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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 1,496
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 21
Gots: 253 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 whynot44
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of bashiba
1.65/5  rDev -46.3%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of malty
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of battlekow
2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of WWbrewfan
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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! :) (437 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a copper orange color with an average sized head. It smells malty, but a little plain. Taste: Caramel malt backbone with a very sweet welcoming aftertaste. The mouthfeel and drinkability are decent. I could drink several of these. A better Oktoberfest than I assumed they would brew. (299 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Rio
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of lampkins
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev +2%
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". (312 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (493 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks pretty good: Clear dark amber with a decent-sized off-white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a few random patches on the glass. Smell is mildly malty. Taste is sweet and malty, but weak. Really, not much going on here! Are there hops in this? Slightly sour aftertaste. Watery mouthfeel. Not bad... but not very good, either. (338 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burnished amber-orange topped by an bone white head that has a slight yellowish orange tint. The beer received a fairly aggressive pour and produced a decent sized foamy head as a result. Passable lace, no more than that.

The nose is pretty weak. I have to get my nose fairly deep into the glass to appreciate much. It isn't half bad... grainy malt with a minimum of offensiveness.

The flavor profile is disappointing. A quasi-sweet maltiness starts it off, but doesn't really lead to much. There's also a little earthiness, but the whole thing quickly loses its way and just kind of lays there and gives up. A little hop bitterness trys to poke through, but it too loses interest. A body/mouthfeel that is thin and fleeting definitely doesn't help.

I find myself without a strong opinion on this beer. It isn't bad, but there's really nothing to recommend it either. I find it to be middle-of-the-road as far as Leinie's goes: better than Berry Weiss and Honey Weiss, but not as good as Creamy Dark and Red. Before drinking what is my first every Oktoberfest, I wondered what an Oktoberfest was supposed to taste like. After drinking it, I'm still not sure that I know. (1,173 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear autumn amber with a slight egg-shell colored head that forms a nice inch & a half but fades to a thin film rather quick. The carbonation is up abit ti almost fizz-like. The smell is slightly sweet. Hop in the taste is slight as well but just enough to balance to a dry mouth finish. The body is light, alittle watery but drinkable. (345 characters)

Photo of brakspear
2.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was surprised by the decent head formation and subsequent lacing down glass. The body has an extremely clear, amber color, with high carbonation. Aroma is subdued for the style, although there are some toasted malt notes deep in the background.

The taste is sweet rather than caramel or roasted malts and in fact the hops are more dominate than malt, which should not happen with this style.

All and all just a maltier version of the regular Leinie's beers. (466 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber hue with a white head. Malty sweetness, medium bitterness, average for an O'fest beer. I still have a few left, and its not bad but not great. Better than budweiser. Since you won't run into these guys until next year, I will say that it is better than a macro lager. But not my favorite of this style. (317 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark golden color, cheap foamy head and no lace. nice toasted malt aroma is cut down to size by the adjunct used (corn). taste mimics smell...your interest is piqued by a biscuity goodness that is soon drowned in adjunct badness. pretty light and fairly smooth mouthfeel. thin hop profile adds nothing. o-fest light. easy to drink with hints of caramel malt flavors. fairly lame and tame. (393 characters)

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