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Leinenkugel's Original | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

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1/5  rDev -66%

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1.19/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

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1.43/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is a bit over priced for what it is, and that's an average macro lager. It is a clear straw color with a lacking whitish head. The nose and taste are both light and grainy. A watery body has a bit too much carbonation. Not the most drinkable due to a lingering bitter presence.

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1.45/5  rDev -50.7%

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1.46/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ugh, the epitome of Midwest corn beers. It is actually worse than I remembered. It looks like normal macro swill and it sure tastes like half of Iowa's corn is in the beer. If it wasn't for the overpowering corn taste it would at least be drinkable. Note to self... Avoid this beer!

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1.46/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of very faint malt. The taste is of corn, malt, and more corn and metal in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is an awful beer. The taste is a look more bold than other macro lagers, but it is so metallic and corny that it is undrinkable.

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1.5/5  rDev -49%

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1.64/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this on tap at the CC Club in Minneapolis with a friend because it was their special $7 pitcher for the night. We shouldn't have ordered the pitcher.

A: Yellow and fizzy, like any other beer of the style
S: It had the faint odor of tortilla chips
T: Gross! Tortilla chips! It seriously tasted like someone soaked corn chips in Miller Lite, then poured the resulting liquid into a pitcher.
M: Average mouthfeel for the style
D: Awful, I will never drink this again

I'm not a macro basher, I drink Grain Belt Premium on a regular basis and have some Miller High Life in my beer fridge right now, but this stuff was awful. The only worse beer I have had is Beer 30 Ice (yes, that is actually the name of the beer).

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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

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1.77/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

After one sip, I sent this one back. The choices from this brewery looked promising, so I decided to start with the "Original". I received an attractive pint--golden in color, clear, nice head.

The smell was very, very light. Often this is the result of a full pour in the pint glass, but this was under the rim.

Very disappointing...think <<insert brewery name>> Light. Watery, no discernable hop, weak malt, no body...in short, a dud.

If you like Light beers, this one might suit you. It's not for me.

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1.83/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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

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1.97/5  rDev -33%
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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2/5  rDev -32%

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2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a below average beer for a lager. The taste is bland and flavorless, there is nothing special here. This is not widely available.

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Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 587 ratings
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