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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 13
Gots: 82 | 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 crayphish


3/5  rDev -5.1%

This fall offering pours a pale golden orange with a splotchy cap and sparse lacing. Small is stale yeasty malts. Almost a bit unpleasing. Taste is a bit better, sweet malts. Yeasty esters. Almost a bit bland. Mouthfeel is OK, a bit thick and chewy. I found this to be a fairly drinkable beer at a good price.

10-28-2008 16:29:04 | More by crayphish
Photo of biggmike


2.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured an attractive amber/copper color with a nice white head that lasted a while. The aroma was somewhat malty, but nothing really stood out. The flavor was quite mediocre. There was nothing really offensive about this beer, but nothing memorable either. Average brew.

10-28-2008 08:45:28 | More by biggmike
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and crystal malt scent that is dry with some faint yeast esters. The crystal malt has a watered down aroma. The taste is average. It's not horrible, but it has an almost burnt quality to it. There is some malt character, but nothing too significant. It's mostly pale and crystal malts with some bisquity character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but that doesn't make it good.

10-28-2008 02:28:49 | More by WesWes
Photo of marcellaproust


2.73/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours a light, amber-golden color with an instantly disappearing 1/4 inch head. Lightweight body; slight malty aroma; slight malty taste but quite nondescript past that point: in other words, past the gesture of an octoberfest, one gets a rudimentary tasteless american beer. In fact, I'd suggest sticking to Leinie's red or even Leinie's original: beers that completely live up to their names and are honestly affordable good 'micros.'

10-28-2008 02:12:51 | More by marcellaproust
Photo of Drew966


2.28/5  rDev -27.8%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is on the malty side but has an unpleasant metallic note until it warms up. Once the metallic note fades, it leaves a mediocre marzen, malty but not especially flavorful, a bit of hops in the finish. Disappointing.

10-26-2008 17:39:41 | More by Drew966
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -32%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a lite amber color with good carbonation and head that lasted seconds. Aroma was somewhat malty, and weak. Taste was watered down with no hint of any spice. Not a very good beer. Maybe it was skunked, so I tried a second one, nope, it just wasn't a very good ofest.

10-26-2008 15:34:02 | More by beernut
Photo of blakesell


3.43/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into my finest Belgian style tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear amber with a minimal half finger of head that dies to nothing in no time. the sides of the glass are rimmed with carbonation, but lacing is nowhere to be found.

Smell- First thing I get the graininess of Bavarian malts and hard water. Lingering diacetyl and a very mild hop aroma. I get very little after those first scents and after continued sniffing it's as if all scents disappear. I almost smell a standard lager smell, but all malts just fade away.

Taste- Mild, oh so very mild medium roasted grains, and very light hopping. Filtered hard water, so much that I could drink this as if it were water with a bitter aftertaste. The first sip actually tasted like a Marzen but it quickly faded into a run of the mill lager. Very strange how the flavor comes and goes like this. A very extract tasting tang at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Lingering bitterness, light bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- Your average Joe six-pack may like this beer, which I suppose they are marketing to. I would think it would be wiser to make a better product as Sam Adams does much better with an equal or lesser price.

10-25-2008 20:22:38 | More by blakesell
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

Fairly light golden color...well carbonated with nary any head.
this was highly recommended by a coworker.
mild in the nose, biscuits with butter and fruit jelly come to mind.
Taste is pretty smooth...hints of malt and a slight metal note on the end.
All in all, not bad brew.

10-24-2008 21:55:12 | More by dmamiano
Photo of allengarvin


3.6/5  rDev +13.9%

This beer does have a nice amber-gold color, but it lacks head-retention. The nose is malty with a good toasted edge. Not too bad a flavor... toasty like the aroma but it could use some more malt to keep away the blandness. Moderately crisp, medium-bodied... not too bad for the range of oktoberfests out there from American micros. Better than the other Leinenkugel beers I've had.

10-23-2008 06:46:08 | More by allengarvin
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +9.2%

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

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, caramelized malts, some spices and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and malty up front with flavors of caramel, spices, grain and a little bit of fruit. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely a lot of other O-fests out there that are significantly better.

10-23-2008 02:21:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of zeff80


3.15/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, light brown color with a small, off-white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt, caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with hints of caramel. A slight grassy hop bite gave it some bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A smooth and medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay oktoberfest. Nothing fabulous but drinkable.

10-23-2008 01:27:04 | More by zeff80
Photo of Rayek


2.8/5  rDev -11.4%

A: Amber with great clarity and mild carbonation. Fizzy soda pop head comes and goes quickly. Leaves no lace.

S: A promising mix of sweet caramel and toffee malt backed by lemon.

T: The promising aromas are quickly replaced by disappointing flavors. Dry and woodsy malt up front, and that's it. Bitterness is there, but flavorless. After the initial hit of flavor, the beer develops a seltzer like quality. Very clean finish.

M: Light and fizzy. More like the aforementioned seltzer than beer.

D: Drinkable enough, but not very exciting. Weakest Oktoberfest I've tried so far.

10-21-2008 16:16:10 | More by Rayek
Photo of donteatpoop


2.93/5  rDev -7.3%

Clear pale amber with a thick white head that is fast fleeting. Leaves a nice clingy foam lacing behind.

The hops are slightly skunky.

The hops dominate the mouth, and the hops are pretty skunky. Has a slight bitter bite that resonates a dryness in the mouth.

Not one of the best Oktoberfests I've had this year.

10-21-2008 05:58:44 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of babaracas


2.7/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a clear reddish orange with fast fading fluffy head, sheets of lacing for the first few inches. Smell: toasted malt, vegetal hop. Taste: toasted malt flavors, leafy hops, some munich malts in the middle of the sip, but finishes with an odd metallic and hard water character. Medium bodied from the carbonation, could be a bit heavier. Not terrible, but certainly not on my list of ofests to pick up again.

10-21-2008 00:58:50 | More by babaracas
Photo of RickS95


3.73/5  rDev +18%

Pours with a nice foamy head...amber in color, but very clear, like it's seen plenty of filtering.

Nice smell of seasonal spices most Oktoberfest brews are known for.

It's a smooth, easy to drink beer, with little to no bitterness in the finish.

Not the best beer I've ever had, but far from the worst...very average.

10-20-2008 19:20:25 | More by RickS95
Photo of Likeburning


2.75/5  rDev -13%

This one was kind of a let-down for me. I'm generally a fan of the Marzen style, especially this time of the year. Doesn't even hold a candle to Sam Adams which I use as a benchmark for easy to find Oktoberfest styles. The flavoring was slightly bland and the coloring a little lighter than expected. I expected much better from the guys that make sunset wheat.

10-18-2008 18:37:01 | More by Likeburning
Photo of odietrying


3/5  rDev -5.1%

20 oz. bottle poured into 4 oz. sample glass.

A: Clear, pale copper. Thin head, fades soon. No lacing,

S: No detectable notes. Vaguely sweet smell, like a macrobrew.

T: Water. Malt is sweet, barely any hops. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

M: Again, water. The carbonation is also maybe a little light.

D: I'll reach for another, if I have a few real beers first. I would not recommend drinking this until later in the evening.

10-17-2008 04:29:47 | More by odietrying
Photo of dananabanana


1.45/5  rDev -54.1%

A: Light orange-brown. Unappetizing rusty color. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. Thick head at first, but it melts down quickly into a thin membrane. Hardly any lacing.

S: Smells like a macro: vaguely alcoholic, with a hint of sweet malt.

T: Very watery with the barest hint of malt and almost no hops. Not flavorful at all.

M: Too much carbonation. Stinging bubbles.

D: No flavor, not worth drinking.

10-17-2008 02:55:09 | More by dananabanana
Photo of generallee

New York

3.58/5  rDev +13.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It has a light amber color with very good clarity. It builds up a thick creamy head which is off white in color. The head has great retention and makes lots of slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has lots of leafy hops with sweet caramel and hints of toasted grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a mildly sweet buttery malt with some light toasted grain, mild caramel notes and a touch of spicy and floral hops. The palate has a slightly thin, slick and smooth texture with soft carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall it's a nice easy drinking but average Oktoberfest.

10-16-2008 18:38:19 | More by generallee
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.53/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a nice copper with amber hues.One finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is of toasty grains,and maybe a hint of fruit. Body is on the thin side and carbonated. Taste is roasted and bready up front with a bit of hops in the finish. Not bad.

10-11-2008 21:46:50 | More by riversider76
Photo of mterrence5


3.05/5  rDev -3.5%

A amber colored lager not much of an Octoberfest beer but a decent drinkability. Served chilled at about 43. Poured into pink glass. No head at all. Slight burnt matly taste with a mild hoppy finish. Crisp and light in the mouth. Its cheap and not that bad to drink if your gettin loaded dont rush to the store to buy it.

10-11-2008 19:49:16 | More by mterrence5
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.63/5  rDev +14.9%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a clear deep-amber/orange/copper 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.

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

The body is medium, but leans towards the lighter end of medium, and it's delicately carbonated for a smooth passage across the tongue.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a very nice, gently toasted edge to the malt. A bit more Munich malt would be nice, but it gets by as it is. (I put it in what I call the "American Oktoberfest" style). The hops appear more in the flavor, lending a grassy and floral edge that helps cut the malt, and along with the moderate bitterness, lead to a dry finish that lingers with notes of toasted malts.

Nicely done, and well balanced. An easy drinking beer that's great for crisp autumn weather (or anytime really)!

10-10-2008 21:33:12 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Kegatron


2.58/5  rDev -18.4%

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear medium colored copper with almost 2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Decent looking retention that leaves some good lacing behind that slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick, sticky sweetness with some citrus thrown in and an almost dank smelling hop profile of floral accents and spice. Strange.

The taste is overy sweet/borderline cloying caramel malts with an almost spicy element to it and once again, there is like an almost dankish tasting floral hop feel as well as an artificial element that I can't put my finger on. The mouthfeel is light modied with moderate carbonation and a watery feel running through it.

Interesting to say the least, not a whole lot worked for me at all with this. Strange flavors and a weak body really limited the drinkibility as well. I would not try this again.

10-09-2008 17:00:05 | More by Kegatron
Photo of jasonjlewis


2.3/5  rDev -27.2%

Best before 12-1-08

Pours a decent 1 finger head with good retention and a nice amber color.

Smell is faint, but there is a nice caramel malting to it.

Taste is not very good. The caramel malts are weak and a seltzery mouthfeel dominates. Moderate hop bitterness. The beer's ingredients are weak and take a back seat to seltzer water flavor. Off tannins as well.

Seltzery mouthfeel.

This tastes like seltzer water and caramel malts with a touch of hops. Not very good.

10-09-2008 03:09:27 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of ibashmuck


3.08/5  rDev -2.5%

Finally broke down and purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a light amber body. Smells were fairly light, sweet, caramel, a touch of hoppiness. Taste followed suit, adding in a bit of maple syrup. I like Leinie's beers, but with this brew, in line with many of their catalog, Leinie's seems to be thinking more of mass appeal than really striving for something out of the ballpark. It's not a bad beer, pretty good and easily findable, just nothing to push it up towards the top of the style.

10-08-2008 21:01:20 | More by ibashmuck
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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