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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 122 | 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 Cubsfan1087
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This might be my favorite Octoberfest brew. Pouring a bottle of Leinenkugel's Octoberfest into a mug leaves the drinker with a delicious beer. The color of the beer and head is enough reason to pour the beer. I became a pretty big fan of Octoberfest beers over the last year, and this one doesn't fail.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of GreatWeisseHope
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliantly filtered, rich orange moving into shades of brown, off-white head with good retention.

S: Burnt, beyond toasted. No hop aroma, esters, or diacetyl. Missing the German malt aroma for the style. Smells too dry with no caramel notes.

T: Sharp burnt sugar. Starts dry and ends a bit watery, no German malt flavor. Low hop bitterness.

M: Bit thin, medium carbonation, creamy, light lingering burnt note.

D: Needs a bit more body. Burnt flavor needs to be removed and maltiness brought to the foreground.

GreatWeisseHope, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of clemtig76
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz longneck brown bottle. Pours a orange-amber color with a thin off white head that quickly disapates. Aroma is of bready malt sweetness with a faint hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for an Oktoberfest. Finish is sweet with toasted malt flavors. Not bad, but there a many better Oktoberfests out there.

clemtig76, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery amber body. Thin off-white head settles rather quickly. Rather flat looking.

Smell: Little caramel and biscuit. Eathy hops.

Taste: Biscuity and nutty. Little bit of banana flavor as well which is not bad tasting, but it's inappropriate for the style.

BierFan, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice amber color and is clear with obvious carbonation. 1/4 inch off-white head forms and leaves a nice lacing.

The aroma had a bit of a funk to it. Some caramel sweetness and an earthy hops note with a little bread component.

The taste is upfront caramel malt sweetness followed by some bread and just a hint of hops towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a good level of carbonation that seems a bit foamy at times. It goes down fairly clean and feels a bit thin, but leaves a mild caramel aftertaste.

Overall, this is a reasonable beer. It does not result in awe but is pleasing enough that I will enjoy a couple each year when it comes out.

SykDoc, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of dstc
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber color with a big off-white head. Head falls to practically nothing with the thinnest of lace.

Sweet caramel aroma along with a hazelnut smell that seems to be a requirement in Leinie fall/winter seasonals.

Decent malt taste even if it is rather mild. Slight roasted flavor in the finish that is somewhat pleasant.

Thin to medium in the mouth with decent carbonation.

Not great. A rather week Oktoberfest.

dstc, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of bushbeer75
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle consumed in a mug.

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest poured a clear orange/copper color that produced an off white foamy head that held well as I consumed it. Aroma and taste is of light caramel malts with hops adding a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouth feel is to the lighter side - almost a little thin. Carbonation is typical for the style.

Overall, this is a "lighter" Oktoberfest making it a good entry into the style before moving up to more complex brands.

bushbeer75, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with ample white head, which fades quickly, leaving but a thin ring. Moderate lacing.

S- Bready sweet malt, and some hints of banana and spice. Moderate, ever-present metallic note.

T- Semi-sweet bread malts on the front, with a rough-hewn, unpleasant, metallic/bile tinged bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation, and quite thin. Subpar.

D- Quite low. This was a free beer, and I obligingly choked it down in an attempt to minimize tongue exposure time....but I wouldn't want another.

Future outlook: This was pretty much awful. Not much more to say...I won't be purchasing this one.

DoctorDog, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.9/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11-14-09
Cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark golden caramel color, very nice carbonation, good head retention, 2 fingers of foam after pouring

S - Little caramel smell, faint smell of pine

T - Medium bodied, sweet caramel malt taste, very smooth not much of a aftertaste considering the malt flavor

M/D - Another good beer from Leinenkugel's, very tasty, not overpowering in the malt department, pretty sweet taste. I brew to enjoy during cool evenings!

FreshmanPour77, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of GPHarris
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a snifter. the head settles into a think ring and is gone quickly. the body was a bright and clear amber.
s - tastes of caramel?
t - overly sweet with a hint of caramel?
m - thin.
d - just a nondescript beer.

GPHarris, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn, this certainly looks the part... A deep brown appearance with a thick fluffy head... Very reminescent of Autumn...

Toasted malts and a little noble hops in the aroma... Again. Very close to the style...

Metallic toasted malts overload the senses here... No noble hops found... Dangit, I wanted to like this too... Honestly, its really just ok.... Sorta bland...

Well.... I was hoping for a little more but nevertheless, glad I picked one up to try...

Better Oktoberfests out there by a long way...

Tilley4, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Has a very nice amber color that is semi-transparent. Had virtually no head.

Smell: Has a very strong malt smell that is appealing to the nose and not overpowering.

Taste: Has a good malt flavor with just the right amount of hop kick. It's pretty smooth, but the flavors just aren't quite strong enough for me. In other words: Good, but a little bland.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body. Nothing to get in a twist over, but it's there.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is an Oktoberfest that I could certainly see myself getting again.

civilizedpsycho, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a dark orange with fine clarity and decent head and retention.

Soft aroma of light roasted grain and malt.

Light flavors of caramel and roasted malt. Kiss of spicy hops at the tip of the tongue. Then everything is gone in an instant. Where did the flavors go? Characterized by a rather abrupt finish.

A decently drinkable Oktoberfest. Nothing very special or memorable, but decent for what it is, an inexpensive macro craft october seasonal offering.

Stinkypuss, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It poured a deep orange wtih a very respectable 2 finger head. The aroma was bready and sweet, the taste followed. The brew was medium bodied and it went very well with my brats. The finish was crisp and dry. Overall a respectable fest beer.
Edit: This one definitely is a step below some of the other marzens I have recently enjoyed

bonkers, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of jiggahertz
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt amber with a nice two finger frothy tan head disspiating into a substantial lace.

S: Really can't pick up much on the nose. Some ethyrs come through a faint malt.

T: Nice roasted malts up front, citrus hops come through and then a clean finish. Not very exciting, but rather average marzen.

M: High carbonation and light-medium body.

D: Highly drinkable, not much giong on in this beer but it's not bad when you're looking for something simple on the sweeter side.

jiggahertz, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, not bad. The beer appears a clear copper orange with a little head lingering around the edges of my glass. The aroma is ripe with traditional, clean macro-continental lager, but also a little caramel a drop of cocoa. The flavor follows suit with a fruity lager yeast note like you might find in Heineken, followed by the caramelized malt. The flavor is actually step don in complexity from the aroma, but all in all it's clean, mass-produced amber lager in the style of an Oktoberfest. Certainly not a bad or offensive beer, but it doesn't taste like a true O-Fest.

tempest, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque amber color, very little head and not a ton of lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S: Sweet malt, a little cinnamon, caramel, and feint hops.

T: Nice toasted malt, cinnamon and spice, caramel, and a hoppy finish that's just a touch too bitter for me. Flavors are slightly out of balance, but not bad.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is definitely good, but this is just an average Oktoberfest/Marzen. I don't think I would seek it out again, but I don't have anything against it.

MrDanno96, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of lester619
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what the ideal marzen is supposed to be like. I know enough to know this probably isn't it. Looks alright when poured from the tap. Brownish, redish, mahogony translucent with not much of a head at all. Not too much of a smell either. Taste is alright, toasted carmel malt, bready notes, a little more of a hop bite would have pulled this beer together better. Mouthfeel is a little too fizzy and watery. Something this dark I would expect to be much more full bodied. All in all not awful beer, but I'm sure it doesn't belong in the category of a great Oktoberfest.

lester619, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a brownish-amber color. The thick pillowy head dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts come out strong here. There is also a good deal of grainy and hoppy aromas.

Taste: Very malty. The caramel malts pretty much take over this beer. Has a nice hoppy bite towards the end, however.

Mouthfeel: Bready and a little chewy.

Drinkability: A decent Oktoberfestbier. I have been pleased with the overall selection this October and this beer is no different.

wahhmaster, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small white head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Caramel malt, with herbal and floral hop aromas. Slight hints of grain and grass as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt throughout, finishing with a hint of bitterness and notes of butter and toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, balanced carbonation up front, dry finish.

Drinkability: A solid Octoberfest. 'Nuff said.

Mosstrooper, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a copious off white head with better than average staying power that provides superior side lacing.
Smell: A little grainymaltiness and just a hint of caramel but not much else comes across.
Taste is a little sweet then a dry finish. Not at all bitter, but not bad.
Actually the futher into the bottle the more I liked the beer.

jadpsu, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle with a freshness date of JAN0410. Pours a very clear light copper color with a creamy tan foam that displays average retention and pretty nice lacing. Pretty good looking Oktoberfest here.

Smell goes light on the caramel sweet maltiness and even hints at metallic. There is a bit of bready biscuit in there as well as a mild floral hop presence. The nose is extremely faint on this beer and not really all that appealing.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired as well with the malts taking on a thin and toasty flavor and lacking some nice caramel sweetness. I think the toasty malt contributes more to a bittering finish than the actual hops do. The metallic and mineral components found in the nose can, unfortunately, still be found in the flavor. Carbonation levels are decent, but the overall mouthfeel is pretty watery. This is one oktoberfest I will not be re-purchasing.

twiggamortis420, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Fnord
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance - Clear red with a thin but lasting head.

Smell - Grass, caramel, a bit of citrus(!). Not much else.

Taste - That's more like an oktoberfest. The sweet malts come through. I don't know about that metallic aftertaste, though.

Mouthfeel - Thin mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Drikability - The main selling point of this beer.

Notes - A decent oktoberfest, if someone offered me one I'd gladly take it. But there's no real reason to buy it when there's so many better oktos around at this time of year.

Fnord, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad Oktoberfest beer, but it lacks some of the innovation that the ones I like most have.

It has a nice golden amber color, and the smell reminds me of a traditional marzen.

Taste is somewhat weak, and just has the basic yeast/malt taste with a hint of sweetness. Just enough carbonation though, not too much or little.

I would probably not buy this again.

Spineypanda, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best before 12/14/09) served in a glass beer mug.

Clear copper color with a white head that thinned out but still left a good deal of lacing.
Grainy malt, not much going on.
Sweet and malty, the graininess gets more noticable as it warms up, no balance from any hops that may have been used in the brewing of this beer.
Light bodied with a thin feel, carbonation is ok.
It's not a beer I'd buy again but I wouldn't turn a free one down if offered.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 11, 2009
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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