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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden LagerLeinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.94% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 01-22-2011)
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Reviews by Snow81:
Photo of Snow81
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small haze orange glow that's clear as glass

Smell: some malty sweetness and earthy grass notes

Head: nice white head but dissipates quickly

Taste: hard malt bite that fades fast, that sweet earthy, grassy, sandy note pulls in the center of my palate and nicely carbonated

Weight: nice full body for a lager

Finish: clean, crisp, bit dry on the end

Snow81, Mar 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear gold or copper color with a moderate amount of head. Smells malty and a little sweet. Tastes pretty good. Not too heavy, just a nice lager taste. Nice bite in the aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, very smooth. I'll probably polish off the 6-pack tonight.

richkrull, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a gold color that is deeper than an adjunct but has that extreme clarity to it. A pillowy white head forms that's actually pretty tall off the bat and dissipates somewhat quickly, though not horribly, and does leaves some fairly respectable lacing.
There's really not a whole lot going on in the nose other than a decently clean grains presence and a touch of sulfur over extremely light notes of herbal hops and dry malts.
The taste really isn't bad; this is a simple, light, clean lager. It almost seems like a cousin to the AAL, certainly a step up but going for the light, crisp clean lager thing they go for. There's a light grassy and sulfur note alongside earthy and herbal hops balanced by light dry and crackery malts. Grains are ever present underlying.
The body is extremely light, exceedingly thin but shy of watery, and crisp all the way through. It's not quite as clean as one would expect, going a little slick.

Brenden, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of lumpy1126
5/5  rDev +42.5%

lumpy1126, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -14.5%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of dhannes
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled from bottle into Sam Adams' perfect pint.

A=Pleasantly surprised...the first two from the six-pack were consumed out of the bottle, so I was quite surprised to see an attractive, darker golden hue. Head was white and about 1/2" high and last over a minute.

S=Could only detect a moderate scent of hops.

T=Reminded me of an MGD, but with a bit more flavor...a slightly more robust lager.

M=Nice...a bit more carbonation than I wanted.

O=Not a bad offering...for $4.99 a 6-pack at Hy-Vee's, it was comparable to the MGD...can't say I'd buy this again with so many other beers out there, but the remaining bottles will be consumed when I am in the mood for a lager.

dhannes, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle screened MAY0911

Poured into a tulip glass it has a glowing bright orange color with high clarity and traces of straw gold at the edges. Brilliantly clear like apple juice. Thin layer of white foam dwindles quickly, only leaving spotty lace after a sip.

Smells a little swilly, apple juice and wet grain notes, buttered biscuits.

Mild breadiness, apple slices, effervescent and astringent. Light shortbread sweetness in the fleeting, dry aftertaste. No hop presence to speak of. Somewhat gassy, though crisp and pretty easy drinking. Not especially complex, it's simple components make for an ok session beer. No real off flavors, but the astringency is not so great.

Suited for hot weather, lawnmowing, barbecues, pool parties, etc. when you don't feel like philosophizing about your beer, and just need a simple thirst quencher.

emerge077, May 04, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

aka northwoods lager

pours clear golden with a 1 finger fizzy white head that faded to a small film and left no lacing

smells of light bready grains and not much else

taste is like the nose bready malts a little hop bite but it has a off metalic flavor that kills some of the enjoyment or maybe its the bears down 14 @ halftime?

mouthfeel is light with ok carbonation(wish it had a little more) some bite and creamy

drinkability is so so - this is not a go to style for me and there are better options for lagers but still easy drinking for watching football

jsh420, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
May0211 on the neck, no other info.

A - Leinie's excels at beers with fantastic appearance. This Limited has a sexy clear amber color with slow but steady carbonation climbing to a billowing but short-lived off-white head. No lace.

S - With the standard pale lager aroma, Leinie's doesn't go for any surprises. Malt and a bit of corn with some pilsner perhaps and just a touch of straw. While it's not exciting (the style rarely is) it's certainly not offensive and definitely not hiding any imperfections.

T - Crisp and clean, the pale and pilsner malts with a bit of corn flavor really create a nice profile for the subtle hop flavor to lay on top of.

M - Crisp and clean like the flavor, this beer hides nothing. Well-crafted, smooth feel with a medium-light body and high carbonation finish.

D - Yes. This beer exemplifies drinkability perfection. Leinie's Limited may be a beer brewed to a no-so-respected style, but it's well-done for what it is and it's extremely sessionable. I may grab a six-pack of this one.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Erish
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Best by June 6, 2011.

A: brilliant light gold color, the fizzy head is short lived, the cap is scant, and the lacing is decent.

S: light, cracker-like malt, roasted corn, a light earthiness, a whisper of honey-like sweetness, and a bit of herbal/earthy hop note.

T: up front there is the roasted corn and malt, the middle has honey, a bit of earthiness, and a definite flash of oak/vanilla, the finish is dry with a very gentle herbal hop note. Tasty enough, and way better than I typically associate with Leinies.

M: light-bodied, lightly silky texture, and generous carbonation.

D: A great lawnmower beer, and better than anything I've had from Leinies in my memory.

Erish, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of scaliasux
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light amber. Clear and bubbly. Tall white soapy head - not persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Bready and sweet.

Taste - Light and crisp. Mainly pale malts with just a hint of something darker. Touch of lemony hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - You could do worse. Indistinguishably decent beer in an uninspiring category.

scaliasux, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a bunch of these 12oz brown bottles in a discontinued bin at Foremost Liquors in Glendale, Heights, IL for just 50¢ each, so I grabbed a couple. No freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear light gold color, but it only produced a ½-finger of dishsoap looking white head that didn't even last 30 seconds and left no lacing.

Very weak nose to this - just a faint biscuity malt aroma.

This is a little better than average tasting golden lager. Lots of sweet biscuity malt flavor along with a touch of hop bitterness. Even a touch of lemon in the finish. Not bad.

Light bodied with medium high carbonation.

Nothing to go crazy over but better than anything else I've ever picked up for 50¢.

matjack85, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +14%

bigbeers84, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

bismarksays, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of A60sburnout
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

A60sburnout, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of ZOSO2192
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

ZOSO2192, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Irishthirst
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite surprised at this Leinie's Lager. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. Head lasts longer than a macro with some trace clinging to the glass.

Color is similar to dehydrated urine with a subtle orange hue.

Initial grainy taste with a bit if sweetness that dissipates quickly. Minimal aftertaste and relatively smooth finish.

For $6.99 a 6 pack it is a definite upgrade over macro and an overall nice Spring beer.

Irishthirst, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mrseano
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden-copper color, very visible carbonation, quickly diminishing head and lacing

S: Slightly off-smell, unsure of exactly why. Not too impressed, as others in 6-pack had poor smells but also tasted fine.

T: Sweet, malty, biscuity

M: Carbonation, good lingering mouthfeel for golden

O: A decent, very drinkable golden. Refreshing for the summer and a far upgrade over large macros. $4.99 for 6-pack on sale, which is ok with me!

mrseano, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of d5001986
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

d5001986, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear straw yellow with two fingers of frothy white cap.

Aroma of light grains, floral hops, light tropical fruit, earth and sweet lemon zest.

Sugary sweet taste of grains and cracker, light floral hops, earthiness and lemon zest.

Lighter bodied and a bit dry with moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking but average pale lager from Leinenkugel.

Monkeyknife, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of mike727
3/5  rDev -14.5%

mike727, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-off bottle. It says MAY0211, not sure what that means.

It pours an orangeish gold with a foamy white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

It smells pretty basic. It has paper, table sugar, and grain in the aroma. I'm not getting any hops, it is sweet and grainy.

The flavor is typical American pale lager. It is sweet adn buttery biscuity with a tiny kiss of hops. It isn't a great lager at all, but not bad for the style.

Leinenkugel is getting there, but I think they just use way too many cheap ingredients and still produce too large of batches, especially on these small run ones.

crossovert, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of KeefD
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with some hints of orange in the center, a large white head that stuck around for a bit and left little lacing. Aroma is mostly cereal grains, light breadiness, and a touch of hops. The label says it's made with cluster and cascade, but not picking up many cascade qualities. Taste is very similar to the nose with some bready flavors, some wet grain, a bit of caramel, and just enough spicy hop flavor on the finish to compliment the light sweetness. Very crisp and dry and easy to drink. A decent all-malt lager that would be easy to drink in the warm summer months, but if I had to pick between this and Dave's BrewFarm, Dave wins every time.

KeefD, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of sweetpaulie73
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

sweetpaulie73, Jan 01, 2012
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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.