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: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of dananabanana
1.45/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Light orange-brown. Unappetizing rusty color. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. Thick head at first, but it melts down quickly into a thin membrane. Hardly any lacing.

S: Smells like a macro: vaguely alcoholic, with a hint of sweet malt.

T: Very watery with the barest hint of malt and almost no hops. Not flavorful at all.

M: Too much carbonation. Stinging bubbles.

D: No flavor, not worth drinking.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.55/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appears a light copper orange with a quickly dwindling white head leaves thin specks of lacing. Aroma has a strong metallic tone with weak watery caramel malts, and not hop profile to speak about. Taste is flooded with grainy notes more metal highlights alot of caramel but it comes of sour and acidic in nature. Mouthfeel has a watery feel to it very light bodied with high carbonation. Drinkability this isn't where it's at not just style wise it's a poorly constructed beer, drain pour.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.55/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - Clear amber, brown. Thick, soapy head that holds fairly well. Pretty good.

Smell - Very light malt odor. Too light and indistinct for style.

Taste - Spicy and caramel malt flavors. Quite sweet. Finishes sour. Alcohol taste seeps through. Not altogether pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Too thin, watery for style.

Drinkability - Ugh. I like the oktoberfest style especially in the fall, but this beer does the style wrong. Only the faintest hints of the style are present. Even more, the taste of this beer is actively offensive. You can have the rest of mine.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
1.62/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with lots of lively carbonation. Head is an inch and a half of off-white color that retains itself for awhile and leaves some lacing.

S: Smells more like a domestic lager then an authentic Oktoberfest. You get faint aromas of sweet malts and some subtle fruitiness but there is not much to it. Has a rusty copper smell to it as well.

T: Not pleasant at all I feel like I just to a sip of a f***ing bud. You get some graininess and subtle sweet malt flavors but it is just boring and unappetizing.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is really nothing to it feels and tastes like bad water.

O: This is really just a domestic lager to me. I get absolutely none of the flavors I expect from an Oktoberfest. I would recommend staying away from this one as I got it for free and am still have a hard time finishing it.

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Photo of bashiba
1.65/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a very clear light orange with a thick white creamy head.

Smell was limited to a few hints of light malts.

Taste has just a hint of toasted malts with an odd sour mildew flavor that is not all good mixing in as well.

Mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation and a slight dryness to it.

The worst tasting Oktoberfest I have come across, to be avoided.

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Photo of Fergyx825
1.66/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: A very dark copper color with some head evident around the surrounding of the glass. There is also some on the surface of the beer. The beer also bubbles furiously. Looks appropriate to beer styling.

Smell: Has a bodied aroma to it, but it reminds me of Budweiser. Not a very good start. I don't smell much of anything related to malted hoppiness.

Taste: Not very much hops or malt in the way of taste. This still makes me think of budweiser.

Mouthfeel: There is a high level of carbonation in this beer with some medium thickness. They somehow actually benefit each other nicely. I can't complain about mouthfeel.

Overall: I am a big fan of Leinenkugel's beers, but not this one. I don't thick they hit the mark when it came to a marzen beer. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a pale orange color that looks terribly overcarbonated. It smells weak and of watered down rice malt. Taste is quite bare too, very light and macro-esque. Perhaps a slight bit of malt flavor at the end, but perhaps thats the remnants of the beer I had in this before and did not properly wash out. Not a good beer, not at all.

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Photo of rye726
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As with most of Leinkugel's beers, this leans more towards a macro than a micro. It pours a clear copper color with a suddy light beige head. The nose is grainy with some spices. The taste is mostly weak malt and old hops. Body is light and fizzy. Not the best example of the style.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
1.88/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels is one of those breweries that hangs in the shaded areas between respectful craft breweries and evil microbreweries. I'm not sure how much rice and corn that Miller forces down Leine's process if at all, but I do still have some respect left for Leine's.

With that being said, I hope they cancel their failed attempt at an Oktoberfest. While Leine's does make some good beers, I'm convinced that this Oktoberfest was nothing more than their regular Leinenkugels lager with some food coloring. Way to go, Miller.

So if you like Leinenkugels original, of which I do find to be a pretty good lager, then you'll like this. Its just mis-labeled as an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of kdpark
1.89/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: More brown than an Oktoberfest should be, little head

S: Nothing here

T: Very little malt flavor

M: Water thin

D: Didn't finish

At one point I thought this was a decent beer so I was shocked to come back to it and find out how it compared to other beers I've tried.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.91/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass. Fairly light amber color, finger of head that was quickly gone to nothing.
Smells like wet hay that did not quite make it into the barn before the rain and was then left out in the sun for a couple days. I am familiar with the smell but not from my beer.
Kind of tastes like a adjunct lager with an extra dash of barley. So if this was an adjunct lager it would have incredible flavor... but it is not. It is lacking in the maltiness of a Marzen.
It has a light body and is very carbonated.
Overall a poor attempt of the great Marzen style. Drink it if you want a more flavorful adjunct lager with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
1.94/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a mostly clear copper color with a small head. Strong aroma of grain. The aroma is a little herbal, and very unpleasant. This beer has that nasty wet carboard flavor with sugar and adjuncts. No toasted malt flavor. Maybe a little hop flavor, but it's hard to tell. This beer is pretty bad, even by macro standards. At least most macros have the sense to be bland. This is flavorful, but the flavor is nasty. Not a drain pour, but close.

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Photo of Johnroby
1.94/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up in a mix and match section at Fresh market. After one drink it tasted like I was drinking a lite version of an Octoberfest beer, tasted watered down very disappointed as Leinenkugels usually puts out good beer. Even Yuengling tasted better than this

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Photo of BeerBob
1.96/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a hazed light copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twistoff cap. head went to about three fingers of light tan foam before collapsing down to a full shag rug of fine bubbles. Lacing is well represented on my beer glass walls as well.

Nose is a faint damp sweet barley malt. Palate is a major citrus bitter, so bitter as to take me by surprise. This is the most bitter Oktoberfest that I have ever had, it is so bitter as to be out of style. No trace of the damp sweet barley malt, none at all. This beer is so bitter it could pass for an IPA, and a poor one at that... Oktoberfest?... Not!

Shockingly bitter with good looks will not work here, not for me and maybe not for you either.

Code on the bottle neck

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Photo of hustlesworth
1.97/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- bright clear burnt orange amber with a nice beige head and some hefty swirls of lace.

S- caramel malty and some grassy lemony hops and a toasted edge. Smell is rather diluted, tart, and a little skunky.

T- taste is of crap and chocolate water. Ok maybe not that bad but it is watery and cheap tasting, oddly bitter in the finish, with an out of place sweetness.

MF- full and creamy in the mouth thanks to certain carbonation, but the bubbles fade fast leaving a sugary water feel.

D- never been a leine fan, never gonna be. Their beers just don't do it for me and this one is going down the drain.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.99/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from the bottle so i can't comment on the looks.
The smell was very disappointing. It smelled like any cheap lager-style beer you can find. Nothing special to note of it.
Surprisingly, it tasted better than it smelled. Medium bodied, thicker lager feel, bland and grainy. Nothing to set it apart from other cheaper beers.
Feels smooth, easy to drink if you don't mind the taste. Not heavily carbonated.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal-clear amber, with a very sweet aroma. Tastes pretty sweet, too. In fact, the overly malty presence is overbearing, completely obscuring the flavor profile or the supposed "4 specialty hops". I hate to slander a "German-style Marzen", but this one blows.

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Photo of Kestrel452
2.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a sucky rendition of a Marzen. It smells of hops and alcohol, definitely not what a marzen is supposed to smell like. Drinking this reminds me of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, especially when your nose approaches the inside of the glass as you're taking a swig.

Samuel Adams and Bell's makes FAR superior Oktoberfests, go give those a try, they're simply amazing especially the Sam Adams version.

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Photo of CCBrewCO
2.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nope, not a fan, opening smelled of wet dog, mouth feel was fine at first, but lingered a hoppy sourness that was off putting.

Would not but a six again, glad I got it as a single bottle. Wasted $1.99

I was expecting much more having seen a lot of marketing for this brewery's beer's but I feel let down on the hype.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
2.07/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had low expectations, but didn't think it could be really be this bad.

Color is spot on for style - nice light amber. Aroma is kind of earthy. Things go downhill fast from there.

Fizzy, overcarbed bite to it. Sweet and yucky veggie like in the middle, and sickening grainy/metallic finish. O-fest? This is a definite No-fest for me. More like a Yuck-fest, bleh.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.11/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with ample white head, which fades quickly, leaving but a thin ring. Moderate lacing.

S- Bready sweet malt, and some hints of banana and spice. Moderate, ever-present metallic note.

T- Semi-sweet bread malts on the front, with a rough-hewn, unpleasant, metallic/bile tinged bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation, and quite thin. Subpar.

D- Quite low. This was a free beer, and I obligingly choked it down in an attempt to minimize tongue exposure time....but I wouldn't want another.

Future outlook: This was pretty much awful. Not much more to say...I won't be purchasing this one.

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Photo of righlander
2.12/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a nice amber from the bottle to a standard pint glass. not a lot of head. no sticky lace. it looks pretty well carbonated. smell is kind of metallic and maybe some caramel. i don't detect much toasty smell like most marzen. it smells really sweet though. maybe too sweet for my likings lol. taste is sweet, metallic, a bit of caramel, maybe toast. not enough carbonation for my liking either.

this beer is not a good representation of the style. it's not very balanced.
do yourself a favor and buy a real oktoberfest beer like Paulaner Oktoberfest.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Brown/Orange in color. Off-white head dissipated quickly into big bubbles. No head or lacing after pouring.

S - Slightly malty with some astringency. Not as malty/complex as I expected from an Oktoberfest. No hop aromas.

T - Light malt and caramel flavor that dissipates quickly. Nothing special.

M - Light & thin mouth feel.

D - I'd say it's a session beer. Not real filling and goes down easy.

Overall I wouldn't get this if you are looking for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.16/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with lots of bubbles. The head is very soapy and thin with moderate lacing.

Has an ugly stale lager smell with a bit of hops. No sweetness as I have come to expect from Octoberfests.

Pretty tame. Weak with only a hint of sweetness typical of the style. A little bit of hops shines through, whether it's supposed to or not. I would almost call this a lager.

Thin and foamy with too much carbonation.

Nothing "wrong" here, just a weak interpretation. Could easily drink a few of these but would much prefer a Sam's Oct. instead.

Leinenkugel's is one of the cheapest beers "with merit" around so I guess it has that going for it but I'd suggest searching elsewhere for true brews.

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Photo of kinger
2.16/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lousy marzen presented by a usually decent brewer. Aroma is non-existent, appearance is good with a nice bronze color and small creamy head. average feel here with a weak finish. Flavor is decent for a standard lager but falls fairly short for an oktoberfest. I have a sneaking suspicion that Leinenkugel's may be falling to the wayward hands of their owner, I only hope their other brews aren't being compromised by cheap ingredients.

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