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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Ratings: 851 |  Reviews: 314
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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Photo of jsprain1
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Orangish red, but no head whatsoever on it.
S- Smell is of malt and metallic sweetness. Something just isn't right on the smell for me.
T- Taste is of watered down grains with just a bit of a hop tinge.
M- Slick, but not as thin or light as i expected based on previous factors and experience with Liene.
D- This beer is merely average. There is nothing very exciting about this beer. Just ok for me.

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Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a nice amber color with off white head that fades to lacing.

S: A light caramel with hint of malt aroma.

T: Light sweetness with a nice touch of bitterness.

F: Fairly light body. Smooth with mild carbonation. Non offensive.

D: Pretty decent for the style. Good for more than one.

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Photo of steveh
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, Vienna Lager now, eh? I remember when this used to be a plain ol' American Red Lager. Used to be my go-to beer back in the dark days before wide distribution of microbrews. Migt as well take a trip back in time...

A -- Not bad. Clear, deep amber color with a slow-settling, light tan head.

S -- Some vaguely sweet, bready malts coming through, slight DMS (maybe even sulphur). A graininess that seems husky.

T -- Vaguely bready up front, but then the flavor becomes a cross between bitter and astringent. Not terrible, just not very clean in the way of the lager. There's a slightly sour to grainy character at the end -- even vague diacetyl. Nothing real distracting, but not what I'd expect in a Vienna.

M -- Medium body with a soft, almost syrupy, mouthfeel.

D -- All faults from its self-proclaimed title, it's really not a bad-drinking beer for those grab-a-brew days.

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Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass:

A: Brilliant amber, with light carbonation. A generous cream tinged cap retreats fairly quickly to a thin film. Leaves a little lace.

S: Toffee dominates. It's joined by some straw and a hint of lemongrass.

T: A bittersweet toffee flavor starts things off. A light straw-like backbone holds it up. A very mellow lemon bitterness follows. Finishes relatively clean, with a bit of lingering straw and toffee.

M: The medium light body has some nice density. The carbonation feels about right.

D: Not the most exciting beer in the world, but it's light and goes down easy. A nice session beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good ol Leinie's Feet, er, red. Good clear ruby red gleam to it. Aroma, of well, kinda footish. Nicknamed Leinie's Feet by those in the know.

Taste, not bad. Better than Killians, but not by much, nor anything to brag about. A real straight forward beer. Middle of the road. Got a lot more expensive lately, not worth anywhere near $6.99 a 6er.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma - Malts and a light hop aroma make up the nose. I would describe this as lager with a nice compliment of hops.

Appearance Light red with a thin tan head that had decent levels of carbonation.

Taste - Sort of a hardwater backbone with an interesting slight hop bite. This beer showed a decent balance of malt sweetness and hops but it was dominated by the hops at the end. Light hops that really provides a crisp finish to this beer's profile.

Notes - A flavorful lager that ins't trying too hard. Which is a good thing since it is just a so-so beer.

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Photo of smithza9
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very solid beer. It was a good beer for a god time with friends. It looked red as it says in the title. It smelled like it had more alcohol than a normal beer and it had a very heavy mouthfeel. It wasn't the type of beer that you would want to get drunk with. A good beer for a fall football tailgate with friends.


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Photo of Fish113d
3.32/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this lager pours bronze in color, very clean and clear appearance, along with a finger-thick of bone-white head surfacing.

Sweet, tangy maltiness with some slight toffee notes. A bit of biscuits also comes through, but this is rather tame.

Sipping reveals a fairly sweet malt on my palate with some slight fruits (plums maybe or dates?). Decent balance with a slight bittering musky hops coming through on the finish. Not bad.

Great feel...crisp, clean, decent amount of carbonation up front, with a smoothing finish.

Okay, not the best tasting, not the best on the nose, not the best drinking experience ever, but hey, very easy to drink if you ask me. Makes a great beer from a keg for party in my opinion. Not a bad offering.

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Photo of bob3701
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a big foamy off-white head that hangs around a long time till going into a film with minor lacing. Clear deep reddish copper color. Not much of an aroma. Tastes a little watered down. Almost seems like more maltiness will come out but never does. Some hoppy bitterness. Overall I wouldn't turn one down if offered but will not go out of my way to get one. Drinkable.

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Photo of samie85
2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a red hued amber with a one finger head.

S-Clean, light caramel and toasty malts with a touch of spicy, floral hops.

T-Not much going on here... Some very light toasty malt with a sort of grainy, bitter finish.

M-Really thin bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D-This is probably not one that I'll revisit anytime soon, but I'd probably drink it if someone handed it to me at a party. The reasonable price point for this beer doesn't save it.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was actually the first craft beer I purchased after turning 21, didn't know about BA then. Had it on tap last night at Wando's, still brings a grin to my face.

A: Pours a light-brownish red, slightly-darker-than-white head. The cup is unfortunately plastic, so that doesn't help much.

S: Smell is crisp, pleasantly hoppy and fresh. Light caramal malts also punctuate the aroma. Maybe a shade of bitterness as well.

T & D: Tastes just like it smells -- and this is nice because it isn't a blow-your-doors-off hop bomb of a red, or an extra-bitter, etc. As the Vienna style indicates, it's an easy drinker that always pleases and doesn't make your brain or taste buds work too hard.

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Photo of hardy008
2.47/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color, small white head which disappears quickly. Smells of caramel and toasted malt. Not that impressive. Tastes a bit watered down. Some caramel and toasted hops. Not that impressive. High carbonation, thin, watery, and not the best drinkability.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium/light bodied, moderately bitter with a sweeter end

Drinkability: An average Vienna Lager. I like the caramel malt, but it is rather tame--especially for this brewery. A solid beer that I would not turn down, but most likely would not rush out for either.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Red Lager [Vienna] poured a clear dark copper color and produced a 1-finger off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. However, it formed rings around my mug and craggy lacing that clung to the sides while I consumed it.

Aroma is of very light toasted malts. Taste is again of light toasted malts and caramel malt thrown-in with slight hop bitterness at the finish. A little to the thin side - needs a little more malt. Mouth feel is to the lighter side, crisp, with fine bubbles of carbonation.

Leinenkugel's Red is an average Lager that is an easy drinker.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.39/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A second beer out of my Leinie's winter gift box:

I poured this into my SABL glass, which really provides a good appearance for this brew. It has fair amount of nice white head, with a dark amber colored body.

Aroma wise it has an orangish and nutty aroma, and kind of a cardboard hint as the amber had.

This brew is not very flavorful. It lacks any substantial profile, but I'd go with nutty, and maybe a hint of metallic hops... Very little maltiness.

All in all, this is a boring beer. I have enjoyed some of their offerings a lot more than this one.

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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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