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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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Reviews: 46
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 5
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:
Beer added by: KeefD on 01-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cpolking
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, honey golden in color with a quarter-inch head of white foam that dissipates fairly rapidly. The aroma is malty grain and zesty, floral hops with a touch of lager funk. The taste is slightly sweet at the beginning, fresh grain, and an aromatic and bitter, dry hop finish. This reminds me of a more substantial and malty Grain Belt with a strong hop finish. It is very good for what it is.

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Photo of richkrull
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Fresh-by date clearly inked on bottle neck.

Pours an ultra-clear, light, golden-yellow. A white ring sticks on the glass. Smell is "green" and minerally. Getting some metallic notes on the first sip, along with some lightly toasted malts. Finishes with some tasty, pithy hops. Nice feel, right about medium-bodied. A crisp, easy-drinking light lager. A huge thanks to Leinenkugel for coming back to the Northwoods, if only for a little while..

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Photo of Irishthirst
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of florian1
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

found this at a local market. I hadnt seen it in the area so I picked up a 6-er.

A: poured into a pilsner glass a relatively light gold color, some head but not large at all.

S: hoppy, but somewhat 'thin' compared to others

T: nothing immediately, but a long hop-laden finish. Kinda grassy and wheaty on the tongue as well.

M: creamy mouthfeel....nice easy carbonation, didnt bite ya back.

D: Id be pounding this beer if it wasnt so damn expensive....I really enjoyed the beer and will give it a solid B overall.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a six-pack picked up from Fareway. It's a light amber color, the carbonation start out mild then disappears after about two minutes. The aroma is very light, some straw and a bit of malt. The taste is decent for the style, a light amount of hop maybe some cloves and caramel and floral. The body is spot on, but the aftertaste has a peculiar tartness that comes on about 10 seconds post-gulp and lasts for a few seconds.
Overall it's a decent pick for a BBQ or in-law visit.

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the old Northwoods Lager, which has a mystique similar to that of Coors in Smoky & The Bandit. It's hard to find, so it must be worth seeking out.

But, hell, I'd be liar if I said mystiques didn't sometime make beer taste better. Likewise nice packaging--and this one is packaged exquisitely.

I haven't had this beer since 1999, back when I was 16 and I thought this was some kind of bizarre amber brew, possibly akin to Newscastle. Now it smells and tastes like a nicely brewed adjunct, but it's exceptionally dark for the style.

The aroma and flavor are both quite similar to the new-old Schlitz, only the yeast profile here is a little unpleasantly chewy. Still, crisp cereal malt, a just a wee tiny bit of nice adjunct corn. This is backed by a kiss of the hops, and really everything super tasty until the yeast messes things up (though it only messes it up a little bit).

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Photo of BDIMike
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very nice. The dark golden brew is very clear but has a LOT of carbonation that leads to a medium sized white head with great retention that looks delicious.
Smell is nice for a golden lager. There is a nice biscuity malt smell with a good tinge of light hop aroma.
Taste is very well balanced and nice. A nice biscuity taste dominates the brew. A straw taste that is finish with a very subtle smooth hop.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. The beer is smoother than I would think for its style. With the refreshing carbonation, the smoothness surprised me.
Drinkability is very nice. The beer goes down very easy, which is nice for a whole six pack. I was very shocked at how good this beer was. Nothing incredibly special, just a solid beer.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes
Pours into pint glass a hazy golden color with little presence of head to speak of but decent carbonation.
Smells of biscuit like barley malts with a slight scent of hops in the mix as well.
Taste/Mouthfeel a hoppy front end that mellows to a lager finish with a slight hop after taste.
Overall, I was intrigued by how this beer seemed to be a nice cross between a lager & a pale ale. A good session beer in a crowded field if Leinenkugels were priced to compete w/Molson & Labatt instead of Sierra Nevada I'd nab it more often. Decent stuff

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Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, golden/copper in color, with a moderate head of foam.
Aroma-Faint grain, grass
Taste-Subtle biscuit, very crisp, faint but welcome hop note.
Overall, very crisp and drinkable. Better-than-average American lager. Nice "across the board" brew for a big gathering without resorting to a BMC beer.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pils glass...

A: pours a golden amber with good clarity. has a big frothy off white head that has much better than expected retention.

S: a sweet honeyed malt aroma is the first thing i notice. this is combined with a minerally and soft grainy finish.

T: flavors mimick the aromas, being sweet upfront, with flavors of honey and grain, with a hint of bittering hops in the finish, finishing with grain and apple

M: medium body for style with a smooth and well rounded mouthfeel and a delicate carbonation. finshes off dry, fairly clean.

Overall, this was much better than i had expected, as I only bought it because a sixer was under 5 dollars. Actually, if this were more widely available and consistently cheap, this would be my go-to beer to fill the cooler with for a tailgate or house-party. Worth a try if you seek something tasty but in the same genre as Coors Gold and Miller High Life

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Photo of dhannes
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Erish
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Frothy, Styrofoam-like head sits perched atop a pure golden, lightly carbonated beer. Light lacing as the head recedes, and tints of sunset orange in the beer. Not bad at all.

Smell: Takes a moment to fill out your senses. At first sniff, there is a light, wheat-filled scent. Underneath, a hint of citrus zest. Leaves a touch to be desired, but not a bad start.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Surprisingly spicy; the wheat covers the palate while tangy hop oils ebbs and flow over the tongue. Medium carbonation holds the drink together to the end, where the finish is pleasantly and softly bready with just a hint of citrus, again.

Overall: Slightly above average, definitely worth a shot if you are a fan of the APL style. Drinkable, to a D.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a golden yellow body with a white head. The carbonation is good, and the retention is decent, but not much lacing to it.
S. The smell is some grainy, grassy, and floral hops, some sweet malts and citrus.
T. The taste is some citrus and floral hops with a spicy malt taste in the back ground. The taste also has a grainy and grassy taste in the middle that is like having a slice of bread with a little spiciness.
M/D. The mouthfeel is a nice clean crisp refreshing smooth feel that would make this a nice summer time beer to enjoy at your next bar-b-q.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet grainy aroma.

T - pretty much sweet and grainy with a very light touch of bitterness towards the finish.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - good drinking beer.

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Photo of budgood1
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a copperish amber colour with an egg shell white head quarter inch head with some nice retention. light wispy lace. pleasantly malty aroma. a bit of light caramel and toffee notes with a twist of spicy hops. sweet malty taste, faintly cloying, before quickly switching to a dry, spicy and long lingering finish. very earthy and herbal for a lager, but mostly pleasant in nature. hops are very prevalant and add quite a bit to the flavour profile. it does have a candy corn aspect to it...maybe that's the cloying note i felt earlier. this one has a thick body, with a slick, oily mouthfeel for a seemingly dryish lager. there is enough going on to make this interesting and drinkable, but maybe not totally sessionable without some appropriate beer drinking food.

overall, a nice changeup from the usual and tasteless fare of lagers normally drank.

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Photo of jsulko
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Really liked this beer back when it was NorthWoods. Revisiting it

Pours a clear gold with a white head that does not linger.

Somewhat sweet smelling with a hint of a pale ale type hop smell.

Taste is of a clean crisp lager. Nothing spectacular but better than our average BMC

If this was a regular Leinie's release I would have it over the AAL's and it would be a good summer beer for me.

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Photo of stangski83
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly not too bad. I prefer this to the Leinie's Original and if you could get this in 30 packs or 1/2 barrels, it might even be my go-to cheap beer instead of PBR.

From a craft perspective, not really worth wasting your time on when there are a lot of amazing beers out there. This one will not blow you away. I really wanted to be positive with this review, but the more I drink, the more Leinie's IT is. A good beginner beer for someone trying to switch from the Big 3? Ah yes, I believe that fits perfectly. Right alongside the rest of the Leinie starting lineup, another okay, but not spectacular, beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $6.59 in early 2011 and received a free block of cheese to sweeten the deal.

This is fastly becoming a popular item. It pours a golden amber color with a wheaty and grassy scent. In it's taste there are some nice citrus hints mixed with a nice blend of grains that finish with a nice apple spice hint. Not too weak and not too strong either. Something new to try that will be a decent drink.

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Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I never thought I'd be the least bit excited over a Leinie's release, but when I learned of this one I had to seek it out. Hell, it's recipe's as old as I am. ...Yeah... It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet wheat, light corn, light flowers, sweetgrass, and cauliflower. The taste focuses on the wheat and the grass, then moves into a nicely mild area rife with floral hops and light greens. Only a touch of residual sweetness remains. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this is seemingly the epitome of average, everyday "beer", as many call it. But, then, I really don't wanna drink that "beer" very much. This, on the other hand, I wouldn't mind drinking again. I'm admittedly surprised. Pleasantly.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, white, bubbly head of foam. It was short-lived and left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Not much else.

T - It was fairly spicy with sweet caramel and grains. Nice balance of bitter and sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This was okay. I think it would be great after a day in the Northwoods.

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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.