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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Limited Golden LagerLeinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager

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BA SCORE
80
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74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 01-22-2011)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:55:10 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:14:00 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:15:00 | More by zeff80
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 16:38:43 | More by Tone
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 12:08:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ZAP

Minnesota

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..

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 04:27:04 | More by ZAP
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 21:31:17 | More by Brenden
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:20:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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mynie

Indiana

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).

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:22:23 | More by mynie
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:30:59 | More by KarlHungus
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crossovert

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:30:15 | More by crossovert
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budgood1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 15:28:37 | More by budgood1
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:42:29 | More by Monkeyknife
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hosehead83

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 18:45:50 | More by hosehead83
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jsh420

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:46:04 | More by jsh420
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Duff27

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:23:26 | More by Duff27
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KeefD

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:59:12 | More by KeefD
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 04:56:19 | More by Lemke10
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a coppery golden hue with a slim sudsy cream head.

Smell -- Bready malt, cane juice sweetness, grassy hop aroma.

Taste -- Bready grain, gentle malt sweetness, and earthy hops that end on a spicy note. No thrills, but it's solid.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with ample bubbly carbonation. Not hard on the tongue. Not too shabby.

Drinkability -- Overall, pretty good. Crisp, easy-drinking, largely balanced, no surprises. Good crossover beer for sharing with mixed beer geek company.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:37:59 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold, little head.

Grainy smell, mostly.

Taste is mainly grains too, a hint of something more going on, a bready note, some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel medium, carbonation medium.

Eh. Nothing remarkable here. Better than some Leine's offerings, but most of them are in the mediocre department so I've stopped keeping track of which is less mediocre than the others (barring the big eddy series - how 'bout brewing less of this and more of that?).

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 04:10:35 | More by Strix
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matjack85

Illinois

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¢.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 06:53:16 | More by matjack85
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herman77

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 04:07:23 | More by herman77
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steveh

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The return of a beer I used to drink often before the days of so many available micros.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a sudsy, off white head that holds up well.

S -- Light sulfur and DMS. Hardly anything more to speak of.

T -- Light toasty, nutty malts up front, graininess back, bitter hops in the finish. Meager aftertaste of nutty graininess.

M -- Body is light and dry, mouthfeel 2 notches above water thinness.

D -- Honestly good drinker. Beats the heck out of most macros out there, the lingering nuttiness is the kicker -- makes it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 20:09:20 | More by steveh
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tapman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden color, much darker than I expected. Head is white and whispy and holds up pretty well. Giant carbonation nucleation sites.

Earthy aroma and a small toasty malt presence.

Like the style description implies: like BMC but a little better; metallic and grainy flavors and a more pronounced, floral hop character.

A little dry with bright, though not biting, carbonation.

They would be better off just making this REGULAR Leinenkugel lager and get rid of that Berry Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:15:28 | More by tapman
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:09:18 | More by BDIMike
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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.