Anniversary Lager | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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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.

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by RJLarse:
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leines and HB making a collaborative beer for Leines 150th anniversary.

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint, the beer is a darkish Amber with good clarity. There is a sticky beige head and really nice lacing.

The beer has a nice aroma of lightly toasted malts. There is also some floral hops.

The beer is nicely balanced. Some semisweet malts balanced by some hops that add both a spice and floral perfume notes. Slight hint of ripe plum in the finish.

The mouth feel is slick and medium.

Congrats to Leinenkugel on their anniversary! I would love to see this a regular offering. The malt profile is spot on.

This is an easy drinking lager with good flavor. Would be super easy to pair with food at a cookout.

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Photo of steveh
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven't been a big fan of Leinenkugel's beers since the late '80s or early '90s. With better German-style micros being brewed in Leinie's back yard, I started to recognize the better beers to be had. However, there's no way I could pass up a collaboration with Hofbräu München, and you have to give Leinie's its due for 150 years of brewing.

Twist-off brown long neck poured into my short Becher glass. No clear dating on the labels or bottle.*
*Edit to this -- yellow ink-jet on the bottle's shoulder is clear after the bottle is emptied: best by 08/14/17.

L -- Clear, deep gold almost verging on amber with a dense, firm, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Mild DMS of the "fresh" sort with light grainy malts back. Overall, rather thin in aroma. I can detect a mild fruit character with warming, but can't discern whether it's from hops or a fermentation byproduct. It doesn't stand out as a fault to be concerned with.

T -- 50/50 balance of grainy malt and spicy hops at first taste with grainy to bready malts becoming more prominent, but herbal hops taking over the finish. A mellow herbal bitterness lingers through the aftertaste. Some mild citrus becomes present with warming, but is pleasant and doesn't distract.

F -- Mouthfeel is crisp to lightly syrupy in the finish with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- Leinie's has called this a Märzen, so I was not thrilled by the rather mellow malt character in the flavor. But then I started to sense a nice Vienna Amber quality to this beer and that had me enjoying it more. This beer has the grainy -- near-to-harsh quality that many of Leinie's beers has, but it's much smoother overall -- even smoother than their own Oktoberfest. Some learned input from the HB crew on malt use and mashing? We can only hope. At $8 a six-pack, I can imagine drinking more of this over the summer to toast Leinenkugel's sesquicentennial.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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 GrumpyGas
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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 nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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 bwood06
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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 dhannes
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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 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.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted this to be better. As a Wisconsinite and fan of Hofbrau, I thought this would be the beer of the year. Instead, its o.k. Not great aftertaste, marginal flavor and off putting at times.

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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 JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anniversary Lager | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is three fingers thick with solid lacing, and a clear medium amber body.

Smells like full-bodied malts and grains with a small bit of caramelization.

I taste a slightly sweet version of the smell. Not much hop flavor, just enough to balance out this well-made German-style lager.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Anniversary Lager | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company a rating of a 4.25

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 jaydoc
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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

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.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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