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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | 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 brewdlyhooked13


3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours out about half and half foam and beer. Creamy head leaving a craggy pattern of lace behind. Underneath it is a coppery brew with great clarity. The head melts pretty fast, leaving a chunky, patchy covering.

Aroma - soft aroma of malts, a light element of roastiness to them. Low-key, not necessarily thin though. Just easy-going and persistent.

Taste - a nice measure of toasted malts, paired with a general grainy flavor. Little if any hop presence to this bottle, just a touch on the swallow. Fresher samples have demonstrated a decent note of balancing bitterness, I imagine the closer you get to Halloween, the more faded the hop note will be. The finish is mildly dry with a shadow of the toasty grain. Kind of plain but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - crisp body, somewhat thin as well.

Drinkability - easily sessionable but I'd generally go for something with a little more roast/toast to it for an OFest. Doesn't stand up against its similarly priced peers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 06:17:40 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of PaleAlien2


2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pleasing copper color with a light tan head, but the taste is quite nondescript. Flavor is basically just malt with a bit of grass or earthiness to it, though it does have a light, crisp finish that makes me think it could be consumed in large quantities if taste or complexity aren’t really concerns.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 15:19:45 | More by PaleAlien2
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 slyke


3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinie's Oktoberfest pours a clear orange color with a finger of white head. Decent lacing.

The aroma of the beer has malt, sweet caramel with some grassiness.

The taste has is similar to the aroma, but the malt leads the way.

Mouthfeel is quite light for the style.

Drinkability is good with this beer - it's one to try if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 17:25:06 | More by slyke
Photo of GRPunk


3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured a clearish amber with a 1 finger off-white head that turned to some decent lacing. It had light carbonation and left a fair amount of sticking to the glass.

S- It was mostly sweet bready malts with a light caramel aroma.

T- Really light flavors for the style. The most robust flavor was caramel.

M- It became really foamy.

D- It was an easy drinker, but there wasn't enough flavor to make me want more.

Overall- It wasn't a terrible beer by any means. When presented with limited options at a bar, I'd give this one another go. It just wasn't flavorful enought to make me say it was really good. I went into this beer expecting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 22:10:57 | More by GRPunk
Photo of dren


2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with lots of bubbles. A thick one inch head just topped off my pint glass. Fell fairly quickly leaving a little lacing.

Smells like sweet apple juice. Kind of faint.

Tastes like sweet and slightly tart apple juice. Some malts towards the end and a little bit of hops. Some caramel flavors in there as well. Finishes like Fritos.

The beer is fairly light bodied.

This beer isn't the best Oktoberfest beer I have had but it has enough light flavor throuhgout to keep things interesting when you don't want to be overpowered by the beer. It would be easy to throw back several of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 22:04:14 | More by dren
Photo of lakeviewmike


3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper amber color. Small head, low retention.

Nice smell, light carmel malts.

Taste is carmel malts with nice hops finish.

Very drinkable. I good amber lager.

"The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies’n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains only 4.5% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style."

Fits the profile. This is the type of beer that I would be more than happy to get at a restaurant with a limited selection and might buy a six pack once in a while for an easy going, drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 14:17:02 | More by lakeviewmike
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? It smells just like a poor apple cider. Let me verify this with a re-sniff. Yep, poor apple cider.

Taste: Light bready maltiness with a hint of caramel and sweetness. Notes of apple and, regrettably, vegetables. Very mild bitterness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor representation of the style, and an outright disappointing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 00:49:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of happygnome


2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a copper color with about a inch and a half of head that dissapears quikly leaving sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: light roasted caramel malt aroma with very subtle floral hop aroma
t: roasted caramel flavor with a little floral hop towards the finish, a relative watered down oktoberfest
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little less than average amount of carbonation

overall, this isnt too bad, but its kind of lacking in the flavor, sessionable

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 18:00:39 | More by happygnome
Photo of bradley0114


3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice cooper/orange color....a thick four-finger head that disappears quickly, leaving a clingy film on glass.

Smell - Average, smells like most lagers.

Taste - I liked to taste, but I feel there could of been a slight bit more hop kick (understandably not too much in this type of style).

Mouthfeel - Really light, lighter than what I get out of most lagers I drink.

Drinkability - Not bad, a good backup plan. Something friends who aren't into craft beers could enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 16:39:36 | More by bradley0114
Photo of Strix


2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malts with a bit of caramel. Tastes just like an average malt and grain taste. For the first couple sips, I could taste (or maybe I just imagined) the faintest toasted hints of an Octoberfest style, but it never really goes anywhere. Finishes thin and watery, nothing special. Kind of disappointing. I would like to see a bit more kick and flavor for this - it's barely distinguishable from a Budweiser.

Edit - the first one of these I had alone, and I wasn't particularly impressed. The last one I had outside at a ballgame with a brat, and I felt much better about it. Granted, it's not a particularly impressive Oktoberfest and I think Leinies can do better, but it is better than a Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 03:30:20 | More by Strix
Photo of crazybrody06


2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a big leinies fan, so I was looking foward to this one since mid summer.

There really isnt anything special about this beer. Not a great appreance. kinda orangy lager color. Not really any octoberfest taste that I could pick out. Very thin watery mouthfeel. Overall just a big dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 22:51:03 | More by crazybrody06
Photo of afinepilsner


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

12oz brown bottle

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with decent retention and left a little spotty lace behind. The aroma was toasted malt. The taste was toasted malt and hops with a little sweetness upfront and a semi-dry finish. It was medium-light in body with plenty carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's an average beer, but a little thin for an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 00:38:12 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of morimech


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

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy 2-fingered head that disapates quickly leaving slight lacing.

It smells of sweet malt. Maybe a hop, floral smell but I couldn't say for sure. Just not much else to say about the aroma

It has a sweet malty taste. Nothing too complex. No hop bitterness but I would have liked a deeper malt taste. If that makes any sense.

A fairly light beer with a slight fizz on the tongue. Could drink a few of these quit easily. Nothing great here but it is a decent beer to enjoy on a cool afternoon. I would buy it again if I could find it for a discounted price.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 22:36:16 | More by morimech
Photo of umustdrink


3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale see-through orange color. Head is offwhite that fades to almost nothing. Lacing is minimal.

S - Bitter green smelling maltiness, fair sweetness, and a little cinnamon.

T - Creamy caramel maltiness matched with a bitter hop finish. Some faint honey sweetness in there too.

M - Light consistency with a slight carbonation bite.

D - Average tasting oktoberfest style beer. Just average.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 20:37:40 | More by umustdrink
Photo of bigdeuce


3.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Buyed it to try it, was nicely priced, and I love Oktoberfests, so gave it a whirl when I found it. Smells of caramel and munich malts, no hops to speak of, at least undetectable, but the style requires little anyway. Had a little lacing and decent head. Tasted good. Rich malts with a nice caramel front and back, and as most Oktober's, easy to drink. Will check it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 03:34:36 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of SMark


2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously at 46 degrees resulting in a 2 finger head. Went away in a couple of minutes and left very little lacing. Copper-Amber tint.

Hint of malt during pour but not much after that.

Nothing much to distinguish here. A good average October sipper.

Pleasant enough but no lingering effects and again average.

Better than most run of the mill but nothing to seek out when others are out there at similar prices.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 01:46:28 | More by SMark
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a multi layered graininess with the possible adjunct aroma present. A respectable noble hop aroma as well.

The taste was upfront grainy and husky with a touch of caramel sweetness. An excellent spicy and suprisingly citrusy hop flavor. Good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thin but not bad. Very clean.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable Octoberfest. Perhaps not that authentic style wise, but certainly a good sessionable beer. I was pleasantly suprised.

Thanks to mac56 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 04:20:54 | More by plaid75
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed on September 17, 2005 at the Big Lake Brewfest. Light dusty malt aroma. Clear orange with off-white head. Nasty plant malt, without much of anything. Extremely bland finish. This is worthless. Both skunky and sugary, not it doesn't really have any merit in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 22:40:29 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of PBRstreetgang


2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a clear shade of orange-copper. Two and a half fingers of creamy, egg-shell tinted head show decent retention and light spotty lacing. Crystal malt and dextrins in the nose, with a subtle flowery hop aroma. Caramel sweetness upfront, follwed by an indistinct adjunct taste. Lighter flavor, but non-offensive. Dry aftertaste, spicy tettnanger hop flavor and a great deal of bland hop bitterness. Thin bodied with high carbonation that creates a light and crisp mouthfeel. Dextrinous finish showing a hint of toasty Vienna malt, with a stubborn hop bitterness that really throws the balance off. This has a good drinkability, but given the lack of malt character and assertive hops, it seems to miss the point of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 06:18:51 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of BigRedN


2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle a clear orangish amber. Off white head, 1/4 to 1/2 (depending upon the pour). Fades to a small cloud, ring around the glass, no lacing. Looks alright.

Smell: Some malts, slightly sweet, weak.

Taste: Slightly malty, also slightly sweet. There is no hop bitterness, which is ok to me, I really don't expect much for the style. However, I do like these to be a little more malty than this.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, slight carbonation that is a little prickly.

Drinkability: It's an easy to drink, sessionable beer; but probably not recommended as far as Oktoberfest go. There are simply too many better beers available.

Overall this is a skipable O-fest, unless you are looking for a cheap (I got my 6-pack for $4.99), low flavor, highly consumable, O-fest beer. I am really not liking Leinenkugel's seasonal offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 03:33:47 | More by BigRedN
Photo of TastyTaste


2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium rust-orange, tiny thin head, fades fast.

Smell: A little malt, sweet, but also cooked vegie flavor, not too strong.

Taste: Malty, but also funky and off. Odd graininess, not very good, not a lot of hops going on. Not complex, or very flavorful.

Drinkability: I wouldn't recommend this take on the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 01:43:53 | More by TastyTaste
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 plaztikjezuz


3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper, with a off-white head, that disapears very quickly.
the aroma malty, apples, it has the american lager smell.
the flavor is thin, malt, hop spice, clean.
this is an alright octoberfest, its a little thin, it does have that "american lager smell" which i think has not place in a german style beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 03:38:05 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When it comes to O/M I expected Lienie's to really deliver for some reason. Unfortunately this offering, while respectable, is definately a lightwieght. Light color, light aroma, light taste with some mentionable toasted character, fizzy mouthfeel. An all around average oktoberfest to be sure. It goes down smooth though. I think I drank 4 in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:09:11 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.