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

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Added by Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 667
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 chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a copper body with a 3 inch fizzy white head that stays around for a little while. The smell is sweet and malty with some biscuit coming through. The taste is malty with some bitter hops coming though. The mouth feel is good. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a Leinie's pint glass

A: Respectable 1-1 1/2 finger foamy head. Deep, nearly perfect amber color.

S: Very malty. Little else. A little sugar sweetness.

T: Bitter actually starts then fades. Bits of bread, vegetation, and a little creaminess. Good but nothing strikes out.

M: High carbonation.

D: Very drinkable as an "almost macro" with a good flavor profile.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A head of perfect white at a height of over an inch. The body of the brew is a pale copper. The body appears as more of a pale ale than an Amber. A moderate amount of carbonation is present.

S - Mildly roasted malts.

T - The malt is this brews mainstay, as it should be. It has a light malty flavor to it with a crisp bitterness in the ending and through to the finish. It is actually quite flavorful.

M - The feel is watery with a coarse tones in the ending.

~ This is a decent beer and one I'm sure I will cross paths with again. Will I seek it out? Most likely not.

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Photo of spycow
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Nonic tumbler.

A: Beer pours a deep amber color with light carbonation. Leaves no head but has a clear and pleasant appearance.

S: Beer has an interesting smell. A smoky and piney, leathery smell seems indicative of the style of hops used.

T: First sip goes down smooth. It has a hoppy, smoky and bitter taste. Its not very complex but not picking up any fruit overtones. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste the dissipates rather quickly.

M&D: Beer has a smooth somewhat carbonated feel but still pleasant. The beer is easy to drink for an amber ale. It is nothing special but a good everyday amber ale.

For the price point with today's expensive beers at $6.99 a six pack a really good deal especially in the Chicago area. Will buy again.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice medium-gold color with better head retention that I've seen in most Leinenkugels. It has a sweet, caramel nose, a bit faint. Lightly caramel malt, likewise, dominates the flavor, though it also features a moderate bitterness that keeps it from being sweet. The body is a tad thin perhaps.

Pretty generic amber beer, like you'd get at a generic brewpub, or any generic late 80s or early nineties micro. Just... generic.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light reddish-golden yellow color. White head.

Aroma is very lager-like with soft bready/malty scents and mild hop whiffs.

Taste is mild, clean, lightly bready, slightly sweet and just a hint of drying hops. Bottle says cascades are in the mix but I can’t pick them out.

Mouthfeel is soft. Not abrasive in any way. Very drinkable. Not an in-your-face beer by any means. Just an easy drinking, dependable, lower alcohol lager that is fine for any occasion or any season. To be honest, it’s much better than expected.

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Photo of bmwats
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Well, believe it or not, it's amber. . . nothing more to see here. Low carbonation, a minimalist, foamy, off-white head which disintegrates very quickly, leaving only a smattering of bubbly carbonation on the surface. Upon drinking, whatever bubbly is left, will liberate itself from your brew. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Light yet mildly sweet, syrupy malt. A little nutty, and maybe even a touch of bittersweet chocolate (if you use your imagination a bit).

T: Maltier than expected. Has a certain heartiness and robustness. Just a bit "thin" and shallow, but not too much to it's detriment. This actually gives it a light and drinkable quality. Mildly hoppy, and a little piney.

M: Light bodied, but hearty. The light yet flavorful malt starts, and a hoppy, bittersweet finish. The pine really sticks around.

D: Good drinkability, overall. Solid flavor and feel. Nice well-rounded, easy drinker with a certain refreshing quality to it.

Appearance is okay, nothing impressive. Nicely balanced nose and palette. Nothing special, but solid. Feel is non-offensive, light but present and accounted for. Pretty much, a run-of-the-mill amber (which is not a bad thing), with just a bit of extra hop. Overall, solid quaff.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
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 BeerImmediately
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into mug.

Pours with a short, 1/2F white head over a very clear golden-to-amber colored body, with a ton of visible carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Aromas are fairly sweet, with lots of tree fruits and berries, some caramel malt.

Pretty smooth on the palate with the fruity flavors of apricot skins, red apple, and then some sourdough bread-like quality. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but not bad for the style. Very easy to drink, and encourages large swallows.

This beer is a great Fall offering for those who dig the Leinenkugel lineup... i.e. someone who likes going a notch above macro.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking copper body with a small one-finger white head. Smells hoppy earthy and some strong caramel notes. Tastes about the same as smell. Sweet caramel and malts hit upfront turning into an earthy tone fused with some hops which only become stronger in the hoped bitter finish. Carbonation is about standard but overall it's a pretty drinkable beer. Well done.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with an average, unremarkable head. Smell is of grainy/bready notes. Taste is similar - kind of a grainy/bready slightly fruity taste. No bitterness at all. Not a bad taste, but somewhat mediocre. Plenty of carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

All in all, a very average to above average beer. I'd rather have this than a BMC beer, but it's nothing exceptional either. Drinkable enough - you could pound these back while watching a game or playing cards. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing great either.

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Photo of bob3701
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear amber with a small big bubbled head that disapates rather quickly into a thin film with very minor lacing. A mild malted aroma but not much else. Very mild taste a bit biscuty and a very mild citrus finish. Very easy drinking beer. Not bad but also nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight yeast cleanliness, some hop notes are present, and some sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast cleanliness up front, then slight hops , some sweet malt comes through next, and a slight grain flavor (causes a dry quality). The after taste is not very pleasant, but otherwise its a decent beer. Overall, a easy drinking, slightly bodied ale.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber/rust in color. Very clear in clarity with an off white head that has decent retention.
Malts are a little roasty, hops come through witht the smell of pine nuts. Both malts and hops are there but neither are very abundant. A little on the sour side, which gave it some personality.
Very dry but not bitter at the finish.
Not a great brew but certainly better than a run of the mill macro.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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 JordonHoltzman
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a sixer to split with a buddy, we looked around the beer aisle of the walbaums, and we settled on this.

A: a finger's worth of head, its an off-white. the beer is a great amber color, looks like its darker at the toward the top. the head didn't last two long, two sips and it was paper thin to nothing, though the lacing was fantastic.

S: caramel pops into my mind immediately and stays, very strong, stays the whole way, but in the backround comes fruit, so caramel apple comes to mind. a little maltiness and slight slight alcohol aroma is around in the middle, but the stars of smell show are clear.

T: taste is of your run of the mill amber lager. it does taste pretty good though. caramel is there for sure, and a small alcohol taste. the bitterness is definitely there at the tip of your tongue but is smooth and sweet and the back.

Mouthfeel/drinkability/overall: medium carbonation, slight tangy sensation on the tongue kinda speads around the entire mouth. pretty good drinkablity; half way thru my first one i felt that i could have 5 of these comfortably, but when i finished my 3rd, i changed my mind. Overall, this beer is pretty good and has some potential to be better.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark golden/light amber beer..darker than that in the picture. Tight bubbly off white head. Aroma mostly toffeeish malts, slight milky smell in the back. Pretty balanced lager here..had a quite nice semi-swet malt taste and a "buzz' of hops overlayed. OK mouthfeel..quite dry in the end. Drinkable enough beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Whiteweasel
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank a pint on tap at BWW.

A: Light brown/golden, good persistant head and lacing

S: Quite malty, very sweet. Still has strong hoppy showing that keeps the beer balanced overall. Nice scent

T: Almost toasty, maltiness and hoppiness are almost equal. Not quite as sweet as the smell would suggest.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, and very carbonated (being from the tap). No booziness is readily apparent.

D: Low abv, and very refreshing, but it loses its appeal pretty quickly.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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 Cylinsier
3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish amber with a moderate head. Very attractive color.

Smell was a bit above par. Good malts and a bit of grain.

Tastes very fresh. Hoppy bitterness is apparent but far from overpowering. The malts give it a bit of heavy sweetness,

Mouthfeel is crisp and pretty full. Works really well in conjunction with the taste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Not my favorite style but I could come back to it in the future.

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