Heart Of Oak
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Vienna Lager
3.32 | pDev: 14.46%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 119 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled APR0416 printed on the bottleneck. My second new one from the Leinenkugel's mixed variety twelve pack. "Vienna Style Lager Brewed With Oak" per the label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a tawny amber with hues of reddish-copper. Finger of soft frothy khaki head that leaves good fluffy bubbly lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is a bit soft and muted. Soft notes of the oak wood, with aromas of vanilla come through. Not particularly nutty, malty, or yeasty, but what's here is nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth toasty malt mingles with smooth woodsy creaminess from the oak wood. The oak lends the beer smooth notes of vanilla, caramel, & butterscotch.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Slight notes of woodsy, earthy sweetness from the oak wood. Slightly chalky. Feels pretty nice.

Overall, a nice beer from Leinenkugel's; reminds me a bit of some of the oak-aged offerings I've tried from Innis & Gunn. Drinkable stuff.

Leinenkugel's Heart Of Oak -----4/5.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, woody, oak notes, some hop, but malt forward.
Big oak woody malts nose.
Deep amber/copper color, clear with a large stick head of lace. Medium body.

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Photo of Foyle
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: a 1" off white head falls quickly with mild lacing. Color is rich amber, moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: mild overall with woodiness from the oak along with bready malts and some floral hops.
Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a fairly dry finish.
Flavor: malty sweetness dominates along with oak and vanilla. Mild floral hops.
Overall: not a world class vienna lager, but a decent beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heart Of Oak | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick, with sheen lacing, and a light oak (had to) brown body.

I smell full bodied grains and malts with a small hit of zesty floral hops. Only faint whiffs of the alleged oak.

Tastes like much of the notes elaborated on above, with a slight dark fruit sweetness. Very good balance.

The mouthfeel here is light and crisp. Very quenching with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Heart Of Oak | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company with an overall 3.75. This has so much potential to be a great brew; if only they'd realize this...

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled back on 3/11/16. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle as part of "Make your own 6" as this must of come out of a seasonal 12-pack as I haven't seen it in a 6-pack. Anyway, bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "LEINENKUGEL'S" pint glass.

Brew pours a pretty medium-amber in color with close to a 3-finger foamy white head that didn't last all that long but still was a good 5mm after a bit. A decent amount of lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma was of sweet malts, citrus and yeast. Taste is close to the aroma with some caramel malts with a hint of 'wood' also. Crisp and clean. No bitterness for the finish is noted. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, garnet red with a two-finger, off white, creamy head. Very little carbonation. Smells of sweet malt and a hint of citrus. Taste of malty goodness, with a sugary sweetness that allows a cherry fruit to sneak in. Thin mouthfeel, clean and crisp. A slight medicine taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of May 2, 2016. Sampled on March 19, 2016.

The color of the pour is nice with a handsome reddish-orange amber color and a quick lasting head.

The aroma has a malt sweetness at first along with an apple character, a little wood, and a low to no hop profile.

Medium body.

The sweet malts are forward in the taste and the finish is clean, crisp, and fruity. The apple is more subdued in the flavor.

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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, light brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight wood, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and hint of yeast. Mouth feel is crisp and sharp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, hint of wood, sweet malt, caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, mostly liquor and wood in body, average appearance, but this is hard to tell if it fits the style of a Vienna Lager with the overpowering wood and liquor flavors.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Pilsener glass

A - 3-finger khaki head over a body of orange amber, high visible carbonation

S - caramel, oak/wood

T - caramel, oak/wood, grassy bitterness

M - medium body, high carbonation

O - simple and enjoyable

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.16/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Does nothing for me. Oak/smokey flavor is a distraction - actually more like a fad / hipster joke of a beer (but not as bad as some of the leaker IPA's that seem to be popular). Came as part of a sampler pack. IMHO not worth a repurchase and not something I'd serve friends.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper colour with large head of foam with decent lacing.

I get caramel and a honey like sweetness with light grain. .nice malt bill.

Definitely on the sweet side taste wise. Grain and earthy hops with the tiniest presence of oak. Flavours do not mesh all that well but it is drinkable.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.69/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent smoky and oaky body, and easily the most drinkable and enjoyable beer out of Leinenkugel's winter/spring seasonal variety pack (along with Helles Yeah, Big Butt Doppelbock, and that awful Pale Ale), but still mediocre and disappointing by Leinenkugel's standards.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible by any means, but I'm not blown away by it. Part of the problem is there's not enough flavor to completely cover up the alcohol taste. Even so, there's still an enjoyable little touch of malt in it.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 1 finger of fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel and birch beer.

Caramel and butterscotch. Birch beer and cream soda. Tastes like they dipped some oak staves in it for, maybe, a day or two...

Medium bodied, smooth, slick, and semi-dry.

The promise of oak is laughable and the Vienna is terribly simple but, hell, it's mighty quaffable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leinenkugel's "Heart Of Oak"
12 oz. brown glass bottle; I'm assuming "MAY0216" is a "best by" date.

Leinenkugel's has put out another interesting beer. They've produced a slightly stronger than usual Vienna-style lager that works in appearance, aroma (it could be a little more malty, but it works), and flavor (although it is a touch sweet, and perhaps a slight bit too fruity) - but it's also clearly oaky in both the flavor and the aroma, and that helps to balance it out, and lend it an extra edge of character.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Normal copper color with a skim on top. Really sweet Carmel scent. Similar to the scent but taste worst than it smells. Medium light body with the Sam amount of carbs. Not a fan.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright copper with fine, foamy yellow-tan head of lower medium retention. Grain and caramel aromas detectable through faint oaky-nuttiness. Woodiness is much more pronounced upon tasting, and thankfully not as distracting as in some macro attempts at a faux-barrel aged or staved style. Combined with toffee or caramel, biscuity maltiness, and perhaps alcohol it reminds me almost of a watered-down peated whiskey. Some say vanilla. It's close, I suppose, but not the first thing I think of. Barely bitter leafy, herbal finish, appropriate for the style, and which do not fully clean up caramel and toffee notes. Medium in body and refreshing, but seems too thin for its palate, though this is at least partially made up for by its long lasting medium level suds. It's does have a warming effect I'm not used to in this range of ABV, but it's slight and doesn't do the sub-style justice. This beer could pass for something very special if it were a little more robust, less balanced even, in flavor and feel. As it is, it's in the same strait as, say, Red Lodge Ales' Hunt for Red Oaktober (which I've enjoyed relatively "fresh" as well as have a bottle in cellar), but there's just not as much wind in its sails.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A-a dark amber color with respectable off white head
S- smells of vanilla and malts
T- taste follows the smell with the bready maltyness and a slight vanilla flavor. Also slightly sweet
F- medium carbonation with a light feel
O- not a bad beer. Got this single from a friend who thought it was so bad he poured it out. Gotta disagree with him on this one.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I will start by saying it really doesn't taste that bad, sweeter caramel and toffee malts fill the palate with hints of oak. Not complex. The smell though is rougher, coming across very artificially with the sweetness and the oak. Feel is thin and sweet for style. Very, very dark body for the style.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thin head with a dark red/amber color. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of malt and caramel. The first taste that hits you is of sweet bread. I generally feel that Leinenkugel is usually characterized by its herbal and floral notes, and this is no different.

The feel is quite light, with little body. Definitely not sold on this, and will avoid going forward.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly basic Vienna lager. Malty. Caramel and biscuity. The vanilla and oak shows and adds some complexity. Nothing mind blowing but not bad for an easy drinking lager.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Leinenkugel's Heart Of Oak in their new fall variety pack at Meijers. This one caught my eye and I thought it was worth a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice amber color that took on more of a ruby color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of off white creamy head that died down to a thick ring that satyed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the the malts showing up first and they impart some nice sweet malt, caramel malt and bready aromas with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the oak which imparts some light vanilla and oak aromas that work well with the malt base. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel malts coming through nicely. Up next comes the yeast which is a little doughy, but it also imparts some light fruity flavors and leads into the oak which shows up just enough and it imparts the same aspects that tit did in the aroma. On the finish there's a hardly any bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it had a nice caramel malt and oak aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, I wish the flavors were just a little bolder, but it lives up to it's name.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, but the carbonation could be toned down a little.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example of the style, I wasn't sure who Leinenkugel would do with the oak aging, but it ended up working out nicely and the flavors worked well together. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them, it makes for a nice fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and appearance, those aspects were nice, so was the balance. What I like the least about this beer was the carbonation, I think it could be toned down a little. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for something like this and I would recommend it if you want a lighter amber with some noticeable oak flavors. All in all I liked this beer, but I think if it was a little bolder it would be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and I think it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a little better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of hophugger
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A generalized beer that did not quite give what I was expecting. I do not taste the oak, disappointed. Head is light, minimal lacing. Lots of malt and not much else. A basic beer with not much balance or complexity

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a dark amber color with a thick white head. The aroma is a really nice mix of hops, spice and grains. The taste is nice and refreshing with a bread and caramel flavor with a slight hop bite at the end. A real good Vienna Lager.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark, clear, copper colored body; thick; rich head. Very faint aroma; caramel and toffee. Mild toasted grain flavor with a strong undertone of white oak; caramel and brown sugar notes. Rather thin body; soft; nice combination of sweet and dry with the finish.

There is a lot of toasted grain and residual sugar character to this beer. The oak is pretty prevalent, too, and add a nice touch to offset the overall sweetness. A nice drinking experience...

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Heart Of Oak from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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