Anniversary Lager | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Anniversary LagerAnniversary Lager
90 Ratings
Anniversary LagerAnniversary Lager

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With over 550 years of brewing experience combined, this collaboration between Leinenkugel's and Hofbräu München celebrates Leinenkugel’s 150th anniversary with a blend of German tradition and American ingenuity. Brewed in the spirit of Reinheitsgebot, Leinenkugel’s Anniversary Lager is a German-style amber lager that incorporates some imported, German malts with unique American hops to create a beer that is flavorful, balanced, and refreshing.

25 IBU

Added by steveh on 05-04-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Drak-Nib
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

“A brewery collaboration with Hofbräu München.” Very little head. First taste is sharp and just hoppy enough to have some character. The hops continue as I work my way through my glass. However, they aren’t overpowering. This is an enjoyable beer to take your time with. Pretty good finish. If you like your hops, this is a nice little ditty. Later: Feeling thirsty and drinking it straight from the bottle like a right proper slob. Say, it guzzles pretty well! A bit too bitter when drinking it like a drunk. 2017/08/25

 528 characters

Photo of Chilmer
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of singletary
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nice clear copper color with a white head that fades to a small amount that stayed with it. The smell is a caramel malt but muted. The taste is of a caramel sweetness to the malt, I notice a little pepper bite but very slight. It is watery with lots of carbonation. Overall it is ok and easy to enjoy drink.

 319 characters

Photo of LeftyMike
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rostie
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raime
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CoryIanShafer
1.77/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Looks good, big white head with craters and bubbles, deep valleys and ridges in the foam, like the surface of an ice moon, deep copper color, clear, smells citrusy, like lemons, smells of grassy hay, a bit of a soapy taste, very bitter on the back of the tongue, feel the need to clear the back of my tongue, very bitter, just cant get past the bitterness.

 356 characters

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L: pours copper color with a small white head
S: raw ingredients, malty sweetness with some slight flora notes
T: starts kind of sweet but then gets bitter. Tastes metallic, not good
F: thin and highly carbonated.

 214 characters

Photo of njbusa
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robebo44
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colts9016
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A monster 3 finger head with really good retention. The head is slightly off-white foamy and creamy. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass as it slowly dissipates. The color of the beer is SRM 6, a deep gold color with some orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles active.

The aroma of the beer is a nice and malty with caramel and light toasted notes. The beer has a peppery, floral, and some earthy notes.

The flavor of the beer is malty with caramel, lightly toasted malt, and some biscuity notes. The other flavor is a touch of pepper, earthy, floral, and has a subtle sweetness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is medium-light, medium astringency, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is a touch thin for me, I thought it was a little watery. The flavors in the beer are good but muted. The hops are just hanging and not really pushing this beer to where it could go. Most of what I have had from Leinenkugel is just average. I would like to see more from this company and push the beers where they are better than average.

 1,104 characters

Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: brilliant burnished brass under a 1" ecru cap with fair to good retention

S: a big cracker aroma with low spicy hops and a trace of scrambled egg that blows off quickly

T: A light malt sweetness and a very faint hint of apple highlight rich crackery bread crumb and light toast flavors leading to a very pleasant spicy herbal earthy bitter ending

F: The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium high

O: a good, flavorful Vienna lager.

 451 characters

Photo of T101603
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am very excited to drink & review this beer on New Victorkugel's Beer Sunday (Week 665)! I "discovered" Leinie's at Sam's Saloon in Oxnard, CA back in the early-1990s & I have been a fan of their beers ever since. These anniversary caps are really cool & will be going to a local artist for her to work with.

From the bottle: "A brewery collaboration with Hofbräu München".

My only bugaboo is with their screwed-up, screw-off caps which preclude me from the satisfaction of Pop!ping the cap on the bottle. As a result, I vent my frustrations with an aggro pour. In this case, it garnered two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was bready & malty, very much in keeping with the style. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more biscuity than bready so while it was clearly a malt-driven beer, it was not over-the-top in terms of its sweetness. This was a very pleasant surprise for me since I am not a big fan of sweet. Finish was semi-sweet on the verge of semi-dry. I was very happy with this one & I continue to look forward to Leinenkugel's releases.

 1,213 characters

Photo of SlothBeard
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 12/11/2017. Pours crystal clear medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a delicious Vienna lager! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely rich Vienna malt flavors with nice hop flavor balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

 1,733 characters

Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness date DEC 11 2017
Pours to a rich head that lasts and laces. Deep copper color. Aroma is clean and malty with some slight fruity sweetness. Flavor has a rich malt profile and a subtle noble hop bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is medium. Great beer I hope becomes their annual Oktoberfest seasonal.

 308 characters

Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark honey body displaying a thick, creamy head. Sweet caramel smell; fruity with a toasted grain character. Toffee flavor infused with a touch of hop bitterness; occasional presence of pear; metallic aftertaste. Medium body; crisp and dry overall.

There is something a bit harsh with the aftertaste that greatly detracts from the overall quality of the beer.

 360 characters

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RJLarse
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a Fall sampler 12-pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich amber color, clear with a thin white head.

Smell is a soft fruit aroma, pears with a perfume scent along side.

Tastes like sweet caramel bread. Mild bitterness

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

A nice fall seasonal.

 291 characters

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Anniversary Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 90 ratings