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
Brewed by:
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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Photo of jamescarlton989
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of Jew4brains
3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

great beer for the price

Photo of bluto1998
3.86/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of tekstr1der
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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).

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this Oktoberfest pours a clear amber with a nice dissipating white head that leaves very light lacing. Nose of caramel and bread. Flavors follow a standard Oktoberfest with sweet breaded malts, light sweet caramel malts, and a barely detectable hop in the background. Light mouth feel. Decent for what it is, but not a lot of the more robust flavors associated with the style. Decent.

Photo of DustyC_123
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

This was not what I expected and was pleasantly surprised at the smoothness and flavor. Definitely a new seasonal favorite!!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

terrible that this tastes to me like the shandy. not sure if they put this on the same line or what, but man do i get a concentrated lemonade thing in here, which in any light does not belong in an octoberfest lager. the look is incredible. frothy soapy tall lasting pure snow white head with beautiful retention and lace as it drinks, i mean, it could not look any better for what it is, with the pale copper beer clear underneath. a little light maybe, and definitely light in malt on the flavor, especially compared to is german counterparts. there just isnt much base to this, thin and watery and oddly citrus forward but not from hops, tangy but not quite tannic. nice because its light but bad because it tastes nothing like the style is supposed to. no caramel or anything like that, not german cereals, and no yeast profile at all, doesnt even seem like a lager. the tang of the shandy lasts through the finish, and i would never guess this is an octoberfest beer in a blind tasting. fine for all day drinking though i guess if you dont know what its supposed to taste like. i was unimpressed.

Photo of TCJ0100
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass. Got this from a friend who was offloading his beer from his fridge.

Pours clean with about a half finger of head and looks the part of a Marzen certainly.

Tastes grainy and boring with no sweet or spice flavors. Actually smells better than it tastes as I get a hint more of the spices.

Feels watery on the mouthfeel and doesn't leave any lingering sweetness like better examples of the style do.

Overall pretty shite, definitely not worth picking up. Support another brewery if you want a good Marzen this is all talk and no delivery.

Photo of ordybill
3.56/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a sweet smell mixed in with the grain.
Appearance- this is an amber colored beer with a moderate white head.
Taste- Grain and malt, not bad but sort of run-of-the-mill.
Palate- Light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a dry mouth feel.
Overall- This is pretty good, not the best Leinnie's has produced but not bad.

Photo of jlindros
2.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear ruby tan color, little creamy head decent messy lacing.

Nose macro lager, sweet caramel, minerals, reddish malt, mild unhappy lager.

Taste big macro lager flavor, unhappy lager yeast, minerals, faint skunky like quality, big sweet caramel malts, bitter hop note but a bad bitterness somehow. Quite fruity too.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb

Photo of willsting8
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest is a decent marzen-style beer. It has a bit of a watery taste, but it doesn't water down the flavor of the beer all the way.

Photo of speedball33
5/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great taste! Exceptional! My favorite Oktoberfest beer!

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance - pours to a clear amber color

Overall - This is an average Oktoberfest. It is lighter than some Oktoberfests. This is a good beer to ease into an Oktoberfest but others are better. Needs more flavor.

Photo of WestHam973
3/5  rDev -5.7%

a little too much on the caramel flavor for me

Photo of btheluvdoctor
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

The mixture of caramel and malt really break out when you first taste this. My problem is all the other flavors that are also trying to break through. Just too much going on here.

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 HopBrad31
3/5  rDev -5.7%

an average octoberfest. It had a funky ester going on. almost as if it were brewed with an English Ale yeast at a high temp. kinda watery. maltiness and color were decent.

Photo of CKav
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%


A-Tan head falls fairly quickly with clear amber color

S- I smell some sweetness but not very appealing, a musty,earthy smell.

T- A metallic taste with some nutty sweetness; not too bad

F- This beer feels thin and watered down for the style

O- Not terrible but not worth having again. Maybe useful for people who are new to the style but I am sure there are better Marzens out there.

Photo of kkleu357
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sample at the lodge. Mild easy drinking beer. Some grain flavors. Light tan body. It’s ok.

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 AndyCassidy
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%


Photo of T-ruf
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Too watery than what is to be expected from a marzen.

Photo of Randygroves
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

I'm with wiscokid 920. Lacks any kind of maltiness for mouth feel. Looks and smells good just needs a name change. Not an Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a bright orange with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of earthy and nutty scents. The taste was very mellow but had some really nice Marzen style taste to it with a lot of nutty notes in the beginning with a very clean finish. Very nice, albeit simple.

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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