Anniversary Lager | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Anniversary LagerAnniversary Lager

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

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

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Walleybeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Demi
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Slowjamcdub
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not bad A lot of orange. Definitely would not have made it my anniversary lager. Drinkable.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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 HawkGX
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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 miwestcoaster
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 SteveJeremy
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bwood06
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Stofko1992
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 Gobearswalter34
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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 onlymurderers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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