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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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80
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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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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +14%

scootercrabb, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +42.5%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

memoulds, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

doucmehu, Nov 16, 2011
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 Strix
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?).

Strix, Jul 22, 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 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 thegodfather1076
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Very classy looking label. Had a vintage feel to it.

Appearance - Pours a golden crystal clear color with a 1 finger white foam head that dissipates into a nice froathy layer after a couple minutes.

Smell - Smells of a corn-like biscuit-like malt with a light scent of hops.

Taste - Tastes of lightly toasted biscuit-like malts and a nice hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and light bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Very smooth and refreshing. Highly drinkable.

A refreshing and good offering but nothing spectacular. I did however enjoy this and could drink a bunch of these.

thegodfather1076, May 17, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jsulko, May 11, 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 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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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
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4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

cpolking, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of tapman
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.

tapman, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Lauthaha, Mar 31, 2011
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
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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 OlRasputin989
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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

OlRasputin989, Mar 22, 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
Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.