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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002

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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 564
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 theozag
2.61/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll have to make this one fast because I'm dialing long distance just to connect to the Internet! Essentially, Lienie's Original is an okay beer. I don't think I've ever had this sort of lager before, so it's hard for me to judge this beer based its peers. I will say, though, that it tasted like a pale ale or a "relaxed" porter (less abrupt flavor but similar palette complexity) - certainly not something I expected from a lager. Pours absolutely crystal clear and golden in color. A considerable white head forms but fades in about one minute to a few lacy remnants. Smell and taste both had noticable sweetness. Regardless, I felt this beer left something to be desired. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a lager that tastes like a concealed porter and goes down like water ultimately fails at mimicing any of the three. Oh well, it's good enough to finish the four I've got, but I think I'll have to go back to stouts for a while to set myself straight.

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Photo of hero27
2.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Well..it pours a pale yellow with virtually no head to speak of. Well carbonated but looks really thin.

Smell: Nearly scentless...faint aroma of corn and grains. pretty bland if you ask me..

Taste: Grainy taste with some hops at the end. a little maltier than most light macros, but nothing special at all.

Mouthfeel: Wayyy too watery.. I mean, Budweiser seems thick compared to this stuff.

Drinkability: The only plus of this beer is that they sell 24-packs of bottles around here for around $10. this is about the cheapest stuff you can get in bottles..and you can down them in succession. If you're strapped for cash and want to get drunk on a subpar macro, pick up a case.

This beer is probably my least favorite out of all of Leinie's endless array of subpar offerings.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Strikingly unremarkable appearance and smell. Scentless. High carbonation and normal beer taste. A twang of worty sour grains in the mouth with an aftertaste of the same with some notes of pine. I searched for positive aspects of this beer but could find none.

Sampled at the Miller Factory in Milwaukee.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.37/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold color, moderate white head. Smells of grassy malt, a little stronger than your average macro offering. Taste is very full of malt and a hint of corn, but, unlike the macros, has a definite hops presence. Pretty good for an average priced lager.

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Photo of JeffreyG
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Original. A basic macro brew. Good color for a pale lager, golden and not too watery looking. Small white head tha dissapates quickly, fairly high carbonation. Taste is fuller than any of the big three's main beers. A hint of corn but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is fizzy but refreshing. This is a drinkable beer. I'd take it over the big three (but it is a Miller owned product). Personally I'll usually drink grain belt if I want this style (Schell vs. Miller, MN vs WI, easy choice for me)

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.59/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear straw yellow with a medium sized soda pop head that fades fast and leaves no trace.

Smell is a little bit stale (but not sour like most macro pale lagers), with some bland malt and subtle spicy grass hop scents.

I wasn't expecting much, but I was somewhat impressed with the taste here. Pretty malty, (although in a fairly bland way), with some quiet hop flavors present towards the end. This isn't bursting with flavor by any means, but what flavor there is is pleasant, and the sweet/sour adjunct flavors typical of this style have been avoided.

A decent session beer and maybe the best leinenkugel product.

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Photo of ZAP
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Update: Not adjusting scores but really noting a strong lemony hop impression in 2011.
Can't believe I haven't rated this yet...This was a cult classic back in college...it lost some of its mystic when they went away from the red and white bottles with the big Indian on the label..now it's just a little Indian..the other one looked like a Chief..this one looks like some young buck....

Anyhow, toured this brewery three times....at one point I thought they rocked...now I see them as average..

Pours a light gold...big fluffy white head...nose is above average for the style...husky with some spicy hop notes...body is a strong point...one of the thicker American Lagers...some creamy texture (from the corn?)...Flavor is corny and sweet...I remember more of a bitter hop profile in the olden days....still not a bad taste...I actually like the sweet flavor....finish is very slightly dry...

Overall this is no world beater, but it isn't horrible either...middle of the road American lager I'd drink over Bud, Busch, Old Mil (despite the fact they some how keep winning awards)...Perhaps the best of the Leinie bunch...

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Photo of hotstuff
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Definitely a beer that I was not impressed with as it lacks character and there was not much going on with it.It poured a medium white creamy head with fine sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was cloudy with a lot of lively carbonation.The hue was gold and there was very little lacing.The nose was hoppy and slightly sweet with a slightly bitter flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly and light bodied.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL.

The appearance is unsettling. A little fizzy, a little straw-like, yet decent head retention. Not bad, but suspect for some reason.

Smell: corn or rice, take your pick.

Taste: This is an adjunct based beer. It's all grain and, having tried the other Leine's, I can tell why this is called Original: it must be the base from which the other Leine's are developed. In every other Leine product, you will taste Leine's original; it's just a matter of subduing it. And there's good reason to have these other lines of beer because Leine's Original is a sharp, grainy beast that can hardly be called beer. It used to be my beer of choice when it was all I had ever had. The returnable bottle thing was eco-friendly and it seemed like an honest brew.

That isn't to say I won't drink it, it's not that bad and at least it has a pronounced flavor vis-a-vis most domestic macros, but there ought to be mandatory nomenclature developed for labeling so people know their adjunct and adjunct-free beers before they buy them. This beer is all grain with a slight kick from the hops (which ain't that bad). The malts are there, not for flavor, but to sustain a good medium body. Leine's Original is well engineered, but not well brewed or conceived.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again, a beer happy in its mediocrity. Pale straw, adequate carbonation and head, flavor is slightly grainy but smooth and pasteurized. According to the brewery website, Cluster hops are used, but apparently in great moderation. Another lawn mower beer on an ever-growing list of unmemorable lagers.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a clear gold with a two finger high head of fluffy whiteness that settled fast to a small ring and some stringy lace that drips. Smell is faint of breadish type malts and nothing else really, dry, and barely sweet. Taste is more of the same I'm afriad, breadish type maltyness, dry, weak, and watery. Bland and not much to it, light bodied with a bit of grainyness in the middle, no finish.
Average at best, but if its on the menu with only other macros, I guess I'll take it.

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

Better than most macros. Pours the same color as all the rest of them. Some head but dissapates quickly. Fairly malty with a little hops afterwards. Some velvet in the mouthfeel. Sometimes can have a little charcoally taste. This beer is cheap and passable. My wife will drink it. Not much more to say here.

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Photo of cokes
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard, yellow macro looks, if possibly more gold than some.
Adjuncted nose, traces of bready malt. Hops are vacant.
More wonder bread and corn in the taste. Though leans closer to malt and further from adjuncts. Hop dryness is mostly imaginary, but perhaps herbal in nature. Simple stuff. Not good, not awful, just plain.
Decent amount carbonation befits a body with relative substance for the style.
No frills, but better than the big boys, and dirt cheap too.
This is a walleye-fishing, straight-from-the-bottle brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very appealing beer in appearance. The pour created a huge, very slighlty off-white head that unfortunately dissipated too quickly or the rating would be a bit higher. The color is a crystal clear gold that is quite attractive. Nose starts all malt from the head and fades quickly with head. Lacing is fair all the way down, but not impressive.

The first tastes were a bit more like macro than expected but improved with warming. Feel is thin, watery and bit astringent. Overall this is an acceptable beer that is probably rated a bit high by me due to its handsome labeling, bottling, and initial appearance.

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Photo of stoutman
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good beer. Not great, but definitely worth drinking, especially as an affordable alternative to the big name American lagers. A good mellow hop presence, moderate carbonation, and refreshing. The real surprise is a malt presence that makes this piss drinkable.

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Photo of bditty187
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sickly pale gold hue with a snow-white head that almost reached a finger before it dissipated, soapy retention, almost no lace; quit animated body though. Weak nose, husky, grainy, hint of grits... seems all too typical. Damn, way too sweet tasting. A toothless hops bite, no real malt foundation. Weak mouthfeel, lacking substance. Sweet, slightly tacky finish. This is Leinie’s version of macro-swill; if you like the style, stick with the Northwoods Lager which is a must better beer.

Skip this one.

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

Pours a clear light gold in color with no head. There is hardly even a collar of carbonation around the glass. Musty aroma with a thin hop nose. The smell reminds me of a lot of macros. Bland taste, slight sweetness, no real hop bitterness. This would be a good summer refresher as the beer is fairly crisp and clean. Nothing really offensive, just not a great beer for sure.

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Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz returnable long neck no freshness date.

Beer pours a nice yellow that is slightly darker than typical macro fare. The head is nice but most of it quickly disappears. Only minimal lacing.

The smell is clean with only hints of malt. I would like a little more smell to kind of let you know what’s in there. No adjunct smell at all.

The beer is very drinkable. Perfect for those hot days at the lake or when doing outside work. Taste is slightly sweet, perhaps from corn? You get a shot of malt aroma & taste once you start drinking. Hops seem to be on the edge of coming forward. As someone else mentioned, this is a good beer to drink cold, as it seems to lose some crispness as it warms. You get more hop presence as you get closer to finishing the beer.

I think Miller has moved production from Chippewa Falls to Milwaukee, but the taste seems to be the same. This is superior to the Miller, Bud, Coors type of beers and holds up well to other good regional brews. No longer unique as it once was but still a good everyday beer!

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Photo of budgood1
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale straw color, thin foamy head that dies in seconds. refreshing pale malt aroma, no real adjunct smell...grassy hop aroma. tastes fairly grainy and crisp...some grassy hop taste and bitterness in the finish. a fairly light bodied, tasty and easy drinking american lager that has some euro-pils qualities to it. stands up to the big macro boys.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s “Original” Lager pours a clean light amber from a 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head goes to over two fingers with a firm head of small tightly packed bubbles that lace the sides of the glass very well.

Nose of pleasant hops and grain. Palate is a nice bitter hops and the bite of carbonation with a slight amount of barley malt.

Leinenkugel’s “Original” Lager is an all around good old fashion American lager that is not on steroids nor is it lacking in good taste. Wholesome body and flavor are readily found in every glass.

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

Good premium American lager. No detectable adjunct character, decent bitterness to balance the malt, nice head retention for the style. Goes great with pizza delivery and videos. Reminds me of North American Lowenbrau. A solid dependable American beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.03/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow-gold body. Large, smooth white head, recedes some, leaves some light lacing. Looks better than it drinks. No real strong aromas. Just a very basic American Lager beer smell, but not stale. Very little taste at all, but a soapy aftertaste. Nothing to really recommend it, I would prefer Bud, Coors, or High Life, at least they are not pretending to be a craft/micro. It is certainly not in Yuenglings class as a traditonal American lager.

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Photo of jackndan
2.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad looking beer, for a semi-macro lager. Had it in a can, and it smells awful, it’s got a sharp metallic tang that runs straight up through the nostrils. Decent first taste runs into an awful aftertaste. I’ve had (and liked) Leinie products, and I know this is their bottom of the line, but I ain’t liking this. I’ll get it in a bottle and update, but until then go with High Life or PBR.

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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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