Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 236 | 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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Beer added by: garymuchow on 08-30-2002

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Photo of KI9A
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bottle pour into tulip glass. Copper color, fast fading head.

S: Fruity hops, roasted malt.

T: Seems "dumbed down". Hints of hops and malts trying to bust out. Finishes with slight bitterness.

M/D: Clean mouthfeel, maybe too much carbonation..much like a macro-lager. Reminds me of a "beginners" Marzen. Easy to drink a bunch of these, but, not what I'm looking for in a O-fest/Marz beer.

Not a real good effort, but, keep trying!

Photo of Greggy
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper orange color. Small head recedes quickly. No lacing.

S- baked Pumpkin seed, caramel, fresh bakers flour. Malty, but the baked pumpkin seed is the main component for me.

T-Caramel, Raisin, pumpkin seed, dry finish.

M- Low Carb, decent finish.

D- Decent, but probably wouldn't have again.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just showed up today in Casper.

A clear sparkling orange amber colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to some spotting and a ring around the glass. Some lacing.

The smell light notes of caramel and grain and a rather strong metallic nose. This doesn't bode too well unless the taste kicks in with some good flavour.

The taste has notes of caramel, bread, a bit of fruitiness, and a touch of lemon hop bitterness and I do mean just a touch, but I wasn't really looking for any so it's cool. Ok, the finish gets a little bitter and in not that good a way so this one is not doing much for me in my current search for Oktoberfests.

The mouthfeel is light but slick on the tongue and the carbonation is mediumish.

Well, first of the style to show up in town and actually, the first time the Leinie's has shown up here and..I don't find it to be a well rounded brew...no symphany of flavours here. Too bad. ;^(

Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink # 12018 A12064
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours an amber brown with orange highlights.

The nose is bland and average at best with whiffs of a strange metallic funk.

A smooth lager and a malty beer overall. The mouthfeel is a tad watery however. Syrupy with hints of caramel and maple. Give me a strong malt presence in this beer, please - a decent Oktoberfest

Photo of nrbw23
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a light golden orange color. Decent off white head and lacing. Little lighter than I was expecting.

S- Really weak here. Light caramel and bready malts.

T- Again way too weak for me. Sweet and caramel malts.

M- Over light in body and carbonation.

D- I was very disappointed in this one. There's just so many better so I'll just have to pass.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden brown with minimum activity and a two finger head. The head quickly diminished to a nice lacing that clung to the sides of the stein.

A light sweet malt smell that is dominated by a bitter hop smell.

It tasted sharp, bitter and full of hops. I could barely taste the malt at first. It had a dry malty finish. Overall it was moderately smooth.

Verfy drinkable but there are others more drinkable. It is well worth the time to sit down with a few and enjoy on a nice evening.

Photo of KeefD
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First in a mixed sixer of Oktoberfest beers to be consumed in the next few days.

Pours a bright orange/copper color with a small tan head and no lacing. Nutty, bready aroma, a bit of metallic notes. Taste is the same as the nose. Nutty, biscuity, mildly sweet, dry and slighlty bitter on the finish. Not enough caramel malt in the flavor profile to make it stand out, but a decent flavor nonetheless. A bit thin and watery on the tongue. Easily a sessionable Ofest.

A nice flavor but not really what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

Photo of kinger
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lousy marzen presented by a usually decent brewer. Aroma is non-existent, appearance is good with a nice bronze color and small creamy head. average feel here with a weak finish. Flavor is decent for a standard lager but falls fairly short for an oktoberfest. I have a sneaking suspicion that Leinenkugel's may be falling to the wayward hands of their owner, I only hope their other brews aren't being compromised by cheap ingredients.

Photo of WJVII
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very orange copper color. There was a thin off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is very mild, some malt, light spice noticeable. The taste is thin with a little alcohol in the finish. Some decent hops flavor, but relatively unnoticeable and forgettable taste. This is a mediocre brew from Lenie's for whom I respect most of the beer they brew. Not their best work here.

Photo of rye726
1.8/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As with most of Leinkugel's beers, this leans more towards a macro than a micro. It pours a clear copper color with a suddy light beige head. The nose is grainy with some spices. The taste is mostly weak malt and old hops. Body is light and fizzy. Not the best example of the style.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
1.88/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels is one of those breweries that hangs in the shaded areas between respectful craft breweries and evil microbreweries. I'm not sure how much rice and corn that Miller forces down Leine's process if at all, but I do still have some respect left for Leine's.

With that being said, I hope they cancel their failed attempt at an Oktoberfest. While Leine's does make some good beers, I'm convinced that this Oktoberfest was nothing more than their regular Leinenkugels lager with some food coloring. Way to go, Miller.

So if you like Leinenkugels original, of which I do find to be a pretty good lager, then you'll like this. Its just mis-labeled as an Oktoberfest.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours out about half and half foam and beer. Creamy head leaving a craggy pattern of lace behind. Underneath it is a coppery brew with great clarity. The head melts pretty fast, leaving a chunky, patchy covering.

Aroma - soft aroma of malts, a light element of roastiness to them. Low-key, not necessarily thin though. Just easy-going and persistent.

Taste - a nice measure of toasted malts, paired with a general grainy flavor. Little if any hop presence to this bottle, just a touch on the swallow. Fresher samples have demonstrated a decent note of balancing bitterness, I imagine the closer you get to Halloween, the more faded the hop note will be. The finish is mildly dry with a shadow of the toasty grain. Kind of plain but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - crisp body, somewhat thin as well.

Drinkability - easily sessionable but I'd generally go for something with a little more roast/toast to it for an OFest. Doesn't stand up against its similarly priced peers of the style.

Photo of PaleAlien2
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pleasing copper color with a light tan head, but the taste is quite nondescript. Flavor is basically just malt with a bit of grass or earthiness to it, though it does have a light, crisp finish that makes me think it could be consumed in large quantities if taste or complexity aren’t really concerns.

Photo of DackAchan
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Good look, rich golden amber with a nice 1 finger head that turns lacey and sticks around the edges.

S- Okay smell, slight malt smell to it.

T- Not rich in tastes, malty taste to it but nothing else distinguishable.

M- Light beer for an octoberfest, nothing special.

D- Okay drinkability, not a beer I would get again.

Photo of slyke
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinie's Oktoberfest pours a clear orange color with a finger of white head. Decent lacing.

The aroma of the beer has malt, sweet caramel with some grassiness.

The taste has is similar to the aroma, but the malt leads the way.

Mouthfeel is quite light for the style.

Drinkability is good with this beer - it's one to try if you find it.

Photo of GRPunk
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured a clearish amber with a 1 finger off-white head that turned to some decent lacing. It had light carbonation and left a fair amount of sticking to the glass.

S- It was mostly sweet bready malts with a light caramel aroma.

T- Really light flavors for the style. The most robust flavor was caramel.

M- It became really foamy.

D- It was an easy drinker, but there wasn't enough flavor to make me want more.

Overall- It wasn't a terrible beer by any means. When presented with limited options at a bar, I'd give this one another go. It just wasn't flavorful enought to make me say it was really good. I went into this beer expecting a bit more.

Photo of dren
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with lots of bubbles. A thick one inch head just topped off my pint glass. Fell fairly quickly leaving a little lacing.

Smells like sweet apple juice. Kind of faint.

Tastes like sweet and slightly tart apple juice. Some malts towards the end and a little bit of hops. Some caramel flavors in there as well. Finishes like Fritos.

The beer is fairly light bodied.

This beer isn't the best Oktoberfest beer I have had but it has enough light flavor throuhgout to keep things interesting when you don't want to be overpowered by the beer. It would be easy to throw back several of these.

Photo of lakeviewmike
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper amber color. Small head, low retention.

Nice smell, light carmel malts.

Taste is carmel malts with nice hops finish.

Very drinkable. I good amber lager.

"The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies’n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains only 4.5% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style."

Fits the profile. This is the type of beer that I would be more than happy to get at a restaurant with a limited selection and might buy a six pack once in a while for an easy going, drinkable lager.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? It smells just like a poor apple cider. Let me verify this with a re-sniff. Yep, poor apple cider.

Taste: Light bready maltiness with a hint of caramel and sweetness. Notes of apple and, regrettably, vegetables. Very mild bitterness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor representation of the style, and an outright disappointing beer.

Photo of happygnome
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a copper color with about a inch and a half of head that dissapears quikly leaving sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: light roasted caramel malt aroma with very subtle floral hop aroma
t: roasted caramel flavor with a little floral hop towards the finish, a relative watered down oktoberfest
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little less than average amount of carbonation

overall, this isnt too bad, but its kind of lacking in the flavor, sessionable

Photo of bradley0114
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice cooper/orange color....a thick four-finger head that disappears quickly, leaving a clingy film on glass.

Smell - Average, smells like most lagers.

Taste - I liked to taste, but I feel there could of been a slight bit more hop kick (understandably not too much in this type of style).

Mouthfeel - Really light, lighter than what I get out of most lagers I drink.

Drinkability - Not bad, a good backup plan. Something friends who aren't into craft beers could enjoy.

Photo of Strix
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malts with a bit of caramel. Tastes just like an average malt and grain taste. For the first couple sips, I could taste (or maybe I just imagined) the faintest toasted hints of an Octoberfest style, but it never really goes anywhere. Finishes thin and watery, nothing special. Kind of disappointing. I would like to see a bit more kick and flavor for this - it's barely distinguishable from a Budweiser.

Edit - the first one of these I had alone, and I wasn't particularly impressed. The last one I had outside at a ballgame with a brat, and I felt much better about it. Granted, it's not a particularly impressive Oktoberfest and I think Leinies can do better, but it is better than a Budweiser.

Photo of crazybrody06
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a big leinies fan, so I was looking foward to this one since mid summer.

There really isnt anything special about this beer. Not a great appreance. kinda orangy lager color. Not really any octoberfest taste that I could pick out. Very thin watery mouthfeel. Overall just a big dissapointment.

Photo of afinepilsner
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with decent retention and left a little spotty lace behind. The aroma was toasted malt. The taste was toasted malt and hops with a little sweetness upfront and a semi-dry finish. It was medium-light in body with plenty carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's an average beer, but a little thin for an Oktoberfest.

Photo of morimech
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy 2-fingered head that disapates quickly leaving slight lacing.

It smells of sweet malt. Maybe a hop, floral smell but I couldn't say for sure. Just not much else to say about the aroma

It has a sweet malty taste. Nothing too complex. No hop bitterness but I would have liked a deeper malt taste. If that makes any sense.

A fairly light beer with a slight fizz on the tongue. Could drink a few of these quit easily. Nothing great here but it is a decent beer to enjoy on a cool afternoon. I would buy it again if I could find it for a discounted price.

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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