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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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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 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
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

DesMoinesMike, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of BDIMike
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.

BDIMike, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of stangski83
3.5/5  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.

stangski83, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of tito42
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by May 9, 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Golden and crystal clear with moderate carbonation and a foamy white head. Decent retention.

S: Sweet, corny smell. Style description says brewed without cereal adjuncts, but I smell corn.

T: Grassy and crisp, with a bit of roasted malt and a nice hop bitterness at the end for this type of beer.

M: Light bodied but not too watery and a touch of creaminess. Pleasant.

D: Would be a great lawnmower beer, except that it's a limited release. This would be an outstanding alternative to an AAL for those poor souls who are tied to that style.

tito42, Feb 25, 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 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 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 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 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 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 florian1
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

florian1, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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..

sixerofelixir, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of steveh
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.

steveh, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
A light clear orange with no head at all.

Smell:
malty and dry. No real residual aromas, other than possibly some caramel. Falls a little flat here.

Taste:
Dry and malty, beginning, middle, and into the aftertaste. Surprisingly robust actually. Crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel:
Pretty standard carbonation, nothing out of the ordinary. Like I said, very crisp. More body than I had expected, close to the medium range.

Drinkability:
Reasonable. It's a decent lager in my opinion, and I'd have no trouble drinking several. Not a real taste bud kicker, but pretty pleasant nonetheless.

evanlarkin, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
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.

Lemke10, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

DannyDan, Feb 02, 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 malty
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May0211 stamped on bottle.

Poured into my nonic pint glass a crystal clear bright golden color with a loose, wavy & dense bone white settled head of 1/2". Moderate visible uprising carbonation with tiny-sized bubbles. Looks very elegant and glowing. Nice wide splotchy rings/walls of lace all the way down.

Mineral lager yeast with saltine cracker-like scents. Smells very crisp and fresh with a stoney, citrus framework.

Edgy flavors of burlap and earthy damp hops. Very dry and prickly with quickly diminishing notes of lemon rind and salty rocks.

Mouthfeel is creamy and emcompassing for such a dry and crisp lager. The ultra fine carbonation bathes the tongue in layers of playful bubbles that caress more than attack. Such a great feel. The finish is bitter/chalky with quickly ending flavor.

Drinkability is very good for a utility beer for sure.

This lager feels utterly fantastic and looks very elegant. The flavors are good, not great. I'd drink this without hesitation in a warm weather setting where I wouldn't want to 'think' about my beer experience. Although it is pretty decent and unintrusive, it still is a bit edgy and without any depth.

malty, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
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.

yeahnatenelson, Jan 29, 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 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 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
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Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.