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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of SargeC
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red-gold colored brew with amber highlights. Light Tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a touch of smoke.

Taste: Decent malt flavor, semi-sweet with a hint of mineral flavor and minimal hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Smooth finish.

Drinkablity: Good brew. Decent richness while maintaining overall drinkability.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer is very clean. There is a nice toasted malt character to the beer, with very little spicy hop presence. In all honesty there is not much to the aroma other than the toasty malt character with some underlying melenodian aroma. In sort is smells like a very small bock. I don't get any caramel in the aroma, but I do get toasty Vienna malt.

This is a very pretty beer. It pours bright and clear with a nice rich reddish amber color. It pours a nice head that lasts for several minutes.

The flavor is where the beer falls just a bit short. The malt profile matches the aroma and although the malt flavor is pleasant, it is just a bit too small in my opinion. There is a slightly sweet aspect to the beer, but it does finish dry, as it should. The hop bitterness is just barely enough to balance, but it does its job. The Vienna malt flavor is very evident in the finish and fairly plesant.

The mouthfeel is medium, but on the lighter side of that. The small addition of malt would bring that feel more into the medium range. All other aspects of the beer feel right on.

For a Vienna lager, I feel that this beer is a very good example of the style. It is clean and has the toasty quality that you should see in a Vienna Lager. The melenoiden character is nice and he hops are sitting where they should be for this beer style. The only downfall of the beer is that it is a bit small on the malt side. Although all the flavor and aroma components are there, they are just too small.

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Photo of utah44
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This here beer was really nice to drink. I had heard a lot about Wisconsin beers and this brewery in particular, so I looked forward to checking this one out. It turned out to be a delightful experience. Poured into a pint glass at the appropriate temperature for a lager resulted in an adequate head. Smell and appearance were good. However, taste and mouthfeel were just average. This is a drinkable brew. I look forward to trying more varieties from this brewery.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.52/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours red, with a thick, slowly leaving off-white head that leaves behind lots of lace.

Smell: Weaker smell- but grassy with some buttery malt aromas.

Taste: Starts buttery and actually rather good, but finishes with a strange, too-weak bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied with light carbonation. Smooth, with a dryer finish.

Drinkability: This really isn't anything to write home about...

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-brown color. The head is thick and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with a bit of graininess. Kind of a grassy smell too.

Taste: Crisp and mildly hoppy. Finishes kind of sweet but leaves a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A pretty good Vienna lager. This style is hard to do well, in my opinion, so this one is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear red amber with a very foamy head that falls to a film. Lots of bubbles.

Very standard lager scent with slight "hops" and a thin malt.

Thin malt flavor with a hint of hops.

Slightly fizzy but smooth and a little more dense than expected.

Nothing terrible exciting here but not going to turn one down. I'd expect to find it on taps fairly regularly and is a better choice than a plain macro.

Pretty generic beer, not a big favorite.

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

My father-in-law likes this beer and always has some around. I had a couple while watching a game with him on Sunday. I took some mental notes on this one this time (I've had it before and was not overly impressed).

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep amber color with minimal head that didn't retain long and laces a little.

Smell: Fairly faint scents to this one. A little caramel malt with maybe a little hops underneath.

Taste: Like it smells, malty and some slight hops flavor. It's a low ABV beer, but can taste the alcohol in it, odd.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body. Crisp carbonation. Average.

Drinkability: A fairly pedestrian American Amber beer (not one of my favorite styles to begin with). It's not bad, but it's not anything special either.

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Photo of Tee76
1.66/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer had a red color to it,and not much of a head on it.The head it did have disappeared quickly.

Very faint smell to the beer (faint caramel smell)

Very light bodied beer with not much flavor at all,very watered down.

A watered down almost flat beer, with not enough flavor to make you want to drink a second one.You're better off drinking a light beer from one of the bigger companies, at least that way you'll get some sort of taste and flavor.

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Photo of chetripley
3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What can I say about the non-yellow lager that started me on this beer drinking journey that has sent me in so many directions?
Leinenkugel's was known for years for the Indian Head Lager to take fishing with you and was nothing to write home about but when they launched the Red they put themselves in a completely different category.

The appearance is a deep red/amber combination with a medium head leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells are of an industrial character, with a strong malty presence.

Great lager taste, no bitterness or sourness expected from a red, with a strong aftertaste that is full and pleasant.

Good amount of carbonation, allows for easy drinkability and a craving for the next one.

I have had this in Wisconsin and locally and it tastes just as good as the brewery, as good in bottles and on tap. It makes the Killian's and Sam Adams Reds wanting more and not getting it. Without Miller involved it wasn't getting the exposure it deserved but it is always present in my fridge.

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Photo of kegger22
3.66/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, reddish amber with a respectable head that faded to a skin. The aroma was slightly malt. Malty sweetness with a little caramel. Mouth feel was light bodied with a good carbonation. Drinkability was good. Nothing special; good, solid Vienna lager.

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

On tap at a Door County golf course after a round of 18. Served in a shaker pint glass. Medium red color with a dollop of white creamy foam. Light malt taste with caramel tones/sweetness. Mildly carbonated in the mouthfeel. Somewhat watery, and lacking real pizzazz. Good drinkability, worked well as a post golf brew. Not anything to search the ends of the earth for.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice, deep amber color that is not crystal clear, but somewhat translucent. Small head.

Smell: A bit of a hop aroma with hints of fruit that might be strawberry or cherry.

Taste: Nice and sweet to begin with; while the fruit flavors are just alluded to in the background. A slight bitter kick at the end, while being very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not thin, but a pretty light body.

Drinkability: This is pretty good. It's certainly something I could drink again.

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Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

calling a beer a red when it is a lager is a little false advertising, right? ah, not so fast....the beer is a good amber color, with unfortunately little remaining head from the off white cascade that it began as.

highly malty aroma. elements of cherry and grape. very unexpectedly good.

the flavor begins with a significant caramel malt flavor, and has some clean grainy aspects in the middle. finishes slightly sweet and very malty.

creamy feel. mildly carbonated.

whoa. this was a very good vienna lager. creamy, malty, pretty...what more can you ask for? I coud drink this all night...and I just might.

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

A medium amber color body with a small white head. Aroma is somewhat light,toasted sweet malt with a pinch of hops. Flavor is equally subdued with a light roastyness,light sweetness with a touch of hops for some balance, light carbonation,medium body, short finish , quite drinkable but nothing very special for me .

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Photo of goblue3509
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper amber color. The carbonation is pretty intense that you see. There is a one finger head that gives way to okay lacing. The smell is of malt and some spices, maybe cinnamon. The taste is malty with a slight bite of hops to balance it out. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated. The overall drinkablity isn't that high. You could have one or two but not more than that.

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Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a bar just outside of Chippewa Falls after the brewery tour.

Deep red in color with minimal head. No lacing.

Smell is mostly malt. A hint of hops maybe.

Malty, bitter bite, can taste some alcohol too. Not much else to say here.

Okay mouthfeel. Leaves an undesireable aftertaste.

I had trouble putting down two of these in a row. Not one of Leinie's better beers.

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

Head formation is fairly quick; it yields ~1.5 fingers of creamy, tan foam that disappates relatively quickly. There's a small ring that remains, but there is little lacing. The color is a translucent reddish-copper (on the lighter side). There is plenty of visible carbonation rising to the top.

I detect mainly malt tones. It seems to be accented with a bit of caramel and a tinge of something midly metallic. There is also a mild corny sweetness reminds me somewhat of a macro. It's not quite as "cheap" smelling as something mass-produced, but it's definately apparent.

I think the palate matches the nose well. The beer is mainly sweet, but I do detect very subtle hoppiness in the aftertaste. The caramel is less intense, but it's still there. The balance is definately in favor of the malt characteristic.

This beer is on the lighter side of the mouthfeel spectrum; I rate it as medium-light. It's not watery, but it's somewhat less than creamy. A subtle sweetness is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Given the body and flavor, I would have little trouble throwing these down with ease. The brew isn't hard to down and its light body helps facilitate this.

I know that many talk about Leinenkugels' as a good "tweener" that acts as a bridge between the craft beers and the standard macros. I think this beer fits that characterization quite well. It's not too special, but it's better than something mass-produced. The sweetness is nice, but it seems a bit "artificial" for my taste. This is a good beer to have at a party given its price and quality. I don't suggest that you go out of your way to try this beer if you're an enthusiast, but if you're just entering the wonderful world of beerdom, then I suggest you try it.

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Photo of association330
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a slight reddish hue. 1/2" of white head recedes to a surprisingly decent, moderately thick cap. There is some lacing.

S - Kind of a generic, moderately sweet, malty smell. A little fruitiness, a touch of caramel, and some misused metallic hops.

T - Sweet malt, some toasted grains, more of that coppery hops finish. Pretty much what I'd expect from a brewer of this calibre.

M - Thinnish, with average carbonation. Basically par for the course for a Leinie's brew.

D - For a cheapo session brew, it's OK. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but if it's available and my budget's tight, I'd pick it up every now and then.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on tap because it was the best of the offerings. Kind of surprised me - while it's no mean a brewing masterpiece, it is a nice, mild, light little red lager with a nicely balanced mix of malt and hops. I don't expect much from Leinenkugel, and this did just fine.

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

This beer pours a clear light red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of faint floral hops and caramel malt. The taste is fairly well balanced with a little more malt than hops. There is a nice lingering maltiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer that would be really good if it had a little more hops in the taste ans aroma. I have drank this beer numerous times at bars when it is the best thing available, and will continue to do so.

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

Had this on-tap at a bar that only serves BMC products. This is the closest I could get to a craft beer.

Appearance: It didn't have a head on it but that was the fault of the waitress who doesn't know how to pour a beer. The bar wasn't brightly lit but I could tell that the beer was a dark red.

Smell: The smell was pretty much just that of a pale all-malt lager. I didn't really smell it that much because I didn't want to look pretentious.

Taste: The taste wasn't anything to write home about. The bitterness was pretty light and there was no hop flavor.

I've had Mexican Vienna lagers that are better than this(Victoria and Bohemia).

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Photo of stogie12
2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thick caramel colored head which regretablly disappeard quickly. Obviously being a red it was a darker color but not as red as I expected. Looked more like a brown with red hint. Smells of some hoppiness and spice. Taste hits the tongue as bitter and smooths out as I run it around my mouth and ends with a very slight kick of nuttiness. Enjoyable but not the most drinkable beer. a couple would be plenty

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Photo of climax
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a pretty clear darker amber. wasn't as red as several others had observed. tan head was large

smell was mild. the dominant toasted caramel malts/banana and ripe fruit were there and often a bit confused with cardboard. the previously listed attributes were challenged but not defeated by the hop presence

taste was equally as mild, malt ruled the show. the hops did balance towards the end. hints of banana esters. nutty finish

mouthfeel was a bit light, watery. good crispness from the carbonation made it a bit more interesting

this beer is drinkable, for its pleasant and goes down fast. however it is rather bland

though i wouldn't go out of my way for, would be nice to have to persuade your simple minded buddies away from macros, because it's not very extreme

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