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

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Added by Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 667
Photo of skeetermoses
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping for more than what I got, I decided that the beer would be a better one. I really like Liene beers they are pretty good, the summer brew is one of the great beers that I have had. I really would like to try the different beers that are offered by Lieni. I am sure It would be one of the best beers ever.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured into 4oz sample glass, but I asked for a second pour to make a more proper 8oz review. Plus I was not sampling other beers, so no sample fatigue. Thanks Applebee's!

Appearance: Very light amber with nice head and slight lacing.

Smell: Somewhat sweet with notes of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts balanced by citrusy hops, with light bitterness at the finish. Nice balance overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability: This would be a very respectable everyday lager. Perhaps the best Leinie's I have had.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.64/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
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 mynie
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the first craft-ish beers I ever had, and I remember one time drinking it and drinking it and drinking it, for like 3 weeks this is all I drank. Then, never again.

Pours a weird kind of colorchanging gold that's straight-up autumn leaves amber, but only against some kinds of light. Against other types of light it's yellowish. I think that's neat, and it's pretty all around.

Tastes more like an all malt than a red. Then again, this is an amber *lager*, not an ale, and while that's a very basic difference the latter category is so much more predominant.

It's very malty, very smooth. 100% barley roasted just enough to wash away most of the breadiness but not enough to bring out any bitter nodes. The hops profile is surprisingly complex but far too faint.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not Leinie's best offering by far, but maybe an acceptable beer for those transitioning from Crap Lite.

Overall a pretty mellow average beer, a good amount of malt presence, coppery taste, a too sweet and bland malty finish for my liking. I will not seek this beer out again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with cool raised letters on the glass & an attractive label. Now if they would freshness date them..

Pored into my SA pint glass, the beer is a dark gold with copper highlights. It has a large initial beige head that reduces to a skim.

The aroma is of fresh bread, grains, a hint of fruit and a bit of hops (citrus).

The taste is well balanced. It is slightly sweet and grainy with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not a world changer, but glad to see this solid of an offering and I hope it finds an accepting audience amongst the BMC set.

The mouth is pleasant with active carbonation.

This is an easy drinker and would be a good crossover beer for just about anyone. Its not geeky, but is well made with no obvious flaws or shortcomings.

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Photo of nukem5
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Pour was very nice had me licking lips ready to taste the beauty of beer.Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Above average, light malts and caramel fill the nose, some light hops

T: Sweet malty balanced with some spicey hops.Has a lightly bittered aftertaste. Very nice everyday beer makes me envy those who live there near the brewery and can enjoy it everyday.

M: Nice medium body with a full flavor.Some decent lacing down glass walls with a average carbonation level.

D: good evryday beer and one that should be enjoyed everyday.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber color. A little light than expected. About a 2 finger foamy head, but doesn't hang around long. Little to no lacing going down.

S- Not a real strong smell. Has a bit of malt smell, hardly any hoppy smell. Maybe a slight hint of pine...

T- Nothing special here when it comes to ambers. It reminds me a lot of Budweiser American Ale, with less cascade hops, and a little more malt. Still a tasty beer, especially for a guy who likes ambers.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly light on my palate, I could drink a few fairly quickly, but wouldn't want to start slamming these.

O- I like American Amber style brews, simply put. Almost as good as an American Ale, but not quite there. A solid beer I will drink again.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mar 28, 2009
Bottle pour into pint glass. Nice moderate white head, carbonated. Clear amber color with good, definite malt aroma. Well balanced, roasted malts, caramel notes. Very slight hint of hops in the finish. A good session beer. Overall a good effort from Leiny- - Cheers!

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Photo of Strix
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange with a weaker-than-average head.

Smell is light and sweet, caramel malt, a hint of lemon and grain.

Caramel, bread, and grain in the taste. Fairly weak taste, but a pleasant vaguely citric finish. Lacking the grainy skunky aftertaste that plagues some of their beers. I was pleasantly surpised actually.

Mouthfeel and carbonation a bit thin, but it works for drinkability I guess.

This was fairly basic, but unoffensive. I'd choose it over the average lager.

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Photo of JamesS
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light copper color, not as deep as I like, but the huge head and bubbles help, as well as the decent lacing. Malty scent, very sweet with that slight skunky aroma you get from macro lagers. Nice flavor, extremely sweet, mostly malt with just a slight hop bite and a slight skunkiness at the end. Very bubbly but not rough, goes down fine if overly sweet.

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Photo of Offa
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a reasonably good, basic lager, lke a slightly fuller, more bitter, vaguely more hoppy version of a basic American pale lager.

Amber-copper, it has a small-to-medium offiwhite head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and no lace.

Aroma is like a basic American pale lager but a bit different: grain, a bit more toasty than a pale lager; apple; light hints of citrus (lemon & orange), grass and metal.

The taste is toasty grain, hints of citrus, grass, metal. It has luight sweetness followed by light bit lingering bitterness that is a little on the unpleasantly sharp side. The hoppy bitterness is rather bland, with weak hop character, but has light citrus and bitter grass elements. It has a faint hint of thin caramel. I don't quite get the artificial citrus element that some seemed to complain about, but I can kind of get a sense of why people describe it this way. It certainly is not the strong, obvious (to me) artificial citrus of things like Leinenkugel's own Sunset Wheat or Lost Coast's Great White. Compared to some other basic, American amber/red lagers (like Dundee's Honey Brown, which I find far inferior to this), this is pretty good but like the others it really is little more than a more caramelly pale lager in character.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear copper amber, with a two finger, off white disapating head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Light floral hops, citrus, cereal, grass.

T. Carmel malt sweetness, light hop bitterness. Slight sour finish. Not alot in complex flavors.

M. Medium Bodied, fizzy carbonation.

D. A good brew nice carbonation, good balance, nothing extrordinary.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, almost light brown. Great foam. Active, soda-like carbonation.

Smell: Roasted caramel malts. A hint of fruit as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More caramel malts. Smoky coffee hints as well. Vague hops and quite good fruitiness in the finish. Overall very smooth. Good mixture of creaminess that does not detract from the stronger flavors.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. A bit of a sipper considering it's not very strong.

Overall: Not an especially memorable beer. At the same time, as usual Leinie does not disappoint.

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Photo of RobH
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't an Amber Ale as classified here, it's a Vienna Lager according to the brewer (I am not aware of Leinei's brewing any ales anyway). This is a lager.

12oz. bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6-pack. I had first purchased a cup of this beer on tap at Nationals Stadium and I knew from the fact that beer tasted like iced tea, it couldn't have been Classic Amber coming out of the tap. If it was Classic Amber then it sure tastes different on tap vs. bottled!

So, this was the "real" thing. Hmmm, up against other Amber/Red Lagers or Vienna Lagers (whichever), this one falls just above average.

A: Thin copper color. Head nothing to speak of.

S: Kind of average "beery" aroma. Faintly discernable caramel malt aromas.

T: Thin, carbonated mouthfeel. Certainly better than an everyday macro pale lager, but just doesn't stand up in the full flavor category of most craft beers.

D: Makes for a pretty decent sessionable lager. Good buy for a party if you want to have something more than BMC but don't want to break the bank.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head formation (~1.5 fingers) is slow and the retention is decent. The lacing isn't bad - not too thick, but it stays stuck to the glass. The beer is a translucent golden-amber color with plenty of visible carbonation.

The aroma resembles a biscuity malt with a hint of honey. A subtle hoppiness compliments the aforementioned character. I'm not sure what the balance is supposed to be, but it seems to be more on the malty side.

The flavor matches the nose in terms of both content and balance. Sweet malt character is dominant; the hop character becomes apparent after the malt subsides (though it's still fairly strong). The aftertaste is fairly sweet.

I would rate the body as medium-heavy. The beer is a bit on the thicker side, but it's not too "sticky." I think the honey is best manifest here; the beer is sweet and dense (but not too dense).

This beer tastes best when it's "cool" rather than "cold." Given its consistency, it's more of a sipper in my book. In my mind, the flavors seem to be conducive to this designation. Either way, it's something to enjoy rather than "slam."

I typically agree with the assertion that Leinenkugel's makes a great "bridge" to the world of craft beers. This beer is somewhat in line with this reasoning; it's good but not great. The flavor and balance are good, but there's nothing that really stands out as exceptional. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's simple, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Fnord
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Translucent amber with a trace head.

Smell - Buiscuity smell, with some hops.

Taste- Crisp. A bit hoppy (for the style), a bit sweet. Is that honey I taste?

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and carbonation.

Notes - Refreshing after a hot day. Not exciting, but a good solid amber.

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Photo of bnes09
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper-colored lager. Weak head on the pour and does not last long at all. No lacing.

Some malt in the smell, also beef broth.

Flavor of bread grains. Mild smoky character. Semi-assertive earthy hop.

Fairly thin body. Good carbonation. Crisp finish. Leaves a slick texture on your tongue.

This stuff is alright. Nothing special yet easy drinking.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug

Appearance: Nice amber/caramel color with a nice 1-2 inch head that disappeared quickly. A medium amount of carbonation.

Smell: A bit of caramel and a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: It has a sweet caramel/fruity flavor initially with a slight bitterness throughout until the end. Taste's a little watered down but overall a good beer.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation that has a light feel and is crisp. It has a thin feel with not a whole lot of depth.

Drinkability: Easy beer to drink. It would be good on a hot summer day. I was hoping for a little more flavor but overall pretty good.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is more golden than amber, extremely clear with a nice glow to the color. Firm white head that takes it's time.
Malt and lager yeast aroma. Semi-sweet and reminds me of typical Am. lager.
Mix of malt and fairly prominent bitterness. Some sweetness and hints of caramel. A blander malt flavor lays on the tongue and helps prevent excessive bitterness. Some sips hold nice hop flavor, particularly from the hallertau.
Drinks like a typical Am. lager, except a little heavier. Fully carbonated with prickly bubbles.
This drinks just fine. More of a summer beer than a contemplative ale. but it would do in a pinch. Has hint of Sam Adams Lager.
Given to me by my brother-in-law for my birthday. Thanks Mark.

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Photo of beergod1
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another OK beer from Leinies....I buy Leinies expecting a solid session beer, and thats about it. Crisp clean tasting, a touch of roasted malt, after it warmed a bit I think I actually tasted dusted cocoa?! Carbonation was a little more than Med. Color is actually very appealing, head fades quickly leaving small amount of lacing as Im sipping, Tastes almost like their Octoberfest. Maybe with all the Big beers I've been drinking, im used to much more flavor? I think I'll have another.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad Leinie's had added this to their lineup. I enjoy the Creamy Dark, Red, even the original, but they needed some backup.

This is a solid above average amber that maintains its stance as an easy drinker. It won't make you think hard, but you'll enjoy it subconsciously.

Pours a goldenrod orange, smell is maybe a little subdued for my taste but it has an interesting twang to it that I can't quite place.
Taste is good, but as mentioned above, subdued compared to some of the truly great amber ales. I say the malt has roughly a 65/35 edge on the hops, but that's totally fine.

I can't put my finger on it, but I just enjoy this beer. I don't think I'm gonna go looking for explanations, I'll just take it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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