Anniversary Lager
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Vienna Lager
3.6 | pDev: 13.33%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Anniversary LagerAnniversary Lager
Notes: 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
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 90 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Drak-Nib
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Photo of singletary
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of CoryIanShafer
1.77/5  rDev -50.8%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color. The nose is malty but also oddly and disturbingly perfume-like. The perfume-like essence seems to translate into the flavor profile as an off sweetness.

I generally like Leine beers more than most - BUT not this one!

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft pour into a pint glass shows a clear amber colored body and floats a tight-bubbled 1/8" white head that leaves the glass awash in lacing.
Not much aroma, but a thin cracker malt and a touch of spice.
Flavors match.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a touch of lingering oil (my vocabulary eludes me here).
Overall a very solid lager from an historic contributor to Wisconsin americana.

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Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width white head. Smell is spicy carmel. Taste is carmel, brown sugar, and spices. I even taste a little pumpkin pie. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, one of the best beers I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear, reddish color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malt. It tasted of sweet caramel and maltiness with a very mild bitterness.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First off, I love the crystal-clear amber color this puppy offers. The aroma isn't quite as convincing, but it does show off notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, and grassy noble hops. A slight touch of melanoidin shows up. Subtle, but fairly effective. The flavor profile is similar. Starting off with a toasty touch, melanoidins pleasantly pop near the middle. It finishes with a tangy citrusy twist...and a metallic one, as well. The latter isn't too annoying, though (I'll chalk it up to the usage of American hops here). While it has some interesting features, it doesn't seem to be balanced well. Similarly, there are niggles with the mouthfeel - it's too sweet on the finish, for starters. It's oddly heavy and oddly undercarbonated as well. Meh, it's drinkable in a pinch, but it's not something I'd seek a six pack of. I definitely hoped for more here.

3.03/5: Not a whole lot better than some of Leinie's more mediocre lagers, sadly

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Photo of Squire
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very attractive rose gold color with quickly dissipating cap and lace. Color's great though, gotta hand it to the brewer, terrific appearance.

Aroma of bready, caramely malt, hint of toffee as well. I get a bit of herbal, floral hops, not much, just a little, but noticeable.

Taste on entry is maltier than the aroma suggests. There's a definite sweetness of a caramel type along with a slightly heavier dark malt presence without roasted harshness. Hops emerge mid palate in a bittering sense which goes away then reemerges in the aftertaste which is also touched with sweetness.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Nice all rounder here. Malty, amber beer without pretense, reliable as an old plough horse. The kind of beer John Voelker would've drank while chasing elusive Brook Trout on Frenchman's Pond in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Photo of FBarber
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a orange tinged brown color. Perfectly clear. Thick tight frothy head dissipates steadily leaving behind some lacing but not much of a residual head.

Smell has notes of mild caramel malts, grain, and some spicy hops. Overall the aroma is pretty mild, would love to see more malts present.

Taste has notes of grain and spicy hops, some mild caramel malts, with a bit of herbal bitterness on the back end. Somewhat bready in its malt character. Its listed as an amber lager - kind of has a Vienna lager type flavor. Touch of sweetness throughout. Very simple lager profile, but its quite good and clean. If anything I'd love some more malts, but its quite good as is.

Feel is light and drinkable. Medium carbonation. Very smooth but a bit syrupy.

Overall a nice drinkable clean lager. I thoroughly enjoyed this pack and I'd happily drink it again.

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Photo of EMV
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

L: Clear copper/amber pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Toasted malts and grains. Sweet and bready.

T/F: Follows the nose... toasted German malts. Grains with some mild caramel sweetness. Hops provide some bitterness and prevent it from being syrupy. Mild earthiness and fruit. Medium in body... carbonation appropriate.

O: A pleasant enough amber lager. Nothing new or groundbreaking, but not bad either. Easy drinking. Glad I tried it. Wouldn't seek out more.

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Photo of bwood06
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Some good friends of my wife and I held an open house party this past weekend and I discovered this beer in the beer fridge. It sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a shot.

This beer pours a copper hue that is clear with a white, frothy head that dissipates to a thin lacing that is retained. Carbonation is light in appearance. 3.75/5 The aroma is malty and bready with a somewhat sweet caramel profile, but it does have a bit of a metallic undertone. 3/5 The flavor profile has that same metallic undertone that is pervasive throughout the entire profile. Caramelized malt really comes through nicely along with a bit of white bread. The hops are grassy in nature and don't provide much bitterness with the level of bitterness being light with no lingering bitterness. 3.25/5 This is a light and slightly creamy Marzen that is light on carbonation with a lightly drying back end that leaves the tongue slightly dry after swallowing. 3.5/5 This is one of the better beers that I have had from Leinenkugel. It really had a decent amount of flavor and was enjoyable to drink, especially with dinner/barbeque. 3.25/5

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. "Anniversary Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle; ink jet coding is illegible
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Gearing up for a trip to Bavaria in just a few weeks I'm excited for some good German beer, and this is done in collaboration with the Hofbräuhaus in München so it should be good. On the other hand I'm not expecting too much, but it at the very least looks good in the glass. It's a clear deep amber with a reddish sheen and golden highlights at the base of the glass. The initial head rose up three fingers thick and then slowly dropped leaving some nice lacing behind. The aroma suggests a caramelish malt with a light bit of fruitiness and some background herbal hops. The flavor adds a light touch of toastiness to the malt, maybe even some nuttiness, and an interesting fruitiness that's like apple with a little bit of citrus that cuts through it. That helps to balance it, as does a moderate amount of bitterness. It finishes fruity, dry, spicy, and gently herbal. Hmmm... there's a slight metallic note there as well that's not so pleasant, I'm not sure where that's coming from. And is it slightly astringent as well? Hmmm. Odd. I like the blend of hoppy fruitiness (I think, that could be coming from the yeast) and richer maltiness though. Medium in body and gently crisp then smooth across the tongue. Ah, well, I'm glad I didn't get my hopes up. It's good but it's not great. Although it is interesting, that fruity note keeps drawing me back.

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Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint with a friend last night at Old Chicago in Glendale.

Beer was served orange with a decent white head.

Nose had some light tropical notes and was slightly toasty.

Taste was toasted malts with small hints of mango and papaya.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this was a pretty decent beer. Interesting from the perspective of new world hops used in an old world beer. Give it a try if you are at Old Chicago.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at Old Chicago. Pours a reddish gold. Smallish head of foam. Smells kinda hoppy, a bit of bread. Taste is learns more towards the hoppy than malty but not majorly. A pretty balanced, easy drinking and surprisingly good Amber. Happy 150th, Leinenkugel!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anniversary Lager brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a some spotty lacing to this brew. The smell of Anniversary Lager is rich grins and malts. You also pick up a good amount of mild hops in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on the nice smoothness of the grains and malts. Then the nice mild hop bitterness at the end . This is one smooth going brew, I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. This is really a nice enjoyable drinking brew. The body of Anniversary Lager is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Anniversary Lager 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the chance to. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew. If you are looking for a bold but smooth brew look this one up.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear amber with a large head. The aroma features semi-sweet bread bread malts, a hint of dried fruit, toffee, caramel, and sandalwood. The flavor is decently rich, with toffee and light caramel notes dominant, and a clean, slightly plummy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good depth and soft carbonation. Overall this is a very good simple and drinkable amber lager. Good for Hofbrau!

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Anniversary Lager from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 90 ratings