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 RievyRW
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It was previously mentioned, but according the label on the bottle it is a lager, not an ale as listed, and was reviewed as such.

Source: 12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A little on the yellow side of what I think an 'amber' beer should look like, but I won't complain.

Smell: A faint barley grainy smell.

Taste: Some grain/malt flavor with a very little hoppy flavor mixed in.

Drinkability: Like pretty much all the Leinie products, very drinkable. Not going to stand out in a crowd, but better than the macros that cost the same in the stores (one nice thing about living 10min. from their brewery and probably adds some bias to my review) so I'd be more than happy to drink it all night long.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is barely "amber", it's more like golden with copper highlights. Perfectly clear, there is a pillowy white head that leaves bits of lacing around the glass. The smell is very underwhelming; sweet amber malt is about all I get out of it, maybe just a hint of hops. The flavor is similar - underwhelming. There is a sweet amber malt presence with a slight mingling of toasted victory grain and hops just to balance. The finish is slightly bitter but no real hop presence. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an almost chewy carbonation. Overall, not an impressive beer but not bad either. I would definitely have this over most macros but it would lose in the face of any other decent micro.

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

BA got the style of this beer messed up. BA lists it as an amber ale but it says right on the neck of the bottle that it's a lager.

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

Small to nil off-white head. Clear light amber with decent carbonation. Little bit of hop bitterness on the finish. It may not have any adjuncts in it, but everything about the smell and taste is very "macro-ish". Will not buy again. Will not suggest to others.

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Photo of supercolter
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh, this brewing company doesn't excite me too much. I just don't get it.
Appearance is bland. Red in color but a little lighter than expected. Very little head and no notable lacing. Smell and taste is ok, very similar to their fireside- but a bit sweeter and an odd metallicy taste. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, some carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

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

Had this yesterday and found this dark golden our to be a passable drinkable, bottom fermented beer. The term "classic" is often used without reason. In this case, I guess it refers to the fact that is an all malt lager, well so is "classic' Michelob.
There is a bit of a nut flavor note in the finish. I agree with others here. There is too much packaged over pricing on this one. If this were a few dollars cheaper, it would be worth picking up, now and then.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bruno's at the Summit in Birmingham. Nice amber color to this one with a slight off-white head. Smells malty with very little hops coming through. The taste is exactly the same. While malty and decently flavored, there are not many hops present at all. I would not be quite as harsh in my review if the label hadn't proclaimed 4 kind of hops inside. I just can't find them. On a brighter note, this beer is drinkable and sessionable. Still better than most big macro brews.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured clear dark amber color with medium frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium malt and hop aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable average brew

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

I'm not going to detail every aspect of this new "flavor" of Leinies. It's been reported that this beer is being "slotted" (by Leinies) as competition against Sam Adams on the national scale. I found it to be very 'generic' for a "micro" or "niche" brew. Flavor's OK, nothing outstanding. Drinkable. To me though, it's just "beer", nothing that justifies the price point it's being marketed at. I'm willing to pay a premium for some of their specialties (Oktoberfest, Creamy Dark), but IMO, this isn't "special", and shouldn't be priced as such.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My buddy came over tonight bearing gifts. One of them was a free bottle of Classic Amber, Leinenkugel's newest year-round beer. I gladly accepted the free bottle.

Pours a dark golden color, more orange than amber. Produces a foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma was pretty heavy on caramel malts. Taste was much the same, emphasis on the caramel. There is a slight hop taste as well.

Very crisp and clean. Rather refreshing. I would have to say this is more of a "fall" beer for me, instead of early spring, and the orange, fall-like label only supports my theory. It's very drinkable, like most of Leinenkugel's offerings, but it's just not very impressive.

Typical Leinenkugel's beer. Good, but not great. This is a beer a typical BMC drinker could pick up, and not be scared out of their shoes.

Also, this is categorized wrong. It's a lager, not an ale, and I graded it as such.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Didn't really look like an amber ale. Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, foamy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel malt. Not much else.

T - It tasted of caramel malt, nice and sweet. It had a very faint hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is by no means the best amber ale around, but it is very easy-drinking and sessionable.

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

12 oz brown bottle with cool raised letters on the glass & an attractive label. Now if they would freshness date them..

Pored into my SA pint glass, the beer is a dark gold with copper highlights. It has a large initial beige head that reduces to a skim.

The aroma is of fresh bread, grains, a hint of fruit and a bit of hops (citrus).

The taste is well balanced. It is slightly sweet and grainy with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Not a world changer, but glad to see this solid of an offering and I hope it finds an accepting audience amongst the BMC set.

The mouth is pleasant with active carbonation.

This is an easy drinker and would be a good crossover beer for just about anyone. Its not geeky, but is well made with no obvious flaws or shortcomings.

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Photo of katan
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Medium to dark golden brown colored. Clear and filtered. Head formation is very light and white in color. Not much retention, as it goes down to just a light film.

S - Nothing much here to speak of. I "think" there are some yeast notes latent in there, but not much else.

T - Starts off with the only malt notes that you can get, which are quickly overcome by a hard hitting yeast note. Tart and spicy. Finishes with a harsh grainy astringency.

M - Moderate to thin body for the style. Carbonation buoys the mouthfeel just a little, but overall its somewhat weak.

D - Easy to drink, ABV is manageable and the flavors are light. Carbonation is a downside here as I feel it becoming very filling and bothersome to the mouth.

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

Pours a pale crystal clear amber with a large off white head bubbles form quickly and collar of lace is left in thin uneven formations. Aromatics offer up a mildly sweet light toasted malt character with just a kiss of citrus hops. Flavor is quite disappointing same Leinenkugel generic "craft" brew flavor. Some sweet malts divide with a touch of herbal and citrus hops, 100 percent malt with actual hop character let's kick this up a few notches and do away with the Leine yeast strain. Defnitely unoffensive in every way, body is extremely light and somewhat fizzy but not cloyingly so. Goes down smooth pretty effortlessly, it just hits as more of the same.

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Photo of spacholl
3.99/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out with 1/4 of head that disapeared fast. Nice reddish amber color. People will notice your not drinking a light beer.

Smelled of sweet roasted grains.Hops.

Lightly toasted bread. Tasted of hops on the back.

Medium body. Light carbonation.

Very drinkable. A sesson beer.

I think this is a winner from leinenkugel's

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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 wheatyweiss
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a light honey color with a small head that quickly dissipates and leaves no spotting.

Aroma is of light malt and honey. Sweet malt and that's about it.

Flavor is two row malts that are abused in the roasting process, which isn't a bad thing trust me, but these bad boys have been KILLED and CREMATED. Hop flavor is non-existent and the SUPER ROASTED flavor I get is from the malt that is more like a nut brown malt than an amber. Burned popcorn is the majority of the taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and adequately carbonated.

Wow, not very impressed after the local hype on this one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear gold color. I guess Leinenkugel wants me to believe "classic amber" is actually gold. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing quickly. The aroma is of the same generic caramel malt that is present in most of Leinies beers. The taste is like the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes very similar to Leinies other beers. Dull would be a good word to describe it. I can't see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.67/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping for more than what I got, I decided that the beer would be a better one. I really like Liene beers they are pretty good, the summer brew is one of the great beers that I have had. I really would like to try the different beers that are offered by Lieni. I am sure It would be one of the best beers ever.

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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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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 669 ratings