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 Grundle20
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a rough pour little head is produced. The beer is crystal clear and copper in color.

The scent is a little weak but there's a body of roasted malts with a little touch of fruit sweetness to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Up front there's is some light sweetness and some crisp carbonation. From there the beer develops more smoothly and the flavors slowly wash out to a bland sward of weak roasted malt flavor. There isn't much hopping to note. The finish is a tad sweet but there's little aftertaste to note.

It's about as drinkable as any lager really and only loses points for being a little lacking in the flavor department. With a slightly richer flavor this beer could have been dangerously poundable.

Bottom Line:
Not bad, not great. If you compare it to macro lagers or other Miller products even then it's a pretty damn fine beer to have under their belt but as far as Vienna lagers go it's a little bit unimpressive.

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Photo of xav33
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Red
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker.
Recent brewing, absorbed 05/07

Poured a clear copper with a large mostly lasting white fizzy head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate toasted bread, caramel and citrus.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel and bitter orange and toasted bread followed by a moderate bitter dark bread and dark roasted grain and green hops with light sweet caramel and oranges on a short to average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, slightly oily and slightly astringent.

Overall, a pretty good dark amber with good flavors. Satisfying and easy to drink, but only slightly above ordinary. By Leinenkugel's standards, its good.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear dark copper color with quickly disappearing head.

Slightly hoppy aroma with typical malts smells along with just a hint of bananas.

Sweet malt flavors dominate the taste with a slight hop presence in the end.

Not a great beer, not a horrible one either. I think I can sum this beer up with one word 'meh.'

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Photo of dmamiano
2.42/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pretty beer...dark golden reddish color that was well carbonated.
Nice head with minimal lacing. The third beer sample from there "Adventure" sampler case. Boy it has been an adventure in futility so far.
Almost no nose what so ever. Slight hints of carmel and absolutely no hop presence.
Taste was very week....actually no real taste at all.
No hops, no malt...once again, almost like drinking carbonated water that looked like good beer.

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Photo of zdk9
3.16/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal-clear ruby bronze. Decent sized head and a good amount of lacing.

S- Some fruity hops flavors come off, along with lightly toasty malts. Almost a walnut scent.

T- A fairly strong hops presence, unbalanced with the malt flavors. Rose water and other florals come off in the hops. The malt is mildly nutty, but mostly sweet.

M- Very watery! Feels like iced tea with almost not mouth presence at all.

D- Fairly drinkable, but not complexity to really enjoy.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Red Lager pours out a fluffy, long lasting head over
an undeniably red brew. The nose is malt and a bit of yeast. The
flavor is darkish malt up front with a hoppy, grainy finish. More hop
in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry and clean. I think this is one of their
better lagers- and yet another choice for a good session brew. Decent.

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

a: pours a marroon color kind of like a dark firebrick color quarter inch worth of head that stays around a little while leaving a little lace
s: kind of a sweet malt aroma with hints of bitterness
t: really enjoyable sweetness and bitterness are balanced really well
m: medium bodied beer that has a fair amount of carbonation, not overly just a good amount

overall this is a good beer, better on tap than any other serving styles ive had this in

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

The deep-amber/copper body of Leinenkugel's Red really does have a crimson cast to it when the glass is full. When held to the light it glows with clear orange highlights. The frothy ivory head settles into a finger-thick creamy cap, annd leaves some very nice lace behind.

The nose is delicate, but offers a subtly sweet and mildly caramelish malt along with some floral and grassy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied on the medium-light side, and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that softens a bit to become smoother as it warms in the glass.

The flavor is as you might expect based on the aroma, and it's subtle caramel character blends quite well with its delicate floral and grassy hops. The bitterness is restrained, and needs to be, because there's really not that much malt here... just a tiny step above a standard American macro lager. It finishes dry with some residual hoppiness and a quick fading note of malt.

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Photo of pumarocks
4.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Maury's Tiny Cove in Cheviot, OH. It goes great with a cheeseburger and fries. This is the beer that inspired me to give homebrewing a try. It has a nice zip, is flavorful and has a crisp finish. The is the definitive Red Lager. Well done Leinenkugel!

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually red. Like, a firetruck with a wonderful redwhite pink head.

Smells amazingly hoppy for something out of Leines. Like, I did a double take towards my bottle to make sure I poured the right stuff. A wonderful, crisp and light caramel red malt against a very firm and simple west coast hops. Very nice.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Firm, crisp malt giving way to firm, crisp hop and a nice hop aftertaste.

It's hard to make a well balanced red ale; the hops usually get in the way of the malt or they're not present at all, and when balance is achieved it's usually way heavier than the style is supposed to be. I am amazed that I am saying this, but Leinenkugel's, a subsidiary of Miller Brewing Company, has made an *excellent* example of the style with their red. Not servicable, not decent, excellent.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This had a distinct caramel taste, like Killian's, but not as strong. A pretty easy drinking beer, but a warning: Drink only if you know you are in a distribution region, or you may be drinking an old beer that didn't sell well....my mistake the first time I tried it. There was a slight bite to it, not quite bitter, more like a sour bite. Probably the breakdown of the sugar in it. I would recommend this, but try to drink close to the source (Wisconsin). This has a color slightly lighter than Killian's, but not as strong or sweet tasting. Still, a halfway decent lager. It doesn't have that flat taste that the big brewers have, but it doesn't have the kick that most craft beers have. Comparable to Heineken in taste.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A present from a friend who received it with his beer of the month club, he was jazzed it was a beer from Wisconsin...s drink we did, and well, eh...

Easy to drink Red copper color, I don’t know if I would go out of my way to find it, but alas, free to me beer is beer indeed. Really, cause yeah, it’s interesting enough, but doesn’t wow me.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review, so bear with me, Bottle poured into a Glass

Appearance - Nice reed color, with a very small head
Smell - Not too harsh, leaves a nice little aroma
Taste - Smooth, a little bitter, but thats what I like in a red beer, very nice aftertaste
Mouthfeel - feels light and smooth, does not fizz or bubble in my mouth
Drinkability - Tastes similar to a Killians, but is easier for me to drink. Started as a little bitter, but after the 3rd or 4th sip became really smooth. Not very strong, but nice beer to drink while watching a game on tv.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.86/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty good. Overall I think another review said it best: a great crossover beer. It reminds me a little of Killian's Irish red, but more pleasant, and less harsh.

It pours a nice deep orange color, with a creamy small white head. It has a nice aroma of toasty malts. It is slightly bitter to the tongue at first, and mellows into nice malt overtones. It is pretty well balanced, but may be slightly on the bitter side (which I actually prefer). It leaves a wonderful aftertaste of toasty malty vanilla flavor. It isn't extremely drinkable, but you can definitely put down a few of these in one sitting. Overall not bad, and well worth trying if you haven't had it yet.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Lienie's red does not give much of a show in the head department but damn, that is one pretty-colored beer. It is crystal clear, slightly effervescent, and a very striking orange/ red/ copper color. The nose is mostly fresh grain with berry notes and faint hop.

This is a crisp beer that starts off slightly bitter and mellows into creamy vienna malt goodness with a nice toasty undertone. There is a very soft wisp of hop in the finish. This is an extremely soft, smooth, and balanced beer. This is probably the best Vienna Lager I have had, althought I'd have to put it up against Negra to see for sure.

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber/caramel with a finger of fluffy sand colred head. Nice lacing & slightly more than minimal head retention

S: Some sweet malt & cornyness

T: Some sweet malt, caramel & then dryness. A slight essence of vanilla sneaks in as this warms. Finishes with caramel & dryness & alittle alcohol?

MF: Dry & prickly up front, malt starts to fill in the middle. Thin to medium body

Drinks allright, a blast, from the past, the classic crossover beer. I wonder if it was any better before miller got their hooks in. Had it back in the mid 90s & it tasted about the same

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice head and retention that stays for a while. The smell is nice and present, but a little weird. Thin on the malts and hops aren't very good. Average taste but a little bit of an astringent dryness that isn't very pleasant at all. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. I could drink this beer easily, but the wateriness would make me search for something else readily available.

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Photo of brdc
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a staple of northern Wisconsin, and it is worth a try.
Pours a golden beer with a rapidly dissipating white head, perhaps it was too cold.
It has a faint but pleasant smell of hops, alcohol and a maybe a hint of caramel.
A simple taste, light malt and hops, but well balanced.
Mouthfeel is very light, but refreshing.
I tried at home with dinner, but would guess some of the previous reviewers are right - it is probably OK cold with wings in a bar.
A very simple beer, but tasty, and very cheap - around here is the same price of Buds and Millers, and definitely a lot better.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beer from bottle into a pint glass, beer is golden amber in color with an off-white foamy head. Smell is sweet, mostly of crystal malt. The beer is well balanced with an initial malty taste, followed by a hoppy, dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, creamy. Overall, this beer is a definitely drinkable and for the price its a pretty good value.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Lucky's here in Madison...one of the many staples around town

appearance: draft served in pint glass...clear amber-copper body with a very light cream head and little lacing/retention...pretty standard

smell: mild, caramel malt, lightly toasted

taste: not a whole lot of complexity...light caramel malt body, lightly hopped, a little musty...tasty enough to drink $2.00 pints while eating wings and throwing darts, and sometimes thats all I really desire

mouthfeel: rather light, but smooth and refreshing

drinkability: quaffer

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Photo of ChiSox05
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, orange hued, lasting foam, micro carbonation.

Touch of malt, slight wet graininess.

Malt wants to come through but gets held back by a bitter wet grain.

Medium body, smooth carbonation, tinge of metal.

I remember this being a better beer but it drinks like something that was rushed. Goes down easy but without much good flavor.

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

Pours a very clear reddish copper with a very substantial foamy head that persists. The look might be the best single attribute. It does not have a great deal of aroma-- some mild malt and caramel with no discernible hop aroma. Taste-wise it's a decent but somewhat bland lager, smooth and crisp with a decent amount of caramel and roast maltines; it's very low on hops with no bitterness even in the aftertaste. A bit more hops to balance the sweetness would be an improvement. It's light bodied and medium carbonation. It's quitre drinkable as it is light and thirst quenching. It's better than most macros by a significant margin but a bit boring.

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Photo of loren01
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Had on tap at Stadium View in Green Bay. Poured a red color, small head, no lacing.
S: Good malty scent not much else
T: Stale malt flavor with very slight hop taste
M: As all of the other Leinenkugel brews this one was very flat
D: Don't think I'd get this again, not very fresh tasting. pretty unimpressive

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

A - clear red-orange body with a small head that dissipated quickly. no lacing

S - sweet malt aroma with some floral hops.

T - sweet with a light roasted nutty taste followed by some bitter hops at the end.

M - crisp, but a little too thin. High carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, but not one I'll go out of my way for again.

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Photo of psinderson
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pured into pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep red amber with a thick cream colored head. The head seems to stick around with some lacing.

Smell: Mostly toasted malt, although mild. Faint trace of citrusy hops.

Taste: Some toasty overtones, and mild sweetness and tartness. Very crisp. It finishes with a faint bitterness. The taste seems to be missing something in the middle. I think there needs to be some more complex flavors.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but clean.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, but more like a typical mass produced product.

This beer isn't bad, but there's not much to recommend. It has the backbone of something good, but appears to have been "dumbed down" for mass appeal.

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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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