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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest

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Ratings: 1066
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.88%

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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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Photo of 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
Photo of Naaberle

2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at a chain restaurant. Not sure how long it sat before I received it but it was still quite cold.

A: Medium orange amber with a lace of foam on top, no thick head.

S: Smelt slightly metallic and bread-like.

T: Minimal bitterness which was a plus, but had a metallic taste to go with the smell. Had to work pretty hard to get any deep flavor out of it. Slight nuttiness emerged halfway through as it warmed.

M: Watery, but had a nice quick finish with no lingering after taste. Also very dry finish.

O: Mild beer with subtle flavors. Would try again, but not go out of my way to acquire.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 04:51:58 | More by Naaberle
Photo of BrownAleMale


2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz on tap poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance- Nice acorn color with very little white head that fizzels away quickly.

Smell- Nothing to speak of but since it doesn't smell rancid that is a plus.

Taste- Sweet breads malt, but not much depth here at all. Very generic feel.

Mouthful- Light and watery like I would expect from a Miller product.

Overall- The taste isn't terrible, but nothing special here especially for the style. Could be a session beer at a bar with a sad beer selection, or in my case, the best option at the casino.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 12:45:35 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of Lemke10


2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Wedges in Janesville, WI in the Fall of 2011. It was a 12 oz glass for $3.

Poured a clear amber color with a decent light head. Scent was mostly that of malts and wheats, but much more dry and crisp smelling than those used in summer beers. Has a crisp and clean taste to it. Malts, wheats, and spices were decently mixed together. However it was fairly watery, especially when I've drank probably 15 other Oktoberfest beers. It was a good drink and went down fast but yeah it was too watery and the taste was about average. I know this stuff sells great in Wisconsin but even I'll admit that there are far better tasting Oktoberfest beers our there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 04:09:24 | More by Lemke10
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a surprisingly decent clear glass at Comerica Field, watching the Tigers play out the rest of their clinched division title season...

This beer appears a clear golden orange/amber hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bready, nutty malt, and weedy, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet nutty malt, a bit of cleaning product-tinged booze, and earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes with a drying nutty graininess, and more of that medicinal edge.

A bit too much off-flavours to enjoy with a critical eye - of course, for baseball and fireworks watchin', it was all right.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 05:44:23 | More by biboergosum
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


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

poured into a non-chilled mug by the bartender.

Appearance: goldish orange bodied beer with a white head that goes down to a ring around the top of the beer.

Smell: Bready malts and yeast.

Taste: Nice maltiness that biscuity and bready. very mild hops that add a faint spiciness to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. Really easy drinking. Crisp and clean finish.

Overall: Drank this beer with dinner tonight. I was in the mood for a marzen and it was fairly decent. Better than my expetations! $2 draft can't go wrong!

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 02:24:33 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of jdspears41


3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love oktoberfest brews and had this on tap in Chippewa Falls WI, so I know it was fresh. Leinenkugels has some great beers but I feel this is one of their average beers.

A- Looked like most oktoberfest beers, nothing special.

S- Strong Hops and pleasing. Not something I want to sniff all day

T- Basic taste, nothing to write home about, I have had better Oktoberfest beers.

M- Meh not much to say about it, normal feel and after taste

D- I can have a couple of these here and there. I wouldnt buy a six pack of them though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 03:14:16 | More by jdspears41
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on tap at chili's in princeton nj.

Poured a clear amber color with a small just off white head. nice clarity to it with some brownish red hues. Aroma was muted a touch, but caramel, peanut shells and even some lager yeast came through. the flavor was nice and light, easy to drink with a nice malty backbone. light hops and just bitter finish. mouthfeel was spot on with carbonation, though it didnt have the umph to let me know this was an oktoberfest and not just an amber. overall its good, and probably my favorite leinenkugel beer they make, though its simple.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 12:18:51 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light brown orangish color. The beer had a good head and lacing throughout, it was actually very surprising for a Leinenkugel's beer :)

S: Mostly like light roasted malts and bread... maybe sourdough. no spice or hops in the smell.

T: The beer has a taste entirely different from the smell. It is hoppy and a bit spicy. Not much malt at all was to be tasted. (The carbonation effects the taste in this direction, it is much to strong) Slightly above average tasting brew.

M: A bit watery and light. The carbonation was too strong/harsh... not really sure how to explain it, but it was rather unappealing.

D: had several pints of this one last night. I would say it is quite drinkable... nice to finally taste something decent from Leinenkugel's. They do not have a good reputation in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 23:08:27 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

lienenkugels o'fest

a 3.5 two finger head atop a clear orange amber body. the bubbles are fairly large, but the ring left behind is surprisingly persistent and there is even a bit of spotty lace (for maybe a minute).

s 2.5 toasty and even roasty malts are predominant. whoa, not used to roast in an oktoberfest.

t 3-3.5 smooth and very mild in the flavor department, a little lemon citrusy with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. it's like they used mostly neutral pale malts and threw in just enough of other sorts to achieve a passable color and aroma. in that light, adding a touch of heavily roasted malt would mean they can use a higher % of the pale malt they got such a good deal on? despite my cynical perceptions, the overall effect is surprisingly agreeable. my biggest objection is to the slight coffee bean essence (from the conjectured small addition of roasted barley) detectable in the aftertaste. really, they should have omitted the roast and used a few hops for bittering.

m 3.5 it does lean toward watery, but there is a slickness to it and the carbonation manages not to get in the way. this beer screams for it to be drunk quickly.

d 4-4.5 this fest was made for gulpin, so that's just what i'll do, but one of this days this fest is gonna ... now how should that end? it really did disappear from my glass at an alarming rate, even though i envision it having been conceived in a lab where the recipe was born of stingyness and cunning. looked at another way, it's like a decent soft drink sort of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 03:15:17 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Has a very nice amber color that is semi-transparent. Had virtually no head.

Smell: Has a very strong malt smell that is appealing to the nose and not overpowering.

Taste: Has a good malt flavor with just the right amount of hop kick. It's pretty smooth, but the flavors just aren't quite strong enough for me. In other words: Good, but a little bland.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body. Nothing to get in a twist over, but it's there.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is an Oktoberfest that I could certainly see myself getting again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 17:43:29 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of lester619


3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what the ideal marzen is supposed to be like. I know enough to know this probably isn't it. Looks alright when poured from the tap. Brownish, redish, mahogony translucent with not much of a head at all. Not too much of a smell either. Taste is alright, toasted carmel malt, bready notes, a little more of a hop bite would have pulled this beer together better. Mouthfeel is a little too fizzy and watery. Something this dark I would expect to be much more full bodied. All in all not awful beer, but I'm sure it doesn't belong in the category of a great Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 16:25:03 | More by lester619
Photo of supercolter


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Well I have to agree with the general consensus of reviewers. Not awful, but quite bland and not a good introduction for anyone to the marzen style. Appearance, ok not as coppery/amber as I would expect and looks a bit light. Smell is decent, slight honey with good caramel aroma. Taste, disappointment...kinda metallicy but very light and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 04:49:06 | More by supercolter
Photo of chetripley


3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can you say average? I can.

A- reddish brown , served on tap with 1 inch head dissipating quickly. Lacing hard to determine since it was a frosty glass and really cold beer.

S- spicy smell, what I expect out of Belgian ales.

T- good, dependable taste. Bubbly carbonation. Strong hop character but not enough malt flavor that I expect out of an Oktoberfest. Some lemon shows itself, but fruity balance quickly leaves and slightly unpleasant aftertaste followed by **snap** nothing left behind.

M-heavy enough for an Oktoberfest yet satisfyingly sparkly, due to pleasant carbonation.

D-Good enough, but attempts at German styles should be left to the Germans.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 04:03:44 | More by chetripley
Photo of jera1350


3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with minimal head. No lacing to be had.

Weak smell of malt and a hint of spice.

Taste is a bit watery. Sweeter malt dominates. Some spice is present and maybe a hair of pumpkin. Hops are really weak here.

Thin bodied, almost watered down, especially for the style. Needs a little more meat on its bones. Carbonation is a little harsh.

Not the worst beer to drink, but doesn't really match the style. Doubtful I would have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 21:29:21 | More by jera1350
Photo of xfactor9600


3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Reddish copper appearance with the usual Leine short lasting ring of foam. Virtually no lacing.

S) somewhat autumn like in smell. I'd describe it as "gritty" if that were an actual smell.

T) Somewhat different from other Oktoberfest offerings from other breweries. More of a light chocolate flavor mixed with hops taste.

M) Carbonation was decent. I did not observe over-carbonation.

D) Overall, an okay offering. Nothing spectacular by any means, but more than I was expecting after the Summer Shandy summer offering.

Serving type: Glass

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2008 19:16:43 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of DackAchan


3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Good look, rich golden amber with a nice 1 finger head that turns lacey and sticks around the edges.

S- Okay smell, slight malt smell to it.

T- Not rich in tastes, malty taste to it but nothing else distinguishable.

M- Light beer for an octoberfest, nothing special.

D- Okay drinkability, not a beer I would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2007 13:19:35 | More by DackAchan
Photo of terrabyte


2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at a restaurant. Was delivered by the waitress with no head. Color is a clear copper color. Not as dark as I expected.

It had a slightly sweet floral aroma, followed by lager malts. This is octoberfest?

Tasted like a generic lager, slightly sour, slightly sweet with honey, flowers, and some fruit. A hint of caramel towards the end, but no spices. The aftertaste breathed a hint of spices.

It was quite carbonated, a little oily. This was quite drinkable only in fact that I was eating food. By itself, it lends nothing to a highly drinkable beer.

A very disappointing Octoberfest. I didn't think slapping a label on a beer is all it takes to make an Oktoberfest is it? Way too bland, tastes like a macro with a bit of artificial flavorings. Without a label, people would be all over the map trying to nail the style. As a lager, I would have given it an "Average" for taste, but masquerading as an Oktoberfest, I give it a "Not Impressed".

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 16:04:51 | More by terrabyte
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2006 19:59:07 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not an Oktoberfest. It is a slightly maltier version of a pilsner. The aroma is almost non-existent, the taste is bland, with only a faint malt. Drinkability is slightly above average because it doesn't have any negative distinguishing features. An average beer all around, more interesting than a typical BMC but not nearly as interesting as a typical micro beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 20:20:05 | More by CH3CH2OH
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good try at a Wisconsin Okto that is hamstring by megabrew constraints. Decently golden brown color and foamy head. A nice amber malt character, but nothing that says it’s anything but a lager with a few darker grains thrown in. No real faults as a beer, but Oktos are too easy a style to go bland in.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 15:34:24 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Gusler


3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber in color, the head is beige, the lace is adequate. The nose is caramel, sweet, malt and quite pleasing. Front sweet, the top is light to moderate, the finish is lightly dry, middlingly acidic, basally hopped, drinkable, but nothing to get excitied about as with most of "Lennies" beers. Does not rank on my current 1000 beer master list.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2002 13:41:06 | More by Gusler
Photo of 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
Photo of BeerWithMike


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
Photo of Beric


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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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.