Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Ranked #404
Ranked #29,756
3.21 | pDev: 16.51%
Nov 25, 2022
Aug 30, 2002
Notes: Rich and toasty Märzen-style beer

Our proud German heritage shines through in our homage to arguably the world’s greatest festival. A traditional Märzen-style beer, our Leinenkugel’s® Oktoberfest has a toasted malt flavor and subtle, spicy hop notes that make it perfect for celebrating fall in true German fashion. So let your steins runneth over.

IBU: 20
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Rated: 3.56 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug.
Best by: 11/21/22

Better than I expected. A rich copper colored body is topped with one finger of off-white head with moderate retention. The nose is all bread. Tasting lightly toasty with a hint of sweetness picking up spicy hops toward the finish. Aftertaste is slightly woody/earthy. Lighter weight, opens crisp then smooths to finish. Very easy drinking and leaves you wanting to pour another one.
Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Nice amber color with off white head that faded quickly. Faint aroma, mellow, shallow taste. Middle of the road Octoberfest, wouldn't go out of my way to purchase again.
Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 3.72 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Oct 12, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by fflopps from Iowa

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by uncleotis from Illinois

Sep 07, 2022
Rated: 3.61 by xnotx from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Way way back in the Chicago day, I used to drink Leinie beers on tap all the time, but I can't remember what we drank...maybe the Original? At any rate, it's been at least 15 years, but my M-I-L had a 10 month old Ofest in her fridge, so let's give it a shot. Into a tulip, pours a murky copper with a decent thick head, decent retention, not much lacing. Nose is fairly one-note, but it's substantial and relatively on-point: somewhere in between warm fresh baked-bread and caramel, very sweet but not cloying. Maybe just a hint of herbal and/or floral hops in there too. Taste has the nose, but it is a little more muddled by a few other things going on that don't entirely fit together, for me at least: I don't get much that is enjoyable from the hops or any yeast notes, though there's a hint of spice, a little nutty malt sweetness to go with the bread and the caramel, and also something slightly metallic at the end. Mouthful is the least favorite part for me: somehow, simultaneously too substantial and also thin for me, little liveliness or crispness but instead kind of flat, and no clear point at the end. I don't know, I think this one would be best with some food, if you're in the mood for something a little rich/sweet, and you're not worried about parsing small details. Not as bad as the rating would lead one to believe, if you ask me, but not too memorable either.
Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 3.04 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin

May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: Clear ruby red and my aggressive pour yields an awesome-looking off-white head that swells and quickly settles to a lid, leaving decent lacing behind
Aroma: Fresh baked bread, melanoidin, caramel, toasted grains, wafts of floral hops, and some toffee
Taste: Follows the nose well. A rich bready and slightly sweet malt bomb explodes onto the palate with notes of dough, bread, crust, and toasted bread along with caramel. Light floral hops weave in and out throughout and closes with more bready malt
Mouthfeel: Full, very clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a clean and crisp finish
Overall: I dig it. Oddly enough, I have never had nor seen this beer before and my co-worker’s need to clear fridge space had him offering some up since he knew I’m a huge beer geek and I can say, I’m impressed. A solid and tasty Marzen lager that has good flavor/aroma depth and hits all the right notes for me. Tasty stuff
Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 2.74 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 3.53 by Mulechops from Kentucky

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 3.46 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Nov 11, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by MikeE71 from Michigan

Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Nvrmind16 from California

3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
In comparison to average beer, this beer is good, but if compared to other oktoberfest marzen, its below average, it just has a slightly weaker taste and feel than traditional German Beers.
Oct 26, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by jchanley from Illinois

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by saltybeerreviewer

2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
This beer was wildly disappointing. As a big fan of the Summer Shandy I figured I would try this one out. It turns out I had purchased an absolute dud. The beer has an extremely bitter aftertaste almost reminiscent of dirt. Would not recommend.
Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 3.47 by turfy from Texas

Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 2 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 3.08 by Danzifer from Ohio

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Oct 09, 2021
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Rated by bluestringer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good beer, goes great with a burger and fries.
Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 3.46 by evergreen_machine from Washington

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 vintage (date smudged); drank 9/26/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Roasted corn, acorn, fresh bread & faint oak notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Acorn, mild caramel & faint brown sugar flavors.

A solid marzen; I was pleasantly surprised!
Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 3.22 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Sep 30, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
12 oz. bottle poured into Imperial Pint glass
Look: Light copper color, 1 1/2 finger head that had little retention, medium carbonation, little lacing
Smell: Toasty bread hits you right away, a hint of alcohol
Taste: Malty, medium bitterness, the flavor is just there, nothing special
Feel: Just lays there like a flat beer, taste lingers some, slightly dry finish
Overall: Nothing exciting about this beer. It matches the right characteristics of a Marzen but does not bring anything special to the party. I would hold out for a different brand when possible.
Pair with: German foods such as sausages and krauts, grilled chicken or pork or an aged cheddar.
Sep 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Drinking this at home.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Looks light Amber, with a light colored tannish foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring.
Smells malty, sweet, bready and spicy.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium thin for the style.
Overall a nice example of a Marzen and a bit thin for my taste.
Sep 24, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by SicemWT from Texas

Sep 23, 2021
Rated: 3.09 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2021
Rated: 2.71 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

Sep 21, 2021
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The pour is auburn colored with a small amount of head. The taste is light malt, light hops, & tad watery. Cheers! B-
Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
32 oz crowler purchased at the Leinie Lodge. Clear amber frothy white head that fades quickly. Aroma of malts and warm bread. Tastes is similar. It's a bit thin but has decent carbonation. It's been years since I've had this and was a fave back in the day.
Sep 19, 2021
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