Leinenkugel's Red | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
849
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
27.07%
 
 
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Photo of punky796
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Amber-red pour. One-finger white head. Nice.

S - Kinda absent, really. Barley, malt, almost cedar. None very strong.

T - A lot like the smells. Some malt, fruit, a little alcohol even, with breadiness but not on the wheat side.

M - Pretty balanced, moderate but dry.

O - Pretty good. As someone else said, it could serve as a "gateway" to other craft beers. Drinkable.

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Photo of willmc
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too much going on here. Basic and plain, actually has a pretty nice amber color, but after that pretty straight forward plain. Aromas of very slight spicy fruit, and that is being nice. taste is on the boring side for me, I expect more from a craft beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Red pours a slightly dark golden color, with very small head. There wasn't much of an aroma at all. The taste was rather malty, and yeasty, no other flavors came through. Rather light in taste, no hops whats so ever, and watery. Overall this isn't a horrible beer, but their isn't much here, but it doesn't have a bad taste.

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Photo of Lukeus
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first review, and my second Vienna Lager.

A - Leaves a thin head which faded quickly. Cloudy, dark brown, not quite as red as it appears on the bottle label but it's actually pretty close. Not much carbonation.

S - Not a very strong smell, just a hint of malted chocolate.

T - Similar to the smell, a light malted chocolate flavor. Hardly any hops flavor here, I didn't taste any bitterness at all.

M - Crisp and refreshing, medium-bodied with a mildly sweet aftertaste. This would be great after coming back indoors on a hot day.

O - The smell and the taste didn't leap out and grab me, but overall I'd say it's a refreshing beer that'd be great for rejuvenating on a hot day. I'd drink it again, and I'll likely buy some more.

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

A: Pours a nice deep amber color with two fingers worth of head that dissipates into a nice puffy pillow of head.

S: Very aromatic. Nice maltyness on the nose. Caramel with some apple tartness with a hint of pear and light breadyness. Very nice flavors here.

T: Bready biscuit feel is apparent right from the get go. Some of that light tart comes thru with some floral hops and light bitterness follows. Left with some alchol flavoring and dryness on the palette at the end.

M: Light carbonation, but if a creamy feeling on the tongue followed up with a dryness from the alcohol.

O: Slightly disappointed with this one. Comes off at the start with the biscuit dryness and then heads to bitterness from the hops and then a dry alcohol feeling. Not much flavor that i thought i'd have after smelling the nice aromas. Would like to try on tap to compare.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last bottle to review from the spring variety pack. Date on bottle is June 4 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A medium crisp carbonated head of a creamy beige color with an average retention smooths out as it settles. Little lacing to be found. Body color is a pale red, more appropriately a deep orange that glows even more orange when held to the light. Carbonation is sparse but lively. Appearance has never been Leinenkugel's winning statistic, but this one fares better than most, even settling in the "average" category for me in terms of appearance, based on a slightly elevated head quality and a decent body color, although looking thin in substance. 3

(Smell) Aroma has a sharp tart caramel apple tone to it, a bit fruitier than I'd have suspected. Hops are indiscernible and alcohol tones are mild. Malt body is thin and the sweetness just isn't enough to counteract the tart bitterness of the fruit tones. I don't find the aroma offensive in particular but I am unsure if whether the questionable astringencies are desirable or not in this particular beer. Potency is mild-medium. All ends could improve a good deal but the smell isn't all that unpleasant. 3

(Taste) A bit maltier in the mouth but still not quite enough, coming through as a tad thin and watery in flavor. Bitterness prevails in a bold tart form, dominating the finish. Although the "sour apple" flavor in the bitterness doesn't carry through as much to this point as I had discerned in the nose, whether that is a quality desirable to the drinker is best left a subjective question. Finish is decidedly dry from the bitterness with a touch of light alcohol astringencies with the distinct tartness. The flavors don't quite fail in this beer, but some don't quite gel, and most are too undeveloped to compliment the brew. I think that the best improvements will be with a bolder caramel and german pale malt profile to balance out the tart bitterness of the remainder of the brew, otherwise drinkability for many remains in question. 3

(Mouthfeel) Largely crisp carbonation really only manages to accelerate the tart bitterness of the flavor and intensify the already dry texture of the finish. I feel like my tongue is being stung; the carbonation is way too concentrated. Pairing a smoother texture with a bolder body should result in a more balanced and highly drinkable beer. Body is light, admittedly too much so. Alcohol presence is also light, but with an ABV below 5% we should hope so. There's some tweaking to be done with the mouthfeel but not before the flavors that make up the taste are altered as well. 3

(Overall) Here's another very average brew by Leinenkugel. My biggest criticisms are the bold tart bitterness without a pairing malt body which makes the flavor thin and watery. The astringencies and harsh carbonation drag down drinkability significantly, making this hard to be a "lawnmower beer" candidate. Flavors are thin and underdeveloped; if Leinenkugel were going for a bitter apple profile in this beer, I sure wish they would have made it so! As always, appearance is so-so with this beer as much as it is with the remainder of the Leinenkugel lineup. Therefore, I would be no more hesitant to recommend this beer over the remaining options by Leinenkugel but many should have a love/hate affair with the way this beer comes off to them, but I could expect a few who are looking for a tart low gravity beer to enjoy this one. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Red Lager
3.1/5.00

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Photo of Offa
2.92/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber/copper, this has a medium pale tan head soon shrinking to very thin ring, almost nothing.

Aroma is light but nice toasty/caramelly barley & bread, hints of apple & lemon-lime soda pop.

Taste is light but pleasant caramelly toasty barley, light vaguely peppery- woody-grassy hop bitterness. It’s not great, it's thin, simple, and rather vague, but it’s reasonably good, goes well with chicken, and has just enough hop and malt, sweetness & bitterness, and overall depth to keep to somewhat enjoyable.

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Photo of tronester
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a thin tan head. Smells of some brown sugar and a hint of cooked corn. Taste is initially some toffee sweetness, followed by a bready middle, and a slightly tart, earthy finish. Average mouthfeel. Overall an average beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Bright copper in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt.
Taste-Toasted malt, faint caramel note, thin mouthfeel. Pretty average overall. A step above macros and could be a "gateway" beer towards craft beer in general.

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Photo of jar2574
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish beer, average pale white head. Smell is faint sweet malts. Taste is mellow slightly sweet maltiness, no hops to speak of. A touch watery. Mouthfeel is pretty boring without hops, spices, lots of carbonation, or something else to liven things up a little. A harmless session beer, easy to drink, better than macro brews but without a lot of character.

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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 flagmantho
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, amber-orange body with a nice effervescence and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I think it cuts a clean look.

Smell: light caramel aroma with a touch of sweetness and a hint of noble hops. Not bad.

Taste: light caramel flavor with a very light hop flavor and low bitterness. There's unfortunately kind of an off-flavor here; it's not disgusting or anything, but it's a bit of a plastic note.

Mouthfeel: light body with a great big carbonation which yields a big creaminess despite the thin body. Surprisingly good!

Overall: a tasty-enough and drinkable beer. Not a bad thirst quencher, despite some flavor difficulties.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny, light amber – just vaguely red hued. Large golden off-white head. A few rising bubbles. Very clear. Retains okay and leaves some decent lace.

S: Toasty, grainy malt with a hint of sweetness. Estery lager nose. Good hint of floral and softly spicy hops. Fairly simple, but reasonable strength for a lager. Decent, but not inviting.

T: Malts are still largely toasty grain, but also with a good bit of bready undertones. Just a hint of sweetness & toffee/dark caramel, but mostly toasty and a bit dry. Nicely balancing hop bitterness. Character is floral and softly spicy throughout with a grassy backbone. Just a very faint background euro-lager hint. Not really robust or complex, but it does have decent depth.

M: Just barely medium body with CO2 a frogs hair over-matched. Hint of dextrins & sticky sugars. Some hop drying at the end. Quite a decent feel for the abv & style & flavor. Gets just a touch astringent toward the end.

D: One of the nicer Leinie brews I have had (at least recently). Looks good, feels good, tastes fair, and smells alright. Nice and easy drinking. Pretty solid.

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Photo of c1377
3.37/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown amber with orange highlight, head builds but is too fizzy to leave much lace. Clarity is good.

S - Smells pleasantly of hops.

M - Crisp.

T - The hops dont blind or burn the tip of my tongue, and the carbonation is not over powering but this is a bitter brew. The hop flavour all but masks the malt, and sits evenly on my tongue. Thel lingering bitterness leaves a slightly medicinal taste in the back of my mouth.

This is a bitter beer, and not complex, but the bitterness is not overpowering nor unbalanced. It compliments pizza and spinach (or a pipe) quite well, but it is not the kind of beer I want to drink on its own.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Translucent coppery red in color with a return to the usual fizzy stubby head without lacing from the majority of the members of the Leinenkugel session. Smell is very faint, almost non-existent, just a ghost of a whisper of malt nuance, tastes like a watery and thin-bodied vienna lager with a lackluster sprinkling of hops on top. I'm...not particularly impressed or offended by this one either. Middle of the road watery and thin beer, but still better than a BMC.

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Photo of chefhatt
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a light reddish brown body with a very creamy,sticky white head. I don't pick up much from the smell but a little malt. The taste is a little malty with some hops on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is ok and overall, i wasn't inpressed at all.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was up in WI for the holidays this last week, and went out for a burger with my brothers, and wanted something light and crisp. Went with this.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an unsurprising copper red with a thin beige head on top. Decent lace left behind. The nose is mild with slight hop scent, but mostly sweet malts and breads. Good clean mouthfeel. Crisp with decent carbonation. A nice sweet lager here. Light toffee, fresh bread, little bit of graham cracker. Nice beer. Nothing earth-shattering, but a beer I wouldn't turn down.

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Photo of phenomenologian
2.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Upon opening, no smoke comes out. I poured it into a good beer glass. It pours with a three finger fluffy head. The color of the head is white. The body is exactly red. just like the label says.

I get no smell. I pick up nothing. I don't understand this. In a beer, I want powerful robust smells and aromas coming from it. Im already disappointed...

It tastes like water and hops. It has a watery taste that adjunct lagers have. The hops come out in a good way but it does not overpower that thing that reminds me of the adjuncts. Upon drinking more, hops come out a lot more; but its not what Im looking for. I do like the hop taste though.

The mouthfeel is not what I want either. Little carbonation; almost tastes flat. I want more character in mouthfeel just as much as in taste.

Overall, its okay. I like the hops but other than that nothing special.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours just like it says, red. Deep amberish, but still, the best color description is red. Fairly translucent. Small, fizzy head that doesn't last too long. Ok lacing.

S- Very weak. A little malty tone, but no hops. It almost seems like it has been watered down in the smell categiry.

T- Mild malt character throughout. Somewhat of a hops character towards the end, but not much. Crisp tasting, leaves little to no aftertaste.

M- Lots of carbonation and very light. If you're a fan of more amber styled beers and want to drink a lot of them, this one is for you.

Overall, it's just ok. It has that Leinie's taste that every one of their beers has, and I don't know what it is or how to describe it, but it's always there. A decent brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of stewart124
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby red with a faint white head.

Nose is slightly malty with a hint of red grapes.

Some malty characters in the taste. Very mild bread notes. Slightly spicy from the noble hops. Sharp overall bite. Very crisp.

Nothing really special here. It's a vienna lager but that's about it. Seems muted and missing a bigger malty backbone.

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Photo of Valmor88
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber-red color with 1 finger of white head. Little retention.

S: Quite sweet, with some hops coming in behind the malts.

T: Caramel-y and roasty at first, with some balance from the hops. Leads into a very earthy, bubbly finish.

M: Light bodied beer with decent carbonation. Didn't get huge amounts of the bubbles until the finish.

O: This is an average beer. It is drinkable, but I wouldn't buy again (in favor of trying something new).

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A) Amber in color with reddish tone. A pretty light amber actually, but darker than the Leinie's classic amber. A bit over a finger of foamy head. Not much retention or lacing.

S) The aroma is fairly sweet, with a little bit of a floral/grassy presence.

T) Initially, a lightly roasted, sweet malt flavor. Decent balance, as the finish transitions to more earthy/grassy tastes. Bigger flavor in comparison to the classic amber.

M) Light bodied brew that is not overly carbonated. The mouthfeel on this is actually pretty smooth, compared to other Leinie's beers.

O) Although they are different styles, this was somewhat similar to the classic amber. I thought the red was a little better. I actually think, that as far as Leinie's beers go this is pretty good. I have found Leinie's at many a family gathering, because they brew middle ground beer. It doesn't typically scare of the macro light crowd, and it doesn't completely disgust those with a preference for craft.

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Photo of gpogo
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Brilliantly clear light amber body with moderate sized cream colored head.

A- Light caramel malt aroma. Light grassy hops.

T- Light grassy hop astrigency. Slightly watery. Caramel malt flavors. Finishes with a stale sweet malt flavor.

M- Very smooth body, on the light side. Moderate carbonation.

D- Rather enjoyable. That said I'd prefer a Sam Adams to this.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at a little place in Port Clinton called Bel Mel Tavern. Leinenkugel much like Sam Adams are usually solid choices when nothing else but macro is present. I find both companies produce fairly decent styles if a little unremarkable most of the time, though I find Sam to be better with their offerings then Leiny, but I digress. Poured a nice amber red into pint place which arrived with a quarter inch or so of fluffy head. Taste was a good mouth feel with a noble hop crispness that mellows to a nice clean drinking biscuit like finish. I have to say I would get this again, probably my personal favorite that I have had from Leinenkugel's as I actually found myself wanting another instead of wanting something else with a little more. A good solid vienna lager for sure.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber red with a firm white head, limited lace.

S: Sweet biscuity malt, hint of noble style hops.

T: Direct caramel/Vienna malt, a tad underattenuated for the style to me, but an enjoyable flavour. Some grass and orange from the hops balance it out.

M: Light-bodied, with a firm crisp carbonation, thin at times, easy drinking.

O: Probably the best I've had from Leine's, but that's not really saying much. A similar beer to Yuengling but not as dry. Worth a pickup if you like the style.

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Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.
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