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 BeerLover99
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pale amber, 1 finger head.

S - sweet malt with corn and grain.

T - sweet start from malt with hint of bitter in the finish.

M - light body, with average carbonation.

D - I didn't understand the hype behind this beer. It is just a dressed up macro offering. Not bad, but not good either.

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Photo of babaracas
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, the brewer's website lists as an all-malt lager, which makes sense.

Pours a clear amber, zero head retention, lacing for an inch. Smell: astringent graininess, bread, faintest of caramel. Taste: pale malt, grainy, brief appearance by some Munich-ish malts, and a jumbled mess of the hops they list on the label. Thin and overly carbonated. A messy stab at an all malt lager, with a name that doesn't fit.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep yellow color, maybe more like orange with a small white head but it disappeared quickly. Nose is simple, lightly malty, some hops and even grainy. Taste is thinner than I expected. Caramel malt, syrupy, maybe even like a dash of maple syrup. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is ok but I wont buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.67/5  rDev -15%
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 wheatyweiss
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a light honey color with a small head that quickly dissipates and leaves no spotting.

Aroma is of light malt and honey. Sweet malt and that's about it.

Flavor is two row malts that are abused in the roasting process, which isn't a bad thing trust me, but these bad boys have been KILLED and CREMATED. Hop flavor is non-existent and the SUPER ROASTED flavor I get is from the malt that is more like a nut brown malt than an amber. Burned popcorn is the majority of the taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and adequately carbonated.

Wow, not very impressed after the local hype on this one.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Calling this an amber is pushing it. It is about as light an amber as I've seen. White head with very little retention.

Smell: Some caramel, maybe the slightest scent of hops.

Taste: Caramel up front, with a very slight hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but it wasn't terrible. Easy to session, for sure.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, fairly light golden color.LAcing abounds with minimal head.
Smell...metallic with rusty overtones...kinda like a rusty wheel after the water is dumped out.
Taste is thin, once again metallic flavors prevail.
Not a very good beer at all. Not a "dumper", but will never buy again!!!

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Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -13.7%
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 gpogo
2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark golden body, small white head. Very few bubbles. Head disappeared very quickly.

A- Light caramel bready aroma. Not much in the way of hops.

T- Stale caramel bready malt flavor. Oh a whole not very impressive at all.

M- Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

D- Blah. Not that great.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a amber colored brew with a big fluffy off white head. leaves a silky layer of bubbles as the beer goes down

S: not much a slight malt smell.

T: some malt upfront with a toasty and nearly bitter fade

M: medium in body and very bubbly.

Overall, not anything I expected. I've never liked Leinenkugel brews and I thought this one might change my mind, but I'm once again left dissapointed.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always get suckered into the Leinie's seasonals, probably because it's such a rarity when the local grocery store offers anything new on the left side (ie. the good side) of the beer cooler. It's not because I'm a huge fan of this brewery, as their efforts are usually average at best. But there's always hope...

Golden copper or, sure, amber color, with a nice half-inch cap of foam, which leaves blotches of lace behind.

Aroma? I don't know...kind of boring. Faint caramel and fresh-baked bread, maybe a dusty nuttiness. Just kind of "there."

The hops promised on the label are dialed-down and conservative in the flavor (didn't even detect them in the aroma), while the caramel maltiness leans toward sourdough. Light fruitiness nestled in there somewhere. Nutty, grassy, herbal bitterness mixes with the sour element in the finish.

Crisp and a bit dry. Fairly light body and mild carbonation tingle.

I don't look at "drinkable" as "how many can you pound down?" This is a pretty bland offering and I don't see myself cracking into the rest of the 6-pack. Wasted my money. So, drinkable? Not really. I hope my wife likes it...

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap during a Leinenkugel event at the Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington, Virginia.

Pale golden color, with no head, and nothing left on the glass. The taste was very fruity and malty, without enough hop presence to provide balance to the sweetness.

The experience of drinking a beer often transports me to a place conjured by the individual beer. It doesn't usually happen at a bar because of the sensory overload; however, for a fleeting moment, the experience of drinking Leinenkugel Classic Amber transported me to...Milwaukee (or to a macro-brewery in Milwaukee, anyway).

This beer is uninspired and uninspiring. Even the free appetizers and the short-shorts-wearing Leinenkugel girls, mingling among the patrons at the bar, could not redeem this ordinary beer.

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Photo of lstokes
2.79/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It actually looks pretty good, but the soapy smell is a killer, and the beer itself tastes a lot like a light toasty Märzen... they must be using those malts. The hops are pretty light here, there's a little bit of caramel and burnt toast, the beer gets grainy fast and there's a metallic finish with a medium mouthfeel. It's okay, washed down my Indian food well but nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of mwa423
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with two fingers of fluffy white head. The color is a vert clear light gold. The smell is malt and hints of cereal. Overall the taste is some light biscuit and malt with only minimal hops.

Overall this is very close to bud American ale and twice the price. While I am happy that leinenkugel is doing real beers this one just isn't that good.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.81/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear gold color. I guess Leinenkugel wants me to believe "classic amber" is actually gold. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing quickly. The aroma is of the same generic caramel malt that is present in most of Leinies beers. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes very similar to Leinies other beers. Dull would be a good word to describe it. I can't see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Not a bad looking beer really. Decent, fluffy head on it. More of a golden than an amber, clear.

S - A little bit of sweet malts, not a whole lot else going on. Some slighty grain if you try hard.

T - Some carmel, a little bit of fruit, which is too much for me for this type of beer. Mild hops and a dry finish.

M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied, a little too slick.

D - Easy enough to get down, but I didn't care for the taste. Could do a lot of these watching football and eating pizza, but really will be avoiding this one.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a half-pint Leinenkugel's glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with visible carbonation. White foamy head has good retention.

Smell: Malts, lightly toasted. A hint of grasses or grains too.

Taste: Good malt flavor, not too strong. A bit too hoppy, however, especially towards the finish and into the aftertaste: it kills things a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and relatively smooth, but too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent for a session beer, especially with food.

It has been a few years since I last had a Leinenkugel's beer, as I don't live in the midwest any longer. This seems to be a newer beer, possibly more for "export" from the midwest. They messed up with the hops, and put too much carbonation in here, I'm sorry to say. The Amber Light is a superior beer to this one. Unfortunate that this is the taste of Leinenkugel's that most will encounter, when they actually have some really nice beers.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber with a lively head that lingers. For an amber I wish it had a deeper color

S- Slight malty smell but with almost no hop smell

T- a sweetish malt flavor with a bitterness from the hops but very little aroma from the hops. Tastes a little watered down and I would like the flavor to be more intense.

M- average mouthfeel, nothing special.

D- average drinkability, I would drink one if someone bought it for me but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - One of the best amber beers I've ever seen. The color completely knocked my socks off. I was then disappointed in the poor head retention of the, at first, large fluffy head.

S - Almost no scent to me. What happened? I need to revisit to re-smell.

T - Intense hoppy flavors abound. Good blend of hops. Not a flavor I like, but one I can appreciate.

M - Very dry finish. Not something I like so much.

D - Easy drinking but the flavor would get old very quickly to me.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear body that is golden brown. At least two fingers of light tan head that is thick and soapy, has some great retention, and leaves some nice lacing behind.

I would definitely categorize the aroma here as unpleasant. A ton of corny sweetness, much like what I would expect from a macro lager. Underneath that sweetness is some legitimate caramel malt aroma and a toasted malt aroma.

Just a touch of hop bitternmess shows up here. Next comes some light roasted malt flavors that are a touch bitter in their own right. Light caramel sweetness is also underneath. The problem with this beer is that the corn from the aroma comes through, hurting this one.

Mouthfeel is very light and pretty highly carbonated.

This beer is light and easy to drink, but not very tasty.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This russet colored brew has a one finger head and a little spackling of lace in the big glass it was served in. Semi-hazy and generally bland in appearance.

S - Summer fruit with a hint of toffee in the background.

T - Again, summer fruit and very light hints of toffee with a bready malt profile.

M - Light bodied, refreshing, and easy going.

D - This is a good brew for washing down a burger or a few spicy chicken wings when your taste buds aren't able to fully appreciate a really good brew. This isn't bad, it's just pretty boring.

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Photo of brunrn1
2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at an octoberfest, drank alot of it actually. Not bad but not great. It;s not a bitter beer, it takes a little getting used too.

But left me with a full feeling and tired and a bad headache. Not something i would sit at a bar and order. Something new to try though.

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Photo of emsroth
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Big frothy head. Wonderful amber with perfect clarity. The color of beer I love!

Smell: A standard amber lager aroma. Some caramel malt with a hint of sourness often found with the amber malts. A touch of fruity, floral hops.

Taste: A rather light taste upfront, that leads mostly to the finish. A bit of the aforementioned sourness and a touch of caramel. Ends crisp and bitter with herbal hops. Occasionally minerally, especially during the swallow. The saving grace is the herbal kiss from the hallertau hops.

Light body, almost watery at times from the mineral taste. Medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of BierFan
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BA got the style of this beer messed up. BA lists it as an amber ale but it says right on the neck of the bottle that it's a lager.

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

Small to nil off-white head. Clear light amber with decent carbonation. Little bit of hop bitterness on the finish. It may not have any adjuncts in it, but everything about the smell and taste is very "macro-ish". Will not buy again. Will not suggest to others.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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