Heart Of Oak | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Heart Of OakHeart Of Oak

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by monkeybeerbelly on 08-17-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 11/9/15.

Appearance: Beautiful amber/deep caramel color with great clarity. Poured a fluffy light tan four-finger head, which as since halfway collapsed leaving picturesque lacing. If nothing else, this is one of the best looking beers I've seen. Maybe my shiny new Spiegelau glass is to blame.

Aroma: Typical vienna lager. Bit of caramel and really just dry biscuit malt. Bit of noble hops.

Taste: Simple vienna malt base, mostly dry but with a touch of caramel flavor and perceived sweetness. The hop presence is definitely felt but basically leaves everything balanced with a clean bitterness and somewhat earthy flavor. Not sure I get the oak in this but I wasn't really expecting it to be forthcoming. Soft finish, sort of missing a typical lager crispness. Not sure what the ABV is but I'd wager it's close to 5%. Not much going on in the aftertaste, just a fading of the main components. No major flaws, but nothing deserving of a second glass.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium in body. Too much carbonation for the style. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I wonder why the marketing department chose to create an oaked beer considering the main consumers of Leinenkugels products are not craft drinkers. In fact, I only have this bottle because one of my friends who is not much of a craft drinker was not interested in an oaked beer (it came as part of a variety pack). Another example of a pseudo-craft brewery being way out of touch with the market. That said, I didn't come here to hate on anyone, I came here to rate a beer. Would I drink it again? No.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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 StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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 justintcoons
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Tone
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a new offering contained in the Leines Fall Explorer pack.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a dark amber with a fluffy white head. It is a looker.
The aroma is of grains, some spice from the hops, and a bit of caramel.

The beer has caramel and biscuit notes backed by some nice bitterness (are those Hallertau hops sp?). There is a bit of ripe apple mid-glass and something woody.

I think they almost hit the style points for a Vienna Lager.

The mouth is decent with slightly lower carbonation then I would like.

The beer doesn't live up to its killer looks but it isn't bad and one that would be good to bring to tailgate parties or have with some nice sausages and kraut.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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 lwillitz
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.51/5  rDev +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 Turbo
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of deebo
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmwilliq
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
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 norinco
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +22%
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 Thepmala
2.87/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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 Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fusion7777
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Caveworm
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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 JustLikeMyDad
2.36/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Drank from the bottle, so I can't comment on looks.
The smell of it wasn't anything special, smelled of a typical, cheap lager beer, no flavors to hint at.
Tasted like a cheapish lager beer you could find anywhere, but has a mild oak flavor to it.
It has a mild carbonation to it, not too foamy, goes down smooth, easy to drink, taste aside.
Overall I wasn't sure what to expect, so it didn't let me down, but it didn't impress me either.

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Heart Of Oak from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 119 ratings