Leinenkugel's Red | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's RedLeinenkugel's Red
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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: 854 |  Reviews: 317
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.36/5  rDev +8%
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +10%
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of superspak
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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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
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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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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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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2/5  rDev -35.7%

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