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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 667
Photo of TheMightyGUEST
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +11.5%
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 -22.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -1.3%
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 +14.3%
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 +21%
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 0%
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 -5.1%
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 -1%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -25.2%
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 -4.8%
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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Photo of Duxx
1.73/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color. The appearance of this beer is the best part of this beer.

S: Very unusual smell...grainy or metallic but not pleasant at all.

T: Some hops bitterness comes through especially in the back of the throat. Not much else in the taste except for a very unpleasant metallic after taste.

M: Not bad, Not great. Sort of thin and a lot of carbonation.

D: I really don't care for this beer! Makes me want to grab some chips or peanuts. Something to get that after taste out of my mouth. I've talked to a lot of my northern neighbors who really like their "Leinies" but I guess I am just not a fan.

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Photo of happygnome
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a transparent brown color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving only a slight trace of lace around the edge of the glass. carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top
s: although subdued i can detect sweet caramel and nutty malts
t: sweet sweet sweet caramel and nuts
m: light to medium bodied beer with ample carbonation

overall, I dont think ill buy this one again but it was nice trying it

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Photo of Stunner97
2.08/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance- brown to amber red in color, little to no head with a moderate to low carbonation,

Smell- very weak nose with just not much being given off at all, slight grain and malt

Taste- Very disappointing flavor on this one, its just kind of a bland tasting lager here, almost slightly off on the finish with an odd metallic twinge, Slight grain and malt with a slight twinge of bitter hops on the finish, just not that great with something seeming slightly off

Mouthfeel- rather light crisp and low carbonated

Drinkability- Nothing I was even tempted to reach for again that night at the bar or anytime soon, of this style there are just so many beers better out there you will have to not search out this one again, maybe my tap was bad or something but just kinda of a let down beer

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a light amber color with a white froth that dissipates somewhat quickly...for an amber, I would really like to see something darker...this almost looks like a pale ale. Simple aromas of grains, light red fruit, easy caramel, light skunkiness, roasted nuts, & subtle chocolate. It gets better as it warms, but not very impressive. The flavor of the beer is much better than the nose with characteristics of roasted hazelnuts, chocolate, caramel, grains, & subtle citrus hops. Overall, this is a very simple, straight forward beer that goes down easily. Not bad, but no something that I'll recommend.

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Photo of beergod1
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another OK beer from Leinies....I buy Leinies expecting a solid session beer, and thats about it. Crisp clean tasting, a touch of roasted malt, after it warmed a bit I think I actually tasted dusted cocoa?! Carbonation was a little more than Med. Color is actually very appealing, head fades quickly leaving small amount of lacing as Im sipping, Tastes almost like their Octoberfest. Maybe with all the Big beers I've been drinking, im used to much more flavor? I think I'll have another.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.


$8.99 / 6 pk.

S: Malted barley with minimal hop aroma. Bready, but really not much going on.

A: Clear amber body covered by a big loose head that clings to the glass leaving some lacing and cover.

T: Roasted malt with very low hop bitterness. Toast up front with just a hint of hop bitterness on the back end. Very little aftertaste.

M: Light body and low to medium carbonation. Crisp and dry.

D: Very sessionable beer that can be enjoyed in copious amounts at a minor league baseball game on a beautiful July evening in Wisconsin.

O: Not much going on. Pretty straight forward brew. This will appeal to many tasters, but comes off as a bit bland in my opinion.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Classic Amber poured a clear amber color with a white 1-finger head that faded to almost nothing - leaving a small collar of lacing.

The smell is of very light caramel malt and not much else. The taste is also of "weak" caramel malt and a very light hop bite. Classic Amber is light bodied with medium carbonation and was crisp and a bit dry.

Not bad Amber Ale - however, was hoping for a little more flavor.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.47/5  rDev -21.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A classic is a book which people praise and don't read."

--Mark Twain

Classic Amber should be called Classic Orange due to the use of caramel and Munich malts. The pour generated a decent looking crown that is midway between ivory and ecru. Small scraps and thin fingers of lace manage to stick to the glass as the foam fades.

The toasted earthiness of Munich malt dominates the nose. Given the brewery, I didn't really expect the hops to make much of an olfactory statement. Cluster, Cascade, Mt. Hood and Hallertau... if you're interested.

This beer would be better if the brewers had changed the malt bill around to make it taste like golden grain (an amber lager) rather than like Oktoberfest-light. Munich is probably my least favorite malt. It also would have been better if some hop flavor was appreciated.

On a good note, the fact that they followed the Reinheitsgebot and refrained from adding all sorts of goofy tasting junk (yeah, I'm lookin' at you Fireside Nut Brown and Sunset Wheat) keeps things relatively clean and straightforward.

Specifics include zwieback toast with a very thin layer of fruit jam, roasted peanuts and a light sprinkling of tea leaves. There is a fair amount of flavor here... and it isn't something that should wear me out by the bottom of the bottle... which is an unusual occurrence for a JLBC beer.

The mouthfeel more than holds it own. It's at least medium for the style/ABV and doesn't go all wobbly as the finish approaches. Well-done carbonation helps. Can you sense the pleasant surprise?

It has been a long time since I've had a decent Leinenkugel's beer. While I have no desire to drink them all again for comparison's sake, my sense is that Classic Amber trails only Creamy Dark at the top of the Leinie's heap. Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout doesn't count... unless they brew it again.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a coppery amber color with a very fizzy head even though I poured strictly down the side of my pint glass. Carbonation city here.

It smelled of caramel and grains. I tasted some bitter hops up front followed by some caramel with a sticky aftertaste. There is some body for a lager, not too thin.

This bottle went down pretty easy. Good with my pizza. Better than BMC if the choices are limited at the local restaurant. This was ok but not great. Of the offerings from Leinenkugel I do like this and the Creamy Dark the best.

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Photo of lester619
3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best product leine's has come out with in quite a while. Beer that tastes like beer, what a novel concept. It's not mixed with lemonade or berry flavoring or maple syrup, it's just good amber beer. It looks very nice, chrystal clear orangish copper. About two inches of off white foam that doesn't last long. The smell is very biscuit like, toasty malt with hops in the background. It's a little more watery than I would have expected. A lot of fizzy carbonation. All in all a nice solid amber. Nothing great, but solid. A good choice to wash down a burger at the tavern.

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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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