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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 480
Hads: 1,601
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 31.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 330 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of tekstr1der
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours lighter gold/tan than expected for the style. Aroma is slightly off, a mix of some malt and a little skunky. I’d think I got a bad batch if other reviews weren’t also quite low. Taste is boring, feel is overcarbonated.

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Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
An extremely clear orange-brown. No head. A sparse amount of carbonation rises slowly to the top. Nice color and look. I would have liked some head on this beer though.

Smell - 3.75/5
A deep sweet maltiness, along with a hint of alcohol. The sweetness has a fruitiness to it. Also possibly caramelized sugar.

Taste - 3.5/5
Lightly sweet toasty maltiness, fruitiness, alcohol, some hints of hops. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it could have been a little bit stronger. The taste seems kind of watered down. Nothing fancy, just a good quality classic brew.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is light in body, perhaps getting close to watery (but not quite there). Moderately crisp. The carbonation is quite light but I feel this compliments the beer nicely, and allows the flavors to be experienced more. I would have liked a little more carbonation though.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall, this was a decent beer, but it lacked any head, was not super flavorful and was a little bit too watery (and Märzen/Oktoberfest beers are supposed to be full-bodied).

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this Oktoberfest pours a clear amber with a nice dissipating white head that leaves very light lacing. Nose of caramel and bread. Flavors follow a standard Oktoberfest with sweet breaded malts, light sweet caramel malts, and a barely detectable hop in the background. Light mouth feel. Decent for what it is, but not a lot of the more robust flavors associated with the style. Decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

terrible that this tastes to me like the shandy. not sure if they put this on the same line or what, but man do i get a concentrated lemonade thing in here, which in any light does not belong in an octoberfest lager. the look is incredible. frothy soapy tall lasting pure snow white head with beautiful retention and lace as it drinks, i mean, it could not look any better for what it is, with the pale copper beer clear underneath. a little light maybe, and definitely light in malt on the flavor, especially compared to is german counterparts. there just isnt much base to this, thin and watery and oddly citrus forward but not from hops, tangy but not quite tannic. nice because its light but bad because it tastes nothing like the style is supposed to. no caramel or anything like that, not german cereals, and no yeast profile at all, doesnt even seem like a lager. the tang of the shandy lasts through the finish, and i would never guess this is an octoberfest beer in a blind tasting. fine for all day drinking though i guess if you dont know what its supposed to taste like. i was unimpressed.

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Photo of TCJ0100
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass. Got this from a friend who was offloading his beer from his fridge.

Pours clean with about a half finger of head and looks the part of a Marzen certainly.

Tastes grainy and boring with no sweet or spice flavors. Actually smells better than it tastes as I get a hint more of the spices.

Feels watery on the mouthfeel and doesn't leave any lingering sweetness like better examples of the style do.

Overall pretty shite, definitely not worth picking up. Support another brewery if you want a good Marzen this is all talk and no delivery.

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Photo of ordybill
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a sweet smell mixed in with the grain.
Appearance- this is an amber colored beer with a moderate white head.
Taste- Grain and malt, not bad but sort of run-of-the-mill.
Palate- Light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a dry mouth feel.
Overall- This is pretty good, not the best Leinnie's has produced but not bad.

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Photo of jlindros
2.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear ruby tan color, little creamy head decent messy lacing.

Nose macro lager, sweet caramel, minerals, reddish malt, mild unhappy lager.

Taste big macro lager flavor, unhappy lager yeast, minerals, faint skunky like quality, big sweet caramel malts, bitter hop note but a bad bitterness somehow. Quite fruity too.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb

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Photo of willsting8
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest is a decent marzen-style beer. It has a bit of a watery taste, but it doesn't water down the flavor of the beer all the way.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance - pours to a clear amber color

Overall - This is an average Oktoberfest. It is lighter than some Oktoberfests. This is a good beer to ease into an Oktoberfest but others are better. Needs more flavor.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

The mixture of caramel and malt really break out when you first taste this. My problem is all the other flavors that are also trying to break through. Just too much going on here.

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Photo of Urizen
4/5  rDev +28.6%

I think this is a damn fine Oktoberfest beer. Yes, as other's have noted it is not a heavy beer like most beers in this style. However, the flavor is great. It has a great head and looks beautiful in a glass. If I lived in colder climes I might have an issue with the lightness/wateryness of this brand, but if your October has temps in the high 80s and 90s, this beer is refreshing. It's the best "cheap" Octoberfest I can find anyway. Better than Sam Adams for sure.

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Photo of HopBrad31
3/5  rDev -3.5%

an average octoberfest. It had a funky ester going on. almost as if it were brewed with an English Ale yeast at a high temp. kinda watery. maltiness and color were decent.

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Photo of CKav
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%


A-Tan head falls fairly quickly with clear amber color

S- I smell some sweetness but not very appealing, a musty,earthy smell.

T- A metallic taste with some nutty sweetness; not too bad

F- This beer feels thin and watered down for the style

O- Not terrible but not worth having again. Maybe useful for people who are new to the style but I am sure there are better Marzens out there.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Appearance - Burnt orange in color. Thin head when poured into tbe mug. Head all but disappeared in a few minutes.

Smell - Bready, biscuity, a little toffee.

Taste - Malt with taste of "bread crust". Hint of tart cherry sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Thin with a dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Not the best, not the worst. Drinkable .

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a bright orange with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of earthy and nutty scents. The taste was very mellow but had some really nice Marzen style taste to it with a lot of nutty notes in the beginning with a very clean finish. Very nice, albeit simple.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -3.5%

A bit light bodied, a little watered down, but on-point as far as the characteristic Oktoberfest flavors. Like a nice common. It's the only Oktoberfest the 7-11 carries :)

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Photo of fx20736
3.99/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

/Bought as a single bottle from Beers of the World on 9/20/14. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

Orange amber with a natural white head. Minimal lacing.Aroma is toasted, nearly roasted caramel malt with a faint whiff of hops. A touch of caramel sweetness kisses a nice dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is good. This is a tasty, good, American style Marzen.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%

A decent offering of an Oktoberfest. Has the traditional toasted and caramel malts, slight bready/nuttiness. A decent enough hop bitterness. The biggest knock I have is the mouthfeel. It's just not up to par. Too thin and watery. The classic aroma and flavor profile is there, but it just doesn't have the type of body necessary for the style...at least in my book.

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Photo of Caveworm
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick white finely pored head,quality lacing, and a clear, caramel amber body

Smells like roasted malts along with other assorted grains. I can't detect any hop bitterness here.

I taste slightly sweet roasted malt characteristics,and perhaps a microdash of caramel.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. I actually wish this brew were just slightly more full-bodied. Oktoberfest brews, in my own personal opinion, ought to have a touch of heartiness about them

Overall a 3 for Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. I probably won't get this brew again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest brewed by Jacob LeinenKugel Brewing with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with flavor and grains. Nothing special so far. Now for the taste it is smooth with some burnt grains. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Leinenkugel's did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%

This may be last year's brew. Yeah, Nov 2013. Hope the formula hasnt changed so this is accurate.

I love spending time with my friend Tony. He's always got some good brews each time I come to his house, not to mention his kegerator.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

Appearance (3.5) : Nice four finger carbonated off-white head that recedes quickly. Bubbles line the glass and the body is a transparent festive orange-copper glow. Licks of lacing here and there line the glass.

Smell (4) : Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, honey, hint of ginger, cinnamon, clean water. Pumpkin flesh. A very fresh smelling Marzen. I like it.

Taste (3.25) : some maple syrup, pumpkin, ginger, orange peel, festive spice. What follows is a malt liquor taste that's hard to get rid of. Very distracting. The flavors are right though, and it's easy drinking despite the malt liquor finish.

Mouthfeel (3) : Slippery, wet, flat. A little carbonation but hits the palate like a day old soda. Ends slightly crispy.

Overall (3.17) : it's a toss up if I'd ever buy a six pack of this beer. I don't think it's bad, but it's not very good. There are better Marzens out there, friends, but this is still worth a try.

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Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a nice clear amber body with a one finger white head. Very nice and true to style. Scents of rich, sweet malt, a light toasted aroma and a very faint citrus. Overall impression is of a nice, clean Oktoberfest aroma, though the citrus is an odd touch, but not unpleasant. Flavor begins with a nice rich malty sweetness, moving into a nice toasted malt character with an extremely faint touch of lemonade. Middle continues these flavors but gets a little drier, with a very faint hint of alcohol present. Finish is medium-dry with a nice presence of toasted malt. Overall impression is of a clean, malty flavor that is balanced between rich malt and toasted malt. The lemonade flavors faintly in the background are not traditional, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Quite nice and very true to style. Overall this a decent example of an Oktoberfest. It stays mostly to style in most respects and what it does differently is not unpleasant and works with the flavor profile and aroma. Nothing spectacular, but good all around.

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Photo of boogieman
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Leinenkugel's 12-packs were on sale at the local store, so I picked up a case of Oktoberfest to try.
Appearance- nice amber, moderate carbonation bubbles rising up. 2 finger head that slowly dissipated into a long-lasting 1/4" foam with nice lacing around the glass as well.
Smell- Not much. Hardly noticeable. A little bit of sweet nutty malt.
Taste- sweetly bitter at first with roasted nuts, caramel, malt. An ligh aftertaste of tingly, spicy hops.
Mouthfeel- really good. Perfect amount of carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied.
Overall a decent beer. Not my favorite, but worth a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light aroma of caramel malts. Very light amounts of spicy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel malts which contribute a light amount of sweetness to it. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy/peppery hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Fairly easy to drink but not sure that I would want to have many of these - it just seems like a watered down version of traditional Oktoberfests.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12 oz bottle (as pictured).
Pours a clear coppery color, with a tan head, quickly fading foam.
Smell is of toasted malt and caramel.
Taste is much the same, caramel flavors and mild amount of hop bitterness to keep everything in balance. Lots of carbonation give a crisp mouthfeel.
A drinkable example of the style, no complaints.

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.