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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 10-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
668
Avg:
3.14
pDev:
28.34%
 
 
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11
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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 668
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee, and it's an excellent beer, especially as it was so fresh! It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is high. The aroma is sharp and minty somehow (must be the hops). Taste is well-balanced and hoppy, with a grainy, full character. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Lienenkugel's Classic Amber has a refreshing finish. I rate this one most excellent.

RJT

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of budgood1
3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a classic amber colour with a thin fine head supported by some active carbonation. some sticky lace is left. sweet sugary malt aroma...obvious munich malt character...some caramel and brown sugar notes. smells nice. taste is more of the same as was the nose. light malty notes of sweet burnt sugar and toasted bread. a touch harsh in the hop department, not sure why it goes from from sweet to bitter so fast but i'm guessing it's the light weight body and watery mouthfeel that detracts from the attractive attributes that this leinies offers. this is a "classic" leinenkugel beer in that it runs the middle of the road and runs out of gas quickly. drinkability is ok. another beer with average to below average character.

a nice intro beer.

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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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Leinenkugel's Classic Amber from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.14 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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