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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 16
Gots: 139 | 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 KajII
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured clear golden light brown in color with a small white head and nice lacing. The aroma was that of bready and sweet malts with light odor of hops. It tasted mild of grainy malts with a light hop flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy but a little light bodied.. Overall an average brew, but not a great representation of its class.

KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of jdspears41
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love oktoberfest brews and had this on tap in Chippewa Falls WI, so I know it was fresh. Leinenkugels has some great beers but I feel this is one of their average beers.

A- Looked like most oktoberfest beers, nothing special.

S- Strong Hops and pleasing. Not something I want to sniff all day

T- Basic taste, nothing to write home about, I have had better Oktoberfest beers.

M- Meh not much to say about it, normal feel and after taste

D- I can have a couple of these here and there. I wouldnt buy a six pack of them though.

jdspears41, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dimpled glass. I am going against the grain on this one again and give this a good rating as this is my top 10 domestic oktoberfest biers. Pours light brown with small but frothy head. Aroma is a bit on the grainy side with malt and hop character minimal. Flavor is sweet at first sip, but subsides into astringency. Malt character is evident but not prevalent. Palate is thin to medium and finishes clean.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: orange, red body, with ok head that escapes my vision. zero lacing.

S: nutty, citrus, malt, light sweet character.

T: malt, sweet, caramel, mild bitter finish.

M: big carbonation, light/medium body.

D: this is not the best Leinenkugel's, nor is is this the best Oktoberfest. It's ok, in a pinch.

BeerLover99, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a decent head which unfortunately fades relatively quickly. Gorgeous color: amber, sepia, bronze, orange. Little bit of lacing holds all the way down the glass.

S: Smells sweet with a bit of nuttiness. Soft hop which is really inviting. Great malt with the only downside being a detectable chlorine.

T: Malt character both nutty and caramel. Light copper taste. Taste savory flavors (roast meat) with a bit of sour, bitter & hop.

M: Really great viscosity. Love this mouthfeel. Carbonation enhances the drinking experience and viscosity holds it longer.

D: All in all a good, drinkable beer. Top choice? No. Oktoberfest flavor? Maybe. Good beer? Yes.

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a moderate copper with a two-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing as the head goes down, which is quite quickly. The nose is fairly nice with some caramel, bread, toffee, light hops, and a slight nuttiness. The taste is a bit more plain and falls back on the slightly-sweet malt a bit too much. Fairly nice body with pretty good carbonation and a nice finish. Drinks well enough and is a pretty decent brew from them.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
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
Photo of GDBEERMAN
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
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.