Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #545
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,086
Avg:
3.21 | pDev: 16.51%
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,808
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Photo of German-Helles
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12oz. bottle into a 20oz. weizen glass. The look is very nice, a clear copper, orange with a finger plus of tan foam. The carbonation looks medium. As the head receded a bit there was a good amount of lacing left behind.
The aroma is malt, not super strong, but a pleasant malt aroma.
The flavor is a simple malt flavor, and a touch of roasted caramel. Very low on the bitter scale.
The feel is toward the watery side with light carbonation.
This beer is an easy drinker, tastes fine, an OK Oktoberfest.

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German-Helles from Wisconsin, Dec 02, 2019
Photo of TerryMills
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weaker flavor and less sweet than other Oktoberfest beers ive tried... I actually like this one better than most lol..

Not my style of beer but its an easy drinker with no off flavors..

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TerryMills from Tennessee, Oct 15, 2019
Photo of gvickery
2.69/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks really nice, dark copper, clear, with a medium light tan head. Smell was very light, some malt and maybe some sweetness.
Taste was very underwhelming, very light and watery, slightly more toasted malt than a standard lager. This is not a good representation of the style. Glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of DrBeergood
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's almost there. The best part is the look, it has an authentic buttery texture reminiscient of a traditional German lager. That's about where the similiarities end, because the flavor just wants to be something else.

The flavor isn't neccesarily bad--beauty is in the eye of the beerholder--but I wanted something clean, traditional, and authentic from Leinenkugels.

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Photo of joeagain
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prior to tasting this beer, I didn't read any of the ratings on it. Had I, I probably wouldn't have bought it, and I would have missed out on a pretty good Oktoberfest/ marzen style brew!

Pours a copper-garnet color, has a nice beige head that eventually fades to a nice Belgian lace as the beer goes down.
Like others noted, no real nose, maybe a very faint fruitiness at best. Good body, good caramel and roasted coffee flavor with some light peppery spiciness, my guess is from Perle hops.

Taste is very subjective, of course, so this brew might not suffice if the expectation is that it will be like a true German produced marzen. It's lighter when compared to something like a Paulener marzen. But I liked it enough to go out and purchase another 12 pack.

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joeagain from New Jersey, Sep 23, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I actually enjoy this. It is still yeasty (like all their beers) and has very minimal hop presence, which I like. I probably couldn't sit and drink a session of them, but one or two would hit the spot.

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Photo of defunksta
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

(2019 Version)

Appearance: Pours an auburn, orange w/ a small milky head. SRM of 17. (4.00)

Aroma: Light aroma of light fruit and stale bread. Very mild aromas. (3.00)

Flavor: Nothing on the flavor either. Very light. I get mostly stale cornbread with butter. No hops. Almost no flavor here. Finishes dry. Like other reviewers have mentioned, no hops. All malt body, but I would hardly say there's malt flavor here either. (2.75)

Feel: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Finishes clean. That's about the only good thing I can say about this beer. (3.50)

Overall: This is really bad folks. Pale cornbread if anything at all. This beer drinks like a far-past expired IPA that has lost all hop quality. Almost nothing here. Has as much flavor as a macro lager, and they call this an Oktoberfest... Dissapointing, but honestly I should start expecting this sort of dissapointment from Leinenkugel's. Dropped the ball here. (Final Rating 2.96)

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defunksta from Illinois, Aug 31, 2019
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3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly to call this Oktoberfest is a STRETCH.
Crushable and malty, not much hops. Or any other flavor
For a brand known mainly for the questionable style of Shandy, (Which I consider a malt beverage like Lime-a-Rita.)
I was somewhat surprised to find one of their real beers,
Not the best that is certain
Very much a Lager, of which I am a huge fan. Solid C- in that watery regard.

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hottenot from North Carolina, Aug 28, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Okay full disclosure - I grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI and I worked at Leinenkugels for a few years around 2004-2006. I have strong opinions of this brewery. I love them. I hate what they've become. They absolutely crushed their branding when Bill Leinenkugel was in charge of the company in the early 1990's with the nearly free and simple tee's. They were then bought out by Miller in 1992. Fast forward through the 90's and into the 2000's and their image became one of Honey Weiss vs. their more superior beers being Leinie's OG and Leinie's Limited (now known as Northwoods). Now, we live in their shandy world. Oktoberfest by Leinenkugels has always been one of their top 3 beers in any given year. In fact, over the years it's the one beer I actually look forward to drinking by them. I just bought the 2019 version today and have given it a good go.

Look - Standard Leinie's Oktoberfest. Caramel translucent hinting on more of the reddish side. To me implies more caramel malts

Smell - This is where it lacks something. It smells like a malty lager. Which means it doesn't smell like much at all. All lagers smell crisp and faint though.

Taste - This year's Oktoberfest is a little more dull than years past. It's DEFINITELY crushable for an Oktoberfest. Very malty, not hoppy at all, like.. at all... clean, crisp, refreshing yet flavorful. You're gonna get the toastyness and slight sweetness of the caramel malts coming through.

Feel - Love it. Creamy. Smooth. Drinkable. It's a great mouthfeel for real.

Overall - This isn't my favorite of the Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest. I've liked versions in the years past compared to this years' brew. That being said. I find it hard to like american Oktoberfest beers. Most of them really, really suck. Over malted versions of their German counterparts. German brands still dominate Oktoberfests for me personally (not all of them mind you), but Leinie's continues to offer us a very good representation of the Marzen style Oktoberfests in their own american way. Seriously, I live in Minneapolis and we have kick ass brewerys on almost every corner. Even some of the big name brewers in this city who have a reputation for making awesome beers in every style fall short to Leinenkugels.

This is a down year for them in this style, but this is still a pretty kick ass beer that is light yet tasty, crushable, and refreshing on those hot late summer/fall days.

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P-Munny from Minnesota, Aug 26, 2019
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2.28/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Leinie's seems to have dumbed-down the taste of many of their beers as they've made the switch to being more of a "shandy" -brewer(?). Their Oktoberfest used to be a good example of the marzen style. Not the best, but definitely worth buying. But now, it just seems weak, with very little flavor of any kind, maybe just the barest maltiness. It's definitely drinkable, it's not terrible. But it's not a marzen. And if all you want is a regular American-style beer, their original Leinie's is a much better example of that.

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mrpoizun from South Dakota, Aug 04, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with nice 1 1/2 inch head. Aroma was sweet malt, taste was same with some crispness of hops at end to balance. Simple, straightforward and refreshing, Good beer on a fall afternoon while working in the yard and at 5.1 ABV it doesn't slow you down too much.

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John1985 from Tennessee, Nov 19, 2018
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It wasn’t that bad but it was kinda grainy, and not the artistic grainy you find in certain classic news photos from the 1960s. A bit bitter, which could be a good thing, but I probably won’t come back to this one like I would Tri-X. ca. 2008

Another taste for this “German style märzen beer.” This has a bit of a head, and the first taste is pretty good, with just a hint of sweetness. What follows has a nice balance, and is an easy drink. Almost no aftertaste. Overall, it’s not bad, but for me falls into the not-enough-character zone to make it a standout. Dry, decent. 2017/08/26

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Drak-Nib from Nebraska, Nov 13, 2018
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3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As you take in the clear amber color, the flavor profile consists of caramel and some toffee as well as some lemon and grass hops woven into the flavor fabric. The carbonation is brisk with the mainly lemony aroma, while the aftertaste is similar to light, yeasty plum cake. For a light version of an Oktoberfest, is a great option. If you’re interested in a more solid variety of Oktoberfest, I highly recommend the Oktoberfest from Karl Strauss Brewing in San Diego and Sprechers’ Brewing in Wisconsin.

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Mitzvahman72 from California, Oct 28, 2018
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3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best, not the worst, drinkable. This is a bit toffee and a bit bread crusty. Sweetness which reminds me of a want to be Sam Adams Oktoberfest, which does not make it that attainable, by any means it is a great gateway Oktoberfest.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Oct 08, 2018
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3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(on tap at Skeeter's Pub... served in an immaculately-clean shaker pint)

Tastes like a diluted malt liquor back-sweetened/colored/bolstered by malt syrup... clean, almost watery, rather dry... lingering flavors of malt syrup, dried acorn, tree bark, cedar water... I guess $3.50 a pint is a deal... its dull, woody bitterness lingered through the salad I had with it, lingered part of the ride home... thought it smelt of Yuengling lager initially, if that adds another facet...

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Sep 28, 2018
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2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very deep amber color.

The aroma is non-existent. It's water with a hint of malt.

The flavor is as standard as it comes for the style. Not bad, per se, just uninteresting and muted. Sort of like a session version of a marzen.

The feel is light and with way too much carbonation. It's drinkable. That's about it.

Overall, an entirely mediocre lager. It has absolutely no aroma and the flavor is only so much more. That said, it's not a bad beer. I just wouldn't drink it ever again.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Sep 24, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Big offwhite head with decent-low retention and virtually no lacing. Clear medium-light amber brown body with decent carbonation. 4

Smell - Nutty and faint caramel. Slight wet cardboard. 4

Taste - Smooth, nutty, bitter cardboard. 3.75

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with an astringent finish. 4

Overall - Just about the most rounded, least offensive oktoberfest beer I've had. Though, despite rating in style, I still can't give myself to give this thing any 5's. Oktoberfest beers will probably never get my true respect until they can somehow get rid of that wet cardboard character. 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L-The beer pours an attractive clear copper. The head is 2 fingers of off white foam which recedes to a ring and irregular central island. Lacing is absent.
S- Nose is pretty typical for a marzen. There is a light caramel malt presence. Spicy hops are present over the top of the malt presence.
T-Malt presence here is stronger than in the nose. The malt however is not as sweet as in a Sam Adam's Okto. Hop presence does a good job balancing the beer.
M- Mouthfeel overall is light, bordering on watery. Carbonation is prickly enhancing the light feel. This is one you can drink multiples of easily without feeling weighed down.
O-This one is ok. Mouthfeel is a little watery for my personal taste. It is better balanced in terms of sweetness than Sam Adams is for those who don't want a sweet Okto.

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Photo of nickles
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer is a very deep amber color to the point where it affects the transparency. the smell is a rather muted mixture of roasted malts and a hint of hops in the back. the taste wasnt eye opening to me. mostly a repeat of the smell with roasty kind of flavor with a hint of sweetness and hops in the background. very light bodied beer this is easy to drink all day even if it doesnt taste the best.

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nickles from Illinois, Aug 27, 2018
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent representation of the style. Hits the right notes for the style; roast, toast, nutty flavors, caramel, etc. Wins some bonus point for drink ability and how sessionable it is. But overall comes off thing and watery with a slight sudsy quality.

Would drink again: Yes
Would buy again: Probably not

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JLaw55 from Missouri, Nov 09, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a wonderful color to it. A deep but vibrant copper orange clear body. A 1 finger soapy head with loose bubbles dissapates, leaving streaky, patchy lacing that settles in to a wispy cap.
It smells very delicate but descernable. Toasty, grainy and floral hops.
Light in body and on the palate, this beer tastes of toasted grain, with hints of sweetness from malts and a caramel presence. The hops are floral and earthy. Just enough to cut the delicate malts. A very pleasant dry, grassy finishes up with a bit of malty after taste.
Not the most impressive version of an Oktoberfest but Leinenkugel's makes a very pleasant Marzen that is fun to drink. Extra points for enjoyability and fun.

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PatrickCT from Connecticut, Oct 29, 2017
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2.62/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a small white head, caramel and malt taste with a little hop bitterness. A little thin and overall not a great Oktoberfest style beer.

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basaywhat from Illinois, Oct 25, 2017
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3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone suggested to me that this year's Leinenkugel Oktoberfest was pretty good and better than previous years, so I tried and I think I agree.

Look: reddish copper brown with a thick white head

Aroma: toast and caramel

Taste: Toast, sweet caramel, a little bit of spicy/grassy hops, not watery, nice flavor.

Feel: light to medium body

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3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops and biscuit malt fill the mouth. Finish is medium and dry. Ok brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Oct 06, 2017
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is an average beer, it pours a dark amber colors with a lot of bubbles and a finger or so of an off white soapy bubble head. I poured the beer into a pint glass, and there was a little lacing . This is ok to try if you like Oktoberfest style beers.

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Schlitz74 from Illinois, Oct 06, 2017
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