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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | 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 jasonjlewis


2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before 12-1-08

Pours a decent 1 finger head with good retention and a nice amber color.

Smell is faint, but there is a nice caramel malting to it.

Taste is not very good. The caramel malts are weak and a seltzery mouthfeel dominates. Moderate hop bitterness. The beer's ingredients are weak and take a back seat to seltzer water flavor. Off tannins as well.

Seltzery mouthfeel.

This tastes like seltzer water and caramel malts with a touch of hops. Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 03:09:27 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of ibashmuck


3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally broke down and purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a light amber body. Smells were fairly light, sweet, caramel, a touch of hoppiness. Taste followed suit, adding in a bit of maple syrup. I like Leinie's beers, but with this brew, in line with many of their catalog, Leinie's seems to be thinking more of mass appeal than really striving for something out of the ballpark. It's not a bad beer, pretty good and easily findable, just nothing to push it up towards the top of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 21:01:20 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of Mardukk


2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber with a quickly vanishing head.
Smells of roased malts and alchohol.
Tastes like roasted malts with little to no hop presence and a very off putting aftertaste.

Very light mouthfeel for the style...too light. High carbonation that is not correct for the style.

This is without a doubt the worst Octoberfest beer I've ever had. It tastes like 90% bud light mixed wth 10% Guiness, couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 02:27:48 | More by Mardukk
Photo of youngleo


2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish copper color. Lots of head after a hard pour. Head was slightly offwhite. AFter the hard pour the head hung around awhile and left some decent lacing. Smelled a little of caramel, malt, and grain. Also a hint of alcohol. Taste was weird, slightly bitter. That taste hung around a while. It was almost like there was no taste. Maybe a little caramel but not much. Maybe more sweet than caramel. To me it was hard to describe. Felt ok in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. I was trying some different Octoberfest style brew and felt I wasted my money on this one. If you try this beer, make sure you have a hard pour. I think it made all the difference in the world with the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 18:32:21 | More by youngleo
Photo of Chugmonkey


1.98/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had low expectations, but didn't think it could be really be this bad.

Color is spot on for style - nice light amber. Aroma is kind of earthy. Things go downhill fast from there.

Fizzy, overcarbed bite to it. Sweet and yucky veggie like in the middle, and sickening grainy/metallic finish. O-fest? This is a definite No-fest for me. More like a Yuck-fest, bleh.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 21:23:45 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, with a finger of white head. Moderate retention, some lacing, and a white cap that stays through the duration.

S - Typical toasty and caramel malt for the style but a little weak. Some spiciness from the hops tries to come through, but overall the aroma is thin.

T - These guys messed things up here. A faint malt character comes in early on but quickly leads to an extremely earthy flavor mixed with some hop spiciness, and none of it is pleasant. It tastes like someone mixed mud into some mild chili; very offputting. Graininess and a slight sweetness dominates the finish.

M - Decent with a medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

D - Bleh. This is probably the first bonafide offensive oktoberfest I've had this year. There's something about the dirt/earth flavor that really detracts. Mostly the rest of the flavors are there, but too muted and overpowered.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 10:09:04 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest day fifteen has me sampling Leinenkugel's interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style.

Pours an amber-copper hue bubbling to a nice one-finger slightly off-white head of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind just a touch of lacing.

Aromas of nice, sweet malt come through in the nose, rounded out by notes of grassy hops.

Tasty sweet malt flavors dominate the palate up front, carrying into a great hit of hoppy bitterness in the middle and finishing with a slight bitterness. Body is medium and nicely carbonated, but in the finish it becomes a bit watery.

A great, drinkable beer, and overall a great offering amongst the Oktoberfest seasonals. In my opinion, this is one of closer adherents to the original, though it could use a slight up in the maltiness, body, and alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:53:40 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome light copper color with about two minute's worth of head before it succumbs to cap quality, with zero lace or visible carbonation. The nose is more complex than I expected, with the expected caramel malt but also hints of smoke and pumpkin spice.

Lots of caramel sweetness here, which is generally a good thing, but after a few sips it turns cloying and starts to taste artificial, as opposed to the natural purity intended by the style. A pleasant biscuit or bread note starts in the second half and the hop profile is unusually strong for a Marzen as well. Mouthfeel is slightly thin but the carbonation is in the house regardless of appearance.

I wasn't really expecting to like this beer but despite the artificial sweetener and lack of conformity to the style, I kind of enjoyed it. Worth a try and I could see picking it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:36:38 | More by daliandragon
Photo of bboven


2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very bright orange, crystal clear body, a full finger of head with lots of lacing.

Smell is nice, slightly sweet malt. Right on par.

Begins with a very muted malt profile, in the middle there's an extremely bitter taste, and it ends with a very husky, tannic metallic flavor. Just plain not good.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, crisp and clean.

Everything about this beer is great, except the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 18:49:44 | More by bboven
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-copper color with abundant carbonation and a thin one-finger head.

Aroma is smooth with some sweetness, smokiness and chewiness of the malt showing through the nose.

Taste is sweet and grainy upfront with a touch of smokiness and some chewiness. Tastes a bit too sweet and thin though.

Mouthfeel is sweet malt with some chewiness. A bit dry but not by much.

A good middle-of-the-road example of the style it claims to represent. You can't go wrong, especially if you've never tried the style and you see this example.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:49:43 | More by Brad007
Photo of treyrab


2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided to pour this (along with many others) on this cold night in State College. Poured into my pint glass...

A: Pours a very clear copper / red with a decent eggshell white head that dissipates quickly to a ring of foam. Laces a bit to the edge of the glass.

S: Smell is of very pale malts and cereal grains. Some bready malts in there as well and a touch of caramel, but nothing extravagant. Other than that, the smell is pretty clean.

T: Hmm. Taste is very clean with pale malts and not much spice at all. Has a macro taste and feel really. Very minor caramel, but that is a stretch.

Overall, this is not a great beer. There is absolutely zero complexity and it has many attributes of a macro lager. Worthy a try? Yes. Will I be buying any more? No.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 23:52:30 | More by treyrab
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well-filtered rust brown glows underneath an inch-thick head that chills to an eighth-inch quickly. Not much lace is left.

Aroma offers the expected caramel attributes, along with brown sugar and a vegetable element, but then a plastic/margarine weirdness throws it all off.

Honey and cinnamon give a bit of a kick to the maltier caramel/toffee base, with something sweet and fruity enveloping the generally bready flavor. A little bit of herbal tea in there too.

Texture is fine, nothing unusual or exciting, not bad either. Probably a little too bubbly and harsh for my liking, but that's just me, and I guess it's probably just okay even for the style.

Flavor is quite enjoyable without having any real complexity. Other elements are a bit ho-hum but there are no extreme faults either. You could down big mugs of this while doing the polka, and its flavor is nice enough to be enjoyed any old time...but I'd probably reach for a stronger representation of the style next time. Preferably one from the homeland.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 21:49:16 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the local liquor store in a mixer sixer. We'll see what happens.

A: Nice reddish brown, leans more towards the amber. Giant three finger head that reduced to a film. Pretty fair lacing. Crystal clear.

S: Not a lot going on here, kinda smells like a wet dog, pumpkin, not much else. Pretty disappointing.

T: Earthy, very heavy on the malts, which is true to style, very earthy, kind of dirty, almost no hops in the end. Pumpkin flavors. A faint hint, but nothing spectacular. This is rather bland to me. Sweet.

M: Thin, not much carbonation, and ridiculously smooth, that hits it right on the money.

D: This is totally to style, its not exactly the best or most outrageous beer to drink, but it definitely goes down easy, and I could see myself spending a night with some sausage, sauerkraut and some of this stuff. Not too shabby in that aspect. Overall not something I'd reach for all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 02:14:49 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of Haybeerman


2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Thin, inconsistent lacing. Decanted continually. I thought looked very appetizing.

S: Fairly big wet malts, faint spices. Didn't smell as good as it looked.

T: Bready malts, much lighter than I expected. Maybe a hint of caramel. The cooked vegetable taste in the background really detracted from what little was there. It didn't taste as good as it smelled (or looked).

M: Way too thin for the style. Ample carbonation was cleansing.

D: In fairness, its light taste and thin mouth make for drinking a lot pretty easy. A sixer is affordable and could go down easy in one setting. This is a good one for the relatives that come over and want a "special" beer but don't like the ones with a lot of taste and character.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 14:37:18 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz new to me brew.. picked up at the Coop on Monday for about $1.30.. poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head.. no lacing and only a slight cap.. brew is polished light amber.

nose is light bready with some toasted malts.. grainy.. not alot going on.

flavor mirrors the aroma but with a touch more toasted/Munich malt notes. fairly smooth.. the body is medium/light with okay carbonation.. just not alot going on for the style.. could use more malts across the board... despite all my negatives.. this is a pretty drinkable brew..


Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 08:12:19 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stopped into one of the local stores to see if anything new was cookin...decided to give Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest a whirl. I knew what I was getting into with this one but kept an open mind.

A- Dark red/brown/amber mixture. Decent head but that quickly went away. Very quickly. Soon I was left with a beer that looked watery in my glass.

S- Malty and bready.

T- Ehh. No spices really. Tons of sweet malt. Straw/hay taste. Is that a metallic hint I am getting? Very average oktoberfest. Fruity and caramel notes but those are a reach.

M- Paper thin mouthfeel and a really oily feel going down my throat.

D- Easy drinking beer but theres nothing at all that would make me want to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:26:22 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Leine's Oktoberfest pours an attractive orange brown color with some visible carbonation and an attractive, sturdy 1 finger off white head. Clean, sweet roasted malt in the nose. Caramel malts and a bit of spicy, peppery nuttiness from the bready yeast used. Pumpkin spice and ginger come through also, really making it feel like a fall brew. Good citrusy hop bite on the finish and into the aftertaste as well creates excellent balance. Tingling mouth-feel, light/medium body, slightly grainy but it does have character. Good beer. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:10:17 | More by ATPete
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my quest to sample some Marzen/Oktoberfest beers, I seem to have gotten into aa mediocre rut. This beer was not bad-looking, a copper color with a medium white head. After that, there wasn't much else to say about it. It had a faint malt aroma and a faint malt taste. I think there was a hint of hops, but I couldn't be sure. Not a beer I would want to drink too many of.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 22:05:28 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Vancer


2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More of a golden straw than amber in the pour, a frothy little ivory head pops up and tries to hang around for awhile. Does leave some sheet lacing, although thin.

Very lite in the hop category with the aroma, and the quaff doesn't add much either. I'm afraid this is more of a hoppy pilsner than an Octoberfest. Disappointing attempt at the style. This will be a one and done sixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:08:35 | More by Vancer
Photo of hiikeeba


3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber color with a quickly dissipating head that winds up as a thin layer of bubbles on the top of the beer.

S - Very slight aroma of malt. No hops detected.

T - Starts of with a bit of mapley maltiness, and ends up disappointing. Malt flavor disappears rapidly, leaving you with a hint of maple flavor on the back of the tongue.

M - Feels a bit watery

D - If you are looking for something amber without any offensive flavors, that you could drink all night long, this is for you. I don't think I would call it an Oktoberfest, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 00:32:23 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of botham


2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a rich fiery amber color with a half finger of off white head that has weak retantion and leaves light lacings.

aroma is of light grain and caramel malts, with notes of dark fruit and an underlying lightly sweet quality that holds the profile together. the presence of the grain is a bit much when compared to the overall profile, but it works nonetheless.

taste is similar, with less grain and a more pronounced caramel character. the brew lacks the earthy quality that is so distinctive of the style, and in turn ends up as little more than a standard red ale, and a thin one at that.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thin texture and a crisp finish that does the malts no justice.

drinkability is decent. this is a thin marzen without the heartyness and warming quality that makes the style so appealing for the fall season. a dissapointing brew from Leinie's.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 01:54:12 | More by botham
Photo of gpogo


2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Brilliantly clear dark gold with half centimeter off-white foamy head. Head dissipates to a small ring.

A- Slightly grainy sweet malt aroma. A bit of bitterness.

T- Sort of grainy tasting. The vienna malt is definitely there. Slight caramel taste. Overall, not much going on here.

M- Slightly thin and watery body. Low to moderate carbonation.

D- There are many better american oktoberfests out there. I'd avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:18:41 | More by gpogo
Photo of birchstick


3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber with a small head that doesn't stick around too long
S - very sweet and bready malts; hints of gingerbread as well
T - malty through and through; there is a little bit of sweetness and a bit of burnt and toasty tastes as well.
M - 3 - thin and doesn't have much carbonation
D - 3.5 - this is a pretty good beer if you like malts. There is no balance to this brew, but it definitely goes well with the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 19:03:44 | More by birchstick
Photo of stumac


2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dedicated to Bill Leinenkugel who recently past away....

this beer pours up an amber coor with a decent white head. the nose is very boring. just your everyday, run of the mill, sweet malts. the taste is decent bitter malts. Not the best Oktoberfest I've had but a decent American one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 16:43:52 | More by stumac
Photo of tugdriver7


3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tis the season to try as many Oktoberfest lagers as possible and since I can't be in Munich like my kids and their friends, I've tried a few of those available. We don't get many Leinie's brews here (other than the "soda pop" beers that seem to show up everywhere). So I was excited to try something different from Leinie's. This was interesting. Deep orange/amber in the glass, clear with a decent head. Rather "fizzy" and thin mouthfeel, little in the nose, but a heavy malt flavor in the initial taste. All malt. And then more malt. Butter dripping slick almost cloying malt--albeit in a fizzy, watery base. No hops at all. Nice try, but nothing I'd seek to buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 23:55:32 | More by tugdriver7
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