Leinenkugel's Original | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,016
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
627
pDev:
19.32%
 
 
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Ratings: 627 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of MichaelProcton
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Extraordinarily typical look for an AAL; golden, if a bit deeper that you see in the light category, super clear-and a bit of active carbonation, but no head/cap/lacing. The adjuncts are clear on the nose alongside sweet malt and a slight touch of hoppiness, and it's not quite what you'd call skunky. Taste isn't terrible, either, with some decent body from the malts and some hop bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is average-y, maybe a bit heavier than usual for style. Overall, ok, just like you'd expect from this style produced by a macro.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear darker golden color with lots of streaming bubbles. Thin white head that cracled down into the beer.

Smells like malts and grains with a bit of something like a corn sweetness.

Taste is a bit sour and sweet. Getting that lager bill on the taste grainy malts with a bit of hops in the back. Seems like a bit of yeast sour with some sweetness like from corn.

Mouth feel is pretty light with a crispness to the finish that almost lends to that dry back of the throat snap.

I am extremely glad I got to try this beer. I understand this can be a bit of a unicorn beer in certain areas but now they are putting it in their mix packs. With the 4.7% ABV printed on my bottle this would esily stand with a lot of other very good adjunct lagers.

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Photo of mattjp03
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nicholas2121
3.77/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leinenkugel's Original brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.60% This brew pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass a nice light golden amber color with a small white head. The head to this brew goes away fast. Thin mirror lacing to this brew, it does stick to the side of the glass. The smell is rich with sweetness mixed with grains and malts. You also pick up on some mirror hop bitterness in the smell as well. Leinenkugel's Original has the look an smell of most American Adjuct Lagers on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Bold with grains an malts. You pick up a lot yeast in the taste of this brew. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. Leinenkugel's Original would go nicely with just about anything. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Leinenkugel's Original a 3.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of OhioBeerFan
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you enjoy the high production American lagers such as Bud or Coors, this beer is somewhat similar. I find it to be a step up in terms of overall quality. Very drinkable and refreshing, nothing special.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Beer4Mike
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fillman72jp
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tonyf315
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drak-Nib
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another taste for this “German style märzen beer.” This has a bit of a head, and the first taste is pretty good, with just a hint of sweetness. What follows has a nice balance, and is an easy drink. Almost no aftertaste. Overall, it’s not bad, but for me falls into the not-enough-character zone to make it a standout. Dry, decent. 2017/08/26

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Photo of Lewis1625
1.85/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Dkloubec
2.49/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of freewill35
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Leinenkugel’s Original is another classic American Adjunct Lager that is available pretty much everywhere here in Wisconsin. It is usually a little bit cheaper than the standard Bud, Miller and Coors as well. According to the brewery’s website this has been brewed since 1867 and my bottle has a best by of December 3rd, 2018.

Leinie’s Original pours a very well carbonated golden hue with a one inch head that dissolved to no lacing after a few minutes.

The aroma is very muted with only slight hints of grains present.

The flavor starts out smooth and a bit sweet and finishes with a lot of corn and other grains. There is a slight bitterness as well in the finish.

Overall this is a pretty average American Adjunct Lager which was pretty disappointing.

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Photo of Zopiac
2.06/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Doesn't do anything wrong, just doesn't do anything well.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.22/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.12/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best By date of Nov 26, 2018. Sampled on September 29, 2018.

The pour is a vibrant yellow with excellent clarity underneath a foamy white head that fades after a moment.

On the nose there is a corn grits, grainy ester at first but also a grassy sort of character. A slight corn oil sensation.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The taste is initially sweet and grainy but this strange corn oil or vegetable oil sensation seems to take over with each sip. It ends clean and semi-dry. I wonder how "original" this one really is.

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Photo of crash8per
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PMakowski
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - Golden straw color, medium-small head of foam, no real lacing
Smell - corns and grain, musty basement
Taste - Very sweet corn and rice flavored, similar to High Life but the carbonation is only medium. Not terrible but very, very simple. Slight hop bite but not really much more than any other American adjunct.

Well i didn't expect much and that's pretty much what it is. It has very little positive characteristics. Grade is a C+

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Photo of Azdirtmover
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Discovered this while working in Minnesota in 2002.I found this beer to be quite good.Drank a fair lick of it.Our local Coors distrubutor handles the off the wall Leinnies, but will not carry the original.Imagine they don’t want the competition

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Photo of Mississippi
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cardfan212
3.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 ounce glass bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - Fairly minimal and pretty attractive. No words to clutter up the label, a classy logo, and nice Native American art.

Smell - Sour grains and wet dog. Strong earthy qualities, a little dirty.

Taste - Strong sweet grains right away with a quick transition into a mild bitter earthy finish. Decently flavorful for an AAL.

Feel - Medium-thin body with moderate comfortable carbonation is a perfect blend with the taste.

Overall - A top-notch AAL, very flavorful and easily drinkable. A new top contender for me.

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Photo of runwild99
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Gemini6
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bkdayton01
3.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to Bud, etc., this lager has some real taste and body, more like a good German lager. It’s my standard summer on the boat and deck beer.

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 627 ratings