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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Added by garymuchow on 08-30-2002

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Ratings: 1,751 |  Reviews: 509
Photo of kylehay2004
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Revisited 9-8-17

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -3.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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 djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
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 biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
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 oline73
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +5%

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 NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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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