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 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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Photo of industrialswill
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have heard so much about this brand, just had to grab some and try it.
Nice looking, about the same color as hardwood furniture.
Smell is...fragrant.
It smells better than it tastes, but it doesn't taste too bad. I suspect that this is a beer that I will acquire a better taste for by the time I finish the 6 pack. It's got a slight hoppy bite, but other than that it just hits a dead spot on my palate.
I'll call this one AVERAGE, even though my ratings for appearance and smell will inflate the overall score.

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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 JerzDevl2000
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City last week. Sure enough, I've been going through single bottles like crazy and they have quite a few of them available there. I didn't expect much from this beer after reading the reviews on here and after having this last night, I can vouch that everyone else was right. This is about as one-dimensional a beer as I've had in quite a while.

This had a deep amber hue to it with a head that was present, but not long-lasting. No lacing to be seen and practically no aroma either. The taste was that of a weak caramel with very little body or carbonation to offset the light mouthfeel. Nothing heavy or toasty here and this went down easy. Normally, this is a good trait for this beer when it reminds me of Yuengling, that's not an association that I want to make.

Sure, there's alcohol in here and I could have downed a few bottles of this if I had nothing else to drink here. This is a session beer but that's not saying a whole lot when this doesn't have a lot going for it. Having a Blue Point Toasted Lager or the Vienna Lager from Trader Joe's would be a wiser option than this since they have body and flavors to match. This may be the darkest "lawnmower beer" that I'll have this year.

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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 justinjj1280
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copperish red color. Decent, but not great head retention and fair lacing.

There isn't much to the smell, it is fairly ordinary.

Flavor is good, lots of caramel malt and the hops are there for balance, rather than adding much to the basic flavor.

It's very smooth in the mouth and the drinkability factor is high. Starts to come across as a little bit watery after you finish about half the glass.

Very basic beer here. Subjectively, I am enjoying this quite a bit, and find it to be a great session possibility. But it lacks any distinguishing characteristics that would allow me to rate it higher. Solidly above average brew, though.

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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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Leinenkugel's Red from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 851 ratings.
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