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: 237 | 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 PorterLambic
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
2.49/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBob
1.96/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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Photo of ski271
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
1.94/5  rDev -39%
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.

Photo of hoffman
2.61/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of bashiba
1.65/5  rDev -48.1%
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.

Photo of malty
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of battlekow
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of WWbrewfan
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
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! :)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.76/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
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!

Photo of clvand0
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Rio
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a nice, off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Aroma is of sweet malts.

Sweet malts show up in the taste as well, but nothing really distinguishable. An interesting hop profile with this one as well. Strangely enough, I didn't detect the caramel flavors, nor much of the toasted flavors I've come to associate with these beers, which I enjoy much. A bit of a dry feel to it.

A good O'fest. Not a great one, but not a bad one either.

Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. The beer pours a darkish copper with a small off-white head. Not a bad looking beer, but a little light for a good O-fest.

The nose is of malts and a bit of honey. Not bad smelling, but still a little faint for my liking.

Taste is solid but not spectacular. Some sweetness and taste of slightly toasted malt. Not much in the way of hopping, which I like an a good O-fest. The beer does seem well made with no off or chemical tastes at all. Just a bit bland.

The mouthfeel is fine and the beer has a nice easy drinking side to it.

This may be a good intro to the style for some folks. While not a bad beer in any category, it is not good enough to move far up the rankings. Of the Wisconsin Regional Breweries Oktoberfests, this one comes in 4th behind the offerings from Point, Berghoff/Huber & City.

Photo of lampkins
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an ideal entry level Oktoberfest to introduce someone to. It is no too over powering and is an ok session beer. Beer pours a copper color with very little head, actually when poured into a pint glass there is very little head, but for some reason the opposite is true when your drinking it straight out of the bottle, it get foamin up. Suspect it has something to do with the general overcarbonation of Leinies' beers in my opinion. I do not get a strong smell of anything in particular. Beer is rather sweet, perhaps the sweetest Oktoberfest I have had this year, can really taste the malt, but cannot detect hops or alcohol. Beer tastes better cold than warm.

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, a thin off white head and a wisp of malt.
Not much to go on here.

If it's Oktoberfest, this is the safest version. Aimed not to upset anybody.

The finish is underwhelming but it is quite drinkable.

Believe it or not, I know that SAB/Miller/Leinie can do better than this timid "seasonal".

Photo of mynie
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very average amber color with a nice, retentive head. A light smell, grain with a hints of citrus.

A light taste. Too light. Grainy malts that aren't very sweet and just a little tiny hint of hop bitterness at the end, along with an almost metallic taste. Thin body, even for a Ofest, light carbonation though and so it's easy to drink.

This is the kind of beer that's made to pound, straight from the bottle. I almost feel the urge to add something to it to make it taste like something, anything. This is not a good beer.

Photo of alexgash
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in a sampler of WI O-fests I recently received. Pours a light copper-straw with a thin off-white head. Smells of singed sweet bread malt with a mild Scotch tape hop smell. I'm not a huge 3M adhesive-smell fan, but it's not too off-putting. Taste comes at you with a bready and bland malt attack up front. Okay, maybe more of a "coast it on in in neutral" than an attack. Anyway, this gives way to a cereal malt wash midway and finally to some indistinct, yet mildly bitter, hops. Finish is a little astringent. Mouthfeel is average to thin (for an Ofest). Overall, slightly more malt and character than a Leinie's lager or Northwoods, but a rather watered-down Oktoberfest.

Photo of redmosquito
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber color with a thin white head, with some lacing. Nice malt and yeast balancing in the nose, toasted bread malt aroma, and the yeast smells somewhat spicey. Clean flavor dominated by malt, finishs dry with a little grainy astringency. Overall a very good Oktoberfest style.

Photo of hero27
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dark (yet basically clear) amber color. Fairly thin head even with a vigorous pour, and dies down quickly to basically nothing, however leaves a nice white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light and grainy...nothing too overwhelming but not offensive.

Taste: A very bready sweetness followed by a somewhat bitter taste of hops. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel: Certainly won't blow you away. A light to moderate body, but it didn't do much for me.

Drinkability: I guess I have to give this a fairly high drinkability score. You could pour a few of these down the hatch fairly effortlessly...however I'm not so sure you'd want to.

Not too much to complain about, but certainly no overwhelmingly good traits. Leinenkugel's has much better styles, but go ahead and try this one for something different.

Photo of elmocoso
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper with not much of a head, say 1/8 inch that soon dissipates into a thin veil of lacing and a meek collar.

The smell is bottle and CO2 with slight malt.

The taste is malt and carb that hits the middle back of the tongue. Not the best. Over carbonated, I think and a seeming puckery blankness in the taste.

The beer warmed up and I warmed up to it. The carb toned down and the maltyness came out to greet me. Still not a great beer, the taste and drinkability got bumped up

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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