Leinenkugel's Classic Amber | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Classic AmberLeinenkugel's Classic Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
667
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
16.56%
 
 
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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 garymuchow
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is more golden than amber, extremely clear with a nice glow to the color. Firm white head that takes it's time.
Malt and lager yeast aroma. Semi-sweet and reminds me of typical Am. lager.
Mix of malt and fairly prominent bitterness. Some sweetness and hints of caramel. A blander malt flavor lays on the tongue and helps prevent excessive bitterness. Some sips hold nice hop flavor, particularly from the hallertau.
Drinks like a typical Am. lager, except a little heavier. Fully carbonated with prickly bubbles.
This drinks just fine. More of a summer beer than a contemplative ale. but it would do in a pinch. Has hint of Sam Adams Lager.
Given to me by my brother-in-law for my birthday. Thanks Mark.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of a bottle at a state park in South Dakota. Color was caramel to reddish. Head and film/lacing - N/A.

Smelled just a tad bit better than skunky. Copper seemed to lead the way, followed by caramel.

Pretty average taste. Somewhat malty, but overall pretty weak.

Pretty average, the common theme of this beer. Highly carbonated.

Gave it a semi-gracious 2.5. I wouldn’t try it again on purpose.

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Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Leiny pours clear golden amber, pretty decent white head bubbles up in my lil' taster glass.

Bits of doughy malt in the aroma, light and subtle. Taste is along those lines also, with a nice balance of spicy hop in the finish. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad about this beer. Fits the Leiny style of beers - cheaper beers just across the craft border from BMC land.

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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 Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
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 BeerLover99
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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 nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with a tannish colored head. Head has little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. A touch of caramel malts, bit of floral hops and a bread like smell.

T- Tastes of malt sweetness, touch of hops and bread.

M- Fairly light in body and on the higher side of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink there's just nothing really exciting going on here. Not bad but not good.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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 vette2006c5r
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic Amber pours a clear darken gold color, with a small head. There was a very subtle malt aroma; not really much of anything. The taste was subtle, strawy malts, with a yeasty like taste. A bit watery, but still crisp. Overall this isn't a bad beer, doesn't have that cheap taste some other red lagers have.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very clear body that is golden brown. At least two fingers of light tan head that is thick and soapy, has some great retention, and leaves some nice lacing behind.

I would definitely categorize the aroma here as unpleasant. A ton of corny sweetness, much like what I would expect from a macro lager. Underneath that sweetness is some legitimate caramel malt aroma and a toasted malt aroma.

Just a touch of hop bitternmess shows up here. Next comes some light roasted malt flavors that are a touch bitter in their own right. Light caramel sweetness is also underneath. The problem with this beer is that the corn from the aroma comes through, hurting this one.

Mouthfeel is very light and pretty highly carbonated.

This beer is light and easy to drink, but not very tasty.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured into 4oz sample glass, but I asked for a second pour to make a more proper 8oz review. Plus I was not sampling other beers, so no sample fatigue. Thanks Applebee's!

Appearance: Very light amber with nice head and slight lacing.

Smell: Somewhat sweet with notes of caramel and toasted malts.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts balanced by citrusy hops, with light bitterness at the finish. Nice balance overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

Drinkability: This would be a very respectable everyday lager. Perhaps the best Leinie's I have had.

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Photo of bnes09
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper-colored lager. Weak head on the pour and does not last long at all. No lacing.

Some malt in the smell, also beef broth.

Flavor of bread grains. Mild smoky character. Semi-assertive earthy hop.

Fairly thin body. Good carbonation. Crisp finish. Leaves a slick texture on your tongue.

This stuff is alright. Nothing special yet easy drinking.

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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 Offa
3.58/5  rDev +14%
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 babaracas
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, the brewer's website lists as an all-malt lager, which makes sense.

Pours a clear amber, zero head retention, lacing for an inch. Smell: astringent graininess, bread, faintest of caramel. Taste: pale malt, grainy, brief appearance by some Munich-ish malts, and a jumbled mess of the hops they list on the label. Thin and overly carbonated. A messy stab at an all malt lager, with a name that doesn't fit.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
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 JamesS
3.58/5  rDev +14%
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 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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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 AlCaponeJunior
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and "amber" as the title says. Medium head that leaves good lacing. Not bad looking at all, quite appealing.

I smell some hops, some weak malt and a little fruitiness, but none of it very strong.

Tastes nice but not outstanding. Some malts, a little hops and perhaps a wheaty taste that doesn't quite fit with an amber, but isn't bad. Slightly bitter aftertaste is kind of interesting and gives the beer some character.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry, not especially outstanding, kind of like a lager, but not bad at all.

Drinkability is pretty good, as this kind of dry but refreshing beer is very easy to drink after a long, hard day.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Appears as a standard clear amber color, has exactly the same fizzy non-head, no lacing, as all other Leinenkugel products I've tasted. Smell is very faint and nondescript...I get a vague sense of faded biscuit malt and some mild cooked corn. Tastes like a cross between the nuttiness of the Fireside Brown and a corn adjunct lager. Fizzy thin body just like a soda pop. This one only just barely manages to be a slightly better choice than a BMC.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long time deliberating upon my next review, I settled upon the Leinenkugel's Classic Amber, which is a common year-round beer by the brewery, but one that I have a few of from the Spring Seasonal variety mix. Date on the bottle is May 28 12, which places this bottle a little over a week beyond optimal freshness, but there shouldn't be too much funk in tow.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Leinenkugel pint glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a somewhat fizzy off-white head with an average (at best) retention. Head settles to a thin bubbly surface cover within a few minutes, not ideal for any head quality. Body color is very much a solid medium amber, pale golden-orange in color, crystal clear with an abundance of busy carbonation in the center of the glass. Appearance is pretty much as average as an Amber Lager will get, with lackluster head quality but color and tone to remind you that you are indeed drinking an amber-style beer. 3

(Smell) Simple aromas; a basic mild amber and caramel malt base overshadows pretty much everything else, providing mostly a sweet cracker malt foundation but also donates some chalky bitterness to the nose as well. No distinct hop aromatics nor yeast notes come to mind here either. Smell is quite faint but not impossible to find. Overall it is a very basic smell and neither overly appealing nor overly repulsive. It's just very average. 3

(Taste) Thin caramel malts are the dominant ingredient of the taste, and they are quite sweet up front with a dry chalky finish. It is certainly no surprise that the taste is thin with a lacking body in places, and the flavor as a result is a touch watery. There are no surprises in terms of flavor either. Virtually everything found here is out in the open and the balance is decent, a touch sweeter than desired but there's some husky dryness and bitterness (assuming mostly from malts) in the end that rounds it out somewhat. You would not be too hard pressed to find a more impressive amber lager but I am also certain that there are more blah flavored ones out there as well. It passes at interpreting the style but earns no originality points from me. 3

(Mouthfeel) Textures are airy with a crisp front and a chalky slick finish. Alcohol presence is low. Body is also low. Mouthfeel is quite possibly one of the best parts because it pairs well enough with the flavors to be agreeable with the style and flavors. Good pairing. 4

(Overall) Introducing another very average beer from a very average category. It should be expected that there are better tasting Amber Lagers out there, but this one could be taken as a very drinkable beer year round and a decent quality substitute for popular Amber Ales (In Georgia, Laughing Skull and Fat Tire) should you drink those in larger quantities. Don't expect much beyond a malty flavor and a mild bitter and ashy dry finish, but as a session beer, I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a single sitting. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Classic Amber
3.2/5.00

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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 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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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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