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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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Photo of flatspin187
4.9/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Leinenkugel has done it again in my opinion.. Nice color.. the smell.. man the smell is awesome.. u can smell the apples and cinamon.. As far as the taste.. A+ it doesnt really taste like a cider draft.. it taste like a apple flavor beer, with a cinnamon after taste.. If u like apples u will really enjoy this beer.. Ive had the bottle and the tap.. they are both excellent, but if u get a chance to try on tap. Go for it..

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Photo of Knapp85
4.51/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A monstrous thanks to TATURBO for a trade on this one. Ever since I came across this a bit ago I had been wanting to try it. I found this beer to be worth the wait and was very very happy to finally try it last night.

The beer poured as a nice looking light copper color, the head was foamy and white. Not much lacing but the head stuck around a for amount of time. The smell of the beer is like a delicious apple dessert of some kind. Really nice apple and spicy cinnamon on the nose. Doesn't smell like beer at all really and I can see why people won't like that. The taste was epic, full of fresh pressed apple flavors with a elegant amount of spice, really freaking tasty! The mouthfeel was light and had a good carbonation to it. Very drink I thought. Overall this beer has the potential to be the best Leinenkugel brew that I've had. The only thing is that I'll probably never see it again. It's safe to say that if I ever do see it, I'll be buying a good amount of it to hold onto.

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Photo of Beeryce
4.42/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass producing a nice two-fingered bright white meringue head upon an extremely pale straw yellow beer. Not a lot of retention to the head, but nice lacing is left behind. Moderately carbonated, higher carbonation might suit better, however could make it to sparkling cider-like.

Huge nose is very applely and sweet with a raw malt touch in the background. There is a real cider nose to the beer with the cinnimon just detectable in taste and smell. There is a faint malt undertone that slightly balances and accents. No hop character is present as expected. There is a green apple bitter/sourness and a red apple sweetness that is nicely balanced in the nose and taste.

The taste is as I expected from the nose, but more sweet. My mouth not just taste apples it really feels as though I am ingesting an apple product. Though it could be more beery this is an excellent example of a fruit style beer.

Matching perfectly with the beer the mouthfeel even has the slight thickness and graininess there is in unfiltered apple juice; and the carbonation is just right for the beer as well.

The drinkability is much better than I thought it was going to be. Would be good paired with food especially a slightly sweet apple dessert like a cobbler or crisp.

I really like this beer, and think it is a great example of the style. It showcases what it claims to be and does it well. I could not drink it alot but in the right conditions it is a great brew. No Validity Date.

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Photo of WWbrewfan
4.27/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offfering from this brewery. I have alway's enjoyed other Leinies but this is truly a first -rate beer. I am not a fruit beer person but this is clean, crisp, with a intoxicating Apple smell and a taste that is not too sweet or sugary. It pours a clean apple like color with just the right amount of head. Great for the cool fall nights or a Sunday afternoon watching the NFL from your lazy-boy. I know I'm going to stash a couple cases away before it's seasonal run is over. YUM!!!

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Photo of supercolter
4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is good, golden in color, with not a lot of head but some decent lacing.
Smell is good, apples and cinamon smell, not much else going on
Taste is like breakfast apples, with a bit of sweet candy malt at the end.
Mouthfeel is creamy.
Drinkability is good, but one is enough, you might get sick after that.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My good friend, Ivan Kluck brought a six pack of this Wisconsin native to my family's New Years Eve party. I think he only had one and left me the rest of the sixer. Thanks buddy.

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a fair amount of carbonation. The half-inch of pure white head tops an attractive brew.

Smell - Just pulling the top off the bottle releases the sweet aroma of apple and cinnamon.

Taste - It tastes like a carbonated apple and spice cider. This is a flavor that is firm and well defined. There is no beating around the bush. This beer's flavor is potent and solid.

Mouthfeel - The feel is good too. I was expecting something thicker but got a smooth brew with great character.

~ I will certainly recommend this to fellow beer lovers and anyone else. Jacob's crew has another winner. Nice work! In my humble opinion this beer is great for after dinner or lunch or breakfast.

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Photo of battlekow
4.16/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not even drinking this out of the bottle yet, I've just unscrewed the cap, and the sweet apple nose is HUGE. Not cidery like the New Glarus Apple Ale, more syrupy, flirting with being cloying, but still pleasant.

Poured it into a glass and it's yellow with a thin white head and pretty good lacing. Looks quite boring.

The smell, though! Smells sweetly appley like before, but the glass allows the odor to expand and express a strong cinnamon character. Smells like apple pie. Divine, or pehaps just demi-divine, but still, surprisingly good considering this is Leinie's.

Tastes appley, obviously, but not quite as good or in the same way as the nose. While there was a strong cinnamon scent, making the nose seem apple pie-ish, the taste is more of straight up apples, or caramel apples. There's some welcome tartness to accompany the sweetness. Also has a toasted finish, but with a bit of astringency. Again, surprisingly good.

Throw in a creamy, slightly dry mouthfeel, and you have a shockingly drinkable fruit beer from Leinie's, heretofore known mostly for the large wooden paddle it, for some unknown reason, bestowed upon our store.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.11/5  rDev +30.9%
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 Golden2wenty1
4.09/5  rDev +30.3%
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 Tuey13
4.07/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw yellow with a half finger creamy white head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma was of a strong spiced apple cider! The taste is definately spiced apple cider with just the right amount of sweetness. This brew gets even better if allowed to warm a bit as the apple flavor intensifies. I haven't tried this heated yet, but I am planning to. This is definately a treat beer that, while not for everyone, is definately one to try.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.06/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat is perhaps one of my favorite brews of all time, so I had high hopes for the second sample from this company... The apple-spice factor is very unique, and upon opening the bottle, was greeted with a strong, sharp, apple-cider aroma that was really noticeable... Pours a yellow applejuice color with a tiny head that soon dissapates... carbonation is present... smell was wonderful... fresh granny smith apples bursting through... you either will love or hate the flavor, and to me, the taste was really awesome... not your typical "beer"... definitely something different... liked spiked apple cider... Light mouthfeel goes down like water with easy drinkability... good for a hot, summer day... wouldn't make this my single choice all night, but an interesting sample... Really liked it... Worth a try...

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Photo of SMark
3.94/5  rDev +25.5%
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 Brams17
3.9/5  rDev +24.2%

It's been a long time since I've had this beer, and there's a chance nostalgia has influenced my opinion of it, but I always looked forward to this beer during the years it was in production. It had a very cider and cinnamon flavor and was crisp and easy drinking.

I'm not sure how I'd feel about it today if I had one now that my palate has developed, but it was a favorite back in my college days

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Photo of garcia2a
3.87/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So here's the thing, Jake Leinenkugel and his beers came back out to SE PA. Kinda missed them since the late 90's. The first one I picked up was the Apple Spice.

This is a tasty beer with apple and cinnamon overtones. Very drinkable, with a crisp finish. The color pours nicely amber with excellent clarity. Light, faintly fizzy head. The mouth feel is excellent.

This is not a beer for those who do not want to try something different. I recommend holding this one for October.

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

Brewed with over 2000lbs of apples per batch. Brewed with wheat and pale malts, hopped with cluster. 4.92% abv. 208 calories per 12oz bottle. 1.5 grams of protein. Also brewed with cinnamon.

Pours to a slightly chill hazed light gold, forming a tall creamy white head with very good retention and a solid firm sheet of lacing. The aroma is very good. It smells exactly like hot spiced apple cider. I can't even tell it's a beer. The taste opens with a firm crisp apple cider bite, followed by a lingering sweetness, a touch of crackery wheat, then a very mild bitterness. The aftertaste is of distant cinnamon and apple juice. The mouthfeel is watery with a light delicate body and crisp carbonation.

Overall, this is not a shabby beer. It's a novelty, as I couldn't stand to drink more than two, but it does what it intended to do quite well.

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Photo of teg8612
3.84/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went to my bar and they had a glass night where you buy the beer and keep the specialty glass. I thought what the hell.

Beer pours clear and yellow with only a hint of head and sparkle. You can smell the apples and spice from 3 feet away. It is a nice smell but intimidating to a hardened beer drinker. Mouthful is light. Taste is of McIntosh apple with pumpkin spice and a wheat yeast trailer. More like a witbeer with the oranges and corinader replaced. No hop finish at all which makes this very sweet and, yes, you can only have just one. I might gives this to my mother as she, a none beer drinker, might like it.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Leinenkugel's Apple Spice pours out a clear yellow color with a small, white head. Sweet apple aroma, like a candy apple. A little bit of cinnamon in the aroma too. The flavor is dominated by the apple flavor. Sweet, but also a little tart, which I like. Very candy like. Behind the apple flavor, there is some grain. The grain flavor is just a little off, but it provides a beery flavor. Otherwise, this beverage is very unbeer-like. Light to medium mouthfeel. The drinkability is actually pretty good considering the sweetness. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I enjoy this beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a semi-cloudy, pale green color. The head is one finger in height, white and creamy. The aroma is quite pleasing. It is of green apples with a mild sourness. The taste is a lot like the aroma, but a bit sweeter. This beer has a lot more flavor than any other Leinie's beer I have had. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth. Overall, this is definately Leinenkugel's best brew.

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

Light lemony yellow, clear with some steady bubbles. Solid inch high bright white foam on top. Settles to a thick skim always present and a nice curtain of lace starts it off as it dwindles into inky strings.

Aroma is pretty nice with mushy brown apple parts, a bit of fresh redness and skins, pleasing little touch of cinnamon and sugar. A bit like the apple pies from McDonald's.

Taste is quite light, smoothingly crisp in its own sort of appley way, watery apple mix upfront, gets a partial sugaryness in the middle. The cinnamon floats in across the finish helping with a nudge of pie filling type mushyness and light doughy breadyness, which helps add some depth to this otherwise fairly average taster.

Feel is fairly smooth with a fair and favorable carbonation, not brisk nor too lively, body is a tender shade of lighter sided. But keeps a small push into some rounded malty sweetness behind the apple flavors.

Not a bad beer really. About what I was expecting out of Leine's. Drinkability is good, perhaps it could get a bit tiresome with the flavors after awhile. I found it to be a simple, well made brew that would possibly please any fan of apples or apple pie.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm... Apple Beer? This is as close as it gets to breeding a malternative with a beer as were gonna get. Pours out to a lightly hazy, bright yellow / gold color with a vigorus head that quickly calmed to nearly nothing. Lace was present and abundant. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of granny smith apples and the essence of a cider mill. Nice. Taste was... unique. I'll give it that. Initial sweetness of sugar and apples gives way to a light maltiness and a sour lambic like finish. Not bad, but too abrasive to be "good", per se. Mouthfeel was like carbonation juice. Nothing of real substance or noteability. Drinkability would is pretty good, but I'd like this mostly in the fall months. A pretty good seasonal offering. Give it a try at different tempratures, and you'll get different results.

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Photo of angie497
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected to do no more than tolerate this beer. It's not that I dislike fruit beers, although they're not my favorite (now, a nice tart lambic is a different matter), but after having tried several of the hard ciders, I had decided that after about age 3, drinking apples is unnecessary. It almost pains me to admit that I liked it!

I expected a darker beer, like a cider, rather than the pale yellow concoction that poured out. It had a big, frothy white head that quickly disappeared, with basically no hint of lacing left behind.

The smell caught my attention - there's really no hint of beer smell to it, just a sweet apple aroma. Not much smell of cinnamon. Definitely a sweet flavor, as well. Forget the hops, they're non-existent. The cinnamon is more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma, and if you allow it to warm, the cinnamon grows more pronounced. It's a pretty watery beer, lots of carbonation fizzing about, more than I would normally care for, but it seems to work here - keeps the sweetness from swamping the mouth.

I don't know that I could drink several of these, but I think it would pair well with food, especially with my Thanksgiving dinner, or maybe with dessert. In fact, I can very easily imagine turning this into dessert, poured into a glass with some ultra-premium full-fat French vanilla ice cream. Forget the root beer float, make it an Apple Spice beer float!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.66/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried this one on-tap tonight at a local pub. I'd had this from the bottle a few years ago, when they first came out with it. I thought it was decent then, but more of a niche-type beer that not a lot of people are going to appreciate.

On-tap, it pours the expected fizzy yellow color. Smells sweet and sugary, of apple pie filling, cinnamon, and cheap lager. For some reason, those same aromas come through also in the flavor, and well, its quite enjoyable. This was hands-down the most refreshing beer I tried all night, and probably could have drank it all night.

Although I recognize this is probably just some cheap crappy lager with added flavorings after the brewing process, and that it might not be much of a high-quality beer. . . I just seem to really like it. Its quite a nice treat in the late fall after Ive gotten bored with all the marzens and pumpkins, but not quite ready for the whopping winter ales. I have a strong feeling I'll be drinking this regularily, if once every fall could be considered that.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
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 TYE
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
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 budgood1
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy light golden colour with a fluffy egg shell white head which stays and sticks in a lot of nice looking lace. fresh apple aroma dominates and is nicely accentuated with a cinnamon flair. some light maltiness is also present if one so chooses to sniff it out. this concoction is very cider like in the taste department...a touch of cinnamon rounds it out. any malt and beery flavours are dominated out of the arena, but it comes across as a beer nonetheless. i was pretty skeptical at first expecting some sweet malt beverage like brew as per their honey and berryweiss offerings, but this is ok in my book. it has a nice, if not a bit syrupy, carbonated mouthfeel. the body comes across rather in line with a brew of this nature....just about right for me. of course the drinkability suffers a bit as i'm sure too many of these would become cloying after awhile.

i think a six pack a year in late fall harvest season or the holiday season would suffice for a change of pace. especially in the northland. i think i'll try mulling some and see how that tastes.

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Leinenkugel's Apple Spice from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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