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Leinie's Amber Light | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinie's Amber LightLeinie's Amber Light

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 05-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by mooseisloose:
Photo of mooseisloose
3.47/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured heavy into my pilsner glass. The head was very foamy with big bubbles but quickly died down to a circumference clinger. The colr is a deep gold. Very malty, but light , smell with hops classic of a lager. The taste is classic of beer I drank in the early years in cheeseland. We are lager kings. It's a Kingsbury but with a little sweeter tang to it. This is a beer you can enjoy session wise. It has the taste that is smooth through and through.

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Photo of Billolick
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, twist off cap, no freshness dating. wooohaaaa, this is some nasty,light stuff....does generate some decent lacing, but its very thin flavor wise, minimal malt,hops, character etc. A slight nasty metalic off flavor noted to boot. You can find better beer then this.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the watered down brother to the Red. As others have mentioned, it has to be compared to its own category, in which case, it is one of the better light beers, but not a great beer when compared to other styles. The very pale red color and lack of head signalled of a lack of flavor, as did the non-existent aroma. The taste was similar to a watered down red...same grainy sweetness and hoppy ending, yet short-lived. The carbonation was average but I upped the drinkability because it is one of the best lights when compared to others.

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Photo of ADR
2.81/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber, color not as good as Sam Adam's Light...head is decent but doesn't last long or lace. The aroma is mildly hoppy, but there are some off notes here. Flavor is fairly watery and mostly of corn syrup and some sense of toast, maybe. Quick malt dissipation in the mouth, very light-bodied. looked for a good hop but found only a tinge of lemony bitters. Well...OK, I guess, I'll con someone into drinking the other five...

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Photo of cokes
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not being a fan of Leinies or of light beers, I held little hope for this one....but I was somewhat surprised.
Pours a light amber, true to the name. Faint aroma of hops, leaning toward the lemony side.
Taste is primarily of dry, biscuit-like malts. Hops are subdued, but make themselves known toward the finish. Not a big flavor-profile, but, hey, this is a light beer.
Quite refreshing on a hot day, when consumption, rather than enjoyment, is in order.
One of the best light beers I have had. But still quite average when compared to everything else.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At least they didn’t just stick a Leinie's label on a Miller Lite. Actually seems to have been brewed to be lighter, instead of just watered down. I couldn't catch any corn notes, if adjuncts are used at all. Gets points for being noticeably darker than most lites, but this ain't amber, Jake. Just some malt taste, not much other character besides "beer," and a litttle gassy. Okay as light beers go, but I can't see too many situations where this would be the best choice you could have. And if you're going to be light in your grain bill, what's wrong with a few more hops for flavor, eh?

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Photo of jackndan
2.33/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very underwhelming beer, but that's a light for you. Deep amber color, light hop aroma, light barley hop malt flavor, nice balance, but light, light, light, light. Crummy.

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Photo of bditty187
3.26/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden-amber in hue, a steady stream of animation raced through the clear liquid on its way to the white head. At the apex the foam was almost two-fingers in height, it quickly faded to a thin cap, this cap had good staying power, especially for a light beer. In fact, it lasted the entire consumption. What was added to this beer to accomplish this? There was some unorganized subsequent lacing, it didn’t cling all that well. Still, this is a good-looking beer.

The nose is clean with a grainy, toasty backdrop. Faint hops… earthy mainly. I detect a kiss of lemony-like zest. The nose is fairly pleasant, for a light beer. Good potency, plus it actually says something. Sure the conversation wasn’t profound but I was curious so I took a sip.

The palate is not as good as SA Light. Still, with that said, this beer tastes good enough. There is mild sweetness with toasty grains, a smattering of honey, and small earthy hops. It is mineraly, especially at the finish. Minimal bitterness. This light beer has way more flavor than anything the Big-3 produces in this category. It really isn’t a bad drink; I would drink it again… under extraordinary circumstances! Seriously, this is a notable Light Beer.

Medium-light in body, huge, active carbonation. This gives the beer a refreshing yet grating feeling. The mouthfeel is average but it isn’t too thin or watery. The sweet, toasty aftertaste is actually making me hungry for peanuts.

Drinkable? Sure, I suppose. Do I want to drink another? No, not really. I’ve been curious to try this beer for a while but I didn’t want to buy a six-pack. I saw a single for sale and I took the plunge. It was not a waste of money. All in all, this was a decent light beer. In a perfect world such a beer would not exist… oh well. Purchased in Omaha.

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Photo of mikes2923
3.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now I am not much a light beer fan, but since my wife is making me shed about 20lbs I've been forced to live on light for a while and I must admit this brew from Leinie's is about as good as I've had in the light beer fare. Good taste and not real watered down. I'd still much prefer a good weiss, but if you have to go light you definitely want to give this a try.

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Photo of scaliasux
2.13/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Light yellow with a hint o' red. White soapy head that quickly dissapears. Crystal Clear. Better than decent for a light lager. In my experience Leinie's tends to make beers that at least look like they're gonna be good. This one is no exception.

Smell - Sweet and corny. Stronger than most light lagers, but not by much.

Taste - Very light. Sharp sweetness, almost fruity, with a lemony sour finish. Flavor is barely there. Crisp and clean - for whatever that's worth. I personally don't like the taste.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Appears undercarbonated.

Drinkability - I really don't care for this at all. Flavor is mild to the point of non-existance. The flavor that is there simply is not to my liking. The flavor isn't intentionally offensive like some macro-brews appear to be, but I will probably attempt to avoid this beer in the future. Probably the worst of Leinie's products. Heard this one's gonna be retired - good call.

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Photo of granger10
1.31/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The only thing amber about this was the color. No taste, wait, scratch that, horrible taste. I was revolted by this bottled toilet water. If there is any flavor I can't taste it because I can't get passed the wateryness and adjuncts in the beer. C'mon, who would pay for this. I can't believe it comes from a micro!

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper-orange color, with a white head. This beer, when compared to macro-lights, is pretty good. You can taste the hints of a good beer under the reduced calorie, somewhat watered down flavor. It does have a nice hops finish to it, which really seperates this from the macros. They sell this at the same price as the other Leinenkugel's products, and I would suggest buying them instead.

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Photo of kimcgolf
1.62/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Okay class, for today’s language lesson...Leinenkugel Amber Light means "Licking a Skunk’s Ass". The bad thing is, I was about 6 beers in when I tried this. God help those who try it as their first beer of the day. Fortunately, someone left a couple of these at the house, so i didn't have to buy this swill. Now, what to do with the others??

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Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck.

Beer pours a nice dark yellow/copper. Not amber.... but darker than almost all light beers. Good initial head, small layer stays throughout. Some lacing.

Nose is fairly decent, but a little to "clean". Some malt comes through and touch of fresh grass.

Taste is not bad for a light beer. Definite malt sweetness, carbonation is decent. Fairly smooth as well. Mouthfeel is to thin, but still an improvement over most lights. Drinkability is a tougher call, I'm not a big fan of light beers (huge understatement), but this one is fairly poundable.

While not an Amber in a true sense, this is a very good light beer. If you know someone who insists on a light, this is not a bad option!

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Photo of hanco005
3.3/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went to my wife’s aunt’s house for dinner. She said “I’ve been saving a special beer for you. I have one left”. It was this one. A+ for effort, I must say. 12 oz bottle poured into a juice glass…there were not other glasses available. I took notes as I grilled pork loin outside

A—pours crimson amber with 1 inch tan fluffy head that quickly fades down, possibly due to the way the glass was washed, a touch of wispy lacing is produced on the glass.

S—lots of it, caramel sweetness, but some sour acidic notes as I swirl it in the glass,

T—sweet malts are strong, touch of caramel, but then turns a little sour and a little bitter as well. The finish reminds me of a macro pilsner.

M—smooth and light, but not too much so, respectable carbonation

D—not sure…a little sour, but I think this one might have been getting up there in age. Still drinkable. Could be a nice lighter session beer or perhaps a transition beer.

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Photo of Suds
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark-straw color (maybe you can call it amber). Starts with a respectable white head that fades a bit too quickly. All in all, it looks pretty good for a light beer. Moderate carbonation (low for the style?). Aroma has a touch of malt…not much else. A slight malt flavor, but it certainly doesn’t stand out. It’s light, watery, simple, and understated. Drinkable, but hollow. It teases you…there should be some taste here, it just doesn’t come through. Although it’s better than most light beers, and better than pretty-much all macro lights, this experience is not worth repeating.

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

Impressive for a light beer. Light amber color. I can actually taste hops in a light beer? Bitter aftertaste. This was a nice alternative to other light beers, and I'd put it in competition with Sam Adams Light or Amstel Light. Great color, but (not surprisingly) a watery taste. If only it tasted as good as it looked and smelled...

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Photo of zeff80
2.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It had a short-lived head that left little to no lace. It smelled of caramel and grains - not much else. It had a sweet caramel taste with extremely mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was pretty weak. It was thin and somewhat watery. This idea of an amber light was intriguing but it really didn't deliver much flavor. I can see why they retired this one.

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Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry scent that boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It is musty and devoid of any real malt aroma. The taste is average also. It is light with some grainy malt flavor. It goes down slow and finishes slightly sweet and very dry. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent drinking beer. Their beers are so damn dry. It has decent malt flavor, but the dry aftertaste ruins everything. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got this in the "Leinie Lodge" sampler package, which is made to look like a tackle box. Leinenkugel is more of a central U.S. thing, so I was surprised to see it in New York state. I heard that Leinenkugel brewed "entryway" type of beers but my curiosity got the best of me and I picked up the sampler. This Amber Light is pretty average for a general beer, but as a light beer it is quite decent.

Leinenkugel's Amber Light pours an (what else) amber color with a fingers worth of foam that lasts for about 30 seconds. The smell has some typical musty/husky light beer smell, but also had a bit of caramel malt in the nose. Not surprisingly the mouthfeel was thin and watery. The flavor had some decent caramel malt flavors, considering this is a light beer. The must light beer flavor was present, as was some soapy/cardboard like flavors. There was very little hop presence in the beer and the aftertaste was quite clean (maybe some grains and cardboard were detectable, but just barely). The brew finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This is similar to Yuengling Light and Sam Adams Light as it's an amber light beer. I wouldn't drink this regularly, but it is nice to know that there are light beers made with an attempt to retain some flavor.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.23/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's a quite a stretch to call this one an amber. It's more of a tarnished gold bordering on iced-tea colored. Head was decient on a big pour but it was soon gone. A little bit of hap-hazzard bubbles remain spread across the surface.

Smell is kind of a skunked malt. Not very attractive. There is an open end of adjunct there that leaves what smell that is there kind of hollow. No sign of hops.

Not much of a taste either. Too sweet, the only thing to counteract it is the taste/mouthfeel of the carbonation. I suppose this would be a decent thurst-quencher on a hot summer day. The bad news is it is february first and it just snowed 6+ inches.

Mouthfeel is wattery with a little carb bite.

Drinkability gets a boost because of the sheer waterness of it. I wouldn't turn down a free one on a hot summer day, but i would turn it down if offered a glass of iced tea next to it.

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Photo of hylton44
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm. My first light beer review. Not sure if these are supposed to stack up vs. only other light beers or vs. the "beer universe" in totality. I chose the latter perspective.

It is a little better looking beer than I expect for a light, with a surprisingly big head, and lacing that still remains on the inside of the glass as I type, and the beer itself is a memory. It struck me as rather flat as I drank it-not flat from a carbonation standpoint, but in terms of the vibrancy of its taste. Far from the worst light beer I've had, but a light beer, nonetheless.

From smell to the feel in my mouth, nothing particularly stimulating or dynamic. Drinkable, but this beer was purchased only incidentally (it was part of a sampler pack), and this served as a nice reminder why I have generally forsaken going down the light beer road at all.

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Photo of Winter
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served golden amber in appearance with practically no head. Respectable color for an amber light beer. Aroma consists of sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Taste consists of sweet malt, very light toasted grain, with an odd citrus (almost orange) flavored taste toward the finish. Finishes a touch medicinal. I've had this out of the bottle and it was better tasting than on tap. For a light beer, it's tolerable. Second possibly to Sam Adams Light.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poors with a nice head and good lace retention. Little watery looking in the glass, but has a slight amber tint to it. Hoppy, fresh sent. To taste, it has a hop presence at the start. But this quickly fades to a sour, rusty flavor. Taste buds towards the back of the tongue maintain the flavor briefly, but it quickly fades away. Limited aftertaste. Taste like a watered down Liney. And that’s not a good thing any day.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear golden color with a light amber hue. It forms a white head that quickly diminishes. It leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma has a bit of caramel malts, some toastiness, and a bit of husk. The hops are extremely light in the aroma almost non-existent.

The flavor is grainy, with a light caramel malt sweetness. The hops are light and slightly spicy, and only make themselves known in the finish. Very light in body, a bit too thin....but it is a light beer.
I wasn't expecting too much, except for a light refresher and it delivered on that.

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Leinie's Amber Light from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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