Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 235 | 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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Ratings: 1,484 | Reviews: 466
Photo of GRPunk
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured a clearish amber with a 1 finger off-white head that turned to some decent lacing. It had light carbonation and left a fair amount of sticking to the glass.

S- It was mostly sweet bready malts with a light caramel aroma.

T- Really light flavors for the style. The most robust flavor was caramel.

M- It became really foamy.

D- It was an easy drinker, but there wasn't enough flavor to make me want more.

Overall- It wasn't a terrible beer by any means. When presented with limited options at a bar, I'd give this one another go. It just wasn't flavorful enought to make me say it was really good. I went into this beer expecting a bit more.

Photo of dren
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with lots of bubbles. A thick one inch head just topped off my pint glass. Fell fairly quickly leaving a little lacing.

Smells like sweet apple juice. Kind of faint.

Tastes like sweet and slightly tart apple juice. Some malts towards the end and a little bit of hops. Some caramel flavors in there as well. Finishes like Fritos.

The beer is fairly light bodied.

This beer isn't the best Oktoberfest beer I have had but it has enough light flavor throuhgout to keep things interesting when you don't want to be overpowered by the beer. It would be easy to throw back several of these.

Photo of lakeviewmike
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper amber color. Small head, low retention.

Nice smell, light carmel malts.

Taste is carmel malts with nice hops finish.

Very drinkable. I good amber lager.

"The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies’n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains only 4.5% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style."

Fits the profile. This is the type of beer that I would be more than happy to get at a restaurant with a limited selection and might buy a six pack once in a while for an easy going, drinkable lager.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? It smells just like a poor apple cider. Let me verify this with a re-sniff. Yep, poor apple cider.

Taste: Light bready maltiness with a hint of caramel and sweetness. Notes of apple and, regrettably, vegetables. Very mild bitterness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor representation of the style, and an outright disappointing beer.

Photo of happygnome
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a copper color with about a inch and a half of head that dissapears quikly leaving sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: light roasted caramel malt aroma with very subtle floral hop aroma
t: roasted caramel flavor with a little floral hop towards the finish, a relative watered down oktoberfest
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little less than average amount of carbonation

overall, this isnt too bad, but its kind of lacking in the flavor, sessionable

Photo of bradley0114
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice cooper/orange color....a thick four-finger head that disappears quickly, leaving a clingy film on glass.

Smell - Average, smells like most lagers.

Taste - I liked to taste, but I feel there could of been a slight bit more hop kick (understandably not too much in this type of style).

Mouthfeel - Really light, lighter than what I get out of most lagers I drink.

Drinkability - Not bad, a good backup plan. Something friends who aren't into craft beers could enjoy.

Photo of Strix
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malts with a bit of caramel. Tastes just like an average malt and grain taste. For the first couple sips, I could taste (or maybe I just imagined) the faintest toasted hints of an Octoberfest style, but it never really goes anywhere. Finishes thin and watery, nothing special. Kind of disappointing. I would like to see a bit more kick and flavor for this - it's barely distinguishable from a Budweiser.

Edit - the first one of these I had alone, and I wasn't particularly impressed. The last one I had outside at a ballgame with a brat, and I felt much better about it. Granted, it's not a particularly impressive Oktoberfest and I think Leinies can do better, but it is better than a Budweiser.

Photo of crazybrody06
2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a big leinies fan, so I was looking foward to this one since mid summer.

There really isnt anything special about this beer. Not a great appreance. kinda orangy lager color. Not really any octoberfest taste that I could pick out. Very thin watery mouthfeel. Overall just a big dissapointment.

Photo of afinepilsner
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with decent retention and left a little spotty lace behind. The aroma was toasted malt. The taste was toasted malt and hops with a little sweetness upfront and a semi-dry finish. It was medium-light in body with plenty carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's an average beer, but a little thin for an Oktoberfest.

Photo of morimech
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy 2-fingered head that disapates quickly leaving slight lacing.

It smells of sweet malt. Maybe a hop, floral smell but I couldn't say for sure. Just not much else to say about the aroma

It has a sweet malty taste. Nothing too complex. No hop bitterness but I would have liked a deeper malt taste. If that makes any sense.

A fairly light beer with a slight fizz on the tongue. Could drink a few of these quit easily. Nothing great here but it is a decent beer to enjoy on a cool afternoon. I would buy it again if I could find it for a discounted price.

Photo of umustdrink
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale see-through orange color. Head is offwhite that fades to almost nothing. Lacing is minimal.

S - Bitter green smelling maltiness, fair sweetness, and a little cinnamon.

T - Creamy caramel maltiness matched with a bitter hop finish. Some faint honey sweetness in there too.

M - Light consistency with a slight carbonation bite.

D - Average tasting oktoberfest style beer. Just average.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Buyed it to try it, was nicely priced, and I love Oktoberfests, so gave it a whirl when I found it. Smells of caramel and munich malts, no hops to speak of, at least undetectable, but the style requires little anyway. Had a little lacing and decent head. Tasted good. Rich malts with a nice caramel front and back, and as most Oktober's, easy to drink. Will check it out again.

Photo of SMark
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously at 46 degrees resulting in a 2 finger head. Went away in a couple of minutes and left very little lacing. Copper-Amber tint.

Hint of malt during pour but not much after that.

Nothing much to distinguish here. A good average October sipper.

Pleasant enough but no lingering effects and again average.

Better than most run of the mill but nothing to seek out when others are out there at similar prices.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a multi layered graininess with the possible adjunct aroma present. A respectable noble hop aroma as well.

The taste was upfront grainy and husky with a touch of caramel sweetness. An excellent spicy and suprisingly citrusy hop flavor. Good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thin but not bad. Very clean.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable Octoberfest. Perhaps not that authentic style wise, but certainly a good sessionable beer. I was pleasantly suprised.

Thanks to mac56 for this one.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.32/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed on September 17, 2005 at the Big Lake Brewfest. Light dusty malt aroma. Clear orange with off-white head. Nasty plant malt, without much of anything. Extremely bland finish. This is worthless. Both skunky and sugary, not it doesn't really have any merit in the style.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a clear shade of orange-copper. Two and a half fingers of creamy, egg-shell tinted head show decent retention and light spotty lacing. Crystal malt and dextrins in the nose, with a subtle flowery hop aroma. Caramel sweetness upfront, follwed by an indistinct adjunct taste. Lighter flavor, but non-offensive. Dry aftertaste, spicy tettnanger hop flavor and a great deal of bland hop bitterness. Thin bodied with high carbonation that creates a light and crisp mouthfeel. Dextrinous finish showing a hint of toasty Vienna malt, with a stubborn hop bitterness that really throws the balance off. This has a good drinkability, but given the lack of malt character and assertive hops, it seems to miss the point of the style.

Photo of BigRedN
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle a clear orangish amber. Off white head, 1/4 to 1/2 (depending upon the pour). Fades to a small cloud, ring around the glass, no lacing. Looks alright.

Smell: Some malts, slightly sweet, weak.

Taste: Slightly malty, also slightly sweet. There is no hop bitterness, which is ok to me, I really don't expect much for the style. However, I do like these to be a little more malty than this.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, slight carbonation that is a little prickly.

Drinkability: It's an easy to drink, sessionable beer; but probably not recommended as far as Oktoberfest go. There are simply too many better beers available.

Overall this is a skipable O-fest, unless you are looking for a cheap (I got my 6-pack for $4.99), low flavor, highly consumable, O-fest beer. I am really not liking Leinenkugel's seasonal offerings.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium rust-orange, tiny thin head, fades fast.

Smell: A little malt, sweet, but also cooked vegie flavor, not too strong.

Taste: Malty, but also funky and off. Odd graininess, not very good, not a lot of hops going on. Not complex, or very flavorful.

Drinkability: I wouldn't recommend this take on the Oktoberfest style.

Photo of terrabyte
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at a restaurant. Was delivered by the waitress with no head. Color is a clear copper color. Not as dark as I expected.

It had a slightly sweet floral aroma, followed by lager malts. This is octoberfest?

Tasted like a generic lager, slightly sour, slightly sweet with honey, flowers, and some fruit. A hint of caramel towards the end, but no spices. The aftertaste breathed a hint of spices.

It was quite carbonated, a little oily. This was quite drinkable only in fact that I was eating food. By itself, it lends nothing to a highly drinkable beer.

A very disappointing Octoberfest. I didn't think slapping a label on a beer is all it takes to make an Oktoberfest is it? Way too bland, tastes like a macro with a bit of artificial flavorings. Without a label, people would be all over the map trying to nail the style. As a lager, I would have given it an "Average" for taste, but masquerading as an Oktoberfest, I give it a "Not Impressed".

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper, with a off-white head, that disapears very quickly.
the aroma malty, apples, it has the american lager smell.
the flavor is thin, malt, hop spice, clean.
this is an alright octoberfest, its a little thin, it does have that "american lager smell" which i think has not place in a german style beer.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When it comes to O/M I expected Lienie's to really deliver for some reason. Unfortunately this offering, while respectable, is definately a lightwieght. Light color, light aroma, light taste with some mentionable toasted character, fizzy mouthfeel. An all around average oktoberfest to be sure. It goes down smooth though. I think I drank 4 in one sitting.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.55/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appears a light copper orange with a quickly dwindling white head leaves thin specks of lacing. Aroma has a strong metallic tone with weak watery caramel malts, and not hop profile to speak about. Taste is flooded with grainy notes more metal highlights alot of caramel but it comes of sour and acidic in nature. Mouthfeel has a watery feel to it very light bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability this isn't where it's at not just style wise it's a poorly constructed beer, drain pour.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always a sucker for the seasonals, even if I know that they won't be great brews. Though the beer has some nice caramel and bready flavors, but not the body, or the malt additions to properly disquise the graininess and weakness. Hopped nicely for an earthy, european character, but again, falls a little metalic under the timid body. Finishes a little minty-fresh and alcoholic, but reamining grainy and weak.

Photo of adammills
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle poured into a glass mug. It was a dark amber with a slight head with little retention or lacing. The smell was weak and slightly citrusy. There was almost nothing to the taste other than a acidic tinny flavor. I did not enjoy this beer, yet have several more of them on chill. Thankfully I have superior Oktoberfests to drink.

Photo of Ricochet
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It smelled average with nothing offensive and foamed well, nice head , good lace and darker amber in appearence, so it got plusses for that. Mouth was average, mild wash, average average average.

Taste was the suprise, at first, it was like every other beer but the plus came when the hop/malt profile stuck around and left a pleasent toasted malt aftertaste.

So, first beer from this brewery, a seasonal, not bad. I'd still put this in a average category, lots of other things to try and price doesn't allow this to be stocked in my fridge. It did make me want to buy some Genny Red...

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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