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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
669
pDev:
16.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 234
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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Photo of KI9A
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice copper color, topped with a fast fading head. Neat Leinie's Sunset Wheat glass, though!

S: Some malts, maybe a bit of citrus.

T: Sweet malts, maybe a hint of hops. Just nothing special at all. Not bad, not good.

M: Light.

D: Drank 2 of these pretty quick. Kind of uninspiring. Boring.

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Photo of mike727
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mothman
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

To me this seems more of a lager than an ale.

Pours a thin white head, no retention, very slight splattered lace. No big surprises here. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma is a grainy, like an American macro lager. Some honey notes and maybe some dried wheat.

Taste is very similar to an American macro later but with a little more flavor. There are some honey notes and basic malts here.

Mouthfeel is the expected crispness that are in most simple lagers (not bocks, vienna, ect.). Then it is kind of refreshing and then it dulls out. It ends with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, another letdown from Leines. I was hoping thing would be similar to an amber ale, but it reminded me a lot of a lager. The last three brews have been major letdowns to me (1888, Classic Amber, and Fireside). I am hoping they can step it up and put out something a little better.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of a bottle at a state park in South Dakota. Color was caramel to reddish. Head and film/lacing - N/A.

Smelled just a tad bit better than skunky. Copper seemed to lead the way, followed by caramel.

Pretty average taste. Somewhat malty, but overall pretty weak.

Pretty average, the common theme of this beer. Highly carbonated.

Gave it a semi-gracious 2.5. I wouldn’t try it again on purpose.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.39/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a pallid white head, poor to fair retention, no lace.

S: Bit of caramel malt and definite burnt toast.

T: Very much the burnt toast aspect starts the beer, it isn't horrible, but it's not appealing. The more I drank the beer, the more I disliked this. What there is of the malt comes out midway through, some nice nuttiness, and a very basic bittering hop flavour finishing the beer.

M: Light-bodied, thin, this beer has the body of a macro lager, at least it's not overcarbonated. Fair.

D: In the same style as Yuengling, but it's nowhere near as good, but much more available. One of the few Leine's brands offered in CA. This beer is only marginally better than BMC, in fact I'd probably prefer a Coors Original over this.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BDIMike
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear and very light amber color. Almost looks like water with a tint of food coloring. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a thin white head that has very nice retention.
A very solid smell with not a lot going on. There is a bit of a solid malt smell with a tinge of honey.
A very solid taste, but nothing really too strong going on. There is some caramel and toffee malts, but very subdued. There is a slight hinge of hops and honey that add a nice flavor to the brew.
Mouthfeel has a medium-sized thickness to it. The feel is a little more on the chewy scale, rather than being smooth.
Drinkability is probably the most appealing part of this beer. The beer has a good balance and not a lot of crazy taste, so it makes it go down fairly easy. There is more alcohol in this than most beers of this taste, so you can put down a good amount without really noticing the heat.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ALC82
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheTrevor
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color with a big head. The smell is pretty subtle and after a while I've decided that it kind of smells like some malt and that's about it, I have no idea how they made a beer that smells so little. The taste is depressingly similar to the smell, just a spurt of lightly toasted malt at the start that gives away to a bit of hops that lead into a clean finish. Not unpleasant, but very boring. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. You can drink the hell out of a six-pack of this beer, but I'm not sure why you would. Not a horrible beer, but I certainly wouldn't call it a good version of the style.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of tjkurz
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in tall pilsner at Chili's. Appears clear orange amber with slight head that is not very tight plenty of carbonation rising. Smells slight malts - damp grain. Tastes like an amber I suppose but malty not much roast little to no finish - served too cold - dimishes ability to taste. I don't like calling beers watered down versions but I always do. I guess if you poured an amber like cap and served it with ice this is what it would taste like - fairly drinkable - although makes me want the real thing. Again leines are good introduction beers for friends to transition out of adjuncts.

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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

12 ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice copper body with a two finger white head that dissipates down to a nice sheen (not charlie). Bits of lacing here and there.

S: Very malty. Caramel. Definitely smells more like a red than an amber ale. The very slightest hint of floral hops.

T: Munich, Pale, and Cluster malts dominate. Then the spicy (red) Oktoberfest-like hops kick in. Cascade, Mt. Hood, and Hallertau according to their website. A very red tasting brew similar to Sam Adams Irish Red but sweeter, less dry, and less crisp. A refreshing brew nonetheless.

M: Pretty nice light feel. It would be great on an early hot and humid September day.

D: Very drinkable. I used to swear by Leinenkugel's back in college days. Unfortunately many of the liquor stores have pushed its price pretty high because of micro brew popularity; and I would bet it's costing the same from the suppliers!!!

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with a tannish colored head. Head has little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. A touch of caramel malts, bit of floral hops and a bread like smell.

T- Tastes of malt sweetness, touch of hops and bread.

M- Fairly light in body and on the higher side of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink there's just nothing really exciting going on here. Not bad but not good.

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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