Red Lager
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #219
Ranked #50,295
3.12 | pDev: 16.67%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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gtermi from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jun 04, 2014
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todrinkornottodrink from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +23.7%
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 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.

May 26, 2013
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The deep-amber/copper body of Leinenkugel's Red really does have a crimson cast to it when the glass is full. When held to the light it glows with clear orange highlights. The frothy ivory head settles into a finger-thick creamy cap, annd leaves some very nice lace behind.

The nose is delicate, but offers a subtly sweet and mildly caramelish malt along with some floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied on the medium-light side, and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that softens a bit to become smoother as it warms in the glass.

The flavor is as you might expect based on the aroma, and it's subtle caramel character blends quite well with its delicate floral and grassy hops. The bitterness is restrained, and needs to be, because there's really not that much malt here... just a tiny step above a standard American macro lager. It finishes dry with some residual hoppiness and a quick fading note of malt.

Mar 05, 2007
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After drinking quite a few of Leinenkugel's brews lately, I didn't hold out much hope for the Red, but I found myself liking it. A little hopped up for the style, but it hides a lot of would-be flaws. Toasted malts give a rich, but mild malt sweetness, caramel, and toasty flavors. Feels a little less than creamy or smooth, but not watery either. Finish is a little malty sweet, but offset by the added hops. A simple, but solid brew.

Aug 07, 2006
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly dark amber pour with a small amount of foam. Visible carbonation, though it's not all that appealing.

Grainy aroma that doesn't have any off notes, slight fruitiness from the yeast.

Slight bitterness in the back of the throat, smooth maltiness across the palate at first. Yeast produces a vague fruity note. Light and a little watery, slight dextrinous sweetness, but easy drinking. Wouldn't refuse this under any circumstances, it's a bailout beer in many a crappy dive bar.

Feb 03, 2008
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wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Dec 07, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The red lager pours out as an mildly attractive amber color much like any of the red lagers out there. The head is a very light tanish yellow color with little retention. The smell is a little hoppy and a little bit of malts going on in there. The taste is malty up front with some other grains and finished up with a little hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink like most of Leinie's brews. Overall it's not bad, it's not great either but worth trying.

May 19, 2011
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Dec 15, 2014
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice thick tan foam. Contrary to the name, this is not really red. It has more of an orange look to it, but I definitely like the active carbonation.

Smell: A decent smell overall. A fair amount of cinnamon or even ginger. Kind of a rusty, mineral water smell also.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Holds a decent creamy mouthfeel. Pretty light on the hops, which is a disappointment.

Drinkability: There's definitely a comforting feeling in this.

Overall: An average beer overall with some aspects I like, but definitely some artificial aspects I don't.

Dec 31, 2010
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woodsman196 from Colorado

3/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 03, 2012
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dmamiano from West Virginia

2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pretty beer...dark golden reddish color that was well carbonated.
Nice head with minimal lacing. The third beer sample from there "Adventure" sampler case. Boy it has been an adventure in futility so far.
Almost no nose what so ever. Slight hints of carmel and absolutely no hop presence.
Taste was very week....actually no real taste at all.
No hops, no malt...once again, almost like drinking carbonated water that looked like good beer.

Apr 08, 2007
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OldTime from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Mar 10, 2012
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OMills from Michigan

3/5  rDev -3.8%

Apr 04, 2014
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Norton21 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jul 08, 2012
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gshoes3 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Nov 10, 2012
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.8%

May 26, 2014
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MouthfulOfchris from Texas

2.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a medium amber red color with a thin white head that disappears quickly and leaves next to no lace.

S: A small biscuity malt aroma with a hint of noble style hops bitterness. The smell is far too faint to be enjoyable.

T: A muted caramel malt with some grass and orange from the hops balance it out.

M: Light-bodied, with a firm crisp carbonation that ultimately has a thin, watery mouth feel

O: NOTHING stands out about this beer. I really wanted to rate it lower but it really is just an "average" forgettable beer.

Nov 25, 2012
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Robdrinx from Maryland

2/5  rDev -35.9%

Nov 12, 2012
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ZimZamZoom from West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No "best by" date on the bottle.

Pours a medium red color, that is closer to bronze toward the bottom of the glass. light tan head dissipates quickly though the beer appears very carbonated.

Aroma is mostly of sweet malts, with a hint of citrus.

Taste is malty, with some citrus in the finish. Finish is also bitter which lingers for a while. Carbonation is very noticeable on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery at first, but then mostly carbonation. If not for that I'd say this would be a very drinakable beer. I mean the kind of beer you'd want a cooler full of while you're out tossing horseshoes with your buddies.

I'd probably still not pass one up if offered one (or more).

May 20, 2006
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

3/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 18, 2011
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Flonkkertiin from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Nov 16, 2012
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jwc215 from Arizona

2.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours copper with a thin head that lasts for a bit. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of light caramel with grain/husk.

The taste is of light caramel with vague yeasty/fruity notes. Some "wet cardboard" is there, as well as mineral water that is a bit dirty/metallic. The slight bit of hop presence lends a bit of an aspiriny bitterness.

This leans towards fizzy and light-bodied. It has a body more of a typical macro lager.

I've had "cheap" red lagers that are better than this. In the end, cold, fizzy-ish water with a touch of caramel balanced only by a vague hop bitterness that goes in the wrong direction. Not easy to finish.

Dec 10, 2008
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superspak from North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Mar 13, 2016
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TerryB from Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

Nov 17, 2012
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danielocean03 from Indiana

3.41/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Red is the first member of the J. Leinenkugel family I ever tried, and still enjoy occasionally. Any of which are excellent values at no more than $6 a six pack, and far better than any six pack I've found at that price. Readily available at practically every grocer and liquor store around, Leine's Red pours a dark crimson with little or no head that quickly gives way to a miniscule amber-hued lace. A little over-carbonated for my liking, although does not take away from the light bouqet of fruit and citrus flavors. Light mouthfeel, finishes clean with a crisp aftertaste.

Dec 22, 2005
Red Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 884 ratings