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:
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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 rfgetz
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light amber/copper color with minimal head. Scent is very weak with a dominant metallic like scent over top of a burried grassy hop and musty light carmel scent. Taste doesnt improve on the scent much, metallic and some touches of butter and vegtables... these flavors burry an underlying nutty and grassy taste whith some brown sugar sweetness. Light bodied, spritzy. At first i thought it was off, but after reading the reviews, it may just not be anything more than an ok beer.

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Photo of JoLight
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - amber, with an off-white head.

Aroma - Lightly toasted malts with some bitter hop notes.

Taste - The foundation of the taste is quite all right, consisting of, again, lightly toasted malt. But then I can't help but want to spit it out. The last part of the middle and the end of the taste are both so unpleasant. The bitterness isn't good at all, in my opinion. People compare this to Budweiser American Ale...but I love that and almost really dislike this.

The mouthfeel is light to medium.

Overall, this beer would be okay, but that ending bitterness is just so...shockingly unpleasant. And I do not claim that because I dislike bitter beers, by any means. There is just something about the bitterness of this beer that is so unbalanced, so unpleasant, so...unenjoyable. I like dark beers, too. So that couldn't be the problem.

I don't know...if you're an amber fan, you should try it. I'm not a fan, but I also don't not prefer them, if that makes sense?

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Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown color with some orange tint with a nice white to slightly off white head to it. The smell is of caramel and some other sweet malts. The smell is pleasant and enjoyable. The taste is of some bread malts and some caramel and some other sweet malts, the taste however, is slightly watery and doesn't pack as much a punch as I hoped for. The mouthfeel is good, it is very lightly carbonated. The drinkability is okay, the first two I thought it was very drinkable however, on the third the flaws were more present.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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 hu5om
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into new belgium goblet
a-red/orange with a high degree of clarity. pours 1 finger of bone colored head that dissipates quickly to a ring that leaves no lacing.

s-light, light caramel, maybe a touch of nut. but not much else. touch of hops. imagine a good amber mixed half and half with a bud light.

t-light caramel, heavy on the corn, especially during the aftertaste. slight hop bitterness rounds it out a bit. it tastes like miller lite made an amber, oh wait...

m-fairly effervescent and tingly on the tongue. but overall, thin and not very interesting.

d- better than a standard adjunct, but not by much. a subpar beer from a mediocre brewery. if you're going for a leinie's get the 1888 Bock. Otherwise get an actual microbrew.

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Photo of katan
2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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 atsprings
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Thorpe429
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 thegodfather2701
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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 alleykatking
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Linebacker....

A- Pours a amberish copper color. Half finger white head dies instantly leaving no lace at all.

S- Light sweet malts. Hints of caramel and light toffee. Light metallic aroma as well. Hops were faded which made me think this keg was a little past its prime.

T- Sweet malts upfront leaning more toward caramel. The metallic aroma turned into a strong flavors about midway through to the end. Light hops in the backing are overtaken by a light toasted sweetness from the malts.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Sweet malts and metal left on the palate with the same pair leading long into the aftertaste. Flavor was sweet and malty...but bland and kind of faded. No real drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- This was a drinkable beer. I have had this a couple of times now and have grown to drink it. Although $1.25 for a glass is hard to beat. It's good for what it is and the drinkability is high for that matter.

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

To me this seems more of a lager than an ale.

Pours a thin white head, no retention, very slight splattered lace. No big surprises here. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma is a grainy, like an American macro lager. Some honey notes and maybe some dried wheat.

Taste is very similar to an American macro later but with a little more flavor. There are some honey notes and basic malts here.

Mouthfeel is the expected crispness that are in most simple lagers (not bocks, vienna, ect.). Then it is kind of refreshing and then it dulls out. It ends with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, another letdown from Leines. I was hoping thing would be similar to an amber ale, but it reminded me a lot of a lager. The last three brews have been major letdowns to me (1888, Classic Amber, and Fireside). I am hoping they can step it up and put out something a little better.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Classic Amber pretty much reminds me of their Red Lager. The pour gives off pretty much the same color and head. It's a redish colored liquid with a little white head. The smell gives off a decent sweet aroma with some grainy malts followed by a light hop aroma as well. The taste is decently bitter with some good malts in the background. The finish is on the dry side. The mouthfeel is light to medium. The beer is drinkable to say the least. It's good for a casual drinking beer.

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Photo of sweett3k
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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 knm
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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 DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Time for a beer! 12 ounce single bottle, on to the beer:

Pale orange amber color with a soapy head on top, which trickles down to a thin lace. The nose is a little toffeeish and dark bread-like, though the stale, uninteresting grain aromas get it the way of its potential. The taste is better than the aroma...at least those damn uninteresting grain flavors are gone. Toffeeish....dark bread....some mild hop grape and bitterenss...like an O-fest light. Easy mouthfeel, but with some body to it. Malty sweet bread sticks with an herbal hoppiness in the aftertaste.

It's not great, but it's not bad. It's decent, but don't expect more out of this.

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Photo of TheTrevor
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color with a big head. The smell is pretty subtle and after a while I've decided that it kind of smells like some malt and that's about it, I have no idea how they made a beer that smells so little. The taste is depressingly similar to the smell, just a spurt of lightly toasted malt at the start that gives away to a bit of hops that lead into a clean finish. Not unpleasant, but very boring. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. You can drink the hell out of a six-pack of this beer, but I'm not sure why you would. Not a horrible beer, but I certainly wouldn't call it a good version of the style.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber color with orange tinge. Good clarity and a light tan head that settles rather quickly.

S: Roasted malt and baked whole grain bread with a bit of molasses. A bit of an adjunct aroma. Hops are spicy, peppery but not very fresh or commanding.

T: Soft caramel sweetness not overdone. Malt is dry with a baked bread graininess. Some apple fruitiness is in the background. Bitterness is equal and balancing with the hops coming in and adding a herbal grassy character. Beer finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Alcohol warmth is subtle but comes in at the end.

D: Nothing real great or real bad about this beer. It did not impress me and it finishes a bit to bitter and dry for what I want out of an amber ale. Cost was cheap and makes it seem worth it.

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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 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 beachbum1975
2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a Discovery Twelve Pack and this was one of the beers in it.

12 ounce bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a clear, amber body with a well-sized, frothy, white head wih average retention

The taste is easy and enjoyable. Almost watery at times, but the predominant flavors are pale malts and light toasty malts with a touch of graininess and caramel.

Average, but sessionable at the local watering hole if you had no other choice.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -4.5%
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 BeerSox
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a one finger white head that settles to an even cap.

Lots of toasty malt grains with a slight touch of herbal hop aromas.

The flavor has a very coffee-like toasty quality to it. Only a little bit of hop bitterness is there, without much flavor. Toward the finish the flavors become very dry, and the feel is a bit acerbic. Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

Nothing horrible, but I'm glad I didn't buy a full six pack of this (just got a single in a mix pack).

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Photo of shand
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. Date code of May 24 10, unclear if that is bottled by or best by.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with about a finger's worth of head. Retention and lacing are poor.

Smell: Sweet malts.

Taste: Absolutely average. It's the same sweet malt thing that's been done a million times before. There's nothing bad about this beer, but there's really nothing good either.

Mouthfeel: Again, average. Goes down a bit sticky, but nothing wrong with it.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

This is the definition of a mediocre beer. Nothing about it stands out as good, but nothing stands out as bad either. An inoffensive choice. You can do better.

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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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