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: 670 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of whynot44
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light copper/amber color with a modest white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is toasted grains, a bit of caramel and herbal hops. The taste is light toasted malt, hints of caramel, with enough herbal hops to balance well. Nothing particularly exciting, but easy to drink. Light bodied and fairly smooth, should be a reasonable refresher after mowing the grass or for washing down some barbeque.

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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 DesMoinesMike
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For an amber I would have to say this was a bit light.

It poured a light amber color with a thin white foamy head. The aroma had a bit of caramel and possibly cinnamon. For taste, well, there wasn't much there, a bit of caramel/toffee, but not much to brag about. The body was on the thin side. It was very smooth though, very easy to drink. This seems like more of a BBQ beer who's enjoyment is in the background while you do a few other things. Meaning, it doesn't stand out at all.

Edit: Upon further review it seems a tad sour like some apple cider that's gone bad.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Lienenkugel's "Classic Amber" pours stunning golden amber from a 12 oz twist off cap brown glass bottle with a freshness date of 06229, or June, 22, 2009.

Head went to well over 2 fingers before dropping to a thin ring of foam with a freckle or two of foam here and there on the otherwise flat surface.

Nose is a damp citrus sour with just a hint of cardboard. Palate is a thin well bittered sour, with no malt sweetness, and of course, the bight of carbonation.

The first thing I did after trying this beer was to check out the date on the bottle. The date was good, the beer was not.

This beer came in a well sealed 12 pack from a refrigerated display at a grocery store that sells a lot of beer.

2 thumbs down for this one.

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Photo of biggred1
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored with a puffy white head that lasts awhile and leaves a few blobs of airy foam behind. Toasted grain and mild leafy hops make up the nose. Sweet malt with just enough hop bittering to balance. A light bodied beer that is easy enough to drink, at least there are no berries in this one.

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Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Light amber color, white head, decent retention, little lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is pleasant, well balanced, but by no means deep or complex. Cookie maltiness, grassy hoppiness, with the malts being more noticeable than the hops.
Light to medium bodied, a decent amber.

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Photo of JamesS
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light copper color, not as deep as I like, but the huge head and bubbles help, as well as the decent lacing. Malty scent, very sweet with that slight skunky aroma you get from macro lagers. Nice flavor, extremely sweet, mostly malt with just a slight hop bite and a slight skunkiness at the end. Very bubbly but not rough, goes down fine if overly sweet.

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

On tap at a local watering hole.Came in a standard pint glass a chill hazed lighter shade of amber with a thinner white head.Muted aromas just a hint of toasted grain and a passing whif of caramel.Standard amber lager flavors toasted with some sweeter caramel,this just have a slight bite in the finish like an herbal smack but its still par for the course.Not anything to write home about,its standard and rather blah.

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Photo of RobH
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't an Amber Ale as classified here, it's a Vienna Lager according to the brewer (I am not aware of Leinei's brewing any ales anyway). This is a lager.

12oz. bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6-pack. I had first purchased a cup of this beer on tap at Nationals Stadium and I knew from the fact that beer tasted like iced tea, it couldn't have been Classic Amber coming out of the tap. If it was Classic Amber then it sure tastes different on tap vs. bottled!

So, this was the "real" thing. Hmmm, up against other Amber/Red Lagers or Vienna Lagers (whichever), this one falls just above average.

A: Thin copper color. Head nothing to speak of.

S: Kind of average "beery" aroma. Faintly discernable caramel malt aromas.

T: Thin, carbonated mouthfeel. Certainly better than an everyday macro pale lager, but just doesn't stand up in the full flavor category of most craft beers.

D: Makes for a pretty decent sessionable lager. Good buy for a party if you want to have something more than BMC but don't want to break the bank.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The pour is a golden amber with a tall white head. Retention is decent, but lacing is below average.

The nose is made of herbs, spices, some sweetness and an off-putting metal. The taste is more of the same, with the earthy flavours becoming dominant and staying throughout the lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and refreshing. Drinkability is decent, but the metal gets old quickly.

I don't seem to have much luck with Leinie's brews. However, I would take this over a Bud in a heartbeat.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one is totaly clear golden-amber color, plenty of lathargic bubbles stream to the top to create a vary spacious and clumpy, off-white head. slightly thin looking.

very herbal and spicey hops on the nose at first, rich and hearty aroma's, slightly medicinal and metallic in the back. slightly sweet amber malt, slight sour fruits at the end.

This is a slighty sweet and bready amber malt with a decent balance of spicey, herbal hops, not very coplex but not boring at first either. The herbal hops will become medicinal with traces of alluminum and will become a bit less appealing as it goes from a zippy feel to rather stagnent. a flat and bitter hop flavor is the finish.

I was excited to see a different Amber lager around, but it's not up to par for me.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, fairly light golden color.LAcing abounds with minimal head.
Smell...metallic with rusty overtones...kinda like a rusty wheel after the water is dumped out.
Taste is thin, once again metallic flavors prevail.
Not a very good beer at all. Not a "dumper", but will never buy again!!!

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Photo of KI9A
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice copper color, topped with a fast fading head. Neat Leinie's Sunset Wheat glass, though!

S: Some malts, maybe a bit of citrus.

T: Sweet malts, maybe a hint of hops. Just nothing special at all. Not bad, not good.

M: Light.

D: Drank 2 of these pretty quick. Kind of uninspiring. Boring.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, crystal clear amber hue with a thick two fingers of creamy-rocky off-white foam, which falls away fairly quickly, settling as a thin ring that shows nearly no stick on the glass.

A bit of sweet and lightly toasted bready malt in the nose, a nice whiff of noble hops and a faint background of DMS.

Light and perfectly carbonated with a light-to-medium body. A light hint of caramel touches the front of the palate, swirling in a wonderfully clean and balanced mix of mildly herbal, grassy hop bitterness and sweet and lightly biscuity -- perhaps a tad grainy -- malt presence. Finishes dry with a mildly astringent hop/grain mix.

Infinitely drinkable. This is a light yet characterful interpretation of a played-down style. A nice, thirst-quenching lager that is clean, balanced and inoffensive.

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Photo of Offa
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a reasonably good, basic lager, lke a slightly fuller, more bitter, vaguely more hoppy version of a basic American pale lager.

Amber-copper, it has a small-to-medium offiwhite head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and no lace.

Aroma is like a basic American pale lager but a bit different: grain, a bit more toasty than a pale lager; apple; light hints of citrus (lemon & orange), grass and metal.

The taste is toasty grain, hints of citrus, grass, metal. It has luight sweetness followed by light bit lingering bitterness that is a little on the unpleasantly sharp side. The hoppy bitterness is rather bland, with weak hop character, but has light citrus and bitter grass elements. It has a faint hint of thin caramel. I don't quite get the artificial citrus element that some seemed to complain about, but I can kind of get a sense of why people describe it this way. It certainly is not the strong, obvious (to me) artificial citrus of things like Leinenkugel's own Sunset Wheat or Lost Coast's Great White. Compared to some other basic, American amber/red lagers (like Dundee's Honey Brown, which I find far inferior to this), this is pretty good but like the others it really is little more than a more caramelly pale lager in character.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always get suckered into the Leinie's seasonals, probably because it's such a rarity when the local grocery store offers anything new on the left side (ie. the good side) of the beer cooler. It's not because I'm a huge fan of this brewery, as their efforts are usually average at best. But there's always hope...

Golden copper or, sure, amber color, with a nice half-inch cap of foam, which leaves blotches of lace behind.

Aroma? I don't know...kind of boring. Faint caramel and fresh-baked bread, maybe a dusty nuttiness. Just kind of "there."

The hops promised on the label are dialed-down and conservative in the flavor (didn't even detect them in the aroma), while the caramel maltiness leans toward sourdough. Light fruitiness nestled in there somewhere. Nutty, grassy, herbal bitterness mixes with the sour element in the finish.

Crisp and a bit dry. Fairly light body and mild carbonation tingle.

I don't look at "drinkable" as "how many can you pound down?" This is a pretty bland offering and I don't see myself cracking into the rest of the 6-pack. Wasted my money. So, drinkable? Not really. I hope my wife likes it...

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

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a bone dry scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. There is a slight metallic aroma as well. The taste is average. It has a very lackluster malt character along with a super dry, metallic finish. It lists four different hops on the bottle, but I'm not picking up any. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer needs to be scrapped and reconfigured.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark yellow in color with a white that that dissipates very quickly. Not impressed with the appearance of this beer.

S-Smells of honey, slightly citrusy.

T-More flavor than I expected. Slightly hoppy. It has an unsweet tea taste. It has an unusual bitter aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasant and lingers for some time.

M-Carbonated and then.

D-I give this an average drinkability. It is has more flavor than any of the more popular mass produced lagers out there, but it is not too heavy. It would be a perfect session beer except for the aftertaste.

Overall this beer was a big dissapointment. I am glad I only purchased a single. However, I could see myself trying this beer again in a couple of years or if there is nothing else to choose from.

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Photo of mjryan
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber colour. Imagine that. Large head dies quickly and leaves zero lace. I dont expect lace from most lagers so I wasnt disapointed. Aroma is citrusy with a touch of caramel and biscuit. Flavour is at first light, sweet caramel that transitions into a suprising citrus hop character. Finish is slightly malty sweet/biscuity. Medium bodied and super easy to drink. Probably the best Leinies beer I have ever had. Nothing too complex or in your face. Just a nice, moderatley hoppy, all malt amber lager. Nice job Leinenkugels.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear and very light amber color. Almost looks like water with a tint of food coloring. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a thin white head that has very nice retention.
A very solid smell with not a lot going on. There is a bit of a solid malt smell with a tinge of honey.
A very solid taste, but nothing really too strong going on. There is some caramel and toffee malts, but very subdued. There is a slight hinge of hops and honey that add a nice flavor to the brew.
Mouthfeel has a medium-sized thickness to it. The feel is a little more on the chewy scale, rather than being smooth.
Drinkability is probably the most appealing part of this beer. The beer has a good balance and not a lot of crazy taste, so it makes it go down fairly easy. There is more alcohol in this than most beers of this taste, so you can put down a good amount without really noticing the heat.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent pale golden color with thick but thin bodied head.
Our smell here has a bit of a spicy/citrus peel note.
Pretty flavorful, but the spice and citrus is very artificial tasting. The caramel/toffee taste is good on the back end.
Not a particularly good finish, some of the flavor is too artificial to be very drinkable, but ok.

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Photo of alkemy
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looked somewhat similiar (maybe a little less orange) in the pour to the Nugget Nectar I just finished off. Clearly this is where any and all analogous comparisons end. Granted, I'm only comparing the color, because the styles are the same in name alone. Malty caramel smell with a hint of sweetness. Kinda reminds me of a macro making a stab at something that looks the part, but won't offend the masses with too much taste. I'll not be buying this in the future.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap during a Leinenkugel event at the Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington, Virginia.

Pale golden color, with no head, and nothing left on the glass. The taste was very fruity and malty, without enough hop presence to provide balance to the sweetness.

The experience of drinking a beer often transports me to a place conjured by the individual beer. It doesn't usually happen at a bar because of the sensory overload; however, for a fleeting moment, the experience of drinking Leinenkugel Classic Amber transported me to...Milwaukee (or to a macro-brewery in Milwaukee, anyway).

This beer is uninspired and uninspiring. Even the free appetizers and the short-shorts-wearing Leinenkugel girls, mingling among the patrons at the bar, could not redeem this ordinary beer.

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Photo of atsprings
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Fox & Hound after watching Beer Wars, reviewed first as the place was too noisy and crowded to take notes. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp light amber with a decent head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a hint of amber malt, but not much else. Taste is just a hair above Yuengling. The beer is light and crisp, but just as watery as I've come to expect from these guys. This one was just what I expected, nothing I'd try again.

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Photo of climax
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber with a pretty small white head which faded quick. didn't lace well on my glass, left more of a moisture on the sides

nose was mild and a bit skunky/euro lager. there was a mild hop presence (citrus) sitting on a toasty malt backbone which strengthened as it warmed. hints of ripened fruit as well

taste was sharp at first when it was well-chilled. definite toasty malt with citrusy hops pretty indistinct but present. bananas in there somewhere finish was earthy and toasted

medium/light body. very crisp carbonation, pretty creamy and slick. finish was a bit dry

it's pretty normal i guess, but its crisp and tasty, easy to drink. sessionable for sure

real sharp

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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 670 ratings