Northwoods Amber
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #71
Ranked #29,418
3.29 | pDev: 15.5%
Nov 16, 2022
Mar 02, 2002
Northwoods AmberNorthwoods Amber
Notes: Formerly: Northwoods Lager

Originally introduced in 1986, Northwoods Amber quickly became a fan favorite in coolers across the country. In fact, Northwoods Amber has won a gold medal in 1993 at the Great American Beer Festival® in the Premium Lager category. It’s made with some of the finest quality ingredients, including some hops, barley, oats and water from right here in Wisconsin.

18 IBU
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Rated: 3.93 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Nov 16, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by msm18

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had grain notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and malt presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Jan 31, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 3.46 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by magikbagel from Wisconsin

2.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I was expecting a lot more flavor from this, so although it wasn’t necessarily a bad beer, i was just disappointed. Was too sweet for me but I enjoyed the carbonation.
Aug 04, 2021
Rated: 3.07 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. There is one finger of white foam over a nice clear yellow, slightly orange body of beer. Plenty of carbonation to watch. The foam settled to an eighth inch cap with no lacing left behind.
The aroma is sweet bread malts, very noticeable.
The flavor follows the nose, sweet malt, not bitter, but it does have a nice simple crisp finish. This is a lager beer, sweet, but not overly sweet, just a slight hop presence. This one is easy to drink , just a good solid beer!
Dec 15, 2020
Rated: 2.58 by fflopps from Iowa

Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 3.13 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by paulish from New York

May 10, 2020
Rated: 3 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a tiny white head. Smells of sweet grain, fuller than most lagers but not that interesting. Tastes of adjunct grain, kinda sweet, and slight fruity notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.
Apr 01, 2020
Rated: 2.43 by Demi from Minnesota

Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 3.44 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by jmc65267 from Georgia

2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Wow not great. Got it in a variety pack and it has been a huge let down. Kind of reminds me of a natural light but a little bit better. Would not recommend.
Jan 10, 2020
Rated: 3.19 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by elglueckert from Montana

Dec 11, 2019
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Northwoods Lager pours a copper color, with a small, but long lasting, frothy and slightly lacing head. Sweet and crisp aroma, hints of wheat. Flavor light, slightly sweet, crisp, nice creamy wheat and harvest like flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, this is really good, nice flavors, not too much, can drink with a full bodied
Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.27 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a deep, clear coppered color with a nice white head that fades quickly. SRM of 12. (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of sweet lemon citrus and honey. A little grass and corn. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose a with more sweet honey drizzled lemon with some light, grassy, corn notes underneath. Good malt flavors and not too much adjunct. Finishes a little sweet. A little sour lemon which is weird. (3.75)

Feel: Heavier-bodied. Light on the carbonation. Drinks a little syrupy, but still smooth. (3.50)

Overall: A pretty average lager. It's slightly sweeter and heavier that I expected. Strong on the honey. I could do without it. I would easily confuse this for a lighter blonde ale. Still it's crisp and smooth like a lager should be. A little too much corn adjuncts too. Pretty average, but a little to sweet for me as with some other Leinenkugel beers I've had. (Final Rating: 3.69)
Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 3.3 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 3.42 by BenjaGrif from Iowa

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 3.35 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Jul 16, 2019
Rated: 2.7 by DaveAhl from New Jersey

May 14, 2019
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Rated by LXIXME from New Mexico

3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had this glass while on the Miller/Coors tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
May 11, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by Myboymi from Kansas

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 3.57 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear golden with lots of visible carbonation and a soapy white two fingers of head. The head crackles down to become one with the beer.

Very nice lager smells, white bread with some sweet malts. Also picking up a faint floral smell. A bit of sour also.

Taste is just like the smell! Kind of sweet with a bit of floral and pine on the tongue. Still has strong cear clean tasting lager notes. It really does not taste of any adjunct so I suspect the taste of sweet to be hop influenced.

Mouth feel is nice bright and and pretty light with a clean finish. There is just a hint of sweetness that lingers briefly in the background.

A very good beer to describe the " Northwoods" portion of this lager. If it was canned this would be a nice beer to pack in when one is going camping. The taste is really quite refreshing and just has some real good strong beer legs for want of a better description.
Jan 08, 2019
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Reviewed by MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Strong look to this beer. Pretty clear deep gold/amber, with a thin-ish (but not short) eggshell white head. The smell is very one-note and malty in its sweetness. Taste is similarly underwhelming, if not subpar. There is a bit of subtle hoppiness to balance out the malt bill, but it's almost exactly what you'd expect in a lager. Mouthfeel pretty average; drinkable in this regard. Overall, not bad, but no more than ok, either.
Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Wonderful reddish cedar brown, clear, with a short foamy head. Smells like brown Hamm's. Also, somehow, tastes like brown Hamm's. Solidly drinkable, but a little heavy on the sweet and corn flavors. It's actually quite bad. Watery with weak flavor, no balance. Drink Hamm's and put in some red food coloring.
Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Northwoods Lager brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This American Lager pours out of 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color of this brew is a deep amber color almost copper with a small white head. There is some thin spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness, mixed with grains and malts. You pick up on some faint hops in the smell of this brew. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the grain an malts flavors. The mild sweetness is a nice touch to this brew. The body of Northwoods Lager is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Sweet, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Northwoods Lager a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.
Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.12 by OhioBeerFan from Ohio

Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerDrinkinGuy from Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
If there ever was a perfect lager that is available year round this is it. Leinenkugels may get lost in their shandy mixes but this beer legitimizes the brewery for sure!
Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Darker in appearance that most AALs. It is also has a maltier and fuller taste. I was glad to see they undecided this one for a while. I find it a good change of pace.
Dec 07, 2018
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Rated by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Beer4Mike from Minnesota

Nov 25, 2018
Northwoods Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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