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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 1,498
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 21
Gots: 255 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%

This may be last year's brew. Yeah, Nov 2013. Hope the formula hasnt changed so this is accurate.

I love spending time with my friend Tony. He's always got some good brews each time I come to his house, not to mention his kegerator.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

Appearance (3.5) : Nice four finger carbonated off-white head that recedes quickly. Bubbles line the glass and the body is a transparent festive orange-copper glow. Licks of lacing here and there line the glass.

Smell (4) : Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, honey, hint of ginger, cinnamon, clean water. Pumpkin flesh. A very fresh smelling Marzen. I like it.

Taste (3.25) : some maple syrup, pumpkin, ginger, orange peel, festive spice. What follows is a malt liquor taste that's hard to get rid of. Very distracting. The flavors are right though, and it's easy drinking despite the malt liquor finish.

Mouthfeel (3) : Slippery, wet, flat. A little carbonation but hits the palate like a day old soda. Ends slightly crispy.

Overall (3.17) : it's a toss up if I'd ever buy a six pack of this beer. I don't think it's bad, but it's not very good. There are better Marzens out there, friends, but this is still worth a try. (1,206 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured a nice clear amber body with a one finger white head. Very nice and true to style. Scents of rich, sweet malt, a light toasted aroma and a very faint citrus. Overall impression is of a nice, clean Oktoberfest aroma, though the citrus is an odd touch, but not unpleasant. Flavor begins with a nice rich malty sweetness, moving into a nice toasted malt character with an extremely faint touch of lemonade. Middle continues these flavors but gets a little drier, with a very faint hint of alcohol present. Finish is medium-dry with a nice presence of toasted malt. Overall impression is of a clean, malty flavor that is balanced between rich malt and toasted malt. The lemonade flavors faintly in the background are not traditional, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Quite nice and very true to style. Overall this a decent example of an Oktoberfest. It stays mostly to style in most respects and what it does differently is not unpleasant and works with the flavor profile and aroma. Nothing spectacular, but good all around. (1,081 characters)

Photo of boogieman
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Leinenkugel's 12-packs were on sale at the local store, so I picked up a case of Oktoberfest to try.
Appearance- nice amber, moderate carbonation bubbles rising up. 2 finger head that slowly dissipated into a long-lasting 1/4" foam with nice lacing around the glass as well.
Smell- Not much. Hardly noticeable. A little bit of sweet nutty malt.
Taste- sweetly bitter at first with roasted nuts, caramel, malt. An ligh aftertaste of tingly, spicy hops.
Mouthfeel- really good. Perfect amount of carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied.
Overall a decent beer. Not my favorite, but worth a try. (611 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light aroma of caramel malts. Very light amounts of spicy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel malts which contribute a light amount of sweetness to it. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy/peppery hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Fairly easy to drink but not sure that I would want to have many of these - it just seems like a watered down version of traditional Oktoberfests. (1,089 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +14%

12 oz bottle (as pictured).
Pours a clear coppery color, with a tan head, quickly fading foam.
Smell is of toasted malt and caramel.
Taste is much the same, caramel flavors and mild amount of hop bitterness to keep everything in balance. Lots of carbonation give a crisp mouthfeel.
A drinkable example of the style, no complaints. (332 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%

I figured the Oktoberfest beer I could make my first would be from my favorite mainstream-brewer, Leinenkugel, and I wasn't disappointed. Not really knowing how an Oktoberfest beer is supposed to taste, I went in with no expectations, and came out with a great beer, full of pleasant caramel malt character and mildly bitter and refreshing crispness. Keep 'em coming, Leinie, and I'll keep drinking. (399 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a mix and match sixer, even though I am unsure if I have ever enjoyed anything by Leinenkugel. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice looking amber color with a one finger maybe smaller foamy head. The head dissipates about a quarter of the way into the beer and leaves little lacing. I like the packaging, pretty cool.

Smell - Malty, bready, spicy, what you expect from the style and even from the look of the beer. It just looks like a malty beer, and it smells like one too. Pretty sure theres gonna be malts on the palate as well, but I'm no rocket scientist.

Taste - I enjoyed the taste of this brew! Of course it was malty, but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice caramel touches and some breads. At the very back of the drink, hidden among all the malty goodness, is just a flavoring of hops. I think it may be a little better than we have given it credit for.

Mouthfeel - Finishes sweet, malty. Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall - A decent brew. I wouldn't buy it again, but its worth a try. I think it is a little better than we have given it credit for here, but it isn't anything to really jump around about. Slightly above average. (1,213 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellowish amber. Decent head leaves decent lace.
Smell: Lemon, honey, biscuits, caramel.
Taste: Malty, honey, biscuits, lemon.

Not bad at all. It has a nice warming taste and feel to it. There's a caramel, malty trait to both the smell and the taste. I wouldn't get this again, however, it was certainly enjoyable. There are better out there. (355 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Came as part of their Autumn Sampler. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper in color with a 1-finger foamy off white head but doesn't last too long. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Tiny streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass but not over carbonated. The aroma is of some malts with a slight hint of caramel. The taste is about the same with a slightly dry finish. Doesn't have a bitter or harsh aftertaste though. Not as bad as some others make it out to be really.. (566 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 28 December 2013

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so can't really comment. Nice cap though with the Bavarian flag in honor of the Oktoberfest's origins.

Smell: The smell here was rather muted. Unlike the Sam Adam's Oktoberfest which you can really smell well, this one was comparatively weaker. Still hints of maltiness coming through the nose though.

Taste: Really not bad. Malts were sweet but not overpoweringly so, with a hint of caramel being picked up. No off flavors and no harshness. Tastes like an Oktoberfest- nothing really notable or special about it in either a positive or negative way.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel throughout- excellent carbonation that doesn't get thin as you drink the beer.

Overall: This is a mid-tier American Oktoberfest that is widely available in the midwest. I would likely choose Sam Adam's Oktoberfest over this if I was buying large quantities of this beer style, as the nose and malt flavors are a little better than the Leinie's offering. Pales in comparison to the German examples. (1,079 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a moderate head and bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, bit of caramel sweetness, fruit and citrus. Taste of malt, some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, smooth but a bit short on flavor. Decent beer, but hoped for a bit more character. (302 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Good looking clean and clear copper color with plenty of visible carbonation. The 1-plus finger head, off-white, tapers to a film and leaves good lacing.

S- Bready, caramel, some spice. Some evidence of AAL-type graininess.

T- Caramel, mild hops, and some Munich-esque malts.

M- The body, hops, malt , and spiciness are all ok, just a bit less than other varieties. Not bad, though.

O- It's ok by me. (456 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a generic kitchen glass. Nice label art. Reviewed from notes; I didn't review in an ideal environment so my notes are a bit truncated. Best before 12/02/13. Twist-off cap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head which is disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Bad retention (less than a minute). Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and what little there is doesn't stick for very long.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Honey, nectary notes/hop character, caramalt, munich malts. Grains. Sticky. Pretty standard festbier build. Some residual sugars lend it a sweetness. Hopping is minimal. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Tame. Clean yeast character. Honey. Nectar. Floral hops - though they have a minimal presence. Grainy. Munich malts. Caramalt. Simple but balanced. No real subtlety. It's on the sweeter side. A good build for a marzen, but far from exemplary. Average depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. I like it in spite of its painful simplicity (it's even more simple than most marzens).

Mf: Smooth, wet, sticky, chewy. Good carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Clean. A biteen too thick. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent presence on the palate. Okay body.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I like it; this is a surprisingly decent brew considering it's made by Leinenkugel's. Hides its ABV well. I'll happily kill this 6er, and it's a good value option in this style. Stays within style conventions for the most part.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, clear brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam hat gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I do get faint, and I mean faint, notes of malt, pretzels, caramel and clover. But very faint.

Taste: Very malty up front, with some nice caramel-like sweetness finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Nice and malty and nicely balanced with hops. Good quaff. (834 characters)

Photo of Johnroby
1.94/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up in a mix and match section at Fresh market. After one drink it tasted like I was drinking a lite version of an Octoberfest beer, tasted watered down very disappointed as Leinenkugels usually puts out good beer. Even Yuengling tasted better than this (266 characters)

Photo of CCBrewCO
2.03/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nope, not a fan, opening smelled of wet dog, mouth feel was fine at first, but lingered a hoppy sourness that was off putting.

Would not but a six again, glad I got it as a single bottle. Wasted $1.99

I was expecting much more having seen a lot of marketing for this brewery's beer's but I feel let down on the hype. (318 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 12/16/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring and forgettable for the style. (524 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and mostly has flavors of toasted malts along with hints of caramel malts and spicy hops. A faint amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a "lite" version of a German Oktoberfest—it has the proper aromas and flavors but seems to be watered down. (835 characters)

Photo of AAG
2.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an ice-cold 12oz bottle into a room-temperature stein.

Appearance - Light copper in color; about a 1-finger frothy head initially that settled very quickly and dissipated almost entirely; translucent; attractive appearance; frothy lacing continued throughout the beer.

Smell - Minimal smell; caramel, bread-like; difficult to detect; reminds me of a Sam Adams Winter Lager

Taste - Not bad, overall; tastes like caramel; initially, sweet caramel taste that transitions to a bitter/sour aftertaste. Not as rich as I would have liked for a Marzen.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant, smooth; not too bitter.

Overall - An average Marzen, overall. I wouldn't necessarily seek this beer out again but it is drinkable and appropriate for a nice fall day. (750 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The cream-colored head is about one fingers high and has a decent frothy texture, but also has poor retention. Despite the low duration, it still leaves behind a decent sheet of lacing behind.

S: Mild. While it does have that sweet caramel undercurrent ever-so-prominent in the style, it really doesn't jump out of the glass at all. I also pick up a touch of cereal grain - just a touch thankfully. Simply put, the aroma doesn't impress.

T: Again, it's just tastes 'held back' for whatever reason. An initial wave of mild caramel sweetness is washed away by the bitter finish. This bitterness isn't hoppy, it's honestly kind of metallic and even a touch chemical. Basically, it tanks what was otherwise a bland, average beer.

M: No questions, it's easy to drink. The sweet finish doesn't expose any of the harsh flavors excessively, and vibrant carbonation helps it go down the palate swiftly.

O: The best part? I drank it without incident. Sadly, that just means this one is no good. Even if it was offered to me freely, I'd think long and hard about drinking this again. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deeper amber color with a one finger pure white fizzy head and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, consisting of a bit of a lightly roasted bready smell as well as aromas of caramel and toffee.

Taste – The taste begins with a strong caramel and lightly toasted bready flavor. These flavor create the bulk of the taste and remain rather constant throughout the taste. Other sweeter flavors come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, consisting mainly of an apple and pear flavor. Along with the fruit, comes some spice flavors as well as a bit of a grassy flavor. These tastes take the taste to its end, leaving a rather sweet and lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are appropriate for the style and match the sweeter, lightly roasted, and spiced flavors of the brew quite well.

Overall – A decent Oktoberfest that is a bit on the sweeter side. It’s alright, but noting super exceptional. (1,364 characters)

Photo of slusk
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: On the lighter side of copper, crystal clear. 2 finger white head with a decent head retention.

Smell: Mild caramel and bready notes with a malt forward aroma with the lightest hint of hop.

Taste: Not a bad beer. The first taste had some caramel and malt notes with a bready after taste. The body I found on the weak side, missing the richness I perfer in a 3B. Overall not bad but not the best either.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a mouthfeel bordering on watery.

Overall: Not a bad beer, I wouldn't send it back if I ordered it, but I'd ask what other ambers they had before I ordered it again. Lacks the character I look for in an Oktoberfest. I think a larger malt bill could help. (713 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 10-01-2013
Freshness: Best by 01-06-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, screw-cap
Glassware: Frankfurt mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Very large off-white head, on a bright and clear copper beer. Head retention is good.

S: Aromas have bready malts and some earthy hops.

T: The taste features semi-sweet caramel maltiness with light hop notes.

M: Average carbonation and a medium body. The finish is of caramel malts with a light bittering from hops.

O: Pleasant and easy drinking, if not very remarkable. (527 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells of toasted grain and caramel with a herbal and grassy hop aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with flavors of toasted grain and caramel. Herbal and grassy hops with a slight lemon taste. Slight flavor of burnt sugar. Yep it tastes like a Märzen.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent Märzen. Not the best of its kind but I wouldn't refuse one. (407 characters)

Photo of EBeckett3
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Nice copper with good white head, excellent laces
S - Caramel malt
T - Light body, caramel with slight graininess, notable carbonation
M - Thin, not much malt
O - not a traditional Marzen, OK for one or two watching a football game

Poured in a 16 oz pint glass at McMichael's Pub, Gloucester City, NJ (305 characters)

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.