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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 15
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: garymuchow on 08-30-2002)
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Photo of barczar
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant light amber color with a one inch ecru head that dissipates in big bubbled, leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma is fairly grainy, with caramel malt sweetness and buttery, nutty, toffee tones adding complexity. There's a bit of alcohol evident.

Flavor is predominantly nutty initially, becoming slightly fruity/estery, and ending with herbal, tea-like hops. Grain forms the backbone, with toasted, bready malt and a hint of caramel sweetness taking a backseat.

Body is on the light side, with fairly high carbonation. There's a bit of grain astringency and alcohol warmth.

Overall, a malt-forward brew with some slight flaws that add more flavor than the malt characteristics. Drinkable, but not a favorite.

barczar, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of willmc
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Again with leinenkugel, pretty simple. Some spice on the nose, and unfortunately it doesnt go beyond that. Taste is malty and plain, even a little watery. There is some slight fall like flavor on the finish and dry. Wish I could say it gets better, but it don't.

willmc, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Jimboe
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Woodysbeard, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

bigbeers84, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Esalawton
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Esalawton, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of hpeli
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

hpeli, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
2/5  rDev -36.7%

JLapadura, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of dubmax
3/5  rDev -5.1%

dubmax, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Chokobo
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Chokobo, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's imperial Pint.
5.1% ABV, DEC0312 printed on the neck.

A - The delicious caramel-amber colored beer is instantly inviting and foreshadows the upcoming fall season and the changing of the leaves. Crystal clear and bubbly, the beautiful and radiant body is topped by a crown of just-slightly-off-white foam. Tall to start, it's got great retention with a thick collar of lacing.

S - An initial 6-row pale malt grainy aroma subsides quickly to a much more pleasing toasted Vienna-like malt nose. Munich and caramel malts add some underlying sweetness to the dry aroma, but it's boldly earthy. Dry leaves, grass clippings, and a bit of spice from the hops all give this beer a pleasing, balanced scent.

T - Impeccable balance in the taste, the maltiness really takes a moment of reflection to unfold. It starts with bready, flaky KFC-like biscuit and adds on a dab of honey sweetness and toast for something that goes beyond the harsh grainy aroma into specialty grain depth. Hops finish out with a light spice and herbal lingering finish which quickly suggests German noble hops.

M - While many other American breweries load their Oktoberfest with rich maltiness, Leinenkugel's gets what this beer is all about; drinkability. Leinie's Oktoberfest is a medium-light bodied Oktoberfest with high carbonation and a dry, crisp finish, complete with some mild, desired bitterness!

O - From the appearance to the finish, Leinenkugel's sexy-looking beer nails the great drinkability for the style with a well balanced and nicely malty brew that screams to be consumed in large quantities. While others might be a richer fall treat, this beer takes up quite a bit of room in my fridge each fall because it's often the Oktoberfest I want to reach for.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of dtvanriper
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

dtvanriper, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of angelisauce
3/5  rDev -5.1%

angelisauce, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Megahertz
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Numbers on the bottle and the label, but can't decipher the freshness date.

A - Crystal clear orange with a good white head that falls into a thin crown. Carbonation appears brisk.

S - Slightly malty, but more like an adjunct lager than a marzen.

T - Surprising toasted bread and caramel notes. Very mild, but appropriate for style. No real hoppiness to speak of.

M - Light body with brisk carbonation.

O - An inoffensive, introductory marzen. Flavors are appropriate to style, but very light.

Megahertz, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Bpierso1
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Bpierso1, Sep 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

mrosenfeld32, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +26.6%

sgttibbs, Sep 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerB4Water, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of rmolledo
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*sigh* Note to self: stear clear of twist off Oktoberfests

A: beautiful warm mahogany. crystal clear. frothy white head with nice lacing.

S: Very very faint caramel and toasted bready malt character. Lager yeast.

T: Very boring. Doesn't live up to the appearance. subtle caramel sweetness. Light toffee. Adjunct. Hardly any hop character. Boring in my opinion. Bad representation of Marzen Lager.

MF: Nice creamy slick mouthfeel. moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not the most exciting Oktoberfest. This 6-pack will probably remain in my fridge for a while. Appearance and Mouthfeel are very good but doesn't quite make up for lack of taste. Got more flavorful after it warmed which is strange for a lager.

rmolledo, Sep 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

kynap55, Sep 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Ryen, Sep 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

BarleyQuinn, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an Oktoberfest beer I've enjoyed over the last several years. Good to see it out in cans this year. This can is stamped with a December 31 2012 date

A-Pours a ton of large bubbled white head, a bit hangs on throughout the drink. This one is completely clear and amber in color.

S-Lightly toasted barley malt, clean lager aroma.

T-Slightly toasted malt. Fairly clean lager with just a slight bittering hop linger.

M-Carbonation and body are moderate and well done.

O-One of my favorite beers from Leines. An easy to drink simple yet solid Marzen. Lacks depth and richness but good drinkability. I like it, great for a Fall fishing trip!

deebo, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Rmatuszak2
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Rmatuszak2, Sep 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13%

TeachChefs, Sep 24, 2012
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.