Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's OktoberfestLeinenkugel's Oktoberfest

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 12/16/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring and forgettable for the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

terrible that this tastes to me like the shandy. not sure if they put this on the same line or what, but man do i get a concentrated lemonade thing in here, which in any light does not belong in an octoberfest lager. the look is incredible. frothy soapy tall lasting pure snow white head with beautiful retention and lace as it drinks, i mean, it could not look any better for what it is, with the pale copper beer clear underneath. a little light maybe, and definitely light in malt on the flavor, especially compared to is german counterparts. there just isnt much base to this, thin and watery and oddly citrus forward but not from hops, tangy but not quite tannic. nice because its light but bad because it tastes nothing like the style is supposed to. no caramel or anything like that, not german cereals, and no yeast profile at all, doesnt even seem like a lager. the tang of the shandy lasts through the finish, and i would never guess this is an octoberfest beer in a blind tasting. fine for all day drinking though i guess if you dont know what its supposed to taste like. i was unimpressed.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case of this with high hopes that this would be a pretty good brew since I'm a fan of the Sunset Wheat. I poured a bottle into a pint glass and liked the color of the beer. It was a nice clean looking brownish red with a white head on top. The smell was a little distant, I was picking up the malts and some spice but nothing too much really jumped out at me. The taste was the same, this beer was pretty much a basic brown ale with just a minimal amount of autumn spices. The mouthfeel was light and not very warming. It's a decent beer if that. I can't say I'd buy it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and mostly has flavors of toasted malts along with hints of caramel malts and spicy hops. A faint amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a "lite" version of a German Oktoberfest—it has the proper aromas and flavors but seems to be watered down.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always a sucker for the seasonals, even if I know that they won't be great brews. Though the beer has some nice caramel and bready flavors, but not the body, or the malt additions to properly disquise the graininess and weakness. Hopped nicely for an earthy, european character, but again, falls a little metalic under the timid body. Finishes a little minty-fresh and alcoholic, but reamining grainy and weak.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a surprisingly decent clear glass at Comerica Field, watching the Tigers play out the rest of their clinched division title season...

This beer appears a clear golden orange/amber hue, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of bready, nutty malt, and weedy, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet nutty malt, a bit of cleaning product-tinged booze, and earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes with a drying nutty graininess, and more of that medicinal edge.

A bit too much off-flavours to enjoy with a critical eye - of course, for baseball and fireworks watchin', it was all right.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a generic kitchen glass. Nice label art. Reviewed from notes; I didn't review in an ideal environment so my notes are a bit truncated. Best before 12/02/13. Twist-off cap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head which is disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Bad retention (less than a minute). Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and what little there is doesn't stick for very long.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Honey, nectary notes/hop character, caramalt, munich malts. Grains. Sticky. Pretty standard festbier build. Some residual sugars lend it a sweetness. Hopping is minimal. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Tame. Clean yeast character. Honey. Nectar. Floral hops - though they have a minimal presence. Grainy. Munich malts. Caramalt. Simple but balanced. No real subtlety. It's on the sweeter side. A good build for a marzen, but far from exemplary. Average depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. I like it in spite of its painful simplicity (it's even more simple than most marzens).

Mf: Smooth, wet, sticky, chewy. Good carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Clean. A biteen too thick. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent presence on the palate. Okay body.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I like it; this is a surprisingly decent brew considering it's made by Leinenkugel's. Hides its ABV well. I'll happily kill this 6er, and it's a good value option in this style. Stays within style conventions for the most part.


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Photo of zeff80
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, light brown color with a small, off-white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of biscuity malt, caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with hints of caramel. A slight grassy hop bite gave it some bitterness.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A smooth and medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay oktoberfest. Nothing fabulous but drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a moderate copper with a two-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing as the head goes down, which is quite quickly. The nose is fairly nice with some caramel, bread, toffee, light hops, and a slight nuttiness. The taste is a bit more plain and falls back on the slightly-sweet malt a bit too much. Fairly nice body with pretty good carbonation and a nice finish. Drinks well enough and is a pretty decent brew from them.

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Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date found on bottle. Head fizzed down quickly with very little lacing. The color was an autumn orange. I thought this beer had a little citrus flavor to it, but that could just be me. It is pretty malty as well. Has a creamy, yet crisp feel to it. This beer is nothing to impressive, but at the cost of it, I really couldn't resist giving it a shot.

Overall, the price is low and the flavor is decent. If you find it on sale, it is worth it to pick some up.

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Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 11/2/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a nice oktoberfest style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
2.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear ruby tan color, little creamy head decent messy lacing.

Nose macro lager, sweet caramel, minerals, reddish malt, mild unhappy lager.

Taste big macro lager flavor, unhappy lager yeast, minerals, faint skunky like quality, big sweet caramel malts, bitter hop note but a bad bitterness somehow. Quite fruity too.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest pours a clear deep-amber/orange/copper body beneath a full head of frothy off-white foam. The head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is mainly of toasty grain, but there are some hops in there.

The body is medium, but leans towards the lighter end of medium, and it's delicately carbonated for a smooth passage across the tongue.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a very nice, gently toasted edge to the malt. A bit more Munich malt would be nice, but it gets by as it is. (I put it in what I call the "American Oktoberfest" style). The hops appear more in the flavor, lending a grassy and floral edge that helps cut the malt, and along with the moderate bitterness, lead to a dry finish that lingers with notes of toasted malts.

Nicely done, and well balanced. An easy drinking beer that's great for crisp autumn weather (or anytime really)!

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Having just finished a Shiner Oktoberfest, I'll do a largely comparative review.

Appearance - Very clear orange-brown body that's a shade lighter than the Shiner. The head is larger but much less durable, settling to a thin top coat in less than 2 minutes. A sparse amount of visible carbonation rising to the top.

Aroma - Less hop forward than the Shiner, with a solid, sweet maltiness that carries a hint of caramelized sugar.

Flavor: Lightly sweet; sweeter and less hoppy than the Shiner but a more pleasing flavor mix. Clear hints of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it should be a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel - The beer is medium-light in body, approaching watery but not quite there. The carbonation is light but OK for this beer. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a decent marzen but leaning towards the lighter side in both flavor and feel.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear medium colored copper with almost 2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Decent looking retention that leaves some good lacing behind that slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick, sticky sweetness with some citrus thrown in and an almost dank smelling hop profile of floral accents and spice. Strange.

The taste is overy sweet/borderline cloying caramel malts with an almost spicy element to it and once again, there is like an almost dankish tasting floral hop feel as well as an artificial element that I can't put my finger on. The mouthfeel is light modied with moderate carbonation and a watery feel running through it.

Interesting to say the least, not a whole lot worked for me at all with this. Strange flavors and a weak body really limited the drinkibility as well. I would not try this again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, caramelized malts, some spices and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and malty up front with flavors of caramel, spices, grain and a little bit of fruit. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely a lot of other O-fests out there that are significantly better.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Handsome orangey amber brew with plenty of foam. Just a whiff of malt. It smells like a typical American lager. Sudsy and sharply carbonated on the tongue. More of the club soda taste than malt, but there’s a touch of sweet grain flavor. There is a resiny hint and a faint bitterness in the finish. The caramel note gives it a little more interest than a regular light lager.

From the 12 oz can courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? It smells just like a poor apple cider. Let me verify this with a re-sniff. Yep, poor apple cider.

Taste: Light bready maltiness with a hint of caramel and sweetness. Notes of apple and, regrettably, vegetables. Very mild bitterness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor representation of the style, and an outright disappointing beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light aroma of caramel malts. Very light amounts of spicy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel malts which contribute a light amount of sweetness to it. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy/peppery hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Fairly easy to drink but not sure that I would want to have many of these - it just seems like a watered down version of traditional Oktoberfests.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burnished amber-orange topped by an bone white head that has a slight yellowish orange tint. The beer received a fairly aggressive pour and produced a decent sized foamy head as a result. Passable lace, no more than that.

The nose is pretty weak. I have to get my nose fairly deep into the glass to appreciate much. It isn't half bad... grainy malt with a minimum of offensiveness.

The flavor profile is disappointing. A quasi-sweet maltiness starts it off, but doesn't really lead to much. There's also a little earthiness, but the whole thing quickly loses its way and just kind of lays there and gives up. A little hop bitterness trys to poke through, but it too loses interest. A body/mouthfeel that is thin and fleeting definitely doesn't help.

I find myself without a strong opinion on this beer. It isn't bad, but there's really nothing to recommend it either. I find it to be middle-of-the-road as far as Leinie's goes: better than Berry Weiss and Honey Weiss, but not as good as Creamy Dark and Red. Before drinking what is my first every Oktoberfest, I wondered what an Oktoberfest was supposed to taste like. After drinking it, I'm still not sure that I know.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another one i decided to try just cause it feels like fall outside and it was around, so why not right.

pours out a nice and clean color. a bit light, but still a decent hue of amber can be found here. a small white head pops up on top of the glass and lightly coats the sides of the glass before settling down without much of the remnants left.

aroma is muted hops, lots of bready malts, touches of caramel and hints of light grains. warming really really does not bring much more depth to the mix, just a nice mix of muted hops and a light touch of grains that seem to come forward more in the finish then anywhere else.

overall a decent seasonal but there are much better out there for sure.

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Photo of russpowell
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6-er.

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Grainyness, cereal & faint metallics

T: Caramel, grainynenss, & grassy hops up front. Slight grainy astringency, cooked cereal, plus some vegtal notes as this warms. Finishes sharpish with cereal & grainyness, & just a pinch of caramel

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks alright, not a really good take on the style, but neither is Sam Adams any more. I could get through a sixer of this during a football marathon if pressed, but not really even as good as its overall score...

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a willibecher.

This is what was left in my buddy's fridge while watching the Boise State-VA Tech game tonight. I feel ya, VDubb. It pours a clear copper amber topped by nearly two fingers of cream-colored and -textured foam. The nose comprises Snuggle dryer sheets, flowers, light toffee, and light buttered toast. Seriously, I haven't sniffed Snuggle sheets in a while, but I confirmed my suspicions a bit later on in the evening. Odd. The taste wasn't much better, holding notes of some kinda sour-ish caramel, soap, squash, ginger, and some watery orange peel. Honestly, this wasn't very good on the tongue at all. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty sad excuse for an O-Fest, and the sentiment was shared by a couple others in attendance.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another pleasurable addition to The CANQuest (TM) and one that I {think that I} picked up at The Foodery (Northern Liberties). I have been a Leinie's fan ever since my visit to Hoos Warner in Madison, WI back in the spring of 1992. I know that they have really expanded their lineup of beers since then and the fact that they are CANning them makes it a double-plus bonus for me. Someday, I hope to relocate to the midwest, but for now, I am satiated by their beers.

From the CAN: "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel Family for five generations"; "The flavor of Fall with Munich, Pale & Caramel Malts and Four Specialty Hops".

I employed a Crack & Inverted Glug to get things started and it produced a finger of dense, tawny head as a result. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a honey-like lager sweetness along with a breadiness, initially, and warming, I began to perceive the caramel. Mouthfeel was medium, but there was a pronounced effervescence due to all of the carbonation noted earlier. Taste was sweet, but not cloying, and I really liked the way that the malts interacted so that it had a sweetish, bready flavor initially and then took on a sweeter caramel taste on the finish. I also noted a slight grassiness, perhaps Hallertau hops? Fall seasonal? Hell, it's a "German-style Marzen" and it's damn close to March as it stands. I would like to see this released more often and if not, stash some away for late winter. It is just that good.

Today is Su, 23 Oct 2016 and I have a bottle as a part of the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 so the bottle review follows.

From the bottle: "A perfect beer to celebrate the Fall season. Featuring Munich, Pale & Caramel Malts with Four Specialty Hops."; "Brewed with pride by the Leinenkugel family since 1867."; "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "Carefully brewed by the Leinenkugel Family for six generations".

Confounded screw-top bottles! They deprive me of the Pop! of the cap & cause me to yell "Smyert Botylok!" I simply vent my frustration with a heavy-handed pour which produced two fingers of foamy, fizzy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-plus quality clarity & loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose was quite sweet with notes of caramel, toffee and a breadiness from the malt. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had an odd astringency along with the aforementioned caramel and toffee flavors. I would have preferred that it be outright sweet as opposed to including whatever was causing a taste that put me in mind of hydrogen peroxide. Ugh. Finish was semi-sweet, but I just could not get past that sharpness. Clearly, I enjoyed it MUCH more from a CAN than from a bottle. I'm sticking with that format.

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