Collaboration Lager
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #20
Ranked #23,438
3.71 | pDev: 9.16%
Aug 08, 2022
Aug 07, 2021
Collaboration LagerCollaboration Lager
Notes: We partnered with Hofbräu München to create Collaboration Lager, an amber lager that unites German malts with American hops creating a taste worth toasting.

With over 550 years of brewing experience combined, Leinenkugel’s Collaboration Lager is a blend of German tradition and American ingenuity. Brewed in partnership with Hofbräu München and in the spirit of Reinheitsgebot, this German-style amber lager incorporates imported German malts with unique American hops to create a beer that is flavorful, balanced, and refreshing.

26 IBU
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Rated: 3.54 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 08, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Apr 01, 2022
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Rated by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Basically what Budweiser would be if it was good.
Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark copper colored with a quarter inch of creamy beige on top. Faint, soapy lacing. The aroma is of toffee and caramel. I’m tasting plenty of toffee and caramel. The mouth is light and easygoing.
Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 2.89 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Canned 2021/12/06
Pours a frothy foamy 1/2 finger off white head with a bit of lacing, fair hazy amber color

Nose grainy cereal malt with little toasted malt, hint if caramel and biscuity malt, fair herbal floral hop touch fruity

Taste cereal grain, little malt extract like sweetness, toasted cereal and hint caramel, fair toast, light soft lager, herbal noble hops, little floral, fruity and touch spicy late with mild sticky sweet finish, Little tangy fruity character, malt extract like and not a clean lager

Mouth is med bod, a bit lager soft, med fizzy carb

Overall not bad, but not as rich malty and clean lager as expected, I feel like hofbrau had very little to do with this
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2021
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Rated by Grounder from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Lovely amber lager. Malty, simple, not hopped to the gills or watery, as some domestic attempts. I could drink it every day on not get tired of it.
Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by J_R_J

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is the most underrated beer I bought this year. It's a simple, smooth, malty, amber lager that I really wish I could brew myself, and I challenge home brewers who can handle lagers to try to recreate this beer at home. A nice break from over-hopped, over-carbonated beers that seem to be gaining in popularity. If I had to choose only one beer to have at an event for everyone, this beer would be on my very short list of choices, and I'm confident no one would be disappointed. This is a deceptively good, expensive-tasting beer from a rather surprising source. Cheers!
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is really better than expected. Pours a deep copper color with a nice pillowy head. Scents of apricot and and piney hops. Not overly hoppy but just enough to give it an American Amber Ale feel to it. Combining the German malts makes this an interestingly pleasant and smooth beer. Not great but good.
Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by ZAP from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I guess I was expecting something more authentically German like with this. It's an ok beer but never in my wildest drunken stupors would I consider this to be an authentic German lager....maybe it is not supposed to be.

Flavor has a touch of toasted malts but it loaded with caramel along with a bit of earthy hops...lightly spicy (more so on the aroma than taste though)..the caramel really gets to be a bit much

Disappointed. I bought 12 and will enjoy drinking them but I was expecting more....
Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep orange, slightly bronzed color with a strong off-white head. SRM of 14. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate to strong aromas of toasted bread malt, red citrus, pine, with some caramel sweetness underneath. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of toasted bread malt followed by a pine and mild red citrus flavor. A smooth but light caramel malt underneath with some brown bread.. Finish with a pine bitterness on the backend. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finish is clean. (3.75)

Compared to Leinenkugals Oktoberfest 11/15/21: Pours a similar color with a larger head. Stronger aromas. More pine, red citrus, brwon bread malt.

Overall: This was a surprisingly enjoyable beer from Leinenkugals. I liked the nice amber malts, red citrus, and pine notes without being too overpowering. Much preferred to their Oktoberfest. I enjoyed this one. Nice flavors, drinkable, and clean. Better than usual for Leinenkugals. (Final Rating: 3.84)
Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by jakea from Wisconsin

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
German malts + American hops = Delicious Amber Lager. This collaboration pours into a deep red clear liquid with a heavenly froth resting above. Some biscuit aromas and some sugary sweet smells fill my nostrils with eagerness to sip. A toasted bread flavor that warms from within. This pairs excellently with a Fall fire. Super easy drinker and too bad I only had a single because I was craving something similar once I finished.
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Single can from Kroger mix & match shelf.
Crystal clear amber color with copper hue. Finger thick head with good retention.
Faint biscuit malt aroma with a hint of orange.
Good balance of malt and hops, subtle sweetness and a finish with hardly any bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
I like it!
Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 01, 2021
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice amber/Vienna style beer. It is unfortunate that it is not a regular rotation beer. I liked it enough to get a second sixer while I could still find it. Glad I did because in casual checking this week it was gone at all my usual haunts.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Amber lager sports a fairly pillowy off-white head. Advertised as a brew that adheres to Reinheitsgebot, and it does have a straight from the hip marzen profile. I've had my fair share of Leinie's, and this is one of their best. But it still doesn't rise to the heights of an authentic Bavarian lager.
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce can poured into a dimpled mug.

L: Deep red/copper, almost clear, two finger khaki head with good retention
S: Spicy and citrus hop aroma to start, getting more bready as it warms
T: Sweet spicy and piney hop flavor, restrained bitterness that rises to the finish, grainy malt, both sweet and toasted, clean finish with a light hoppy aftertaste
F: Light medium body, dry and somewhat crisp, medium carbonation
O: Nice, seems on point, easy drinker
Oct 11, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours clear and trademark amber. Decent head and retention. Very nice lacing.

Bready and biscuity malts on the nose, but there are definitely some grassy and then some hops in the background.

Very restrained malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Some toasted notes arrive in midstream. Then citrus and grass on the end of the drink. Just a bit of metallic tang.

The brew's finish is a little long for the style, I suppose, but still drying at the end of the day.

Decent for the style across the board, but needs some fine-tuning. Maybe a bit sweet. Not special, but solid.
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, grains. Taste is the same as the aroma, crisp, some hops are present, extremely easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can enjoy by Dec 16, 2021 into a tall lager glass.
L: Pours a perfectly clear slightly red amber with a 1" light beige head that goes to a skin. Good carbonation and some random lacing.
S: Pungent sweet bread, malts, honey, caramel, lightly floral.
T: Clean vibrant hops, bready caramelized sweet malt, toasty, toffee, citrus zest.
F: Soft and steady med-light bodied mouthfeel with a subtle bright zippiness that actually leads it's taste and flavor components forward. It is lightly dry.
O: This is a brilliant tasting beer. Extremely easy drinking, crisp and well balanced. A great collaboration effort and a beer that is excellent in it's style.
Oct 07, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Emil's Tavern on October 3, 2021.
Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of toasted malt, caramel, toffee and floral notes. This was so promising, but really just tasted like a watered down Marzen or Festbier. Overall, it tasted of some toasted malt and a mild bitterness.
Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Very mild sweetness, vague aroma.

Taste: Mild sweetness and toffee, slick feel, slight bitterness in the finish.

Overall: I've been on a lager kick lately, so tried a six pack of this collab between two big lager brewers. I'm not the biggest amber fan, and this one doesn't impress me too much. Weak aroma, nothing too exciting in the taste, just some mild toffee and a kind of weirdly slick feel.
Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Sep 24, 2021
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a crowler, pours a clear amber color, nice white head, good retention and moderate lacing. Malty aroma and flavor, mild hop bitterness in the finish. Relatively thin, good carbonation.
Sep 22, 2021
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
New recipe? Vienna? Märzen? "American Amber?"

12 ounce can poured into my tall Becher.

L -- Clear, deep amber-gold, cream-colored head that pours dense and sudsy and holds up well. Settles leaving minimal lacing.

S -- Spicy, herbal to earthy hops, light DMS, very light yeastiness.

T -- Herbal hops up front that blend into crackery malts with a backbone of mild stone fruit. Finish is grainy two-row character with herbal, mildly bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- My vote: American Amber. This beer has a strong Leinie's character of typical grainy malt and a rather spicy hop note with yeasty fermentation flavors.

It reminds me of pub-brewed beers of the '90s and home-brews from the same era. That said, it's highly drinkable and goes down easy like a walk down memory lane.
Sep 22, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas

Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I see this beer is a one-off, and that's too bad. In my opinion Leine's should ditch their Oktoberfest and release the Collaboration Lager every fall instead.
Sep 08, 2021
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