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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,279
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
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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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice copper color and poured a nice white head. However that head did not last very long. The lacing did but thats the short end of the head story. The beer had a bready smell. The taste was slightly sweet but not much taste going on here. Actually the brew was kinda watery. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of cagocubs
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent copper color with white head that sticks around and struggles to lace as it recedes.

S: Caramel malts, brown sugar sweetness, some bready notes.

T: Can taste the caramel malts, brown sugar, and bready character. Not as chewy as other marzens. Some bitterness comes through the end.

M: Lighter-bodied for this style. Good mouth coating with an ok finish.

cagocubs, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, bold gold with a thin head that quickly disappears. It's aroma is of nuts, bread, and toasted malt. The flavor is nutty with notes of toast and spice with a mild hoppy tang in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Leinenkugels Octoberfest is a good beer, balanced and a great match for schnitzel and sauerkraut. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
1.93/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. Fairly light amber color, finger of head that was quickly gone to nothing.
Smells like wet hay that did not quite make it into the barn before the rain and was then left out in the sun for a couple days. I am familiar with the smell but not from my beer.
Kind of tastes like a adjunct lager with an extra dash of barley. So if this was an adjunct lager it would have incredible flavor... but it is not. It is lacking in the maltiness of a Marzen.
It has a light body and is very carbonated.
Overall a poor attempt of the great Marzen style. Drink it if you want a more flavorful adjunct lager with a high level of carbonation.

Fatehunter, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am drinking this beer from the same glass that just had a Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest in it, so this beer is up against some tough competition (I rinsed the glass well). I am a pretty big fan of this style, and love this time of year for this reason also. Anyway, let's get down to reviewing this beer that I picked up at the Kingwood Spec's.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small head of antique white bubbles that was there for about 30 seconds. There weren't a weren't a whole lot of bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is a little bit of lacing as you drink the beer.

Aroma: My initial impression of the aroma was that it was super reserved. I expect it to be clean, but this aroma is almost non-existent in the cold beer. There is a little bit of sweet malt in there as a light caramel. As the beer sits, the aroma doesn't get much more eventful. Again, it is clean, which means there are no flaws and that is difficult to do. I don't get any negative interaction with the water or anything. It is just clean.

Taste: The flavor is pretty much on with the aroma. Clean and slightly sweet. There are a few more toasty notes in the flavor than I picked up in the aroma, so this makes you think that the Oktoberfest style is the one they were shooting for. There really aren't any hops to speak of. The carbonation is a bit low, but the body is light, so this is probably a good thing as this beer is obviously coming in on the lighter side of the spectrum. If it was more carbonated, it would probably make it more noticeable that it is thin. The finish is a little sweet and rather uneventful.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. It shows that the brewer knows how to make a Lager, and it is well balanced and clean. All this said, it is like a more "mass produced" beer quality to appeal to the masses. I just had a Hacker Pschorr, and that beer absolutely showcases the malt so much that it is like drinking a milkshake. This beer is a bit like a Budweiser "premium product" that is clean and made to appeal to the masses. I would definitely choose other Oktoberfest beers before I would take this one, but if it was on tap at a pizza joint or something, I would probably have a glass as it would probably go pretty well with pizza.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Fulky
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh, not bad. Not bad.

I was going for a twelve pack of Samuel Adams Octoberfest, and spotted this so I decided it'd be a good weekend to try something new. I really enjoyed the Summer Shandy so I thought it would be good to experience another seasonal Leinenkugel's brew.

I'm going to start out of order to say, although I'm not sure if I just got an off twelve pack, that the smell was just god awful. I usually always smell it straight out of the bottle as soon as I open it, and the smell was practically paralyzing. It smelled like a really skunky Budweiser or some other beer produced en masse that sat out in the sun for days. I poured it and took another whiff to see if it was just my nose deceiving me... but no. it smells bad,

That being said though, the pour wasn't bad at all. A very nice creamy white, two-finger head that hangs around... but with little to no lacing. Nice light hazelnut color that is perfectly clear.

Tastes pretty good also. Although personally, the caramel malt flavor is a bit too much for me. I prefer the more bitter, spiciness of hops in other Oktoberfests that seems to be lacking in this one.

The mouthfeel was crisp... noticeable carbination with a fairly full body... a little bit watery but not dramatically so. A pretty dry finsih. Good drinkability.

Not something I would drink everyday. I'll probably stick to Sam's Octoberfest in the future... but hey, it was worth a shot and it wasn't too bad. Just another notch in the belt for Autumn beers tried, and it's one worth trying. Pretty average, I'd recommend trying it at least once.

Fulky, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, transparent amber colored lager. Forms some head that maintains a few floating lilly pads. Weak, inconsistent lacing.

Aroma of wheat bread and smoked sausage.

Flavor is a little rough but not terrible. Can taste a sturdy malt base with a burnt biscuit quality. Surprising smokey flavor of sausage and deer jerky. Hops are weak and allow the smoke to dominate into the aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied. High level of carbonation. Coarse texture.

Just ok.

bnes09, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light bready and crusty malt notes. No hop aroma. No off aromas. Clean lager character.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear amber color with low sudsy off white head. Appears effervescent in the glass.

Flavor: More bready malt character with a touch of caramel sweetness. Some mild and interesting melanoidin notes. No hop flavors. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is clean and leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A pleasant, easy drinking, slightly malty Oktoberfest. Not sure why there isn't more love for this beer. Worth a try.

mattcrill, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Chiefy770
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one straight from the bottle.

A: It is a typical dark-amber colored beer. It is bottled up in a brown bottle.

S: Pleasant smell. Not an overwhelming whiff of alcohol.

T: Average just about sums this up. There is nothing special. There is a microscopic after-bite. It has the taste of every other 'Oktoberfest' or fall season beer out there.

M: There is a good hit of carbonation with each swig. Leaves a small tingle on the tongue.

Overall: This is a good beer. I was not disappointed. There is a reason that this is seasonal because this is not the kind of beer I would grab on a hot summer day. It is not for everybody but it should satisfy fans of Marzen brews.

Chiefy770, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice amber with a medium white head, good head retention, solid lace.

S: Light nose, some Munich malt, but I'm really searching.

T: Caramel and bready malt, Munich malt, tastes to style, just a light flavour. Some minor hop character on the back, but a bland beer for the most part.

M: Light-bodied, crisp bright carbonation. Easy going on the palate.

O: A servicable Fest in a pinch, but there's so much better out there.

Halcyondays, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Gilly1980
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Crystal clear deep orange with minimal head and no lacing.

S- Spicy and bready. Very bright aroma.

T- Same as smell. Hop tingle up front and pretzel in the after taste. Again, very up-front and bright.

M- Not much body to speak of. Feels like drinking carbonated water.

O- I'm not a big fan of fall seasonals but I love Leinie. This one just isn't up to par for me.

Gilly1980, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a surprisingly decent clear glass at Comerica Field, watching the Tigers play out the rest of their clinched division title season...

This beer appears a clear golden orange/amber hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bready, nutty malt, and weedy, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet nutty malt, a bit of cleaning product-tinged booze, and earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes with a drying nutty graininess, and more of that medicinal edge.

A bit too much off-flavours to enjoy with a critical eye - of course, for baseball and fireworks watchin', it was all right.

biboergosum, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours burnt orange with a finger of white head. The smell has a touch of alcohol, but is overall not very pleasant. This does not taste like a Marzen as it is very light on malt and there is actually a noticeable hoppiness to the finish. It's not too bad, but it's not true to style.

57md, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of PokerGod
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a seidel mug.

Appearance- Deep copper in color, active carbonation. decent head but quickly dissipates. does leave some lacing though.

Smell- slight hop smell, maybe even a slight alcohol smell. but no strong scent of anything here really. unimpressive.

Taste- Not great really. some hop characters, slightly malty, slight caramel sweetness but it has an overlying chemical taste. Possible there was a soap film in the glass, but I'm pretty adamant about keeping my glassware beer-clean.

Overall- Not Leinenkugel's best here. They can do much better than this. I love good marzens but I would prefer Schell's Oktoberfest or Paulaner Oktoberfest or Schmaltz's Freaktoberfest.

PokerGod, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Kestrel452
2.03/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a sucky rendition of a Marzen. It smells of hops and alcohol, definitely not what a marzen is supposed to smell like. Drinking this reminds me of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, especially when your nose approaches the inside of the glass as you're taking a swig.

Samuel Adams and Bell's makes FAR superior Oktoberfests, go give those a try, they're simply amazing especially the Sam Adams version.

Kestrel452, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to pick it up and try it out.

A- A light amber color, had a little ring of foam that quickly fades with very little carbonation.

S- Had a very mild malty smell. Very little floral hops as well.

T- Once again had a very faint hop and malt flavor. There really was no mid palette. Let me with a semi sweet finish, almost caramel taste.

M- Great drinkability smooth very crisp. Very refreshing.

Overall- I really was no impressed but did think it was a great beer to have on a hot day. Cheers

yankeej13, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours yielding a few fingers of large-bubbled head that looks rather generic. The body is orange-amber.

Smells of muddled noble hops and run-of-the-mill crystal and pale malts.

The taste of German lager-esque with a touch of noble hops, a touch of sulfur, and some biscuity malts. I like the malt notes near the end, but they don't stand out as anything special.

The mouthfeel is obviously force-carbonated and feels way too much like an ordinary macro-lager.

Conclusion: I hope for better, but seems to me to be a mass-produced alternative to macro-lagers that is released in fall. This brewery sometimes produces better beer, but I feel that this isn't an example of that...

allforbetterbeer, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of dhannes
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of 5 Oktoberfests...decided to start with the one that I felt would be the worst, and I hope I am right...served in a Perfect Pint.

A=Slightly reddish golden color, but lighter than most other märzens I recall. Nice light yellow foam head, about 3 fingers thick, that last well over a minute...any taste should be captured.

S=Faint whiff of hops and spice...nutmeg or clove?

T=Just like other Leinie's beers I've encountered, this one had less body than other beers. Strong copper taste at first, but reminded me of a lager with just a touch of märzen style added to it. A mainstream version of the beer not intended to offend or over power the mass market consumer.

M=Faint carbonation at first, but then seemed to increase.

O=Great if you want to drink the style but not deviate too far away from an adjunct lager. Won't be added to my rotation, regardless of how the other märzens do.

dhannes, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) It is amber in color with a slight haze. There was an inch of bubbly head. Decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

S) Malt, dirt and moss, an earthy nose. Deep pull reveals a slight sweetness.

T) Roasted malt, slight hop bitterness. There's kind of a burning barrel full of leaves quality, or perhaps lack of quality, depending how you look at it.

M) A pretty light body, with more carbonation than I would have liked. A dry finish, with an aftertaste that was far from pleasing.

O) This is average at best, maybe below average. There are so many really good Oktoberfests to drink this time of year, don't waste your time with this one.

RoamingGnome, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Rich and lively golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and bready aroma with caramel and toffee. Some wheat cereal grains. Also some subtle hints of grassy hops and a little spice. Mostly bready malts.

Taste: Sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee. Lots of sweet cereal grains. Subtle hints of spice. A very light hint of earthy hops. Mostly sweet grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A decent lager overall but mediocre as a Marzen. Could of been more forward with the caramel and spice.

MattyG85, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Dodt
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another review of the mix six. had this one a while ago decide to go back an review this beer .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
smell not to much on aroma
taste a bit of carmel and some hops
mouthfeel a bit of smoothness and some crisp flavor

Dodt, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of losdizzel
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a miss for me .
For a Oktoberfest wrong all i can say ,sorry .
love there fire side nut brown tho .

Looks nice smells hoppy ,taste wrong for me too hoppy for a this style of beer ,short on malts ,stays on the back of my tongue kinda metalish orange peel ?

losdizzel, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6 pack bottles from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $7.49 Pretty caramel coloured ber with a small white head. Aroma isnt that bad..caramel,slightly toasty, some nuts Taste is similar to the aroma, semi-sweet with a bitter end..OK Ok on the tongue not too shabby. Not a bad beer actually..quite enjoyable

Reidrover, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of mummbearsfan
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The appearance of this beer was a caramely look to the beer. To me this resembled more of a cross between a brown ale and lager. When smelling this beer you get the caramel and toffee tones along with the almost to what I call a fresh baked bread feel.

tasting this I found this beer rather inconsistent. At first I was getting smooth caramel toffee taste then getting a bitter hoppyiness throughout.

Mouthfeel was not too heavy as the aroma makes this out to be but overall this beer was all over the place compared to another Oktoberfest beers in the market.

mummbearsfan, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of tkepx182
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this Leinie the from of a 6 pack in NJ to help pass time as hurricane Irene passed.

Appearance: This is a nice amber color with nice clarity.

Smell: Mild hits of hops and another one that I can not place.

Taste: The hops stand out, but not as potent as in an IPA, rather it is more complementary with the other flavors in the beer

tkepx182, Aug 29, 2011
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 1,279 ratings.