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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: 7
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 mrseano


3.3/5  rDev -6%

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!

04-18-2011 04:23:34 | More by mrseano
Photo of ZAP


3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

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..

04-13-2011 04:27:04 | More by ZAP
Photo of Irishthirst


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

04-02-2011 04:52:20 | More by Irishthirst
Photo of cpolking


4.2/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

04-02-2011 01:10:26 | More by cpolking
Photo of tapman


3/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

04-01-2011 04:15:28 | More by tapman
Photo of Lauthaha


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

03-31-2011 03:23:23 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of Erish


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

03-24-2011 01:42:26 | More by Erish
Photo of budgood1


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

03-22-2011 15:28:37 | More by budgood1
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

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

03-22-2011 00:23:31 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4/5  rDev +14%

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.

03-17-2011 12:08:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of herman77


3.1/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

03-12-2011 04:07:23 | More by herman77
Photo of Snow81


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

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

03-08-2011 04:05:47 | More by Snow81
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

03-06-2011 21:55:51 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of BDIMike


3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

03-03-2011 02:09:18 | More by BDIMike
Photo of stangski83


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

03-01-2011 02:39:59 | More by stangski83
Photo of tito42


3.3/5  rDev -6%

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.

02-25-2011 02:42:48 | More by tito42
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

02-25-2011 01:20:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of hosehead83


3.73/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

02-21-2011 18:45:50 | More by hosehead83
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

02-19-2011 21:15:00 | More by zeff80
Photo of Duff27


2.98/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

02-19-2011 01:23:26 | More by Duff27
Photo of Brenden


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

02-18-2011 21:31:17 | More by Brenden
Photo of crossovert


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

02-18-2011 06:30:15 | More by crossovert
Photo of florian1


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

02-17-2011 23:05:05 | More by florian1
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

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..

02-14-2011 03:46:58 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of steveh


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-12-2011 20:09:20 | More by steveh
Leinenkugel's Limited Golden Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.