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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber
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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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 234
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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Photo of misternebbie
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Erish
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A: clear amber color, the head is very thick after an aggressive pour, the cap and lacing are adequate.

S: bread-like, yeasty grain, a bit of herbal hop punch, and not much else. A very simple beer.

T: this beer seemed one-dimensional to me. The front is sweet grain and a bit of bread-like yeast, the middle is kind of woody, and the finish features a faint hop bitterness, but nothing too distinct.

M: light -bodied, watery, carbonation is abundant, perhaps cloyingly so.

D: I am glad I did not purchase this beer, but drank it at a friend's house!

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Photo of scaliasux
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light gold with a hint of red. Tall white head that dissipates quickly. Bubbly.

Smell - Very little to distinguish this from a macrolager - mostly sweet malt. Maybe a hint of toasted malt and a hint more prominent than a macrolager.

Taste - A bit more flavor here than the aroma might have indicated. Sweet malt is, indeed, most prominent. Slight toasted flavor and a hint of hops in the finish. Pretty one-note though.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery even. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - I can't think of a good reason to buy this again - it's pretty undistinguished.

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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 tigg924
2.43/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, peachy amber

Smell: toasted malt--pretty one dimensional

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body, dry, medium carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like Leinenkugel's beers. That being said I am kicking myself for buying a six of this as opposed to a single. The taste here is not overly strong and seems like their fireside nut brown minus the sweet flavor. For an amber this just doesn't stand out.

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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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Photo of Adamthome1
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber color, mildly roasty in the nose

flavor follows suit, mild burnt caramel notes, very mild indeed, some black liquorish, the beer is somewhat approachable due to the higher hop flavor than other cheap alternatives to amber.

It is well balanced there's just not much flavor going on

It is pretty well balanced just not much flavor to speak of, a basic example of this style

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.47/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass in a Macado's Halloween-branded shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden-brownish color. The head is thin and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Faintly malty with a hint of grassiness.

Taste: Hoppy up front which faints to a sweet maltiness at the end. Kind of weak though.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Weak on taste. Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Weak malt aroma. Pours a light amber hue, small head. Very tame amber. Very little malt presence. Sour aftertaste. Boring.

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