Leinenkugel's Original | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
555
Avg:
2.96
pDev:
35.47%
 
 
Wants:
17
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80
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Photo of Strix
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sort of amazed I've never reviewed this.

Poured golden yellow.

Smells sweet, slightly malty. The optimist in me smells toasted bread crust and the pessimist smells sulphur.

Taste is relatively clean, some cereal grains, and a hint of hops. Sweet malty character is evident, though so is corn. I wonder what the Miller merger has done to the taste of this, I'm not old enough to remember the old days.

Mouthfeel adequate.

This beer has a devout following in WI, so I won't be too harsh. Suffice to say my relatively experienced palate is not impressed as it once was. This is a macro lager with more taste than some. If cold, it's alright.

Leine's, if you're reading this, please make less of this, and more Big Eddy RIS. PLEASE. I'm begging you. You have proven you can make phenomenal beers -- If you want to.

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Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by March 31, 2014 marked on the neck of the bottle:

Pours golden with a nice white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of musty grain with a hint of soap.

The taste is of grainy malt, husk and a touch of soap. Virtually tasteless hops gives some dry balance to the sweetness in the finish.

Pretty crisp, a little fizz sticks to the tongue, but not too fizzy overall.

A bland lager with an odd, though mild, soapy undertone. Personally, if I had to choose, I would take Miller High Life over this. There are cheaper bland brews out there, too.

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Photo of SleepyPoon
1.97/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Look- The beer itself is a handsome light straw color but the lace is a mess. It has all the telltale signs of a sub-standard macro- it is soapy, sticky, and thin.

Smell- Not much here, maybe a whiff of adjunct. No hops, no malt.

Taste- While I've had worse, this disappoints. It is a ringer for Miller High Life. Sweet and thin.

Feel- About what you'd expect from a can of macrobrew.

Overall- Meh. I remember drinking this in college and, as such, this is an ok beer for the sake nostalgia. That aside, if you are drinking on the cheap, you are far better getting your hands on another beer from the Miller family- Hamms.

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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -24%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very typical in appearance, light, watery, transparent gold. At least it is not pee yellow. Head is basically little white ring around the top, although it had head for like one second. Smells of faint lupulin.. Suprisingly, no adjunct is detectable in the scent.

Tastes of sweet light malt and just barely picks up hints of corn. There is a slight lupulin bitter that is almost lost in the carbonation. Finish is a little biscuity and there is no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly carbonated. Although this lacks the crispness desirable in the style, I'd say its one of the better macros I've had simply because the elements of beer are actually recognizable in it and adjucts seem to be used sparingly, if at all.

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Photo of Brent_B
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/orange with a small foamy head. Nothing really impressive here. Smell is very grainy and earthy with a hint of floral hops in there.

Taste has a nice sweet pale malt background with a somewhat corny flavor coupled with a slight hop biterness. Slight fruity tones stick out, a bit cirtusy, lemony.

Mouthfeel is watery thin. Basically the consistency of carbonated water...not my cup 'o tea. Drinkability is decent....I could see this going down on a hot summer day...but it's definetly not something I would seek out.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of badbeer
3.31/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that goes away and leaves decent lacing. Smell is mostly of a macro, but seems to have something slightly more to it. Taste has a slight sweetness to it, almost like a very light crisp honey. Taste is better than the average macro, but I can't bring myself to bringing it above average just because it is better than an average macro. Mouthfeel is alright, not great. Drinkability, I could put back a few of these no problem.

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Photo of ChrisHartz
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with moderate carbonation and head. It had a hoppy aroma and a mild, but full, flavor. A good lager, on par with Bud and definitely better than macro lights.

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Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lenie Original, for those who want to pay a little bit more for their BMCesque beer. Pours a typical yellow with white head and lots of carbonation but not much retention or lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet lagery corn. Hey, this is the midwest.

Taste, extremely light, barely a hop presence, barely a malt presence, probably comes close to being a malt liquor the barley use seems so low. With that said, it is a pretty clean taste, there are no off flavors, its just really a lot of water and not much else of the ingredients that make good beer. A good beer for those who don't like beer too much, or like keeping their edge on a warm day outside.

The worst are the people paying $5 for these on Water Street at the Leinie lodge. No dude, you aren't totally into bad ass craft beer, its just a brand that was bought by Miller, please stop embarrasing yourself.

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Photo of williamjbauer
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a mysteriously fast fading head. Very little smell. Quite sweet in flavor, I can't detect a macro corn flavor, though the malt may simply be barely "cooked". Hops are minimal and mostly crisp at the back of the mouth. Unlike many Leinenkugel products, Leinie's O doesn't promise a lot and let you down, its just an easy going American Lager. It goes well with stadium food...

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JIMTRK16
1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev +1.4%

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