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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 16
Gots: 138 | 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:
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(Beer added by: garymuchow on 08-30-2002)
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1/5  rDev -68.5%

Patlee3324, Aug 05, 2014
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1.45/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Light orange-brown. Unappetizing rusty color. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. Thick head at first, but it melts down quickly into a thin membrane. Hardly any lacing.

S: Smells like a macro: vaguely alcoholic, with a hint of sweet malt.

T: Very watery with the barest hint of malt and almost no hops. Not flavorful at all.

M: Too much carbonation. Stinging bubbles.

D: No flavor, not worth drinking.

dananabanana, Oct 17, 2008
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1.53/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of scaliasux
1.53/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Clear amber, brown. Thick, soapy head that holds fairly well. Pretty good.

Smell - Very light malt odor. Too light and indistinct for style.

Taste - Spicy and caramel malt flavors. Quite sweet. Finishes sour. Alcohol taste seeps through. Not altogether pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Too thin, watery for style.

Drinkability - Ugh. I like the oktoberfest style especially in the fall, but this beer does the style wrong. Only the faintest hints of the style are present. Even more, the taste of this beer is actively offensive. You can have the rest of mine.

scaliasux, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of bashiba
1.58/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a very clear light orange with a thick white creamy head.

Smell was limited to a few hints of light malts.

Taste has just a hint of toasted malts with an odd sour mildew flavor that is not all good mixing in as well.

Mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation and a slight dryness to it.

The worst tasting Oktoberfest I have come across, to be avoided.

bashiba, Oct 02, 2005
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1.64/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

Fergyx825, Sep 07, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -44.8%

Jared-Gustin, Jun 21, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.8%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
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1.78/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a pale orange color that looks terribly overcarbonated. It smells weak and of watered down rice malt. Taste is quite bare too, very light and macro-esque. Perhaps a slight bit of malt flavor at the end, but perhaps thats the remnants of the beer I had in this before and did not properly wash out. Not a good beer, not at all.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Nov 24, 2008
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1.78/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As with most of Leinkugel's beers, this leans more towards a macro than a micro. It pours a clear copper color with a suddy light beige head. The nose is grainy with some spices. The taste is mostly weak malt and old hops. Body is light and fizzy. Not the best example of the style.

rye726, May 26, 2008
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1.88/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels is one of those breweries that hangs in the shaded areas between respectful craft breweries and evil microbreweries. I'm not sure how much rice and corn that Miller forces down Leine's process if at all, but I do still have some respect left for Leine's.

With that being said, I hope they cancel their failed attempt at an Oktoberfest. While Leine's does make some good beers, I'm convinced that this Oktoberfest was nothing more than their regular Leinenkugels lager with some food coloring. Way to go, Miller.

So if you like Leinenkugels original, of which I do find to be a pretty good lager, then you'll like this. Its just mis-labeled as an Oktoberfest.

BeaBeerWife, Dec 25, 2007
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1.88/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a hazed light copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twistoff cap. head went to about three fingers of light tan foam before collapsing down to a full shag rug of fine bubbles. Lacing is well represented on my beer glass walls as well.

Nose is a faint damp sweet barley malt. Palate is a major citrus bitter, so bitter as to take me by surprise. This is the most bitter Oktoberfest that I have ever had, it is so bitter as to be out of style. No trace of the damp sweet barley malt, none at all. This beer is so bitter it could pass for an IPA, and a poor one at that... Oktoberfest?... Not!

Shockingly bitter with good looks will not work here, not for me and maybe not for you either.

Code on the bottle neck

BeerBob, Oct 27, 2005
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1.88/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: More brown than an Oktoberfest should be, little head

S: Nothing here

T: Very little malt flavor

M: Water thin

D: Didn't finish

At one point I thought this was a decent beer so I was shocked to come back to it and find out how it compared to other beers I've tried.

kdpark, Sep 20, 2010
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1.9/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a mostly clear copper color with a small head. Strong aroma of grain. The aroma is a little herbal, and very unpleasant. This beer has that nasty wet carboard flavor with sugar and adjuncts. No toasted malt flavor. Maybe a little hop flavor, but it's hard to tell. This beer is pretty bad, even by macro standards. At least most macros have the sense to be bland. This is flavorful, but the flavor is nasty. Not a drain pour, but close.

beveragecaptain, Oct 26, 2005
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1.93/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. Fairly light amber color, finger of head that was quickly gone to nothing.
Smells like wet hay that did not quite make it into the barn before the rain and was then left out in the sun for a couple days. I am familiar with the smell but not from my beer.
Kind of tastes like a adjunct lager with an extra dash of barley. So if this was an adjunct lager it would have incredible flavor... but it is not. It is lacking in the maltiness of a Marzen.
It has a light body and is very carbonated.
Overall a poor attempt of the great Marzen style. Drink it if you want a more flavorful adjunct lager with a high level of carbonation.

Fatehunter, Oct 05, 2011
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1.93/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- bright clear burnt orange amber with a nice beige head and some hefty swirls of lace.

S- caramel malty and some grassy lemony hops and a toasted edge. Smell is rather diluted, tart, and a little skunky.

T- taste is of crap and chocolate water. Ok maybe not that bad but it is watery and cheap tasting, oddly bitter in the finish, with an out of place sweetness.

MF- full and creamy in the mouth thanks to certain carbonation, but the bubbles fade fast leaving a sugary water feel.

D- never been a leine fan, never gonna be. Their beers just don't do it for me and this one is going down the drain.

hustlesworth, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Johnroby
1.95/5  rDev -38.5%
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

Johnroby, Oct 23, 2013
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1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had low expectations, but didn't think it could be really be this bad.

Color is spot on for style - nice light amber. Aroma is kind of earthy. Things go downhill fast from there.

Fizzy, overcarbed bite to it. Sweet and yucky veggie like in the middle, and sickening grainy/metallic finish. O-fest? This is a definite No-fest for me. More like a Yuck-fest, bleh.

Chugmonkey, Oct 06, 2008
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2/5  rDev -36.9%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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2/5  rDev -36.9%

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.9%

Imsothirsty, Jan 27, 2012
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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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