Leinenkugel's Original | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's OriginalLeinenkugel's Original

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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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 CHSLBrew
3.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Crystal-clear light-yellow beer, topped with a pale, large-bubbled white head. Pretty low head retention, resulting in a less-than-attractive beer, looking more like stale yellow water.

S-Grain, slightly corny. A hint of spicy hops, and a little bit of sweet.

T-Semi-sweet grainy malts, dry, with a subtle hop bitterness. Hop character also seems to be present in some nuance of spice, hay. Finishes semi-dry and bitter.

M-Light body, as expected for this style of beer. Carbonation was pleasantly lower than expected (still medium-high), which allowed the subtler flavor to fully play.

D-Appropriate for enjoyment while in the northwoods, as all of their ads now display. Leinie's is an odd duck. Original is a classic "dad's beer" in the region, holding a pretty loyal following of life-long Leinenkugel fans. The company seems to be somewhat straying from this thread (possibly under the influence of MillerSAB, 49% owner of the company), but while they continue to make Original, I'll continue to drink it.

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Photo of kbeals
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale straw yellow with about a finger of head. Some head retention and lacing, but not much.

S- A faint malty smell, along with just a touch of hops. Als detect a hint of something citrusy or like bananas, possibly from the grain.

T- Taste follows along the same lines as the smell. Still picking up a banana-like taste, not great but not totally offensive.

M- Light-bodied with plenty of carbonation, the bubbles were streaming up from the bottom continuously.

D- It could be pretty easy to drink this stuff, the ABV is relatively low and it's not an overall bad beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again however.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.62/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head, high carbonation. Aroma is slightly grainy and hoppy for a pale lager. Flavor is crisp , and again quite hoppy fore a pale Lager , nice crisp mouthfeel , light body and quite refreshing , very sessionable , I might buy this again for company

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.14/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Nonic. Markings but no date.

A - Poured a nice clear golden yellow with a sudsy and loose white head. Decent retention and some sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet roasted corn, light malts, and a touch of dry straw. A very light hop aroma on the nose as well.

T - Starts with a sweet corn and light malt flavor and turns quickly to dry straw and light hops. There is a mineral water and slight metallic taste being imparted that I don't ever remember in this beer. Possibly the can on this one.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing, it's got a small carbonation bite to the finish.

D - It's beer. Not fantastic and definitely not bad for a lawnmower brew. I enjoy it from time to time and would never pass up the opportunity to consume one...especially for free.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a ½ inch of humble white foam.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, lightly grainy maltiness, with little else to show for the aroma. Inoffensive, but certainly an underperformer.

Taste: Light pale malts with touches of grain and imparted sweetness. Faint, vague hop character and bitterness. Things slough along until the drying, clean, but, let's face it, pretty empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, easy-drinking lager that, while dull, thankfully doesn't come across as packed to the hilt with adjuncts as many others do.

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Photo of hardy008
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light golden color with a small foamy head which disappears quickly.

Smell - typical adjunct smell of corn. Also some malt and hops present.

Taste - Corn flavor with some malt and hops. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - lightbodied, thin, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - decent drinkability. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

G: Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Very light in color, nearly transparent. Pours with a decent, though quickly-receding, head and plenty of visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like the typical adjunct. Minimal amounts of malt and pretty much zero hops.

T: Taste isn't terrible. Poured out of a bottle, although it has a mildy-metallic taste. Other than that, plenty of adjunct and slightly bitter.

M: Slightly creamy. Light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Good amount of carbonation and the right mouthfeel, though not much in the way of taste. Although I'm not a big fan of Leinie's to start with, this definitely is not one of their better offerings.

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Photo of WJVII
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass this brew is a light straw color with minimal head. The aroma is mild with hints of corn, malt, and some alcohol. The taste is a little metallic, and the carbonation is a little much for the light flavor. For a "local" competitor to the Miller empire it is a good beer, but doesn't strike me as impressive on the whole.

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Photo of beeragent
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer poured a light straw color, forming a white 1/4 inch head that quickly faded. Very minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Strong odor of grain/corn in the nose. I cant really detect any hops or malts in the aroma.

T - Same as the smell. Very grainy taste with a equally strong corn flavor throughout. Very light hops in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a clean finish. Good carbonation.

D - Very light flavor and clean finish. Definitely a summer beer, but the lack of flavor will keep me from returning to this. I know its an adjunct lager, but IMO there are other adjunct lagers out there with more flavor than this one.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.39/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can to pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent golden body with great streams of bubble under a large white head that stayed composed after exceeding the rim of the glass. The frothy head becomes very rocky as it dissipates. leave a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Typical adjunct smell. Light hops and malts with a small corn scent. Couldn't tell the difference between this and most adjuncts.

T: Malty with a bit of a hop and corn bite to it. Not amazing but better than most of the style.

M: Average, well carbonated.

D: Good taste and easily drinkable, great go to beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours and sits golden straw

Smell: very thin presence of malt and adjunct grains. no noticable hop presence. not much aroma at all

Taste: it does have this slight metalic presence, though brief. nothing else really stands out. just a tiny bit of everything in balance i guess. some adjuncts like corn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation

Notes: not that familiar with adjunct beers. probly would go cheaper for a big name lager than drink this. i appreciate what its trying to accomplish, but if the name on the label says anything to me, there are much better adjunt lagers out there

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Photo of AccidentalKate
2.76/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellow to straw colored. Sort of an average look. Head quickly dissolved into near nothingness.

Smell: There's a slight malty aroma, but you have to look for it. Barely noticable.

Taste: Sharp, nearly acrid taste of the hops hits the palate first, Very sharp, and then just as quickly gone to a just perceptible malt/hop taste.

Mouthfeel:Eh. Not memorable. Not bad enough to warrant anything below a 2.5, not good enough to warrant anything above a 3.5. 3 it is then. Slight carbonation, but barely tickles the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: It's not horrible, but it's not all that great either. Perhaps my standards are too high? When I think lager, I think a crisp, memorable flash of a moment. What I get here is a brief walk-by. Better than some beers, but worse than those beers I respect.

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Photo of association330
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a healthy straw color with a big, soapy head. Decent retention for the style, eventually fades to a thin cap with some surprising bits of lacing. Large numbers of bubbles rise to the surface, like a glass of champagne.

S - Sweet malted grains, corn, honey, and a metallic effervescence which calls the brewer's knowledge of hop usage into question. It is, however, inoffensive, which is a good start for this style of brew.

T - Sweet grains, sparkly citrus, and hints of corn. Finishes with a misused, coppery kiss of hops, but that's par for the course. Overall, the flavor is definitely above average for the style.

M - Extremely crisp. Carbonation is heavy and contributes to a somewhat creamy character and a body somewhere in-between light and medium. Quenches thirst well.

D - It's a Wisconsin staple and comes in at a step above BMC. You really can't go wrong with this as a lawnmower beer, or to wash down some summer food.

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Photo of solargoat
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

My first Review so I thought I would do a local Classic.
Poured a original Leinie's into a pint glass. It's Light, golden, lagerish.
A Nice Retention for a lager. Slightly metalic(It was a Can). It is a very drinkable beer, cant beat the price in NW Wisconsin (>14 for case). A lot of bashers on this beer, but it seems that most are lager haters, For the most part I dont like them, but this a better example than most.

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Photo of kmeves
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling clear, straw-colored lager with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention and decent lacing. Malty and citrusy aroma and flavor. Well-balanced. A whisper of canned corn in the flavor. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. Pretty much a staple in northern Wisconsin.

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Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my cousin Pete for bringing a 6er of this Midwest classic for Christmas. First off this beer gets an A for appearance. It's about the only macro lager I've found that actually has head retention and lacing. The aroma and flavor have a clean, cooked corn/DMS character with toasted grains. Smooth, only a slight barley aftertaste, very drinkable. This beer is to the American adjunct lager, what Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is to American pale ales.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very pale clear golden yellow. Mild head dissipates quickly to nothing.

Aroma is sweet with tons of honey.

Taste is crisp with a definite honey presence. Hints of lemon grass and the slightest touch of noble hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Not bad for the style. A macro lager with a surprising amount of honey. More hops would be appreciated in the finish.

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Photo of bashiba
2.01/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a straw yellow with a light fizzy head.

The smell has a bad vegetal odor to it with a bit of corn sweetness.

The flavor has a bit of a copper and tin flavor mixing in with the slightest touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is the same as water, no carbonation to speak of.

Boring stuff. I don't know why anyone would pay premium price for this stuff.

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Photo of mwa423
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw color with about a half finger of head which disappears to a very small lacing.

Smell is of a light malt, pretty typical of the style.

Taste is far better then average for the style along with a smooth mouthfeel.

This is definitely on the high end of drinkable for the style. I think I could down at least a six pack of these without hating myself the next morning.

My rating is based on the style, this beer is about the 2nd or 3rd best I have ever had of the style. (well above your average BMC). In the world of beer as whole I would say this is a C- or C.

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Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date.

Pours a thin white head. No lace. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Smell is very grain-like. While the taste is quite similiar. Tastes just like an American macro lager, but has a little more quality to it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and similiar to that of water. Nothing over the edge here.

Overall, this is an upgraded macro lager. Not something I would buy again, unless I got into lagers.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

A- Clear golden yellow color with 1-2 finger white head.

S- Definitely some grainy smells. Can detect a slight scent of hops, barely.

T- Crisp and clean, but thats about it. Tastes like a macro, sadly. There is just something about it that keeps me coming back.

M- Light in body, medium carbonation. It balances well.

D- Its drinkable. Not something to write home about.

Maybe its the fact that it's brewed close to home, or maybe it's because it was one of my fathers favorite brews. Something about it just reminds me of home and the midwest and puts a smile on my face. Its like an old friend with good memories.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice golden straw colored body. It had a pinky of head that disappeared quickly with just a little bit of lace.

Smells: Beany and slightly hoppy.

Taste: It has a very average taste. I was expecting more. It was grainy in a corn like sense of the word, a little bit beany and mildly hoppy. Not much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a little bit more than average carbonation.

Drinkability: It was OK but I could get something better cheaper.

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Photo of kinger
3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"I really felt like picking up a simple lager or pilsner, something easy to quench my palate. Came across this and being a fan of Leinenkugel's I grabbed a sixer. Rich golden color in my pils glas nice frothy white head and steady carbonation along with moderate lacing. Aroma is pleasant and crisp but doesn't have much depth. Outstanding flavor for a generally boring style malty and full with just the right amount of hops. The taste is extremely clean well balanced. Surprisingly full mouthfeel with a wonderful crispness. Easy but well crafted, one of my new favorite pale lagers.

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Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Straw yellow color with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin layer of foam. A little lacing is left on the glass. Immediately after the pour, I was able to pick up a nice Noble hop aroma but it soon is overpowered by adjunct aromas. As far as taste it is about average for macro's. More on the drier side with light hop flavor. Finishes crisp and clean. Light body with fizzy carbonation. A decent macro and a good thirst quencher.

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Leinenkugel's Original from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
2.96 out of 5 based on 564 ratings.
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