Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.2/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
#141. This turned out to be a random "where'd this come from?" bottle that has been in my refrigerator since at least September. This is one of my last fall beers left! Date on bottle is Dec0511, so I have to assume it's still in decent shape.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a beer clean pint glass at room temperature. Served at 44 degrees fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a light beige two finger depth head of a small-bubble froth consistency, a small notch above fizz quality. Retention quality is average, as the airy head dissipates in patches, leaving behind some small clingy lace, followed by a bubbly, yet complete surface cover. Color is a bronze-orange, crystal clear with sparse carbonation. It falls within the obvious range of an Oktoberfest in terms of appearance, but there's nothing making this unique or bold aside from the necessities. 3
(Smell) Some very light biscuity malt flavor and a overshadowing tartness from what seems to be cider fruits. Some minute hop flavor is also detectable in small traces. Not bold, as expected and not very complex. Like most Oktoberfests, it's subtle but run-of-the mill ultimately. 3
(Taste) Clean, crisp pale malts and light mildly roasted caramel, followed with a damp cider fruit tone. The cider quality is uniquely intense in the taste of this beer, but doesn't help crisp the taste at all. Musky and dank are two adjectives I would give the flavor. It overshadows the otherwise decent malt flavor. Aside from the usual suspects, there isn't much else to be found in the taste of this beer. Not unexpectedly, it doesn't have many redeeming factors to call me back next fall, but the tart cider fruit flavors are interesting, should that be catered to your individual tastes. 3
(Mouthfeel) Like most Oktoberfests go, a slick smoothness with just enough carbonation to keep it slightly above water texture. This one could use a touch more carbonation, personally. Not much, but it would be ideal to raise it a hair. Body is a touch above light. Alcohol is mostly concealed, but again the tart cider tones are drawing my palate to better draw out any minor ethanol perks. Overall this does well by the style, aside from a few setbacks. 4
(Overall) This falls ultimately within the medium range of Oktoberfests in terms of quality and taste. You may be pleased to note that there is a conflicting bitterness to balance the sweet side of the lightly caramel-toned malty end, best described by me as cider tones. I think that this will, ultimately make this a unique choice, but quality-wise you could do better, could do worse. In the end, it's just another Oktoberfest. 3.5
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Serving type: bottle
11-30-2011 03:55:29 | More by Jadjunk
2.42/5 rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Was a nice shade of copper. Very thin head that receded into a very thin cap with like-wise lacing. Not much nose at all. I strained to get a little bit of grain out of it, but absolutely nothing else. The taste leaned toward metallic, with some caramel, but like the nose, not much else was there. The tinny taste made for a less than appetizing mouthfeel. I like most octoberfests, but I can't include this one in that group.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2011 23:31:45 | More by maleman
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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