Leinenkugels Wisconsin Red Pale Ale | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugels Wisconsin Red Pale AleLeinenkugels Wisconsin Red Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BarrelAgedG on 12-04-2015

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Whipped up two finger head of red-tinted tan froth, extremely dimpled but has minimal distinct bubbles across the surface, leaves a full streak around the glass when it is tilted, excellent retention. Amber orange to brown hued liquid, perfectly clear with a huge storm of bubbles throughout perpetually refreshing the head. Malty nose of dough, malted milk balls, cocoa dust but has a herbaceous edge to it as well, more grassy than leafy, unshelled nuts, light metallic earth touch, can’t distinguish clear fruit notes but there’s an element of mixed white citrus present. Medium-bodied, the foaminess helps it expand across the palate and give it more coverage. Here you do get a core of cherry, berry fruit which pairs with the caramel, bready malts to give it a semi-sweet foundation. Through the mid-palate the metallic, quinine bitterness takes over and leaves you puckering at the end. Lingering nuttiness and has a punch of hops, however, hard to call it hoppy per se. Probably a decent beer to take out on a lake fishing but nothing to keep around the house on a regular basis.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this in Brookfield, WI during my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear copper amber with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had hint of bitter citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rckdude1
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm a Wisconsinite liquor store employee and it took me a while to try this one. I was skeptical at first because leinenkugels, while good, just doesn't cut it with the "new age" craft breweries. Boy was I surprised. I had it on tap at a Bucks game and I was pleasantly surprised. By far my favorite leinenkugel brew. It pours a nice amber red with little head. Plenty of hops shine through which is rare for a leinies beer. For a leinenkugel beer, I was more than impressed. I was worried because their IPL was/is terrible.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greenhousedrummer
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not the cleanest tasting beer, I've never had a Leine's that has knocked it out of the park on all fronts. It smells grassy and boozy but inoffensive. The hop forward flavor is certainly dominant as advertised but slightly harsh and unbalanced with a metallic aftertaste. It subsides quickly into a somewhat interesting malty/nutty mish mash of flavor. It's drinkable and cheap but unremarkable.

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

Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright reddish orange amber. A lasting head leaves lacing.

The smell is of toasted grain with a light hint of citrus.

The taste is of toasted caramalized grain wih a citric/spicy hop dry balance in the finish.

It is smooth. Refreshingly crisp.

It's a very mild APA. Easy enough to drink, but on the weak side overall.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blackop555
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours lighter Amber. Thick, short, off Whitehead lasts a bit.

Smells Pine, Citrus, malty, Earthy.

Taste caramel malt, Bready and some Pine and citrus. A weird flavor that I cant place maybe it's toasted malt. Hints of Raisin dry finish with a bitter linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of invalid665
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pweis909
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Why I don't like this beer:
Red? No, it isn't as advertised.
Hop forward? No, it isn't as advertised.

This is pretty much your basic bad American amber ale, seems like it might relying too much on crystal malt for flavor resulting in something that is a little too sweet and heavy. Aroma is non-existent. Taste has sweetness and soapiness. Leinie's suckered me into buying a 6 pack by advertising that this could be different, and it is not at all interesting or enjoyable, IMO.

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Photo of twalther
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seuinoz
4.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not a bad beer, only for the Wisconsin Region. Malty taste ,nice white head dissipates quickly to a nice lacing show. Will get again,but have to drive north to get it.

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Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is good and stays though. Smells of malt and carmel. Taste is similar. Has a little hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall not a bad spring time beer.

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Photo of Krusader
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 12 oz bottle from my dad's fridge the other day. Bottling code states this one is good for another six weeks. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear ruddy amber with about a half-inch of off-white head that sticks around for a short time, falling to a healthy film that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation present.

S: Pretty faint and bland bouquet on this one: some light bread and caramel malt, some earthiness, and a touch of grassy notes. Was hoping for more from the nose.

T: Bread/crystal malt flavor out of the gates--maybe a bit of caramel malt sweetness. The middle brings on some hop astringency, though it's difficult to place any one flavor--lemon zest is probably the most assertive. There are mild earthy and grassy tones here, as well. The back end brings back more of the bread/crystal malt flavor, with some of that hop astringency registering as more of a true bitter that lingers on the palate for a short while.

F: Lighter-bodied and slightly watery. There's a bit of creaminess, some bright astringency, and mild bitterness at the close. A good level of carbonation at the start, but this one flattened out pretty quickly.

O: I wasn't impressed with this offering from Leine's. I like that, as a company, they're willing to try some new styles. However, this one feels like the bigwigs said, "Hey, remember when we made that lager hoppy? Why don't we make our Red hoppy?" and rushed out something they knew--and weren't too concerned--would never rise above mediocrity. This isn't one to go out of your way to find.

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Photo of matcris
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A clear red , medium carbonation rising, a finger + of foamy, off white head that settles down slowly to a nice thick layer. Leaves a modest amount of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Primarily, caramel bready malt, and citrus/grapefruit.
TASTE: Same as aroma, exactly.
FEEL: Nice full carbonation, fairly dry all the way through the swig, medium body.
OVERALL: A nice beer for Leine's. Very nice blend of malt and hop bitterness. Always on sale here.

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Photo of BoJengs
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Per the label, brewed only for Wisconsin and its red and hop forward.

Poured into a standard pint glass, the beer is red with amber highlights. There is a beige head and the beer has great clarity.

Mostly grain and some light caramel notes in the aroma.

I’m not sure about hop forward… The beer leads with some semi sweet caramel malts and some cracker and fruit notes. The hops emerge in the aftertaste and a bit of spice and floral notes. As you work through the beer the hops do become slightly more prominent but the beer is never in danger of becoming even an APA.

The mouth is medium with active carbonation.

Not a bad beer, more like an old school amber ale than any sort of red APA. I did like this one a lot better than their Pale Ale in the late winter variety pack.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Don't know why it says retired. Swear the damn thing just came out at the beginning of the year. Got it from a buddy who went to Wisconsin for a week.

Nonetheless, Leinenkugel's red beers are honestly underrated and better than most people who have had them give them credit for. This one is very similar to Leinenkugel's mass produced Red Lager, only there is plenty more hop crispness and ostensibly fresher, more flavorful ingredients being that it's brewed in smaller batches.

Definitely wish this wasn't the Wisconsin exclusive and that god-awful Leinenkugel India Pale Lager was.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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