Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 457
Hads: 1,485
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 18
Gots: 240 | 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 bmwats
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber or light brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a little foam blanket on the surface. Very sparse lacing mostly quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Lightly roasted malt, and a little oak. Not much else.

T: Peaty and woody malt grains. Cheerios. Bitter tea leaf.

M: Kind of shallow. Little aftertaste except a light, chalky bitterness.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Decent head, no real lacing though. Nose is roasted grains with a bit of a woody character. Peaty and woody with a little bitterness. Overall, this is an okay quaff. (656 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
1.66/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: A very dark copper color with some head evident around the surrounding of the glass. There is also some on the surface of the beer. The beer also bubbles furiously. Looks appropriate to beer styling.

Smell: Has a bodied aroma to it, but it reminds me of Budweiser. Not a very good start. I don't smell much of anything related to malted hoppiness.

Taste: Not very much hops or malt in the way of taste. This still makes me think of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: There is a high level of carbonation in this beer with some medium thickness. They somehow actually benefit each other nicely. I can't complain about mouthfeel.

Overall: I am a big fan of Leinenkugel's beers, but not this one. I don't thick they hit the mark when it came to a marzen beer. A bit disappointing. (780 characters)

Photo of The-Sud-Truth
3.74/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: Poured from a can into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Faint amber with fair lacing and a quickly disappearing head

Smell: Standard malt with hints of lemon

Taste: Well blended malts with no single flavor outstanding over the others. Full without much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very good for this category; Full and blended with a hint of tingle.

Overall: A reliable seasonal beverage that I would go back to. Not the best in the category, but it does not pretend to be something that it's not. Easy to drink. Would enjoy best with friends on a Saturday afternoon in September. (595 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by date of DEC0213. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. The brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, and a little bit of hops. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all toasted malt, caramel and some hoppiness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Not a bad Oktoberfest brew, but not one of my favorites either. Still, I think it's worth trying. Got this as a single at my local Kroger. (573 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a long neck into a shaker. A fairly aggressive pour produces about one inch of a creamy white head, which sticks around pretty well. The beer is a yellowish-copper color with fairly low carbonation.

Very subdued nose (a bit of corn and very light floral hops) with definite toasty malt flavors, caramel and maybe some butterscotch, along with some corn mash and mild hop bitterness. The beer is very easy drinking and light in body, yet there's enough flavor to keep it interesting.

I remember trying a few Octoberfest brews last Fall, and I recall that my impression of Leinie's was quite favorable. One very popular brand, in particular, I found to be quite hard to drink....My favorable impression of Leinie's version is strengthened with this purchase, which is the first Octyfest that I've seen for sale in my town. (834 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a half-inch off-white head that falls to a thin but permanent foam layer. Not much lacing. Color is amber-gold. Aroma is toasty Munich malt with a bit of grassy-spicy hops. Flavor is malt-forward and toasty as expected but not as round and sweet as a typical O-fest, possibly due to it being about 1.5% lower than the typical abv for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, slightly astringent. Overall a solid brew but without the kick I was expecting. (463 characters)

Photo of JoshSyphilis
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My favorite fall beer but it's out way too early. Beer cola. Truthfully it's the only October beer I've ever had. I drank Coors light exclusively for twelve years then grew up by trying new beers every once and awhile. I'm sipping one now and sad that it will be in the 80's tomorrow! (284 characters)

Photo of workingclassbrew
3.51/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A early August night, time for a Oktoberfest? I bought a 12 pk of cans, easier to fit in my packed fridge.

Poured into a small lager mug. Nice color, dark amber, burnt orange. Really looks beautiful when held up to light. Nice head, falls quick though.

Little aroma. First taste, really "peppy" on the tongue. Light tasting, a little thin, then becomes sweet in the aftertaste. This brew becomes heavier after some of the carbonation dissipates. A really tasty beer. I like the sweetness, not overpowering, malt level perfect, slight tangy taste, little hops.

Overall a nice brew, even on a hot day I would enjoy this oktoberfest. This is my first of this style this year, I would have liked to put it off a bit, but couldnt resist. (737 characters)

Photo of Sean29
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a decent enough Oktoberfest, I would certainly drink enough in the fall to fulfill my fair share. The beer is best enjoyed out of a bottle, particularly good out of a Munich glass. A flavorful beer to be enjoyed with friends on a Saturday afternoon. (257 characters)

Photo of armiakhe
3.81/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer in appearance was a light brown and i thought it was very good overall. The smell just smelled like fall with hints of cinnamon and possibly nutmeg in it. I think this would be a great beer for the fall time although i drank it in the spring time. (257 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another pleasurable addition to The CANQuest (TM) and one that I {think that I} picked up at The Foodery (Northern Liberties). I have been a Leinie's fan ever since my visit to Hoos Warner in Madison, WI back in the spring of 1992. I know that they have really expanded their lineup of beers since then and the fact that they are CANning them makes it a double-plus bonus for me. Someday, I hope to relocate to the midwest, but for now, I am satiated by their beers.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel Family for five generations"; "The flavor of Fall with Munich, Pale & Caramel Malts and Four Specialty Hops".

I employed a Crack & Inverted Glug to get things started and it produced a finger of dense, tawny head as a result. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a honey-like lager sweetness along with a breadiness, initially, and warming, I began to perceive the caramel. Mouthfeel was medium, but there was a pronounced effervescence due to all of the carbonation noted earlier. Taste was sweet, but not cloying, and I really liked the way that the malts interacted so that it had a sweetish, bready flavor initially and then took on a sweeter caramel taste on the finish. I also noted a slight grassiness, perhaps Hallertau hops? Fall seasonal? Hell, it's a "German-style Marzen" and it's damn close to March as it stands. I would like to see this released more often and if not, stash some away for late winter. It is just that good. (1,577 characters)

Photo of Evansbeer
3.82/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very good Oktoberfest brew. Reminds me of holiday in Munich. Very festive tasting beer, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon with a slightly citrus bite. I would recommend it to those who cannot handle real German beer that has a high ABV. Perfect for beginners in the world of Oktoberfest brews (292 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a solid session. High carbonation with foam and, especially, lacing. Pale brown in color.

Smell: Faint pineapple along with faint lightly toasted nuts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Well-balanced bitterness and sweetness, but very generic. Some apple and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is actually quite crisp and enjoyable.

Overall Drinkability: A middle of the road beer. Easy to drink a bunch with no problem. (417 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bought as part of the Leinenkugel's Autumn sampler pack. Bottle says to enjoy by January 07, 2013 so I am only a couple days late on this one, but I was waiting for my sinuses to clear so I can actually smell and taste the beer. And the 12 pack was only $5.99 from my local beer store, you sure as hell can't beat that.

A - Non-aggressive pour into a Boulevard tulip glass yields virtually no head whatsoever. One of the most copper colored beers I've ever seen. Steady bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Pale malts is really the only thing I am getting out of this one. Slightly bubblegum smelling. Reminds me of other German style märzens / Oktoberfest beers I've had, or even slightly akin to the Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

T - Not as bad as some people make it out to be. Very dry and malty with maybe the vaguest bit of cinnamon and other Halloween spices added to the mix. Aftertaste is again kind of bubblegummy.

M - Clean and smooth mouthfeel. Doesn't stick around, no resinous piney hops, no spice lingerance. The only thing that is left is a hint of the bubblegum malts.

Overall, this isn't a terrible brew. Leinenkugel's isn't exactly top notch stuff in my book, but grabbing yourself one of their seasonal variety packs usually works out in your favor. Not my favorite autumn beer at all, but with a moderate 5.10% abv it is easy sippin, and definitely drinkable. This is my first beer review under the newly remodeled rating system, and to keep things on an even keel I am probably just going to stick with rating my beers as I did on the old scale before the .75 or .25 option was available, for now anyway.

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest ---3/5. (1,681 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a copper color with a short loose off white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: light yeasty bread quality, caramel malt, odd citrus note, not much going on

T: on the sweeter side with a little spice, mostly just malty water

M: medium bodied, light carbonation

O: pass on this one, there are much better Marzens out there, drinkable but unimpressive (433 characters)

Photo of Naaberle
2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at a chain restaurant. Not sure how long it sat before I received it but it was still quite cold.

A: Medium orange amber with a lace of foam on top, no thick head.

S: Smelt slightly metallic and bread-like.

T: Minimal bitterness which was a plus, but had a metallic taste to go with the smell. Had to work pretty hard to get any deep flavor out of it. Slight nuttiness emerged halfway through as it warmed.

M: Watery, but had a nice quick finish with no lingering after taste. Also very dry finish.

O: Mild beer with subtle flavors. Would try again, but not go out of my way to acquire. (613 characters)

Photo of Amish_Ambush
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First Reviewed 10/14/2008

Appearance: Dark Orange. Small head. Laces nicely.

Smell: Biscuit, slight orange pulp. Malt

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit watery and lacking body. There are some enjoyable orange and malt notes but I have to work to bring them out.

Drinkability: There are better Oktoberfest out there but this would do in a pinch.

Notes: There are better Oktoberfest out there. Not a bad offering. Just an average one. (426 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent red with a small white head. Smells of some grain, but not much at all. Beer has some caramely and slight chocolate notes in the dark roasted malt, but tastes watered down. Beer is carbonated fine and goes down really well, definitely sessionable. Overall, an average beer. (347 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark golden brown color that’s crystal clear and filled with mild carbonation. Its topped off with a nice thick off white head that sticks around for a while. Its got some really good lacing, the aroma is a bit on the light side with hints of pumpkin, wheat and mild hops. Some grass and herbal smells come through from time to time. Crisp on the tongue at first, it mellows out as it spreads throughout your mouth, it has some nice wheat flavors, mild grass notes when you swallow but that’s all I get fro it. It is light bodied but good overall. (568 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest pours a pretty clear golden color, with a very lite head. There is a slight malty aroma. There is a crisp light malty taste. Not to watery a bit lighter, a little carbonated. Overall its a pretty solid Marzen, a bit lighter but still rather enjoyable. (263 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice classic red amber/brown body and crystal clear. Some very faint rising carbonation you really have to look though. Head makes a simple light tan and fluffy four fingers in size, some decent retention to this. Looks inviting, and looks like an Oktoberfest, pretty solid.

Nose has a little big of grass malt and caramel. Clean, not much sweetness, kind of neutral smell. Definitely senses like a Marzen, so far so good.

Palate hits with a somewhat wet and light body. All the aspects for a marzen seem to be here but are toned down. Light bodied caramel sensations, faint toasty grain. Slight quenching finish and mild hard to find bitter with a slightly grass aftertaste. The majority of the palate is in the front and not in the aftertaste interestingly. Slightly palate coating.

Overall this comes off as just a simple Marzen, but it's easy drinking and I could drink this again without discomfort no problem. (974 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours very clear amber with a monster white head. Leaves great lacing.

S - Munich and caramel malt, adjunct.

T - Malt up front followed by some very slight adjunct. Sour, metallic finish.

M - Light, Creamy body with almost no carbonation.

O - There were hundreds of these at my local foodtown in large metal bins, all for $1 a can.it's a simple, straight forward beer and great for the price. I'd have another for a dollar (430 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out a non-spectacular amber, with a CO2 1/2 inch head that quickly disappeared. Lots of the ol' CO2 carbo bubbles swirling around this beer.

-Smell 3.5: Better than average bouquet. Light caramel and malt.

-Taste 2.0: Front is slightly sour with some malt hints. Middle is almost gone; very little taste of anything, but there is some slight maltiness. Finish has a very subdued caramel taste and some nice malt flavor. Aftertaste is short and dry, but I can detect some hops. After a few drinks of this brew, a very unpleasant dryness coated my mouth. Makes me wonder what is up with this beer.

-Mouthfeel 2.0: Appropriate carbonation for this type of beer, but the unpleasant, artificial dryness dropped this grade down.

-Overall 2.5: An average beer. I would not go out and try to track this down, but this is certainly not the worst beer you will ever drink. It is "maerzen-esque," but if there are other Oktoberfest options available, I would exercise them first, especially if you want to avoid the weird dryness in your mouth. Bleargh. (1,105 characters)

Photo of MichialTanner1
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My expectations of this beer were on par with my other experiences with Leinenkugel's brews--average, at best.

It probably didn't help that I had the privilege of consuming the excellent Damnation from Russian River just before this. After experiencing RR's obvious effort to be the best, it is disappointing that some brewery's goal is simply "drinkable".

To satisfy the usual critique: Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass; color was typical for the style, amber and you could read the label of the bottle through the liquid; smell from the glass was the same as the little bit I spilled upon my shirt about half-way through. Taste was typical for the style, but definitely worsened as it warmed (why would a good beer be allowed to warm, anyway?).

Consensus is that drinking this beer is only marginally better than not drinking at all. (852 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a light to medium amber with a 1 finger of off white head that fades quickly. Nose is of bready malts and some mild spices, nothing significant. Taste follows the nose with some of the bread and light spice profile. Minimal hops and nothing that stands out. Fairly unremarkable in terms of taste, just average with no strong malts, spices or hops. Feel is thin and watery with a lower end of carbonation. Overall- This was just okay. A bit disappointing considering I'm a fan of the Sunset Wheat. Would drink another if offered, but not going out to buy any soon. Needs something to make it stand out. Very basic- (655 characters)

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.