Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by garymuchow on 08-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,699
Reviews:
496
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
17.04%
 
 
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24
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390
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1/5  rDev -67.8%

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1/5  rDev -67.8%

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1/5  rDev -67.8%

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1/5  rDev -67.8%

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 Jared-Gustin
1.75/5  rDev -43.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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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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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1.88/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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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1.92/5  rDev -38.3%

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
01026
021919

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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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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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