Leinenkugel's Original | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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2.94/5
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602 Ratings
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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:
#46,552
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
602
pDev:
19.39%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of Tykam321
3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wl2bill
4.54/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite AAL. It has it's own unique hop flavor. There is a nice soft creamy edge to the mouth feel. It has a more golden color compared to other AALs. it is an individual in a sea of anonymity.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SB2017
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks about like any standard light beer of this price range. Champagne-like bubbles, decent lace, quickly expiring head... What places this beer apart is its distinct smell: the peel of a granny smith apple. Sour and fresh to mingle with those already established light lager smells. The taste follows this, though less dramatically. The aftertaste most clearly carries this apple flavor. All in all, a highly drinkable and impressively unique experience thanks to the subtle uniqueness of its distinctive characteristics, though still an average beer at heart.

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Photo of Strike00
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crisp and clean with a hint of sweetness. There is a mild bitterness at the end. Definitely some corn in the smell and flavor. When compared to other AALs this is one of the better ones.

BTW, it has a great label.

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Photo of megamick
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Half-full
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dataslal
2.02/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of kimlhurst
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It is what it is; traditional American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

this isnt a great beer, but in the context of other macro adjunct lager types, this is easily a league better than the major brands. it has a little more color, crystal clear but honey instead of yellow and watery, its fizzy and it holds its head, carbonation comes up slowly and consistently, it looks good for what it is. it has nice flavor too, i actually get some malt rather than its absence, which is sort of par for the course in the style. lightly sweet, but i taste barley, and that is something. almost no hops in nose or taste, but there is "beer flavor" here, and i get no metallic grossness, no corny cheapness, and no indefinite shelf life chemical properties whatsoever. i like it, crackery and round in feel, bubbly and balanced, the faintest bitterness creeping in at the end. it tastes like beer, even a lager yeast note here, its fine beer really, and when fresh, i reckon its mighty refreshing. without a doubt this is far better than any bud/miller/coors equivalent that exists out there, and one of the better leinenkugels beers ive had.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, small white head. No lace.
Aroma of corn and grassy hops.
The taste followed the nose. Corn, with a hint of grassy hops in the aftertaste.
Light-bodied lawnmower beer.

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Photo of TheRock7755
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Waveoff
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ob512316
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.
Look: pale yellow, thin white head with lacing.
Smell: corn, and barley. A faint hint of hops is present. Taste: corn, barely, the hops are grassy, then malt at the end.
Feel: Abrove Average macro.
Overall: One of the best macro lagers.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Part of a Fall Sampler 12-pack. 3 bottles of 4 different beers. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pour a pale gold color, clear, with a thin white head.

Smell is a sour wet grain aroma, with a flat perfume scent.

Taste is typical of a lager, a cracker flavor, with a mild sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall a good lager. A lot of people won't appreciate the style, but back in the pre and post prohibition days every town had a local brewery that turned out this kind of brew.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.9/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Krusader
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: pours brilliant gold amber permeated with streams of rapidly rising bubbles and producing 1" white cap with good retention

S: There is an initial scrambled egg smell and a faint hint of skunk that drift off quickly. The remaining aromas are not big, consisting primarily of light cracker and faint hop spice aromas.

T: an initial trace of fruit and a vague hint of movie popcorn butter and a light corn sweetness. As it settles down oyster cracker, bread crumb and light bread crust flavors come forward and lead to a mild bitter hop accent on the finish that helps balance the malt

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

O: This is an upper Midwest cult classic. Its somewhat drinkable and not offensive but there is also not a lot of flavor or character.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold color with a white head that disappears quickly with barely any lacing. Smell is a grainy corn smell. Taste is sweet corn, with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, better than average for the style.

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 602 ratings