Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #581
Ranked #49,282
3.21 | pDev: 16.51%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nov 20, 2014
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Appearance - Burnt orange in color. Thin head when poured into tbe mug. Head all but disappeared in a few minutes.

Smell - Bready, biscuity, a little toffee.

Taste - Malt with taste of "bread crust". Hint of tart cherry sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Thin with a dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Not the best, not the worst. Drinkable .

Oct 01, 2014
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Urizen from Georgia

4/5  rDev +24.6%

I think this is a damn fine Oktoberfest beer. Yes, as other's have noted it is not a heavy beer like most beers in this style. However, the flavor is great. It has a great head and looks beautiful in a glass. If I lived in colder climes I might have an issue with the lightness/wateryness of this brand, but if your October has temps in the high 80s and 90s, this beer is refreshing. It's the best "cheap" Octoberfest I can find anyway. Better than Sam Adams for sure.

Oct 19, 2014
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +24.6%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest brewed by Jacob LeinenKugel Brewing with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with flavor and grains. Nothing special so far. Now for the taste it is smooth with some burnt grains. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Leinenkugel's did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Sep 19, 2014
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Jamie_Newman from Louisiana

2.34/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I hate when people are biased going into a review because a beer is from either a macro or a micro brewery. That makes no difference to me.

That being said, pretty much like I had a Märzen style bud light.

Oct 24, 2015
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wiscokid920 from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +5.9%

A decent offering of an Oktoberfest. Has the traditional toasted and caramel malts, slight bready/nuttiness. A decent enough hop bitterness. The biggest knock I have is the mouthfeel. It's just not up to par. Too thin and watery. The classic aroma and flavor profile is there, but it just doesn't have the type of body necessary for the style...at least in my book.

Sep 21, 2014
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In my Top 10 Hads in this style, Leinie's is rated 20% below the 9th lowest rating.
I admit Leinie's Oktoberfest is average, but it has had its ratings beat up... probably by association. (Ownership by Miller since 1988 is not a terrible thing... it brought marketing finesse to old-family brewers who kept alive the possibility of beer tasting good again after what Prohibition did to beer. By Leinie's and others making that market bigger, craft brewing could offer even better stuff. Good beer is an evolutionary process, not a simple matter of corporate ownership.)

Back to this beer review...
Leinie's Oktoberfest looks normal. It smells mostly malty and tastes that way... albeit a little thin in the mouth... but is that a crime if everything else is average? And besides, Leinie's O-fest gets better as it warms.

Sep 19, 2016
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Pauly2X from Wisconsin

3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very light amber, fizzy half finger head.

S- Assertive toasted malt aroma.

T- Mild caramel liek malt sweetness lending way almost imediately to more of a toasted malt profile. Noble hops join this toasty flavor and ride off into the finish.

M- A little light, more carbonated than most.

D- A little too toasty to just throwback.

This would be a really good oktoberfest if there was a little more caramel sweetness to round out the malt profile.

Sep 09, 2008
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HRamz3 from Pitcairn

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Oct 22, 2013
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AltimusPrime from Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

Nov 28, 2012
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Matthew607 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +9%

Mar 08, 2014
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LightnerLiquorKS from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +9%

Oct 22, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +45.8%

Sep 18, 2014
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birchstick from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber with a small head that doesn't stick around too long
S - very sweet and bready malts; hints of gingerbread as well
T - malty through and through; there is a little bit of sweetness and a bit of burnt and toasty tastes as well.
M - 3 - thin and doesn't have much carbonation
D - 3.5 - this is a pretty good beer if you like malts. There is no balance to this brew, but it definitely goes well with the season.

Sep 27, 2008
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rmolledo from Florida

2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*sigh* Note to self: stear clear of twist off Oktoberfests

A: beautiful warm mahogany. crystal clear. frothy white head with nice lacing.

S: Very very faint caramel and toasted bready malt character. Lager yeast.

T: Very boring. Doesn't live up to the appearance. subtle caramel sweetness. Light toffee. Adjunct. Hardly any hop character. Boring in my opinion. Bad representation of Marzen Lager.

MF: Nice creamy slick mouthfeel. moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not the most exciting Oktoberfest. This 6-pack will probably remain in my fridge for a while. Appearance and Mouthfeel are very good but doesn't quite make up for lack of taste. Got more flavorful after it warmed which is strange for a lager.

Sep 25, 2012
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Oct 21, 2014
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OregonGrown7 from Oregon

3/5  rDev -6.5%

Mar 03, 2013
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jackie_vortex from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +9%

Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Sep 17, 2014
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Strix from Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of malts with a bit of caramel. Tastes just like an average malt and grain taste. For the first couple sips, I could taste (or maybe I just imagined) the faintest toasted hints of an Octoberfest style, but it never really goes anywhere. Finishes thin and watery, nothing special. Kind of disappointing. I would like to see a bit more kick and flavor for this - it's barely distinguishable from a Budweiser.

Edit - the first one of these I had alone, and I wasn't particularly impressed. The last one I had outside at a ballgame with a brat, and I felt much better about it. Granted, it's not a particularly impressive Oktoberfest and I think Leinies can do better, but it is better than a Budweiser.

Sep 27, 2007
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of 5 Oktoberfests...decided to start with the one that I felt would be the worst, and I hope I am right...served in a Perfect Pint.

A=Slightly reddish golden color, but lighter than most other märzens I recall. Nice light yellow foam head, about 3 fingers thick, that last well over a minute...any taste should be captured.

S=Faint whiff of hops and spice...nutmeg or clove?

T=Just like other Leinie's beers I've encountered, this one had less body than other beers. Strong copper taste at first, but reminded me of a lager with just a touch of märzen style added to it. A mainstream version of the beer not intended to offend or over power the mass market consumer.

M=Faint carbonation at first, but then seemed to increase.

O=Great if you want to drink the style but not deviate too far away from an adjunct lager. Won't be added to my rotation, regardless of how the other märzens do.

Sep 16, 2011
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arc3636 from Kansas

3/5  rDev -6.5%

Oct 26, 2012
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Waymore from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 22, 2015
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aussiebeer from Illinois

1/5  rDev -68.8%

Jun 20, 2014
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Nolo from Puerto Rico

2.7/5  rDev -15.9%

Sep 21, 2014
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