Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by garymuchow on 08-30-2002

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Ratings: 1,780 |  Reviews: 518
Reviews by punky796:
Photo of punky796
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Medium reddish-brown amber, maybe half a finger of head that doesn't stick around. Not really any lacing to speak of.

S - Not strong with touches of cherry and malty toffee-type flavors. Almost a citrusy hop taste, but being an Oktoberfest it's VERY minimal.

T - Very much like some other Oktoberfests I've tried, but a little weaker, as though it were cut a a small amount of water, but not to an insulting degree. The cherry I smelled isn't really part of the taste, but the toffee and bits of toasty touches are present. Fair amount of malt flavor, but I don't get the impression they wanted to go heavy.

M - Pretty heavy body but not as much as more typical heavier Oktoberfests. So pretty smooth without much aftertaste. You might even think of it as an Oktoberfest light.

O - Not the greatest Oktoberfest I've tried, but I've never met a Leinie I didn't like. This, one of their best, is still very enjoyable and can easily be sessioned.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
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 .

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Photo of Urizen
4/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Of the 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.

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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,a brilliant bronze with a fluffy two finger white head atop.Aromas are clean and grainy with a tinge of iron.Flavors are too clean for the style with a little caramel sweetness but pretty basic.Eh it's clean and pretty light in the feel but it's not bad when out grilling in the great weather we're having here in NC.

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Photo of mojohawk21
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Turbo
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of OhioBobcat
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When it comes to O/M I expected Lienie's to really deliver for some reason. Unfortunately this offering, while respectable, is definately a lightwieght. Light color, light aroma, light taste with some mentionable toasted character, fizzy mouthfeel. An all around average oktoberfest to be sure. It goes down smooth though. I think I drank 4 in one sitting.

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Photo of ccapurso
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of tbryan5
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of blackearth
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, orange-amber body with a thick, puffy white head. Aroma has some malt sweetness, but also an adjunct smell that reminds me of macro lagers. Corn maybe? Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonated bite. There are big, sweet toasted malt flavors from start to finish with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, this is a decent beer, but nothing special about it at all.

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of joel_bou
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my quest to sample some Marzen/Oktoberfest beers, I seem to have gotten into aa mediocre rut. This beer was not bad-looking, a copper color with a medium white head. After that, there wasn't much else to say about it. It had a faint malt aroma and a faint malt taste. I think there was a hint of hops, but I couldn't be sure. Not a beer I would want to drink too many of.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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