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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
234
Ratings:
669
pDev:
16.77%
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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty looking amber, ah amber so pretty, almost all of them. Both of mine. Lots of clarity, looks professionally centrifuged and shit. Aroma was sweet, oktoberfest style malts.

Taste ventures a little down the red road more than amber in an ideal beer world, but its got some lively carbonation to help overcome that. Decent for those who like a mild toasting of their caramel malts.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle as a freebie from Mike at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

This pours a very bright and clear amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Nice looker.

The smell has a nice hop/malt balanced nose to it giving me both sweetish snd bitterish tones. I like the nose but I wish it was a bit more assertive.

The taste has a pretty big kick of caramel malt sweetness up front, with some earthy tones, and then some nice hoppy notes move in....yeah, I just read the label and they have 4 different varieties in here and you know what? It *works* for me. I think I just found a new good session beer! And...I'm not usually a big fan of Amber Ales excepting some of the big boys of the style.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation.

Drinkability? Damn good. Easy drinking and tasty to my palate, I'll be buying 6 packs of this stuff!

Btw, head retention was above average and there's *some* lacing.

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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 Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear red/amber. Poured a one finger coarse white head that dissipated quickly to a skim. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Overpowered by a big, sweet vanilla aroma right up front. Also wet grains and caramel.

T: Sweet vanilla, roasted malts and caramel. Lightly bitter finish wasn't sufficient to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium body. Smooth and creamy. Balanced carbonation.

D: Easy drinking considering its sweetness; probably not a session beer. I didn't get that hot alcohol taste like in some really sweet beers.

Another fairly good interesting beer from the north woods.

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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 Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a translucent orange with bronze hints. A mushroomy head, dull white in color, sits atop, moderately lasting while collapsing cleanly soon after with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was faint. Found the coloring to be a tad off per style, more orangey then amber, really translucent in nature with a weak head doesn't leave much of an impression.

S: On the nose was cold steel and cold oranges. Very little or no hop aroma, was very clean and light. Once again lacked any hoppy or malt aroma and can not justify even an average rating here, falls well short and was unimpressive.

T: The flavor was tart with funky cold oranges and an dry orange candy sweetness. There is a bad sour finish, funky and musky in nature with a bittering wet lemon peel hopping. Falls way short of any expectations.

M: rough in texture, fizzy and light bodied. Overcarbonated and seltzer like.

D: Drinks like an adjunct amber with a bad, tart fizzy orange soda like quality with a weak, watery hop presence makes this a big pass. Only gets worse progressively while you drinking. Honestly found this to be a defamation of character against all American ambers. Better suited as a drain cleaner.

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light amber/copper color with minimal head. Scent is very weak with a dominant metallic like scent over top of a burried grassy hop and musty light carmel scent. Taste doesnt improve on the scent much, metallic and some touches of butter and vegtables... these flavors burry an underlying nutty and grassy taste whith some brown sugar sweetness. Light bodied, spritzy. At first i thought it was off, but after reading the reviews, it may just not be anything more than an ok beer.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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 hozersr
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ovaltine
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mixed 12 pack from leinenkugels, so lets so how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a nice amber color just as the name implies, there was two fingers worth of white head that faded to a thin layer that stayed most of the time, also had slight amounts of lacing.

S- Lots of sweet malts and grains with a small amount of hops detected at the end.

T- Just like the nose sweet malts make their presence known up front. Lots of hoppy bitterness at the end, a lot more then the smell would lead you to believe. This beer is pretty hoppy for an amber but it grew on me.

M- Light bodied, thin, crisp, and good carbonation.

D- There's good drinkablity in this beer, it goes down real easy, this would be a good day time session beer on a nice summer day.

Overall I find this beer to be a good amber, it may be pretty hoppy for its style but it tends to benefit this beer. I drink this beer pretty often and I am glad Leinenkugels added this to their year round line up.

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Photo of ZAP
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Extremely clear deep golden colored...not much of a head.

S-Smells of sweet toasty malts...I like the aroma.

T-Muncih malt toastiness is evident right away...that is tasty and enjoyable. The problem is the use of hops. I'm not a brewer but the hops don't compliment or excite but rather add an abrasive bitterness that shouldn't be there for a 30 something IBU amber...think lemon peel,grapefruit peel....not enjoyable...with Bud Ale I actually liked the hop flavor but in this one the hops detract from the nice toasty maltiness.

M-Light side of medium....

D-This is one half a good beer....I really like what they did with the munich malt...I do not like the hopping...overall it is ok but could have been a lot better..

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber beer that looks amber, lots of clarity, carbonation and an off white head 1" in depth. Aroma of mostly red style malt, peat, true to style.

Taste, eh, average for style I guess, has that not dry enough mouthfeel like most reds, cardboard, wish they could use some hops in this, or at least to a greater extent, liven up the flavor, the zing of the beer (other than the metallic zing you get here).

Otherwise, its decent, but fairly boring, and a little expensive, seems to grow in price more every year. Pretty mild, might have a place with converting people early on in their foray into craft beer. . .

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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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