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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 45 | 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 Magpie14


2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: a orange, light copper color with very thin foamy head

Smell: a smell of fruit, malt and caramel were present but at very subtle levels. More of a sweet smell than anything.

Taste: malty and caramel flavors show up....but leaves quickly. A bit of a watery finish to it....but it does have a light distinct flavor.

Mouthfeel: fairly light beer overall with resonable carbonation and is quite drinkable.

"Worth a try" does seem to describe this beer the best! An overall average American version of an oktoberfest brew. I am more for the big malty, robust flavors of the fall! But in all respects, give it a try...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 13:19:27 | More by Magpie14
Photo of dmowen


3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light amber color with a off-white head that dissapates
rapidly to very light lacing. Smell to me is slightly fruity; not what I would expect from this style of beer. Mouth-feel is thin and watery
but it does have a nice clean finish. Taste is OK, goes down pretty good with no objectionable after-taste.
I could drink a few of these in a row with no problem but I will say it
doesn't rank very high on my list of other Octoberfest type beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 16:27:07 | More by dmowen
Photo of teg8612


2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Rough orangish, amber color with a slightly yellowish head.

S- Weak nose. Husky and grainy maly notes. Clean.

T&M- Malt is sweet but on the low end. Grainy with a slight corn husk bitterenss. Kinda dies there with no hop to speak of. Body starts moderate but thins to light. Carbonation dies quickly.

D- This is Oktoberfest light. I have trouble even calling this Oktoberfest. It will work for those who drink Lite but for snob, it leaves me flat. Not one of the better Leinie efforts.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 13:24:31 | More by teg8612
Photo of hanco005


3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with 12116 and H21043 on the neck, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear light orange amber with a off white fluffy head that slowly collapses to a thin sheet, laces like Swiss cheese

S—grainy and malty, mildly sweet with a hint of caramel, some citrus is very faint, it’s an interesting blend in the nose.

T—mild grains and hints of caramel, some alkaline taste, too. Kind of disappointing, actually

M—thin, too much so for my kind of Oc/ktoberfest, light bodied, moderate carbonation

D—it’s ok, but not a much flavor as I hoped for

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 00:56:52 | More by hanco005
Photo of pmcadamis


2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer of this for five and a half bucks at WalMart so I'm not expecting much (although Leinenkugle's Creamy Dark was equally cheap and that one was very good).

I poured this into my BIG ASS MUG for the oktoberfest ambiance and saw a very clear orange brew form a one finger head with decent retention.

This really doen't smell very good. It smells a bit malty with some fruitiness and mild ly zesty hops, but the predominant smell is stale and funky. It kinda has that warm BMC foamy skunky smell going on.

Tastes very refreshing (very very fizzy) and thirst quenching. Has a funny fruity taste at first sip. I really can't place the fruit...it's a little strange (mango?), but not at all unpleasant. A decently bitter hop note precedes a funky cheapo-lagery finish.

It's redeeming quality is it's sweetness and easy going character. It's really unintimidating and easy to drink....it just doesn't have the qualities that we BA's look for. I would recoment this for a non-BA to enjoy during the oktoberfest season....it would let someone enjoy an easy going beer and feel as if they are drinking something special when iin reality they are not.

I might buy a few sixers for my dad and brother this fall (I'll hide their Bud Light and pull the old switcho-chango....we'll see what happens).

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 16:22:53 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light amber brown body that is very clear with a small puddle of white film floating on top. There is a light carbonation of bug bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a pot caramel smell with a faint hint of toasted malt. No much depth to the flavor.

T- This beer has a watery pot caramel flavor this is the dominating flavor with a taste of cooked corn in the background. The finish had a light bitter hop flavor that was nice and pretty dry.

M- The mouthfeel was light and a bit watery with a slight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer didn't have a lot of depth but it was also not real interesting in flavor either. The pot caramel was the only real flavor and it was a bit off.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2006 19:59:07 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hate to speak bad of a Leinie's product because I generally love em (except that posuer honey stuff) but this one left me flat.

Wasn't much to the appearance, slightly amber colored-red straw hints of strawberry blond, no head but sticky legs and lace.

Aroma was lacking, I didn't even notice any aroma after warming.

Taste was a step above coors but not very far. The only appealing quality really was the slight malt roll.

Drinkability was as of expected from a macro.

Overall I was dissapointed with Jake and the boy's. Almost wish they would retire this one and the honey thing.

By the way there is no way this beer can claim the name in the label.

(edit) 09-28-10

I didn't know much about beer when I originally reviewed this beer.

Flavor is full of nutty malty goodness, slight hop with a bit of a bite. Mouthfeel is good considering the amount of carbonation.

A good Marzen, which I knew nothing of when I first reviewed.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 23:32:04 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

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

This is not an Oktoberfest. It is a slightly maltier version of a pilsner. The aroma is almost non-existent, the taste is bland, with only a faint malt. Drinkability is slightly above average because it doesn't have any negative distinguishing features. An average beer all around, more interesting than a typical BMC but not nearly as interesting as a typical micro beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 20:20:05 | More by CH3CH2OH
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid beer from Leinenkugel. I do feel fortunate that these guys have their beers in Detroit, as they are a nice change up from time to time, and they rarely disappoint. Pours out to a deep bronze color with a nice 1/2 inch head. Rings of lace are present on the interior the glass. Medium level of carbonation. Smell is faint, but notes of malt and grain are detected, with an overall sweetness and a hint of earth that initially smells skunky, but blooms into more of a natural chipped wood aroma. It's hard to understand, yes, I know. But that's what I got from it. Anyhow, taste is medium bodied and laden with flavors of lightly roasted malts, some dough, corn and hops. Not bad. Mouthfeel was nominal for the style; nothing special, yet not bad. Overall drinkability is above average. I'd have no problem having this in my fridge during Oktoberfest time. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 22:28:18 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of PorterLambic


3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice coppery-orange. About 1" of head made of small bubbles that leave no trace of lace but a thickish film.
Smell was quite complex and balanced but had a distinct mustiness to it. Otherwise, it consisted of hops, citrus, malt, grass & yeast. Would have rated this 3.5 or 4 without the musty smell.
Taste was good, with hops, hints of grass, malt and citrus and a bit of alcohol showing up.
A bit overly fizzy and the hop bite was a bit stronger that others of the style I've had in the past. Malt was a bit suppresed as well. Kind of reminiscent of a hybrid between what it should be and a more "mainstream" lager. Just barely decent, certainly nothing to write home about or search for. Has potential if they feel like tweaking the recipe and toning down the megabrew BS lager side of the formula and making it a real octoberfest/marzen, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 20:45:09 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of lackenhauser


2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent coppery color. This beer "fizzed" like a soda would when poured. Great head that was gone in an instant-very noisy though. Sharp coppery aroma-smells like a penny. The flavor is a touch better-the highlight being the slightly sweet malty after taste. Average body overall-certainly no maerzen. Sort of dissappointing actually. Some of the other Leinie products I have had wern't all bad. Skip this one though.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 02:11:14 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of BeerBob


1.88/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a hazed light copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twistoff cap. head went to about three fingers of light tan foam before collapsing down to a full shag rug of fine bubbles. Lacing is well represented on my beer glass walls as well.

Nose is a faint damp sweet barley malt. Palate is a major citrus bitter, so bitter as to take me by surprise. This is the most bitter Oktoberfest that I have ever had, it is so bitter as to be out of style. No trace of the damp sweet barley malt, none at all. This beer is so bitter it could pass for an IPA, and a poor one at that... Oktoberfest?... Not!

Shockingly bitter with good looks will not work here, not for me and maybe not for you either.

Code on the bottle neck

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 01:02:20 | More by BeerBob
Photo of ski271


3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium amber with a small, foamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a small film. Some sparse lacing. The smell is nice and malty. Grassy, caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, lightly floral. The taste has an initially well-rounded dominant malt accompanied by a light citrus, but it runs a little thin on its way to the floral, lightly bitter finish. It has a medium body, dry texture and soft carbonation. Not too shabby at all. Nothing spectacular, but when you take price into account, this is quite worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 20:40:33 | More by ski271
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

1.9/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a mostly clear copper color with a small head. Strong aroma of grain. The aroma is a little herbal, and very unpleasant. This beer has that nasty wet carboard flavor with sugar and adjuncts. No toasted malt flavor. Maybe a little hop flavor, but it's hard to tell. This beer is pretty bad, even by macro standards. At least most macros have the sense to be bland. This is flavorful, but the flavor is nasty. Not a drain pour, but close.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 23:57:24 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of hoffman


2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin white head raises to one finger and disipates fast lingers at nearly nothing and laces slightly but follows the beer down the glass. The smell is faint, not good at all, musty almost, very grainy...it may be a blessing that it is a faint smell. Taste however is actually quite nice at first, full and malty...very "clean" finish as AB puts it....which means nothing is there, no after taste nothing. Mouthfeel is water but ok. A very average beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 02:15:35 | More by hoffman
Photo of whynot44


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, very nice copper/amber color with a slightly off-white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is slight caramel malt.

Taste is also light caramel malt, semi-sweet, biscuity. Very slight hops taste and bitterness. Aftertaste is mostly carbonation with a bit of malt sweetness.

A little weak for an Oktoberfest but not a bad beer. Drinkable but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 03:34:33 | More by whynot44
Photo of bashiba


1.58/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a very clear light orange with a thick white creamy head.

Smell was limited to a few hints of light malts.

Taste has just a hint of toasted malts with an odd sour mildew flavor that is not all good mixing in as well.

Mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation and a slight dryness to it.

The worst tasting Oktoberfest I have come across, to be avoided.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 03:12:12 | More by bashiba
Photo of malty


3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copperish-orange with visible carbonation forming a healthy 1" loose head.

Sweet and sharp nose. A little toasted malts, but no caramel notes detected. Pleasantly fresh.

Powdered sugary sweet toasted malts with a very slightly dry component detected on the edges of the tongue. Flavors are fresh, but gone in a few seconds. Very smooth and semi-sweet flavors all-around.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not a much carbonation I was expecting which made the light-med. body feel a bit slicker. Not much of any lingering finish - short and sweet.

Drinkability is good. Fantastic lawnmower beer for sure.

Overall I was a bit impressed with this offering. My expectations were a little surpassed. A sweeter than dry Oktoberfest with a good (but fleeting) flavor profile that requires no pondering - just drink and be merry. A good beer to have for curious fence-riding newbies.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:56:00 | More by malty
Photo of battlekow


2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Leinie's Oktoberfest pours a tawny color, probably on the lighter end of the scale for the style colorwise. It's capped by a head of impressive (and, no doubt, chemically-aided) longevity, which provides good lacing. Looks pretty good. Smells malty and slightly musty. The taste is similar, though I swear there's a touch of banana, with a little bit of a toasted finish. The aftertaste has a hint of phenol and metal, mmm. I don't want any more of this--sorry Dad.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 23:10:26 | More by battlekow
Photo of WWbrewfan


3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh...What can I say? A cool refreshing cheap beer from the master's of Leinenkugel! This is a good BBQ, Lawn-mowing, Football watching beer and is always a tasty treat in the cool, crisp, Wisconsin autumn's. Looks nice in a glass and has a crisp, hearty flavor. I think Leinenkugel is underated as an everyday beer and would strongly reccommend as a replacement to your Bud or Miller rituals! At $8.49 a twelver, I'll buy everytime! :)

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 23:50:37 | More by WWbrewfan
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear, and not-quite coppery in color, a deeper shade of orange maybe, with no head to speak of.

Aroma: off. slightly herbal,... empty, and vacuous, with a "skunky lager" thing going on that dominates. Not good.

Taste: do i have to? Away we go...slides easily into the mouth, then lays there, limp and listless. Minimal malt in the flavor, what there is of it...there's just no character here. Brings me no pleasure in the imbibing, merely exists to have something wet in the mouth.

A lightweight entry in the field. Best to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:36:18 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good try at a Wisconsin Okto that is hamstring by megabrew constraints. Decently golden brown color and foamy head. A nice amber malt character, but nothing that says it’s anything but a lager with a few darker grains thrown in. No real faults as a beer, but Oktos are too easy a style to go bland in.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2005 15:34:24 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a copper orange color with an average sized head. It smells malty, but a little plain. Taste: Carmel, Carmel, Carmel! The carmelized malts really stand out in this one leaving a nice sweet flavor and a very welcoming aftertaste. The mouthfeel and drinkability are also excellent. I could drink several of these. A decent Oktoberfest. A good beer. When something like this is around there's really no excuse to resort to budweiser or miller lite. Quality beer at a low price. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 04:49:48 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of clvand0


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

Pours a copper color with a small head that doesn't stick around too long. The aroma is a little weak, but there is a caramel and a very small amount of lager stank. The flavor was subdued a bit. Has a caramel character with a bready feel, but nothing spectacular. This is just a run of the mill Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 18:21:17 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


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

This leaves the bottle a golden color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is definately marzen. Lots of caramel and some of the lager characters, but not so strong. The flavor is a little thin and watery with a caramel tone to it as well. There is a sweet finish. The feel is moderate at best. Drinkability is just okay. Nothing special here. I'd take a Spaten over this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 01:42:06 | More by kmpitz2
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.