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Leinenkugel's Red | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

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3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was actually the reason I purchased the Leinenkugel's Fall Explorer Pack this year as the Red Lager had been retired a few years earlier and was only available in the mixed pack.

Leinenkugel's Red Lager pours a copper hue with a decent head and lacing.

The aroma is subtle but there are hints of bread and caramel.

The flavor is sweet with the caramel being the most prevalent and the breadiness shifting more to the background. The finish is very smooth with not much of a bitterness at all.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer but nothing really stands out on it.

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Photo of newHazel
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crisp amber color. Thin off-white head dissipates rather quickly leaving just a small slick of foam on top of the beer.

Smell has notes of bready malts, toasted bread, and some earthy tones. Very subtle and simple.

Taste follows the nose with some bready malts up front. Touch of honey sweetness and some wonder bread. Earthy somewhat spicy hops on the finish. Simple, straightforward, and pretty well done.

Feel is light, a tad on the thin side, mild carbonation, smooth semi-dry finish.

Overall a solid Vienna lager from Leinenkugels. Its nothin flashy, but its well executed and one Id drink again.

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3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jack_H_91
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 10/23/17 poured into a Vienna style mug at fridge temp. No ABV listed on bottle. This has been unretired for the 2017 fall variety pack. The beer pours a bright, rich amber color with abundant khaki head. The head persists at a 1/8" and there is noticeable lacing. The aroma is toasted malt. The taste is more toasty, bready malts with a little cancelling bitterness coming in on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, softly carbonated and dry. There is a hint of yeast aftertaste, it's only there if you are really looking for something to fault. Overall, good. I literally bought this mix pack because it had the first Oktoberfest beers this season. This and the collab anniversary beer are pretty solid. The regular Oktoberfest is poor and the original lager was a let down, although I was happy to get to try it.

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3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Some good friends of my wife and I were having an open house party this past weekend and I found this in the beer fridge. Since this was one of the beers that I had not tried I thought I'd give it a shot.

This beer pours a copper hue that is slightly red and clear with light carbonation and a light, frothy, white head that dissipates to a thin lacing that is retained. 3.75/5 The aroma is malt centric with a bit of caramel and white bread. The aroma is fairly one dimensional and nothing to get real excited about. The hops are fairly clean and a bit grassy but they are more of an undertone than anything. 3.25/5 The flavor profile has a slight metallic undertone that continues for the length of time that the beer is in your mouth, and then a bit afterwards too. A bit of caramelized malt and white bread comes through with hops that are a bit grassy. The flavor is really a bit underwhelming, creating a very light drinking experience. Bitterness is light and lingers lightly after swallowing. 3/5 This is a light bodied, low carbonation, smooth beer that is almost creamy at times. It is also lightly drying on the back end with a light lingering dryness. 3.25/5 This is an ok Vienna. I can't say that I disliked it, but I can't say that I liked it either. I'm fairly ambivalent towards it, honestly. This is a decent beer for a warm day when you're craving something other than a pilsner. 3.25/5

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3.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden red color with minimal cap and lacing.

Aroma of bready malt with a touch of something floral hoppy in the background.

Taste is malt forward in a caramely, toasty malty way with some overriding hop bitterness that goes just far enough to sorta match the malt. More than average carbonation gives it all a bit of bite. Finish is clean with some hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Texture is light medium with a bit more carbonation than necessary to balance.

Bit of a let down this one. A fair amount of rich maltiness that seems to stop short at the average line and can't seem to advance the ball any further. Enough hop bitterness to notice but the malt and hops don't seem to balance, just parallel runners whose path's don't cross. A simple concoction that seems to be one of these fill in the slot lineup brews that wears the jersey but doesn't advance the team.

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3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.59/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheStoutLord
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
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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2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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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