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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 kneeland
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really thinking and hoping that I would like this one. I don't have anything bad to say about it, but I also don't have anything good to say.

It has too much of a wheat taste to it, and seems to outplace the amber taste. Wheat beer is fine, but I was in the mood for an amber, so I was a little disappointed.

I'll give Leinenkugel another chance, but with something else. Maybe their summer shanty, I heard it was pretty good.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank a pint on tap at BWW.

A: Light brown/golden, good persistant head and lacing

S: Quite malty, very sweet. Still has strong hoppy showing that keeps the beer balanced overall. Nice scent

T: Almost toasty, maltiness and hoppiness are almost equal. Not quite as sweet as the smell would suggest.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, and very carbonated (being from the tap). No booziness is readily apparent.

D: Low abv, and very refreshing, but it loses its appeal pretty quickly.

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Photo of ScottyC
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear. Tan with a slight tinge of orange. More red color would make this more appealing.

Smell: Very slight aroma. Sweet, apple-like smell.

Taste: Not much once it first hits your mouth. It has a nice warm, malty taste. Very subtle hops. Finishes with little to no taste. If you're looking for something light in taste -- this will do it.

Drinkability: Really the main feature of this beer. If you want something which goes down easily but doesn't taste terrible, this is a good choice.

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Photo of lstokes
2.79/5  rDev -10%
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 jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber/rust in color. Very clear in clarity with an off white head that has decent retention.
Malts are a little roasty, hops come through witht the smell of pine nuts. Both malts and hops are there but neither are very abundant. A little on the sour side, which gave it some personality.
Very dry but not bitter at the finish.
Not a great brew but certainly better than a run of the mill macro.

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Photo of bob3701
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear amber with a small big bubbled head that disapates rather quickly into a thin film with very minor lacing. A mild malted aroma but not much else. Very mild taste a bit biscuty and a very mild citrus finish. Very easy drinking beer. Not bad but also nothing remarkable.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Barely any head and what suds that rise fade very quickly. The clear amber liquid shows no signs of life. You could not tell the difference between a fresh or a flat glass.

S- Faint. Corn and malt. Not much of much else.

T- Biscuity malts, some corny tastes and sweetness. Not much hops.

M- Light and lots of carbonation.

D- Goes down easy. Nothing that tastes terrible but pretty macro like.

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Photo of emsroth
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with semi-sweet flavors of caramel and a little fruit that are followed the breadiness of a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but somewhat complementary and provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 samie85
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper color with a one finger head.

S-Smells of toasty malt with a hint of spicy noble hops.

T-Crisp, toasty malt upfront with a dry, bitter finish.

M-Pretty highly carbonated with a thin body.

D-Easy drinker and my go to beer from Leinenkugel's. A great summer beer.

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Photo of TheMightyGUEST
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish coppery appearance with a creamcolored head starting at two fingers and whittling down to a thin persistent layer that remains through the drink. Lacing is solid.

Smell: Average. Esters and banana which both come through in the taste later.

Taste: As I said before, there is a banana taste to it, and just a touch of spiciness. It's a decent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Neither weak nor strong, not possessing much in the way of anything to dominate the feel.

Overall: A pretty average beer. It has good flavors to it, but won't wow you or anything.

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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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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 mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Believe it or not we have reached the end of the mammoth weekend tasting that I had pretty much by myself while being snowed in, lol. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was nice, dark amber in color with some garnet highlights that showed off the sides of the glass quite nicely. Small white head was short lived and left behind a broken crown and only minimal lacing. Aroma of bready malts, hints of caramel, candied sugar, a touch of spicy apple at times, but seemed to be a little light to me. Warming brought out a touch of a roasted note for me now as well. Clean feel, nicely carbonated albeit a touch thin for the style. Flavor did not hold up as well as the aroma did to be honest. I was really expecting a bit more from this one. Caramel and bready malts were the story, but really just did not get going out of the gate the way it needed. Still nicely drinkable and not bad at all just not blowing me away.

Overall seems to follow the pattern with all their offerings. Decent enough to get by, but nothing that is going to be earth shattering in anyway shape or form.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber color pour with a short lasting two finger fizzy offwhite head , high carbonation , little to no lacing left . Aroma of cereal grain , dry wood and a hint at caramel . Flavor is pretty strait forward lightly malty and lightly bitter , a little spicy at the finish , crisp clean mouthfeel with a light body , I would call this quite drinkable and a decent enough offering ,

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Photo of Strix
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
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 chaunur
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear Amber with a 1/2" lingering head and very good lacing. Mildly aromatic with just a basic malt aroma and a hint of citrus.

Very flavorful yet light in body and on the palate. A very basic well balanced taste, malty with just enough hop presence to make it very drinkable.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This produces a good two finger thick head, with a soapy and off white presentation. The color is golden amber and is quite clear.

Aroma wise it has a mildly lemon and caramel character, but with an odd card board like smell.

Taste wise it has a mildly complex flavor, which kind of surprised me. It's got a good metallic and lemony hops presence, with a hint of toffee/caramel in there too.

This feels pretty rich in carbonation and leaves the palate refreshed, not too bad for a sessionable lager.

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Photo of tjwarren
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - nice amber lager, nothing special.

Smell - Got very little from the smell. It did smell a little like a macro beer. Not much going on.

Taste - decent, malty up front with a little bit of hops showing in the finish. Not great but not bad either. Refreshing rather that challenging.

Mouthfeel - a little watery but again I believe this is for refreshment and easy drinking.

Drinkability - First one was good but I am a little afraid that the second one would not be so good but since I only had one I won't specualte and just say that is was good.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with amber hues and a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste like it smells, caramel, malts and a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

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Photo of SargeC
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold with a pillowy golden-white head.

Smell: Mild malt with a touch of grassy hops. Strange chemical vibe.

Taste: Subdued malt. A bit watery for the style. Mild hops finish with a cardboard like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Improves as it warms.

Drinkablity: Disappointing brew from Leinenkugel. Serviceable, but could use a bit more work on the formula to improve the body and cover up the cheap ingredients.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber, stunning. A lot of active carbonation rising to the top forming a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind traces of lacing.

S: Smelled mostly of grain, caramel, and some adjuncts.

T: You get a little taste of that caramel and the hops give it some bitterness. Hard to pinpoint any other tastes.

M: Nice mouthfeel. The carbonation is overpowering, but once it settles down the beer flows and coats the mouth nicely. Aftertaste could be a little better.

D: Bar I was at was having a special, and I thought it was good enough to have three times. If your looking for an affordable beer to have with some pals, Leinenkugels is usually a good choice.

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Photo of froghop
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of corn, grain, malt, and some caramel.

taste is of grain, a little skunky, and corn, ends somewhat dry.

overall it is not that great of an amber ale, more on the lager side.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light amber color that is pretty clear with a small head.

Smell: There's a light malt aroma, but frankly, I found this to be a very bland beer as far as smell is concerned.

Taste: Has a nice bold flavor that is somewhat floral and has a good hop kick while still being smooth and balanced. Much better than the smell led me to believe.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body from carbonation, but nothing special here.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could certainly drink this one again.

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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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