Leinenkugel's Red | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red

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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Ratings: 876 |  Reviews: 321
Reviews by botham:
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3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a crystal clear, deep reddish amber with a couple fingers of off-white head that leans towards orangish in hue.

smells sweet, and of pale and caramel malts, with a touch of hops. not much else to speak of in the aroma.

taste is malty up front, tough not as sweet as the smell would indicate. pale and caramel malts here as well, alongside a touch of grassy hops. finishes smooth and on a malty note. not much hops here.

mouthfeel is slick and medium-light bodied. finishes smooth. only light CO2 is present.

drinkability is good. not much here, just malts and a touch of grassy hops.

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Photo of todrinkornottodrink
3.86/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer holds a special place in my heart. It was my gateway beer to microbrews and craft beers. Back when I was drinking MGD, Red Dog, Icehouse and other ordinary beers, this one was my first "chance" taken on something off the path. Applebee's had it on tap and I watched a server carry one by in a "Brewtus" glass. I said to myself, " I must have one of those". So I did and I enjoyed it. It became sort of an after work tradition and soon after I tried Warsteiner and Guinness and the rest is history. Can't remember the last time I had an MGD. Do they still make it? Anyway, about the beer....smooth...red....nice beer that deserves to be tasted. I confess that I haven't had one in a long time. I can't find it anymore around here. What happened to it? Wish I could find it. I would get a 6 pack or two of it. If it's in your area, try it.

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Photo of wl2bill
3.91/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Vienna Lager, nice tannin in finish. One of the the first non-ALL beers I ever drank. When it was regularly available it was always a top pick. It is my second favorite Vienna Lager, a style that is not common to find.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this style of beer,drink alot of this on tap in the summer just as good as killians I think.Nothin special but I like it.

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.87/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my facorites that I have tried from Leines thus far. The small was very pleasant, while the taste was even better. I was given a bottle of this on accident while at a restaurant. I am very happy about the mixup or I would have never tried this beer. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good red beer.

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Photo of Turbo
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Lienie's red does not give much of a show in the head department but damn, that is one pretty-colored beer. It is crystal clear, slightly effervescent, and a very striking orange/ red/ copper color. The nose is mostly fresh grain with berry notes and faint hop.

This is a crisp beer that starts off slightly bitter and mellows into creamy vienna malt goodness with a nice toasty undertone. There is a very soft wisp of hop in the finish. This is an extremely soft, smooth, and balanced beer. This is probably the best Vienna Lager I have had, althought I'd have to put it up against Negra to see for sure.

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

Photo of loose5682
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of equinox1
4.15/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may rate this higher than others but that's ok by me. its my lawnmowing, honey do list, football watching beer of choice.
chill it cold and enjoy. not your average lager as it has a bit of a malt backbone with a hop tingle at the end. nice ruby red color . try it as cold as you can.

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Photo of TimoP
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Jason
2.87/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle with a bottle code, no freshness date.

A- Deep orangey red color, very clear ... the head dissipates a little too quick for my liking.

S- Mild toasted malt aroma, wet with a caramel undertone.

T&M- Slight crispness, a tad slick on the palate with a moderate body. Thinning toasted grain meets a watery steely caramel malt, hoppiness stays on balanced bitter with very little flavor.

D- Better than Killian's Red, but that is not saying much is it. I guess my point is, if you are going to brew this style it can't be strip filtered and perhaps pasteurized. Lacks that malty lager freshness. Not bad but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is almost a rarity in the southern USA, so I jumped at the opportunity to bring a bottle home from the Leaf and Ale store, in Knoxville, Tn. This one pours an ultraclear, orange/amber body with a small and shortlived offwhite head. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma suggests a malt bomber. Sweet, caramel and toffee aromas are all over the nose, with only a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is appropiate for style, with a light body and lively carbonation.

Taste is dominated by sweet maltiness, with caramel and toffee saturating the palate. Hops lend only enough presence to prevent cloying sweetness.

Easy drinking lager, overall, and crisp and refreshing in the right circumstances. Not very complex, with a sweet malt dominance. Worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber, redish (suprise) Leaves some nice lacing. Not much nose detected. Lightly flavored, malt, slight burnt flavor, chalky and dry finish. Light, redish beer, not really much going on with this one. Another middle of the road, slightly better then Macros brew from Leiny. Pass it by, you/we can do better then this limp and lame stuff.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium/light bodied, moderately bitter with a sweeter end

Drinkability: An average Vienna Lager. I like the caramel malt, but it is rather tame--especially for this brewery. A solid beer that I would not turn down, but most likely would not rush out for either.

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Photo of Mugenlude
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Byeast
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish orange , clear , with a thin and quikly dissipating white head. Smell is slightly malty , with just a bit of spicy hop in there. Taste is not bad , a little thin. Some caramel malt taste , slight hop. Better than killians and other big brewery reds ive had and wotrh a try , just not quite enough flavor for me.

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Photo of ryancl
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. amber bottle. Poured a reddish-brown in appearance, with a bustling white head that lasts briefly. No lacing. Tough to pick out any distinct aroma, but finally some malts decided to show up. Flavor is more of the same...a rather uninspired attempt at an amber. Others have commented on a chemical-like flavor and I also noticed something amiss in the flavor. Malty sweet and not well-balanced. Finishes with nothing on the palate, like it just disappears. Mouthfeel and drinkability are par for the course. There's just nothing about this beer that stood out and kept me coming back for more. Any beer that often gets compared to against Kilian's can't be good. Pass.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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

Not a bad beer, and used to be one of my favorites when I thought this was "microbrew exotic". Pale red in color with almost non-existent head. The aroma was slightly sweet, although it was not malt, more of a corn/grain sweetness. The flavor was more of the same with slight hops appearing at the end of the flavor to give the lager taste. From Leine's offerings, I like the Original and Creamy Dark better. Not a bad beer for a change from the macro lagers and because of the high availability, can be found at most of the same places for the same price.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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