Leinenkugel's Red | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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73
okay
851 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor
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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
851
Reviews:
314
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
16.56%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
88
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Soneast
3.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of mpt2222
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a decent looking beer, the red is bright, the clarity is good, the head is sizeable in the 4/5" off white range.

Often joked about, the aroma has been described as Leine-feet. I dunno, I get the earthy aspect of that from the red peat like malt.

Taste, eh, tastes like macro red to me. Malty, not bitter, not hoppy. But not heavy either.

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Photo of CreedeSon
3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TimberSwanson
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brent_B
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 4/4/2016. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Muted aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Has a metallic note in the nose at first, that diminishes in the glass over time. Okay aromas with balanced bready malt and earthy hop notes; with very poor strength. Taste of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and bitterness as well. Fairly clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a pretty solid Vienna lager. A bit weak/off in the aromas; but has some good robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and is very smooth and easy to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Badger45
2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheStoutLord
3.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Looks great. Exactly how I want a red beer (ale or lager) to look. Crisp and clear, but with deep copper tones. Thicker head than I expected, but it only added to the great look of the beer.

S: Not a big fan of the smell. This was my first Vienna style lager so I guess its the difference in malts that I'm smelling, but I don't love it. Nearly smells like iron to me.

T: First impressions were poor honestly. Weak initial flavors, very watery. Quite malty, pretty much the only taste that jumped at me, so it kept in line with what I expected from the smell. The taste grew on my as I finished the beer though, and it was moderately enjoyable by the end. Not bitter at all and no hint of hops. Could be a good beer to break an IPA binge.

F: Strange feeling. Thin and watery, which I guess is kinda of expected from a lager. It almost had a sticky feeling toward the back of my mouth.

O: Kind of a boring beer. Maybe better on tap, but I cant imagine much better. Probably won't buy it again but I would definitely recommend it for the lager fans out there because of the unusual malty elements.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12/24/15 Chicago (12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass). Red amber colour with minimal white head. Minimal carbonation, with a slight smell and taste of malt. Light texture and easy going down. Overall OK offering.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Joe_recker
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Libeertarian
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper with light tan uniform foamy head. Smells of bread in the bottle, caramel, grain, and honey in the glass. Very similar on the palate, but thankfully less sweet and more balanced than I was expecting. I wouldn't call it spicy/boozy, but it is in fact more so than a mere 4.90% ABV generally would permit. Fairly dry and bready and grassy finish. Mild bitterness. Medium body, a bit watery, crisp, and an effervescence that I think goes well with other mouth sensations.

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Photo of nuebs
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MattMorin
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ShawnL
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

i really need a little more substance in my reds, even when they are lagers. this just doesnt have any meat to it in terms of layers or in terms of body, and it comes through a little watery on the whole for my palate, but i can see the appeal. for a vienna type lager, its not at all too sweet, and not at all filling, two symptoms the style is usually inflicted with. instead its light and easy drinking, especially when you put the heavy cuisine of wisconsin into the fold, you know, fried cheese curds and walleye, that kind of stuff, chili, it just gets so heavy in the gut its nice to wash it down with a lighter beer like this that still has plenty of malt flavor to it. i found it a bit one dimensional, but in the context of these foods, i like it better. its also real well carbonated which cuts grease down and helps it still feel refreshing. all the flavors of a caramely amber ale, with the quick biscuity finish of a nice lager yeast. drinkable if nothing else, but not my favorite of the leiny beers

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of phizzle
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 851 ratings.
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