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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 13
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of Brenden


3.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

10-09-2009 16:23:36 | More by Brenden
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -16.8%

The body is deep copper-orange in body with a billowy beige head resulting from a vigorous pour. The head doesn't last very long though, and leaves very little lace behind. The aroma is sweet but very mild. It smells of cheap caramel, and is a little bit toasty. It tastes grainy with faint caramel character. Extremely mild bitterness in the finish. Crisp. Light bodied with carbonation approaching medium. It feels a bit watery and thin. A little bit more body would work to its benefit. Even if it's a bit bland, it's still drinkable. Nothing about it actually tastes foul.

I'll admit that I don't really have any experience with this style of beer, but there has to be better than this out there. I guess I'll find out for sure when the Sam Adams and Hofbrau hit the shelves at my local LCBO.

10-08-2009 21:13:20 | More by mintjellie
Photo of OzarkElmo


3.88/5  rDev +22.8%

From bottle. Pours a clear medium copper with medium white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and biscuit malt. Definitely more of a malt presence than hops, which is to be expected. Medium to full-bodied with a tasty, easy drinkablility. Lacing lasts throughout the crisp finish, with malt presence remaining. Overall an above average seasonal offering from Leiney's - CHEERS!

10-08-2009 00:28:57 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of ChopperSmith


3/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper/amber color with a one and a half finger foamy tan head. Didn't retain long but left some nice lacing behind.

Smell: A sweet toasty malt aroma with a very mild hop presence underneath.

Taste: Malty right up front with hints of toasted bread and just a hint of hops hiding in there somewhere. Nothing too exceptional, which is what I've come to expect from Leinenkugel's. It's not a bad seasonal beer, but I've had better Marzen/Oktoberfest beers.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with about as much carbonation as it should have.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, and with the low ABV it's an easy one to knock a few back, but it's nothing too exceptional for the style.

10-07-2009 22:38:37 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of blackearth


3.15/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-06-2009 18:06:57 | More by blackearth
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.83/5  rDev -10.4%

Aroma is malty and crisp with a yeasty undertone and a hint of fruit. It pours a nice dark golden amber with a fairly thick head that dissipates fairly quickly. Flavor is malty, but that is about it - the taste is strong, but not complex. Texture is rough and a little fizzy.

10-05-2009 02:22:18 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of crossovert


2.4/5  rDev -24.1%

A macro Oktoberfest, certainly something nobody should be rushing to try first, but I am going to review it now. Comes in a 12 oz typical Leinenkugel's themed bottle. The word Maerzen actually has the umlauts in it. Best by Jan 2010.

Pours similar to a Sam Adams Octoberfest with a rabid head, but in the end it is slightly darker than a typical Oktoberfest but not a bad looking beer, like the Sam Adams though it has the annoying soapy looking head.

The smell is very astringent like all Leinenkugel products it has a sharp nutty and sweet malt scent but it doesn't smell like an Oktoberfest, rather a Leine's Amber lager on steroids. It just smells like there are chemicals lurking in there, it is the Leinenkugel trademark.

The taste is bland and metallic. The malt jumps out at you first but it is flat and uninspired, the hops taste chemically and the wrong kind of bitter. Metallic notes all around, you can tell this bottle was rush produced.

The mouth feel is way to watery and the flavors seem to slip past the tongue leaving you with the weaker points of the beer to taste.

Overall it isn't a good beer at all, and yet one of the better Leinenkugel beers. One of the worst Oktoberfests/Maerzens out there, though I haven't had the Michelob one. The only way Miller can save this product is if they stop mass producing it.

10-01-2009 01:45:01 | More by crossovert
Photo of guntherhophead


3.78/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

09-28-2009 02:15:25 | More by guntherhophead
Photo of Mistofminn


2.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Sort of did a miniature "Oktoberfest Tasting" with my girlfriend and her family tonight. This was first up.

Poured into a standard pint glass, this one is a caramel amber color. Clear with a lively carbonation. An aggressive pour produces a slightly off-white head with surprising retention and lacing.

The nose is initially grainy and malty, but overall pretty mild. It is sweet mostly, but towards the end and as it warms up a light hop presence comes out to balance it. Pretty weak though.

The taste is surprisingly balanced. Starts out malty and sweet with a nice caraml malt backbone, then the bitterness enters and balances it out a little bit. There really isn't a bitter aftertaste at all, but you can tell it's there.

Mouthfeel is crisp, possibly a little over carbonated, but mostly it's clean and refreshing. Not too bad, but nothing impressive. Drinkability is surprisingly good. I haven't been impressed with Leinenkugel's beers in a while, but this is a solid drinkable beer.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest. I wasn't expecting much, and I actually got something out of it, which is a plus in my book. By no means a top tier beer, but a solid one none the less. Cheers, Leinenkugels!

09-27-2009 04:42:14 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of theirishdago


3.38/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a light amber typical of most oktoberfest beers. It had a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.

The smell isn't all that appealing. I can't really pick out any specific notes other than the malt.

The taste is the same way. A little malt backbone, and a pretty watery mouthfeel.

All-in-all not that bad but not that good. A good starter beer for anyone getting into the oktoberfests, moving up from BMC's.

It also has a less than satisfactory aftertaste.

09-25-2009 19:15:28 | More by theirishdago
Photo of Wisconsinality


2.73/5  rDev -13.6%

A- It pours a burnt orange that is pretty transparent and about two fingers worth of head and recedes rather quickly and leaves just a little bit of lacing.
S- The main thing I pick up is a bit of toasted malt and also a little bit of sweetness.
T- The malt is pretty present. This one tastes like a watered down marzen or basically a macro produced one. Maybe a little caramel in there too. Nothing really special about it.
M- Pretty thin and the carbonation is a lacking just a little bit.
D- Since it's an Oktoberfest beer, it is made to be drank in larger quantities, but with this one, one is enough for me.

09-24-2009 17:30:02 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of secondtooth


2.03/5  rDev -35.8%

Pours a crystal-clear amber, with a very sweet aroma. Tastes pretty sweet, too. In fact, the overly malty presence is overbearing, completely obscuring the flavor profile or the supposed "4 specialty hops". I hate to slander a "German-style Marzen", but this one blows.

09-24-2009 03:50:03 | More by secondtooth
Photo of beerwolf77


3.93/5  rDev +24.4%

I've been buzz sawing through all the oktoberfests I can get my hands on and figured I better give this one a try. Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright burnt orange. Rather clear with tiny bubbles floating to the top of my glass. Generous beige head rests atop my beer. After receding there is a tiny amount of lace left behind. The aroma is malty and pronounced. Some sweetness a touch of breadiness. By far the strongest nose I've found so far in the style. The flavor is spot on for the style. Nice smooth malt with a pleasant hop bite to round it out. A wheaty biscuity flavor is strong in the finish. Medium body moderate carbonation. Overall I have to declare a winner in the race for top marzen. I have a few more to try so I can't crown it yet but, Leinenkugels has wowed me for the first time in my life. This is what I'm looking for in an oktoberfest.

09-21-2009 22:41:50 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of hosehead83


3.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a standard pint glass
Nice looking golden-amber, with about an inch and half of foam
Aroma-Subtle malt
Taste-Rather light malt, subtle caramel, a faint hop note
Overall, not in-your-face by any means, but a nice, easy drinking, sessionable beer to be sure

09-21-2009 11:30:58 | More by hosehead83
Photo of PerroGrande


3.38/5  rDev +7%

Pours to an absolutely gorgeous deep golden/brownish-gold color with a decent amount of rich foam. The foam hangs around for a fair amount of time, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Some unreleased carbonation drifts upwards as the foam fades away.

The aroma is light and mostly malty. Very pleasant, not overpowering. Slight hint of brown sugar/caramel in the aroma as well.

The taste improves as the beer has a chance to breathe and warm a bit. Predominant malty character with some hints of caramel sweetness is the opening, and the finish brings in some hops. Much like the aroma, nothing is overpowering in this brew. Nicely balanced, but not exceptional in character.

The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing to me, but not bad. Not quite the smoothness I would like from this style of beer. A little on the light side as well. A bit too much carbonation for my tastes, too, but still an enjoyable brew.

This is an easy-to-drink beer that is refreshing, so I scored it well in terms of drinkability. It isn't going to challenge for Oktoberfest supremacy, but it is a decent beer to drink.

09-19-2009 01:37:56 | More by PerroGrande
Photo of colts9016


3.05/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger billowy white head that has some retention. The body of the beer a medium copper color. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice malty aroma with some caramel.

Taste: A medium malty aroma with some caramel and phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel is velvety and a little watery. The body of the beer is medium. This beer is not the greatest mazen beer. It sure is a leinen's beer, mediocre.

09-18-2009 05:52:29 | More by colts9016
Photo of sweemzander


4/5  rDev +26.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by Nov. 3rd. 2009.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color with a good but quickly dissipating white head that has some minimal lacing here and there.

(S)- Very dry wit slightly sweet honeyed malts coming through. Some corn meal action.

(T)- A dry, yet lightly sweet and even lightly hopped corn with a touch of nuttiness.

(M)- Great carbonation level with a good balanced yet almost complex array of flavors. A good example of the style in my opinion.

(D)- A solid example of the marzen style. One of the better Leine's offerings out there. 6pks of this will not last long at all.

09-13-2009 20:53:35 | More by sweemzander
Photo of DookDrinkyCrow


3.68/5  rDev +16.5%

German style Marzen pours light copper with medium carbonation. The smell told me Lager right away, not very complex. The taste surprised me a bit. It was very fresh, and surprisingly a fair amount of hop flavor. Overall mouthfeel was light, but refreshing. I can taste the malts too, the hops and malts are equal but not very strong.

09-12-2009 20:41:10 | More by DookDrinkyCrow
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

Leinenkugel- Oktoberfest

A- Light golden orange with a small filmy head. Small amount of lacing and good carbonation.
S- faint sweet caramel malt, earthy dry leaves, and earthy dirty woody hops.
T- Very light and sugary sweet malt, bready/ biscuity with a nice dry earthy hop finish.
M- Light sweet malt makes up the bulk of this 1. Sugary and bready with a nice dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Light but easily drinkable. Probably won't buy it again but won't turn it down.

09-11-2009 23:11:04 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jdg204


3.18/5  rDev +0.6%

Was watching the GT-Clemson game on Thursday night with some friends and we picked up a couple of decent 6'ers to enjoy. Leiney's Oktoberfest was the first one I tried.

A: Clear deep-amber body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam. The head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

S: The aroma is mainly of toasty grain, but there are some hops in there.

T: The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a strong toasted edge to the malt with a light fruity undertone. The hops provide the finish and merge with the toasted flavor for a decent bitter finish.

M: The body is light/medium and it's delicately carbonated.

D: A solid brew and definitely the best Leiney's I've tried yet. This was quite enjoyable and very approachable if you're looking for a beer for a wide audience (like my friends). Definitely a safe option beer when options are limited, a solid choice.

09-11-2009 23:07:31 | More by jdg204
Photo of MithosYggdrasil


3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Apperance: A semi clear, amber/orange/brown type color with a creamy off-white head. Pretty good head retention, in addition, but minimal lacing.

Smell: Not bad at all. Fruity, a bit hoppy and hints of orange, cherry and some roasted malt.

Taste: Pretty hoppy, with caramal malts coming in at the end as the hoppiness subsides. The first sip tasted a lot like an American IPA and has a hoppy finish. Furthermore, a nutty presence was noted.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated and fairly smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I've never been to impressed with Leninkugel's, but this was very drinkable and does well in a lot of what I like in a Maerzen. Would drink again.

09-05-2009 23:48:24 | More by MithosYggdrasil
Photo of steveh


3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

Never reviewed this Leinie's label, and I fully admit my disappointment in the majority of their beers brewed, but the Classic Amber actually surprised me, so I wanted to give this some more honest focus than an afternoon BBQ, so here goes.

A -- Clear amber orange color with a thick, off-white head that settles slowly, leaves some nice lacing in my Willi Becker.

S -- Light malt nose with some vague DMS back and some watery (can an aroma be watery?), spicy hops. Much lighter character than the other Oktos I've been sampling -- and those were light.

T -- Sweetish nutty malt character up front, blends into some vague roastiness and finishes with the nuttiness and some breadiness and the slightest touch of bittering hops that dries off any sweetness. Maybe just a little to light in character compared with other Oktos available.

M -- Light-medium body with a soft, even creamy mouthfeel.

D -- Okay -- gotta say, this is a very nice quaffer. The roastiness is not to-style for an Okto, but it's not distracting. It's not the best Okto I've ever sampled, but it's far from the worst. Worth a go for a lazy afternoon with friends.

09-04-2009 17:49:54 | More by steveh
Photo of nicksta


3.4/5  rDev +7.6%

This brew has a tiny head, but pours into the glass with shining copper color and gold highlights. It's beautiful through the right glass until your done. The smell is not my favorite part. A little bit of hoppy yeast and toasty caramel and/or brown sugar. The taste is quick: a tastebuds encompassing flash of hoppy caramel and carbonation, but the mouthfeel is just barely thick enough for the style and it doesn't leave anything lying around. As long as I'm not in any sort of hurry I could drink it all night.

09-03-2009 00:41:09 | More by nicksta
Photo of supercolter


3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours bright amber with a lot of carbonation. Head is minimal.

Aroma is light on the hops, with some caramel malts.

Taste is mild. Not as robust as some of the Marzen's I've had...the entire flavor profile is a bit weak.

Mouthfeel is crisper than it should be..I expect a little more mouth coating from this style.

Drinkability: Fine, I guess..but not something I'd want to keep going for. Its a decent beer, just not the best marzen.

09-01-2009 06:31:59 | More by kshankar
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.