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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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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
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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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 19, 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 zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

zeff80, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of hops, hint of metallic, slight sweet malt, and hint of wheat. Overall, decent appearance, good feel, and decent blend.

Tone, May 04, 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 Duff27
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice golden color with a half inch head that dissapates fast.

S- Somewhat grassy.

T- Grainy, light toasted malts. Clean aftertaste.

M- Crisp, well carbonated.

D/O- It's an easy drinker, nothing too special but worth a try if you have a hankering for a lager.

Duff27, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember drinking this back when it first came out years ago...this Stroh Signature...Lowenbrau...Michelob...that was as good as it got back then for the most part..

This looks nice...clean...light golden in color..the taste is grainy...some sharp drying bitterness (for the style) similar to what Leinie Original has....more hops than most in this style....not as much of a malt impression as I'd prefer but decent enough...I won't buy it again because it isn't my thing but this is decent enough if you like a dryer lager..

ZAP, Apr 13, 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 mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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).

mynie, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has some solid bready malt notes with some moderate noble hops spiciness in the back ground. The taste is a little hoppier than the aroma, but the nice malt notes that are present in the aroma are barely noticeable in the taste. It is still a pleasant flavor, but it would be really good if the malt stayed strong. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied which is good for this style. Carbonation is lively without being annoyingly high, and the texture is smooth. Overall, this is one of the better Leinie beers I've tastes, and I would drink it again.

KarlHungus, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 25, 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 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 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 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 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 bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +14%

bigbeers84, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

budgood1, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of klipper
2/5  rDev -43%

klipper, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at High Rock in Wisconsin Dells.

A: Golden crystal clear, foamy white head. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet cereal grains. No hops.

T: Sweet and a bit biscuity. Lots of sweeter cereal grains. Just a tiny hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Light body. Moderate to higher carbonation. Crisp and somewhat refreshing. Easy drinking.

herman77, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

bismarksays, Jul 07, 2013
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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.