a skunky smell. The nose on this beer is poor, but not as poor as the flavor. No redeeming qualities, just a maltiness without any real flavors. Sampled this beer with a flight of three other Marzens at home, and it easily came in dead last.

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Photo of jamescarlton989
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a good Marzen, but the taste and body just aren't there. Its not horrible, though. It's a solid 3-star beer that i'd drink again if it were available, but i wouldn't buy it for myself or recommend it

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Photo of bluto1998
3.86/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent if it's what you can find, but there are many better Marzen style beers. It's in the ballpark but the definitely didn't hit it out of the park.

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Photo of tekstr1der
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours lighter gold/tan than expected for the style. Aroma is slightly off, a mix of some malt and a little skunky. I’d think I got a bad batch if other reviews weren’t also quite low. Taste is boring, feel is overcarbonated.

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Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
An extremely clear orange-brown. No head. A sparse amount of carbonation rises slowly to the top. Nice color and look. I would have liked some head on this beer though.

Smell - 3.75/5
A deep sweet maltiness, along with a hint of alcohol. The sweetness has a fruitiness to it. Also possibly caramelized sugar.

Taste - 3.5/5
Lightly sweet toasty maltiness, fruitiness, alcohol, some hints of hops. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it could have been a little bit stronger. The taste seems kind of watered down. Nothing fancy, just a good quality classic brew.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is light in body, perhaps getting close to watery (but not quite there). Moderately crisp. The carbonation is quite light but I feel this compliments the beer nicely, and allows the flavors to be experienced more. I would have liked a little more carbonation though.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall, this was a decent beer, but it lacked any head, was not super flavorful and was a little bit too watery (and Märzen/Oktoberfest beers are supposed to be full-bodied).

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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