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 tpauer
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Raime
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours very clear amber with a monster white head. Leaves great lacing.

S - Munich and caramel malt, adjunct.

T - Malt up front followed by some very slight adjunct. Sour, metallic finish.

M - Light, Creamy body with almost no carbonation.

O - There were hundreds of these at my local foodtown in large metal bins, all for $1 a can.it's a simple, straight forward beer and great for the price. I'd have another for a dollar

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Photo of Cris4545
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dswion
5/5  rDev +60.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of fishguyac
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of psykad
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BeerDocT
2.52/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Poured out a non-spectacular amber, with a CO2 1/2 inch head that quickly disappeared. Lots of the ol' CO2 carbo bubbles swirling around this beer.

-Smell 3.5: Better than average bouquet. Light caramel and malt.

-Taste 2.0: Front is slightly sour with some malt hints. Middle is almost gone; very little taste of anything, but there is some slight maltiness. Finish has a very subdued caramel taste and some nice malt flavor. Aftertaste is short and dry, but I can detect some hops. After a few drinks of this brew, a very unpleasant dryness coated my mouth. Makes me wonder what is up with this beer.

-Mouthfeel 2.0: Appropriate carbonation for this type of beer, but the unpleasant, artificial dryness dropped this grade down.

-Overall 2.5: An average beer. I would not go out and try to track this down, but this is certainly not the worst beer you will ever drink. It is "maerzen-esque," but if there are other Oktoberfest options available, I would exercise them first, especially if you want to avoid the weird dryness in your mouth. Bleargh.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Satan70
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of MichialTanner1
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My expectations of this beer were on par with my other experiences with Leinenkugel's brews--average, at best.

It probably didn't help that I had the privilege of consuming the excellent Damnation from Russian River just before this. After experiencing RR's obvious effort to be the best, it is disappointing that some brewery's goal is simply "drinkable".

To satisfy the usual critique: Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass; color was typical for the style, amber and you could read the label of the bottle through the liquid; smell from the glass was the same as the little bit I spilled upon my shirt about half-way through. Taste was typical for the style, but definitely worsened as it warmed (why would a good beer be allowed to warm, anyway?).

Consensus is that drinking this beer is only marginally better than not drinking at all.

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Photo of Beer4Mike
4/5  rDev +28.6%

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2/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of TheDinger
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a light to medium amber with a 1 finger of off white head that fades quickly. Nose is of bready malts and some mild spices, nothing significant. Taste follows the nose with some of the bread and light spice profile. Minimal hops and nothing that stands out. Fairly unremarkable in terms of taste, just average with no strong malts, spices or hops. Feel is thin and watery with a lower end of carbonation. Overall- This was just okay. A bit disappointing considering I'm a fan of the Sunset Wheat. Would drink another if offered, but not going out to buy any soon. Needs something to make it stand out. Very basic-

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest has a thin-to-medium, cream-colored head, a clear, amber appearance, some streaming bubbles, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, toasted barley malt. Taste is of the same, with a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, semi-dry, and highly drinkable. This paired well with the deluxe breakfast platter. I rate it very good.


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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed directly out of the can

The smell of the beer is grainy and otherwise indistinguishable from and american adjunct. The taste is a bit better. Its very grainy, a lot of grassy, wheat, herbal grains. The beer is in my opinion better then an adjunct lager but its really not much different. Same lager yeast taste, same plain grainy taste, same sugary caramel feel and taste. But it is still and upgrade and gives me just one more reason to question the sanity of the people still buying the big branded beers.

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 1,700 ratings.
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