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 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 Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, from a grocery store mixer (I freakin' love that!) in Montana last month.

This beer pours a clear brassy copper hue, with three fingers of thin puffy pale beige head, which leaves some random islets of lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells mildly of sweet grainy malt, and weedy, metallic hops. The taste is quite plain - innocuous grain, a slight mineral edge, and dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a little astringent, but smooth nonetheless. It finishes fairly balanced, the somewhat bready malt and middling floral, weedy hops in a dance of the banal.

Wow, I can't remember the last time a beer left me so stricken for words, in the manner of 'I just can't describe this, it's so booorrring...' Not bad, not good, just, well, not even meh. Cripes, this is the beer equivalent of being home by 10.

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Photo of emerge077
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out amber/red color. It had a small head and then I blinked and it was gone.

S - It smell of grasses and yeast.

T - There was a mild malt flavor to it. It also had a faint hop/spicy kick.

M - It is a crisp/dry beer and is light-bodied.

D - It is a descent lager. It certainly isn't my favorite Lenie but it will work.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Color is a darker ruby color with an off-white head. The nose is some bready malt with a bit of caramel and light sweetness. The taste is definitely characteristic of some amber malt with a bit of dryness and some slight earth. Feel is a bit sweet yet still slightly dry. Pretty decent drinkability overall, but not something I'd really come back to.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish copper with a decent sized pale ecru head. The lid is foamy and soft, leaving very little lace. The nose is actually pretty nice: sweetish toasted and caramel malt with no hops to speak of. If the flavor follows the aroma, we're in business.

The beer doesn't quite measure up on the buds, but it isn't bad. It delivers sightly sweet, lightly toasted malt early, then fades to a gentle bitterness without much good hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is adequate to start and then becomes thinnish long before the finish. This is one of those ales (and there are many) that start off on decent footing, but don't hold up over the entirety of the mouthful.

Leinenkugel Red is one of Leinie's better beers, second only to Creamy Dark, but isn't one that I'll be coming back to.

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber/caramel with a finger of fluffy sand colred head. Nice lacing & slightly more than minimal head retention

S: Some sweet malt & cornyness

T: Some sweet malt, caramel & then dryness. A slight essence of vanilla sneaks in as this warms. Finishes with caramel & dryness & alittle alcohol?

MF: Dry & prickly up front, malt starts to fill in the middle. Thin to medium body

Drinks allright, a blast, from the past, the classic crossover beer. I wonder if it was any better before miller got their hooks in. Had it back in the mid 90s & it tasted about the same

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a pint glass and given to me by my in laws.

easily the best of the lot i had that night, but that is really not saying a whole lot. pours out a clear amber color with lots of carbonation and a nice head of white that does it job coating the sides of the glass. aroma seems very light but you pick up light bready notes, hints of barley and touches of sweetness. flavor is again very light but has a bit more depth to it with a nice malt profile and a hint of earthy hops that offer a touch of balance. smooth and clean it goes down well and i really did not find myself avoiding this in any way.

overall not bad. like i said best of the lot but that is not saying a whole bunch.

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Photo of Jason
2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
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 TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass at the Schaumburg Red Lobster.

My first visit to Red Lobster (seriously) and my first Sam Adams pint glass with a lobster on it. Right on. The beer pours a rusty amber topped by nearly a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, stale rye bread, and musty oranges. The taste holds notes of musty caramel, orange rind, light lemon peel, black pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Things don't quite meld well, ending up with a harsh bitterness shrouded by a meek attempt at sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I was nowhere near enthused by this brew, but luckily the tilapia dish that accompanied it salvaged the dinner.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see that I reviewed this on-tap over five years ago. I wish that I had mentioned where I found it on draft, but I CAN tell you that my bottle came from my local bottle hook-up, tone77, who worries that without his help, my bottle numbers would never match up to my CANQuest (TM). Thanks, bro!

From the bottle: "Lager with four varieties of specialty barley malts, hand-selected Cluster and Mt. Hood hops."

My Leinie Lodge newsletter arrived the other day and it made for a pleasant read. The beer poured pleasantly enough, giving me two-plus fingers of thick, tawny head that began to fall like Wile E. Coyote off of a cliff. I am a big fan of truth in advertising, so a reddish-amber beer that bills itself as a "Red Lager" is right up my alley. Actually, it was closer to copper and it had NE-quality clarity which makes for a pretty beer, if nothing else. Nose was quite malty sweet, making good use of the four varieties mentioned on the label. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial sweetness, but giving 'way to a mild bitterness, especially on the finish. I shake my head in disbelief that I did not like this on tap at one point, but the circumstances are lost. I know that it was quite enjoyable this evening and if I could get it in a CAN, I would be up for a try.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is an attractive shade somewhere between red and amber. Head body is creamy and thick, with an average height. Aroma is of sweet malt with light touches of toastiness and caramel. Taste is sugary sweet, with lightly toasted and caramel malts. Better flavors are overun by the sweetness that is too strong and somewhat cloying. This is average accross the board.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with minimal head. A virtually non-existent nose. Taste seemed to have a somewhat apple tone and I felt there was a thick syrupy finish that stays on the mouth. It's easily drinkable and certainly is a good session beer with a smooth mouthfeel - though I wouldn't pine for the day to be seeing it in the store for me to buy. Best when fresh like I got it, I'm glad this was the alternative to Bud & Bud Light on my flight (Northwest Airlines).

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Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a see-through, light amber with a thin lacing of off white head. The nose is pure caramel that is very sweet. The flavor has notes of caramel up front but quickly turns to an herbal, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, crisp, syrupy, and a bit chewy.

This isn't a great beer. It may be alright for someone working their way into craft beer, but it's definitely not a great representative of the style.

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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 feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear auburn hue, not quite red, but reaching for it, with a big, fluffy off-white head, impressive in that regard.
Aroma: malty, mineral-y, herbal a bit, and dry. Yet, still a touch sweet, from caramel malts, maybe. Hits it right on for a "red lager."
Taste: a bit flinty at first, a touch flat and dry, nothing that reaches up and tickles my fancy. Medium body, with a rather blase' finish, for while the flavor lingers some, it's so insubstantial, it's hardly worth it. Kindly of lays there, like discarded cardboard. Seriously. Like, "Huh, what am I doing in your mouth, well, don't mind me, I'm going to take a nap." Like that.
A tiny touch fruity (cherries, berries), shiny and bright, but unrewarding. Nothing happening at all. Not bad, and probably quite appealing to the macro drinker, who probably expects little better than this, but it's dull and uninviting.
You can drink it, sure, but me, I don't enjoy this sort of thing at all.
Gets sweeter on the palate going in, but I didn't really enjoy that aspect at that time! All in all, though, maybe it's the Leinie's that I hate least?
Maybe...there's always the next one...

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Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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 WesWes
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish/amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry lager yeast scent along with a weak caramel malt aroma. It smells like a weaker Killian's. The taste is decent also. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and grainy. It has a bit of an aftertaste that lingers. It's a bit musty and bitter. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average drinking red lager. It is weak in aroma and taste as well as mouthfeel. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 zo. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts. Taste is also very malty, some hops present, clean and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep ruby hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront adjunct grain with a mild sweet aroma.

The flavor was husky with a strong corn element. Suprisingly a nice soft toasted biscuity flavor and aftertaste. A smattering of hop bitterness cut the mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel was thin with a bit of astringency.

Overall not a bad macro offering, similar to a Genny Red. A flavorable alternative to BMC. Thanks to makeitavintage for this one.

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