Leinenkugel's Classic Amber | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 669
Photo of Hackattack
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is pretty watery and bland...I got this for a good deal and decided to give it a try......I would not buy it again. Some of Leiny's stuff is good.....not this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty looking amber, ah amber so pretty, almost all of them. Both of mine. Lots of clarity, looks professionally centrifuged and shit. Aroma was sweet, oktoberfest style malts.

Taste ventures a little down the red road more than amber in an ideal beer world, but its got some lively carbonation to help overcome that. Decent for those who like a mild toasting of their caramel malts.

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Photo of delta490
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Date on bottle says May 27 13, but no idea if that's drink by, sell by, or made on. I'm pretty confident that it isn't the last one.

A- poured a medium clear amber with a creamier white head. Head didn't last long at all.

S- Nondescript. Some malty sweetness. Noted a metallic sharpness on one whiff but that went away.

T- Again, nothing overawing. Some mild malt sweetness and a slight bitterness. But nothing distinct you can place.

M- thinner and fizzy, although there is almost no carbonation so how they pull that off, I have no idea.

O- based on its initial appearance, this looks like it should be a better beer than it is. Nothing worth pursuing again.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the name suggests, this pours an amber color with a decent off-white head. The aroma is mostly of grains and malts. The taste is rather malty with some spices as well. Finishes slightly crisp and I actually think this delivers a better spice flavor than their Oktoberfest. Not bad, I heard they were putting this into hibernation so I wanted to try it before I couldn’t find it anymore.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic Amber pours a clear darken gold color, with a small head. There was a very subtle malt aroma; not really much of anything. The taste was subtle, strawy malts, with a yeasty like taste. A bit watery, but still crisp. Overall this isn't a bad beer, doesn't have that cheap taste some other red lagers have.

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Photo of BrothersOnBeers
3.02/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend left this beer over my house. It sat in my fridge for a few weeks before I was desperate enough to drink it.

I had really low expectations, and this beer did nothing to change that.

A: I poured into a pint glass. A slight reddish-tinge. Light amber. A loose, two finger head that dissipated rapidly.

S: Sweet bready. Slight malt.

T: Watery. One note. A little of the sweet malt coming through. Not horrible. Just not exceptional.

M: Actually coated my mouth nicely. Pleasant

O: I would probably not go out of my way to get this again, but it wasn't horrible. Very sessionable. If my friend happens to leave this in my fridge again, I will drink it. Not bad enough to throw out.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by August 27, 2012:

In a pint glass (also had in a pilsener, only change was a two finger head in the pilsener):

A: golden yellow body gave a small one finger white fizzy head. Minimal lacing was left with some rings around the glass. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: basicly hops and malts, nothing special and nothing that stood out as amazing.

T: pretty much the same.

M: light to medium with moderate carbonation felt

O: this is a mediocre beer. Nothing stood out to say I need to have this again immediately.

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Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

part of a Leinie's mix pack. Bitterness is the first thing that came to mind on first taste. Weak head dissipates quickly, sharp aftertaste. Wouldn’t want to have too many of these....

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with a thin bubbly white head with no retention.

The scent is of toasted malt and some bread.

The taste is of toasted malt, notes of earthy hops, and notes of bread.

Light body, smooth and a bit sticky, moderate carbonation.

This is a run of the mill red lager, the flavor is ok, nothing too special. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long time deliberating upon my next review, I settled upon the Leinenkugel's Classic Amber, which is a common year-round beer by the brewery, but one that I have a few of from the Spring Seasonal variety mix. Date on the bottle is May 28 12, which places this bottle a little over a week beyond optimal freshness, but there shouldn't be too much funk in tow.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Leinenkugel pint glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a somewhat fizzy off-white head with an average (at best) retention. Head settles to a thin bubbly surface cover within a few minutes, not ideal for any head quality. Body color is very much a solid medium amber, pale golden-orange in color, crystal clear with an abundance of busy carbonation in the center of the glass. Appearance is pretty much as average as an Amber Lager will get, with lackluster head quality but color and tone to remind you that you are indeed drinking an amber-style beer. 3

(Smell) Simple aromas; a basic mild amber and caramel malt base overshadows pretty much everything else, providing mostly a sweet cracker malt foundation but also donates some chalky bitterness to the nose as well. No distinct hop aromatics nor yeast notes come to mind here either. Smell is quite faint but not impossible to find. Overall it is a very basic smell and neither overly appealing nor overly repulsive. It's just very average. 3

(Taste) Thin caramel malts are the dominant ingredient of the taste, and they are quite sweet up front with a dry chalky finish. It is certainly no surprise that the taste is thin with a lacking body in places, and the flavor as a result is a touch watery. There are no surprises in terms of flavor either. Virtually everything found here is out in the open and the balance is decent, a touch sweeter than desired but there's some husky dryness and bitterness (assuming mostly from malts) in the end that rounds it out somewhat. You would not be too hard pressed to find a more impressive amber lager but I am also certain that there are more blah flavored ones out there as well. It passes at interpreting the style but earns no originality points from me. 3

(Mouthfeel) Textures are airy with a crisp front and a chalky slick finish. Alcohol presence is low. Body is also low. Mouthfeel is quite possibly one of the best parts because it pairs well enough with the flavors to be agreeable with the style and flavors. Good pairing. 4

(Overall) Introducing another very average beer from a very average category. It should be expected that there are better tasting Amber Lagers out there, but this one could be taken as a very drinkable beer year round and a decent quality substitute for popular Amber Ales (In Georgia, Laughing Skull and Fat Tire) should you drink those in larger quantities. Don't expect much beyond a malty flavor and a mild bitter and ashy dry finish, but as a session beer, I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a single sitting. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Thanks to Julie for this beer

A- a pale golden yellow color with a nice 2 finge head aand nice lacing on the pint.

S- i only can smell the malts and no hops

F- malt heavy and not too much else going on here.

M- light bodied and somewhat sour but its ok

O- its just an average lager beer and i wouldnt waste money on it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by June 25th

Appearance is a remarkably clear amber-orange with a film-like off white head. Spotty lacing. Smells strongly of skunky corn, with some grain and roasted, fruit-like malts. Taste is bright grain, corn, sweet malts with a bitter grassy side. Not as cloying as many other in the style. Medium feel, carbonated well.

A slightly above average amber that was better than expected.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light reddish-golden yellow color. White head.

Aroma is very lager-like with soft bready/malty scents and mild hop whiffs.

Taste is mild, clean, lightly bready, slightly sweet and just a hint of drying hops. Bottle says cascades are in the mix but I can’t pick them out.

Mouthfeel is soft. Not abrasive in any way. Very drinkable. Not an in-your-face beer by any means. Just an easy drinking, dependable, lower alcohol lager that is fine for any occasion or any season. To be honest, it’s much better than expected.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, see through amber with a thick, white head that has great retention. The nose is pure, very sweet, caramel. The flavor features caramel up front followed by a mild nutty, toasty character and then finishes with a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth, crisp drinkability.

This is a very average beer. It's not awful and ultimately drinkable, but it's rather one dimensional and forgettable.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poker leftovers! Let's see what this has in store. Poured into a nonic pint glass, while I stole it from you when you weren't looking!

Off the pour, a white simple foamy head that barely makes two fingers. Settles to a decent puck, on top of a crystal clear bronze red body. Lots of cola carbonation stuck to the sides of the glass.

Nose is off. Stinky off putting malt of some sort, seriously sewer gas smelling, what in the heck is THAT? Sticky and stinky, not fun at all here. Borderline bile and stomach gas, not much else...

Upon taste we find, some malt and sweetness in the palate. A simple based malt body, but also some really fizzy mouthfeel and sharpness. Aftertaste has a sweetness but also carbon dioxide quality. Fizzyness takes away from the palate, giving a real club soda taste more than anything.

Overall, I have no desire to drink this again, there is really nothing going on here, except noticeable faults and problems. Drinkability is practically near zero for me.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangey/amber hued golden (but not truly amber) with a small off-white head. Bright and clear with pretty good size bubbles rising from all over. Okay retention and a bit of lace.

S: Bit of fruity lager nose. Grainy malts with touches of caramel, soft sweetness, and a faint hint of bread crust. Barest hint of herbal hops.

T: I expected more of the malts from what came through in the nose. The rather lack depth and roundness. Steely, narrow profiled grainy malts that are a bit toasty and dry. Faint hints of bread dough, light caramel, & bread crust give just a bit of nuance. There is also a bit of mild sweetness that seems more related to the floral & fruity lager note. Hops are more firm than in the nose – especially in bitterness. Starts with just a hint of grassy character and then it goes herbal & medicinal. The end gets quite biting & a bit astringent.

M: Lighter end of medium body. CO2 is a bit over-matched. Quenching – a quaffer feel.

D: I thought this would be an ale since it was in a mixer with a red lager. Oh well. Goes down easy enough, but otherwise is less than good. A beer for washing down food. Actually gets less appealing as your drink it down.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Appears as a standard clear amber color, has exactly the same fizzy non-head, no lacing, as all other Leinenkugel products I've tasted. Smell is very faint and nondescript...I get a vague sense of faded biscuit malt and some mild cooked corn. Tastes like a cross between the nuttiness of the Fireside Brown and a corn adjunct lager. Fizzy thin body just like a soda pop. This one only just barely manages to be a slightly better choice than a BMC.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweeter malt and a bite gingerbread like. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt in the aftertaste. A sweet gingerbread malt to a dry end, eh!, really lacking any flavor.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber beer that looks amber, lots of clarity, carbonation and an off white head 1" in depth. Aroma of mostly red style malt, peat, true to style.

Taste, eh, average for style I guess, has that not dry enough mouthfeel like most reds, cardboard, wish they could use some hops in this, or at least to a greater extent, liven up the flavor, the zing of the beer (other than the metallic zing you get here).

Otherwise, its decent, but fairly boring, and a little expensive, seems to grow in price more every year. Pretty mild, might have a place with converting people early on in their foray into craft beer. . .

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Photo of bobhits
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't say my hopes were high going in on this one, Leinekugel hasn't impressed, but the hops listed have me a bit more interested.

Sadly the pour ends all hope I fear. Light light orange just way out of line for an Amber.

The nose doesn't show any signs of hops. Reminds me a good bit of an Oktoberfest in the nose, really?

I think there are hops in this one, but the caramel grain malt dominates.

Far better than I expected from this brewer, but both the marketing and the style claims are out of line. The final verdict always comes back to taste and while it is far from offensive, it isn't going to win too many people over. A bland beer from a bland brewer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

blah! this is about as bland as they come. pours a not at all amber golden color with a minor haze and a decent head, but this looks like a pilsner to me. the smell is very basic too, no indication of those rich amber malts, just a very generic budweiser type nose. taste is similarly bland with nothing to distinguish it as a "classic amber". it is nto a bad brew, but it isnt what it claims to be in the slightest. reasonable mouthfeel with medium body and suitable carbonation, but this will not be purchased again. weak showing from leinys, which usually produces at least B level beer

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.99/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I just can't resist the winter sampler packs... They shall be my downfall.

Really light color-- it's pretty gold with just a touch of "dark gold" color. Maybe it's just me, but I figured this Classic Amber would be a little, you know, amber.
White fizzy head... Streaming bubbles of carbonation in copious amounts. Nice legs, decent retention, but no lace left behind for more than a brief bit.

Smells bland. The nose is very subdued.
Some sweet malt... Little chalky finish. Hops are almost nonexistent, save for a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Way too overcarbonated. This is fizzier than a BMC lager. (and yes, I'm aware this technically qualifies as "a BMC lager," don't VE pedantic).

Overall-- choice between this beer and;
water-- I take water.
Bud lite-- I take the classic amber.

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Photo of Goliath
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a one inch off white head. There is good head retention and no visible lacing at this point.

The aroma is basic. Smells like an adjunct lager. Pale bready malt and nothing else really.

The taste is basic as well. Again, pale bready malt and not much else.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and silky smooth.

Overall it's an entry level beer. Definitely not a great American Amber and it has a lot of Adjunct Lager qualities. I find it more pallatable, but still very basic. I see this beer as a gateway and can appreciate it at that level.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into mug.

Pours with a short, 1/2F white head over a very clear golden-to-amber colored body, with a ton of visible carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Aromas are fairly sweet, with lots of tree fruits and berries, some caramel malt.

Pretty smooth on the palate with the fruity flavors of apricot skins, red apple, and then some sourdough bread-like quality. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but not bad for the style. Very easy to drink, and encourages large swallows.

This beer is a great Fall offering for those who dig the Leinenkugel lineup... i.e. someone who likes going a notch above macro.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Situation: end of the week relaxation...
Glassware: pilsener glass...
Appearance: beautiful orange copper body with a two-inch thick white head that creates a cirrus halo on the glass...
Aroma: roasted malts and some punchy caramel hints as well--a bit candied...
Palate: effective presence at the tongue--with equal efferevscence at the throat...
Taste: a bit hoppy for what was expected--active malts balance this beer quite well...
Overall: expected big things from this beer, as I've enjoyed cases of the Leinenkugel sampler before; not disappointed by its balance,, its drinkability, and its characetr--crisp yet full, tasty yet smooth....a beer I could session in a college bar for an evening,, for sure...

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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 669 ratings