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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Illini5596
1.18/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yet another bottle of cheap Wisconsin beer unfortunately. The appearance is very unimpressive, there was some head, but the beer itself looked watery with very little lace. The smell was almost non-existance, other than a slightly unpleasant odor. Tastewise is was undrinkable, watery, sour (not in a good hops sour way either), with little taste what so ever except for an after taste that made you want to dump out the rest of the beer. Which is exactly what I did. I don't recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of rye726
1.23/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This lager pours a clear red color with a weak beige head. The nose has some stale malts and not much else. The taste reminds me more of lager than red. Really light malts with some old hops. The body is watery and over carbonated. I had a few sips of this and dumped the rest out.

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Photo of Tee76
1.66/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer had a red color to it,and not much of a head on it.The head it did have disappeared quickly.

Very faint smell to the beer (faint caramel smell)

Very light bodied beer with not much flavor at all,very watered down.

A watered down almost flat beer, with not enough flavor to make you want to drink a second one.You're better off drinking a light beer from one of the bigger companies, at least that way you'll get some sort of taste and flavor.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.95/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light reddish-copper in color. Clear and fizzy. Head is white and creamy; leaves little lacing. Average or worse head retention. Rather light for a Dunkel.

Smell - Light sweet malt aroma. Very little if any roasted or caramel notes. Smells more like a much lighter category of lager.

Taste - Sweet malts. Very light nuttiness (almond or walnut). Little lemony sourness at the back end, not real balanced. I would not consider this a very complex beer. One note, two at the max.

Mouthfeel - Light (actually pretty full for a Leinie's) for a Dunkel.

Drinkability - Not as poor as many of Leinie's products. The flavor is not bad on this beer, but doesn't match up to the standards for a dunkel. I'd drink this before most large brewery products. I would not, however, buy this if I wanted a dunkel.

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Photo of albern
1.98/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Good Lord, someone should bonk me on the head the next time I reach for a Leine because I have yet to taste one that I would consider good. This one could be the worst yet. It is dreadful. It doesn't look bad mind you, a very clear amber with red notes, some carbonation. The nose is typical of Leine beers, it has that wet cardboard, malty mustiness that just seems indicative of a cheaply made beer. One or two sips of this and away it went. This has a very dry, cracked malty flavor, with a strong musty red roasted graininess that is really hard to get down. The aftertaste is like a chemical explosion in the mouth of flavors that just shouldn't be there and have no business being something one would drink. Wow! this is bad stuff.

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Photo of GBB
1.98/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not the most interesting name for a beer but ok. Pours a darkish red to amber color that is clear and has a limited head that quickly dissipates and no lacing

The smell is non-existent but limited malt hints are present. Some bready notes and a very faint Vienna note. Clean yeast.

The taste is a bit watered down but some graininess and mild flavors. A slight taste of some earthy hop tones but overall this is a bland beer. Slight sour on the finish. No real ester or phenols, relatively clean. Not really to style though.

The mouthfeel is light. A bit wispy and a touch sour in the finish. Could use a lot more depth and complexity. Would like more malt backing and the hops are wrong for style. Clean yeast notes though.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.2/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[On tap somewhere in Chicago O'Hare]
Leinenkugel's Red is a reddish amber beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is soft and mellow with good malt presence. It is pretty light bodied and a little watery. The flavor is full of adjuncts. Lots of corn here. It really took a lot to finish the glass. I just tried it because I never heard of it. There is no need to try this again.
(rated Jun 12, 2008)

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Photo of JLeege
2.24/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a creamy two finger white head. OK retention, a little lace.

Smell- Slightly bready malt. Very grainy.

Taste- Sweet throughout, bready up front. Subtle caramel. Sort of grainy/corny like your typical light lager.

Mouthfeel- Light body, higher carbonation.

Overall- Not too good, though I do feel Leine's makes a couple decent beers.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.24/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with 1.5 cm off-white head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma is very light and slightly sweet. Initial flavor is balanced with malts and hops, no distinct flavors, lightly flavored, pretty watered down. No real aftertaste. Light, watery body, no lacing, no alcohol noted. Drinkable as better than some domestics from macrobrewers, but would most likely need a gun to my head to drink it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.31/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Caramel amber tone with an off white two finger sized head leaves nice lacing not a bad appearance from this brew. Aroma: Slight toasted malts smooth somewhat bland sweetness here. Taste: Clean amber alger typical grainy sweetness very slight bitterness not much to the flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel: Very mild brew lighter body strong carbonation. Drinkability: Easy going effortless not challenging to my senses in anyway not too enjoyable for me.

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Photo of jwc215
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear red amber with a very foamy head that falls to a film. Lots of bubbles.

Very standard lager scent with slight "hops" and a thin malt.

Thin malt flavor with a hint of hops.

Slightly fizzy but smooth and a little more dense than expected.

Nothing terrible exciting here but not going to turn one down. I'd expect to find it on taps fairly regularly and is a better choice than a plain macro.

Pretty generic beer, not a big favorite.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.39/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A second beer out of my Leinie's winter gift box:

I poured this into my SABL glass, which really provides a good appearance for this brew. It has fair amount of nice white head, with a dark amber colored body.

Aroma wise it has an orangish and nutty aroma, and kind of a cardboard hint as the amber had.

This brew is not very flavorful. It lacks any substantial profile, but I'd go with nutty, and maybe a hint of metallic hops... Very little maltiness.

All in all, this is a boring beer. I have enjoyed some of their offerings a lot more than this one.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger cream-colored head. Low retention. Soapy lacing. Copper color with a very high clarity. Not very impressive looking.

S- Grassy, some light yeast, thin malts. Little bit of spicy hops. Meh.

T- Warm malts, some nuttiness, spicy hops. Thin and watery flavor overall. Pleasant and drinkable.

M- Creamy and marshmallowy with biting carbonation.

O- Good session beer. That's about the best thing to say about it.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish-brown color with two-finger, off-white head which sticks around a while. Well-carbonated.

S - Not too much to speak of. Smells like grains and lager yeast.

T - Some lightly roasted malts in here, but other than that there isn't much happening. Very watery.

M - Very light-bodied and watery. To the point of disappointment.

D - This is a pretty weak beer. Not many redeeming qualities apart from that it looks like a good beer. Not impressed.

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Photo of tugdriver7
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer. I really did. The Leinenkugel's culture, marketing, packaging, etc., was so appealing. But in the end, the "book" didn't live up to its "cover." Pale, reddish color (reminded me of strawberry soda) with minimal head. A bit spritzy and thin in the mouth. The taste, at first, was rather benign; but as the glass wore on, I noted a strong alcohol taste that seemed to overpower it all. Not something I'd recommend. I still have extremely high hopes for the other Leinie's products. I'm a Leinie's Lodge member, after all. I can't wait to visit Wisconsin and see if all their beers taste better in its home state.

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Photo of vacax
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Leinie's Explorer Pack (variety box) purchased at BevMo Cypress.

A: Pours with a nice head, but disintegrates completely within five minutes. Distinctly red amber color, like watered down honey.

S: Hay after an acid rain shower and mild sweet caramel.

T: Limited sweetness with a vague essence of hops. Taste of processed grains, chemical bitterness and cheap alcohol are all present, but possible to overlook.

M: More body than a typical macro lager, but not as much as a quality Vienna Lager. Too thin. Adequate carbonation for the body and flavors.

D: Easy to drink for the style, but few appealing characteristics. A step above macro-lagers for sure, but lacking the complexity and quality I expect. Flavor and body are too sorely lacking for me to want another.

Leinenkugel just gained this distribution in California, but I don't see much place in this market for such a beer. A step above the macro lagers, but California's craft brewers put this to shame. California already gets much better products aimed at the mass market from the Pacific Northwest. Definite pass.

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Photo of Winter
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lackluster Red. Pours a nice clear reddish-copper color in a appearance with a creamy light tan head. That's as good as it gets. Odd malt aroma. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Taste consists of lightly toasted malt, with some hints of caramel. The finish has an unpleasant grainy texture and flavor to it. I don't even think I'd reccommend this vs other macro reds, such as Killians.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL -- often on special.

Pour is good enough. Little, but enough, head retention. Something about the redness seems artificial -- it almost looks dyed -- doesn't seem to be a color naturally arrived upon by brewing.

Virtually the same beer as Leine's Original. I'm reminded of The Simpson's episode at the Duff brewery where the taps for red, original, etc. all come out of the same giant vat. This is a little creamier.

The nose is very grainy; the tongue is much of the same. Clearly a corn/rice beer. The maltiness is medium (full as far as domestic lagers go); there is some body and texture to this brew that I can appreciate. Unfortunately, the trademark Leine's grain twang is too sharp to enjoy the body. There is some very subdued fruit and cream in the background. Mostly, this is a cereal beer and the strongest in flavor among all domestic macros. I can't drink this very often, but I'll take it over Original.

It's definetly not a dunkel.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of earthboundagain
2.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

A- Red /Orange in color, but very clear, a small white head that was gone too fast.

S- Not much here, but low malt with a dash of caramel.

T&M- Medium body on this one doesn't sit well in the mouth though. Has a small grain flavor that blends with a watery caramel malt thing. Not too much flavor, and its hard to find the words to really describe what I taste.

D- Another watered down red, with not enough malt to save its self some flavor. I would rate it with most other mid level reds.

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Photo of hardy008
2.47/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, small white head which disappears quickly. Smells of caramel and toasted malt. Not that impressive. Tastes a bit watered down. Some caramel and toasted hops. Not that impressive. High carbonation, thin, watery, and not the best drinkability.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Crystal-clear amber brew, topped with an off-white head which reduced quickly to random bubbles.

S-Slight spicy hop aroma up front with a slight hint of clean, bready malt.

T-Toasty bread maltiness with a slight nutty character, with moderate hop bitterness to provide a little bit of balance. Slight metallic/medicinal flavor mars the taste. Finishes crisp.

M-Medium carbonation, the body feel medium but bordering on a bit thin.

D-Not great. This beer has few redeeming characteristics, and I don't expect I'll look for this one any more in the future. This beer would be a good one if you're going to drink several for an evening, with its thinner body and flavor.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.49/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours very pale red, hardly a red at all. Little to no head, no lacing to speak of. Not a very pretty beer.

Smells thick and bready, of cracker. Malty. Passable, nothing crazy.

Taste is decently malty, with some caramel, again nothing spectacular, just passable.

As with all Leinenkugel's brews, this is heavy on the carbonation, though not as much as some of their other brews. Just enough to kill the mouthfeel for me. It's a bit thin also, and this damages the drinkability, but it's light enough to offset this.

Overall, very passable, not recommended. I won't be drinking this one again.

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Photo of samie85
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a red hued amber with a one finger head.

S-Clean, light caramel and toasty malts with a touch of spicy, floral hops.

T-Not much going on here... Some very light toasty malt with a sort of grainy, bitter finish.

M-Really thin bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D-This is probably not one that I'll revisit anytime soon, but I'd probably drink it if someone handed it to me at a party. The reasonable price point for this beer doesn't save it.

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