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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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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of haddon
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
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 -33.5%
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 +5.2%
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 +11.3%
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 -4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 -8.1%
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 +1%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.6%
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 -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 Schneic8
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug

Appearance: Nice amber/caramel color with a nice 1-2 inch head that disappeared quickly. A medium amount of carbonation.

Smell: A bit of caramel and a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: It has a sweet caramel/fruity flavor initially with a slight bitterness throughout until the end. Taste's a little watered down but overall a good beer.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation that has a light feel and is crisp. It has a thin feel with not a whole lot of depth.

Drinkability: Easy beer to drink. It would be good on a hot summer day. I was hoping for a little more flavor but overall pretty good.

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Photo of nukem5
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Pour was very nice had me licking lips ready to taste the beauty of beer.Slightly cloudy amber in color.

S: Above average, light malts and caramel fill the nose, some light hops

T: Sweet malty balanced with some spicey hops.Has a lightly bittered aftertaste. Very nice everyday beer makes me envy those who live there near the brewery and can enjoy it everyday.

M: Nice medium body with a full flavor.Some decent lacing down glass walls with a average carbonation level.

D: good evryday beer and one that should be enjoyed everyday.

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Photo of gopens44
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear and slightly coppery with a thin foamy head

S - Slightly, delicately hoppy in the nose with a yeasty presence as well.

T - A touch tart, some bitterness, but mostly biscuity.

M - Thin, dry and very carbonated.

Not bad, but not great. It would do well when the selection is poor.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, subtle or dulled amber color. About a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - hoppy in smell, but not extremely so. Nice general lager smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - general hoppiness in taste, but without a bitterness..probably masked by malts. Slight muskiness. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - nothing at all complex or interesting in taste, but at the same time not bad tasting. For its likely intentions, this beers is not a bad brew.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Really nice amber color with a lot of carbonation at first. It also has maybe half an inch of head that disappears but not completely leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not too exciting of a smell. It has somewhat of that sweet corn smell with a little hint of fruit.

Taste: Nothing too exciting but it is not bad. It has somewhat of a dry taste but without any bitterness.

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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 BeerLover99
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pale amber, 1 finger head.

S - sweet malt with corn and grain.

T - sweet start from malt with hint of bitter in the finish.

M - light body, with average carbonation.

D - I didn't understand the hype behind this beer. It is just a dressed up macro offering. Not bad, but not good either.

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

From bottle no. 01101-020936. Sampled on December 14, 2010. It pours a light amber color with a fizzy head that goes away in short order. The aroma is a bland mixture of grains and malts. The body is medium. The taste brings out the sweet malt character a bit more than in the aroma but it reminds me more of a pale ale rather than a red. It is just missing something.

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Photo of brentk56
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a creamy, but modest head; quite a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Grainy elements waft together with caramel sweetness

Taste: The caramel sweetness jumps out and never relinquishes its control over the flavor profile, though a biscuity flavor is joined by a hint of herbal hop by mid-palate; underlying these flavors is a hint of berry which verges in the metallic in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; rather silky

Drinkability: It is rare that my favorite element of a beer is the mouthfeel but that is the case with this one; otherwise, the flavor profile is clearly aimed at the middle of the road; not a bad beer by any stretch - just not something I am likely to seek out again

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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 aficionado224
2.06/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer wins the "Clown Award" for funny taste. Why would I pay a premium price for a beer that tastes this bad? Rates very low on my scale. Avoid this one at all costs. Save your loot for a better beer. This is even worse than some of the big brewers mass-produced stuff.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a nice amber color with a small head that has decent retention with very little lacing and moderate carbonation. When drinking this I get some malts in the taste with maybe a slight caramel taste and the last taste I get is a citrus taste which remains in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a medium mouthfeel that is a little sticky that clings to the tongue and lips. This is another Leinie's that is easy to drink and I do like it when a beer is easy to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a moderate amber color with a single-finger white head that soon trickles down into nearly nothing. The nose has some toasted bread and some light caramel, as well as a faint hint of sweetness. The taste is a bit more sugary with some bread crust and light toast. Light-to-medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty ordinary, but not bad.

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Photo of Andrew644
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber with a lively head that lingers. For an amber I wish it had a deeper color

S- Slight malty smell but with almost no hop smell

T- a sweetish malt flavor with a bitterness from the hops but very little aroma from the hops. Tastes a little watered down and I would like the flavor to be more intense.

M- average mouthfeel, nothing special.

D- average drinkability, I would drink one if someone bought it for me but I probably won't buy it 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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