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:
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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 RoamingGnome
3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A) This is a very light amber color. Quite clear, you can see through it. There was nearly a 2 finger head. The head was not maintained for very long. Not much in the way of lacing.

S) Not really a heavy hitter on the aroma front. There was a hint of caramel sweetness from the malt. It was kind of grainy, very mild hops and grass.

T) The taste followed the nose, but was more pronounced. It was slightly sweet upfront, decent earthy finish.

M) A pretty light body here. It's not quite to the point where I would refer to it as thin and watery, but it can consider this a written warning. The carbonation is to my liking. The aftertaste is decent.

O) This is decent. No wow factor.... It's crisp, fairly refreshing, and it goes down easy enough.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.84/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Three Philosophers snifter.

Appearance - clear copper body. Small white head.

Smell - Nutty. Slight toasty maltiness.

Taste - Alcoholic. Sweet. Nice hop presence. Finishes with honey.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied. Refreshing. Clean.

Overall Drinkability - No off characters.

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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 JoLight
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - amber, with an off-white head.

Aroma - Lightly toasted malts with some bitter hop notes.

Taste - The foundation of the taste is quite all right, consisting of, again, lightly toasted malt. But then I can't help but want to spit it out. The last part of the middle and the end of the taste are both so unpleasant. The bitterness isn't good at all, in my opinion. People compare this to Budweiser American Ale...but I love that and almost really dislike this.

The mouthfeel is light to medium.

Overall, this beer would be okay, but that ending bitterness is just so...shockingly unpleasant. And I do not claim that because I dislike bitter beers, by any means. There is just something about the bitterness of this beer that is so unbalanced, so unpleasant, so...unenjoyable. I like dark beers, too. So that couldn't be the problem.

I don't know...if you're an amber fan, you should try it. I'm not a fan, but I also don't not prefer them, if that makes sense?

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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 BucannonXC5
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
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 weizenbob
3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce twist-cap brown bottle from a summer variety pack. Best by August 1, 2011. Poured into a pilsner glass. The pour manifests a massive four fingers of foamy khaki head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is minimal. A small amount of lazy carbonation is seen rising through the glass. The tint of the brew is on the lighter side of amber, but still amber none the less. It's nice looking, if a little pale.

The aroma sports a strong scent of lager yeast. Sweet grainy malts rise to the occasion. It's simplistic, but thankfully so. All of the other offerings in this variety pack were plagued by artificial smelling additives. This 'regular old beer' aroma is a welcome departure.

The flavor is also refreshingly simple. Bold (for industrial lager) malts take center stage, covering the tongue in a grainy rinse, containing a pleasantly subtle sweetness. As the amber waves of grain begin to fade out, bitter hops assume the helm. The bitterness is not the least bit overpowering, but does stand in nice contrast with the malts. There is a minor honey-like sweetness that manifests near the end; but for the most part the finish is nice and dry. Alcohol is not detected.

Classic Amber is a pretty light bodied brew. The carbonation level is low, but adequate enough to accentuate the flavor. If the flavor didn't stack up so well, this would surely come off as watery, but the lightness actually suits this simple beer very well. 4.9% abv is keeping it real. This is flavorful refreshment, and the one Leinenkugel beer that I could actually recommend whole-heartedly.

The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I could flip a coin between this and a Schlitz, so I guess I do give a Schlitz for Leinenkugel Classic Amber.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a copper body with a 3 inch fizzy white head that stays around for a little while. The smell is sweet and malty with some biscuit coming through. The taste is malty with some bitter hops coming though. The mouth feel is good. Overall this is a decent beer.

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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 stewart124
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber in color with a thin head.

Nose has notes of caramel and biscuit.

Taste has plenty more caramel and amber characters. Drinkable with little hop presence. Medium bodied and a crisp finish. Fairly malty with some fruity esters of pear and apple. This really leans towards an amber ale and originally that's what I thought this was.

This is a nice amber beer and I've enjoyed it more on-tap than in the bottle. It tends to seem a bit fuller-bodied and maltier. Solid but never blows me away.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Classic Amber pretty much reminds me of their Red Lager. The pour gives off pretty much the same color and head. It's a redish colored liquid with a little white head. The smell gives off a decent sweet aroma with some grainy malts followed by a light hop aroma as well. The taste is decently bitter with some good malts in the background. The finish is on the dry side. The mouthfeel is light to medium. The beer is drinkable to say the least. It's good for a casual drinking beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden amber hue with a crystal-clear body and plenty of apparent effervescence. head is a thin finger of fizzy tan foam. Pretty nice.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little emphasis on sweetness. Not super character-ful, but pretty nice nonetheless.

Taste: mild malt flavor with a little bit of biscuit and a balancing bitterness. Not bad, but there's a hint of a soapy flavor here which, while not horrible, is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but it's still got a nice refreshing feel to it.

Overall: this is a decent amber lager which would make a great barbecuing beer. It's got a little bit of character, but it is refreshing and sessionable as well.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a Leinie's pint glass

A: Respectable 1-1 1/2 finger foamy head. Deep, nearly perfect amber color.

S: Very malty. Little else. A little sugar sweetness.

T: Bitter actually starts then fades. Bits of bread, vegetation, and a little creaminess. Good but nothing strikes out.

M: High carbonation.

D: Very drinkable as an "almost macro" with a good flavor profile.

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Photo of cooch69
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper amber with no head but a tiny tiny bit of lacing. Fair bit of carbonation.

Nose of toasted biscuity malts and some herbacious hoppiness. Smells slightly sweet and buttery.

Taste is lightly toasty biscuity malts. The hops shine through in this beer more than most other macro produced amber lagers. This beer was a bit similar to Yuengling but perhaps a tad more hops in this one. I still like Yuengling a little better though.

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Photo of haddon
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings.

rusty red in color with a thick frothy head.

not a lot of notes on the nose but lagers are never known for their complexity: roasted grains, malts & light hoppy aromas

very light citrus taste that has a sweet and malty aftertaste. nice balance.

rich and creamy for an amber. medium body with good amount of carbonation

this is true to class and I was pleasantly surprised. glad to have it on draft, not sure I would enjoy as much out of the bottle. found it quite drinkable and would have again.

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Photo of Looneybiz
2.06/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass and it looks good. A light semi-transparent amber hue with a one finger head and a wee bit of lacing.

Smell was feint but matly.

The taste is what made me grade this beer so low. Now I have rated some of leinenliugal's beers higher than the average but not this one. I like amber beers but was not impressed with this at all. It has a very metallic taste that comes across as bad bitter, not to be confused with good bitter.

I'm a huge fan of amber lagers but I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold/amber,with a large head of white foam. Superb (and surprising) lace.

Aroma is yeasty, biscuity, bread.

Tastes mild, with a little nuttiness and bread. Some bitterness at the finish, so the hops are accounted for.

Drinkable, but overall a very average amber ale.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - very transparent, light amber color with 2-finger slightly off-white head. Head dissipates farily quickly. Very minimal lacing.

S - citrus, apple, caramel, grains

T - grainy and citrusy, like the smell; quite bitter

M - light-bodied, average carbonation

O - This is not a terrible beer, but I would probably not purchase it by the case.

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Photo of sweett3k
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The days are getting longer and warmer and saw a Summer Sampler 12 pack $11.99 so I figure I would give it a go. I used to drink quite a bit of Leines back in my Coast Guard days(1997) in Duluth, MN. Leines was the first "hand crafted micro brews" I had ever tasted. We would buy in wax box bar cases. Pretty Awesome wish I could still do that. I thought it was the best back then but only now recognize it as a gateway beer to better beers. So thanks. Classic Amber is a great looking golden caramel. Pours with a great head that dissipates quickly. Tones of grains and apple. Taste water down but I guess you could make this a hot summer day light session beer. I always think Leinenkugel's is best enjoyed on a canoe or around a campfire.

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Photo of knm
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice color, but a little light for an amber. Crystal clear, a light head and good carbonation. Smells of yeast and grain, but only very mildy. Taste is clean, but a little to smooth for this variety. Not alot of malts, and somewhat watery...So on the plus side, drinkability will be up.

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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 metter98
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of corn.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of malty sweetness, although this is balanced for the most part with hints of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I had no problem consuming this beer but there was nothing special about the taste that would make me want to try another one.

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Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat sweet aroma with toffee and caramel on it. Pretty unremarkable as a whole though, not too strong.

Has a slight sweetness on the body...toffee and caramel. Pretty restrained however. There's a good amount of bready biscuit that comes through after that, and has the most flavor of anything in the beer. There's also a small but noticeable herbal hoppiness that hits slightly and dances on the tongue. This makes the finish fairly dry.

All in all....rather average I suppose. It doesn't excel nor offend in any way.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pretty light/watered down amber color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: Definitely a lager yeast aroma to it with some toast and a touch of grain. A touch of caramel and maybe bread. There might be a little bit of orange zest to it too. Smells kind of stale, though.

T: Fairly bitter, which I wasn't expecting. Orange peel, toasted bread, and some toffee. There's maybe even a bit of coffee and chocolate notes to it. A touch astringent, perhaps.

M: The body is light with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not really all that horrible, but I can't see that it's something I really want to drink again.

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Photo of Adamthome1
2.45/5  rDev -22%
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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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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