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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Medium reddish-copper color. Two finger of off white head with average retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet smell with caramel and brown sugar. Slight fruit hint. Not much else going on though.

Taste: There's nothing offensive about the taste, there's just not much there. Caramel malt flavor dominates the palate pretty much front to back. Little to no hop bitterness. One-dimensional and unexciting.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Very high carbonation, almost prickly.

Drinkability/Overall: Nothin special. Wouldn't drink more than one of these. Inoffensive and simple. Easy to throw back.

Final Notes: Yet another letdown from Lenie's. I keep hopin they give me something memorable but it hasn't happened yet. I won't be buying this again, and there are much better Vienna Lagers out there (Snake River Lager and SABL come to mind).

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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 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 RJLarse
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six-pack of Leinenkugel's Red Lager in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color, clear, with a few bubbles rising in the glass. Small white head.

The smell is sweet and bready, with a dairy scent, cream or sweet butter, with a hint of a lager scent like perfume.

Taste is sweet and dominated by malted grain. There is a bit of a peat presence and a light vinegar flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The beer is mildly carbonated bordering on flat.

Drinkable but unremarkable. I'm not a big fan of the red lager style. If you like this one is probably decent.

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Photo of Looneybiz
2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and its actually a pretty beer. It has a vibrant amber color with a one finger head that doesn't stick around very long though and not much lacing if any.

The smell is very fient but you can pick up the sweet malts.

Pretty good flavor but like many from leinenliugel's its malt heavy with only a small hoppy flavor. They mix right up front but the malt is pretty overpowering and there is very little to no bitterness.

Not a bad lager though and I'd drink it again because it was refreshing but simple.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber red with a thick off-white cap.

S - Sweet caramel malt, light sour dough bread, subtle yeast.

T - Toasted grain, caramel malt, hints of tangy lemon and cherry, clean grassy hops add slight bitterness. Finishes clean crisp with a bready aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body, stingy carbonation off the top but thins out towards the finish.

This is way better than I expected it to be. Lots of clean flavors and very refreshing. One of the best I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.66/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - An agressive pour produced a 3-finger white (with a tint of cream) head over a beautiful transparent red-orange body. Very nice lacing across the glass. This is a pretty brew.

S - The smell is weak and difficult to detect; sweet, fruity scent; fairly malty with a hint of caramel

T - This is a decent lager. Sweet malt followed by some hops. Goes down smoothly.

M - Thin with high carbonation

D - Fairly simple beer, but good flavor; a pleasant experience

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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 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 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 CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear light copper color with a beige head that fizzes out quickly. Toasty tangy malt aroma, with nothing else really. Flavor is similar, malty with a faint tanginess and a cereal grain finish. Light body with medium-high carbonation. Good drinkability but pretty watery and boring.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Nice deep amber color with a reddish hue, about 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with very little lacking.

S: First thing I've getting is some sweet malt, with a touch of caramel and a light touch of fruity hops.

T: Runs right in line with the smell.... except everything is not as strong as the smell.... everything is toned down a little. Finish is smooth with a light bitter hops at the finish.

M: A little thinner than I was hoping, carbonation is pretty average for the style.

D: Hey it is not a bad Red, pretty average... Low ABV makes this a pretty good session beer. Nothing to run out looking for but nothing to run away from.

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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 Nerudamann
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Look - very red indeed, clear, with about 1 finger of slightly off-white foam that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Smell - I can't seem to smell anything at all, maybe some hops, but that's it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - I can taste a little bit of the barley malts in the middle, not much at the beginning. Oddly enough a "carbonated" taste in the back of the palate, but the carbonation is low. Hops aren't very prevalent, but they're there. Texture is middle of the road but a little more watery.

Drinkability - fairly drinkable. Not a lot of complexity but not bad tasting either.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Pours a nice red amber hue with a thin white head that has nice lacing around the beer mug and very good retention.
S. The smell is wheat, some caramel sweetness and some faint hops.
T. A watered down sweet caramel taste along with some spicy hops taste and slightly ginger finish. This would taste a lot better if it had more body to it, and a stronger hop flavor.
M/D. Light bodied watered down feel that makes it easily drinkable, but than again the low quality macros are easily drinkable, but doesn't mean I'd want to.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light red, with shade of brown, up and down head, very little lacing.

S: sweet bread and malt, but very subtle.

T: hint of nuts, malt, sweet bread up front, slight bitter finish

M: light, big carbonation.

D: WOW! This is just nothing special. I'm not a huge fan of Vienna Lagers, but there are must better representations of the style than this one.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with digits printed on neck.

Pours a nice amber color with an actual head, creamy and sticks to the glass. Smell is modest and nice, slightly toasty with a bit of mineral. Tastes the same, a little spicy with a mostly malt presence. Finishes with some mild bitterness that lingers for a while. I could use some more body. I can't help but think this is akin to a starter homebrew, but this beer is pretty decent and easy to drink.

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Photo of SamN
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks more than decent; solid red color with orange/amber coloring. Good head of 1 finger head with a light tan color. Clear and lively. Smell is crisp but highly adjunct and thin aromas. Taste is a little better; cheap malt character and some noticeable sweetness.. Acceptable hops taste I'm proud to say; true to Vienna styling with a honey hops finish. Taste is better than I expected, tasty, pretty balanced and crisp with a clean finish. Some sourness present, but overall a surprisingly decent macro beer.

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

Poured into my Coors Banquet beer sampling glass. I like the amber color but the head is gone in a flash. No lacing at all. Smell is almost metallic and malts. Taste is uneventful, a little bit malty and some caramel. Mouthfeel is light to medium body. Drinkability is average, I bought a sampler with thee in the box so I will drink one or two more.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark, caramel color with a hint of red; good carbonation; clear
S: sweet, bready aroma; not bad considering what comes next
T: nice at first, with a flavor you might expect from a light lager, but a second after it hits your mouth it turns metallic
M: nothing spectacular
D: few distinctives in this beer make it unappealing for a return visit

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

Poured into a pint glass at about 35 degrees F. Not much of a head. Lovely red color, as one would expect form the style.

Smell is very light, mostly hops. Not bad, but nothing special.

Taste is nicely balanced. A moderate amount of bitterness balanced with a moderate amount of malt backing. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I'd have another one of these (in fact, I will in a few minutes). A good example of a Vienna Lager from my (somewhat limited) experience.

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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 yuenglingfan101
4.6/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. Looks good. Not too much head. Smell of strong, but pleasant hops. Taste is strong, but not too strong but it keeps you coming back for more beer. Mouthful is okay could be better. Drinkability goes along with taste. The better this better taste the more you feel like to drink and the more that you will drink

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