Leinenkugel's Apple Spice | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Apple SpiceLeinenkugel's Apple Spice

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by battlekow on 11-03-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 96
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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.11/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rather unappealing color (reminds one of a certain bodily fluid) with a sticky 1/2 head that hangs around for awhile. Smells great, kind of like apple juice.

Taste: If you are excpecting a "cider" you're in for a disappointment. This is definately beer, albiet an unusual one. Tastes like a macro light lager infused with apple, a little cinnamon, and maybe honey. Mouthfeel is nice and fairly lively. This an extremly drinkable beer.

I warmed some and dropped in a cinnamon stick and got an entirely different experience. Color same, got a monster head, but oddly not until I added the cinnamon. Some sort of chemical reaction? Smell actually can be a bit much when heated, becomes very kind of sour and pungent.
Tastes more complex, cinnamon makes the apple taste different, more like a cooked apple than a fresh one, honey flavor of the chilled beer gives in to a slight malt character. Pretty nice. I reccomend getting some of that Cinnebon popcorn to go with, pretty indulgent.

Also cooked with this beer and it was great! This beer is lots of fun to play with even if its not exactly a masterpiece. At a pre-tax price of less than 5 dollars a sixer, Lienies has never let me down.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Leinenkugel's Apple Spice pours from the bottle a clear light golden yellow with a half inch of spritzy, bubbly white head on top. Some nice patchy lacing forms on my glass as the bubbles fall. Aromas of pale grainy maltiness collide with a suprisingly fresh pressed apple aroma along with a big dose of ground cinnamon. Not overpowering...actually quite nice.

First sip brings an interesting mix of sweet cereal grains along with an equally sweet burst of apple cidery flavors. Definetly a sweet fruit beer but it doesn't become cloying. Spicy cinnamon notes run wild all over the place as the brew finishes with a appley grainy huskiness. An interesting collision between apple cider and beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a bit of creaminess and steady carbonation throughout. Goes down smooth with both an odd and unique flavor profile. It's nice to see Leinenkugel's throwing something new out there..overall I'd say this is a good fruit beer that captures the holiday season. If you don't like apples & cinnamon or apple cider...stay away...but if you do then give this one a shot.

Upon mulling the rest of my bottle the apple and cinnamon in the nose seems to jump out even more and the carbonation becomes more effervescent. Wow....this is the first beer I've ever warmed up and it's really quite enjoyable. If you pick this one up make sure to try it heated up. I'm glad I ended up picking this up out of sheer curiousity!

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Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium greenish yellow, slight chill haze, small compact head of white color. Laces pretty well on the glass. Its aromatic and the smell travels, but its a lot like a sweet cider or even Apple Jacks cereal. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation prickly. A reasonable apple flavor starts out the flavor profile but its immediately undercut by a wallop of a sugary cinnamon note that's almost like a stool being kicked out from under it. Deteriorates from there, finishes with odd scratchy tones, pencil lead, and an anti-perspirant flakey flavor. Drank this one cold, I can't imagine the spice characters getting better on mulling, but I suppose it could be boiled down as a marinade for pork. This stuff is selling very well locally.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears honey golden hued with a white nice sized head leaves fine lacing down my pint. Aroma has a nice tart apple and cinnammon tones along with herbal hops and cereal grains. Taste is a bit ciderish in nature but that's excusable if there is actual apples or even apple extract involved in the brewing of this beer. To me the flavor came off pretty natural not too syrupy extract cloying factors along with the apple spice there is an evident grain sweetness and some herbal hop flavors with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied carbonation is a bit spritzy stays on the palate a bit of residual sugars cause some slight syrupy textures. Drinkability, this isn't a beer to grab a sixer of but if you want to try apple in a beer it's interesting and I must say that Leine's pulls it off decently.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a dark golden color to it with a mild bit of carbonation seen running through it; smells a bit like a hard cider; maybe one of the english ones; taste is a sweet apple hint to it with bits of cinnamon flavor in it; taste is allright personally i think it is a bit watery for a beer; i could see it being something good to drink during thanksgiving since it gives one that fall flavors but it is very light; mouthfeel is pretty good as one feels light carbonation but nothing too harsh but i think a lot of that has to do with it being watery

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a pale straw yellow body that is very thin and translucent. There is a thin white cloudy head that is supported by a big carbonation of giant bubbles.

S- The note of sweet apples and perfurmy cinnamon is very sweet and smells like apple cinnamon candles.

T- This beer has a sweet cinnamon apple hard candy flavor wit a faint raw grain note as it warms. There is a very soft hop bitterness in the finish that blends with the hard candy note. As it warms there is more of a apple juice flavor and a faint cinnamon red hot candy note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that is pretty clean at the end.

D- This beer has a very artificial smell and flavor with not a lot of other flavors from malt or hops.

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Photo of TimMack
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of SMark
3.94/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy pour more in line with a wheat beer. Goes to show all apple ciders are not clear. Fair head retention for this type.

Definite apple cider, spice, cinnamon aroma. Let the Holiday season begin. This one needs to be smelled by the fireplace.

Not disappointed with the taste after the sensory experience. One of these days will have to drink heated and with a stick of cinnamon.

Light to medium feel in the mouth. Would probably improve with warmth and then could be contemplated while sitting around the fire spinning stories.

Would not want to consume several of these in one sitting but then we should drink responsibly anyhow. More of an occasion beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Apple juice colored brew with a one finger head. Some white lace coats the glass.

Smells strongly of sour apples, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The apple smell is mainly an artificial sour apple pucker scent. Not a whole lot like real apples, but smells very good. A nice late-autumn scent.

Tastes like delicious apple cider with loads of cinnamon and the other spices present in the nose. Somehow reminds me of AppleJacks cereal. The only down side is that the sugary artificial apple flavor can be a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is sugary, syrupy, and a bit overwhelmingly candy-like.
Drinkability suffers from this overly sweet and sticky character. Not bad especially for the price. A nice novelty beer for the fall.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.09/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer for $5.50 at Copps grocery store here in Madison. Can't be much worse than their Berry Weiss, I like apples, and saw that my comrade battlekow enjoyed it, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Pours an eerie cloudy white-yellow almost green, with a bubbly white head. Smell is baked, spiced apples, go figure, and not much else. This isn't a bad thing though, as it's not an artificial flavor. Not quite as fresh as New Glarus' Apple Ale, but surprisingly good from Leine's. Taste picks up with sweet apple juice and a solid cinnamon kick, maybe some caramel malt in the backbone. Again, surprisingly authentic and fresh-tasting. They claim to use a ton (2000 lbs) of apples and some 60 lbs of cinnamon in each batch and these two things certainly dominate the palate. Mouthfeel is bitingly crisp like sparkling cider. This is a sweet fruit beer, so most BAs would probably turn their noses, but it remains quite drinkable.

I tried their suggestion on the box and warmed up a bottle and found hot beer to be confoundingly tasty - like warm apple cider as you may imagine. The warm carbonation along with the alcohol has a strange biting and warming quality that would limit my consumption to one warm serving, but certainly worth trying if you have a few bottles of the stuff. It's less than $6/sixer around here, so what's your excuse?

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Photo of secondtooth
1.86/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very sweet, candy-apple taste. Really not very beerlike. This one doubles as a kind of ultra-sweet cider - maybe even sweeter than some of those sugary, naaasty 'fruit' malt-beverages. Smells like Glade air freshener and rather tastes like it, too. Easily makes a home at the bottom of the beer-wagon !

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Once again, Leinie's has brought out an interesting and drinkable beer that's fairly unique. It looks like apple juice and smells like sour apples (I hope that acetylaldehyde is added, and not just a product of poor brewing practice - joking, of course)! It's gently sweet, very apple-like, lightly malty, fairly tart, and just slightly bitter. The cinnamon comes and goes within the flavor, but always appears in the finish, but not necessarily in a good way. The cinnamon is what makes it unique though, otherwise it'd just be another apple ale. The fine bubbled carbonation is lightly crisp. It's refreshing, not overly sweet... tart/sweet... sweet/tart.... very apple-like as previously mentioned. I, personally, wouldn't want to drink more than one, but I could easily see it gaining a kind of cult-status. Worth trying to see.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, consumed while watching the bears beat up on the rams during our weekly bears group meeting

appearance: consumed from the bottle but its clear watery body was not terribly missed

smell: distinctly and obviously apple cider spiked with some nice cinnamon...not much else on the nose, and thats fine

taste; for what it is, this thing is perefectly fine...syrupy apple cider taste with a nice cinnamon touch, finishes with some more ordinary lager/grain flavors than initially evident

mouthfeel: thin

drinkability: good

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of nortmand
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy, with a very faint yellow color.
Acidic cider scent with a very faint cinnamon backdrop.
Cloying sweet dominates the flavor. Creamy cinnamon end. What the fuck.
Highly carbonated and way artificially full bodied, too sweet to session.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Holy Appletini batman, this is a beer? High points for creativity for those 97 people who care, but man, this is a beer? This tastes more like apple cider than strongbow!!! I'm honestly not even sure how to review this beer. If you want to know taste and mouthfeel all you have to do is carbonate some good apple cider (the brown kind) and throw in a ton of cinnamon and there ya go. Wow. Personally,I didn't like it, it was just too out there, but I see how someone could dig it. Particularly if that someone were an attractive 16 year old . . . Hmmm . . . .yesss . . . .
Cool to try, not worth the buy.

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Photo of deanis30
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of TYE
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours slightly more amber than a traditional pale ale, clear, and no active carbonation. Fairly dense white foam head rose about 1-inch tall, but dissipated quickly leaving a light covering.
S - Smells rich of apple cider and spice. Almost exactly like apple cider with a very light bread undertone. Makes my mouth water!
T - Wow! Apple cider all the way. Very sweet. Pretty much all you taste in the beginning, followed by a light bread finish and a very clean aftertaste.
M - Light carbonation. Refreshing and light feeling. Close to medium body.
D - I really think this is too sweet. Really overkill on the apple cider. It's very good, if this is supposed to be like a wine cooler, but I think it would eventually get too sweet. My wife loves it. This is a really good beer for date nights with the girl who doesn't like "beer".

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Photo of trekbiker3000
3.49/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance definitely was of a wheat beer and the aroma was overwhelmingly apple. I almost thought this was a cider. It smnelled very good, with hints of cinnamon and a very light malt. The tase was fresh and crisp. Sweet apples and cinnamon. It wasn't very cider-like, but more like a soda or beer cooler. The mouthfeel was agin crisp and carbonated. Drinkability is only average, since I really think this is more a cooler than a beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A novelty that i'm not all that impressed with.
I must say, it's worth a try if you enjoy ciders.

Fizzy yellow appearance, unremarkable with a typical macro look to it.

Aroma was dead on green apple jolly ranchers. Artificial yes, but with an edge of light cider yeast. Cinnamon is hard to pull out, but a spice is there once tasted. Tastes like an apple-cinnamon soda. Really no malt character whatsoever, and very little to signify that it's "beer" you are drinking, other than the label stating "flavored beer".

Fizzy and light, but the novelty wore off halfway through the bottle. Do yourself a favor, and try authentic cider instead.

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Photo of ClearDog
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one at a buddy's house while playing poker. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance -- Light, hazy, gold color with a nice, clean white head.

Smell -- Initial smell is pleasant . . . sweet apples. Take another whiff and it begins to smell like Apple Pucker. The smell is the most interesting aspect of this beer, but I wasn't overly impressed due to the artificial Pucker scent.

Taste -- Way too sweet and artificial tasting. From what I've read, the brewery uses fresh Wisconsin apples. That may be, but the taste doesn't feel natural to me at all. Berry Weiss is by far a superior tasting fruit beer. No comparison.

Mouthfeel -- Not bad. Medium feel to it. You can chew on it.

Drinkability -- I'm happy I had the opportunity to try this beer and happy that I didn't have to spend my own money to try it. The appearance and smell are intriguing, but they grow old real quick. Taste is artificial and overly sweet. It's kind of what I expected. I don't plan on having this beer again. If given the chance, I'd have to respectfully decline.

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Photo of schusterbauer
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very strange beer. the apple and cinnamon flavors are so aggressive that you can hardly tell you're drinking a beer until its finish, when you get a macro lager taste with a slight bite. as soon as you open the bottle, a rush of apple candy smell comes at you. the mouthfeel feels a bit artificial -- somewhat on the syrupy side. because of this, i was expecting the flavor to build and build in my mouth, which would've been intolerable, but that didn't happen. all things considered though, it's worth a try. i was able to easily knock back a few of them, still finding it enjoyable. it feels a little bit too much like a novelty to be able to drink all the time, but i could definitely see enjoying it again.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Erish
2.18/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass. I have no idea how long it has been sitting in my buddy's fridge, but I suspect longer than two years. Yikes.

A: decent amber color with a thick of-white head, the cap and lacing are still apparent.

S: apple pie.

T: apple pie.

M: light-bodied, watery to somewhat silky, crisp finish. Surprisingly not awful.

D: I do not like to drink apple pie. The considerable age on this beer actually did not seem to affect it that much. I am not heartbroken they discontinued this beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.15/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Crystal clear pale yellow. Soapy white head that retains pretty well. Not entirely sure what the base beer is for this, but this seems pretty light for anything but a macro light.

Smell - Wooh! Might be a few apples in this one. Apple scent dominates not only the beer, but the entire room. Overpowering and not completely authentic smelling.

Taste - Tastes like a lotta apples. Hardly any beer characteristics can be detected through the strong apple flavor. More on the apple juice side than the apple cider side. Quite sweet. Not unpleasant, but hardly a beer.

Mouthfeel - Thin, but probably appropriate for style. One could almost mistake this for apple juice with a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm not against this beer. In fact, its probably one of the best tasting brews Leine's makes and I could drink it all day (or until I got sick of the sweetness). It, however, is more akin to malternatives than fruit-enhanced beer. This beer is probably not directed at the beer drinker.

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