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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,291
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 114 | 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 FickleBeast
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour is crystal clear orange with a finger of foam that fades away very quickly. Aroma is sweet, almost pumpkiny, meaty... strange. It really kinda smells like raw beef.

First sip... sweet! Sweeter than expected. Carbonation is low, and there is just a sweet flavor left over. Not very good. This isn't a sweet style and there is nothing to balance it at all. Do not want!

Mess of a beer. Way too sweet. No redeeming qualities.

FickleBeast, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A brilliant cadium-orange showcases an initial cushy beige head that reminded me a bit of memory foam. The head falls rather quickly, failing to lace. Inside intermitted instances of bubbles rise moderately with little fanfare.

S: Light flowery hops present themselves upfront while the malting was hard to pick up on with no signs of toasted maltiness or sweetness usually associated per style.

T: Sugary sweet grains with some toasted quality makes an appearance. Some candy like sweetness is followed by a lemon floral hopping on the finish. A bit much on the hops per style and a bit less on the malt side.

M: Light bodied, some slickness with very little carbonation being picked up on.

D: Fairly easy rate of consumption, mostly because it had little substance or flavor to hold it back. Not bad, more of a tweener that falls short in quality and substance when compared to its finer German, and even more noted American counterparts.

beerthulhu, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best marzen/oktoberfest, but I still liked it enough to finish off a 6 pack in an afternoon. It's got a pretty light body, and almost sweet tasting hops in it. The head was just frothy enough and stuck around my glass. Like I said, not my favortie oktoberfest, but still enjoyable.

kneeland, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another one i decided to try just cause it feels like fall outside and it was around, so why not right.

pours out a nice and clean color. a bit light, but still a decent hue of amber can be found here. a small white head pops up on top of the glass and lightly coats the sides of the glass before settling down without much of the remnants left.

aroma is muted hops, lots of bready malts, touches of caramel and hints of light grains. warming really really does not bring much more depth to the mix, just a nice mix of muted hops and a light touch of grains that seem to come forward more in the finish then anywhere else.

overall a decent seasonal but there are much better out there for sure.

mikesgroove, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep orange-brown hue, very autumn. Nice creamy light tan head. A little bit of lacing, but not a lot.

S - Sweet caramel and grains. Muted.

T - Malts were delicious, but the end was a bit too grassy and bitter.

M - Crisp, but the end was bitter and metallic and lingering.

D - Good fall beer.

LuthersMug, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Kalashnakoviet
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz Imperial Pint

A: Beautiful dark amber color. Not much head to speak of.

S: Not much smell. The faint smell of autumn leaves does climb through along with yeasty bread.

T: Very crisp and clean. Malty with subtle hoppiness. Not much flavor to speak of after the initial quaff. Light - perhaps too light. Taste dissipates quickly after each sip.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Pleasantly effervescent carbonation.

D: OK. So this isn't the greatest example of a Märzen out there, but what it lacks in nose and taste it more than makes up for in crisp refreshing drinkability. I wait for it every year, and it becomes my go-to in the fridge for the two months or so that it is sold.

Kalashnakoviet, Oct 27, 2010
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint.
A: Pours a two finger head and holds into a nice layer. The body is a classic deep amber in color, with a off white head. The lacing is left in a draped pattern.

S: Subtle notes of bread and caramel. A bit of a disappointment in the aroma.

T/M: The fist taste brings a some what nutty taste, but is a bit light. The mouthfeel is clean and light, with no thickness at all. The lingering taste is short lived. The finish is bland.

D: This is an easy going beer, but I do not think that I find it to have classic flavors.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of phishgator
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with nice tight white head. Medium carbonation with a nice copper hue. The aroma is of slight metallic malt, and some hints of fresh pumpkin rind. The taste is a solid malt backbone with light hop balance. The body is only slightly thin which seems to make this brew not stand up as well to hardy meals. A nice try, but I'll look for true German Marzens when in the mood.

phishgator, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a 12oz bottle at a friends wedding. This is my 2nd 'kugel beer and not impressed.

A: a little hard to tell from the bottle so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. I poured some in a drinking fountain to see the color (no glasses from the bartender!!!) and it was a weak copper yellow.

S: Had a distinct adjunct malt aroma. Didn't look at their website but I have a feeling there's corn or rice in it.

T: Very bland taste, had to concentrate to distinguish any malt or hop character. Balanced hop bitterness, but that adjunct malt flavor showed up again.

M: Average mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and clean finish.

D: You could drink many of these, but why?

HugePlume, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of isualum12
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Brown golden in color....I drank it from a 12 ounce bottle that was poured into a frozen glass. Has what I think of as a classic beer smell. What does that mean? Hops with a little malt.

Heavy white head that materilizes into a constent white ring.

The carbonization on the tounge and roof of the mouth is heavy but not so strong that I am turned off. I taste a little maple in there with some light spice. The beer is not extra strong but delivers enough to make you enjoy.

isualum12, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Augustiner719, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of benyerd
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(A) Best past about this beer is the clarity. Pretty burnt orange color. Negitive side is that there is no head retention. Head lasted for 90 seconds at the most. No Lace either.

(S) Semi sweet aroma but overall smells like a basic lager. Hints of hops and malts.

(T) On the front part of the palate, a semi sweet taste lingers but on the back half of the palate, an overwhelming bitterness sticks around to the finish.

(M) Light in mouthfeel, not alot to say about it.

(D) Drinkable brew, not the best from this brewery but an easy drinking beer. Decent sesson beer.

benyerd, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange color with a foamy white head. Small amount of lacing is left on the glass as you drink. Malty, toasty, and very slightly sour smell. Taste is also malty; just the right amount of carbonation; very crisp beer. Nothing incredible, but very solid marzen & very easy to drink.

oldirtycaffrey, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Brideshead
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, it is on appearance that this Oktoberfest finds its niche. With a dark amber body and a large yellow head, it is not an unsightly beverage.

However, I was otherwise a bit let down as far as Marzens go. The nose is of a dark malty and sweet character. Tastes occupy a much more one-dimensional malty tier of flavors than I am used to. Certainly a bit of sweet caramel here. Don't expect a terribly crisp drinking experience, nor a very notable range of spices. This brew is definitely a sweeter and more bready take on the Marzen style. Drinkable? Yes. But not one to be sought out over certain alternatives.

Brideshead, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.9/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear dark orange color, with a good finger and 1/2 worth of off white head, that settles to a nice layer with great lacing..

S: Toasted, Roasted, Caramel sweet malt.

T: Just like the smell here.. lots of wonderful sweet malts here.... Slightly caramel sweetness with a toastiness. The flavors are smooth yet mild, just enough to enjoy but not over bearing.

M: Light to Mid bodied, little watery at first bit smooths out as it warms up.

D: I really liked this beer... ABV was good, flavor were good... not much not to like here for me. Another good beer form Lein's

mralphabet, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a date stamp on bottle: poured a clear and bright copper with a very attractive, foamy head. The aroma was actually better than quite a few fest beers I have tried this season. There was a solid, inviting malty aroma that does dissipate a little after the pour into a stein.

Certainly not the most flavorful oktoberfest, it does have a clean, malty flavor with a nice complement of hops.

The beer has a good, solid medium body with a perfumy, refreshing mouthfeel; appropriate level of carbonation.

I am surprised by the low reviews on this one. Yes, it is not the most complex lager, but it is perfect as a quaffer. With the low ABV, one could enjoy a few steins of this during a celebration.

jkrich, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear dark amber and orange color. Also had a half decent off white head. It faded, with no lacing.

Scents of some slightly toasted malts and a bit of sweet caramel.

This beer was very drinkable. It has a decent mouthful. Flavor has a little bit of the malts and caramel detected in the aroma, but nothing that just pops out and give the tongue that tingle, like some of the other fall beers.

Still a decent brew, but nothing extraordinary. I would definitly drink again though.

mattgreger, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Irish style pint

A - Pours a 2 finger off-white soapy head that quickly dissolves. Left very minimal lacing on the glass. Color is straight up copper, like a new penny. Slight effervensence, with streams of bubbles. Kind of cool actually.

S - Smell is lots of caramel malts and a light floral hop aroma.

T - Taste is rather mild for an octoberfest, but not unappealing. Caramel and maple seem to be the most apparent in the taste, and a nice sweetness is left on the back end of the tounge. The hops in this beer add a nice crisp finish, which most octoberfests, that ive had at least, don't seem to have.

M - The mouthfeel is rather thin and light bodied, but not too watery. The complexion is slightly sticky, so it makes you a little thirtsy, but not too intense.

D - For an octoberfest, this beer is extremely drinker friendly and refreshing. This beer would be a good starter octoberfest, for those not too familiar with the style. For those looking for a sessionable octoberest thats not too too heavy, this would be it.

Final Thoughts: For an impluse buy, id say that this beer is pretty solid. Although this last beer was in my fridge for about 3 weeks after I bought the 6 pack. But all in all i'd give it a solid 1 thumb up.

WinthrHOPHEAD89, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of witster18
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Usual malty profile for the style. A slight astringency at the start is mellowed midway by a decent balance of hops and malt. Little aftertaste and light on the mouthfeel.

A very drinkable yet uneventful OFest.

Hints of Caramel and Chocolate, but with a slightly sour start.

not bad..not great...wouldnt turn one down.

witster18, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the O'fests on my list to try this fall. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear dark amber/orange with a 2-finger off-white head on top. No lace left behind. Lots of bubbles rising through. Scents of toasted malts, some sweet caramel, and wood.

The mouth is crisp. Moderate body. Decent. The flavors start out pretty weird. I get a weird veggie flavor right away, but this gives way, as I sip, to a more balanced toffee, malty beer. Nothing really stands out. Light mineral on the back end. This is a simple beer, but nothing all that great. I wouldn't turn it down.

Onenote81, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of merddyn2002
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As compared with my standard go-to octoberfest (Sam Adams) this leaves a little to be desired which is sad because i'm a big fan of Leini's brewer. It's not as smooth as Sam Adams and has an ever so slightly hoppier profile. I expected better from Leinie, but i wouldn't turn one of these down if i was offered. I'll finish the six pack for sure, I just expected more.

merddyn2002, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Zundo
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear copper with a smooth, one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet and grainy with apple.

Taste: Sweet, then grainy then a tad bitter Not bad, but unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and pretty carbonated.

Drinkability: This is pretty drinkable, but not a top marzen by any streatch.

Zundo, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Landfill21
2.42/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of all of the octoberfest beers I have tried this season this has to be one of my least favorite beers. Has a very weak taste with hints of caramel and very little malt and decent smell. Has very little mouthfeel and a very decent drinkability. I like the Leinenkugel family and would buy this beer again, just not on the top of the o-fest list.

Landfill21, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of kdpark
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
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 20, 2010
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 1,291 ratings.